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2012-01-09

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Contaminated chickens in Germany raise health debate

A survey in Germany has shown half the number of fresh chickens bought in shops in five cities were contaminated by germs resistant to antibiotics

A survey in Germany has shown half the number of fresh chickens bought in shops in five cities were contaminated by germs resistant to antibiotics

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Split in Syria's opposition over road map for future

Syrian opposition groups continue to try and agree on a common strategy for change in their country. The Syrian National Council met in Turkey

Syrian opposition groups continue to try and agree on a common strategy for change in their country. The Syrian National Council met in Turkey

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Clashes after Yemen's cabinet backs Saleh amnesty

There have been clashes in Yemen after the cabinet approved a draft law that would give President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution. His

There have been clashes in Yemen after the cabinet approved a draft law that would give President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution. His

Business

Detroit Auto Show opens amid signs of recovery

As the Detroit Auto Show opens the US car industry is celebrating a total turn-around, gearing up for good times having morphed from meltdown three

As the Detroit Auto Show opens the US car industry is celebrating a total turn-around, gearing up for good times having morphed from meltdown three

Europe

France and Germany push controversial Tobin tax

The idea of taxing financial transactions has resurfaced with both Paris and Berlin agreeing such a levy in the EU should be imposed. France, in

The idea of taxing financial transactions has resurfaced with both Paris and Berlin agreeing such a levy in the EU should be imposed. France, in

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Baghdad bomb blasts kill at least 15 people

Two bomb attacks have killed at least 15 people in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The bombs exploded near groups of Shi’ite pilgrims and wounded at

Two bomb attacks have killed at least 15 people in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The bombs exploded near groups of Shi’ite pilgrims and wounded at

Business

Opposition mounts to financial transaction tax

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Nicolas Sarkozy insisted on Monday that they do want to press ahead with a financial

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Nicolas Sarkozy insisted on Monday that they do want to press ahead with a financial

Sport

Messi completes Ballon d'Or hat-trick

Argentina and Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has won FIFA’s Ballon d’Or for a third year running on Monday following the award ceremony in

Argentina and Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has won FIFA’s Ballon d’Or for a third year running on Monday following the award ceremony in

News

Press conference ends with attempted suicide

What started as a normal press conference ended with an attempted suicide. Col Mikolaj Przybyl had called the media to his office in Poznan in

What started as a normal press conference ended with an attempted suicide. Col Mikolaj Przybyl had called the media to his office in Poznan in

News

Three dead in Nigeria fuel strike clashes

Three people have been shot dead during a nationwide strike in Nigeria against the government’s decision to scrap fuel subsidies. The price of a

Three people have been shot dead during a nationwide strike in Nigeria against the government’s decision to scrap fuel subsidies. The price of a

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'Kim Jong-il' weeps for late North Korean leader

Kim Jong-il is back from the dead. Or is he? Kim Young-sik works as an engraver in the South Korean capital, Seoul. But in his spare time, the

Kim Jong-il is back from the dead. Or is he? Kim Young-sik works as an engraver in the South Korean capital, Seoul. But in his spare time, the

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Second place gold medal suspense in New Hampshire

Mitt Romney and his campaign team roll in to New Hampshire with confidence. The US Atlantic seaboard state in the northeast neighbours Massachusetts

Mitt Romney and his campaign team roll in to New Hampshire with confidence. The US Atlantic seaboard state in the northeast neighbours Massachusetts

Business

Swiss central bank chief quits over wife's forex deal

The head of the Swiss National Bank, Philipp Hildebrand, has resigned because of a controversial foreign currency trade made by his wife. He said

The head of the Swiss National Bank, Philipp Hildebrand, has resigned because of a controversial foreign currency trade made by his wife. He said

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Financial tax backed by Germany and France

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy appeared relaxed when they faced the press following their first crisis meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy appeared relaxed when they faced the press following their first crisis meeting

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Guinea-Bissau leader Sanha dead at 64

Malam Bacai Sanha, the president of Guinea-Bissau, has died in Paris after a short illness, media reports said on Monday. The 64-year-old travelled

