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2011-12-28

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Syria opposition army claims deadly security forces ambush

Opposition fighters known as the Free Syrian Army claim to have ambushed a security forces convoy in the province of Deraa. Amateur video shows

Opposition fighters known as the Free Syrian Army claim to have ambushed a security forces convoy in the province of Deraa. Amateur video shows

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Mubarak trial postponed until next week

The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been postponed until next Wednesday after resuming for the first time in two months. The

The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been postponed until next Wednesday after resuming for the first time in two months. The

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US warns Iran over threat to close vital oil route

The US Navy has said it will not allow one of the world’s most important oil trade routes to be disrupted, following a threat by Iran to stop ships

The US Navy has said it will not allow one of the world’s most important oil trade routes to be disrupted, following a threat by Iran to stop ships

Sport

Investec Loyal's win in doubt

Australia’s Investec Loyal produced a stunning performance to clinch the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Wednesday. The Supermaxi, owned and

Australia’s Investec Loyal produced a stunning performance to clinch the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Wednesday. The Supermaxi, owned and

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Divided Bosnia finally unites in new government

Leaders of Bosnia’s main Serbian, Croatian and Muslim parties have agreed to form a national government, ending a 14-month political stalemate

Leaders of Bosnia’s main Serbian, Croatian and Muslim parties have agreed to form a national government, ending a 14-month political stalemate

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Swiss canton slaps new tax on trash

Taking out the trash is about to get more expensive in Switzerland. The canton of Neuchatel will increase the price of rubbish bags by two Swiss

Taking out the trash is about to get more expensive in Switzerland. The canton of Neuchatel will increase the price of rubbish bags by two Swiss

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Police make 'fishy' discovery in Russian morgue

Police in the Russian city of St Petersburg have uncovered something fishy at a local hospital morgue. Officers seized nearly 200 kilos of illegal

Police in the Russian city of St Petersburg have uncovered something fishy at a local hospital morgue. Officers seized nearly 200 kilos of illegal

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Spanish royals reveal their salaries

Spain’s royals have revealed their salaries for the first time. King Juan Carlos picked up a pay cheque and expenses of nearly 300,000 euros. The

Spain’s royals have revealed their salaries for the first time. King Juan Carlos picked up a pay cheque and expenses of nearly 300,000 euros. The

Business

A year of crisis summits, but little progress

For Europe’s politicians, the task of 2011 was to save the euro and the way chosen to do that was to hold summits. The region’s politicians

For Europe’s politicians, the task of 2011 was to save the euro and the way chosen to do that was to hold summits. The region’s politicians

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Orthodox priests clash in Bethlehem broom fight

Unholy conduct at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as Greek orthodox and Armenian clergy clean up sections of the building. Police

Unholy conduct at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as Greek orthodox and Armenian clergy clean up sections of the building. Police

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Turkey and Russia reach deal over gas pipeline

Turkey has reached agreement with Russia to allow a pipeline to be built under the Black Sea to transport Russian gas to Europe. The deal, removing

Turkey has reached agreement with Russia to allow a pipeline to be built under the Black Sea to transport Russian gas to Europe. The deal, removing

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Giant croc charges park workers

A giant saltwater crocodile charged at a group of Australian reptile park workers before stealing their lawnmower and dragging it back to his pool.

A giant saltwater crocodile charged at a group of Australian reptile park workers before stealing their lawnmower and dragging it back to his pool.

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Greece interim government delays elections

There is uncertainty over when elections will next be held in Greece after the interim government’s finance minister said the ballot would be

There is uncertainty over when elections will next be held in Greece after the interim government’s finance minister said the ballot would be

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Hacked security firm warns of more cyber attacks

Reports say that credit card hackers are threatening to publish private emails described as damaging, after an attack on a US-based intelligence

Reports say that credit card hackers are threatening to publish private emails described as damaging, after an attack on a US-based intelligence

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Snowy state funeral for North Korea's Kim Jong-il

North Korea has bid a final farewell to the man it called its ‘Dear Leader.’ For three hours, Kim Jong-il’s funeral cortege headed through the

North Korea has bid a final farewell to the man it called its ‘Dear Leader.’ For three hours, Kim Jong-il’s funeral cortege headed through the

