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2011-04-19

Europe

EU states fail education benchmarks

‘Please don’t close our school!’ It has become common to see Europeans petitioning against the effects of education funding cuts. Now Brussels has

‘Please don’t close our school!’ It has become common to see Europeans petitioning against the effects of education funding cuts. Now Brussels has

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Holy smoke! Barcelona basilica burned

Part of the renowned Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona has been damaged by fire. Police suspect the blaze in the sacristy was started

Part of the renowned Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona has been damaged by fire. Police suspect the blaze in the sacristy was started

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Brit expelled from Australia after 41 years

Australia has sent a British man back to the UK because of his criminal record after he had lived in Adelaide for 41 years. Clifford Tucker moved

Australia has sent a British man back to the UK because of his criminal record after he had lived in Adelaide for 41 years. Clifford Tucker moved

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Chernobyl's steel arch shelter

When the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded 25 years ago, authorities encased the damaged reactor in a massive stone coffin to halt the release

When the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded 25 years ago, authorities encased the damaged reactor in a massive stone coffin to halt the release

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Security forces fire on protesters in Yemen

In Yemen there have been more violent clashes as protesters took to the streets demanding that President Saleh leave power. In Sanaa, at least one

In Yemen there have been more violent clashes as protesters took to the streets demanding that President Saleh leave power. In Sanaa, at least one

Business

Obama warns over budget deficit

President Barack Obama is warning a failure to sort out the US budget deficit will seriously damage the economy. He spoke one day after the ratings

President Barack Obama is warning a failure to sort out the US budget deficit will seriously damage the economy. He spoke one day after the ratings

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UK gears up for wedding with dogs, dolls and dancing princes

Police in London say discussions are ongoing over whether to allow demonstrations at locations close to next week’s royal wedding. They have turned

Police in London say discussions are ongoing over whether to allow demonstrations at locations close to next week’s royal wedding. They have turned

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Turkey: Violent clashes follow election row

In Turkey there have been violent clashes between security forces and Kurdish demonstrators in several cities across the country, including Istanbul

In Turkey there have been violent clashes between security forces and Kurdish demonstrators in several cities across the country, including Istanbul

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Topless protest in Kiev

Activists of the Ukrainian women’s group Femen went topless outside the venue of a Chernobyl conference, staging a protest against the Ukrainian

Activists of the Ukrainian women’s group Femen went topless outside the venue of a Chernobyl conference, staging a protest against the Ukrainian

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Warm welcome for Fidel Castro at party congress

Cuba’s Communist Party has held a congress in Havana that has been as emotional as it was historic. The man who drove the revolution in 1959, and

Cuba’s Communist Party has held a congress in Havana that has been as emotional as it was historic. The man who drove the revolution in 1959, and

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Clashes erupt between Kurds and Turkish police

There were clashes between Kurds and Turkish police in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, following a decision to bar some Kurdish candidates from

There were clashes between Kurds and Turkish police in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, following a decision to bar some Kurdish candidates from

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Syria lifts emergency but warns against protests

The Syrian government under President Assad has passed a bill lifting the country’s longstanding state of emergency, according to the official state

The Syrian government under President Assad has passed a bill lifting the country’s longstanding state of emergency, according to the official state

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Libyan rebels urge more NATO attacks

NATO continues its bombardment of Libya, launching strikes against targets in Tripoli and Sirte, and attacking Gaddafi’s command and control

NATO continues its bombardment of Libya, launching strikes against targets in Tripoli and Sirte, and attacking Gaddafi’s command and control

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Cuba embraces economic reform to revive growth

More than 50 years after the Cuban revolution, the founding fathers of the Carribean island’s soviet-style economy have decided to embrace modest

More than 50 years after the Cuban revolution, the founding fathers of the Carribean island’s soviet-style economy have decided to embrace modest

Business

Shanghai motor show opens

The top motor show in the world’s largest car market has opened in Shanghai. Underlining how important China now is for the world’s auto

The top motor show in the world’s largest car market has opened in Shanghai. Underlining how important China now is for the world’s auto

