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2012-03-01

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Mobile euthanasia sparks debate in Netherlands

A mobile euthanasia service has begun operating in the Netherlands. It is intended for people with incurable illnesses whose own doctors refuse to

A mobile euthanasia service has begun operating in the Netherlands. It is intended for people with incurable illnesses whose own doctors refuse to

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Aid agencies due to move into Baba Amro

Now that a three week assault by Syrian government forces on the Baba Amro district of Homs appears to be over, the Red Cross is due to begin an

Now that a three week assault by Syrian government forces on the Baba Amro district of Homs appears to be over, the Red Cross is due to begin an

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EU leaders seek austerity growth balance

Striking the balance between budget austerity and reviving lost growth was the focus as EU leaders met in Brussels earlier for the start of a two day

Striking the balance between budget austerity and reviving lost growth was the focus as EU leaders met in Brussels earlier for the start of a two day

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Russian election: Putin profile

Russia’s strong man, Vladimir Putin, announced last September he was a candidate for the presidency again – ‘the’ candidate, if his confident stance

Russia’s strong man, Vladimir Putin, announced last September he was a candidate for the presidency again – ‘the’ candidate, if his confident stance

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Observers meet Russia's presidential hopefuls

With just days to go before Russians choose their president on Sunday, international election observers have been meeting the candidates. It comes

With just days to go before Russians choose their president on Sunday, international election observers have been meeting the candidates. It comes

Nocomment

Sarkozy booed in Bayonne

Protesters booed President Nicolas Sarkozy as he campaigned in Bayonne, in the French Basque region.

Protesters booed President Nicolas Sarkozy as he campaigned in Bayonne, in the French Basque region.

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EU leaders' summit focus on economic growth

EU leaders said they planned to focus on economic growth as a key two-day summit in Brussels got underway on Thursday. Analysts said the bloc’s top

EU leaders said they planned to focus on economic growth as a key two-day summit in Brussels got underway on Thursday. Analysts said the bloc’s top

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New look for Turkish lira

The Turkish prime minister has unveiled the new symbol for his country’s currency, the lira. It was chosen from more than 8,000 entries in a

The Turkish prime minister has unveiled the new symbol for his country’s currency, the lira. It was chosen from more than 8,000 entries in a

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Dutch cannabis cafes go members only

Dutch authorities are making the country’s famous cannabis cafe’s a members-only club in a bid to crack down on drugs tourism. Only customers with

Dutch authorities are making the country’s famous cannabis cafe’s a members-only club in a bid to crack down on drugs tourism. Only customers with

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Italian police injured in rail link protest

At least thirteen Italian police officers have been injured in clashes with protesters opposed to a planned high-speed rail link between France and

At least thirteen Italian police officers have been injured in clashes with protesters opposed to a planned high-speed rail link between France and

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Hellish cruise ends in paradise

The nightmare journey of passengers on board the stricken Costa Allegra cruise ship has come to an end. Weary and relieved, they disembarked at the

The nightmare journey of passengers on board the stricken Costa Allegra cruise ship has come to an end. Weary and relieved, they disembarked at the

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Deep concerns over Google's use of user info

The new privacy policy introduced by the internet giant Google has raised ‘deep concerns’ among European data protection agencies about its

The new privacy policy introduced by the internet giant Google has raised ‘deep concerns’ among European data protection agencies about its

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Video shows cramped Costa Allegra cruise

Amateur video has revealed how passengers aboard the stricken Costa Allegra cruise ship had to remain on the top deck as temperatures inside the

Amateur video has revealed how passengers aboard the stricken Costa Allegra cruise ship had to remain on the top deck as temperatures inside the

Business

More gloomy eurozone jobs numbers

With an election looming, there was more bad news for France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy in the latest jobs figures. In January French unemployment

With an election looming, there was more bad news for France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy in the latest jobs figures. In January French unemployment

Culture

Bullhead: A gut-wrenching Belgian thriller

Violent and visceral, Belgian movie Bullhead was one of the Best Foreign Language film nominations at this year’s Oscars. It is about a small town

Violent and visceral, Belgian movie Bullhead was one of the Best Foreign Language film nominations at this year’s Oscars. It is about a small town

