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2011-12-27

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Egyptian court orders end to virginity tests

Egypt’s military rulers have been ordered to stop the use of virginity tests on female detainees. The ruling was made by a court in

Egypt’s military rulers have been ordered to stop the use of virginity tests on female detainees. The ruling was made by a court in

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Israel opposition leader at anti-extremism rally

Thousands turned out to support a rally against Jewish religious extremism in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh on Tuesday night. The peaceful

Thousands turned out to support a rally against Jewish religious extremism in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh on Tuesday night. The peaceful

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Kremlin spin-doctor named Russia's deputy PM

He is stepping out of the shadows from chief strategist at the Kremlin to Russia’s new deputy prime minister. But it is unlikely that Vladislav

He is stepping out of the shadows from chief strategist at the Kremlin to Russia’s new deputy prime minister. But it is unlikely that Vladislav

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Prince leaves UK hospital after successful treatment

Britain’s Prince Philip has been discharged from hospital after having surgery to clear a blocked artery. The 90-year-old husband of Queen

Britain’s Prince Philip has been discharged from hospital after having surgery to clear a blocked artery. The 90-year-old husband of Queen

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Efforts underway to contain oil spill off Nigeria coast

Nigeria’s largest oil spill in more than a decade is being contained, according to the company Shell. Emergency measures have been brought in to

Nigeria’s largest oil spill in more than a decade is being contained, according to the company Shell. Emergency measures have been brought in to

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First female mayor of Madrid sworn in

Right-wing Spanish politician Ana Botella has become Madrid’s first woman mayor. The wife of former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar has vowed to

Right-wing Spanish politician Ana Botella has become Madrid’s first woman mayor. The wife of former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar has vowed to

Business

Brazil overtakes UK in economic league table

Brazil has topped the United Kingdom in the World Economic League Table. The British based Centre for Economics and Business Research – the CEBR –

Brazil has topped the United Kingdom in the World Economic League Table. The British based Centre for Economics and Business Research – the CEBR –

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Spain's King makes plea for unity as he opens parliament

King Juan Carlos of Spain has called for unity and commitment from politicians to get the country through its worst financial crisis in

King Juan Carlos of Spain has called for unity and commitment from politicians to get the country through its worst financial crisis in

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More Iran sanctions could mean less oil

A crucial passage for one sixth of the oil traded worldwide could be closed if Iran is hit with any more sanctions. The country’s official news

A crucial passage for one sixth of the oil traded worldwide could be closed if Iran is hit with any more sanctions. The country’s official news

Sport

The Syrian League returns

Arab League peace monitors arrived in the Syrian city of Homs on Tuesday, to see for themselves the extent of the clashes there between the army and

Arab League peace monitors arrived in the Syrian city of Homs on Tuesday, to see for themselves the extent of the clashes there between the army and

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Syria: Protest rally in Homs as Arab observers arrive

Up to 70,000 people have rallied in Homs, activists say, as Arab League observers arrived in the Syrian flashpoint city. The opposition claims tear

Up to 70,000 people have rallied in Homs, activists say, as Arab League observers arrived in the Syrian flashpoint city. The opposition claims tear

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President wants Israel to unite at Beit Shemesh rally

Israeli President Shimon Peres is calling for the public to support a protest against Jewish religious extremism planned in Beit Shemesh on Tuesday

Israeli President Shimon Peres is calling for the public to support a protest against Jewish religious extremism planned in Beit Shemesh on Tuesday

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What will state funeral reveal of future North Korea?

Preparations are in their final stages for the funeral of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in the capital Pyongyang on Wednesday. Observers too are

Preparations are in their final stages for the funeral of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in the capital Pyongyang on Wednesday. Observers too are

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Arms export ban lifted by Japan

Japan has lifted its self-imposed ban on exporting arms. The decision, announced by Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura comes amid growing concern

Japan has lifted its self-imposed ban on exporting arms. The decision, announced by Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura comes amid growing concern

Culture

Back in the Day: the beginning of the big screen!

