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2011-03-29

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Italy's migrant island reaches breaking point

Lampedusa is an island on the brink of implosion. This tiny scrap of land on the southernmost edge of Europe has not only borne the brunt of

Lampedusa is an island on the brink of implosion. This tiny scrap of land on the southernmost edge of Europe has not only borne the brunt of

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Qatari PM to Gaddafi: leave now to stop bloodshed

There is mounting pressure on Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi, with an agreement that coalition military action will continue. The news comes at the

There is mounting pressure on Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi, with an agreement that coalition military action will continue. The news comes at the

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Syrian cabinet quits amid violent unrest

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has accepted the resignation of his cabinet amid increasingly deadly protests in the country. Earlier, tens of

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has accepted the resignation of his cabinet amid increasingly deadly protests in the country. Earlier, tens of

Business

Italian banks focus on capital hikes

Some of Italy’s biggest banks are moving to increase their capital to comply with tougher rules on how much lenders must hold in reserve.

Some of Italy’s biggest banks are moving to increase their capital to comply with tougher rules on how much lenders must hold in reserve.

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Russian's most-wanted terrorism suspect killed?

Reports in Russia say one of the country’s most wanted terrorism suspects may have been killed in clashes with soldiers. The fighting took place in

Reports in Russia say one of the country’s most wanted terrorism suspects may have been killed in clashes with soldiers. The fighting took place in

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UN accuses Gbagbo forces of shooting civilians

UN peacekeepers in Ivory Coast say forces loyal to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo have opened fire on civilians in the main city of Abidjan, killing

UN peacekeepers in Ivory Coast say forces loyal to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo have opened fire on civilians in the main city of Abidjan, killing

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Japan nuclear plant operator ignored dangers

The operator of Japan’s stricken nuclear plant appears to have downplayed dangers the site was vulnerable to a massive tsunami. Despite Tepco

The operator of Japan’s stricken nuclear plant appears to have downplayed dangers the site was vulnerable to a massive tsunami. Despite Tepco

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European cloned meat talks stall

Conventional European meat eaters can continue their customary habits for a while longer; European Union talks over how to deal with food from cloned

Conventional European meat eaters can continue their customary habits for a while longer; European Union talks over how to deal with food from cloned

Europe

Belgium equals stop-gap government record

Dummies substituted for politicians in Belgium on the day the country ties Iraq for the record time without a new government: 289 days. Many of them

Dummies substituted for politicians in Belgium on the day the country ties Iraq for the record time without a new government: 289 days. Many of them

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Cameron pledges better future for Libya

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has opened a special international meeting in London to discuss the future of Libya. More than 40

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has opened a special international meeting in London to discuss the future of Libya. More than 40

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Italy migrant crisis a 'ticking timebomb'

There have been renewed protests on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa over the government’s response to its immigration crisis. More boats

There have been renewed protests on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa over the government’s response to its immigration crisis. More boats

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The decades-long rule of Syria's al-Assad dynasty

The world welcomed him as a potential pioneer of reform in autocratic Syria. But, more than a decade after Bashar al-Assad took office, those

The world welcomed him as a potential pioneer of reform in autocratic Syria. But, more than a decade after Bashar al-Assad took office, those

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Thousands of Tunisian migrants land on Italy's Lampedusa

Italy is trying to get itself out of a tight spot as thousands of migrants continue to flood to the tiny island of Lampedusa, many from

Italy is trying to get itself out of a tight spot as thousands of migrants continue to flood to the tiny island of Lampedusa, many from

Business

Siemens to spin-off Osram

German conglomerate Siemens is spinning off its lighting group Osram with an initial public offering of shares later this year. Siemens Chief

German conglomerate Siemens is spinning off its lighting group Osram with an initial public offering of shares later this year. Siemens Chief

Business

Tokyo Electric may be nationalised

Tokyo Electric Power, the company at the centre of Japan’s deepening nuclear crisis, could be nationalised by the Japanese government. The National

Tokyo Electric Power, the company at the centre of Japan’s deepening nuclear crisis, could be nationalised by the Japanese government. The National

Business

Volvo plans expansion to meet increasing demand

Volvo Cars has announced expansion plans, including hiring 1,200 new workers. The Swedish carmaker – which was bought by China’s Geely from Ford

Volvo Cars has announced expansion plans, including hiring 1,200 new workers. The Swedish carmaker – which was bought by China’s Geely from Ford

Business

UK economic growth figures revised but still weak

Britain’s economy shrank slightly less than previously estimated at the end of last year, however the latest revised figures show gross domestic

Britain’s economy shrank slightly less than previously estimated at the end of last year, however the latest revised figures show gross domestic

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Gaddafi forces repel rebel advance

Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi have repelled a rebel advance towards the Libyan leader’s hometown, Sirte. Heavy weapons fire was reported on

Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi have repelled a rebel advance towards the Libyan leader’s hometown, Sirte. Heavy weapons fire was reported on

Science_technology

Stand by for the 'robolution'

World players in the field of robotics gathered in the French city of Lyon for the first international InnoRobo event, where the experts all agreed

World players in the field of robotics gathered in the French city of Lyon for the first international InnoRobo event, where the experts all agreed

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Yemen arms factory blasts 'killed 150'

Monday’s explosions at a weapons factory in Yemen are now said to have killed up to 150 people, according to some reports. The victims included

Monday’s explosions at a weapons factory in Yemen are now said to have killed up to 150 people, according to some reports. The victims included

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Gaddafi exile plan on table at Libya conference talks

Representatives from more than 40 governments and international bodies are in London to discuss the future of Libya. With fighting raging between

Representatives from more than 40 governments and international bodies are in London to discuss the future of Libya. With fighting raging between

Culture

MoMA show charts dawn of German Expressionism

Graphic images of death, sex and war are on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in an exhibition on German Expressionism.

Graphic images of death, sex and war are on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in an exhibition on German Expressionism.

Culture

Sucker Punch fails to stun the critics

Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch is about a group of young women trying to escape from a psychiatric hospital via a series of elaborate fantasies involving

Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch is about a group of young women trying to escape from a psychiatric hospital via a series of elaborate fantasies involving

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Armed Ivorian opponents gang up on Gbagbo

Gunmen fighting Ivory Coast’s incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo have been patrolling the streets of Abobo, Abidjan. Known as the ‘invisible

Gunmen fighting Ivory Coast’s incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo have been patrolling the streets of Abobo, Abidjan. Known as the ‘invisible

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Syrian government expected to resign amid protests

A massive march in support for an Arab leader is a rare sight these days, but tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Syrian

A massive march in support for an Arab leader is a rare sight these days, but tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Syrian

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School counts cost of tsunami tragedy

The on-going crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant has done much to overshadow the human cost of Japan’s devastating tsunami. At Okawa elementary

The on-going crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant has done much to overshadow the human cost of Japan’s devastating tsunami. At Okawa elementary

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Plutonium discovery adds to Japan's atomic woes

There is fresh anxiety over radiation leaks at Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant following the discovery of plutonium in the soil. The

There is fresh anxiety over radiation leaks at Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant following the discovery of plutonium in the soil. The

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Yemeni protesters reject president's offer

Anti-government protesters again took to the streets of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, a day after embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh scrapped an

Anti-government protesters again took to the streets of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, a day after embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh scrapped an