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2011-10-31

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Germany's CDU mulls idea of minimum wage

Germany’s ruling CDU party is considering the introduction of a nationwide minimum wage. That may come as good news for the likes of hairdressers

Germany’s ruling CDU party is considering the introduction of a nationwide minimum wage. That may come as good news for the likes of hairdressers

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Topless protest against DSK in Paris

A protest with a difference has taken place outside the home of the former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn in Paris. A Ukrainian feminist

A protest with a difference has taken place outside the home of the former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn in Paris. A Ukrainian feminist

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Kenya and Somalia join forces to fight Islamic militants

The leaders of Somalia and Kenya have vowed to fight together to defeat the Islamic militant group al Shabab. The East African neighbours will

The leaders of Somalia and Kenya have vowed to fight together to defeat the Islamic militant group al Shabab. The East African neighbours will

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China's Hu says Europe can save its own economy

China’s President says he is confident Europe can overcome its economic problems. But speaking during a visit to Austria, Hu Jintao made no offer

China’s President says he is confident Europe can overcome its economic problems. But speaking during a visit to Austria, Hu Jintao made no offer

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Serb nationalist Seselj jailed for contempt of court

The jailed Serbian nationalist, Vojislav Seselj has been convicted of contempt of court by the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal. He was sent down for

The jailed Serbian nationalist, Vojislav Seselj has been convicted of contempt of court by the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal. He was sent down for

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US and Israel condemn UNESCO Palestine vote

There was warm applause in UNESCO’s chamber as the result of the vote was announced. By voting strongly to give the Palestinians full

There was warm applause in UNESCO’s chamber as the result of the vote was announced. By voting strongly to give the Palestinians full

Sport

Hungary mourns the death of legendary footballer

Florian Albert the legendary Hungarian footballer has died aged 70 after complications following heart surgery last week. Often described as one of

Florian Albert the legendary Hungarian footballer has died aged 70 after complications following heart surgery last week. Often described as one of

Sport

Mystery illness strikes Italy forward

At the Policlinico hospital in Milan the mother of Italy forward Antonio Cassano was one of a handful of concerned visitors. The striker was rushed

At the Policlinico hospital in Milan the mother of Italy forward Antonio Cassano was one of a handful of concerned visitors. The striker was rushed

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Thai floods response sparks anger in Bangkok

Their homes have been flooded for nearly a month and some people have had enough. Tempers in the Thai capital have been flaring over the government’s

Their homes have been flooded for nearly a month and some people have had enough. Tempers in the Thai capital have been flaring over the government’s

Business

ECB: Draghi's dilemma, inflation fighting vs stimulus

As Mario Draghi takes over as the head of the European Central Bank he faces a massive task. The ECB is central to tackling the euro zone debt

As Mario Draghi takes over as the head of the European Central Bank he faces a massive task. The ECB is central to tackling the euro zone debt

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Pressure on EU to resettle Libyan refugees

NGOs working with Libyan refugees are calling for more solidarity from European Union states. They say only a handful of countries have agreed to

NGOs working with Libyan refugees are calling for more solidarity from European Union states. They say only a handful of countries have agreed to

Business

OECD warns leaders must act to avoid recession

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development is forecasting a sharp slowdown next year for the euro zone. Its downbeat outlook came

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development is forecasting a sharp slowdown next year for the euro zone. Its downbeat outlook came

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NATO chief in Libya as alliance mission ends

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has travelled to Tripoli for a surprise visit, on the day the organisation’s mission in Libya officially

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has travelled to Tripoli for a surprise visit, on the day the organisation’s mission in Libya officially

Culture

'Anonymous' revives the Shakespeare debate

Hark! You can hear the sound of feathers being ruffled from here over Roland Emmerich’s ‘Anonymous’. The German-born director has had another pop at

Hark! You can hear the sound of feathers being ruffled from here over Roland Emmerich’s ‘Anonymous’. The German-born director has had another pop at

Culture

Reed and Metallica launch 'Lulu'

It sounds like a dream team; metal merchants Metallica pairing up with the poet laureate of rock n’ roll, Lou Reed. The album ‘Lulu’ is the

