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2012-01-18

Europe

Hungarian PM feels EU parliament backlash

Embattled prime minister Viktor Orban has come under renewed fire over Hungary’s recently reformed constitution. During a heated debate in

Embattled prime minister Viktor Orban has come under renewed fire over Hungary’s recently reformed constitution. During a heated debate in

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Cruise crew unprepared

The chaotic organisation of passengers on the Concordia, with deadly consequences for some, raises serious questions about emergency procedures and

The chaotic organisation of passengers on the Concordia, with deadly consequences for some, raises serious questions about emergency procedures and

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White House joins criticism of US online piracy bill

A day without access to some information exchange websites has been a major worry for millions of users around the world. Wikipedia was among many

A day without access to some information exchange websites has been a major worry for millions of users around the world. Wikipedia was among many

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Sarkozy woos unions ahead of election

Nicholas Sarkozy, battling to regain popularity ahead of a coming presidential election, has been trying to convince union leaders to back

Nicholas Sarkozy, battling to regain popularity ahead of a coming presidential election, has been trying to convince union leaders to back

Science_technology

Shine a light! Indoor solar cells!

Scientists are putting the finishing touches to a new way of harvesting electricity from light.   Paul Rebhan, the Global Business Development

Scientists are putting the finishing touches to a new way of harvesting electricity from light.   Paul Rebhan, the Global Business Development

Europe

'Too much emphasis on austerity' says Laszlo Andor

“The crisis has lasted for too long and there is too much emphasis on austerity measures. We need more financial and political solidarity in Europe”

“The crisis has lasted for too long and there is too much emphasis on austerity measures. We need more financial and political solidarity in Europe”

Business

Monti's moves praised by Cameron

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has been meeting his British counterpart David Cameron during the latest in a series of visits to European

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has been meeting his British counterpart David Cameron during the latest in a series of visits to European

Business

Costa Concordia to deal financial blow to cruise industry

The deadly Costa Concordia accident is likely to further damage the cruise ship industry which was already struggling with an uncertain economy

The deadly Costa Concordia accident is likely to further damage the cruise ship industry which was already struggling with an uncertain economy

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Morocco is Rajoy's first foreign visit

The two new leaders of Morocco and Spain have met for the first time as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy flew in from Madrid. Rajoy is in Rabat to talk

The two new leaders of Morocco and Spain have met for the first time as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy flew in from Madrid. Rajoy is in Rabat to talk

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Suu Kyi to return to politics

Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader has been registered as a candidate in the country’s partial parliamentary elections on April 1. The vote will be

Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader has been registered as a candidate in the country’s partial parliamentary elections on April 1. The vote will be

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Protestors told to quit St. Paul's

‘Occupy London’ protestors are facing eviction from a camp outside the capital’s St Paul’s Cathedral. A court has ruled in favour of city authorities

‘Occupy London’ protestors are facing eviction from a camp outside the capital’s St Paul’s Cathedral. A court has ruled in favour of city authorities

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Germany plans 'neo-Nazi database'

Germany’s cabinet has adopted plans to establish a national database of active neo-Nazis. The move was prompted by the discovery of 10 killings in

Germany’s cabinet has adopted plans to establish a national database of active neo-Nazis. The move was prompted by the discovery of 10 killings in

Business

Stock markets merger looks doomed despite lobbying

The merger of Germany’s Deutsche Boerse and the US-European stock exchanges NYSE Euronext looks set to be blocked. EU Competition Commissioner

The merger of Germany’s Deutsche Boerse and the US-European stock exchanges NYSE Euronext looks set to be blocked. EU Competition Commissioner

Science_technology

Depression researchers pinpoint brain anomaly

Scientists in London believe certain parts of the brain shrink when patients are suffering from depression. Work at the Biomedical Research Centre

Scientists in London believe certain parts of the brain shrink when patients are suffering from depression. Work at the Biomedical Research Centre

Culture

George Lucas' Red Tails prepares for take-off

The latest George Lucas production focuses on a group of African American pilots during World War II facing facing segregation and racism while

The latest George Lucas production focuses on a group of African American pilots during World War II facing facing segregation and racism while

