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2010-09-08

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Muslim anger over Koran-burning ceremony

The hugely controversial plans for a mass burning of copies of the Koran in the US have already prompted angry protests among Muslims. In Kabul

The hugely controversial plans for a mass burning of copies of the Koran in the US have already prompted angry protests among Muslims. In Kabul

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Sarkozy stands firm on pension reforms

The new age of retirement is not negotiable. That is the blunt message from the French President today after a meeting with his government

The new age of retirement is not negotiable. That is the blunt message from the French President today after a meeting with his government

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Miracle landing for airliner that blew a fuse

Eighty-one people on board a Russian passenger jet are thanking their lucky stars after the plane suffered multiple systems failures 10,600 metres up

Eighty-one people on board a Russian passenger jet are thanking their lucky stars after the plane suffered multiple systems failures 10,600 metres up

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British MPs to debate hacking scandal

Britain’s opposition is ramping up the pressure on the government over a newspaper phone hacking scandal. MPs will hold an emergency debate in

Britain’s opposition is ramping up the pressure on the government over a newspaper phone hacking scandal. MPs will hold an emergency debate in

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Growing global demand for scarce resource

For many Europeans it is a commodity that is part of everyday life but nearly one billion people worldwide have little or no access to water

For many Europeans it is a commodity that is part of everyday life but nearly one billion people worldwide have little or no access to water

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"Two billion don't have access to good water"

Fifteen years ago, a senior World Bank official predicted that the wars of the 21st century would be fought not over land or oil but over one basic

Fifteen years ago, a senior World Bank official predicted that the wars of the 21st century would be fought not over land or oil but over one basic

Business

Anglo-Irish Bank to be carved in two

Details of the demise of Anglo-Irish Bank have been announced. It is to be split into two parts: an asset recovery bank and a funding bank. The asset

Details of the demise of Anglo-Irish Bank have been announced. It is to be split into two parts: an asset recovery bank and a funding bank. The asset

Europe

Travellers to US now pay to promote the country

Travellers to the United States now have to pay 14 dollars — around 11 euros — even if they are visa-exempt. Most of this is to pay for promoting the

Travellers to the United States now have to pay 14 dollars — around 11 euros — even if they are visa-exempt. Most of this is to pay for promoting the

Business

Dana fends off KNOC takeover bid

Scottish oil and gas group Dana Petroleum has rejected a hostile takeover bid from the Korea National Oil Corp. The two billion euro bid was not

Scottish oil and gas group Dana Petroleum has rejected a hostile takeover bid from the Korea National Oil Corp. The two billion euro bid was not

Europe

Postal liberalisation moratorium urged by unions

Hold up liberalisation of Europe’s postal services. That was the call of demonstrators representing more than 150 trade unions from across Europe

Hold up liberalisation of Europe’s postal services. That was the call of demonstrators representing more than 150 trade unions from across Europe

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US pastor defiant over plans to burn Koran

The pastor of a tiny church in the US says he is determined to go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Koran to mark the ninth anniversary of the

The pastor of a tiny church in the US says he is determined to go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Koran to mark the ninth anniversary of the

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Iran confirms suspension of stoning death

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has won a stay of execution. The Iranian government has confirmed that it has suspended her sentence of death by

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has won a stay of execution. The Iranian government has confirmed that it has suspended her sentence of death by

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BP fingers contractors in oil-spill report

The oil-giant BP has pointed the finger at its contractors in a report on the worst ever oil-spill the US has seen. Transocean and Halliburton come

The oil-giant BP has pointed the finger at its contractors in a report on the worst ever oil-spill the US has seen. Transocean and Halliburton come

Business

Kabulbank customers continue to empty accounts

Customers of Afghanistan’s biggest private bank continue to empty their accounts despite promises that their money is safe. Armed security guards

Customers of Afghanistan’s biggest private bank continue to empty their accounts despite promises that their money is safe. Armed security guards

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Kazakhstan revives old water solution

The leader of Kazakhstan used a meeting with Russia’s President Medvedev this week to revive an old Soviet-era idea to divert Siberian rivers

