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2012-03-02

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Ukrainian guards get makeover for the beautiful game

As the paint dries on Ukraine’s football stadiums ahead of Euro 2012, the finishing touches are also being applied to the country’s border guards

As the paint dries on Ukraine’s football stadiums ahead of Euro 2012, the finishing touches are also being applied to the country’s border guards

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Costa Concordia captain to miss pre-trial hearing

A pre-trial hearing for the captain of the Costa Concordia will begin in Italy on Saturday. Francesco Schettino, who’s under house arrest, is

A pre-trial hearing for the captain of the Costa Concordia will begin in Italy on Saturday. Francesco Schettino, who’s under house arrest, is

Business

ECB pumps massive funds into finance system

This past week was rather like the start of spring for the finance world after a stormy winter with the help of the European Central Bank’s massive

This past week was rather like the start of spring for the finance world after a stormy winter with the help of the European Central Bank’s massive

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Red Cross aid blocked from Baba Amr

The International Red Cross has said one of its convoys in Syria has been blocked from entering the shattered district of Baba Amr in Homs. The

The International Red Cross has said one of its convoys in Syria has been blocked from entering the shattered district of Baba Amr in Homs. The

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Obama 'not bluffing' on Iran

Three days before the Israeli and US leaders meet to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme, both men have set out their countries’ positions. Barack

Three days before the Israeli and US leaders meet to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme, both men have set out their countries’ positions. Barack

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Injured rail protester out of danger

A leader of a campaign against a high spead rail link between France and Italy is recovering after receiving a massive electric shock during a

A leader of a campaign against a high spead rail link between France and Italy is recovering after receiving a massive electric shock during a

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Quake-hit NZ cathedral to be demolished

The Anglican cathedral in Christchurch is to be demolished after experts decided the damage caused to it during last year’s earthquake could not be

The Anglican cathedral in Christchurch is to be demolished after experts decided the damage caused to it during last year’s earthquake could not be

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Poland urges Belarus to release prisoners

The Polish parliament has passed a resolution calling on the Belarus authorities to release all political prisoners. It is the latest diplomatic

The Polish parliament has passed a resolution calling on the Belarus authorities to release all political prisoners. It is the latest diplomatic

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Costa, bad luck cruises

Three days on the top deck of the cruise ship Costa Allegra in the Indian Ocean. Tropical heat, a thousand people, minimal comfort… Swiss television

Three days on the top deck of the cruise ship Costa Allegra in the Indian Ocean. Tropical heat, a thousand people, minimal comfort… Swiss television

Business

'Forget it' says Madrid on deficit cut target

Spain is defying the EU over cutting its deficit this year. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was in Brussels to sign the new fiscal pact, said

Spain is defying the EU over cutting its deficit this year. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was in Brussels to sign the new fiscal pact, said

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French journalists arrive home after Homs ordeal

Injured French journalist Edith Bouvier and photographer William Daniels arrived in back in France on Friday after being trapped in the besieged

Injured French journalist Edith Bouvier and photographer William Daniels arrived in back in France on Friday after being trapped in the besieged

Business

Are EU's new budget rules golden?

The budget discipline compact signed in Brussels on Friday is needed because for years eurozone countries lived beyond their means borrowing money

The budget discipline compact signed in Brussels on Friday is needed because for years eurozone countries lived beyond their means borrowing money

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Mixed memories for returning Costa passengers

Costa Allegra passengers have been arriving home at the end of a holiday that was memorable for all the wrong reasons. More than 600 people endured a

Costa Allegra passengers have been arriving home at the end of a holiday that was memorable for all the wrong reasons. More than 600 people endured a

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Jobless Greek worker shoots former boss

The Greek austerity measures became an ugly reality at a small factory in the north of the country, when a worker who had been made redundant shot

The Greek austerity measures became an ugly reality at a small factory in the north of the country, when a worker who had been made redundant shot

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Serbia gets EU candidate status

Belgrade and Brussels have moved a step closer together. Serbia’s long-sought status as a candidate to join the European Union has been approved. It

Belgrade and Brussels have moved a step closer together. Serbia’s long-sought status as a candidate to join the European Union has been approved. It

Culture

Paris Fashion: Owens, Ricci and Carven

Setting the catwalk alight; avant garde designer Rick Owen combined flames with fashion in Paris with a collection that feaured wools, leathers and

