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2012-01-20

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Weather worries hit Italian cruise ship recovery

Concerns of approaching bad weather are hampering efforts to salvage the stricken Italian liner Costa Concordia. A week after running aground off

Concerns of approaching bad weather are hampering efforts to salvage the stricken Italian liner Costa Concordia. A week after running aground off

Business

Is investor confidence coming back?

It was a week full of interesting insights. After the downgrade of several EU countries by rating agency Standard & Poor’s, all eyes were on the

It was a week full of interesting insights. After the downgrade of several EU countries by rating agency Standard & Poor’s, all eyes were on the

Business

Italy deregulates for competition

Italy’s cabinet has approved new laws deregulating some service sector jobs and professions — everything from taxi drivers to pharmacists

Italy’s cabinet has approved new laws deregulating some service sector jobs and professions — everything from taxi drivers to pharmacists

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Croatia votes on whether to join EU

Croatia will decide if it wants to be in or out of the EU on Sunday in a referendum to join the club. Polls point to a ‘Yes’, with around 55 to 60

Croatia will decide if it wants to be in or out of the EU on Sunday in a referendum to join the club. Polls point to a ‘Yes’, with around 55 to 60

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Revised immunity law angers Yemeni opposition

Human rights groups and the opposition in Yemen have condemned a draft law granting immunity to outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The bill

Human rights groups and the opposition in Yemen have condemned a draft law granting immunity to outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The bill

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Megaupload hackers lash back

One side calls it stealing – users call it sharing. Content-sharing website Megaupload.com is not fighting its battles alone. Within minutes of its

One side calls it stealing – users call it sharing. Content-sharing website Megaupload.com is not fighting its battles alone. Within minutes of its

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Blues legend Etta James dies at 73

The American singer, Etta James, has died from complications of leukaemia at the age of 73. A pioneer of 1950s rhythm-and-blues and rock music

The American singer, Etta James, has died from complications of leukaemia at the age of 73. A pioneer of 1950s rhythm-and-blues and rock music

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Minister condemns 'murder' of French troops

French foreign affairs minister, Alain Juppe has condemned what he called the “murder” of French soldiers by an Afghan Army trainee. The rogue

French foreign affairs minister, Alain Juppe has condemned what he called the “murder” of French soldiers by an Afghan Army trainee. The rogue

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Strikes bring Sicily to a halt

Traffic on the Italian island of Sicily has been brought to a virtual standstill after a five day strike by truckers, farmers and fishermen. The

Traffic on the Italian island of Sicily has been brought to a virtual standstill after a five day strike by truckers, farmers and fishermen. The

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Polish MP lights up cannabis incense

A libertarian Polish MP who threatened to smoke a joint in parliament has tested the country’s new anti-cannabis laws which allow police to arrest

A libertarian Polish MP who threatened to smoke a joint in parliament has tested the country’s new anti-cannabis laws which allow police to arrest

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Deadly infection shuts down Belfast maternity ward

The death of a third baby in as many weeks has sparked a health alert at Northern Ireland’s Royal Maternity Hospital. Their deaths have been linked

The death of a third baby in as many weeks has sparked a health alert at Northern Ireland’s Royal Maternity Hospital. Their deaths have been linked

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Tributes paid after death of freestyle skier Burke

Colleagues of the freestyle skier Sarah Burke have been speaking of their shock and disbelief after her death. The 29-year-old Canadian had been

Colleagues of the freestyle skier Sarah Burke have been speaking of their shock and disbelief after her death. The 29-year-old Canadian had been

Business

Schlecker confirms insolvency

German retailer Schlecker has said it is insolvent and has not been able to secure funds to keep it afloat during restructuring. The company is

German retailer Schlecker has said it is insolvent and has not been able to secure funds to keep it afloat during restructuring. The company is

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Germany marks Nazi Wannsee Conference anniversary

In Germany, a memorial has taken place to mark the 70th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, the official start of the mass extermination of

In Germany, a memorial has taken place to mark the 70th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, the official start of the mass extermination of

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Concordia rescue halted as victims' families arrive

Families of the missing continue to arrive at Giglio Harbour, which overlooks the final resting place of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise

Families of the missing continue to arrive at Giglio Harbour, which overlooks the final resting place of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise

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Arab League considers future of Syria mission

Arab League leaders will decide on Sunday if they are to extend their monitoring mission in Syria. The mission’s chief has arrived in Cairo to

Arab League leaders will decide on Sunday if they are to extend their monitoring mission in Syria. The mission’s chief has arrived in Cairo to

Environment

Towards a low-carbon Europe

In this edition of U-talk Fabián, in Spain, asks: “In a world whose economic model is based on oil consumption, do you as a European ecologist think

In this edition of U-talk Fabián, in Spain, asks: “In a world whose economic model is based on oil consumption, do you as a European ecologist think

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Sundance showcases crisis-hit American dream

The fractured American dream, the housing crisis and the sluggish economy feature prominently in the opening films at this year’s Sundance Film

The fractured American dream, the housing crisis and the sluggish economy feature prominently in the opening films at this year’s Sundance Film

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Mideast talks undermined by arrest of Hamas leader

The arrest by Israel of a senior Hamas figure has placed possible new strains on relations between the two main Palestinian groups. Aziz Dweik was

The arrest by Israel of a senior Hamas figure has placed possible new strains on relations between the two main Palestinian groups. Aziz Dweik was

Culture

Jack Russell poised for movie stardom with more awards

First there was the Cannes Film Festival where his performance in, “The Artist” won him praise and a prestige award. His starring role is in the

First there was the Cannes Film Festival where his performance in, “The Artist” won him praise and a prestige award. His starring role is in the

Culture

Contrasts on the catwalks of Paris and Berlin

“Psychedelic elegance,” is how fashion designer, Dries Van Noten described his collection on show during Paris Fashion Week. Jean Paul Gaultier

“Psychedelic elegance,” is how fashion designer, Dries Van Noten described his collection on show during Paris Fashion Week. Jean Paul Gaultier

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Winner of the Arab Spring: Islamism

The man who predicted the revolution in Egypt two years before it happened says it was Islamists that profited from the Arab Spring, stressing that

The man who predicted the revolution in Egypt two years before it happened says it was Islamists that profited from the Arab Spring, stressing that

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France suspends Afghan training as four soldiers are killed

France is suspending military operations in Afghanistan, and may accelerate its planned troop withdrawal after the killing of four French

France is suspending military operations in Afghanistan, and may accelerate its planned troop withdrawal after the killing of four French

Business

Samsung loses one of many patent cases with Apple

Samsung has suffered a setback in its tablet and smartphone battle with Apple. A German court has ruled against the South Korean company in a

Samsung has suffered a setback in its tablet and smartphone battle with Apple. A German court has ruled against the South Korean company in a

Business

GM back at the top

General Motors regained its title as the world’s top-selling carmaker from Japanese rival Toyota last year. GM, which was on the brink of

General Motors regained its title as the world’s top-selling carmaker from Japanese rival Toyota last year. GM, which was on the brink of

Business

China buys into Thames Water

China’s sovereign wealth fund has bought a minority stake in London water supplier Thames Water. China Investment Corporation said it had bought

China’s sovereign wealth fund has bought a minority stake in London water supplier Thames Water. China Investment Corporation said it had bought

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Removal of containers from split Rena continues

Containers that cannot be removed by crane from the broken half of the cargo ship Rena off the coast of New Zealand were pushed into the ocean where

Containers that cannot be removed by crane from the broken half of the cargo ship Rena off the coast of New Zealand were pushed into the ocean where