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2011-03-17

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Japanese nuclear disaster: lessons to be learned

The scientific community is trying to learn the lessons from Fukushima. The disaster in Japan has highlighted areas where nuclear plants might be

The scientific community is trying to learn the lessons from Fukushima. The disaster in Japan has highlighted areas where nuclear plants might be

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Divisions mar Italy's national unity

Italy has been celebrating 150 years of national unity. From Milan to Turin, the country’s first capital, people have been paying tribute to the

Italy has been celebrating 150 years of national unity. From Milan to Turin, the country’s first capital, people have been paying tribute to the

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Japan's anonymous nuclear heroes

On the road to Fukushima Daiichi, Japan’s stricken nuclear power plant a big sign says it all. It reads ‘Danger – entry forbidden.’ It is the

On the road to Fukushima Daiichi, Japan’s stricken nuclear power plant a big sign says it all. It reads ‘Danger – entry forbidden.’ It is the

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Power cuts and protests in Tokyo

Japan’s government has asked train companies in the Tokyo area to reduce their services by ten percent during rush hours, to offset the effects of

Japan’s government has asked train companies in the Tokyo area to reduce their services by ten percent during rush hours, to offset the effects of

Europe

Bulgaria uncertain over new reactor

Europe’s atomic energy anxiety finds Bulgaria hesitating over plans to get a second nuclear plant, in Belene, in the north. The government is

Europe’s atomic energy anxiety finds Bulgaria hesitating over plans to get a second nuclear plant, in Belene, in the north. The government is

Business

France talks tough over Renault 'spy' debacle

Top French ministers have said they will see to it that those responsible for the Renault industrial espionage debacle are dealt with. After

Top French ministers have said they will see to it that those responsible for the Renault industrial espionage debacle are dealt with. After

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Yen up, stocks down, fear high

Fear continues to drive trading in Japan’s financial markets. An unfolding nuclear threat has investors dumping shares and trying to guess what the

Fear continues to drive trading in Japan’s financial markets. An unfolding nuclear threat has investors dumping shares and trying to guess what the

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Saint Patrick's Day celebrations

Parades took place across Ireland to mark Saint Patrick’s Day. The biggest of these was in the capital, Dublin, where more than 600,000 people turned

Parades took place across Ireland to mark Saint Patrick’s Day. The biggest of these was in the capital, Dublin, where more than 600,000 people turned

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Food and fuel short in quake-hit areas of Japan

Queues of several kilometres long have been reported, as petrol runs short in the areas of Japan hit by last week’s earthquake and tsunami

Queues of several kilometres long have been reported, as petrol runs short in the areas of Japan hit by last week’s earthquake and tsunami

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Rebel-held Misrata readies for fresh onslaught

There are conflicting reports regarding the situation in Misrata, the last big rebel stronghold in western Libya. Residents in the city, some 200

There are conflicting reports regarding the situation in Misrata, the last big rebel stronghold in western Libya. Residents in the city, some 200

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UN to vote on Libya no-fly zone amid Benghazi airstrikes

Libyan rebel forces say there’ve been a number of government air strikes on the outskirts of Benghazi but there are no reports of any damage being

Libyan rebel forces say there’ve been a number of government air strikes on the outskirts of Benghazi but there are no reports of any damage being

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Fall out fears force foreigners to flee

Foreigners are packing their bags and heading out of Japan as many distrust government announcements about the true state of the Fukushima nuclear

Foreigners are packing their bags and heading out of Japan as many distrust government announcements about the true state of the Fukushima nuclear

Business

Credit Agricole growth plan disappoints

Credit Agricole has unveiled plans to grow its net profit more than fivefold by 2014 with a shifts away from investment banking and more into retail

Credit Agricole has unveiled plans to grow its net profit more than fivefold by 2014 with a shifts away from investment banking and more into retail

Business

Indian hikes interest rates again

Indian shares fell after the central bank raised interest rates again to battle the country’s stubborn inflation. The Reserve Bank of India put up