Business

Luxury brands continue strong growth

Strong demand for luxury brands from developing markets drove a 33 percent rise in quarterly sales at the British fashion group Burberry. Revenue

Strong demand for luxury brands from developing markets drove a 33 percent rise in quarterly sales at the British fashion group Burberry. Revenue

Business

Apple tells Samsung to 'stop copying'

Apple is suing Samsung over its Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets. In court papers it claims the South Korean electronics company has

Apple is suing Samsung over its Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets. In court papers it claims the South Korean electronics company has

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Chernobyl donor conference falls short of target

A donor conference set up to raise money to make the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site safe has fallen short of its goal.   The Ukrainian government

A donor conference set up to raise money to make the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site safe has fallen short of its goal.   The Ukrainian government

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UK referendum presents hurdle for coalition

A referendum to reform the way members of parliament are elected in the UK is threatening to shake the coalition government. The May 5 ballot has

A referendum to reform the way members of parliament are elected in the UK is threatening to shake the coalition government. The May 5 ballot has

Culture

Lady Gaga-inspired royal parody tops internet charts

Among the innumerable parodies, creations and merchandising products derived from the upcoming Royal Wedding, a remix of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”

Among the innumerable parodies, creations and merchandising products derived from the upcoming Royal Wedding, a remix of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”

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Young girl detained in Baku police crackdown

Once again the speed of the internet makes it difficult for governments to hide their actions. A young girl is arrested along with her mother for

Once again the speed of the internet makes it difficult for governments to hide their actions. A young girl is arrested along with her mother for

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Meet the man behind high-speed internet

In 1987, French inventor Emmanuel Desurvire along with colleagues Randy Giles and David Payne came up with the optical amplifier. This

In 1987, French inventor Emmanuel Desurvire along with colleagues Randy Giles and David Payne came up with the optical amplifier. This

Culture

Istanbul film festival boosts Turkish cinema

The 30th edition of the Istanbul Film Festival featured the usual mix of home-grown and foreign talent. Out of more than 200 films shown, 50 were

The 30th edition of the Istanbul Film Festival featured the usual mix of home-grown and foreign talent. Out of more than 200 films shown, 50 were

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Kurdish party threaten election boycott

Turkey’s leading Kurdish political party is threatening to boycott the country’s parliamentary elections in June because seven candidates backed by

Turkey’s leading Kurdish political party is threatening to boycott the country’s parliamentary elections in June because seven candidates backed by

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Back in the Day: Pasteur makes a name for himself

April 20, 1862. French chemist Louis Pasteur (pictured), along with Claude Bernard, completes the world’s first pasteurisation test. Pasteurisation

April 20, 1862. French chemist Louis Pasteur (pictured), along with Claude Bernard, completes the world’s first pasteurisation test. Pasteurisation

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Italy promotes Libyan oil sales move

The question of how to get Libyan oil from rebel areas back on world markets is to be explored at an international meeting next month. Sanctions

The question of how to get Libyan oil from rebel areas back on world markets is to be explored at an international meeting next month. Sanctions

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Post-election violence erupts in Nigeria

Many people are reported dead in post-election violence in the north of Nigeria, the homeland of the runner-up in Saturday’s vote. Gangs of youths

Many people are reported dead in post-election violence in the north of Nigeria, the homeland of the runner-up in Saturday’s vote. Gangs of youths

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Cameron rebuffs Brown's IMF boss bid

British Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that his predecessor Gordon Brown is not the “most appropriate person” to bid for the top job at

British Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that his predecessor Gordon Brown is not the “most appropriate person” to bid for the top job at

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Syria vows to clamp down on 'armed insurrection'

Human rights groups say Syrian security forces used “heavy fire” against anti-government protesters in the city of Homs overnight. Amateur film

Human rights groups say Syrian security forces used “heavy fire” against anti-government protesters in the city of Homs overnight. Amateur film

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Civilians and fighters flee Misrata

Injured civilians and fighters continued to arrive by sea from the besieged town of Misrata on an armada of ships and boats.

Injured civilians and fighters continued to arrive by sea from the besieged town of Misrata on an armada of ships and boats.