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2011-12-30

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Wild fires devastate Chilean Patagonia

Authorities in Chile have closed the Torres del Paine national park, one of its most popular tourist destinations, as a massive forest fire continues

Authorities in Chile have closed the Torres del Paine national park, one of its most popular tourist destinations, as a massive forest fire continues

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Residents of Bosnian town trapped by air pollution

Residents of a central Bosnian town have been told to not to go outside because of a dangerously high level of air pollution. The sulphur dioxide

Residents of a central Bosnian town have been told to not to go outside because of a dangerously high level of air pollution. The sulphur dioxide

Sport

FC Sion punished

The Swiss Football Association’s dispute with FIFA over FC Sion fielding ineligible players came to end on Friday when the club has 36 points

The Swiss Football Association’s dispute with FIFA over FC Sion fielding ineligible players came to end on Friday when the club has 36 points

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Blasts in Nigeria following Christmas Day bombings

Eyewitnesses say at least four people have died following an explosion near a mosque in the city of Maiduguri, in north-eastern Nigeria. The

Eyewitnesses say at least four people have died following an explosion near a mosque in the city of Maiduguri, in north-eastern Nigeria. The

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Clashes erupt in Turkey over deadly air strikes

Turkey’s deadly air strikes sparked disturbances in the country’s restive mainly Kurdish southeast. As youths and police clashed, Kurdish

Turkey’s deadly air strikes sparked disturbances in the country’s restive mainly Kurdish southeast. As youths and police clashed, Kurdish

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Serbia president against Kosovan-Serb referendum

Serbia’s president Boris Tadic has spoken against a referendum planned by north Kosovan Serbs to decide whether to recognise the Kosovo

Serbia’s president Boris Tadic has spoken against a referendum planned by north Kosovan Serbs to decide whether to recognise the Kosovo

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Europe marks the turn of a year of economic crisis

The crisis can not be ignored in Portugal, where austerity is hitting the buying power of households and business opportunities every day. It is a

The crisis can not be ignored in Portugal, where austerity is hitting the buying power of households and business opportunities every day. It is a

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Turkey: Thousands attend funeral after air strike mistake

Thousands have gathered on a hillside near the south-east village of Uldudere on the Turkish border with Iraq, to mourn the 35 smugglers killed by

Thousands have gathered on a hillside near the south-east village of Uldudere on the Turkish border with Iraq, to mourn the 35 smugglers killed by

Business

More economic pain in Spain

Spain has revealed that its budget shortfall for 2011 will be bigger than expected as the new government announced tax increases on income and

Spain has revealed that its budget shortfall for 2011 will be bigger than expected as the new government announced tax increases on income and

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Syria: protesters out in force for Arab League monitors

Determined to show the Arab League observers what they feel is the true situation in Syria, protesters were out on the streets of many cities where

Determined to show the Arab League observers what they feel is the true situation in Syria, protesters were out on the streets of many cities where

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Egyptian raids on NGO offices spark outrage

There has been outrage from human rights groups and internationally after raids on NGOs in Cairo by Egyptian security forces. Reportedly the

There has been outrage from human rights groups and internationally after raids on NGOs in Cairo by Egyptian security forces. Reportedly the

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Tanker blast kills 14 in Venezuela

At least 14 people died in Venezuela when a petrol tanker overturned and exploded on a main road, setting fire to eight cars and a bus. The

At least 14 people died in Venezuela when a petrol tanker overturned and exploded on a main road, setting fire to eight cars and a bus. The

Business

Hungary defiant in central bank dispute

Hungary has defied objections from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union and the parliament has adopted a new law regulating the

Hungary has defied objections from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union and the parliament has adopted a new law regulating the

Business

Denmark makes money on safe haven loans

The eurozone’s loss is Denmark’s gain. So desperate are investors to find safe havens away from the eurozone debt crisis that they are paying the

The eurozone’s loss is Denmark’s gain. So desperate are investors to find safe havens away from the eurozone debt crisis that they are paying the

Business

China's factory output falters

Chinese factory activity shrank again in December according to a survey of company purchasing managers (PMI) carried out by HSBC. New export orders

Chinese factory activity shrank again in December according to a survey of company purchasing managers (PMI) carried out by HSBC. New export orders

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Prison transfer for Ukraine ex-PM Tymoshenko

Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is now in a detention centre in the east of the country, after being moved from a jail in the

Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is now in a detention centre in the east of the country, after being moved from a jail in the

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Jamaica's opposition wins election landslide

She was Jamaica’s first ever woman prime minister in 2006. Now Portia Simpson Miller is set to hold the post again, after her opposition party won a

She was Jamaica’s first ever woman prime minister in 2006. Now Portia Simpson Miller is set to hold the post again, after her opposition party won a

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Disastrous year for Japanese shares

Japan’s main stock index, the Nikkei, has closed at its lowest end-of-year level since 1982. Shares have lost around a fifth of their value over

Japan’s main stock index, the Nikkei, has closed at its lowest end-of-year level since 1982. Shares have lost around a fifth of their value over

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Nuclear submarine fire extinguished says Russia

A massive fire aboard a Russian nuclear submarine at a naval shipyard has been put out according to the country’s emergencies minister. The vessel

A massive fire aboard a Russian nuclear submarine at a naval shipyard has been put out according to the country’s emergencies minister. The vessel

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Samoa switches time zones to help trade

New Year’s Eve has come early to Samoa in the South Pacific which has skipped December 30 in a bid to boost its economy. The tiny nation has moved

New Year’s Eve has come early to Samoa in the South Pacific which has skipped December 30 in a bid to boost its economy. The tiny nation has moved

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Turkey vows no cover-up over civilian air strike deaths

The Turkish government has promised no cover-up in an investigation into the deaths of 35 civilians, killed by warplanes after being mistaken for

The Turkish government has promised no cover-up in an investigation into the deaths of 35 civilians, killed by warplanes after being mistaken for

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German snow and ice church opens

A church made entirely of ice and snow has opened in the ski-resort of Mitterfirmiansreut in Southern Germany. The 26 metre-long structure on a hill

A church made entirely of ice and snow has opened in the ski-resort of Mitterfirmiansreut in Southern Germany. The 26 metre-long structure on a hill

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North Koreans honour Kim Jong-il

Thousands gathered in Pyongyang’s main square for a memorial in honour of the country’s late leader Kim Jong-il.

Thousands gathered in Pyongyang’s main square for a memorial in honour of the country’s late leader Kim Jong-il.

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Turkish airstrike kills 35 Kurds

Turkish warplanes killed at least 35 people in an air strike in south-eastern Turkey near the Iraqi border, apparently mistaking smugglers for

Turkish warplanes killed at least 35 people in an air strike in south-eastern Turkey near the Iraqi border, apparently mistaking smugglers for

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North Korea tells the world to expect no change

North Korea has told the world there will be no change in its stance towards South Korea and its allies after the death of Kim Jong-il. His son Kim

North Korea has told the world there will be no change in its stance towards South Korea and its allies after the death of Kim Jong-il. His son Kim

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Restoration row over da Vinci masterpiece

Two eminent French art experts have resigned over the way a Leonardo da Vinci painting has been restored. The pair claim the Louvre museum in

Two eminent French art experts have resigned over the way a Leonardo da Vinci painting has been restored. The pair claim the Louvre museum in

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Fire at Russian nuclear sub shipyard

A fire has broken out at a shipyard where a Russian nuclear submarine is being repaired. The blaze at Roslyakovo dock in the northern Murmansk

A fire has broken out at a shipyard where a Russian nuclear submarine is being repaired. The blaze at Roslyakovo dock in the northern Murmansk

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Dead homeless man's secret property portfolio

An Italian homeless man has taken a valuable secret to the grave. Giovanni Valentin died on Christmas Eve from burns received when he lit a fire to

An Italian homeless man has taken a valuable secret to the grave. Giovanni Valentin died on Christmas Eve from burns received when he lit a fire to

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Jamaican opposition set for election landslide

Jamaica’s new prime minister is likely to be someone who has run the country before. Preliminary results show the opposition People’s National

Jamaica’s new prime minister is likely to be someone who has run the country before. Preliminary results show the opposition People’s National

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Kurdish anger at northern Iraq military blunder

Police in Turkey fired tear gas and water cannon at pro-Kurdish demonstrators after they took to the streets following an apparent military

Police in Turkey fired tear gas and water cannon at pro-Kurdish demonstrators after they took to the streets following an apparent military