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2012-01-30

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Germany's budget discipline plan for EU approved

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared on Monday to have succeeded in pushing through her plan to force EU countries to adopt stricter budget

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared on Monday to have succeeded in pushing through her plan to force EU countries to adopt stricter budget

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Hungary moves to prevent Malev bankruptcy

The Hungarian government wants to stop national airline Malev from going bankrupt. Companies deemed by law to be of “strategic importance” can be

The Hungarian government wants to stop national airline Malev from going bankrupt. Companies deemed by law to be of “strategic importance” can be

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Iran says it has laser-guided artillery shells

Iran says it has manufactured laser-guided artillery shells able to locate and hit moving targets with a high degree of precision. The claim comes

Iran says it has manufactured laser-guided artillery shells able to locate and hit moving targets with a high degree of precision. The claim comes

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Eurozone crunch time

Europe’s weaker economies are again having to offer much higher rates of interest to get investors to buy their government bonds. This comes as

Europe’s weaker economies are again having to offer much higher rates of interest to get investors to buy their government bonds. This comes as

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UAE names the region's first female metro driver

A 28-year-old woman has become the first female metro driver in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East. Mariam Al Safar, a native Emirati

A 28-year-old woman has become the first female metro driver in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East. Mariam Al Safar, a native Emirati

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Deux ans de prison pour l'ex-Premier ministre roumain Nastase

Adrian Nastase écope de deux ans de prison ferme. Il a été reconnu coupable de corruption par la Haute cour de cassation à l’issue d’un long procès

Adrian Nastase écope de deux ans de prison ferme. Il a été reconnu coupable de corruption par la Haute cour de cassation à l’issue d’un long procès

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A 6.3 earthquake hits Peru

Residents on Peru’s central coast are recovering from the aftermath of a six point three earthquake. No-one was killed when the tremor struck on

Residents on Peru’s central coast are recovering from the aftermath of a six point three earthquake. No-one was killed when the tremor struck on

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EU leaders in key Brussels debt summit

European leaders arrived in Brussels on Monday for a key summit which they said would help bring about a return to growth but which economists

European leaders arrived in Brussels on Monday for a key summit which they said would help bring about a return to growth but which economists

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Syria: Assad troops fight back against rebels

Soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have reportedly beaten back some rebels advancing on the capital. But fierce street fighting

Soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have reportedly beaten back some rebels advancing on the capital. But fierce street fighting

Business

Weaker European economy pushed Philips to Q4 loss

Philips swung to a net loss in the final three months of 2011. It blamed cuts in government budgets for reducing healthcare equipment sales and said

Philips swung to a net loss in the final three months of 2011. It blamed cuts in government budgets for reducing healthcare equipment sales and said

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EU leaders shift focus from austerity to growth

Growth and job creation are high on the agenda as EU leaders gather in Brussels for their latest summit. The economic crisis is not far away, amid

Growth and job creation are high on the agenda as EU leaders gather in Brussels for their latest summit. The economic crisis is not far away, amid

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Unions want to 'reverse' austerity with strike in Belgium

As European leaders discuss the eurozone debt crisis in Brussels, Belgium’s three largest unions want their government to reconsider its approach to

As European leaders discuss the eurozone debt crisis in Brussels, Belgium’s three largest unions want their government to reconsider its approach to

Culture

Oscar pointers in SAG Awards?

The Screen Actors Guild awards recognise top performances in film and television. This year Jean Dujardin won the best actor award for his role in

The Screen Actors Guild awards recognise top performances in film and television. This year Jean Dujardin won the best actor award for his role in

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Angouleme: Strip show with a difference

The Angouleme International Comics Festival put the spotlight on Spanish and Swedish works this year. Ever-popular, more than 200,000 fans visited

The Angouleme International Comics Festival put the spotlight on Spanish and Swedish works this year. Ever-popular, more than 200,000 fans visited

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Spanish airline collapse leaves 20,000 stranded

The collapse of Spanair, Spain’s fourth biggest airline, has stranded more than 20,000 people in Europe and Africa. As Spanair filed for bankruptcy

