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2010-10-18

Europe

Belgian political wedge driven deeper

Belgian political divisions have deepened still further. The French speaking parties have rejected the Flemish separatist N-VA’s coalition

Belgian political divisions have deepened still further. The French speaking parties have rejected the Flemish separatist N-VA’s coalition

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Refinery workers choke French fuel supply

All twelve French oil refineries are in the grip of the strike. Only one of them is still able to produce anything. At Grandpuits outside Paris

All twelve French oil refineries are in the grip of the strike. Only one of them is still able to produce anything. At Grandpuits outside Paris

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France faces a Tuesday of reform protest chaos

It’s the strikes at France’s refineries which are causing the most disruption, and public concern. Workers have been blockading the country’s 12

It’s the strikes at France’s refineries which are causing the most disruption, and public concern. Workers have been blockading the country’s 12

Business

Investors wary on Enel green power IPO

Investors were cautious as Italian utility Enel kicked off the sale of a third of the shares of its renewable energy division – Enel Green Power

Investors were cautious as Italian utility Enel kicked off the sale of a third of the shares of its renewable energy division – Enel Green Power

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Anger and arrests as French students protest

France’s long history of street protest has seen a new chapter written, with students blockading schools and clashing with police across the country

France’s long history of street protest has seen a new chapter written, with students blockading schools and clashing with police across the country

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Train strike paralyses Belgium

Normally busy train stations across Belgium have been deserted due to a 24-hour strike by rail workers. The network usually handles 500 thousand

Normally busy train stations across Belgium have been deserted due to a 24-hour strike by rail workers. The network usually handles 500 thousand

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Merkel's attack fuels "multi-kulti" debate

The debate on immigration and multi-culturalism in Germany rages on. For some, Angela Merkel is belatedly stating the obvious; for others she is

The debate on immigration and multi-culturalism in Germany rages on. For some, Angela Merkel is belatedly stating the obvious; for others she is

Science_technology

Turbine blows wind of change in Germany

A small town in south west Germany is the location for a very big energy project. One of the world’s most powerful inland wind turbines is being

A small town in south west Germany is the location for a very big energy project. One of the world’s most powerful inland wind turbines is being

Culture

Tigerman on tour

The Legendary Tigerman is a one-man band show, with Portuguese musician Paulo Furtado the man behind everything from the kazoo to the guitar. His

The Legendary Tigerman is a one-man band show, with Portuguese musician Paulo Furtado the man behind everything from the kazoo to the guitar. His

Culture

Basquiat retrospective opens in Paris

The City Museum of Modern Art in Paris is presenting the largest retrospective ever shown in France of the charismatic American artist Jean-Michel

The City Museum of Modern Art in Paris is presenting the largest retrospective ever shown in France of the charismatic American artist Jean-Michel

Culture

Swank stars in Conviction

Directed by Tony Goldwyn and starring double Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Conviction is the true story of a sister’s quest to free her wrongly

Directed by Tony Goldwyn and starring double Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Conviction is the true story of a sister’s quest to free her wrongly

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Spanish island for sale - 6 million euros

An idyllic Spanish island has been put up for sale. Illa d’en Colom is a 58-hectare hideaway complete with two beaches, a sandy southern coast and

An idyllic Spanish island has been put up for sale. Illa d’en Colom is a 58-hectare hideaway complete with two beaches, a sandy southern coast and

Business

EU finance ministers debate budget reform

The battle lines over budget reform are hardening as euro zone finance ministers meet in Luxembourg to try to complete an overhaul of EU budget

The battle lines over budget reform are hardening as euro zone finance ministers meet in Luxembourg to try to complete an overhaul of EU budget

Business

Trichet rejects Weber's bond view

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet has revealed policy differences with Bundesbank chief Axel Weber. Trichet said the bank’s

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet has revealed policy differences with Bundesbank chief Axel Weber. Trichet said the bank’s

Business

Ford 'to cut Mazda investment'

Ford and Mazda look set to drift further apart as the US car maker plans to wind down its investment in the Japanese firm. Reportedly Ford will

Ford and Mazda look set to drift further apart as the US car maker plans to wind down its investment in the Japanese firm. Reportedly Ford will

