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2012-01-04

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Unrepentant Russian opposition figure walks free

Thinner after going on hunger strike but free, Russia opposition figure Sergei Udaltsov has left prison in Moscow after completing a month-long jail

Thinner after going on hunger strike but free, Russia opposition figure Sergei Udaltsov has left prison in Moscow after completing a month-long jail

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Romney's pin-size Iowa vote lead

Iowa’s caucus voting for Republican presidential candidates has narrowed the choice down to three, but, surprisingly, the 120,000 ballots cast put

Iowa’s caucus voting for Republican presidential candidates has narrowed the choice down to three, but, surprisingly, the 120,000 ballots cast put

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German President: "I have done nothing illegal"

The German president says he will not be resigning despite a growing media scandal.   In a TV interview, Christian Wulff says he has done nothing

The German president says he will not be resigning despite a growing media scandal.   In a TV interview, Christian Wulff says he has done nothing

Europe

Hungary may offer concessions to appease EU and IMF

Hungary has said it may tone down some of the more controversial parts of its new constitution, amid growing international financial and political

Hungary has said it may tone down some of the more controversial parts of its new constitution, amid growing international financial and political

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Fears of escalating conflict in Nigeria

Tensions are rising in Nigeria over economic and religious issues. At least one person has been killed in protests over the removal of a

Tensions are rising in Nigeria over economic and religious issues. At least one person has been killed in protests over the removal of a

Business

Eurozone bond auctions kick off

Germany easily sold just over four billion euros of 10-year government bonds in its first auction of the year on Wednesday. Along with the pick-up

Germany easily sold just over four billion euros of 10-year government bonds in its first auction of the year on Wednesday. Along with the pick-up

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EU ready to ban Iranian oil imports

The 27 members of the European Union may be on the brink of announcing an embargo on Iranian oil. The deal could be reached as early as the end of

The 27 members of the European Union may be on the brink of announcing an embargo on Iranian oil. The deal could be reached as early as the end of

News

Australia investigates breast implants scandal

Australia is the latest country to launch an inquiry into the health risks faced by women who received breast implants from the French manufacturer

Australia is the latest country to launch an inquiry into the health risks faced by women who received breast implants from the French manufacturer

Culture

Oscar nod for Clooney in new film 'Descendants'

The comedy-drama ‘Descendants’ from writer-director Alexander Payne has been praised since its first screening at the Toronto Film Festival last

The comedy-drama ‘Descendants’ from writer-director Alexander Payne has been praised since its first screening at the Toronto Film Festival last

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Lawrence family welcome racist murder sentences

Two white men have been jailed in Britain for the racist killing of a black teenager nearly 19 years ago, in a landmark case that exposed

Two white men have been jailed in Britain for the racist killing of a black teenager nearly 19 years ago, in a landmark case that exposed

Culture

Bunuel's Mexico home opens its doors

The Mexican home of Spanish film director Luis Bunuel opens to the public with a special exhibition about his iconic movie ‘Viridiana’. The film

The Mexican home of Spanish film director Luis Bunuel opens to the public with a special exhibition about his iconic movie ‘Viridiana’. The film

Business

Tax shake-up for France

The Paris government is planning to cut the amount that French companies pay in contributions to the state for health-care and pensions and make up

The Paris government is planning to cut the amount that French companies pay in contributions to the state for health-care and pensions and make up

Business

'God help us' say Japanese businesses

Japanese business leaders have been making their tradition annual new year visit to pray at a shrine in Tokyo which is considered to be lucky for

Japanese business leaders have been making their tradition annual new year visit to pray at a shrine in Tokyo which is considered to be lucky for

Business

Eurozone private sector downturn eases

The downturn in the eurozone’s private sector economy has eased slightly. The latest surveys of companies’ purchasing managers showed an

The downturn in the eurozone’s private sector economy has eased slightly. The latest surveys of companies’ purchasing managers showed an

Business

Improved demand for German government bonds

Germany easily sold just over four billion euros of 10-year government bonds in its first auction of the year. Along with the pick-up in demand

Germany easily sold just over four billion euros of 10-year government bonds in its first auction of the year. Along with the pick-up in demand

News

High winds kill two in UK, storms hit Denmark & Germany

There was transport chaos in many parts of Britain with two people killed as fierce storms swept across Scotland and the north of England, heading

