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2012-01-17

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Five foreign tourists killed in Ethiopia - state TV

Gunmen have killed five foreign tourists and seriously injured two others in Ethiopia’s remote northern region, according to state television in

Gunmen have killed five foreign tourists and seriously injured two others in Ethiopia’s remote northern region, according to state television in

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Mubarak 'not a tyrant', defence lawyer tells trial

Hosni Mubarak was a ‘just man, not a tyrant’, according to his lawyer. The former Egyptian President was again wheeled into court on a hospital

Hosni Mubarak was a ‘just man, not a tyrant’, according to his lawyer. The former Egyptian President was again wheeled into court on a hospital

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Schulz elected president of EU parliament

German social democrat leader Martin Schulz has been appointed the new president of the European parliament. He replaces Jerzy Buzek. The clear

German social democrat leader Martin Schulz has been appointed the new president of the European parliament. He replaces Jerzy Buzek. The clear

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Eleven known to have died in Italy cruiser crash

Eleven people are now known to have died on board a cruise liner stranded off Italy’s Tuscan coast. Rescue workers found another five bodies inside

Eleven people are now known to have died on board a cruise liner stranded off Italy’s Tuscan coast. Rescue workers found another five bodies inside

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Turkey's elite attend funeral of Denktash

The funeral of the former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has taken place in Nicosia. He died last week at the age of 88. Denktash was

The funeral of the former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has taken place in Nicosia. He died last week at the age of 88. Denktash was

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Fall of an Italian cruise captain

A captain stripped of his ship, Francesco Schettino has been in a cell since Saturday, the 52-year-old portrayed as a maverick by critics — as the

A captain stripped of his ship, Francesco Schettino has been in a cell since Saturday, the 52-year-old portrayed as a maverick by critics — as the

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Britain considers yacht gift for Queen Jubilee

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth might be getting a new yacht for her Diamond Jubilee – but Prime Minister David Cameron says it would be built with private

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth might be getting a new yacht for her Diamond Jubilee – but Prime Minister David Cameron says it would be built with private

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Freedom for Italy militant jailed for police killing

A former leftist militant in Italy is free again after serving a jail term for ordering the murder of a top policeman in 1972. Milan Commissioner

A former leftist militant in Italy is free again after serving a jail term for ordering the murder of a top policeman in 1972. Milan Commissioner

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Life sentence for inciting murder of Armenian writer

A court in Istanbul has given a life sentence to 31-year-old Yasin Hayal for inciting the murder of a prominent journalist of Armenian origin. Five

A court in Istanbul has given a life sentence to 31-year-old Yasin Hayal for inciting the murder of a prominent journalist of Armenian origin. Five

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Greeks protest as EU/IMF bailout officials return

As the clock ticks on efforts to save Greece from bankruptcy, Greeks have taken to the streets to protest against possible new austerity measures

As the clock ticks on efforts to save Greece from bankruptcy, Greeks have taken to the streets to protest against possible new austerity measures

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Global financial court promises firm rulings

The world’s first international tribunal for complex financial litigation has opened in the Netherlands, headquartered at the Peace Palace in The

The world’s first international tribunal for complex financial litigation has opened in the Netherlands, headquartered at the Peace Palace in The

Business

Airbus announces record year

Airbus outsold its rival Boeing almost two-to-one in 2011 and delivered more aircraft than the US planemaker for the ninth year running. However

Airbus outsold its rival Boeing almost two-to-one in 2011 and delivered more aircraft than the US planemaker for the ninth year running. However

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EU launches legal action against Hungary

Brussels has begun legal proceedings against Hungary which aim to force it to undo changes to its controversial new constitution. Hungarian Prime

Brussels has begun legal proceedings against Hungary which aim to force it to undo changes to its controversial new constitution. Hungarian Prime

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Damning tape of cruise ship's captain

As the captain of the stricken Costa Concordia Francesco Schettino was appearing in court, and the death toll rose to 11, a recording emerged

As the captain of the stricken Costa Concordia Francesco Schettino was appearing in court, and the death toll rose to 11, a recording emerged

Science_technology

French sound alpine glacier alarm

Around the globe, in all latitudes, at all altitudes, glaciers are receding and disappearing at a rapid pace. At a speed that often exceeds even the

