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2011-05-19

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Back in the Day: beginnings of the blue jean

May 20, 1873. Clothing merchant Levi Strauss and tailor Jacob Davis receive a US patent for an ‘Improvement in Fastening Pocket Openings’ for

May 20, 1873. Clothing merchant Levi Strauss and tailor Jacob Davis receive a US patent for an ‘Improvement in Fastening Pocket Openings’ for

Business

Quake knocks Japan back into recession

Japan has slipped back into recession after the economy shrank much more than expected in the early part of this year. The follows the March

Japan has slipped back into recession after the economy shrank much more than expected in the early part of this year. The follows the March

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Obama vows fresh start with Arab world

US President Barack Obama has promised a new program of economic aid to support the people’s uprisings of the Arab world, including helping new

US President Barack Obama has promised a new program of economic aid to support the people’s uprisings of the Arab world, including helping new

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Irish ex-PM Garret FitzGerald dies

Garret FitzGerald has died. Ireland’s most popular elder statesman twice served as prime minister and played a crucial role in paving the way for

Garret FitzGerald has died. Ireland’s most popular elder statesman twice served as prime minister and played a crucial role in paving the way for

Business

Spain enjoys modest growth from exports

Spain’s economy remains weak, but it is growing and it expanded by 0.3 percent in the first three months of this year from the previous quarter

Spain’s economy remains weak, but it is growing and it expanded by 0.3 percent in the first three months of this year from the previous quarter

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Mass rally in Lisbon over bailout and austerity cuts

A lack of jobs and the bite of austerity measures prompted thousands of people to take to the streets of Lisbon on Thursday. The dire state of

A lack of jobs and the bite of austerity measures prompted thousands of people to take to the streets of Lisbon on Thursday. The dire state of

Business

LinkedIn: shares soar but are they bubblicious?

Shares of LinkedIn shot up in value as they went on sale in New York on Thursday. The social networking website for business professionals and job

Shares of LinkedIn shot up in value as they went on sale in New York on Thursday. The social networking website for business professionals and job

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EU looks at European crime victims support

Holidays are for relaxing and having fun. But, for EU citizens who become victims of crime while they are in another EU member state, dealing with a

Holidays are for relaxing and having fun. But, for EU citizens who become victims of crime while they are in another EU member state, dealing with a

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Strauss-Kahn's legacy at the IMF

The International Monetary Fund that Dominique Strauss-Kahn took over in autumn 2007 was a markedly different organisation from the one it is

The International Monetary Fund that Dominique Strauss-Kahn took over in autumn 2007 was a markedly different organisation from the one it is

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Spanish youth protests go international

After the Arab Spring, could a European Summer of pro-democracy protests be on the way? Young people in Spain hope nationwide rallies this week

After the Arab Spring, could a European Summer of pro-democracy protests be on the way? Young people in Spain hope nationwide rallies this week

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Strauss Kahn set for new rape case bail hearing

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has arrived earlier than expected for his second bail hearing in New York. A policeman confirmed he was in the court

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has arrived earlier than expected for his second bail hearing in New York. A policeman confirmed he was in the court

Special_reports

Europe's big screen battle

Michele Berrebi owns a small cinema in the south of France in Provence. The cinema was set to close when she bought it four years ago. Michèle

Michele Berrebi owns a small cinema in the south of France in Provence. The cinema was set to close when she bought it four years ago. Michèle

Culture

Cannes: Un Certain Regard

Restless Veteran director Gus van Sant is in Cannes presenting his latest film, Restless, which opened the Un Certain Regard section of the

Restless Veteran director Gus van Sant is in Cannes presenting his latest film, Restless, which opened the Un Certain Regard section of the

Science_technology

Twin troubles: what is an epigenetic profile?