There was transport chaos in many parts of Britain with two people killed as fierce storms swept across Scotland and the north of England, heading

Science_technology

New technology guides the blind

Despite the considerable technological advancements, the white cane is still the primary mobility aid for the visually impaired. Advanced

Despite the considerable technological advancements, the white cane is still the primary mobility aid for the visually impaired. Advanced

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Back in the Day: the start of the 'Prague Spring'

January 5, 1968 Alexander Dubcek is elected First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, and immediately goes about implementing liberal

January 5, 1968 Alexander Dubcek is elected First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, and immediately goes about implementing liberal

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UK: racist murderers sentenced after 18 years

Two men have been jailed in the UK for the killing of black teenager Stephen Lawrence more than 18 years ago. Lawrence, aged 18, was stabbed to

Two men have been jailed in the UK for the killing of black teenager Stephen Lawrence more than 18 years ago. Lawrence, aged 18, was stabbed to

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Libya announces new army chief after deadly gunfights

The Libyan interim government has named a retired general as head of the armed forces. It is hoped the appointment of Yousef al-Manqoush from

The Libyan interim government has named a retired general as head of the armed forces. It is hoped the appointment of Yousef al-Manqoush from

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Japan and China still at odds over islands

A short walk on a forbidden island disputed by China and Japan has brought a formal diplomatic protest from Beijing. Japanese local officials made

A short walk on a forbidden island disputed by China and Japan has brought a formal diplomatic protest from Beijing. Japanese local officials made

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Vigil for Argentina's Fernández before cancer surgery

Dozens of supporters of Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner have been holding a vigil outside the hospital where she is due to

Dozens of supporters of Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner have been holding a vigil outside the hospital where she is due to

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Obama remobilising Democrats

US Democratic President Barack Obama, fresh from a vacation in Hawaii, steps back into the campaign spotlight. Ohio is his priority today, a state

US Democratic President Barack Obama, fresh from a vacation in Hawaii, steps back into the campaign spotlight. Ohio is his priority today, a state

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US oil company ordered to pay billions in compensation to Ecuador

An appeal court in Ecuador ruled that the US oil company Chevron should pay 18 billion dollars in damages after being accused of polluting the Amazon

An appeal court in Ecuador ruled that the US oil company Chevron should pay 18 billion dollars in damages after being accused of polluting the Amazon

Nocomment

Nigerians protest over fuel price rise

Nigerian unions in Lagos on Tuesday embarked on street protests against a sudden surge in fuel prices, which nearly doubled after government

Nigerian unions in Lagos on Tuesday embarked on street protests against a sudden surge in fuel prices, which nearly doubled after government

Nocomment

North Koreans rally in show of support for Kim Jong-un

North Koreans took part in a ritual rally in Pyongyang on Tuesday, to show support for their country’s policies and new leader Kim Jong-un.

North Koreans took part in a ritual rally in Pyongyang on Tuesday, to show support for their country’s policies and new leader Kim Jong-un.

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Incredible ice castles at Harbin Festival

China’s icy city of Harbin gears up for its annual ice festival. Workers put the final touches on ice castles, slides and snow sculptures.

China’s icy city of Harbin gears up for its annual ice festival. Workers put the final touches on ice castles, slides and snow sculptures.

Nocomment

High winds and heavy rain lash UK

More than 100,000 homes lost their electricity supply in Britain on Tuesday as storm winds of up to 90 miles-per-hour (56 km/h) uprooted trees which

More than 100,000 homes lost their electricity supply in Britain on Tuesday as storm winds of up to 90 miles-per-hour (56 km/h) uprooted trees which

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Romney takes Iowa Republican vote by hair's breadth

The first vote by US Republican supporters to choose their eventual presidential candidate has ended in a virtual dead heat. The surprise of the

The first vote by US Republican supporters to choose their eventual presidential candidate has ended in a virtual dead heat. The surprise of the

Sport

Despres shows French flair in Dakar Rally

Cyril Despres was all smiles on Tuesday after winning stage three of the Dakar Rally. But it was a double victory for France’s three-time champion

Cyril Despres was all smiles on Tuesday after winning stage three of the Dakar Rally. But it was a double victory for France’s three-time champion