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2011-12-22

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Political fighting blamed for Iraq sectarian violence

The death toll has risen to more than 70 after a wave of bombings in Baghdad on Thursday. Another 200 were injured in what appears to be around 16

The death toll has risen to more than 70 after a wave of bombings in Baghdad on Thursday. Another 200 were injured in what appears to be around 16

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Yemen marchers denounce Saleh immunity

Thousands of Yemenis have continued a march towards the capital Sanaa from the south of the country, demanding that outgoing President Saleh face

Thousands of Yemenis have continued a march towards the capital Sanaa from the south of the country, demanding that outgoing President Saleh face

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French PM defends use of police in airport strike

Thursday has seen delays at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, but this time no cancellations. More than 250 police and gendarmes were brought in

Thursday has seen delays at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, but this time no cancellations. More than 250 police and gendarmes were brought in

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France-Turkey genocide law could be bad for business

A deterioration of the relationship between Turkey and France over the French genocide bill may be political and economic. Turkey is France’s

A deterioration of the relationship between Turkey and France over the French genocide bill may be political and economic. Turkey is France’s

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Turkey hits out at 'racist' bill in France

Racist, discriminatory and xenophobic. That is how Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the French parliamentary vote making

Racist, discriminatory and xenophobic. That is how Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the French parliamentary vote making

Sport

Esteban red card overturned after supporter attack

The Dutch Football Federation has overturned the decision to give a red card to AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper, Esteban on Wednesday. He was given the card

The Dutch Football Federation has overturned the decision to give a red card to AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper, Esteban on Wednesday. He was given the card

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Germany President to stay despite loan criticism

Germany’s President Christian Wulff has refused to resign over a questionable loan he took out whilst governor of Lower Saxony in 2008. Wulff, a

Germany’s President Christian Wulff has refused to resign over a questionable loan he took out whilst governor of Lower Saxony in 2008. Wulff, a

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'Millonarios, hombre!' Village fetes Spain's El Gordo

The excitement was palpable in Spain for the result of ‘El Gordo’ – the Fat One – the traditional Christmas lottery. Who had won the top prize? The

The excitement was palpable in Spain for the result of ‘El Gordo’ – the Fat One – the traditional Christmas lottery. Who had won the top prize? The

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Armenians hail French 'genocide' vote

The Armenian Genocide Museum in Yerevan helps preserve the memory of those killed in 1915, to tell their story to future generations. Visitors on

The Armenian Genocide Museum in Yerevan helps preserve the memory of those killed in 1915, to tell their story to future generations. Visitors on

Business

Portugal's first family silver sale goes to China

Portugal has taken the first step to fulfilling the terms of its EU-IMF bailout, by selling a major chunk of the country’s biggest company to the

Portugal has taken the first step to fulfilling the terms of its EU-IMF bailout, by selling a major chunk of the country’s biggest company to the

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Arguments run hot and cold over climate change

At the recent climate talks in Durban the alarm was sounded. A stark warning went out that unless the World acts quickly to slash greenhouse gasses

At the recent climate talks in Durban the alarm was sounded. A stark warning went out that unless the World acts quickly to slash greenhouse gasses

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A wage for living

It is Christmas time again. Despite the crisis, British people are spending nearly 84 billion euros on seasonal shopping, up 1 per cent from last

It is Christmas time again. Despite the crisis, British people are spending nearly 84 billion euros on seasonal shopping, up 1 per cent from last

Business

Russia's Rosneft becomes global oil top dog

The giant Russian oil company Rosneft has become the biggest producer of crude in the world according to a report in the newspaper Vedemosti. In

The giant Russian oil company Rosneft has become the biggest producer of crude in the world according to a report in the newspaper Vedemosti. In

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French-Turkish-Armenian questions

At least 20 countries officially recognise the acts of the Ottoman Empire from 1915-1923 against the Armenians as genocide. Others, such as Germany

At least 20 countries officially recognise the acts of the Ottoman Empire from 1915-1923 against the Armenians as genocide. Others, such as Germany

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Belgian firemen hose ministry in pensions protest

