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2012-01-06

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Turkey: second night in jail for ex-military chief

Turkey’s former military supremo has spent his second night behind bars after his unprecedented arrest. Ilker Basbug is accused of plotting a coup

Turkey’s former military supremo has spent his second night behind bars after his unprecedented arrest. Ilker Basbug is accused of plotting a coup

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Basbug arrest shows move to democracy: analyst

Turkey’s military stepped in to take over the running of the country three times between 1960 and 1980. In 1997 it also exerted its considerable

Turkey’s military stepped in to take over the running of the country three times between 1960 and 1980. In 1997 it also exerted its considerable

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Sarkozy and Monti unite on euro crisis

He is trying to reassure European partners that his technocrat government can boost Italy’s ailing economy. On a visit to Paris, Mario Monti

He is trying to reassure European partners that his technocrat government can boost Italy’s ailing economy. On a visit to Paris, Mario Monti

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Perspectives: jobs in Europe

Spain’s economy continues to lose jobs. Unemployment there has risen for the fifth month in a row, and last year ended with nearly eight percent more

Spain’s economy continues to lose jobs. Unemployment there has risen for the fifth month in a row, and last year ended with nearly eight percent more

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Germany and UK decide on faulty breast implants

Germany has followed France in advising all women who received suspect breast implants from the now defunct company PIP to have them removed. It

Germany has followed France in advising all women who received suspect breast implants from the now defunct company PIP to have them removed. It

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Fear and costs of breast implant response

The consensus is that breast implants by the French company PIP should never have been used. German chemicals distributor Brenntag said it had

The consensus is that breast implants by the French company PIP should never have been used. German chemicals distributor Brenntag said it had

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Ex-military supremo behind bars in Turkey

The once all-powerful Turkish military is having to re-think its role in the country after a former Chief of Staff was jailed, accused of plotting to

The once all-powerful Turkish military is having to re-think its role in the country after a former Chief of Staff was jailed, accused of plotting to

Business

Hungary downgraded to 'junk' but says wants IMF deal

Hungary was on a fast track to a financial crisis as Fitch became the third of the major rating agencies to downgrading the government’s debt to

Hungary was on a fast track to a financial crisis as Fitch became the third of the major rating agencies to downgrading the government’s debt to

Business

Euro slips on debt crisis worries

Another round of strong US economic data — including growth in the labour market — lifted the US dollar against the euro on Friday with the single

Another round of strong US economic data — including growth in the labour market — lifted the US dollar against the euro on Friday with the single

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Eyewitness relives Damascus attack horror

Syrian state TV blamed what it called ‘terrorists’ for Friday’s carnage in Damascus. Some opposition activists claimed the regime itself carried out

Syrian state TV blamed what it called ‘terrorists’ for Friday’s carnage in Damascus. Some opposition activists claimed the regime itself carried out

Sport

Prime minister shows some neat footwork for Ivory Coast

Chelsea’s Didier Drogba led a host of Ivory Coast politicians in a special exhibition football match in Abidjan. The line up included President

Chelsea’s Didier Drogba led a host of Ivory Coast politicians in a special exhibition football match in Abidjan. The line up included President

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Hamas leader joins Syrian peace talks

Arab league chief, Nabil Elarby, has called on the head of Palestinian group, Hamas, to help with efforts to end violence in Syria. At a meeting

Arab league chief, Nabil Elarby, has called on the head of Palestinian group, Hamas, to help with efforts to end violence in Syria. At a meeting

Business

Good news from capital markets?

The first week of the new year has brought some interesting developments in the euro debt crisis. The first bond auctions of January — in Germany

The first week of the new year has brought some interesting developments in the euro debt crisis. The first bond auctions of January — in Germany

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Iraq's army parades as rocket fire hits Green Zone

It was a moment of pride for Iraq’s armed forces, marking 91 years since their creation. But as soldiers marched in Baghdad, watched by prime

It was a moment of pride for Iraq’s armed forces, marking 91 years since their creation. But as soldiers marched in Baghdad, watched by prime

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Belarus restricts internet access

New laws have come into force in Belarus restricting access to a range of internet sites that the government deems ‘extremist’. The regime has not