Around the globe, in all latitudes, at all altitudes, glaciers are receding and disappearing at a rapid pace. At a speed that often exceeds even the

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Spanish judge Garzon battling to save career

High profile Spanish judge Baltazar Garzon is facing his greatest personal legal challenge yet — a battle to save his own career. Garzon has

High profile Spanish judge Baltazar Garzon is facing his greatest personal legal challenge yet — a battle to save his own career. Garzon has

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Portugal job reform deal signed, but top union balks

Portuguese employers and some unions have agreed major changes to the labour market. A controversial proposal to increase the length of the working

Portuguese employers and some unions have agreed major changes to the labour market. A controversial proposal to increase the length of the working

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Wikipedia to disappear for a day in protest

Wikipedia, one of the world’s busiest websites, will black out its English language version for 24 hours on Wednesday in protest at controversial

Wikipedia, one of the world’s busiest websites, will black out its English language version for 24 hours on Wednesday in protest at controversial

Europe

Eurozone inflation dips

Inflation in the eurozone fell more than previously expected in December. Consumer prices in the 17 countries sharing the euro rose 2.7 percent

Inflation in the eurozone fell more than previously expected in December. Consumer prices in the 17 countries sharing the euro rose 2.7 percent

Europe

Spain clears short-term debt test

Spain has passed the first test of investor demand for its government bonds since the latest downgrade of Madrid’s credit rating by S&P. It sold

Spain has passed the first test of investor demand for its government bonds since the latest downgrade of Madrid’s credit rating by S&P. It sold

Europe

European car sales decline accelerates

Fewer car were driven out of showrooms around Europe in December as increasingly worried consumers held off making major purchases. Vehicle sales

Fewer car were driven out of showrooms around Europe in December as increasingly worried consumers held off making major purchases. Vehicle sales

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Five more dead bodies found in the Costa cruise liner

Italian rescuers have found five more dead bodies inside a capsized cruise liner off the Tuscany coast.   Officials had said earlier that 29

Italian rescuers have found five more dead bodies inside a capsized cruise liner off the Tuscany coast.   Officials had said earlier that 29

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali turns 70

The legendary heavyweight showman of the boxing world, Muhammad Ali, turned 70 on Tuesday. He celebrated with family and friends in his hometown of

The legendary heavyweight showman of the boxing world, Muhammad Ali, turned 70 on Tuesday. He celebrated with family and friends in his hometown of

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EU parliament elects Schulz president

Germany’s Martin Schulz has been elected as the new president of the European Parliament.   Widely tipped to win, the leader of the centre-left

Germany’s Martin Schulz has been elected as the new president of the European Parliament.   Widely tipped to win, the leader of the centre-left

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Italy may declare cruise liner emergency

The Italian government will declare a state of emergency in waters around Giglio Island if the stranded Costa Concordia starts leaking fuel. The

The Italian government will declare a state of emergency in waters around Giglio Island if the stranded Costa Concordia starts leaking fuel. The

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China's economic growth weakens

Growth in the world’s second biggest economy, China, slowed to its weakest pace for two and a half years at the end of 2011. In the fourth quarter

Growth in the world’s second biggest economy, China, slowed to its weakest pace for two and a half years at the end of 2011. In the fourth quarter

Nocomment

Denmark's Queen Margrethe marks 40 years on the throne

Tens of thousands of Danes braved freezing temperatures on Saturday to cheer Denmark’s popular figurehead monarch as she celebrated 40 years on the

Tens of thousands of Danes braved freezing temperatures on Saturday to cheer Denmark’s popular figurehead monarch as she celebrated 40 years on the

Nocomment

Swimming in Siberia's Lake Baikal

Hundreds of Buddhists from around the world, who participate in “Days of Buddhist Culture” in Russia, swim in near-freezing Lake Baikal with air

Hundreds of Buddhists from around the world, who participate in “Days of Buddhist Culture” in Russia, swim in near-freezing Lake Baikal with air

Culture

Soderbergh goes Tarantino with "Haywire"

Director Steven Soderbergh does not like to be labelled, and the oscar-winning maker of “Traffic,” the “Ocean’s” franchise and lately “Contagion”

Director Steven Soderbergh does not like to be labelled, and the oscar-winning maker of “Traffic,” the “Ocean’s” franchise and lately “Contagion”