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2011-06-29

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France admits dropping weapons to Libyan rebels

French military officials have confirmed for the first time that their country has dropped weapons and food to rebels fighting Libyan leader Colonel

French military officials have confirmed for the first time that their country has dropped weapons and food to rebels fighting Libyan leader Colonel

Europe

Civil service strike threat looms over EU

EU workers in Brussels have threatened strike action in the face of possible job, wage and pension cuts. Budget talks are still ongoing but many

EU workers in Brussels have threatened strike action in the face of possible job, wage and pension cuts. Budget talks are still ongoing but many

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Russia restores power to Belarus

An unpaid bill which led to Russia pulling the plug on Belarus’s electricity has now been paid. Supplier InterRAO said it disconnected the grid

An unpaid bill which led to Russia pulling the plug on Belarus’s electricity has now been paid. Supplier InterRAO said it disconnected the grid

News

Critics say Dutch ban is not kosher

The Dutch parliament’s lower house has taken the first step towards making the Netherlands the fifth european country to ban the ritual slaughter of

The Dutch parliament’s lower house has taken the first step towards making the Netherlands the fifth european country to ban the ritual slaughter of

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Hague nuclear claim denied by Iran

Iran has denied a claim by the British foreign minister that it has tested a missile capable of launching a nuclear warhead, in violation of a

Iran has denied a claim by the British foreign minister that it has tested a missile capable of launching a nuclear warhead, in violation of a

News

Tymoshenko slams trial as sham

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s trial in Kiev on charges of abuse of power began on Wednesday, but only to be ajourned until July

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s trial in Kiev on charges of abuse of power began on Wednesday, but only to be ajourned until July

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Tsonga comeback stuns Federer at Wimbledon.

France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga produced a great performance to beat 16 times major champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon on

France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga produced a great performance to beat 16 times major champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon on

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Violence clashes after Greek austerity vote

Violent clashes between police and Greek protesters continue, with attempts to set fire to the headquarters of the finance ministry. Hundreds of

Violent clashes between police and Greek protesters continue, with attempts to set fire to the headquarters of the finance ministry. Hundreds of

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China's Communist Party celebrates 90 years

The Chinese Communist Party, which has run the country since 1949, is celebrating its 90th birthday. It was founded in Shanghai in 1921 by a dozen

The Chinese Communist Party, which has run the country since 1949, is celebrating its 90th birthday. It was founded in Shanghai in 1921 by a dozen

Business

Russia's two main exchanges to merge

Russia’s two main stock exchanges, MISEX, the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange and RTS, the Russian Trading System, have moved forward with their

Russia’s two main stock exchanges, MISEX, the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange and RTS, the Russian Trading System, have moved forward with their

News

Hundreds injured in Cairo clashes

Simmering anger in Cairo has spilled over onto the streets of the Egyptian capital. The authorities say more than a thousand people have been hurt in

Simmering anger in Cairo has spilled over onto the streets of the Egyptian capital. The authorities say more than a thousand people have been hurt in

News

What next for the IMF?

A new boss at the International Monetary Fund almost certainly means new directions for the global lender. How will its role change under

A new boss at the International Monetary Fund almost certainly means new directions for the global lender. How will its role change under

News

Greek parliament passes austerity bill

The Greek parliament has passed the first of two stringent austerity bills, demanded by international lenders but strongly resented by the Greek

The Greek parliament has passed the first of two stringent austerity bills, demanded by international lenders but strongly resented by the Greek

News

French journalists freed in Afghanistan

Two French journalists working for state television channel France 3 and held hostage in Afghanistan for 18 months have been freed. They are expected

Two French journalists working for state television channel France 3 and held hostage in Afghanistan for 18 months have been freed. They are expected

Business

BofA settles Countrywide investors claims

Bank of America is to pay $8.5 billion (5.9 billion euros) to a group of investors to settle a claim over bonds based on sub-prime mortgages which

Bank of America is to pay $8.5 billion (5.9 billion euros) to a group of investors to settle a claim over bonds based on sub-prime mortgages which

