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2011-11-03

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Israel halts UNESCO funds over Palestinian vote

UNESCO’s decision to grant the Palestinians full membership has prompted Israel to freeze its funding to the UN’s cultural agency. The Israelis say

UNESCO’s decision to grant the Palestinians full membership has prompted Israel to freeze its funding to the UN’s cultural agency. The Israelis say

Business

Sarkozy struggles to save his summit

French President Nicolas Sarkozy had hoped the G20 summit in Cannes would be one of the crowning moments of his five years running France. He had

French President Nicolas Sarkozy had hoped the G20 summit in Cannes would be one of the crowning moments of his five years running France. He had

Business

Draghi makes notable ECB debut

The European Central Bank has unexpectedly cut interest rates in President Mario Draghi’s first meeting in charge. With bond yields in Italy and

The European Central Bank has unexpectedly cut interest rates in President Mario Draghi’s first meeting in charge. With bond yields in Italy and

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Papandreou could drop Greek bailout referendum

George Papandreou says he will scrap a referendum on Greece’s latest bailout deal, if the conservative opposition agrees to back the plan in

George Papandreou says he will scrap a referendum on Greece’s latest bailout deal, if the conservative opposition agrees to back the plan in

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Conservatives frontrunners in Spain election campaign

Thursday sees the official start of campaigning for Spain’s general election later this month against a background of chronic unemployment and an

Thursday sees the official start of campaigning for Spain’s general election later this month against a background of chronic unemployment and an

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DR Congo: harvesting on the ruins of war

For over a decade, the Democratic Republic of Congo had been ravaged by what many refer to as Africa’s first world war. The fighting was concentrated

For over a decade, the Democratic Republic of Congo had been ravaged by what many refer to as Africa’s first world war. The fighting was concentrated

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Merkel tells Obama no to ECB role in EFSF

US President Barack Obama is at the G20 summit encourage the eurozone to find a solution to its debt problem, which could send America’s weakened

US President Barack Obama is at the G20 summit encourage the eurozone to find a solution to its debt problem, which could send America’s weakened

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Greece crisis scenarios

While George Papandreou’s gamble to hold a referendum on the country’s EU bailout deal seems to have spectacularly backfired, the final outcome is

While George Papandreou’s gamble to hold a referendum on the country’s EU bailout deal seems to have spectacularly backfired, the final outcome is

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China-EU soft power aid

The vast economic power of China is increasingly under European scrutiny, with an undercurrent of assumption that Beijing will find it in its own

The vast economic power of China is increasingly under European scrutiny, with an undercurrent of assumption that Beijing will find it in its own

Culture

Students at WISE

30 students from different countries around the world are participating for the first time in the debates, workshops and sessions at the WISE Summit

30 students from different countries around the world are participating for the first time in the debates, workshops and sessions at the WISE Summit

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Ukraine budget cuts threaten war veterans

Ukrainian protesters symbolically stuck pumpkins on the gates outside their parliament to show their refusal of new austerity measures. The fruit is

Ukrainian protesters symbolically stuck pumpkins on the gates outside their parliament to show their refusal of new austerity measures. The fruit is

Sport

Slater rides the waves to a new record

Kelly Slater – the king of surf – has been crowned World Champion for an unprecedented eleventh time at the age of 39. Aficionados of the sport are

Kelly Slater – the king of surf – has been crowned World Champion for an unprecedented eleventh time at the age of 39. Aficionados of the sport are

Sport

Pakistan cricket captain set to appeal jail sentence

Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt, along with team mates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir and their agent Mazhar Majeed have been

Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt, along with team mates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir and their agent Mazhar Majeed have been

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Syrian forces 'kill five' in Homs, a day after Arab deal

Syrian security forces are reported to have killed five people in Homs, the day after the government agreed to an Arab League plan to pull the army

Syrian security forces are reported to have killed five people in Homs, the day after the government agreed to an Arab League plan to pull the army

Culture

Rome Film Festival: Rampling and Scott Thomas

Kristin Scott Thomas was at the Rome Film Festival for the premiere of her latest film, The Woman in the Fifth. It is about an American writer

Kristin Scott Thomas was at the Rome Film Festival for the premiere of her latest film, The Woman in the Fifth. It is about an American writer