December 28, 1895 The Lumière brothers organise the world’s first cinema showing to a paying audience. A total of 33 people came to the Grand Café in

December 28, 1895 The Lumière brothers organise the world’s first cinema showing to a paying audience. A total of 33 people came to the Grand Café in

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Japanese utility company asks for more bailout funds

Compensation claims have forced the Tokyo Electric Power company to ask for more government bailout funds amid growing speculation Japan’s biggest

Compensation claims have forced the Tokyo Electric Power company to ask for more government bailout funds amid growing speculation Japan’s biggest

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EDF set to boost stake in Italian power giant

EDF the French state controlled power company has boosted its stake in Edison, Italy’s number two utility company. It has agreed to pay 700 million

EDF the French state controlled power company has boosted its stake in Edison, Italy’s number two utility company. It has agreed to pay 700 million

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Festive spending hits highs and lows in Europe

Christmas cheer was in short supply for Italian retailers. As analysts say austerity measures prompted households there to cut spending. The shoe

Christmas cheer was in short supply for Italian retailers. As analysts say austerity measures prompted households there to cut spending. The shoe

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Another Hazare anti-corruption hunger strike in India

India’s parliament is considering changing the anti-corruption bill, but that does not go far enough according to activist Anna Hazare, who begins a

India’s parliament is considering changing the anti-corruption bill, but that does not go far enough according to activist Anna Hazare, who begins a

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Syria: Protest sit-in as Arab monitors tour Homs

Syrian protesters are keeping up the pressure, with Arab League monitors now touring the city of Homs. Up to 30,000 people are reported to have

Syrian protesters are keeping up the pressure, with Arab League monitors now touring the city of Homs. Up to 30,000 people are reported to have

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Germany's goose runners get rid of festive flab

Berlin’s annual goose race is no wild goose chase. The aim couldn’t be clearer – to burn Christmas calories! Goose roast is the traditional

Berlin’s annual goose race is no wild goose chase. The aim couldn’t be clearer – to burn Christmas calories! Goose roast is the traditional

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Putin rejects opposition calls for election review

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has rejected opposition calls for a review of this month’s disputed parliamentary elections. Speaking after

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has rejected opposition calls for a review of this month’s disputed parliamentary elections. Speaking after

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Syrian tanks seen leaving Homs as Arab monitors arrive

Syrian army tanks have been seen pulling out of Homs, as Arab League peace monitors arrive to inspect the flashpoint protest city. Their mission is

Syrian army tanks have been seen pulling out of Homs, as Arab League peace monitors arrive to inspect the flashpoint protest city. Their mission is

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Thailand: tsunami anniversary

Residents and tourists gathered in the Thai resort of Phuket to remember victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

Residents and tourists gathered in the Thai resort of Phuket to remember victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

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Giant outdoor escalator built in Colombian shantytown

A huge outdoor escalator has been unveiled in one of the poorest districts of Colombia’s second largest city. Until now residents of Medellin’s

A huge outdoor escalator has been unveiled in one of the poorest districts of Colombia’s second largest city. Until now residents of Medellin’s

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Christmas Parade in Belarus

Seven hundred Father Frosts and Snow Maidens took part in the parade in the Belarus capital which marks the start of the New Year festivities.

Seven hundred Father Frosts and Snow Maidens took part in the parade in the Belarus capital which marks the start of the New Year festivities.

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Fire at Russian market

An investigation was under way on Monday to find out what caused a massive fire at the warehouses of a consumer goods market in the city of

An investigation was under way on Monday to find out what caused a massive fire at the warehouses of a consumer goods market in the city of

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Ethiopia jails Swedish reporters for aiding rebels

Two Swedish journalists have been jailed for 11 years in Ethiopia for entering the country illegally and helping an outlawed rebel group. Martin

Two Swedish journalists have been jailed for 11 years in Ethiopia for entering the country illegally and helping an outlawed rebel group. Martin

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Kim Jong-un sheds tears at wake for dead father

North Korean television has broadcast new pictures of the new leader Kim Jong-un wiping away tears at his father’s wake in Pyongyang. The programme

North Korean television has broadcast new pictures of the new leader Kim Jong-un wiping away tears at his father’s wake in Pyongyang. The programme