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2011-07-05

Europe

GM crops face prospect of blanket EU ban

Genetically modified crops now face the prospect of being banned outright in the EU. The potential prohibition, which still needs European Council

Genetically modified crops now face the prospect of being banned outright in the EU. The potential prohibition, which still needs European Council

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Cadel Evans wins 4th stage of Tour de France

Australia’s Cadel Evans edged out Spain’s Alberto Contador to claim stage four of the Tour de France following a thrilling uphill finish at

Australia’s Cadel Evans edged out Spain’s Alberto Contador to claim stage four of the Tour de France following a thrilling uphill finish at

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Saving the African Union

Libya, Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Zimbabwe – recent events in Africa, many of them very violent, have burst onto the international stage. And in

Libya, Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Zimbabwe – recent events in Africa, many of them very violent, have burst onto the international stage. And in

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German expert favours professional army

In Germany, an era has come to an end: after more than 50 years in application, there is to be no more compulsory military service, and the

In Germany, an era has come to an end: after more than 50 years in application, there is to be no more compulsory military service, and the

Europe

Europe and Moldova cosy up

The EU is pushing for closer ties with Moldova as it cranks up its ‘Eastern Neighbourhood Policy’. Sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, the

The EU is pushing for closer ties with Moldova as it cranks up its ‘Eastern Neighbourhood Policy’. Sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, the

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German conscription ends

Germany has ended compulsory military service, which has been part of society there for the past 55 years. The new law came into effect last Friday

Germany has ended compulsory military service, which has been part of society there for the past 55 years. The new law came into effect last Friday

Business

German euro bailouts challenged in court

Germany’s top court has began hearing legal challenges to Berlin’s participation in multi-billion euro bailouts to Greece, Ireland and Portugal

Germany’s top court has began hearing legal challenges to Berlin’s participation in multi-billion euro bailouts to Greece, Ireland and Portugal

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California boasts world's largest hamburger

They are licking their lips in Pleasanton, California, where chefs at a county fair have cooked up the world’s largest hamburger. The

They are licking their lips in Pleasanton, California, where chefs at a county fair have cooked up the world’s largest hamburger. The

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Syrian troops carry out deadly raids on restive city

At least six people have been reported dead after the Syrian military carried out raids on a restive city in the west of the country. Tanks and

At least six people have been reported dead after the Syrian military carried out raids on a restive city in the west of the country. Tanks and

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Judges say Dutch state to blame for Srebrenica deaths

From beyond the graves in the chilling cemetery at Srebrenica, three Bosnian Muslims have won justice. The relatives of the victims claimed their

From beyond the graves in the chilling cemetery at Srebrenica, three Bosnian Muslims have won justice. The relatives of the victims claimed their

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Brussels bans Egyptian beans over E.Coli scare

The EU has decided to ban imports of some seeds and beans from Egypt after investigators found a likely link to two deadly outbreaks of E.coli food

The EU has decided to ban imports of some seeds and beans from Egypt after investigators found a likely link to two deadly outbreaks of E.coli food

Science_technology

Space Shuttle - the last voyage

A chapter in the history of space has ended with the launch of the American Shuttle Atlantis which marks the retirement of the Space Shuttle. It’s a

A chapter in the history of space has ended with the launch of the American Shuttle Atlantis which marks the retirement of the Space Shuttle. It’s a

Business

First day in challenging role for Lagarde

Christine Lagarde has taken the helm at the International Monetary Fund. The first task for the former French finance minister is overseeing

Christine Lagarde has taken the helm at the International Monetary Fund. The first task for the former French finance minister is overseeing

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Double bomb attack in Iraq kills at least 28

At least 28 people are reported dead after two explosions at a local government building in the Iraqi town of Taji, north of Bagdhad. Dozens more are

At least 28 people are reported dead after two explosions at a local government building in the Iraqi town of Taji, north of Bagdhad. Dozens more are

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Strauss-Kahn faces new French sex assault case

Lawyers for a French journalist have begun formal legal proceedings in Paris accusing the former head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting

Lawyers for a French journalist have begun formal legal proceedings in Paris accusing the former head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting

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Producing Kumis in the Kyrgyzstan's mountain region

