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2012-02-14

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Greece: more turn to charity as austerity bites

As the economic crisis in Greece leads to more austerity measures, its once proud citizens now find themselves turning to soup kitchens in increasing

As the economic crisis in Greece leads to more austerity measures, its once proud citizens now find themselves turning to soup kitchens in increasing

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Kosovo Serb vote defiant

A referendum being held in northern Kosovo is aimed at finding out whether the territory’s Serbs are willing to accept living under the authority of

A referendum being held in northern Kosovo is aimed at finding out whether the territory’s Serbs are willing to accept living under the authority of

Europe

MEPs debate food aid extension to EU's poorest

Could food aid to Europe’s most needy soon become a thing of the past? Set up in 1987 to help the bloc’s most deprived citizens, MEP’s in Strasbourg

Could food aid to Europe’s most needy soon become a thing of the past? Set up in 1987 to help the bloc’s most deprived citizens, MEP’s in Strasbourg

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A sad homecoming for Whitney

Whitney Houston’s body is back in her hometown of Newark before being finally laid to rest. In a last journey befitting a pop idol, the singer’s

Whitney Houston’s body is back in her hometown of Newark before being finally laid to rest. In a last journey befitting a pop idol, the singer’s

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Unrest on first anniversary of Bahrain protests

Violent skirmishes between young men and the security forces marred an attempt to mark the first anniversary of the failed pro-democracy uprising in

Violent skirmishes between young men and the security forces marred an attempt to mark the first anniversary of the failed pro-democracy uprising in

Business

Spain facing fine over deficit claims

The European Commission could fine Spain’s new government for allegedly exaggerating last year’s deficit figures so that the current year’s data

The European Commission could fine Spain’s new government for allegedly exaggerating last year’s deficit figures so that the current year’s data

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The Artist's Uggie collars top Tinseltown prize

He is top dog, yet again! Hollywood’s favourite hound Uggie has been named best pooch in a motion picture at the inaugural Golden Collar awards in

He is top dog, yet again! Hollywood’s favourite hound Uggie has been named best pooch in a motion picture at the inaugural Golden Collar awards in

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Italy prosecutors appeal against Knox acquittal

Prosecutors in Italy are to appeal against the acquittals of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend for the 2007 murder of UK student Meredith Kercher

Prosecutors in Italy are to appeal against the acquittals of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend for the 2007 murder of UK student Meredith Kercher

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Bulgaria suspends online anti-piracy law

Bulgaria has joined several other EU countries in suspending its ratification of an international anti-piracy agreement after protests by Internet

Bulgaria has joined several other EU countries in suspending its ratification of an international anti-piracy agreement after protests by Internet

Sport

Turkey match-fixing trial begins

The trial for a match-fixing scandal that has plunged Turkey’s multi-billion-euro league into chaos began on Tuesday in Silivri near

The trial for a match-fixing scandal that has plunged Turkey’s multi-billion-euro league into chaos began on Tuesday in Silivri near

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Health check fuels Tymoshenko controversy

A panel of international doctors has examined Yulia Tymoshenko amid concerns about the jailed Ukrainian oppostion leader’s failing health. She had

A panel of international doctors has examined Yulia Tymoshenko amid concerns about the jailed Ukrainian oppostion leader’s failing health. She had

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Back in the Day: USS Maine sinks

February 15, 1898 The battleship USS Maine and its 345 crew had been sent to Cuba’s Havana harbour to defend US interests.   The people of the

February 15, 1898 The battleship USS Maine and its 345 crew had been sent to Cuba’s Havana harbour to defend US interests.   The people of the

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Back in the Day: Castro comes to power in Cuba

February 16, 1959. Fidel Castro is sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba, beginning a near-50 year rule as the country’s leader. A leftist revolutionary

February 16, 1959. Fidel Castro is sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba, beginning a near-50 year rule as the country’s leader. A leftist revolutionary

Science_technology

Picture my body

Four people recall their personal dramas dealing with serious diseases. “The tumour on my liver was in a place which was difficult to access,”

Four people recall their personal dramas dealing with serious diseases. “The tumour on my liver was in a place which was difficult to access,”

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Syria refugees in Lebanon's Wadi Khaled Valley