Malam Bacai Sanha, the president of Guinea-Bissau, has died in Paris after a short illness, media reports said on Monday. The 64-year-old travelled

Culture

Going underground: Western music in Iran

Western music faces tight restrictions in Iran but that has not stopped bands like Bomrani and The Muckers from making it. They are part of the

Western music faces tight restrictions in Iran but that has not stopped bands like Bomrani and The Muckers from making it. They are part of the

News

Spanish fishermen protest cancelled EU deal with Morocco

About 2,000 fishermen and their families were out on the streets of Barbate to express their anger at an EU decision to scrap a fishing accord with

About 2,000 fishermen and their families were out on the streets of Barbate to express their anger at an EU decision to scrap a fishing accord with

Business

Shaky start for UniCredit rights issue

Shares in UniCredit slumped again on Monday— so much that they were briefly suspended from trading on the Milan Stock Exchange — as Italy’s biggest

Shares in UniCredit slumped again on Monday— so much that they were briefly suspended from trading on the Milan Stock Exchange — as Italy’s biggest

Business

2011 bumper year for Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce, the British-based luxury carmaker, which is owned by Germany’s BMW, has announced production rose by 31 percent last year and it sold

Rolls-Royce, the British-based luxury carmaker, which is owned by Germany’s BMW, has announced production rose by 31 percent last year and it sold

Business

Investors pay to lend money to Germany

Germany is the latest country that investors are paying to lend it money.   As it sold 3.9 billion euros worth of short term government bonds

Germany is the latest country that investors are paying to lend it money.   As it sold 3.9 billion euros worth of short term government bonds

Environment

Giant lizard breeding programme halts species' decline

It was once thought that the Hierro giant lizard had gone the way of the dodo. The reptile, which can grow to more than half a metre in length

It was once thought that the Hierro giant lizard had gone the way of the dodo. The reptile, which can grow to more than half a metre in length

News

Unions strike in Nigeria over fuel subsidy cuts

Trade unions in Nigeria staged a nationwide strike on Monday over the government’s scrapping of fuel subsidies. The industrial action in Africa’s

Trade unions in Nigeria staged a nationwide strike on Monday over the government’s scrapping of fuel subsidies. The industrial action in Africa’s

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Pilot strike grounds Iberia flights

Spanish airline Iberia has cancelled hundreds of flights due to fresh pilot strikes on Monday and Wednesday in protest at plans to launch a new

Spanish airline Iberia has cancelled hundreds of flights due to fresh pilot strikes on Monday and Wednesday in protest at plans to launch a new

Culture

Hollywood A-list at Palm Springs film festival

This year’s 23rd edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival appeared to attract most of the Hollywood A-list with George Clooney, Brad

This year’s 23rd edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival appeared to attract most of the Hollywood A-list with George Clooney, Brad

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China and S Korea discuss trade and changing neighbours

Whilst South Korea’s president Lee Myung-bak is in China on a state visit, nuclear envoys from both countries will also meet to discuss stability in

Whilst South Korea’s president Lee Myung-bak is in China on a state visit, nuclear envoys from both countries will also meet to discuss stability in

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Jacob Zuma sings for ANC's 100th anniversary

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma sings during the African National Congress’ centenary celebration in Bloemfontein.

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma sings during the African National Congress’ centenary celebration in Bloemfontein.

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NZ: residents warned off beach after broken ship spills its cargo

As goods from the Rena cargo ship wash onto New Zealand beaches, police have closed parts of the seashore to prevent people collecting the items

As goods from the Rena cargo ship wash onto New Zealand beaches, police have closed parts of the seashore to prevent people collecting the items

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Syrians tell Arab monitors of violence

A woman in Deraa jostles for the attention of Arab League monitors, claiming that one of her brothers had been killed and another tortured by

A woman in Deraa jostles for the attention of Arab League monitors, claiming that one of her brothers had been killed and another tortured by

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US-Iranian man to be executed for being a spy

A court in Tehran has given a death sentence to an American man of Iranian descent. After a trial which started last month, Amir Mirzai Hekmati has

A court in Tehran has given a death sentence to an American man of Iranian descent. After a trial which started last month, Amir Mirzai Hekmati has