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2011-12-23

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Al-Qaeda blamed for Damascus attacks

Syrian officials are blaming al-Qaeda militants for two deadly explosions in the capital Damascus. Two car bombs were reportedly detonated close to

Syrian officials are blaming al-Qaeda militants for two deadly explosions in the capital Damascus. Two car bombs were reportedly detonated close to

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Christmas chaos for train passengers in Portugal

There was a quiet scene at Porto’s train station as a three-day strike began in Portugal on Friday, causing disruption to 80 per cent of national

There was a quiet scene at Porto’s train station as a three-day strike began in Portugal on Friday, causing disruption to 80 per cent of national

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Fatal fuel pipeline explosion in Colombia

At least 11 people are dead after the explosion of a fuel pipeline destroyed houses in Colombia. Another 80 were hurt in the incident, which

At least 11 people are dead after the explosion of a fuel pipeline destroyed houses in Colombia. Another 80 were hurt in the incident, which

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Tymoshenko loses appeal against prison sentence

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has lost her appeal against abuse of office charges. The ruling, in Kiev

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has lost her appeal against abuse of office charges. The ruling, in Kiev

Europe

Cops vs crime in Europe

In this edition of U talk, Gaetano Notari asks: “What duties and operations does the European police agency Europol carry out in fighting

In this edition of U talk, Gaetano Notari asks: “What duties and operations does the European police agency Europol carry out in fighting

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Armenian editor in Turkey criticises France genocide law

The fallout from France’s controversial genocide bill continues, with more protests taking place across Turkey, including one organised by a

The fallout from France’s controversial genocide bill continues, with more protests taking place across Turkey, including one organised by a

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Christmas and crisis

Christmas time is shopping time for everyone lucky enough to have the budget for presents and festive food, but it is harder for people feeling the

Christmas time is shopping time for everyone lucky enough to have the budget for presents and festive food, but it is harder for people feeling the

Business

Europe on the move in the search for work

Europe is on the move as the search intensifies for work. With unemployment figures soaring tens of thousands are abandoning their homelands. While

Europe is on the move as the search intensifies for work. With unemployment figures soaring tens of thousands are abandoning their homelands. While

Sport

Toure named African footballer of the year

Ivory Coast and Manchester City star, Yaya Toure, has been named the 2011 African player of the year, following the vote by the head coaches of the

Ivory Coast and Manchester City star, Yaya Toure, has been named the 2011 African player of the year, following the vote by the head coaches of the

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Demos call for Egypt's military to stand down

Egypt has seen major street demonstrations to express fury at the deaths of 17 people in protests over the past week. The biggest was in Cairo’s

Egypt has seen major street demonstrations to express fury at the deaths of 17 people in protests over the past week. The biggest was in Cairo’s

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Hungarian MPs detained during protest over new laws

Opposition MPs have chained themselves together outside the Hungarian parliament building, as part of a protest over new election and finance

Opposition MPs have chained themselves together outside the Hungarian parliament building, as part of a protest over new election and finance

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Marxist Cuba going, going...

The right to leave and then come back to their own country freely has been denied to Cubans for as long as the Caribbean island has been under

The right to leave and then come back to their own country freely has been denied to Cubans for as long as the Caribbean island has been under

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Czechs and the world say farewell to Vaclav Havel

World leaders have been in Prague for the funeral of Vaclav Havel, the man who led Czechoslovakia from Stalinism to democracy. The Clintons from

World leaders have been in Prague for the funeral of Vaclav Havel, the man who led Czechoslovakia from Stalinism to democracy. The Clintons from

Business

Is a euro break-up looming?

