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2011-12-20

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Eight-match ban for Suarez' racial slur

Liverpool Football Club’s star striker Luis Suarez has been banned for eight matches after being found guilty by the English Football Association of

Liverpool Football Club’s star striker Luis Suarez has been banned for eight matches after being found guilty by the English Football Association of

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China gets tough with football fixers

The trial has begun in China of a former national football official and a club officer accused of taking bribes and match-fixing. A former director

The trial has begun in China of a former national football official and a club officer accused of taking bribes and match-fixing. A former director

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Kabila sworn in for new presidential term in DR Congo

Joseph Kabila has been sworn in for a new term as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The ceremony comes after elections marred by

Joseph Kabila has been sworn in for a new term as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The ceremony comes after elections marred by

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Iraqi Vice-President: 'I'm ready to stand trial'

Iraqi Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi, denies any involvement in terrorist-linked activity. He called the allegations which have resulted in an

Iraqi Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi, denies any involvement in terrorist-linked activity. He called the allegations which have resulted in an

Business

Hungary hikes interest rates again

Hungary’s central bank put up interest rates again on Tuesday, saying it has to do that to support the currency, the florint, and prevent inflation

Hungary’s central bank put up interest rates again on Tuesday, saying it has to do that to support the currency, the florint, and prevent inflation

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Airport security staff strike spreads in France

Striking airline security contractors demonstrated in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport on Friday (December 20) on the fifth day of a protest over pay

Striking airline security contractors demonstrated in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport on Friday (December 20) on the fifth day of a protest over pay

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Egyptian women march against violence

Hundreds of women have been demonstrating in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against violence committed against them by Egypt’s security forces.

Hundreds of women have been demonstrating in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against violence committed against them by Egypt’s security forces.

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China invites Kim Jong-un to Beijing

China has been quick to send an invitation for the new North Korean leader to visit Beijing. The Chinese President expressed his condolences over

China has been quick to send an invitation for the new North Korean leader to visit Beijing. The Chinese President expressed his condolences over

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Rajoy elected Spanish PM after parliament vote

Spain’s incoming Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has won a vote of confidence in parliament. He received 187 votes in favour, 149 against and 14

Spain’s incoming Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has won a vote of confidence in parliament. He received 187 votes in favour, 149 against and 14

Europe

Assessing Poland's EU presidential performance

Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk summed up his country’s six month EU presidency by claiming Europe stood at a crucial crossroads. Addressing MEPs

Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk summed up his country’s six month EU presidency by claiming Europe stood at a crucial crossroads. Addressing MEPs

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Tensions rise as Iraq seeks Sunni VP arrest

In Iraq, there are fresh fears of a rise in sectarian violence after authorities issued an arrest warrant for the Sunni vice president, Tariq

In Iraq, there are fresh fears of a rise in sectarian violence after authorities issued an arrest warrant for the Sunni vice president, Tariq

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Mass breast implant recall in France

Around 30,000 women in France have been told they must have their breast implants removed. It is alleged that the manufacturer Poly Implant

Around 30,000 women in France have been told they must have their breast implants removed. It is alleged that the manufacturer Poly Implant

Business

Russia's biggest airport for sale?

Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport is reportedly up for sale. The Interfax news agency said the owners of Russia’s biggest airport have hired Goldman

Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport is reportedly up for sale. The Interfax news agency said the owners of Russia’s biggest airport have hired Goldman

Business

Crisis -- what crisis? German firms upbeat

The latest survey of German companies shows they do not seem particularly worried by the eurozone’s debt problems and the slowdown that comes with

The latest survey of German companies shows they do not seem particularly worried by the eurozone’s debt problems and the slowdown that comes with

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Son leads tributes as Kim Jong-il lies in state

As his father lies in state, Kim Jong-un has stepped into the spotlight, ready to take the reins of nuclear-armed North Korea. Tributes to the Dear