Business

Euro zone economic sentiment slips

Economic sentiment in the euro zone fell in June, but by less than expected. The latest European Commission business surveys showed weakening

Economic sentiment in the euro zone fell in June, but by less than expected. The latest European Commission business surveys showed weakening

Business

Ferragamo shares step out in style

Shares of Italian luxury shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo rose in their first day of trading in Milan, defying expectations for a muted debut. The

Shares of Italian luxury shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo rose in their first day of trading in Milan, defying expectations for a muted debut. The

Science_technology

Low calorie diet may hold answer to diabetes

A new study has shown that a very low calorie diet may hold the answer to diabetes. The test involves a calorie intake of between a third and quarter

A new study has shown that a very low calorie diet may hold the answer to diabetes. The test involves a calorie intake of between a third and quarter

Culture

Selena Gomez stars in summer teenage flick

American singer Selena Gomez stars in this summer’s teenage flick “Monte Carlo”. She plays high-school graduate Grace, who travels to Paris for a

American singer Selena Gomez stars in this summer’s teenage flick “Monte Carlo”. She plays high-school graduate Grace, who travels to Paris for a

Culture

Synth-pop guru to play at Monaco Royal Wedding

Synth pop guru Jean Michel Jarre is taking some time out from his world tour to give a concert in Monaco in honour of Prince Albert and Charlene

Synth pop guru Jean Michel Jarre is taking some time out from his world tour to give a concert in Monaco in honour of Prince Albert and Charlene

Culture

Italian tenor trio go Stateside

At first glance, they look like your typical teenagers. But as soon as they open their mouths, you realise there is something special about the

At first glance, they look like your typical teenagers. But as soon as they open their mouths, you realise there is something special about the

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UK strike to go ahead as talks stutter

Britain is about to suffer its biggest strike in years. Four public sector unions representing 750,000 workers are taking Thursday off. The

Britain is about to suffer its biggest strike in years. Four public sector unions representing 750,000 workers are taking Thursday off. The

News

French journalists freed after Afghan hostage ordeal

Two French journalists kidnapped 18 months ago in Afghanistan have been freed along with their guides. Confirmation of their release came from the

Two French journalists kidnapped 18 months ago in Afghanistan have been freed along with their guides. Confirmation of their release came from the

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Greece austerity plan passes despite protests

The Greek parliament has passed a five-year austerity plan that will allow the country to receive international bail-out money to keep it

The Greek parliament has passed a five-year austerity plan that will allow the country to receive international bail-out money to keep it

Nocomment

Egypt clashes leave hundreds injured

Police fired tear gas in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square at demonstrators, some of whom threw stones and demanded that trials of former senior

Police fired tear gas in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square at demonstrators, some of whom threw stones and demanded that trials of former senior

News

Russia cuts off Belarus' power after 'unpaid bill'

Russia has pulled the plug on Belarus’ electricity because of an unpaid bill. Supplier InterRAO said it disconnected the grid because it was owed 30

Russia has pulled the plug on Belarus’ electricity because of an unpaid bill. Supplier InterRAO said it disconnected the grid because it was owed 30

News

Lagarde bids farewell to French government

Au-revoir to the French government, Bonjour to the International Monetary Fund. Christine Lagarde has had her last meeting as French Finance

Au-revoir to the French government, Bonjour to the International Monetary Fund. Christine Lagarde has had her last meeting as French Finance

News

25 sites added to UNESCO world heritage list

Twenty five new sites have been added to the UNESCO world heritage list. Among those in Europe is the landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana in Spain

Twenty five new sites have been added to the UNESCO world heritage list. Among those in Europe is the landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana in Spain

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Holy Tweet! Pope uses iPad for his first Twitter message

The Pope has sent his first tweet, using the occasion to announce the Vatican’s new Internet information portal. The Twitter message read Dear

The Pope has sent his first tweet, using the occasion to announce the Vatican’s new Internet information portal. The Twitter message read Dear