Culture

Tributes for Monkees' Davy Jones roll in

Manchester-born Monkee Davy Jones was the crucial British link in the band marketed as America’s answer to The Beatles. The 66-year-old died of a

Manchester-born Monkee Davy Jones was the crucial British link in the band marketed as America’s answer to The Beatles. The 66-year-old died of a

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Bosnia, 20 bitter years

Independent Bosnia Herzegovina marks its 20th anniversary still haunted. You would not know it to look at Sarajevo today that it suffered under

Independent Bosnia Herzegovina marks its 20th anniversary still haunted. You would not know it to look at Sarajevo today that it suffered under

Science_technology

The future is: hands-free driving

Several European engineering firms are collaborating on new technology that would allow cars to drive you, rather than the other way round. The

Several European engineering firms are collaborating on new technology that would allow cars to drive you, rather than the other way round. The

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Russia: back to super power?

Here is a glimpse into Russia’s view of geopolitical influences. At an international defence conference in 2007, its president dumped diplomatic

Here is a glimpse into Russia’s view of geopolitical influences. At an international defence conference in 2007, its president dumped diplomatic

Business

Vivendi warns of tough times ahead

Vivendi has slashed its dividend payments to shareholders in anticipation of what it says will be two difficult years. Europe’s largest

Vivendi has slashed its dividend payments to shareholders in anticipation of what it says will be two difficult years. Europe’s largest

Science_technology

Picasso's Guernica gets robot health check

One of Spain’s most iconic paintings – Pablo Picasso’s Guernica is undergoing a hi-tech health check. Every night a robot – nicknamed Pablito –

One of Spain’s most iconic paintings – Pablo Picasso’s Guernica is undergoing a hi-tech health check. Every night a robot – nicknamed Pablito –

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Syrian rebels withdraw from Homs stronghold

Most Syrian rebels fighting government forces pulled out of the Baba Amro district of Homs on Thursday, said activists, as snow blanketed the

Most Syrian rebels fighting government forces pulled out of the Baba Amro district of Homs on Thursday, said activists, as snow blanketed the

Business

Spain toughens stance on deficit

Spain’s government is digging in its heels over trimming its deficit. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is lobbying Brussels, trying to get more

Spain’s government is digging in its heels over trimming its deficit. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is lobbying Brussels, trying to get more

Business

Eurozone factory activity falls further

The eurozone’s manufacturing sector contracted for the seventh month running in February, with the region’s factories facing some of the toughest

The eurozone’s manufacturing sector contracted for the seventh month running in February, with the region’s factories facing some of the toughest

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Italy pop icon Lucio Dalla dies on tour

Popular Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla has died just three days before his 68th birthday. Dalla was known around the world for his most

Popular Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla has died just three days before his 68th birthday. Dalla was known around the world for his most

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UN repeats demands for Syria violence to end

The main United Nations human rights body denounced Syria on Thursday for what it claimed were crimes against humanity. With a more than

The main United Nations human rights body denounced Syria on Thursday for what it claimed were crimes against humanity. With a more than

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Economic woes put Iran vote in the shade

Iran’s first parliamentary elections since the controversial presidential ballot in 2009 have failed to grab public interest and campaigning has been

Iran’s first parliamentary elections since the controversial presidential ballot in 2009 have failed to grab public interest and campaigning has been

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Britain shuts embassy, withdraws diplomats from Syria

British diplomats stationed in Syria have left the country amid fears for their safety, according to country’s Foreign Secretary. William Hague

British diplomats stationed in Syria have left the country amid fears for their safety, according to country’s Foreign Secretary. William Hague

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Turkey bombers 'will never achieve their goal - PM

The Turkish prime minister has reacted to the bomb attack on police officers in Istanbul. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “I strongly condemn the brutal

The Turkish prime minister has reacted to the bomb attack on police officers in Istanbul. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “I strongly condemn the brutal

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Bomb targets police in Istanbul - 16 wounded

A bomb has been detonated in Istanbul targeting police near the headquarters of Turkey’s ruling AK Party. Authorities say 15 officers and a

A bomb has been detonated in Istanbul targeting police near the headquarters of Turkey’s ruling AK Party. Authorities say 15 officers and a