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2011-12-06

Business

Italy's hopes to restore its fortunes and credibility

Italy’s latest austerity package was welcomed by the financial markets which slashed Rome’s borrowing costs. The country’s political parties also

Italy’s latest austerity package was welcomed by the financial markets which slashed Rome’s borrowing costs. The country’s political parties also

Business

Geithner upbeat on European reforms‎

A positive tone from US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as he started a three-day blitz of euro zone officials. In Europe to urge decisive

A positive tone from US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as he started a three-day blitz of euro zone officials. In Europe to urge decisive

News

Prominent arrests and convictions in Russia protests

Police have arrested as many as 300 people, including journalists, as demonstrators in Moscow defied a ban on unapproved protests. This is the

Police have arrested as many as 300 people, including journalists, as demonstrators in Moscow defied a ban on unapproved protests. This is the

News

S&P's euro zone downgrade threat 'political'

The threat by the rating agency Standard and Poor’s to downgrade euro zone countries en masse has raised the question in some minds about whether or

The threat by the rating agency Standard and Poor’s to downgrade euro zone countries en masse has raised the question in some minds about whether or

News

Wartime recipes feed cash-strapped Greeks

With Greeks in their third year of austerity living, the signs are that their belts are going to get even tighter. The new budget includes pay cuts

With Greeks in their third year of austerity living, the signs are that their belts are going to get even tighter. The new budget includes pay cuts

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Euro zone credit ratings threat ahead of crucial summit

US ratings agency Standard and Poor’s continued to ratchet up the pressure on EU leaders on Tuesday. As well as threatening to slash credit

US ratings agency Standard and Poor’s continued to ratchet up the pressure on EU leaders on Tuesday. As well as threatening to slash credit

Europe

Europe's treaty dilemma

In order to make sure greater fiscal discipline is set in stone, Germany and France announced a new European treaty. That is what has to happen they

In order to make sure greater fiscal discipline is set in stone, Germany and France announced a new European treaty. That is what has to happen they

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Tensions rise in Congo ahead of election result

On the streets of Kinshasa security has been heightened ahead of the expected results of Congo’s presidential election. A partial count of nearly

On the streets of Kinshasa security has been heightened ahead of the expected results of Congo’s presidential election. A partial count of nearly

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China could be Durban's climate change success story

The message coming from the climate change conference in Durban is that expectations of the outcome have to be practical. As more delegates from

The message coming from the climate change conference in Durban is that expectations of the outcome have to be practical. As more delegates from

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Iraq: Ashura celebrations

Iraqi Shi’ites mark Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram as a day of mourning which celebrates the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussein.

Iraqi Shi’ites mark Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram as a day of mourning which celebrates the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussein.

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Protests turn violent in Athens

At least two people have been injured during clashes between police and protesters at a rally in Athens. The march was to commemorate the death of a

At least two people have been injured during clashes between police and protesters at a rally in Athens. The march was to commemorate the death of a

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Lebanon: Ashura celebrations

Hundreds of Shi’ite mourners mark Ashura in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatieh in a ritual of self-flagellation to show kinship with Imam

Hundreds of Shi’ite mourners mark Ashura in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatieh in a ritual of self-flagellation to show kinship with Imam

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Skiing Santas in USA

Around 250 skiers and snowboarders took to the slopes in the US state of Maine dressed as Santa Claus.

Around 250 skiers and snowboarders took to the slopes in the US state of Maine dressed as Santa Claus.

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Clashes at commemorative rally in Athens

At least two people have been injured during clashes between police and protesters at a rally in Athens. The march was to commemorate the death of a

At least two people have been injured during clashes between police and protesters at a rally in Athens. The march was to commemorate the death of a

News

Belgium government goes back to business after PM appointed

In Belgium King Albert II has appointed a new cabinet. The government will be headed by Socialist leader, Elio Di Rupo, the first native French

In Belgium King Albert II has appointed a new cabinet. The government will be headed by Socialist leader, Elio Di Rupo, the first native French

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Russian election result protests spread

The Russian general election may be over but anger about the outcome rumbles on. Opponents of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whose United Russia

The Russian general election may be over but anger about the outcome rumbles on. Opponents of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whose United Russia

Culture

Happy New Year?

New Year’s Eve is a romantic comedy directed by Garry Marshall. Like Valentine’s Day, Marshall’s previous film, it depicts a series of holiday

New Year’s Eve is a romantic comedy directed by Garry Marshall. Like Valentine’s Day, Marshall’s previous film, it depicts a series of holiday

Culture

Posthumous Winehouse album goes on release

Lioness: Hidden Treasures is the first posthumous compilation album by Amy Winehouse. It includes covers, unreleased tracks and stripped-down

Lioness: Hidden Treasures is the first posthumous compilation album by Amy Winehouse. It includes covers, unreleased tracks and stripped-down

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Back in the Day: Japan attacks Pearl Harbour

December 7, 1941 Just before 8:00 in the morning, a fleet of hundreds of Japanese Imperial war planes begins a surprise military attack on a US naval

December 7, 1941 Just before 8:00 in the morning, a fleet of hundreds of Japanese Imperial war planes begins a surprise military attack on a US naval

Science_technology

Rare showing of Leonardo self portrait

One of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous yet fragile works of art, his red chalk self portrait, is on public display, for only the third time ever.

One of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous yet fragile works of art, his red chalk self portrait, is on public display, for only the third time ever.

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Ireland tightens fiscal belt with further spending cuts

Ireland’s 4.5 million people are heading into tough economic times. Social welfare payments, health, education and public sector jobs are set to face

Ireland’s 4.5 million people are heading into tough economic times. Social welfare payments, health, education and public sector jobs are set to face

Business

Olympus report urges legal action

A damning report has been released by the independent panel of experts looking into the accounting scandal at Olympus. It urges legal action

A damning report has been released by the independent panel of experts looking into the accounting scandal at Olympus. It urges legal action

Business

Euro zone growth remains weak

The euro zone’s economy grew in the third quarter but barely according to the latest reading of data from the EU’s Statistics Office

The euro zone’s economy grew in the third quarter but barely according to the latest reading of data from the EU’s Statistics Office

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Defiant message from Hezbollah

The leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon has made a rare public appearance in Beirut at which he accused the opposition in Syria of playing into the hands

The leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon has made a rare public appearance in Beirut at which he accused the opposition in Syria of playing into the hands

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More US criticism of Russian election

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has, for the second day running, expressed doubts about the Russian elections, suggesting they were neither

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has, for the second day running, expressed doubts about the Russian elections, suggesting they were neither

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Pilgrims among scores dead Afghanistan blasts

Three separate bombings in Afghanistan have left dozens of people dead and many more injured, including Shi’ite pilgrims. In Kabul at least 48

Three separate bombings in Afghanistan have left dozens of people dead and many more injured, including Shi’ite pilgrims. In Kabul at least 48

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Credit risk heightens stakes in eurozone

European leaders are under yet more pressure after Standard and Poor’s announcement that 15 eurozone countries face having their credit ratings

European leaders are under yet more pressure after Standard and Poor’s announcement that 15 eurozone countries face having their credit ratings

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Anger over arrest of Russian blogger

A high profile anti-Kremlin activist has been arrested for taking part in a protest against alleged fraud in Russia’s general election. Supporters of

A high profile anti-Kremlin activist has been arrested for taking part in a protest against alleged fraud in Russia’s general election. Supporters of