For people living in the remote valleys of Kyrgyzstan’s mountain region, producing the traditional drink of fermented mare’s milk, ‘Kumis’, is often

For people living in the remote valleys of Kyrgyzstan’s mountain region, producing the traditional drink of fermented mare’s milk, ‘Kumis’, is often

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US Marines prepare handover to Laki locals

US marines were welcomed by Afghan elders earlier as they prepared a hand-over of security operations in Laki, Garsmir District of Helmand province

US marines were welcomed by Afghan elders earlier as they prepared a hand-over of security operations in Laki, Garsmir District of Helmand province

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Back in the Day: USSR makes the AK47

July 6, 1947. The AK47 assault rifle goes into production in the Soviet Union. Mikail Kalashnikov began thinking about a design for a new rifle while

July 6, 1947. The AK47 assault rifle goes into production in the Soviet Union. Mikail Kalashnikov began thinking about a design for a new rifle while

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UK tabloid hacked murder victim's phone

A British newspaper has found itself in hot water after taking investigative journalism a step too far.   The News of the World is renowned for its

A British newspaper has found itself in hot water after taking investigative journalism a step too far.   The News of the World is renowned for its

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Cameron grilled on thorny issues during Afghan visit

Who will fill the gap left behind when Western forces leave Afghanistan, and could there be a future role for the Taliban? Those are some of the key

Who will fill the gap left behind when Western forces leave Afghanistan, and could there be a future role for the Taliban? Those are some of the key

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Denmark reinstates border controls and checks

Denmark has reinstated controls and spot-checks on vehicles arriving from neighbouring EU countries. There were more journalists than anything else

Denmark has reinstated controls and spot-checks on vehicles arriving from neighbouring EU countries. There were more journalists than anything else

Business

Sweden raises cost of borrowing again

As expected Sweden’s central bank has raised its benchmark interest rate from 1.75 percent to 2.0 percent to try to rein in rising inflation. It is

As expected Sweden’s central bank has raised its benchmark interest rate from 1.75 percent to 2.0 percent to try to rein in rising inflation. It is

Business

Surfing abroad, pay less

The European Commission continues to take aim against roaming charges. It will force mobile phone companies to slash the amounts people pay for

The European Commission continues to take aim against roaming charges. It will force mobile phone companies to slash the amounts people pay for

Business

Bombardier to lay off half its UK train builders

Canadian train maker Bombardier is cutting more than 1,400 jobs – nearly half the workforce – at its plant in Derby, in central England. The

Canadian train maker Bombardier is cutting more than 1,400 jobs – nearly half the workforce – at its plant in Derby, in central England. The

Business

Euro zone growth slows

Growth in the euro zone’s dominant service sector grew in June at its weakest pace since October. There was an unexpectedly deep contraction in

Growth in the euro zone’s dominant service sector grew in June at its weakest pace since October. There was an unexpectedly deep contraction in

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Daring Chinese flood rescue

A group of stranded Chinese had to be rescued from a bridge after part of it collapsed due to heavy flooding in Sinchun Province, south west China

A group of stranded Chinese had to be rescued from a bridge after part of it collapsed due to heavy flooding in Sinchun Province, south west China

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French boat leaves Greek waters for Gaza

While Greek authorities are trying to prevent a `peace flotilla` bound for Gaza from leaving port, a French vessel is reported to have left Greek

While Greek authorities are trying to prevent a `peace flotilla` bound for Gaza from leaving port, a French vessel is reported to have left Greek

Culture

The show goes on for Dior

For the first time in nearly 15 years, Christian Dior’s haute couture collection was not designed by the label’s disgraced former artistic director

For the first time in nearly 15 years, Christian Dior’s haute couture collection was not designed by the label’s disgraced former artistic director

Science_technology

Nano boat coating gives barnacles heave-ho

The bottom of a boat makes a perfect home for all sorts of marine organisms. After just a few months in the water the hull could end up covered in

The bottom of a boat makes a perfect home for all sorts of marine organisms. After just a few months in the water the hull could end up covered in

Culture

Santana and McLaughlin wow crowds at Montreux

In concert together for the first time in 40 years, superstars Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin open the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

In concert together for the first time in 40 years, superstars Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin open the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.