In the past two weeks, the number of Syrian refugees arriving in the Wadi Khaled Valley in Lebanon is estimated to be around 4,000. This brings

In the past two weeks, the number of Syrian refugees arriving in the Wadi Khaled Valley in Lebanon is estimated to be around 4,000. This brings

Business

Naughty or nice: toymakers gear up

For toy makers it is never too early to think about Christmas and that is what they have been doing at New York’s International Toy Fair, which is

For toy makers it is never too early to think about Christmas and that is what they have been doing at New York’s International Toy Fair, which is

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Iran internet access blocked amid calls for rallies

Millions of Iranians have had their Internet access blocked amid opposition calls for major street protests on Tuesday. Critics said the crackdown

Millions of Iranians have had their Internet access blocked amid opposition calls for major street protests on Tuesday. Critics said the crackdown

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Ousted Russian radio chiefs claim political interference

A row has engulfed a Russian radio station amid accusations of political interference ahead of next month’s presidential election. Two senior

A row has engulfed a Russian radio station amid accusations of political interference ahead of next month’s presidential election. Two senior

Culture

Babelsberg Film Studio marks a century

The Babelsberg Film Studio – the oldest and largest film studio in the world – celebrates its 100 years.

The Babelsberg Film Studio – the oldest and largest film studio in the world – celebrates its 100 years.

Science_technology

Imagina 2012 focuses on dentistry technology

The annual Imagina event descends on Monaco. This year, the event focuses on technological developments in dentistry, 3D visualisation and

The annual Imagina event descends on Monaco. This year, the event focuses on technological developments in dentistry, 3D visualisation and

Business

InterContinental sees plenty of room for growth

InterContinental Hotels has said it is looking to emerging markets, and especially China, to drive future growth. The world largest hotelier has

InterContinental Hotels has said it is looking to emerging markets, and especially China, to drive future growth. The world largest hotelier has

Business

Bank of Japan takes on deflation

Japan central bank has launched a more aggressive monetary policy to pull the county’s shrinking economy out of the deflation it has struggled with

Japan central bank has launched a more aggressive monetary policy to pull the county’s shrinking economy out of the deflation it has struggled with

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UN plans joint Arab League envoy for Syria

The Syrian city of Homs has been bombarded for the 11th day running. Though it remains hard to verify the videos purporting to show the violence

The Syrian city of Homs has been bombarded for the 11th day running. Though it remains hard to verify the videos purporting to show the violence

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'Iranian' maimed by own bomb in Bangkok

A man thought to be Iranian has had his legs blown off in Bangkok after a bomb he was carrying exploded. Israel says it was an attempted terrorist

A man thought to be Iranian has had his legs blown off in Bangkok after a bomb he was carrying exploded. Israel says it was an attempted terrorist

Business

China pledges more help to solve Europe debt crisis

China says it is ready to take a more active role in looking for a solution to the European debt crisis. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao made the

China says it is ready to take a more active role in looking for a solution to the European debt crisis. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao made the

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Kosovo Serbs hold referendum on Pristina government

The result of this referendum has all the makings of a foregone conclusion.   Ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo are voting on whether to recognise the

The result of this referendum has all the makings of a foregone conclusion.   Ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo are voting on whether to recognise the

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Adele sweeps Grammys but night belongs to Whitney

There was a clean sweep for British singer Adele at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The 23-year-old fought back tears and said “this is ridiculous”

There was a clean sweep for British singer Adele at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The 23-year-old fought back tears and said “this is ridiculous”

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Rio police suspend strike ahead of carnival

Let the carnival begin!   That seems to be the spirit of Rio de Janeiro’s police and firefighters who have ended their strike, days before

Let the carnival begin!   That seems to be the spirit of Rio de Janeiro’s police and firefighters who have ended their strike, days before

Nocomment

Rio gets Sambadrome ready for Carnival

Sambadrome tests lights and sounds for Carnival bash that starts in less than a week. The stadium just underwent renovations that will increase its

Sambadrome tests lights and sounds for Carnival bash that starts in less than a week. The stadium just underwent renovations that will increase its

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Markets ignore Moody's ratings warning

European shares and the euro fell as trading opened after the warning by ratings agency Moody’s that Britain, France and Austria might lose their

European shares and the euro fell as trading opened after the warning by ratings agency Moody’s that Britain, France and Austria might lose their