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2010-07-16

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Scotland refutes claims of lobbying over Megrahi

The Scottish government has denied it had any contact with oil giant BP before its decision last year to release the Libyan man convicted of the 1988

The Scottish government has denied it had any contact with oil giant BP before its decision last year to release the Libyan man convicted of the 1988

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Pictures show twin suicide attacks in Iran

Dramatic footage shows the moment when suicide bombers attacked a crowded Shi’ite mosque in Iran, killing at least 28 people and wounding some 250

Dramatic footage shows the moment when suicide bombers attacked a crowded Shi’ite mosque in Iran, killing at least 28 people and wounding some 250

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Duma backs more security service powers

Tackling terrorism or cracking down on human rights? Russia’s lower house of parliament has backed a government-proposed bill to extend the powers

Tackling terrorism or cracking down on human rights? Russia’s lower house of parliament has backed a government-proposed bill to extend the powers

Culture

London River: a tide of emotions

London River is the story of two parents from different worlds searching for their missing children after the 7/7 bomb blasts in London. Directed by

London River is the story of two parents from different worlds searching for their missing children after the 7/7 bomb blasts in London. Directed by

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Roza Otunbayeva: "We have the nation waiting to reconstruct itself"

Kyrgyzstan, April 2010. After the widespread rioting in the capital Bishkek and the ousting of president Bakiev, the situation in this Central Asian

Kyrgyzstan, April 2010. After the widespread rioting in the capital Bishkek and the ousting of president Bakiev, the situation in this Central Asian

Culture

Robbie's back but he is back for good?

Robbie Williams has rejoined Take That and the British band has recorded their first album with all five members since 1995.

Robbie Williams has rejoined Take That and the British band has recorded their first album with all five members since 1995.

Europe

e-Justice launched

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and Belgian Justice Minister Stefaan de Clerck today launched a new website called e-Justice. The site

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and Belgian Justice Minister Stefaan de Clerck today launched a new website called e-Justice. The site

Europe

Mad cow rules reviewed in Europe

The nightmare of BSE (Bovine Spongiform Enchephalitis – or Mad Cow Disease) is mercifully almost forgotten in the EU now. In total almost 200,000

The nightmare of BSE (Bovine Spongiform Enchephalitis – or Mad Cow Disease) is mercifully almost forgotten in the EU now. In total almost 200,000

Business

Tepid Hong Kong response to AgBank

Investors in Hong Kong were as unenthusiastic as their Shanghai counterparts as Agricultural Bank of China’s share went on sale on Friday. The

Investors in Hong Kong were as unenthusiastic as their Shanghai counterparts as Agricultural Bank of China’s share went on sale on Friday. The

Business

Google profit disappoints

Google’s quarterly profit came in weaker than analysts had predicted, the first time that has happened in two years. Higher expenses offset a 24

Google’s quarterly profit came in weaker than analysts had predicted, the first time that has happened in two years. Higher expenses offset a 24

Business

Smartphones boost Sony Ericsson's profit

Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson has posted a second consecutive quarterly profit. The Swedish-Japanese joint venture benefited from a rise in

Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson has posted a second consecutive quarterly profit. The Swedish-Japanese joint venture benefited from a rise in

Business

Junker and Fillon defend euro

As the euro hit $1.30 on the weakness of the US currency, the chairman of the euro zone finance ministers group, Jean-Claude Juncker, said the euro

As the euro hit $1.30 on the weakness of the US currency, the chairman of the euro zone finance ministers group, Jean-Claude Juncker, said the euro

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Thousands arrested in World Cup gambling swoop

Five thousand people have been arrested across China and south-east Asia in coordinated crackdown on illegal betting on the football World

Five thousand people have been arrested across China and south-east Asia in coordinated crackdown on illegal betting on the football World

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Obama gives cautious welcome to well capping

Barack Obama says BP’s successful capping of the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is “good news”. But the US President hedged his bets

Barack Obama says BP’s successful capping of the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is “good news”. But the US President hedged his bets

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Dozens dead in Iraqi hotel blaze