Setting the catwalk alight; avant garde designer Rick Owen combined flames with fashion in Paris with a collection that feaured wools, leathers and

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Greek cinema: 'despair is not an option'

Greece’s legendary monastic complex Meteora – which means ‘suspended rocks’ or ‘in the heavens above’ – is the setting for the new German-Greek

Greece’s legendary monastic complex Meteora – which means ‘suspended rocks’ or ‘in the heavens above’ – is the setting for the new German-Greek

Europe

EU leaders put pen to paper on new fiscal treaty

Signed; yes. Ratified; not yet! Despite that, Europe’s leaders have finally come up with the treaty they say will save the euro. The new so called

Signed; yes. Ratified; not yet! Despite that, Europe’s leaders have finally come up with the treaty they say will save the euro. The new so called

Europe

Is austerity the best policy?

Martin from Brussels put this question to Marc Touati, economist and author of the book, “When the eurozone will explode”: “Are austerity policies a

Martin from Brussels put this question to Marc Touati, economist and author of the book, “When the eurozone will explode”: “Are austerity policies a

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Syria: Red Cross convoy enters Homs

A Red Cross convoy has entered Homs in Syria, bringing life-saving aid for the shattered district of Baba Amro. The green light was given by Syrian

A Red Cross convoy has entered Homs in Syria, bringing life-saving aid for the shattered district of Baba Amro. The green light was given by Syrian

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Polling ends after Iran parliamentary vote

Iranians headed to more than 47,000 polling stations on Friday for the first parliamentary elections since the disputed 2009 Presidential

Iranians headed to more than 47,000 polling stations on Friday for the first parliamentary elections since the disputed 2009 Presidential

Business

Banks not using most ECB cash for loans

Eurozone commercial banks may have borrowed over one trillion euros from the European Central Bank in cheap long-term loans, but they are not lending

Eurozone commercial banks may have borrowed over one trillion euros from the European Central Bank in cheap long-term loans, but they are not lending

Business

Spain's jobless claims hit new high

Spain’s unemployment rate has got even worse reaching 22.9 percent of the workforce.   The number of Spaniards filing for unemployment benefits

Spain’s unemployment rate has got even worse reaching 22.9 percent of the workforce.   The number of Spaniards filing for unemployment benefits

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Ex-Olympic site for sale

Trying to raise cash to pay off its debts, the Greek government pushes ahead with privatisation plans and has invited bids for the future management

Trying to raise cash to pay off its debts, the Greek government pushes ahead with privatisation plans and has invited bids for the future management

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EU leaders sign new fiscal pact

European leaders have put pen to paper on a new treaty they say will bring the bloc’s debts under control. The so-called fiscal compact, driven by

European leaders have put pen to paper on a new treaty they say will bring the bloc’s debts under control. The so-called fiscal compact, driven by

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Iran launches media blitz to boost election turnout

The Iranian regime is banking on a large number of voters turning out in Friday’s parliamentary election and state media is leaving nothing to

The Iranian regime is banking on a large number of voters turning out in Friday’s parliamentary election and state media is leaving nothing to

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Economy, not ideology, is focus for Iranians

Iran’s election is taking place as its people suffer increasing economic hardship from international sanctions. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cut

Iran’s election is taking place as its people suffer increasing economic hardship from international sanctions. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cut

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Russia presidential campaign draws to close

It is the last day of campaigning before Russia’s presidential election. The Communists are competing as is Russia’s third-richest man. But among

It is the last day of campaigning before Russia’s presidential election. The Communists are competing as is Russia’s third-richest man. But among

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Children Muay Thai boxers

A Muai Thai boxing match was held in a club in Pattaya, eastern Thailand, on the evening of Feb. 24. What was special about the match was the

A Muai Thai boxing match was held in a club in Pattaya, eastern Thailand, on the evening of Feb. 24. What was special about the match was the

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Homecoming for Costa Allegra passengers

Passengers from the stricken cruise ship Costa Allegra have been arriving home at European airports. In Rome, 36 holidaymakers touched down telling

Passengers from the stricken cruise ship Costa Allegra have been arriving home at European airports. In Rome, 36 holidaymakers touched down telling