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2010-10-20

Europe

Maternity leave increase to 20 week minimum wins EP vote

Maternity leave in EU countries should increase, according to a vote in the European Parliament, from a regulatory minimum of 14 weeks to 20 weeks

Maternity leave in EU countries should increase, according to a vote in the European Parliament, from a regulatory minimum of 14 weeks to 20 weeks

Europe

Call to raise EU spending sits badly with some

As Britain takes the axe to its budget, from Strasbourg comes a call to increase EU spending. Discounting protests by governments putting austerity

As Britain takes the axe to its budget, from Strasbourg comes a call to increase EU spending. Discounting protests by governments putting austerity

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Austerity plan brings UK 'back from the brink'

The impact of the British austerity plan will spread beyond the UK’s shores. The BBC World Service faces potential cuts as the government will no

The impact of the British austerity plan will spread beyond the UK’s shores. The BBC World Service faces potential cuts as the government will no

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US hikers to face Iran trial

Two Americans arrested while hiking in Iran will go on trial next month on charges of espionage and illegally entering the Islamic Republic

Two Americans arrested while hiking in Iran will go on trial next month on charges of espionage and illegally entering the Islamic Republic

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French government won't budge despite riots

The French government says it will stand firm on pension reform despite continued unrest. Riots led by high school students have rolled into a

The French government says it will stand firm on pension reform despite continued unrest. Riots led by high school students have rolled into a

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Maliki asks neighbours to help rebuild Iraq

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday said he wants neighbouring states to play a role in rebuilding his country after holding talks

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday said he wants neighbouring states to play a role in rebuilding his country after holding talks

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Government and business count cost of strikes

On the 7th day of rolling strikes and protests against pension reform, France still has a long way to go to match the events of 1995. That autumn saw

On the 7th day of rolling strikes and protests against pension reform, France still has a long way to go to match the events of 1995. That autumn saw

Business

Airliner sales lift Boeing profit

Boeing’s shares took off as it posted a quarterly profit that beat expectations. The US aerospace and defence company also boosted its forecast for

Boeing’s shares took off as it posted a quarterly profit that beat expectations. The US aerospace and defence company also boosted its forecast for

Business

Peugeot Citroen boosted by emerging markets

PSA Peugeot Citroen has raised its profit target due to brisk sales in new markets. The French carmaker said in the third-quarter it sold 10

PSA Peugeot Citroen has raised its profit target due to brisk sales in new markets. The French carmaker said in the third-quarter it sold 10

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Spain PM overhauls government with reshuffle

The Spanish prime minister has announced the biggest cabinet reshuffle since the Socialists came to power in 2004. But will it be enough to

The Spanish prime minister has announced the biggest cabinet reshuffle since the Socialists came to power in 2004. But will it be enough to

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Austrian students protest budget cuts

Students in Austria have been joined by their university professors and deans to protest a budget freeze for higher education. They say mass staff

Students in Austria have been joined by their university professors and deans to protest a budget freeze for higher education. They say mass staff

Science_technology

Getting sorted

Here in Romania, these children are learning to recycle paper – and they take it very seriously. They want to save forests, but recycling also saves

Here in Romania, these children are learning to recycle paper – and they take it very seriously. They want to save forests, but recycling also saves

Business

Sanofi gets competition OK for Genzyme

France’s Sanofi Aventis has moved a step closer to taking over American biotech firm Genzyme as US competition regulators have given it the green

France’s Sanofi Aventis has moved a step closer to taking over American biotech firm Genzyme as US competition regulators have given it the green

Business

Iraq auctions major gas fields

Iraq has auctioned off three major natural gas fields to international companies. Baghdad wants to become a top energy producer by tapping its vast

Iraq has auctioned off three major natural gas fields to international companies. Baghdad wants to become a top energy producer by tapping its vast

Business

ECB's Stark hints over interest rate

Another interest rate hike by the European Central Bank could be on the cards earlier than predicted, according to executive board member Juergen

Another interest rate hike by the European Central Bank could be on the cards earlier than predicted, according to executive board member Juergen

