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2012-02-02

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Putin opponents patch up differences to plan demo

Opponents of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have met to plan another demonstration this Saturday against his bid to regain the presidency next

Opponents of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have met to plan another demonstration this Saturday against his bid to regain the presidency next

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Litvinenko's father denounces son as traitor

He was the ex-Russian spy whose poisoning by radioactive polonium in London sparked accusations of a Kremlin-sponsored murder. But six years after

He was the ex-Russian spy whose poisoning by radioactive polonium in London sparked accusations of a Kremlin-sponsored murder. But six years after

Sport

Blatter: 'A black day for football'

The Port Said Stadium, an 18,000 seater venue – a venue that will now forever be remembered for one of Africa’s worst football-related

The Port Said Stadium, an 18,000 seater venue – a venue that will now forever be remembered for one of Africa’s worst football-related

News

Homeless facing cold all over Europe

The cold scouring Europe, down to a bone crunching  30 degrees Celsius in some places - is killing people who have no homes. Many of the more than

The cold scouring Europe, down to a bone crunching  30 degrees Celsius in some places - is killing people who have no homes. Many of the more than

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Deadly football riot sparks clashes in Cairo

Clashes have erupted in Cairo amid demands for answers and justice for the dozens killed in Wednesday’s football violence. Security forces fired

Clashes have erupted in Cairo amid demands for answers and justice for the dozens killed in Wednesday’s football violence. Security forces fired

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NATO talks focus on early Afghan handover

NATO has signalled Afghan troops could take over all combat operations by mid 2013 — a year earlier than planned. Talk of drawdown in Afghanistan

NATO has signalled Afghan troops could take over all combat operations by mid 2013 — a year earlier than planned. Talk of drawdown in Afghanistan

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'Police did absolutely nothing': Cairo coach

The Cairo club Al Ahly’s Portuguese coach has returned home to his native country saying the scenes he witnessed in Port Said changed his life. His

The Cairo club Al Ahly’s Portuguese coach has returned home to his native country saying the scenes he witnessed in Port Said changed his life. His

Business

Can you dig it? Xstrata Glencore merger talks

Mining group Xstrata and commodities trader Glencore have confirmed they are in merger talks. The all-share deal between the two Swiss-based

Mining group Xstrata and commodities trader Glencore have confirmed they are in merger talks. The all-share deal between the two Swiss-based

Culture

It's time to meet the Muppets... again

After a spell in the showbiz wilderness, the Muppets are persuaded to join forces again in a bid to save their old theatre from destruction by a

After a spell in the showbiz wilderness, the Muppets are persuaded to join forces again in a bid to save their old theatre from destruction by a

News

Fraud ruling upheld against Church of Scientology

A French court has upheld a ruling against the Church of Scientology for cajoling members into spending large amounts of money for questionable

A French court has upheld a ruling against the Church of Scientology for cajoling members into spending large amounts of money for questionable

News

Big freeze claims more lives in Poland and Ukraine

At least 29 people have died overnight in Ukraine and Poland as a result of extremely low temperatures in Europe. The total number of deaths across

At least 29 people have died overnight in Ukraine and Poland as a result of extremely low temperatures in Europe. The total number of deaths across

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Pakistan PM faces contempt hearing

Pakistan’s Supreme Court is preparing to charge the prime minister with contempt of court for failing to re-open corruption inquiries against the

Pakistan’s Supreme Court is preparing to charge the prime minister with contempt of court for failing to re-open corruption inquiries against the

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UK appoints first Somalia ambassador for 21 years

Britain has appointed its first ambassador to Somalia for 21 years. William Hague announced the move during the first visit to the war-stricken

Britain has appointed its first ambassador to Somalia for 21 years. William Hague announced the move during the first visit to the war-stricken

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Happy 127th birthday for Cuban great-great-grandma

Cuba has been celebrating the birthday of a woman said to be the oldest not just on the island but possibly in the world. Candelaria Rodriguez, or

Cuba has been celebrating the birthday of a woman said to be the oldest not just on the island but possibly in the world. Candelaria Rodriguez, or

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UN chief Ban Ki-moon's convoy attacked in Gaza

Protesters in Gaza have given a hostile welcome to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, battering his convoy as it crossed into the Strip. Some threw