As his father lies in state, Kim Jong-un has stepped into the spotlight, ready to take the reins of nuclear-armed North Korea. Tributes to the Dear

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Spain awaits a painful dose of medicine

It was an election victory the polls had predicted. Second guessing what policies Mariano Rajoy will pursue has not been so easy. Behind his centre

It was an election victory the polls had predicted. Second guessing what policies Mariano Rajoy will pursue has not been so easy. Behind his centre

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Jesus' traditional birthplace in need of repair

Authorities in Bethlehem hope UNESCO’s recent admission of Palestine will enable them to list the church on the site of Jesus’ traditional birthplace

Authorities in Bethlehem hope UNESCO’s recent admission of Palestine will enable them to list the church on the site of Jesus’ traditional birthplace

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Back in the Day: the world's first crossword!

December 21, 1913 The New York World newspaper publishes the first ever example of a crossword. The diamond-shaped puzzle (see picture) was created

December 21, 1913 The New York World newspaper publishes the first ever example of a crossword. The diamond-shaped puzzle (see picture) was created

Business

EU misses IMF loan target as UK says no

Britain’s refusal to contribute to the IMF for a eurozone bailout fund has left the EU short of its 200 billion euro target. The UK boycott leaves

Britain’s refusal to contribute to the IMF for a eurozone bailout fund has left the EU short of its 200 billion euro target. The UK boycott leaves

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Eurozone fears prompt Swedish rate cut

The eurozone’s problems have caused Sweden to cut its main interest rate by a quarter of a percent to one and a quarter percent. The central bank

The eurozone’s problems have caused Sweden to cut its main interest rate by a quarter of a percent to one and a quarter percent. The central bank

Business

Dexia private bank sold to Qatar and Luxembourg

Qatar’s royal family is to buy 90 percent of bailed-out Dexia’s private banking arm as the Franco-Belgian group is broken up. The rest will be

Qatar’s royal family is to buy 90 percent of bailed-out Dexia’s private banking arm as the Franco-Belgian group is broken up. The rest will be

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Deadly clashes continue at Egypt's Tahrir Square

An army-erected brick wall has become a central point in the running battles around Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Overnight, protesters tried to tear down

An army-erected brick wall has become a central point in the running battles around Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Overnight, protesters tried to tear down

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Mourners weep at escalator used by Kim Jong-il

North Korean state media has released a still photograph of what is believed to have been Kim Jong-il’s last public appearance before he died. He

North Korean state media has released a still photograph of what is believed to have been Kim Jong-il’s last public appearance before he died. He

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More clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square

At least 13 people have been killed this week and hundreds more wounded in clashes between security troops and protesters demanding an end to

At least 13 people have been killed this week and hundreds more wounded in clashes between security troops and protesters demanding an end to

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British government backs major bank shake-up

It is the UK’s biggest financial shake-up for years. Britain plans to reform its banks, forcing them to set up barriers between their retail

It is the UK’s biggest financial shake-up for years. Britain plans to reform its banks, forcing them to set up barriers between their retail

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Matan Vilnai: the man in charge of keeping Israel safe

Euronews: Mr. Vilnai, you are in charge of the security of the Israeli people. Sixty three years have passed since the independence of Israel. There

Euronews: Mr. Vilnai, you are in charge of the security of the Israeli people. Sixty three years have passed since the independence of Israel. There

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Philippines declares calamity as storm kills 1,000

The Philippines has declared a state of national calamity after last week’s flash floods and landslides. More than 1,000 people are said to have

The Philippines has declared a state of national calamity after last week’s flash floods and landslides. More than 1,000 people are said to have

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Smurf village in Spain

A tiny village of white-washed buildings near Malaga was selected by film-makers this summer to be painted entirely in that unique hue, Smurf blue

A tiny village of white-washed buildings near Malaga was selected by film-makers this summer to be painted entirely in that unique hue, Smurf blue