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2010-09-07

Europe

EU "state of union" speech aims to stir morale

In Strasbourg, the European Parliament has re-opened after the summer recess. The citizens of the French city were demonstrating against pension

In Strasbourg, the European Parliament has re-opened after the summer recess. The citizens of the French city were demonstrating against pension

Europe

Roma rights and funding firmly on EU agenda

President Jose Manuel Barroso of the European Commission did not mention France by name in his state of the union speech in the European Parliament

President Jose Manuel Barroso of the European Commission did not mention France by name in his state of the union speech in the European Parliament

Europe

MEPs' reactions to Barroso speech

After the state of the union speech by the head of the European Commission, it was plain the content had gone down more or less well in the European

After the state of the union speech by the head of the European Commission, it was plain the content had gone down more or less well in the European

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A pensions timebomb in Europe

To avoid setting off what has been described as a pensions timebomb, Europeans face having to work longer and harder before they can retire. The

To avoid setting off what has been described as a pensions timebomb, Europeans face having to work longer and harder before they can retire. The

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Freedom for South Korean fishing crew

Free after a month in captivity. North Korea has released the seven-man crew of a South Korean fishing boat, including three Chinese nationals

Free after a month in captivity. North Korea has released the seven-man crew of a South Korean fishing boat, including three Chinese nationals

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Hostile reception for French pension plans

A “rendez-vous with the future” is how France’s Labour Minister described the government’s proposals to progressively raise the retirement age. As

A “rendez-vous with the future” is how France’s Labour Minister described the government’s proposals to progressively raise the retirement age. As

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Nato condemns church's 9/11 plan

Nato’s heavyweights, whose sights are usually fixed on the Taliban, have turned on an American church that plans to use the anniversary of 9/11 to

Nato’s heavyweights, whose sights are usually fixed on the Taliban, have turned on an American church that plans to use the anniversary of 9/11 to

Business

Assets frozen as Kabulbank feels the heat

Afghanistan has frozen the assets of leading shareholders and borrowers of Kabulbank, the country’s crisis-hit top private bank. Among those

Afghanistan has frozen the assets of leading shareholders and borrowers of Kabulbank, the country’s crisis-hit top private bank. Among those

Business

Ecofin stuck on bank tax solutions

European finance ministers have given their go-ahead for a new body to supervise the finance industry which could be up and running next

European finance ministers have given their go-ahead for a new body to supervise the finance industry which could be up and running next

Business

Diamond takes the reins at Barclays

Prominent Barclay’s investment banker Robert Diamond will be the bank’s next CEO, according to an official statement. Massachussetts born Diamond has

Prominent Barclay’s investment banker Robert Diamond will be the bank’s next CEO, according to an official statement. Massachussetts born Diamond has

Business

Japan counts the cost of poor mental state

The Japanese government claims suicides and depression cost the country’s economy 25 billion euros last year. The losses stem largely from lost

The Japanese government claims suicides and depression cost the country’s economy 25 billion euros last year. The losses stem largely from lost

Business

HSBC's Green leaves for government post

The chairman of Europe’s biggest bank is stepping down to become Britain’s next trade minister. After 18 years at HSBC, Stephen Green will take up a

The chairman of Europe’s biggest bank is stepping down to become Britain’s next trade minister. After 18 years at HSBC, Stephen Green will take up a

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Berlusconi guns for rival Fini

The prospect of early elections in Italy is growing after Silvio Berlusconi vowed to appeal to President Giorgio Napolitano to remove his bitter

The prospect of early elections in Italy is growing after Silvio Berlusconi vowed to appeal to President Giorgio Napolitano to remove his bitter

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3D on display at IFA in Berlin

2010 marks the 50th edition of the IFA, the largest European trade show for consumer electronics and domestic appliances. Around 1,500 exhibitors

2010 marks the 50th edition of the IFA, the largest European trade show for consumer electronics and domestic appliances. Around 1,500 exhibitors

Science_technology

3D - Bringing it home

American computer experts in California’s Silicon Valley think that within the next 5-10 years all the displays we use in daily life will become 3D –