The leader of Kazakhstan used a meeting with Russia’s President Medvedev this week to revive an old Soviet-era idea to divert Siberian rivers

Science_technology

Cultural heritage - a new dimension

Anne Coulié is a preservation expert at the Louvre, specialising in ceramics from ancient Greece. David Kolin is an IT expert, working on 3

Anne Coulié is a preservation expert at the Louvre, specialising in ceramics from ancient Greece. David Kolin is an IT expert, working on 3

Science_technology

3D on display at the IFA in Berlin

The old radio tower which stands in the middle of Berlin’s amusement park is decked out in ribbons to mark the 50th edition of the IFA, the biggest

The old radio tower which stands in the middle of Berlin’s amusement park is decked out in ribbons to mark the 50th edition of the IFA, the biggest

Business

Ryanair still in the market for new planes

Low budget airline Ryanair says it might still be interested in buying up to 300 new planes. That’s after it pulled out of a deal for 200 aircraft

Low budget airline Ryanair says it might still be interested in buying up to 300 new planes. That’s after it pulled out of a deal for 200 aircraft

Business

Vodafone sells off China Mobile stake

The world’s highest-earning telecoms operator Vodafone has sold its 3.2 percent stake in China Mobile for just over five billion euros. That’s nearly

The world’s highest-earning telecoms operator Vodafone has sold its 3.2 percent stake in China Mobile for just over five billion euros. That’s nearly

Business

Falling demand puts brakes on German exports

A fall in German exports in July has got investors ponderously stroking their chins. After two months of gains, exports shrank by 1.5 percent for the

A fall in German exports in July has got investors ponderously stroking their chins. After two months of gains, exports shrank by 1.5 percent for the

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Sarkozy stands firm on pension reforms

The new age of retirement is not negotiable. That is the blunt message from the French President today after a meeting with his government

The new age of retirement is not negotiable. That is the blunt message from the French President today after a meeting with his government

News

Iran confirms suspension of stoning death sentence

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has won a stay of execution. The Iranian government has confirmed the suspension of her sentence of death by stoning, a

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has won a stay of execution. The Iranian government has confirmed the suspension of her sentence of death by stoning, a

Culture

Venice honours Tamil filmmaker Mani Ratnam

The Venice Film festival honours one of Bollywood’s most outstanding protagonists – Tamil film director, screenwriter and producer Mani

The Venice Film festival honours one of Bollywood’s most outstanding protagonists – Tamil film director, screenwriter and producer Mani

Culture

Istanbul and the Ramadan nights

Istanbul is a vibrant mix of differing cultures. Over the centuries the city has seen many changes, yet one festival maintains its place in the heart

Istanbul is a vibrant mix of differing cultures. Over the centuries the city has seen many changes, yet one festival maintains its place in the heart

Nocomment

Trapped miners watch Chile football match

Thirty-three trapped Chilean miners were able to watch the Chilean national squad’s friendly against the Ukraine over a fiberoptic line.

Thirty-three trapped Chilean miners were able to watch the Chilean national squad’s friendly against the Ukraine over a fiberoptic line.

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Security Council urged to act over DRC rapes

The UN Security Council has been urged to consider sanctions against rebel leaders suspected of organizing mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of

The UN Security Council has been urged to consider sanctions against rebel leaders suspected of organizing mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of

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More transport disruption in Greece

Public transport in Greece is being disrupted today and tomorrow, as unions continue their protest against government austerity measures. The

Public transport in Greece is being disrupted today and tomorrow, as unions continue their protest against government austerity measures. The

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Clinton: Burn-the-Koran plan is 'disgraceful'

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she is encouraged by the growing condemnation of plans to burn copies of the Koran on the 11th of

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she is encouraged by the growing condemnation of plans to burn copies of the Koran on the 11th of

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Trapped miners watch Chile football match

It was another morale boost for the 33 miners trapped in Chile – although the result could have been better. While their families watched the

It was another morale boost for the 33 miners trapped in Chile – although the result could have been better. While their families watched the