Protesters in Gaza have given a hostile welcome to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, battering his convoy as it crossed into the Strip. Some threw

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China to the rescue for EU? - maybe

With German Chancellor Angela Merkel in China seeking support for the ailing euro, Premier Wen Jiabao has said Beijing is considering upping its

With German Chancellor Angela Merkel in China seeking support for the ailing euro, Premier Wen Jiabao has said Beijing is considering upping its

Europe

Paying the price for Germany's economic miracle

Growth heading up – unemployment and the deficit going down – 2011 was a miracle year for Germany amid the crisis in Europe. But not everybody

Growth heading up – unemployment and the deficit going down – 2011 was a miracle year for Germany amid the crisis in Europe. But not everybody

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Spain wins legal battle in US over treasure

Spain has won a lengthy legal battle with US treasure hunters over ownership of one the largest hauls of gold and silver ever recovered from the sea

Spain has won a lengthy legal battle with US treasure hunters over ownership of one the largest hauls of gold and silver ever recovered from the sea

Business

Jobs pain in Spain worsens

Spain’s jobless rate rose by 4.01 percent in January from December taking the total number of people filing for unemployment benefits to 4.6

Spain’s jobless rate rose by 4.01 percent in January from December taking the total number of people filing for unemployment benefits to 4.6

Business

Facebook to sell shares, but Zuckerberg stays in control

As Facebook’s boss Mark Zuckerberg unveiled plans for the biggest ever initial public offering of shares by an internet company he also made it clear

As Facebook’s boss Mark Zuckerberg unveiled plans for the biggest ever initial public offering of shares by an internet company he also made it clear

Business

Debt crisis slams Deutsche Bank earnings

Not a good day for Deutsche Bank as it posted a big quarterly loss and was the target of anti-capitalism protestors at its headquarters who strung up

Not a good day for Deutsche Bank as it posted a big quarterly loss and was the target of anti-capitalism protestors at its headquarters who strung up

Culture

Roger Vadim's Ferrari for sale at Rétromobile

For lovers of vintage cars and motorbikes the Rétromobile event in Paris is nothing short of paradise.   Now in its 37th year, this year’s event has

For lovers of vintage cars and motorbikes the Rétromobile event in Paris is nothing short of paradise.   Now in its 37th year, this year’s event has

Science_technology

Ultra thin solar film could mean end of phone charger

Researchers in a laboratory in France are working on an ultra thin film which can harness the energy of the sun. It works like a solar panel but

Researchers in a laboratory in France are working on an ultra thin film which can harness the energy of the sun. It works like a solar panel but

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Egypt: Grief and anger after deadly football riot

Horror stories on the front pages reflect the shock that Egypt is feeling. This was a national tragedy as well as a football tragedy and for some

Horror stories on the front pages reflect the shock that Egypt is feeling. This was a national tragedy as well as a football tragedy and for some

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Egyptian parliament discusses football violence

The Egyptian parliament has held an emergency session to discuss the deadly football riot. Following a minute’s silence to mourn those who died

The Egyptian parliament has held an emergency session to discuss the deadly football riot. Following a minute’s silence to mourn those who died

Europe

Europe's silver workforce Tsunami

Europe’s workforce is ageing rapidly. By 2060 around 40 per cent of the EU’s population will be 55 or over. Faced with such a ticking demographic

Europe’s workforce is ageing rapidly. By 2060 around 40 per cent of the EU’s population will be 55 or over. Faced with such a ticking demographic

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Portugal hit by public transport strike

Portuguese public transport workers began a 24 hour strike just before midnight on Wednesday.   They are protesting against government efforts to

Portuguese public transport workers began a 24 hour strike just before midnight on Wednesday.   They are protesting against government efforts to

Sport

Ali's boxing trainer Angelo Dundee dies at 90

Angelo Dundee, the man who trained and motivated Muhammad Ali to boxing greatness, has died aged 90. In a statement his family said: “Angelo died

Angelo Dundee, the man who trained and motivated Muhammad Ali to boxing greatness, has died aged 90. In a statement his family said: “Angelo died

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Ferry sinks near Papua New Guinea

A ferry carrying around 350 people has sunk off the coast of Papua New Guinea. Australia’s Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) says a huge rescue

A ferry carrying around 350 people has sunk off the coast of Papua New Guinea. Australia’s Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) says a huge rescue