It sounds like a dream team; metal merchants Metallica pairing up with the poet laureate of rock n’ roll, Lou Reed. The album ‘Lulu’ is the

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Mideast tensions erupt over Gaza killings

There is renewed tension on the frontier between Israel and the Gaza Strip after a flare-up of violence over the weekend. Hundreds of Palestinians

There is renewed tension on the frontier between Israel and the Gaza Strip after a flare-up of violence over the weekend. Hundreds of Palestinians

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Population's uneven boom challenges

Danica May is one of several babies around the world symbolically designated the seven-billionth person on earth by the UN. She was born just before

Danica May is one of several babies around the world symbolically designated the seven-billionth person on earth by the UN. She was born just before

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UNESCO gives Palestinians full membership

The UN’s cultural agency UNESCO has given the Palestinians full membership, boosting their bid for state recognition at the United Nations. Of 173

The UN’s cultural agency UNESCO has given the Palestinians full membership, boosting their bid for state recognition at the United Nations. Of 173

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Back in the Day: Michelangelo's Sistine ceiling opens to the public

November 1, 1512. Michelangelo’s artwork on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel opens for the first time to the public, four and a half years after the

November 1, 1512. Michelangelo’s artwork on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel opens for the first time to the public, four and a half years after the

Science_technology

Swedes say intelligent trucks on our roads soon

Critics say that the transport of goods by road damages the environment, because of the high levels of pollution and high fuel consumption

Critics say that the transport of goods by road damages the environment, because of the high levels of pollution and high fuel consumption

Business

TDK slashes jobs

The strong yen is one reason why TDK has announced plans to lay off 11,000 people — that is around 12 percent of its workforce. The Japanese

The strong yen is one reason why TDK has announced plans to lay off 11,000 people — that is around 12 percent of its workforce. The Japanese

Business

Tokyo's yen move hits markets

The Japanese government’s decision to sell the yen to bring it down from the latest record high against the dollar had a negative effect on share

The Japanese government’s decision to sell the yen to bring it down from the latest record high against the dollar had a negative effect on share

Business

Barclays' profit up, bad loans down

Good news from Barclays which saw its third quarter profit rise by five percent. There were gains in retail banking and from its credit card

Good news from Barclays which saw its third quarter profit rise by five percent. There were gains in retail banking and from its credit card

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UNESCO gives Palestinians full membership

The UN’s cultural agency UNESCO has given Palestinians full membership in a move that boosts their bid for state recognition at the United Nations

The UN’s cultural agency UNESCO has given Palestinians full membership in a move that boosts their bid for state recognition at the United Nations

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Arab League hands Syria plan to end unrest

The Arab League is eagerly awaiting a response from Syria to its plan to end a seven month violent crackdown against anti-government

The Arab League is eagerly awaiting a response from Syria to its plan to end a seven month violent crackdown against anti-government

Nocomment

5,000 sheep fill Madrid's streets

Thousands of animals have passed through the centre of Madrid, marking an age old tradition. The so-called transhumance is an ancient custom in which

Thousands of animals have passed through the centre of Madrid, marking an age old tradition. The so-called transhumance is an ancient custom in which

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Bangkok postman delivers mail despite floods

Bangkok homes may be flooded, alley ways may be waist-deep in filthy water but nothing stops the Thai mail from getting through, at least, not if

Bangkok homes may be flooded, alley ways may be waist-deep in filthy water but nothing stops the Thai mail from getting through, at least, not if

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Floods fail to deter dedicated Thai postman

Thailand’s floods have submerged parts of Bangkok but it would take more than that to interrupt the rounds of one intrepid postman.   Somyod Somsamai

Thailand’s floods have submerged parts of Bangkok but it would take more than that to interrupt the rounds of one intrepid postman.   Somyod Somsamai

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Bulgaria's Plevneliev wins presidency

Bulgaria’s presidential run-off has been won by Rosen Plevneliev, the ruling conservative party candidate. Preliminary official results show he

Bulgaria’s presidential run-off has been won by Rosen Plevneliev, the ruling conservative party candidate. Preliminary official results show he