Indian shares fell after the central bank raised interest rates again to battle the country’s stubborn inflation. The Reserve Bank of India put up

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Irish PM complains about bailout interest rate in US

On a St Patrick’s Day visit to Washington, Ireland’s newly elected prime minister Enda Kenny continued to gripe about the interest rate that the

On a St Patrick’s Day visit to Washington, Ireland’s newly elected prime minister Enda Kenny continued to gripe about the interest rate that the

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No 'Bunga Bunga' as Italy marks its birthday

It is supposed to be party time in Italy, but apart from the fact the country shares its 150 years of unification with St Patrick’s Day, that’s where

It is supposed to be party time in Italy, but apart from the fact the country shares its 150 years of unification with St Patrick’s Day, that’s where

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Pro-Gaddafi forces 'close in on Benghazi'

There have been some dramatic developments in Libya in fighting between rebels and troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.   France’s AFP news agency says

There have been some dramatic developments in Libya in fighting between rebels and troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.   France’s AFP news agency says

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Water dumping restarts on Fukushima Reactor 3

Army helicopters have once more been dumping sea water on the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in north-eastern Japan. They are concentrating on

Army helicopters have once more been dumping sea water on the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in north-eastern Japan. They are concentrating on

Culture

Boulet: France's favourite comic book blogger

French cartoonist Boulet is known in comic book circles as one of the leading comic strip bloggers in the Francophone world.   He started his blog in

French cartoonist Boulet is known in comic book circles as one of the leading comic strip bloggers in the Francophone world.   He started his blog in

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Nuclear power in Germany under scrutiny

Future plans for nuclear power were top of the agenda as parliament met in Germany, in the wake of the crisis in Japan. Chancellor Angela Merkel

Future plans for nuclear power were top of the agenda as parliament met in Germany, in the wake of the crisis in Japan. Chancellor Angela Merkel

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'Radiation refugees' rage against Japanese government

Fear and fury is mounting inside the 30km exclusion zone around Fukushima’s striken nuclear plant. Residents trapped in the now desolate area feel

Fear and fury is mounting inside the 30km exclusion zone around Fukushima’s striken nuclear plant. Residents trapped in the now desolate area feel

Culture

Portuguese beats get youths on the streets

In Portugal, music is once again inspiring the country’s youth to take to the streets. A satirical group called The Fighting Man has won the

In Portugal, music is once again inspiring the country’s youth to take to the streets. A satirical group called The Fighting Man has won the

Culture

Ex Czech president's film opens in Prague

A film by the former Czech president, Vaclav Havel, has premiered in Prague. “Leaving” is based on his own stage play, first published in 2007.

A film by the former Czech president, Vaclav Havel, has premiered in Prague. “Leaving” is based on his own stage play, first published in 2007.

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José Bové, ex-rebel now MEP

As far as the French go, José Bové is no ordinary Frenchman. At times he has come across as larger than life, stirring up a crowd in Seattle…

As far as the French go, José Bové is no ordinary Frenchman. At times he has come across as larger than life, stirring up a crowd in Seattle…

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Champions League: clubs await last-8 draw

Eight clubs are eagerly awaiting Friday’s draw for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, which takes place in Nyon, Switzerland at 12:00

Eight clubs are eagerly awaiting Friday’s draw for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, which takes place in Nyon, Switzerland at 12:00

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Japan emergency teams endure freezing temperatures

Heavy snow is now blanketing northern Japan, making life even more difficult for those who survived last week’s earthquake and tsunami. Emergency

Heavy snow is now blanketing northern Japan, making life even more difficult for those who survived last week’s earthquake and tsunami. Emergency

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Unarmed protesters shot in Bahrain

Pictures have emerged of the brutal police crackdown on protesters in Bahrain. Apparently unarmed demonstrators were shot by security forces. Six

Pictures have emerged of the brutal police crackdown on protesters in Bahrain. Apparently unarmed demonstrators were shot by security forces. Six