Culture

Etro, Versace and Prada on show in Milan

Designer Kean Etro had his head in the clouds with his menswear collection – putting feathers on everything from hats to velvet slippers on the third

Designer Kean Etro had his head in the clouds with his menswear collection – putting feathers on everything from hats to velvet slippers on the third

Europe

Denmark not 'daunted' by debt crisis, says Danish PM

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has outlined her government’s EU presidency priorities to the European Parliament. Addressing MEPs in

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has outlined her government’s EU presidency priorities to the European Parliament. Addressing MEPs in

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Ukrainian women rage against Indian prostitute 'slur'

Feminist activists braved freezing temperatures in Kyiv in a protest against a report that Indian authorities are to scrutinise Ukrainian visa

Feminist activists braved freezing temperatures in Kyiv in a protest against a report that Indian authorities are to scrutinise Ukrainian visa

Business

Yahoo's Yang resigns

Yahoo’s co-founder Jerry Yang has quit the struggling internet firm he started in 1995.   Yang’s been criticised by shareholders for impeding

Yahoo’s co-founder Jerry Yang has quit the struggling internet firm he started in 1995.   Yang’s been criticised by shareholders for impeding

Business

UK jobless at new 17 year high

The number of Britons out of work rose to its highest level in more than 17 years in November as the jobless rate reached 8.4 percent of the

The number of Britons out of work rose to its highest level in more than 17 years in November as the jobless rate reached 8.4 percent of the

Business

Grim growth forecast from World Bank

The World Bank has sharply cut its global economic growth expectations to just 2.5 percent this year and said Europe is probably already in

The World Bank has sharply cut its global economic growth expectations to just 2.5 percent this year and said Europe is probably already in

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Turkish embassy in Baghdad hit by rockets

The Turkish embassy in Baghdad has been attacked with at least two rockets. Witnesses said only one of them hit a blast wall and there was no

The Turkish embassy in Baghdad has been attacked with at least two rockets. Witnesses said only one of them hit a blast wall and there was no

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Diplomats in the danger zone

Following the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq can France play a greater role as Iraq struggles to emerge from invasion, occupation and civil

Following the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq can France play a greater role as Iraq struggles to emerge from invasion, occupation and civil

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Rescue teams halt search of Italian vessel

Italian divers on Wednesday suspended their search for missing people from a stranded cruiser ship to allow its fuel tanks to be emptied. The Costa

Italian divers on Wednesday suspended their search for missing people from a stranded cruiser ship to allow its fuel tanks to be emptied. The Costa

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Annual blessing of pets in Madrid

Hundreds of people and their pets visited the parish of Saint Anton, patron saint of animals, in the Spanish capital Madrid for the annual blessing

Hundreds of people and their pets visited the parish of Saint Anton, patron saint of animals, in the Spanish capital Madrid for the annual blessing

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Five dead, four missing in Ethiopia attack

Ethiopian security forces are hunting gunmen who kidapped four people including two German tourists and killed five others in an attack in the Afar

Ethiopian security forces are hunting gunmen who kidapped four people including two German tourists and killed five others in an attack in the Afar

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Underwater Chinese dragon dance in Bangkok

Thailand prepared to welcome in the Year of the Black Water Dragon on Tuesday as the Lunar New Year approached. In the capital Bangkok, children

Thailand prepared to welcome in the Year of the Black Water Dragon on Tuesday as the Lunar New Year approached. In the capital Bangkok, children

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Austrian TV journalists slam 'political interference'

Journalists at Austria’s public broadcaster are angry about alleged political interference. They have signed an online YouTube petition against the

Journalists at Austria’s public broadcaster are angry about alleged political interference. They have signed an online YouTube petition against the

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Concrete balls threaten Indonesia train 'surfers'

In Indonesia a dangerous mode of transport just got a lot more dangerous. People clinging precariously to the roofs of trains is a common sight in

In Indonesia a dangerous mode of transport just got a lot more dangerous. People clinging precariously to the roofs of trains is a common sight in

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Syrians welcome Arab League observers

Protesters in the rural Syrian town of Kisweh held two Arab League observers aloft whilst calling on the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step

Protesters in the rural Syrian town of Kisweh held two Arab League observers aloft whilst calling on the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step