“Pas d’accord!!” … “We don’t agree!” read the slogan. The protester carrying the large red billboard was referring to Belgium’s planned pension

“Pas d’accord!!” … “We don’t agree!” read the slogan. The protester carrying the large red billboard was referring to Belgium’s planned pension

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Turkey recalls France envoy over genocide bill

Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Paris in protest at France’s first steps towards criminalising the denial of genocide. Under French law

Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Paris in protest at France’s first steps towards criminalising the denial of genocide. Under French law

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Doubts linger over Medvedev's commitment to change

Critics are describing Russian President Dimitry Medvedev’s state of the nation address as half-hearted and designed to legitimise the recent

Critics are describing Russian President Dimitry Medvedev’s state of the nation address as half-hearted and designed to legitimise the recent

Culture

Back in the Day: van Gogh cuts off his ear

December 23, 1888 Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh cuts off his own left ear, or at least part of the earlobe, after a row with fellow artist and close

December 23, 1888 Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh cuts off his own left ear, or at least part of the earlobe, after a row with fellow artist and close

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Kazakhstan invites UN to probe deadly oil clashes

Kazakhstan has invited the UN to take part in an inquiry into deadly riots in an oil-rich region where security forces are suspected of shooting and

Kazakhstan has invited the UN to take part in an inquiry into deadly riots in an oil-rich region where security forces are suspected of shooting and

Business

Toyota upbeat for 2012 bounce-back

The Japanese car giant Toyota has a positive view of the year to come. It has forecast a 20 per cent leap in global sales for 2012 to a record 8.5

The Japanese car giant Toyota has a positive view of the year to come. It has forecast a 20 per cent leap in global sales for 2012 to a record 8.5

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Hungary debt junked

Hungary is having to pay more to borrow money after the ratings agency Standard and Poor’s downgraded the country’s credit score to junk. Hungary’s

Hungary is having to pay more to borrow money after the ratings agency Standard and Poor’s downgraded the country’s credit score to junk. Hungary’s

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British Airways to buy BMI

British Airways is buying BMI from Lufthansa for just over 200-million euros, shutting out rival bidder Virgin Atlantic. The deal still needs to be

British Airways is buying BMI from Lufthansa for just over 200-million euros, shutting out rival bidder Virgin Atlantic. The deal still needs to be

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Turkish fury as French MPs back Armenia 'genocide' bill

Despite protests from France’s Turkish community, the lower house of parliament in Paris has backed a bill making the denial of genocide a

Despite protests from France’s Turkish community, the lower house of parliament in Paris has backed a bill making the denial of genocide a

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Strike action sparks Christmas travel disruption

With the Christmas rush underway, travellers are facing widespread disruption in Belgium, as rail unions join a public sector strike.   Trains ground

With the Christmas rush underway, travellers are facing widespread disruption in Belgium, as rail unions join a public sector strike.   Trains ground

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Key facts about "El Gordo"

  – Spain’s Christmas Draw shares 2.25 billion euros in prizes.    - The chances of winning something are 5.3%   1st prize: €4,000,000 2nd

  – Spain’s Christmas Draw shares 2.25 billion euros in prizes.    - The chances of winning something are 5.3%   1st prize: €4,000,000 2nd

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Dozens dead in Baghdad blasts

A series of explosions has rocked the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Around 60 people are dead and more than 180 are reported injured. Apparently

A series of explosions has rocked the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Around 60 people are dead and more than 180 are reported injured. Apparently

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Hungary: Steve Jobs statue

A seven-foot tall bronze statue dedicated to Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, has been unveiled in Budapest.

A seven-foot tall bronze statue dedicated to Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, has been unveiled in Budapest.

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Ice sculpture festival in Germany

An annual exhibition of ice sculptures, this year with a circus theme, opens on Friday in the northern German city of Roevershagen.

An annual exhibition of ice sculptures, this year with a circus theme, opens on Friday in the northern German city of Roevershagen.

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Medvedev promises reforms and warns of foreign "interference"

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said that “provocateurs and extremists” will not be allowed to interfere with society. He has been giving his

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said that “provocateurs and extremists” will not be allowed to interfere with society. He has been giving his