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2011-04-18

Business

US credit outlook goes from stable to negative

Ratings Agency Standard & Poor’s has warned it has changed its outlook for its credit rating for the US over the next couple of years. The agency has

Ratings Agency Standard & Poor’s has warned it has changed its outlook for its credit rating for the US over the next couple of years. The agency has

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Jonathan appeals for an end to Nigerian violence

Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan has been officially declared the winner of the country’s election, and his first call as re-elected president was an

Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan has been officially declared the winner of the country’s election, and his first call as re-elected president was an

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Italy and France clash over immigration

Italy has long said that it is unfairly carrying the burden of immigration to the European Union. Some 25,000 people have arrived on Italian shores

Italy has long said that it is unfairly carrying the burden of immigration to the European Union. Some 25,000 people have arrived on Italian shores

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Taliban: French minister target of Afghan attacker

The French government has condemned ‘in the strongest terms’ a suicide attack in Afghanistan that targeted the French defence minister on a visit to

The French government has condemned ‘in the strongest terms’ a suicide attack in Afghanistan that targeted the French defence minister on a visit to

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Britain to help bring out stranded Misrata workers

The British government says it is to pay for charter ships to aid the evacuation of 5000 migrant workers who are stranded in the besieged Libyan city

The British government says it is to pay for charter ships to aid the evacuation of 5000 migrant workers who are stranded in the besieged Libyan city

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Portuguese bail-out talks begin

In Portugal, talks are underway over the terms of a bail-out package. Financial aid given to the country is expected to be in the region of 80

In Portugal, talks are underway over the terms of a bail-out package. Financial aid given to the country is expected to be in the region of 80

Europe

Chernobyl needs costly new dome

An extra 110 million euro donation for Chernobyl, to build a new containment structure… The promise from the European Union coincides with the

An extra 110 million euro donation for Chernobyl, to build a new containment structure… The promise from the European Union coincides with the

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True Finns leader in 'kingmaker' role

Timo Soini now finds himself in the role of kingmaker after voters put his True Finns party in third place in Sunday’s general election. It marks a

Timo Soini now finds himself in the role of kingmaker after voters put his True Finns party in third place in Sunday’s general election. It marks a

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Art attack in Avignon

Vandals have destroyed two photographs by controversial artist Andres Serrano at the Lambert collection in Avignon’s contemporary arts museum in

Vandals have destroyed two photographs by controversial artist Andres Serrano at the Lambert collection in Avignon’s contemporary arts museum in

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Hundreds in Gaza honour Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni

Hundreds of people took part in a funeral procession for an Italian activist in the Gaza strip. Vittorio Arrigoni was killed and left in an abandoned

Hundreds of people took part in a funeral procession for an Italian activist in the Gaza strip. Vittorio Arrigoni was killed and left in an abandoned

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Eurosceptic headache for Finland's main parties

Finland is taking in the surprise success of the anti-euro party in the country’s general election. The True Finns could form part of a coalition

Finland is taking in the surprise success of the anti-euro party in the country’s general election. The True Finns could form part of a coalition

Europe

Fidesz's new constitution for Hungary

A new constitution for Hungary has been under debate in Budapest’s parliament. The Fidesz party in power had no trouble adopting it, since they

A new constitution for Hungary has been under debate in Budapest’s parliament. The Fidesz party in power had no trouble adopting it, since they

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War of words in the Gulf hots up

Iran, celebrating Army day, is rattling its regional nighbours. Although President Ahmedinejad called for “honest unity” in the Middle East, the

Iran, celebrating Army day, is rattling its regional nighbours. Although President Ahmedinejad called for “honest unity” in the Middle East, the

Business

OPEC blames speculators for increasing oil price

The Secretary General of OPEC has called on governments to rein in speculation on oil. Abdullah Al-Badri claims their activities are adding 15 to 20

The Secretary General of OPEC has called on governments to rein in speculation on oil. Abdullah Al-Badri claims their activities are adding 15 to 20

Business

Philips in Chinese TV joint venture

Philips will hand over the majority of its European television manufacturing operation to a Chinese company. The deal sees the creation of a new

Philips will hand over the majority of its European television manufacturing operation to a Chinese company. The deal sees the creation of a new

Business

Greek finmin says no debt restructuring

Greece is denying that it has plans for debt restructuring. Speaking in Washington, the country’s finance minister George Papaconstantinou said the

Greece is denying that it has plans for debt restructuring. Speaking in Washington, the country’s finance minister George Papaconstantinou said the

Business

European telecoms giants to share purchases

France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom could save 1.3 billion euros by combining their purchases. The two companies will jointly buy equipment that they

France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom could save 1.3 billion euros by combining their purchases. The two companies will jointly buy equipment that they

Culture

New documentary gives voice to autists

The latest documentary by Academy Award-winning director Gerardine Wurzburg, “Wretches & Jabberers”, gives a voice to people with autism. It

The latest documentary by Academy Award-winning director Gerardine Wurzburg, “Wretches & Jabberers”, gives a voice to people with autism. It

Culture

Festival gives Brussels a taste of the Balkans

For four days, the heart of Brussels has been swinging to the sound of music, dance, theater and film from southeastern Europe. The 5th edition of

For four days, the heart of Brussels has been swinging to the sound of music, dance, theater and film from southeastern Europe. The 5th edition of

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Besieged Misrata rebels plea for NATO to help

Under siege and under attack: dramatic new images show Libyan rebels in Misrata defending themselves against bombardment from Colonel Gaddafi’s

Under siege and under attack: dramatic new images show Libyan rebels in Misrata defending themselves against bombardment from Colonel Gaddafi’s

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France and Italy lock horns over immigration

Rome has has its official protest to the European commission rejected in a spat over immigration that is deepening into a crisis after France

Rome has has its official protest to the European commission rejected in a spat over immigration that is deepening into a crisis after France

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Army mutiny spreads in Burkina Faso

An army mutiny that broke out in Burkina Faso is spreading to other parts of the West African state. Protests are now reported in Kaya in the north

An army mutiny that broke out in Burkina Faso is spreading to other parts of the West African state. Protests are now reported in Kaya in the north

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Live rounds fired at anti-Salah protesters in Yemen

Wounded protesters seek medical help after Yemeni forces fired live rounds at demonstrators calling for a end to the 32 year rule of President Ali

Wounded protesters seek medical help after Yemeni forces fired live rounds at demonstrators calling for a end to the 32 year rule of President Ali

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Syrian protesters 'killed by security forces' in Homs

Human rights campaigners say Syrian security forces killed at least seven people on Sunday during anti-government protests in the city of Homs. One

Human rights campaigners say Syrian security forces killed at least seven people on Sunday during anti-government protests in the city of Homs. One

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Weifang International Kite Festival

As spring winds hit much of eastern China, Weifang, the world’s kite capital opens its 28th International Kite Festival on Sunday. This annual event

As spring winds hit much of eastern China, Weifang, the world’s kite capital opens its 28th International Kite Festival on Sunday. This annual event

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True Finns' success could threaten eurozone bailouts

Finland is taking in the surprise success of the anti-euro party in the country’s general election. The True Finns could form part of a coalition

Finland is taking in the surprise success of the anti-euro party in the country’s general election. The True Finns could form part of a coalition

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Yemen forces open fire on Sanaa protest march

Yemeni forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh fired at a protest march in Sanaa, wounding at least 22 people, doctors said.

Yemeni forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh fired at a protest march in Sanaa, wounding at least 22 people, doctors said.