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2011-12-29

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Egypt authorities raid foreign-funded NGOs

Offices belonging to 17 non-governmental organisations were simultaneously raided by Egyptian police and prosecutors in Cairo on Thursday

Offices belonging to 17 non-governmental organisations were simultaneously raided by Egyptian police and prosecutors in Cairo on Thursday

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Turkey's armed forces admit to killing civilians

Turkey’s armed forces have killed thirty-five civilians in a Kurdish village near the country’s border with Iraq. An official from the ruling

Turkey’s armed forces have killed thirty-five civilians in a Kurdish village near the country’s border with Iraq. An official from the ruling

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Germany debates battling Somali pirates on land

How the European Union should tackle pirates is causing a stir in Germany, after a conservative newspaper reported a plan to extend fighting onto the

How the European Union should tackle pirates is causing a stir in Germany, after a conservative newspaper reported a plan to extend fighting onto the

Business

Italy calls for bigger euro fund after tough debt sale

Italy’s borrowing costs fell from record highs at its latest government debt auction, but cautious investors still demanded interest rates of close

Italy’s borrowing costs fell from record highs at its latest government debt auction, but cautious investors still demanded interest rates of close

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Kurdish writer: 'punish those responsible' for air strike

More than 2,000 Kurds demonstrated in Istanbul against the Turkish authorities following the fatal air strike in the south east that killed 35

More than 2,000 Kurds demonstrated in Istanbul against the Turkish authorities following the fatal air strike in the south east that killed 35

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Turkey talks about national brand car

The Turkish car market is set to end 2011 as the fifth biggest in Europe, overtaking Spain, with sales of 900,000 vehicles. A total of 1.2 million

The Turkish car market is set to end 2011 as the fifth biggest in Europe, overtaking Spain, with sales of 900,000 vehicles. A total of 1.2 million

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North Korea lauds its new 'Supreme Leader'

North Korea lauded Kim Jong-un as its new “Supreme Leader” on Thursday. The son of the late Kim Jong-il appeared at a military parade in

North Korea lauded Kim Jong-un as its new “Supreme Leader” on Thursday. The son of the late Kim Jong-il appeared at a military parade in

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Date jump as Samoa changes time zone

Samoa will skip December 30, jumping ahead to December 31, as it moves its time zone closer to the Far East. The small South Pacific nation is

Samoa will skip December 30, jumping ahead to December 31, as it moves its time zone closer to the Far East. The small South Pacific nation is

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Bad year for elephants as ivory confiscation soars

A record number of ivory seizures have been made in 2011r, according to wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC. The group said the elephant

A record number of ivory seizures have been made in 2011r, according to wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC. The group said the elephant

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Duke summoned to testify in Spain corruption case

Iñaki Urdangarin, son-in-law to the King of Spain, has been summoned to appear before a court on the Spanish island of Majorca in a corruption case

Iñaki Urdangarin, son-in-law to the King of Spain, has been summoned to appear before a court on the Spanish island of Majorca in a corruption case

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Russian opposition rallies for jailed leader

Supporters of Russia’s opposition have been gathering in Moscow in protest over the jailing of one of their leaders. Their anger follows the latest

Supporters of Russia’s opposition have been gathering in Moscow in protest over the jailing of one of their leaders. Their anger follows the latest

Sport

Investec Loyal's win confirmed

Investec Loyal’s victory in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race was officially confirmed on Thursday after an international jury dismissed a protest that

Investec Loyal’s victory in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race was officially confirmed on Thursday after an international jury dismissed a protest that

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Homeless in Hungary face jail for sleeping rough

Julianna Szvett is one homeless person who will not fall foul of Hungary’s new law fining people who spend the night sleeping rough in public places

Julianna Szvett is one homeless person who will not fall foul of Hungary’s new law fining people who spend the night sleeping rough in public places

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Syria: Arab League mission head stirs opposition fears

He says he saw “nothing frightening” in the flashpoint city of Homs. However, it is Mustafa al-Dabi’s appointment as chief of the Arab League’s

He says he saw “nothing frightening” in the flashpoint city of Homs. However, it is Mustafa al-Dabi’s appointment as chief of the Arab League’s

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Chinese tobacco factory ablaze

Firefighters fought a massive inferno at a tobacco factory in Nanning City, southern China.

Firefighters fought a massive inferno at a tobacco factory in Nanning City, southern China.