The collapse of Spanair, Spain’s fourth biggest airline, has stranded more than 20,000 people in Europe and Africa. As Spanair filed for bankruptcy

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Sarkozy takes election gamble with economy plans

Are they daring or disastrous? Opinion is divided in France after President Nicolas Sarkozy unveiled tough measures that he hopes will get his

Are they daring or disastrous? Opinion is divided in France after President Nicolas Sarkozy unveiled tough measures that he hopes will get his

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Ryanair lifts profit forecast

Ryanair has raised its profit forecast for its current financial year which ends in March. The Irish low-cost airline, which is Europe’s largest

Ryanair has raised its profit forecast for its current financial year which ends in March. The Irish low-cost airline, which is Europe’s largest

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New boss in latest Carrefour turnaround bid

It is all change at Carrefour Europe’s largest retailer. Out goes Lars Olofsson, who failed to revive the French group’s ailing hypermarkets, and

It is all change at Carrefour Europe’s largest retailer. Out goes Lars Olofsson, who failed to revive the French group’s ailing hypermarkets, and

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Ship-wrecked newly-weds thank Giglio islanders

A newly-wed couple who survived the Costa Concordia disaster have made an emotional return to the scene of the accident to thank locals who helped

A newly-wed couple who survived the Costa Concordia disaster have made an emotional return to the scene of the accident to thank locals who helped

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General strike in Belgium as EU leaders arrive in Brussels

Coinciding with the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium’s first general strike in almost 20 years has brought much of the country to a standstill

Coinciding with the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium’s first general strike in almost 20 years has brought much of the country to a standstill

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Castro rules out multi-party system in Cuba

The Cuban president has re-affirmed the communist island’s commitment to a one-party political system, dashing any faint hopes dissidents may have

The Cuban president has re-affirmed the communist island’s commitment to a one-party political system, dashing any faint hopes dissidents may have

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Inside the Costa Concordia

The Italian emergency services have release underwater footage of divers working in the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship.

The Italian emergency services have release underwater footage of divers working in the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship.

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Peace doves won't leave Pope

During his Angelus address on Sunday, Benedict invites prayers for peace in the Holy Land and thoughts for those suffering from leprosy. Benedict

During his Angelus address on Sunday, Benedict invites prayers for peace in the Holy Land and thoughts for those suffering from leprosy. Benedict

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Icy plunge for Russia's homeless

A group of Australians and New Zealanders living in Moscow took a plunge into ice-cold water on Saturday (January 28) to raise money for the homeless.

A group of Australians and New Zealanders living in Moscow took a plunge into ice-cold water on Saturday (January 28) to raise money for the homeless.

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Head of nationalised UK bank RBS declines his bonus

Following public and political outcry in the UK over the weekend, Royal Bank of Scotland boss Stephen Hester has decided not to accept a bonus of

Following public and political outcry in the UK over the weekend, Royal Bank of Scotland boss Stephen Hester has decided not to accept a bonus of

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Wade again cleared to run for Senegal presidency

Opposition groups have lost their appeal to prevent Abdoulaye Wade running for president of Senegal a third time. The Constitutional Council, the

Opposition groups have lost their appeal to prevent Abdoulaye Wade running for president of Senegal a third time. The Constitutional Council, the

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Concordia wreck might not be moved for months

The wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia could remain lying off the Italian coast until the end of the year or even longer. Bad weather and the

The wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia could remain lying off the Italian coast until the end of the year or even longer. Bad weather and the

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EU leaders hold debt crisis summit - again

European leaders are holding their 17th summit in two years as the bloc battles to resolve its sovereign debt problems. In Brussels 26 of the 27

European leaders are holding their 17th summit in two years as the bloc battles to resolve its sovereign debt problems. In Brussels 26 of the 27

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Belgium hit by 24-hour general strike

Trains planes and buses are being especially hit by Belgium’s first general strike in almost two decades. Held to coincide with the EU summit, the

Trains planes and buses are being especially hit by Belgium’s first general strike in almost two decades. Held to coincide with the EU summit, the