Is a break-up of the euro looming? That was the question of the year – and it remains unanswered. The new president of the ECB sent conflicting

Is a break-up of the euro looming? That was the question of the year – and it remains unanswered. The new president of the ECB sent conflicting

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Defying disability

This week on Learning World we look at projects in Ireland, Qatar and Malta helping people with special needs integrate fully into their societies

This week on Learning World we look at projects in Ireland, Qatar and Malta helping people with special needs integrate fully into their societies

Business

US backs markets merger

The US government has backed the multi billion euro merger between Deutsche Boerse and the New York Stock Exchange parent NYSE Euronext. It will

The US government has backed the multi billion euro merger between Deutsche Boerse and the New York Stock Exchange parent NYSE Euronext. It will

Business

Russia cuts refinancing rate

Russia has cut its benchmark refinancing rate unexpectedly from 8.25 percent to eight percent. The new rate comes into effect on December 26 said a

Russia has cut its benchmark refinancing rate unexpectedly from 8.25 percent to eight percent. The new rate comes into effect on December 26 said a

Business

Free festive shopping in Italy

A dream of free shopping at Christmas is a reality in Italy as the country’s senate approved the final stages of Prime Minister, Mario Monti’s

A dream of free shopping at Christmas is a reality in Italy as the country’s senate approved the final stages of Prime Minister, Mario Monti’s

Business

French growth revised down

The French economy – the eurozone’s second largest grew at a weaker pace than previously estimated in the third quarter as companies cut

The French economy – the eurozone’s second largest grew at a weaker pace than previously estimated in the third quarter as companies cut

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Tymoshenko loses appeal against jail sentence

Former Ukrainian prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has lost her appeal against abuse-of-office charges. In a case that has

Former Ukrainian prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has lost her appeal against abuse-of-office charges. In a case that has

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Sarkozy hits back over Turkish claims of French genocide

A war of words is heating up between Paris and Ankara. The Turkish prime minister has accused France of genocide in Algeria. This a day after

A war of words is heating up between Paris and Ankara. The Turkish prime minister has accused France of genocide in Algeria. This a day after

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Dozens reported dead after explosions rock Syrian capital

At least 40 people are reported dead and more 100 injured, after two explosions ripped through the Syrian capital Damascus. It is claimed two car

At least 40 people are reported dead and more 100 injured, after two explosions ripped through the Syrian capital Damascus. It is claimed two car

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Turkish PM accuses Paris of genocide in Algeria

A war of words is heating up in a row between Paris and Ankara.   The Turkish prime minister has accused France of having carried out genocide in

A war of words is heating up in a row between Paris and Ankara.   The Turkish prime minister has accused France of having carried out genocide in

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Turkish newspapers furious with France

The decision by the French Parliament to pass a law punishing those who deny that the bloody events of 1915 in the last days of the Ottoman era were

The decision by the French Parliament to pass a law punishing those who deny that the bloody events of 1915 in the last days of the Ottoman era were

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Deadly explosions at Syrian security sites

At least 30 people are reported dead and more than 50 more wounded after explosions hit security sites in Syria’s capital Damascus. Two suspected

At least 30 people are reported dead and more than 50 more wounded after explosions hit security sites in Syria’s capital Damascus. Two suspected

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Cubans await news on easier travel rules

There is high hope among Cubans that President Raul Castro will lift strict travel restrictions that have been in force for half a century. He has

There is high hope among Cubans that President Raul Castro will lift strict travel restrictions that have been in force for half a century. He has

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France urges removal of suspect breast implants

The French government is urging the removal of suspect breast implants causing concern in numerous countries. At least 30,000 French women are

The French government is urging the removal of suspect breast implants causing concern in numerous countries. At least 30,000 French women are

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Quake-plagued NZ city hit by more tremors

The earthquake-devastated New Zealand city of Christchurch has been hit by a further series of strong quakes. One of the tremors was a magnitude

The earthquake-devastated New Zealand city of Christchurch has been hit by a further series of strong quakes. One of the tremors was a magnitude

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Turkish protest over French 'genocide' bill

A crowd gathered outside the French Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, to protest the controversial vote in Paris on whether to penalise those who deny a

A crowd gathered outside the French Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, to protest the controversial vote in Paris on whether to penalise those who deny a

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Berlin's fishy Christmas tree

Staff at the Sealife Aquarium in Berlin brought a special gift for their residents: a Christmas tree with pieces of octopus as decorations.

Staff at the Sealife Aquarium in Berlin brought a special gift for their residents: a Christmas tree with pieces of octopus as decorations.