Business

2011: the year of the bear

There was a lot for traders to bear in 2011 which was an exhausting year for the world’s stock markets, particularly in Europe. It was a time of

There was a lot for traders to bear in 2011 which was an exhausting year for the world’s stock markets, particularly in Europe. It was a time of

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Arab League monitors shown dead child in Syria

As Arab League observers continue their tour of Syrian cities, it seems frightened residents are trying to approach them. Amateur footage appears

As Arab League observers continue their tour of Syrian cities, it seems frightened residents are trying to approach them. Amateur footage appears

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Iberia cancels a third of flights after pilots' walkout

Some 10,000 passengers with the Spanish airline Iberia have had their travel plans disrupted by a one-day pilots’ strike – the second this

Some 10,000 passengers with the Spanish airline Iberia have had their travel plans disrupted by a one-day pilots’ strike – the second this

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Italy seeks to boost growth in action plan 'phase two'

Italy has reportedly managed to sell more than 7 billion euros worth of long-term bonds, as the country tries to refinance its debt. The total on

Italy has reportedly managed to sell more than 7 billion euros worth of long-term bonds, as the country tries to refinance its debt. The total on

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Turkey probes claims that air-strike 'killed 35 Kurdish villagers'

Turkey’s military is investigating reports that its warplanes killed at least 35 Kurdish villagers, mistaking them for PKK rebels. An air-strike

Turkey’s military is investigating reports that its warplanes killed at least 35 Kurdish villagers, mistaking them for PKK rebels. An air-strike

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Myanmar gunpowder blast 'not sabotage'

An explosion and fire at a gunpowder warehouse in Myanmar’s main city of Yangon, also known as Rangoon, has killed at least 17 people and injured

An explosion and fire at a gunpowder warehouse in Myanmar’s main city of Yangon, also known as Rangoon, has killed at least 17 people and injured

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Turkish air raids 'kill 30 Kurdish villagers'

Turkish air-strikes have killed at least 30 Kurdish villagers in the southeast of the country according to local officials. Warplanes may have

Turkish air-strikes have killed at least 30 Kurdish villagers in the southeast of the country according to local officials. Warplanes may have

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North Korea holds memorial service for Kim Jong-il

It was the ‘grand finale’ of 13 days of mourning. Kim Jong-il’s son and successor, top officials and tens of thousands of troops and civilians have

It was the ‘grand finale’ of 13 days of mourning. Kim Jong-il’s son and successor, top officials and tens of thousands of troops and civilians have

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Anti-North Korea activists celebrate Kim Jong-il's death

Over 200 anti-North Korea activists gathered at Namsan park in central Seoul to celebrate the death and funeral of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il

Over 200 anti-North Korea activists gathered at Namsan park in central Seoul to celebrate the death and funeral of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il

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Turkish air raids kill 30 Kurdish villagers - reports

Turkish air strikes have killed at least 30 Kurdish villagers in the southeast of the country according to local sources. It reportedly happened in

Turkish air strikes have killed at least 30 Kurdish villagers in the southeast of the country according to local sources. It reportedly happened in

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Myanmar blast kills 17

Police in Myanmar have confirmed that at least 17 people have been killed and over 80 others injured in an explosion in the country’s main city of

Police in Myanmar have confirmed that at least 17 people have been killed and over 80 others injured in an explosion in the country’s main city of

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Syria: prisoners released as violence continues

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

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

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Argentine president joins list of leaders with cancer

Argentines have been reacting to the news that their president, Christiana Fernandez de Kirchner, 58, is to undergo surgery for thyroid cancer next

Argentines have been reacting to the news that their president, Christiana Fernandez de Kirchner, 58, is to undergo surgery for thyroid cancer next

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Bosnia breakthrough on central government deal

Leaders of Bosnia’s main Muslim, Croatian and Serbian parties have agreed to form a central government, ending 14 months of political

Leaders of Bosnia’s main Muslim, Croatian and Serbian parties have agreed to form a central government, ending 14 months of political

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Deadly shootings in Nigeria

Armed gunmen have shot dead three people in Nigeria’s Plateau state. Nigeria is still reeling from Sunday’s church bombings that killed at least 40

Armed gunmen have shot dead three people in Nigeria’s Plateau state. Nigeria is still reeling from Sunday’s church bombings that killed at least 40