Business

Philips cautious on sales growth

Philips Electronics has unveiled third-quarter operating profit that beat forecasts thanks to cost cuts, but at the same time it was cautious about

Philips Electronics has unveiled third-quarter operating profit that beat forecasts thanks to cost cuts, but at the same time it was cautious about

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Turkey begins trial of more than 150 Kurds

More than 150 politicians and activists have gone on trial in Turkey, accused of having links to Kurdish rebels. A dozen elected mayors are among

More than 150 politicians and activists have gone on trial in Turkey, accused of having links to Kurdish rebels. A dozen elected mayors are among

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Iraq's PM visits Iran on 'back-me' tour

Iraq’s prime minister is in Iran as part of a Middle East tour designed to bolster his fragile premiership. Nouri al-Maliki’s visit is being viewed

Iraq’s prime minister is in Iran as part of a Middle East tour designed to bolster his fragile premiership. Nouri al-Maliki’s visit is being viewed

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Rome hosts high-level Afghan talks

US General David Petraeus has been holding talks on Afghanistan with senior envoys in Rome. Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini convened the

US General David Petraeus has been holding talks on Afghanistan with senior envoys in Rome. Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini convened the

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Anger as French students join protests

Fears for their future prompted students to join the protests in France, their increasing anger sparking clashes with police. Demonstrations closed

Fears for their future prompted students to join the protests in France, their increasing anger sparking clashes with police. Demonstrations closed

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Philippines hit by 225 kph Super Typhoon

With winds of more than 200 kph, Super Typhoon Megi slammed into the Philippines this morning, cutting power supplies, forcing airlines to cancel

With winds of more than 200 kph, Super Typhoon Megi slammed into the Philippines this morning, cutting power supplies, forcing airlines to cancel

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Truckers join French strike; fuel harder to find

France is again the focus of increasing European anger at pension and retirement reforms, which has seen protests and demonstrations across the

France is again the focus of increasing European anger at pension and retirement reforms, which has seen protests and demonstrations across the

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Urgent steps needed to protect nature, UN warns

There is no time to lose, with the planet’s very future at stake. That is the stark message as delegates from more than 190 countries gather in

There is no time to lose, with the planet’s very future at stake. That is the stark message as delegates from more than 190 countries gather in

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Little hope for miners in China disaster

Hopes are fading for a group of Chinese miners trapped underground after a deadly gas explosion on Saturday. Latest reports put the number killed in

Hopes are fading for a group of Chinese miners trapped underground after a deadly gas explosion on Saturday. Latest reports put the number killed in

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Saudis warn France of terror threat, says minister

French tourist sites are to remain on high alert amid fresh fears of an imminent terror attack. Tension rose last month after warnings that al Qaeda

French tourist sites are to remain on high alert amid fresh fears of an imminent terror attack. Tension rose last month after warnings that al Qaeda

Nocomment

Deadly Thailand floods

Heavy rains have killed at least four people in northeast Thailand.

Heavy rains have killed at least four people in northeast Thailand.

Nocomment

Tragedy in Ecuadorean mine

In Portovelo, the bodies of two of the four miners trapped in a collapsed gold mine have been found. They were trapped early on Friday October 15

In Portovelo, the bodies of two of the four miners trapped in a collapsed gold mine have been found. They were trapped early on Friday October 15

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Eurasia Marathon in Istanbul

The Eurasia Marathon has been held in Istanbul. It is the only marathon in the world connecting two continents via the Bosphorus Bridge. Vincent

The Eurasia Marathon has been held in Istanbul. It is the only marathon in the world connecting two continents via the Bosphorus Bridge. Vincent

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Women march against rape in DR Congo

More than 1,700 women have marched against sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The rally was organised by the ‘World March of

More than 1,700 women have marched against sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The rally was organised by the ‘World March of

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Brazil's Greens stay neutral in presidential race

Brazil’s Green Party and their third placed candidate Marina Silva have opted to remain neutral ahead of the country’s presidential runoff at the

Brazil’s Green Party and their third placed candidate Marina Silva have opted to remain neutral ahead of the country’s presidential runoff at the