New laws have come into force in Belarus restricting access to a range of internet sites that the government deems ‘extremist’. The regime has not

Business

US jobless rate falls to near three year low

The latest US jobs figures provide the strongest evidence yet of an acceleration in economic activity there. In December there was a rise of

The latest US jobs figures provide the strongest evidence yet of an acceleration in economic activity there. In December there was a rise of

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Tymoshenko's husband granted Czech asylum

The Czech Republic has granted asylum to Oleksander Tymoshenko, the husband of Ukraine’s jailed opposition leader.   Yulia Tymoshenko’s party said

The Czech Republic has granted asylum to Oleksander Tymoshenko, the husband of Ukraine’s jailed opposition leader.   Yulia Tymoshenko’s party said

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Flooding forces Dutch to evacuate

A mass evacuation is taking place in the north of the Netherlands where heavy rains risk flooding a number of villages. Dutch soldiers and police

A mass evacuation is taking place in the north of the Netherlands where heavy rains risk flooding a number of villages. Dutch soldiers and police

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Dozens dead in Damascus explosion

At least 25 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a device in Damascus, according to the official Syrian state news agency. Scores

At least 25 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a device in Damascus, according to the official Syrian state news agency. Scores

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Back in the Day: Egypt begins its quest to control the Nile

January 9, 1960 Work begins on the construction of the Aswan High Dam, Egypt’s plan to control the power of the world’s longest river, the Nile. The

January 9, 1960 Work begins on the construction of the Aswan High Dam, Egypt’s plan to control the power of the world’s longest river, the Nile. The

Culture

Oscar buzz for Fiennes' contemporary Coriolanus

Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus has been given a contemporary look by British actor Ralph Fiennes, in what is his directorial debut. He co-stars

Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus has been given a contemporary look by British actor Ralph Fiennes, in what is his directorial debut. He co-stars

Culture

Shape up with poles and powerballs

Getting fit is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and there is nothing like a bit of novelty to make going to the gym more fun.

Getting fit is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and there is nothing like a bit of novelty to make going to the gym more fun.

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Basbug arrest grips Turkey

The detention of Ilker Basbug is the main talking point in Turkey. Newspapers heralded the arrest on their front pages. Some detailed the

The detention of Ilker Basbug is the main talking point in Turkey. Newspapers heralded the arrest on their front pages. Some detailed the

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Denmark sets out its EU plans

Denmark’s prime minister has been presenting the country’s programme for its six month presidency of the EU. Tackling Europe’s economic woes will

Denmark’s prime minister has been presenting the country’s programme for its six month presidency of the EU. Tackling Europe’s economic woes will

Business

Samsung calls in record profit

South Korea’s Samsung has reported a record quarterly operating profit — the equivalent of 3.5 billion euros. The world’s leading maker of memory

South Korea’s Samsung has reported a record quarterly operating profit — the equivalent of 3.5 billion euros. The world’s leading maker of memory

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Iran tensions boost oil prices

Mounting tensions between Iran and the West are sparking concern over possible supply disruptions pushing the price of Brent crude oil above $113 a

Mounting tensions between Iran and the West are sparking concern over possible supply disruptions pushing the price of Brent crude oil above $113 a

Business

Eurozone economy slumps further

The eurozone’s economy slumped further at the end of last year as retail sales fell and consumer confidence slid. That according to the latest

The eurozone’s economy slumped further at the end of last year as retail sales fell and consumer confidence slid. That according to the latest

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Floods force thousands to flee in Brazil

It is a matter of life or death as heavy rains batter Brazil, sending water rushing through the streets and thousands of people fleeing for

It is a matter of life or death as heavy rains batter Brazil, sending water rushing through the streets and thousands of people fleeing for

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Sumo champion rings in 2012 in Japan

Japan’s sumo champion, Hakuho, welcomed in the new year with an ancient sumo ritual at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

Japan’s sumo champion, Hakuho, welcomed in the new year with an ancient sumo ritual at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

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Dozens killed in Damascus blast

Local television reports that 25 people have been killed and 46 wounded by a bomb blast in the Syrian capital Damascus. State television said a

Local television reports that 25 people have been killed and 46 wounded by a bomb blast in the Syrian capital Damascus. State television said a