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2011-12-21

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Topless Femen activists recount abuse by police

Three members of a Ukrainian group known for their topless protests claim they were mistreated after being arrested in Belarus. The women from

Three members of a Ukrainian group known for their topless protests claim they were mistreated after being arrested in Belarus. The women from

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Spain's PM Rajoy names insiders in new cabinet

The new Spanish prime minister has chosen mostly close advisers to make up his cabinet, which has the unenviable task of reviving a floundering

The new Spanish prime minister has chosen mostly close advisers to make up his cabinet, which has the unenviable task of reviving a floundering

Sport

Suarez backed by international captain

The headlines on Luis Suarez have gripped England, sparking reaction beyond the family of football fans. There has been outrage in some quarters

The headlines on Luis Suarez have gripped England, sparking reaction beyond the family of football fans. There has been outrage in some quarters

Sport

England's John Terry to face criminal racial abuse charges

England football captain John Terry is to face criminal charges over allegations that he racially abused the Queens Park Rangers defender Anton

England football captain John Terry is to face criminal charges over allegations that he racially abused the Queens Park Rangers defender Anton

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Multinational Soyuz crew blasts off for ISS

A Soyuz rocket has blasted off, carrying a Russian, an American and a Dutchman, bound for the International Space Station. The all-veteran crew

A Soyuz rocket has blasted off, carrying a Russian, an American and a Dutchman, bound for the International Space Station. The all-veteran crew

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Somali pirates free Italian tanker after 10 months

An Italian-owned oil tanker and its crew have been released by Somali pirates amid reports a ransom of over 8.5 million euros has been paid. The

An Italian-owned oil tanker and its crew have been released by Somali pirates amid reports a ransom of over 8.5 million euros has been paid. The

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North Korea's tense succession

Governing North Korea and the country’s dealings with the outside have entered a period of suspense. The world is waiting to see how the

Governing North Korea and the country’s dealings with the outside have entered a period of suspense. The world is waiting to see how the

Business

Tokyo Olympus buildings raided in accounting scandal

Dozens of investigators have raided buildings belonging to the Japanese company Olympus in Tokyo. Their inquiry revolves around an accounting

Dozens of investigators have raided buildings belonging to the Japanese company Olympus in Tokyo. Their inquiry revolves around an accounting

Business

Europe banks take advantage of ECB cheap loans

The European Central Bank put nearly half a trillion euros on offer, and euro zone banks fell over themselves to grab as much of the cheap finance as

The European Central Bank put nearly half a trillion euros on offer, and euro zone banks fell over themselves to grab as much of the cheap finance as

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Free Christmas trees for Jerusalem Christians

Christians living in Jerusalem are being offered free Christmas trees to celebrate the upcoming holiday. However, it is not Father Christmas

Christians living in Jerusalem are being offered free Christmas trees to celebrate the upcoming holiday. However, it is not Father Christmas

Culture

Thirty years of harmony - the Labèque sisters

Four hands, two sisters. They are the most famous piano duo in the world: Katia and Marielle Labèque from the Basque region of France. On their

Four hands, two sisters. They are the most famous piano duo in the world: Katia and Marielle Labèque from the Basque region of France. On their

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Russian Duma's rough start

The elections earlier this month for the new Russian Duma brought ordinary people out in the biggest protests since the breakup of the old Soviet

The elections earlier this month for the new Russian Duma brought ordinary people out in the biggest protests since the breakup of the old Soviet

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Europe's top court backs EU on airline carbon tax

Transatlantic turbulence lies ahead, now that all airlines flying to and from the EU will be charged for their carbon emissions from January 1. The

Transatlantic turbulence lies ahead, now that all airlines flying to and from the EU will be charged for their carbon emissions from January 1. The

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Wildcat strikes stop trains in Belgium

There will be at least two days of disruption for rail passengers in Belgium after a series of wildcat strikes the day before a planned general

There will be at least two days of disruption for rail passengers in Belgium after a series of wildcat strikes the day before a planned general

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Putin ally presides Duma as protests continue