Twins have the same DNA but they do not always look identical. What makes them look and act differently are the differences to their epigenetic

Twins have the same DNA but they do not always look identical. What makes them look and act differently are the differences to their epigenetic

Business

Glencore shares make debut

Glencore has made a steady market debut with its shares trading just above the widely expected launch price of 530 pence – that is a fraction over

Glencore has made a steady market debut with its shares trading just above the widely expected launch price of 530 pence – that is a fraction over

Business

Gold investors favour bars and coins

The World Gold Council has said there was an increase in the purchase of gold bars and coins in the first three months of this year helping lift

The World Gold Council has said there was an increase in the purchase of gold bars and coins in the first three months of this year helping lift

Business

Royal wedding and sunshine boost UK retail sales

The royal wedding holiday and the warmest April weather on record helped drive up Britain’s retail sales last month by their fastest in a

The royal wedding holiday and the warmest April weather on record helped drive up Britain’s retail sales last month by their fastest in a

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Britain's Queen visits Irish horse heartland

For a monarch passionate about horses, it was surely one of the highlights of her four-day trip. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has continued her

For a monarch passionate about horses, it was surely one of the highlights of her four-day trip. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has continued her

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Race is on to replace DSK at IMF

Following the resignation of its Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the International Monetary Fund is now without a leader. And the race is

Following the resignation of its Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the International Monetary Fund is now without a leader. And the race is

Culture

Cannes drops Lars von Trier

The Cannes festival has declared Danish film maker Lars von Trier unwelcome, and expelled him, because he called himself a Nazi and a Hitler

The Cannes festival has declared Danish film maker Lars von Trier unwelcome, and expelled him, because he called himself a Nazi and a Hitler

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Posthumous bin Laden recording hails Arab revolutions

Amid reports of a power struggle to succeed him, al Qaeda’s late leader looks to have spoken from beyond the grave. A recording purportedly made by

Amid reports of a power struggle to succeed him, al Qaeda’s late leader looks to have spoken from beyond the grave. A recording purportedly made by

Nocomment

Tens of thousands join Puerta del Sol protest

Tens of thousands defied a government ban to voice their fury over unemployment and the apparent indifference of mainstream politicians as Spain

Tens of thousands defied a government ban to voice their fury over unemployment and the apparent indifference of mainstream politicians as Spain

Nocomment

Deadly bombing in Iraq's Kirkuk

Three bombs have killed more than 27 people in Iraq’s northern oil city of Kirkuk. Interior Ministry and hospital sources also said some 70 were

Three bombs have killed more than 27 people in Iraq’s northern oil city of Kirkuk. Interior Ministry and hospital sources also said some 70 were

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Deadly bombings in Kirkuk

Three bombs have killed more than 27 people in Iraq’s disputed northern oil city of Kirkuk. Interior Ministry and hospital sources also said some 70

Three bombs have killed more than 27 people in Iraq’s disputed northern oil city of Kirkuk. Interior Ministry and hospital sources also said some 70

Culture

When music is your business

Many bands are grateful for the support of their fans but when they say thank you do they really mean it? The groups working with label ‘My Major

Many bands are grateful for the support of their fans but when they say thank you do they really mean it? The groups working with label ‘My Major

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Obama's Arab 'reconnection' speech

Barack Obama is set to present a new US strategy for relations with the Arab world. He will try to dispel regional suspicions of American favouritism

Barack Obama is set to present a new US strategy for relations with the Arab world. He will try to dispel regional suspicions of American favouritism

Culture

Bonus Daniel Barenboim & Zubin Mehta

Here are some more extracts from our discussion between lifelong friends Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta.

Here are some more extracts from our discussion between lifelong friends Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta.

Culture

Barenboim and Mehta - a harmonious friendship

Springtime in Florence and that means the most prestigious classical music festival in Italy — the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. It is the 74th

Springtime in Florence and that means the most prestigious classical music festival in Italy — the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. It is the 74th

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Queen Elizabeth talks of "shared values" at Dublin banquet

Britain’s Queen has acknowledged the turbulent history between her country and Ireland on day two of her landmark visit to the country. But she and

Britain’s Queen has acknowledged the turbulent history between her country and Ireland on day two of her landmark visit to the country. But she and

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DSK resigns as head of the IMF

From his prison cell in New York, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has announced his resignation as head of the International Monetary Fund. The 62-year-old

From his prison cell in New York, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has announced his resignation as head of the International Monetary Fund. The 62-year-old