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2011-09-20

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Israel's likely next step?

With the Palestinians bidding for statehood, Israel finds itself once again in the eye of the storm at the UN. To gauge the mood within the country

With the Palestinians bidding for statehood, Israel finds itself once again in the eye of the storm at the UN. To gauge the mood within the country

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Suspected car bomb kills three in Ankara

Terrorism is being blamed for an explosion in Turkey’s capital that has killed three people and wounded over 30 more. A suspected car bomb ripped

Terrorism is being blamed for an explosion in Turkey’s capital that has killed three people and wounded over 30 more. A suspected car bomb ripped

Business

Italian downgrade adds to euro zone's problems

Standard and Poor’s has cut Italy’s credit rating despite Rome’s moves to get its massive debt under control. S&P had put Italy on review for

Standard and Poor’s has cut Italy’s credit rating despite Rome’s moves to get its massive debt under control. S&P had put Italy on review for

Europe

Europe's banks need better monitoring, report says

The financial sector’s biggest beasts are once again in the spotlight, amid fears many could go under if Greece were to default. Now a new report by

The financial sector’s biggest beasts are once again in the spotlight, amid fears many could go under if Greece were to default. Now a new report by

Europe

EU food row could spark poverty crisis

A dispute over aid to Europe’s poorest citizens threatens to spark a major food crisis, France has warned. The EU programme currently provides hand

A dispute over aid to Europe’s poorest citizens threatens to spark a major food crisis, France has warned. The EU programme currently provides hand

Europe

Brussels unveils resource roadmap

The European Commission has unveiled its latest roadmap for building a sustainable future. With the world’s population set to hit nine billion by

The European Commission has unveiled its latest roadmap for building a sustainable future. With the world’s population set to hit nine billion by

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Italy reeling after downgrade

Italy is in shock, coming to terms with the news that it is now less credit-worthy than Slovakia. The ratings agency Standard and Poor’s says the

Italy is in shock, coming to terms with the news that it is now less credit-worthy than Slovakia. The ratings agency Standard and Poor’s says the

Business

Spain pays more for short-term borrowing

The debt problems of Italy and Greece continue to hit Spain. Madrid was able to sell 4.5 billion euros worth of short-term government bonds but its

The debt problems of Italy and Greece continue to hit Spain. Madrid was able to sell 4.5 billion euros worth of short-term government bonds but its

Business

UBS boss wants investment bank overhaul

In the aftermath of a rogue trader allegedly losing UBS 1.7 billion euros, the Swiss bank’s Chief Executive, Oswald Gruebel, will ask its board to

In the aftermath of a rogue trader allegedly losing UBS 1.7 billion euros, the Swiss bank’s Chief Executive, Oswald Gruebel, will ask its board to

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Head of Afghan Peace Council killed in attack

The man who was tasked with trying to negotiate a political end to the war in Afghanistan has been killed. Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of the

The man who was tasked with trying to negotiate a political end to the war in Afghanistan has been killed. Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of the

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Turkey's Gul calls for EU membership on German trip

The handshakes and smiles are all very cordial. But as Turkish President Abdullah Gul pursues his trip to Germany, he and Chancellor Merkel are

The handshakes and smiles are all very cordial. But as Turkish President Abdullah Gul pursues his trip to Germany, he and Chancellor Merkel are

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Student protest over Greek budget cuts

Students took to the streets of the Greek capital Athens on Tuesday, to protest over government austerity measures, including a curb in education

Students took to the streets of the Greek capital Athens on Tuesday, to protest over government austerity measures, including a curb in education

Culture

Classics with a new twist at London Fashion Week

Mulberry introduced a seaside holiday element into its range using candy colours for its sporty, practical designs. Meanwhile Burberry came up

Mulberry introduced a seaside holiday element into its range using candy colours for its sporty, practical designs. Meanwhile Burberry came up

Sport

France prepare for stern Kiwi test

France play hosts New Zealand on Saturday in a game which should decide the winner of Pool A. Captain Thierry Dusautoir returns to the side after

France play hosts New Zealand on Saturday in a game which should decide the winner of Pool A. Captain Thierry Dusautoir returns to the side after

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Palestinian statehood: "The EU has a choice"

Saeb Erekat negotiated the Oslo Accords with Israel, the framework agreement signed in 1993 by Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres on behalf of the

Saeb Erekat negotiated the Oslo Accords with Israel, the framework agreement signed in 1993 by Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres on behalf of the

