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2010-08-20

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Appeal for helicopters in Pakistan relief effort

The UN’s food agency, the World Food Programme, says it urgently needs more helicopters to distribute aid to the millions cut off by high waters in

The UN’s food agency, the World Food Programme, says it urgently needs more helicopters to distribute aid to the millions cut off by high waters in

Business

Potash seeks richer bidder

Potash is looking for buyers willing to top BHP Billiton’s 30 billion euro hostile takeover offer. Sources at the world’s largest fertiliser firm

Potash is looking for buyers willing to top BHP Billiton’s 30 billion euro hostile takeover offer. Sources at the world’s largest fertiliser firm

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Thai talks to planemakers

Showdown in the east for Airbus and Boeing as Thai Airways negotiates with the two plane makers for a possible record order of 30 aircraft worth

Showdown in the east for Airbus and Boeing as Thai Airways negotiates with the two plane makers for a possible record order of 30 aircraft worth

Business

KNOC launches hostile bid for Dana

State-run Korea National Oil Corporation has taken its bid for Britain’s Dana Petroleum hostile. Dana’s management earlier this month rejected

State-run Korea National Oil Corporation has taken its bid for Britain’s Dana Petroleum hostile. Dana’s management earlier this month rejected

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Huge egg recall in US

One of the biggest US egg companies in the US has taken 380 million eggs off the shelves after hundreds of Americans became sick with salmonella

One of the biggest US egg companies in the US has taken 380 million eggs off the shelves after hundreds of Americans became sick with salmonella

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France expels more Roma

Dozens of Roma people expelled as part of a crackdown on crime and illegal immigration by the French government have left France bound for

Dozens of Roma people expelled as part of a crackdown on crime and illegal immigration by the French government have left France bound for

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Japan mulls stimulus for wilting economy

Japan’s leaders are considering fresh stimulus measures to counter a sharp slowdown in the country’s fragile economy. Adding to the problem of

Japan’s leaders are considering fresh stimulus measures to counter a sharp slowdown in the country’s fragile economy. Adding to the problem of

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Israel and Palestinians agree face-to-face talks

Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resume direct negotiations without preconditions aimed at reaching a peace deal within a year.

Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resume direct negotiations without preconditions aimed at reaching a peace deal within a year.

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Gondoliers now 'woman's work' in Venice

Venice in Italy is an historic gem, but even there, the 21st century is making itself felt. Giorgia Boscolo has become the first female to pass the

Venice in Italy is an historic gem, but even there, the 21st century is making itself felt. Giorgia Boscolo has become the first female to pass the

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Show restraint over Lockerbie bomber, Libya told

Britain has urged Libya not to repeat the scenes of a year ago, when the freed Lockerbie bomber returned to Tripoli to a hero’s

Britain has urged Libya not to repeat the scenes of a year ago, when the freed Lockerbie bomber returned to Tripoli to a hero’s

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Alleged arms dealer extradition to US angers Russia

Russia has reacted strongly to Thailand’s decision to extradite alleged Russian arms merchant Viktor Bout to face trial in the United States, calling

Russia has reacted strongly to Thailand’s decision to extradite alleged Russian arms merchant Viktor Bout to face trial in the United States, calling

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Osh protesters defy Kyrgyzstan government

There have been more signs of dissent in Kyrgyzstan’s troubled south, against the former Soviet Republic’s interim government. “We want our mayor

There have been more signs of dissent in Kyrgyzstan’s troubled south, against the former Soviet Republic’s interim government. “We want our mayor

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Final countdown for Iran's first atomic energy plant

The irreversible process of loading fuel rods into Iran’s first atomic energy plant will begin this Saturday after a delay of almost 40

The irreversible process of loading fuel rods into Iran’s first atomic energy plant will begin this Saturday after a delay of almost 40

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UN pledges more aid for Pakistan

An estimated 20 million people are now affected by the floods in Pakistan – that is almost three times the population of Greater London. At an

An estimated 20 million people are now affected by the floods in Pakistan – that is almost three times the population of Greater London. At an

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Australia's politicians approach crocodile jaw vote

A general election this Saturday in Australia pits Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard against conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott. A spokesman

A general election this Saturday in Australia pits Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard against conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott. A spokesman

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Thais to extradite Bout to US for arms sales trial

Thailand will extradite alleged Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout to face trial in the United States. Bout’s wife has accused the Thai authorities

Thailand will extradite alleged Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout to face trial in the United States. Bout’s wife has accused the Thai authorities

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Striking teachers dispersed by South African police

Thousands of South African striking teachers were dispersed by police firing rubber bullets as they march in an attempt to blockade Johannesburg’s

Thousands of South African striking teachers were dispersed by police firing rubber bullets as they march in an attempt to blockade Johannesburg’s

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Afghanistan: Military parade marks Independence Day

President Hamid Karzai, Afghan defence and government officials and foreign diplomats attending a ceremony in Kabul to mark the 91st anniversary of

President Hamid Karzai, Afghan defence and government officials and foreign diplomats attending a ceremony in Kabul to mark the 91st anniversary of

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Last American combat brigade leaves Iraq for Kuwait

Seven years and five months after the US-led invasion, the last American combat brigade left Iraq via Kuwait by military convoy where they waited for

Seven years and five months after the US-led invasion, the last American combat brigade left Iraq via Kuwait by military convoy where they waited for

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US leads the way as UN appeals for Pakistan aid

The United States has pledged to boost its financial aid to flood-stricken Pakistan by the equivalent of 50 million euros. American Secretary of

The United States has pledged to boost its financial aid to flood-stricken Pakistan by the equivalent of 50 million euros. American Secretary of

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Quartet, Israel, Palestinians poised for direct peace talks

September 2 will see Israel and the Palestinians start direct peace talks in Washington, a diplomatic source says. The United States, the European

September 2 will see Israel and the Palestinians start direct peace talks in Washington, a diplomatic source says. The United States, the European

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Confusion over Wyclef Jean's presidential run

Former Fugees rapper Wyclef Jean’s bid to be the next president of earthquake-hit Haiti appears to be mired in confusion. Reuters reported Thursday

Former Fugees rapper Wyclef Jean’s bid to be the next president of earthquake-hit Haiti appears to be mired in confusion. Reuters reported Thursday

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Luxury yacht migrants questioned in Calabria

More than 120 immigrants are being held in southern Italy after arriving on board a luxury yacht reportedly from Turkey. It is thought they may be

More than 120 immigrants are being held in southern Italy after arriving on board a luxury yacht reportedly from Turkey. It is thought they may be

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Russia to switch on Iran nuclear plant

Russia will switch on Iran’s first nuclear power plant this weekend as Moscow seeks to boost its global influence by acting as a power broker between

Russia will switch on Iran’s first nuclear power plant this weekend as Moscow seeks to boost its global influence by acting as a power broker between

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France expels first Roma gypsies to Romania

Dozens of Roma gypsies have arrived back in Romania after being expelled from France. French authorities repatriated at least 70 Roma on Thursday

Dozens of Roma gypsies have arrived back in Romania after being expelled from France. French authorities repatriated at least 70 Roma on Thursday