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UK Spending Review: George Osborne announces painful cuts

Britain’s Finance Minister George Osborne has presented his spending review in a noisy parliamentary statement, announcing the biggest public

Britain’s Finance Minister George Osborne has presented his spending review in a noisy parliamentary statement, announcing the biggest public

Science_technology

Seeing clearly: artificial corneas can restore sight

Researchers in Canada and Sweden have reported positive results from a study into biosynthetic corneas. The first 10 people in the world have been

Researchers in Canada and Sweden have reported positive results from a study into biosynthetic corneas. The first 10 people in the world have been

Culture

In Our Name - a soldier's return

British film ‘In Our Name’ is directed by Brian Welsh and stars Joanne Froggatt. It follows female soldier Suzy on her return from a traumatic

British film ‘In Our Name’ is directed by Brian Welsh and stars Joanne Froggatt. It follows female soldier Suzy on her return from a traumatic

Culture

Kunsthaus is back to Picasso basics

The Kunsthaus modern art museum in Zurich is reviving its first ever Picasso exhibition, as part of its centenary celebrations.

The Kunsthaus modern art museum in Zurich is reviving its first ever Picasso exhibition, as part of its centenary celebrations.

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Youths continue France riots

There has been another day of rioting against pension reforms in France. High school students are continuing to express their anger at the

There has been another day of rioting against pension reforms in France. High school students are continuing to express their anger at the

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French police ordered in to break fuel blockades

French police have been ordered to break blockades of oil depots. Picketers left three of the depots peacefully this morning, but it was reported

French police have been ordered to break blockades of oil depots. Picketers left three of the depots peacefully this morning, but it was reported

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Slow progress for Sarkozy pension bill in Senate

France’s Senate is working its way through hundreds of amendments to the unpopular pension bill as opposition members do their best to delay its

France’s Senate is working its way through hundreds of amendments to the unpopular pension bill as opposition members do their best to delay its

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French forced to queue for fuel as shortages bite

Protest action has hit supplies at around a third of France’s petrol pumps. Hence long queues at filling stations as increasingly exasperated

Protest action has hit supplies at around a third of France’s petrol pumps. Hence long queues at filling stations as increasingly exasperated

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Lyon clashes between youths and police

Clashes broke out between police and youths in the southern French city of Lyon as protests continued against the government’s pension reform plans.

Clashes broke out between police and youths in the southern French city of Lyon as protests continued against the government’s pension reform plans.

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French police ordered into fuel depots

Some fuel supplies were restored in France today after police moved in on strikers blocking three oil depots to move them on. The picketers left

Some fuel supplies were restored in France today after police moved in on strikers blocking three oil depots to move them on. The picketers left

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Major cabinet reshuffle in Spain

Spain’s leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has replaced his right-hand woman in a major cabinet reshuffle.   Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega has

Spain’s leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has replaced his right-hand woman in a major cabinet reshuffle.   Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega has

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Asian markets stem losses before close

China’s raising of its interest rate by 25 base points has sent Asian stockmarkets into a spin, following on from falls in Europe yesterday, and

China’s raising of its interest rate by 25 base points has sent Asian stockmarkets into a spin, following on from falls in Europe yesterday, and

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Wave of strikes in France over pension reforms

Demonstrators took to the streets across France, while masked youths clashed with police and set fires in cities as protests against a proposed hike

Demonstrators took to the streets across France, while masked youths clashed with police and set fires in cities as protests against a proposed hike

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French riot police clash with students

Police fired tear gas at high school students who were hurling stones and setting vehicles on fire during nationwide strikes and protests against the

Police fired tear gas at high school students who were hurling stones and setting vehicles on fire during nationwide strikes and protests against the

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Floods on Greek Aegean Sea

Greek authorities have declared a state of emergency on the eastern Aegean Sea island of Chios, where floods killed two people and caused extensive

Greek authorities have declared a state of emergency on the eastern Aegean Sea island of Chios, where floods killed two people and caused extensive