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2011-08-20

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August 21, 1911: the Mona Lisa vanishes

It is perhaps the world’s most famous painting in the world’s most famous museum. But exactly 100 years ago, on August 21 1911, the Mona Lisa

It is perhaps the world’s most famous painting in the world’s most famous museum. But exactly 100 years ago, on August 21 1911, the Mona Lisa

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U-talk tackles sexism

“I am Ana from Lisbon. I would like to know how can we put an end to sexism and to the prevailing social differences between men and women which is

“I am Ana from Lisbon. I would like to know how can we put an end to sexism and to the prevailing social differences between men and women which is

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Syrian forces 'target Homs residents'

Syrian forces have fired heavy machineguns at a residential district of Homs, following more anti-government protests. Over new pictures uploaded

Syrian forces have fired heavy machineguns at a residential district of Homs, following more anti-government protests. Over new pictures uploaded

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Rebels close in on Gaddafi's Tripoli stronghold

Who controls what in Libya? Amid fierce fighting, it is still unclear whether rebels have, as they claim, seized control of two key coastal

Who controls what in Libya? Amid fierce fighting, it is still unclear whether rebels have, as they claim, seized control of two key coastal

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Israel 'regrets' deaths of Egyptian policemen

Israel says it “regrets” the deaths of five Egyptian policemen on the border with Gaza. The country’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak said he had told

Israel says it “regrets” the deaths of five Egyptian policemen on the border with Gaza. The country’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak said he had told

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Norway massacre survivors return to island

A month on, survivors of Norway’s shooting massacre have returned to the island where 69 mainly young people died. Victims’ families made the journey

A month on, survivors of Norway’s shooting massacre have returned to the island where 69 mainly young people died. Victims’ families made the journey

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Ramadan prayers in Jerusalem

Tens of thousands pray at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque, Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque, on the third Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Tens of thousands pray at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque, Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque, on the third Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan.

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Massacre victims visit Utoya island

Almost a month after the Norway attacks, relatives of some of the victims returned to Utoya island where the massacre at a youth camp took place.

Almost a month after the Norway attacks, relatives of some of the victims returned to Utoya island where the massacre at a youth camp took place.

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Indian anti-corruption crusade: PM open to dialogue

As he pursues his 15 day hunger strike, thousands have gathered in Delhi to support Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare. After starting the

As he pursues his 15 day hunger strike, thousands have gathered in Delhi to support Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare. After starting the

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World Youth Day in Madrid

Pope Benedict XVI visited the famous monastery of El Escorial on his second day of his visit for the World Youth Day festival.

Pope Benedict XVI visited the famous monastery of El Escorial on his second day of his visit for the World Youth Day festival.

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North Korea's Kim Jong-il arrives in Russia

North Korea’s Kim Jong-il has begun his first public visit to Russia since 2002. Now, as then, he crossed the border by train. The reclusive

North Korea’s Kim Jong-il has begun his first public visit to Russia since 2002. Now, as then, he crossed the border by train. The reclusive

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Turkey bombards PKK in Iraq

The Turkish government’s offensive against the Kurdish Workers Party or PKK has continued for a third night, with airstrikes against rebels in

The Turkish government’s offensive against the Kurdish Workers Party or PKK has continued for a third night, with airstrikes against rebels in

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Chile: Angry students prevent cars from boarding ferry

Chilean students have been out on the streets of Puerto Montt, demanding cheaper and better public education. They clashed with police, blocked roads

Chilean students have been out on the streets of Puerto Montt, demanding cheaper and better public education. They clashed with police, blocked roads

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Egypt to withdraw envoy in Israel over shootings

Cross border tension is rising in the Middle East. Amid anger over the killings of three Egyptian security personnel, Cairo is withdrawing its

Cross border tension is rising in the Middle East. Amid anger over the killings of three Egyptian security personnel, Cairo is withdrawing its

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Gold sets fresh record as global stocks slide

After a difficult week for markets worldwide, Wall Street closed on a down note amid growing fears of another US recession and over Europe’s debt

After a difficult week for markets worldwide, Wall Street closed on a down note amid growing fears of another US recession and over Europe’s debt

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Russia shocked by shark attacks

In a country more used to bear attacks, two people have survived rare shark attacks while swimming in waters off Russia’s Pacific coast. In the

In a country more used to bear attacks, two people have survived rare shark attacks while swimming in waters off Russia’s Pacific coast. In the

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Libyan rebels say they control key town of Zawiyah

Libyan rebels fought fiercely with loyalist forces on Friday, as they continued their battle to control Zawiyah. The opposition counts the amount

Libyan rebels fought fiercely with loyalist forces on Friday, as they continued their battle to control Zawiyah. The opposition counts the amount

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Spain halves sales tax on new homes

The Spanish government announced new austerity measures to cut its budget deficit on Friday, together with plans to stimulate the weak

The Spanish government announced new austerity measures to cut its budget deficit on Friday, together with plans to stimulate the weak

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Prayers for the persecuted as Pope pursues Madrid visit

The Pope’s second day in Spain ended with a Way of the Cross procession through central Madrid. He listened to prayers dedicated to the suffering of

The Pope’s second day in Spain ended with a Way of the Cross procession through central Madrid. He listened to prayers dedicated to the suffering of

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Suu Kyi meets Myanmar President

Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Ang San Suu Kyi met the country’s President Thein Sein on Friday, in what has been described as the latest olive

Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Ang San Suu Kyi met the country’s President Thein Sein on Friday, in what has been described as the latest olive