American computer experts in California’s Silicon Valley think that within the next 5-10 years all the displays we use in daily life will become 3D –

Culture

Amazons/POVO

A new exhibition in Speyer, Germany, looks at Amazons and asks are they legend or did they really exist? Alexander Koch, the director of the

A new exhibition in Speyer, Germany, looks at Amazons and asks are they legend or did they really exist? Alexander Koch, the director of the

Culture

Vallanzasca/Passione

Vallanzasca, from Italian director Michele Placido, is showing out of competition at the Venice Film Festival. It is a biopic about one of Italy’s

Vallanzasca, from Italian director Michele Placido, is showing out of competition at the Venice Film Festival. It is a biopic about one of Italy’s

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Mass protests over French retirement reform

It was a show of force against Nicolas Sarkozy’s retirement reforms.    Hundreds of thousands have turned out on the streets to protest against plans

It was a show of force against Nicolas Sarkozy’s retirement reforms.    Hundreds of thousands have turned out on the streets to protest against plans

Science_technology

Morocco cleans up one of its oldest industries

Tanning is an ancient art in Morocco, but it pollutes the environment heavily. Chouara is part of this tradition. It is one of the three tanneries in

Tanning is an ancient art in Morocco, but it pollutes the environment heavily. Chouara is part of this tradition. It is one of the three tanneries in

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Tube strike causes chaos in London

Getting around London has been a struggle for millions of commuters as striking Underground workers virtually crippled the tube network. Unions

Getting around London has been a struggle for millions of commuters as striking Underground workers virtually crippled the tube network. Unions

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Gillard to form minority Australian govt

She’s got the numbers to remain Australia’s first-ever woman prime minister. Julia Gillard is to form a minority government with a one seat majority

She’s got the numbers to remain Australia’s first-ever woman prime minister. Julia Gillard is to form a minority government with a one seat majority

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Guatemala and Mexico fear more floods

Rescue workers in Guatemala are hoping to resume their search for victims of a massive landslide after rain and darkness forced them to

Rescue workers in Guatemala are hoping to resume their search for victims of a massive landslide after rain and darkness forced them to

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'Swim together or sink separately' - Barroso on EU

Jose Manuel Barroso has used his first US-style ‘state of the union’ address to call for solidarity in tackling Europe’s economic problems The

Jose Manuel Barroso has used his first US-style ‘state of the union’ address to call for solidarity in tackling Europe’s economic problems The

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Spain adds Asturias Prize to trophy cabinet

“After meeting in Oviedo the jury for the Asturias Sports Award are unanimous in the decision to hand the Prince of Asturias Prize for Sport to the

“After meeting in Oviedo the jury for the Asturias Sports Award are unanimous in the decision to hand the Prince of Asturias Prize for Sport to the

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France downs tools over raising retirement age

French trade unions are flexing their muscles with widespread strikes to protest against government plans to make people work longer before they can

French trade unions are flexing their muscles with widespread strikes to protest against government plans to make people work longer before they can

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Two independents tip Australia Labor's way

Australia’s Labor prime minister Julia Gillard will remain in office after finally winning the backing of two independent MPs to give her a

Australia’s Labor prime minister Julia Gillard will remain in office after finally winning the backing of two independent MPs to give her a

Nocomment

Damage assessment continues in quake stricken New Zealand

The powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake that smashed buildings, cracked roads and twisted rail lines on New Zealand’s South Island also ripped a new

The powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake that smashed buildings, cracked roads and twisted rail lines on New Zealand’s South Island also ripped a new

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Barroso gives EU "state of union" address

Jose Manuel Barroso has called on EU countries to show solidarity in tackling Europe’s economic problems over the next year. “We either swim

Jose Manuel Barroso has called on EU countries to show solidarity in tackling Europe’s economic problems over the next year. “We either swim

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Christian pilgrims baptised in Israel

Christian pilgrims were baptised in the Jordan river’s waters at a baptismal site on the fringes of the Sea of Galilee.

Christian pilgrims were baptised in the Jordan river’s waters at a baptismal site on the fringes of the Sea of Galilee.