A close ally of Vladimir Putin has been elected speaker of Russia’s State Duma, at its first sitting since a parliamentary poll critics say was

A close ally of Vladimir Putin has been elected speaker of Russia’s State Duma, at its first sitting since a parliamentary poll critics say was

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Egypt attacks 'foreign interference' over abuse of women

Egypt has reacted angrily to what it has denounced as “foreign interference” in response to international condemnation of the abuse of women by the

Egypt has reacted angrily to what it has denounced as “foreign interference” in response to international condemnation of the abuse of women by the

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Bomb kills five Polish soldiers in Afghanistan

Five Polish soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. It is the deadliest single incident for Poland since it joined the NATO-led coalition there

Five Polish soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. It is the deadliest single incident for Poland since it joined the NATO-led coalition there

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Czechs honour Havel in Prague procession

Thousands of Czechs have turned out in Prague to pay their respects to the former president Vaclav Havel following his death at the weekend.

Thousands of Czechs have turned out in Prague to pay their respects to the former president Vaclav Havel following his death at the weekend.

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Rare concessions made in wake of China unrest

Chinese government officials have reportedly agreed to suspend the construction of a power plant, after thousands of angry residents took part in a

Chinese government officials have reportedly agreed to suspend the construction of a power plant, after thousands of angry residents took part in a

Nocomment

A multi-lingual Santa

It seems Santa Claus is quite the linguist, wishing Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all in English, German, French, Italian and Swedish.

It seems Santa Claus is quite the linguist, wishing Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all in English, German, French, Italian and Swedish.

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America's Jewish community celebrates Hanukkah

The eight-day celebration of Hanukkah has begun in New York City, as US Senator Charles Schumer helped light what is purported to be the world’s

The eight-day celebration of Hanukkah has begun in New York City, as US Senator Charles Schumer helped light what is purported to be the world’s

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'Massacre' in Syria ahead of Arab League mission

Both sides in the Syrian conflict are flexing their muscles ahead of the arrival of Arab League monitors. New amateur video claims to show

Both sides in the Syrian conflict are flexing their muscles ahead of the arrival of Arab League monitors. New amateur video claims to show

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Europe's top court backs EU on airline carbon tax

Transatlantic turbulence lies ahead, now that all airlines flying to and from the EU will be charged for their carbon emissions from January 1. The

Transatlantic turbulence lies ahead, now that all airlines flying to and from the EU will be charged for their carbon emissions from January 1. The

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Back in the Day: CC, the first cloned pet

December 22, 2001 A cat named CC, or Carbon Copy (pictured), is born at Texas A&M University, making her the world’s first cloned domestic animal

December 22, 2001 A cat named CC, or Carbon Copy (pictured), is born at Texas A&M University, making her the world’s first cloned domestic animal

Business

Gloomy figures on Italian growth

Italy’s economy contracted in the third quarter, sparking fears that the country might have gone into its fifth recession since 2001. GDP fell 0.2

Italy’s economy contracted in the third quarter, sparking fears that the country might have gone into its fifth recession since 2001. GDP fell 0.2

Business

More scutiny of Netherlands' KPN

The leader in the Dutch telecoms market, KPN, is being scrutinised by the country’s regulator for possible law violations to the detriment of

The leader in the Dutch telecoms market, KPN, is being scrutinised by the country’s regulator for possible law violations to the detriment of

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Russian parliament meets despite poll protests

Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has convened for the first time since this month’s elections sparked widespread protests. In a

Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has convened for the first time since this month’s elections sparked widespread protests. In a

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Iraq's PM calls on Kurds to hand over Sunni leader

Iraq’s Shi’ite Prime Minister has called on Kurdish authorities to hand over Sunni Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi. Speaking at a news conference

Iraq’s Shi’ite Prime Minister has called on Kurdish authorities to hand over Sunni Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi. Speaking at a news conference

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Japan's Fukushima plant may take 40 years to scrap

Japan has admitted it will take up to 40 years to fully decommission the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear plant. The government has unveiled a

Japan has admitted it will take up to 40 years to fully decommission the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear plant. The government has unveiled a