Culture

Achtung Baby at 20: Even Better Than The Real Thing

To mark the 20th anniversary of their pivotal album Achtung Baby, U2 are releasing a special edition with B-sides, demos, remixes and some unreleased

To mark the 20th anniversary of their pivotal album Achtung Baby, U2 are releasing a special edition with B-sides, demos, remixes and some unreleased

Europe

The differences between the US and Europe

Gera, in South Africa, asks: “What’s the difference between the United States of America and the United countries of Europe?” Domenico Rossetti

Gera, in South Africa, asks: “What’s the difference between the United States of America and the United countries of Europe?” Domenico Rossetti

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Iran warns US against 'collision course' over nuclear programme

Tehran has stepped up its attacks on the United States, amid speculation that Washington may accelerate plans for missile strikes against Iran’s

Tehran has stepped up its attacks on the United States, amid speculation that Washington may accelerate plans for missile strikes against Iran’s

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Learning from the word "go"

It is an eternal question – do children really benefit from learning at a very early age? Head, heart and hand, India Avnika Menon goes to

It is an eternal question – do children really benefit from learning at a very early age? Head, heart and hand, India Avnika Menon goes to

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Anti-capitalist protesters descend on Cannes

The Greek debt crisis may steal the show at the G20 summit but anti-capitalist protest voices are getting louder on the sidelines. Thousands of

The Greek debt crisis may steal the show at the G20 summit but anti-capitalist protest voices are getting louder on the sidelines. Thousands of

Business

Draghi marks ECB reign with rate cut

Well, they say a new broom sweeps clean. In his first meeting as boss of the ECB Mario Draghi has surprised nearly everyone by cutting base interest

Well, they say a new broom sweeps clean. In his first meeting as boss of the ECB Mario Draghi has surprised nearly everyone by cutting base interest

Business

Earnings fall at BNP-Paribas

Earnings at BNP Paribas fell 72% in the third quarter after the French bank took a bigger-than-expected hit of two billion euros on Greek debt. The

Earnings at BNP Paribas fell 72% in the third quarter after the French bank took a bigger-than-expected hit of two billion euros on Greek debt. The

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Greek government teeters on brink of collapse

Greece has enough cash to last until mid-December, a government source says. But will George Papandreou still be in power then, or even by the end

Greece has enough cash to last until mid-December, a government source says. But will George Papandreou still be in power then, or even by the end

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Learn to be safe in cyberspace

The internet has made our lives easier, whether it is shopping online for groceries, making a payment or booking a holiday. However, surf carelessly

The internet has made our lives easier, whether it is shopping online for groceries, making a payment or booking a holiday. However, surf carelessly

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Obama and Sarkozy seek common ground at G20

Solving Europe’s financial crisis is the most important task facing G20 leaders meeting in Cannes, according to Barack Obama. Like his French

Solving Europe’s financial crisis is the most important task facing G20 leaders meeting in Cannes, according to Barack Obama. Like his French

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Pressure mounts on Italy's beleaguered Berlusconi

Arriving at the Cannes summit with nothing concrete to show his euro zone partners, Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi is under increasing pressure. An

Arriving at the Cannes summit with nothing concrete to show his euro zone partners, Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi is under increasing pressure. An

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Success as China passes its first space docking test

China has successfully carried out its first docking exercise between two unmanned spacecraft.The Shenzhou-8 joined the Tiangong-1space lab module

China has successfully carried out its first docking exercise between two unmanned spacecraft.The Shenzhou-8 joined the Tiangong-1space lab module

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Greeks react to euro referendum talk

The Greek government may be on the verge of collapse over the issue of holding a referendum, but some in Athens fear Greece has no choice other than

The Greek government may be on the verge of collapse over the issue of holding a referendum, but some in Athens fear Greece has no choice other than

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Back in the Day: discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb

November 4, 1922. A member of an excavation team led by British archaeologist Howard Carter discovers the steps that lead to the ancient tomb of

November 4, 1922. A member of an excavation team led by British archaeologist Howard Carter discovers the steps that lead to the ancient tomb of

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China weighs up support for euro rescue fund

China has given cautious support to bolstering Europe’s Financial Stability Facility. EU leaders want China to commit to making further bond

China has given cautious support to bolstering Europe’s Financial Stability Facility. EU leaders want China to commit to making further bond