A hotel fire in the city of Sulaimaniya in northern Iraq has killed 29 people and injured at least 40 others. Earlier reports had said the number

A hotel fire in the city of Sulaimaniya in northern Iraq has killed 29 people and injured at least 40 others. Earlier reports had said the number

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Germany and China boost business ties

A grand welcome for the German Chancellor in Beijing. Angela Merkel is attempting to strengthen her country’s business ties in China during a

A grand welcome for the German Chancellor in Beijing. Angela Merkel is attempting to strengthen her country’s business ties in China during a

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New Zealand mourns dolphin death

New Zealand is mourning the death of an icon: Moko, the bottlenose dolphin. Moko was a regular fixture on the beaches of the country’s northeast

New Zealand is mourning the death of an icon: Moko, the bottlenose dolphin. Moko was a regular fixture on the beaches of the country’s northeast

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Typhoon leaves five dead and five missing in Japan

At least five people have been killed and five missing in western Japan after heavy rains caused flooding and landslides.

At least five people have been killed and five missing in western Japan after heavy rains caused flooding and landslides.

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Military parade in Syria

Members of the Palestinian Fatah al-Intifada group have celebrated their military graduation with a passing-out show at the Saladin camp in Ghouta

Members of the Palestinian Fatah al-Intifada group have celebrated their military graduation with a passing-out show at the Saladin camp in Ghouta

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Japan: accident at Okinawa Churaumi aquarium

A dolphin suddenly leaped out of a tank during a show at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, in southwestern Japan.

A dolphin suddenly leaped out of a tank during a show at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, in southwestern Japan.

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Russia's Duma approves more powers for FSB

Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, has backed a controversial bill to extend the powers of the country’s main intelligence agency, the

Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, has backed a controversial bill to extend the powers of the country’s main intelligence agency, the

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Louisiana reacts to apparent plug of oil spill

It is the big talking point at Zydeco’s Cajun Kitchen in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Oil is no longer spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, at least for

It is the big talking point at Zydeco’s Cajun Kitchen in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Oil is no longer spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, at least for

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40 killed in Iraq hotel fire

At least 40 people have been killed and 23 have been injured in a fire in northern Iraq. The fire hit the Soma Hotel in the city of Suleimaniya

At least 40 people have been killed and 23 have been injured in a fire in northern Iraq. The fire hit the Soma Hotel in the city of Suleimaniya

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Judge Garzon honoured in Argentina

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon has been honoured in Argentina for his pursuit of the leaders of the country’s military dictatorship. Garzon led

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon has been honoured in Argentina for his pursuit of the leaders of the country’s military dictatorship. Garzon led

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Hotel fire kills 40 in north Iraq

At least 40 people have died and at least 22 have been injured in a hotel fire in northern Iraq. The incident happened in the city of Sulaimaniya

At least 40 people have died and at least 22 have been injured in a hotel fire in northern Iraq. The incident happened in the city of Sulaimaniya

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US senate backs financial reforms

The US Senate has approved the biggest shakeup of American financial regulation in decades. The reforms impose lending restrictions on banks in a

The US Senate has approved the biggest shakeup of American financial regulation in decades. The reforms impose lending restrictions on banks in a

Europe

Bridging europe's pensions gap

Faced with an ageing population, EU nations are under pressure to reform their pension systems. The European Commission has recently issued a green

Faced with an ageing population, EU nations are under pressure to reform their pension systems. The European Commission has recently issued a green

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600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald

Leaders of Poland, Lithuania and Romania were among those who gathered at the Grunwald battle field in Poland for the 600th anniversary of medieval

Leaders of Poland, Lithuania and Romania were among those who gathered at the Grunwald battle field in Poland for the 600th anniversary of medieval

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18th century ship uncovered at Ground Zero

Workers at the World Trade Centre in New York have unearthed the remains of a large ship. The vessel is thought to have been buried in the 18th

Workers at the World Trade Centre in New York have unearthed the remains of a large ship. The vessel is thought to have been buried in the 18th