Business

Thai floods hit Japanese factory output

Japan’s factories cut output more than expected in November due to supply disruptions from flooding in Thailand. Industrial output fell 2.6 percent

Japan’s factories cut output more than expected in November due to supply disruptions from flooding in Thailand. Industrial output fell 2.6 percent

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Italy short-term debt costs halve

Italian debt costs have halved at its latest auction of short-term government bonds. Traders said that was thanks to an emergency austerity budget

Italian debt costs have halved at its latest auction of short-term government bonds. Traders said that was thanks to an emergency austerity budget

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BNP joins Sberbank in consumer credit joint venture

French bank BNP Paribas is to keep a toe in the water in Russia with a joint consumer lending venture with state-backed Sberbank. Previously

French bank BNP Paribas is to keep a toe in the water in Russia with a joint consumer lending venture with state-backed Sberbank. Previously

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Syria observers 'reassured' after visit to Homs

Arab League monitors in Syria say they saw “nothing frightening” during their visit to the city of Homs on Tuesday – a flashpoint for much of the

Arab League monitors in Syria say they saw “nothing frightening” during their visit to the city of Homs on Tuesday – a flashpoint for much of the

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Kim Jong-il's funeral

North Korea has begun two days of funeral ceremonies for its late leader Kim Jong-il. State television showed thousands of soldiers and civilians

North Korea has begun two days of funeral ceremonies for its late leader Kim Jong-il. State television showed thousands of soldiers and civilians

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From Russia with warmth: Europe in December

At first sight Moscow looks completely normal. Traffic is moving, albeit slowly, the sky is grey, people are out in the streets in the rain. The

At first sight Moscow looks completely normal. Traffic is moving, albeit slowly, the sky is grey, people are out in the streets in the rain. The

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Japan calls on China to keep North Korea stable

China is watching events in North Korea nervously, first in line to feel the effects of developments in its unpredictable, isolated ally. As Kim

China is watching events in North Korea nervously, first in line to feel the effects of developments in its unpredictable, isolated ally. As Kim

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Egypt's Mubarak trial resumes after three months

The trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resumed after a three month break. The 83-year-old was stretchered into court in Cairo. He

The trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resumed after a three month break. The 83-year-old was stretchered into court in Cairo. He

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Elephant football in Nepal

Nepal’s Chitwan National Park hosted a football match with a difference, as teams of elephants took to the field for a giant kickabout.

Nepal’s Chitwan National Park hosted a football match with a difference, as teams of elephants took to the field for a giant kickabout.

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Gazans mark 3rd anniversary of Israeli offensive

People in Gaza City marked the third anniversary of the start of an Israeli offensive against Gaza by painting of wall murals illustrating the

People in Gaza City marked the third anniversary of the start of an Israeli offensive against Gaza by painting of wall murals illustrating the

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Defectors launch protest balloons from South Korea

Just south of the border, defectors from North Korea marked Kim Jong-il’s funeral by releasing giant balloons containing 200,000 anti-Pyongyang

Just south of the border, defectors from North Korea marked Kim Jong-il’s funeral by releasing giant balloons containing 200,000 anti-Pyongyang

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North Korea: A new era?

While North Korea gives an emotional farewell to its ‘dear leader’ Kim Jong-Il, who died of a heart attack on December 17, the world waits to see

While North Korea gives an emotional farewell to its ‘dear leader’ Kim Jong-Il, who died of a heart attack on December 17, the world waits to see

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North Korea holds funeral for Kim Jong-il

North Korea has begun two days of funeral ceremonies for its late leader Kim Jong-il. State television showed thousands of soldiers and civilians

North Korea has begun two days of funeral ceremonies for its late leader Kim Jong-il. State television showed thousands of soldiers and civilians

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Greek elections put back until April

Parliamentary elections in Greece which were expected to happen in February are to be put back until April. It follows an agreement with the

Parliamentary elections in Greece which were expected to happen in February are to be put back until April. It follows an agreement with the

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Rome's Colosseum - falling apart

Rome’s Colosseum is dropping to bits – literally. Another small stone fragment is said to have become displaced from the front of the world famous

Rome’s Colosseum is dropping to bits – literally. Another small stone fragment is said to have become displaced from the front of the world famous