Sport

Italy dominate Russia in Nelson

Italy notched up their first win at this year’s Rugby World Cup after a emphatic 53-17 triumph over debutants Russia. Captain Sergio Parisse was in

Italy notched up their first win at this year’s Rugby World Cup after a emphatic 53-17 triumph over debutants Russia. Captain Sergio Parisse was in

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Defiant Gaddafi warns 'NATO bombs will not last'

Libya’s deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi has delivered a new recorded audio message describing events in the country as a “farce”. Despite the

Libya’s deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi has delivered a new recorded audio message describing events in the country as a “farce”. Despite the

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Diplomatic crisis intensifies over Palestinian UN bid

The diplomatic crisis around President Mahmoud Abbas’ push for recognition of a Palestinian state is intensifying, in the run-up to his planned

The diplomatic crisis around President Mahmoud Abbas’ push for recognition of a Palestinian state is intensifying, in the run-up to his planned

Culture

German animators shine at Cartoon d'Or awards

German directors Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschötter won the top award, presented in the Polish city of Sopot at a gathering of the European

German directors Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschötter won the top award, presented in the Polish city of Sopot at a gathering of the European

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'Terrorist attack' condemned as deadly blast hits Ankara

At least three people have been killed in an explosion in Ankara, condemned as a terrorist attack by Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul.   Around 15

At least three people have been killed in an explosion in Ankara, condemned as a terrorist attack by Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul.   Around 15

Nocomment

India: jewel encrusted car

The world’s first gold and jewellery encrusted car – a tiny Tata Nano – was unveiled in Mumbai on Monday as a tribute to 5,000 years of Indian

The world’s first gold and jewellery encrusted car – a tiny Tata Nano – was unveiled in Mumbai on Monday as a tribute to 5,000 years of Indian

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The return of the Jedi in London

Anthony Daniels, the actor who played C-3PO gave Star Wars fans a giant reminder of the iconic film saga last Thursday, turning London’s BT Tower

Anthony Daniels, the actor who played C-3PO gave Star Wars fans a giant reminder of the iconic film saga last Thursday, turning London’s BT Tower

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Italians shocked by downgrade: 'we've had enough!'

The Italian government has reacted to the news of the downgrade by saying it believes the decision was dictated more by media stories than by

The Italian government has reacted to the news of the downgrade by saying it believes the decision was dictated more by media stories than by

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Yemen: 17 dead in anti-government demonstrations

Clashes at a large anti-government demonstration left 17 people dead, including an infant, as pro-democracy protesters face fire from Yemeni security

Clashes at a large anti-government demonstration left 17 people dead, including an infant, as pro-democracy protesters face fire from Yemeni security

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Motor cultivator race in Croatia

The fifth Motor Cultivator Race took place on Sunday in the small Eastern Croatian city of Orahovica, bringing together farmers from all over Croatia

The fifth Motor Cultivator Race took place on Sunday in the small Eastern Croatian city of Orahovica, bringing together farmers from all over Croatia

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Berlusconi attacks S&P downgrade as 'political'

Italy has become the latest major economy to have a credit worthiness downgrade, in a move that has taken markets by surprise and added to the

Italy has become the latest major economy to have a credit worthiness downgrade, in a move that has taken markets by surprise and added to the

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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is officially history

The US ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military officially ends on Tuesday. It brings to an end a policy which had long been denounced by

The US ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military officially ends on Tuesday. It brings to an end a policy which had long been denounced by

Sport

Eurobasket champions Spain arrive home

Thousands of fans packed into Madrid’s Callao Square on Monday as Spain arrived home to a hero’s welcome after winning the Eurobasket title for the

Thousands of fans packed into Madrid’s Callao Square on Monday as Spain arrived home to a hero’s welcome after winning the Eurobasket title for the

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Heavy shelling rocks Yemen capital

A third day of violence in the Yemeni capital has left two people dead in fierce fighting between pro-government soldiers and troops who have

A third day of violence in the Yemeni capital has left two people dead in fierce fighting between pro-government soldiers and troops who have

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Israel offers direct talks with the Palestinians

The diplomatic crisis precipitated by President Mahmoud Abbas over Palestinian statehood appears to have forced Israel onto the back foot. Abbas’

The diplomatic crisis precipitated by President Mahmoud Abbas over Palestinian statehood appears to have forced Israel onto the back foot. Abbas’