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2011-01-05

Europe

Afghans hungry for EU asylum in Athens

“We request political asylum,” reads a banner of a group of desperate Afghans in Athens. The men, women and children have been camping in front of

“We request political asylum,” reads a banner of a group of desperate Afghans in Athens. The men, women and children have been camping in front of

Business

US car sales jump, bumper 2011 predicted

Americans are getting back on the road and carmakers there are gearing up for a bumper year. US car sales rose to the highest rate in 16 months

Americans are getting back on the road and carmakers there are gearing up for a bumper year. US car sales rose to the highest rate in 16 months

News

Tunisian who sparked rare protests dies

A young fruit-seller who set himself on fire and sparked a rare wave of violent anti-government demonstrations in Tunisia has died of his

A young fruit-seller who set himself on fire and sparked a rare wave of violent anti-government demonstrations in Tunisia has died of his

News

No Honors for sacked carrier captain

For boldly going where no aircraft carrier commander had gone before, Captain Owen P. Honors of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise has been sacked

For boldly going where no aircraft carrier commander had gone before, Captain Owen P. Honors of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise has been sacked

News

Fixed-term marriage site a hit in Iran

Iran practices strict rules on sex and relationships. Porn sites and Facebook are blocked and you’re advised not to show too much affection in

Iran practices strict rules on sex and relationships. Porn sites and Facebook are blocked and you’re advised not to show too much affection in

Europe

Reservations remain on lifting EU's China arms embargo

Europe’s policy towards China this year seems likely to include reconsidering its 21-year-old ban on arms sales to the Communist giant. This has a

Europe’s policy towards China this year seems likely to include reconsidering its 21-year-old ban on arms sales to the Communist giant. This has a

Europe

Northern European Capitals of Culture Tallinn and Turku for 2011

For culture this year, follow the north star, as two of Europe’s designated capitals of culture lie that way: Tallinn in Estonia and Turku in

For culture this year, follow the north star, as two of Europe’s designated capitals of culture lie that way: Tallinn in Estonia and Turku in

News

Dead bird mystery spreads to Sweden

As many as 100 dead birds have fallen from the sky in Sweden. Residents of Falköping found the bodies of the jackdaws on Wednesday. Investigators

As many as 100 dead birds have fallen from the sky in Sweden. Residents of Falköping found the bodies of the jackdaws on Wednesday. Investigators

Business

Support for Spanish economy from China

China’s Vice Premier Li Keqiang on a visit to Madrid has told Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero that Beijing will continue to buy Spanish

China’s Vice Premier Li Keqiang on a visit to Madrid has told Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero that Beijing will continue to buy Spanish

Business

The year of the rising yuan?

China will let the yuan rise about five percent against the dollar this year to combat inflation, according to a report in an official

China will let the yuan rise about five percent against the dollar this year to combat inflation, according to a report in an official

Business

Commodities fall further

Commodity prices continued to fall on Wednesday with US light crude slipping near 88 dollars a barrel. The sell off – which pulled down share

Commodity prices continued to fall on Wednesday with US light crude slipping near 88 dollars a barrel. The sell off – which pulled down share

Business

Samsung ramps up investment

South Korea’s largest business conglomerate, Samsung has said it will boost its investment spending by nearly one-fifth to a record 29 billion euros

South Korea’s largest business conglomerate, Samsung has said it will boost its investment spending by nearly one-fifth to a record 29 billion euros

News

More dead birds fall from US skies

Blackbirds are having a hard time staying alive in the United States at the moment. Just days after 5,000 plummeted to their deaths from the

Blackbirds are having a hard time staying alive in the United States at the moment. Just days after 5,000 plummeted to their deaths from the

Culture

The Nutcracker in 3D

The Nutcracker in 3D is the latest adaptation of the famous ballet for the silver screen. Although it is a Russian production, it was filmed in

The Nutcracker in 3D is the latest adaptation of the famous ballet for the silver screen. Although it is a Russian production, it was filmed in

Culture

Chinese surrealism in Bern

A collection of hitherto-unseen modern art from China features in a new exhibition ‘Big Draft – Shanghai’ in Bern, Switzerland.     The man

A collection of hitherto-unseen modern art from China features in a new exhibition ‘Big Draft – Shanghai’ in Bern, Switzerland.     The man

Science_technology

Light therapy for SAD sufferers

In northern Europe the sun is a rare sight during the winter.  And although most people would like to see more of it, for some people a lack of

In northern Europe the sun is a rare sight during the winter.  And although most people would like to see more of it, for some people a lack of

Nocomment

Egypt's Copts demonstration

Christian protestors have been on the streets of Cairo in Egypt for the second night running. The death toll in the bombing outside a Coptic

Christian protestors have been on the streets of Cairo in Egypt for the second night running. The death toll in the bombing outside a Coptic

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First partial solar eclipse of 2011

Professional and amateur astronomers alike gazed towards the heavens on January 4, 2011 as the first partial solar eclipse of 2011 was visible across

Professional and amateur astronomers alike gazed towards the heavens on January 4, 2011 as the first partial solar eclipse of 2011 was visible across

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Snow and Ice Festival in China

China’s northern city of Harbin prepares for its 27th annual Snow and Ice Festival, as the city transforms chunks of snow and blocks of ice into

China’s northern city of Harbin prepares for its 27th annual Snow and Ice Festival, as the city transforms chunks of snow and blocks of ice into

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Rome protest over Brazil's Battisti decision

Italian protesters took part in a sit-in in front of the Brazilian embassy in Rome, in an effort to get Brazil to reverse a decision not to extradite

Italian protesters took part in a sit-in in front of the Brazilian embassy in Rome, in an effort to get Brazil to reverse a decision not to extradite

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Court hearing for Jackson's doctor

A judge in Los Angeles has held a preliminary hearing to decide if Dr Conrad Murray should stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of

A judge in Los Angeles has held a preliminary hearing to decide if Dr Conrad Murray should stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of