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2012-03-08

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Resentment and ridicule as Wulff bows out

There was an emotional farewell for the outgoing, disgraced German president but much of the sentiment was decidedly negative. Christian Wulff

There was an emotional farewell for the outgoing, disgraced German president but much of the sentiment was decidedly negative. Christian Wulff

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Drawing up movie deals in Lyon

It is back to the drawing board for animation filmmakers gathering in Lyon. The French city is hosting the annual Cartoon Movie event, where creators

It is back to the drawing board for animation filmmakers gathering in Lyon. The French city is hosting the annual Cartoon Movie event, where creators

Sport

Brazil under the world cup cosh

FIFA inspectors landed in Brazil this week amid increasing tensions between football’s world governing body and the 2014 world cup hosts. There

FIFA inspectors landed in Brazil this week amid increasing tensions between football’s world governing body and the 2014 world cup hosts. There

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British and Italian hostages killed in failed rescue bid in Nigeria

A British and an Italian hostage kidnapped in Nigeria have been killed by their captors. The construction workers Christopher McManus and Italian

A British and an Italian hostage kidnapped in Nigeria have been killed by their captors. The construction workers Christopher McManus and Italian

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Greece "close" to achieving vital bond swap deal

Officials in Greece said on Thursday they were hopeful of securing agreement from more than 75 per cent of private creditors for a bond exchange that

Officials in Greece said on Thursday they were hopeful of securing agreement from more than 75 per cent of private creditors for a bond exchange that

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Gorbachev reflects on course of modern Russia

You might think 20 years after the demise of the Soviet Union the then-leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, would surely be relegated to the cast of political

You might think 20 years after the demise of the Soviet Union the then-leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, would surely be relegated to the cast of political

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Abkhazia under Russia's wing

When Alexander Ankvab won presidential elections in 2011 after the death of his predecessor, Abkhazia was still recognised by only a few countries –

When Alexander Ankvab won presidential elections in 2011 after the death of his predecessor, Abkhazia was still recognised by only a few countries –

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International Women's Day marked across the globe

A group of Ukrainian activists marked International Women’s Day by staging a topless demonstration in Istanbul against domestic violence. Wearing

A group of Ukrainian activists marked International Women’s Day by staging a topless demonstration in Istanbul against domestic violence. Wearing

Europe

'The Network' goes in search of water

The Nile, one of the world’s longest rivers, irrigates much of Africa, from Uganda to Egypt. It has also been a source of conflict and tension. It

The Nile, one of the world’s longest rivers, irrigates much of Africa, from Uganda to Egypt. It has also been a source of conflict and tension. It

Business

Greek debt deal: what it means

If Greece had not achieved its bond swap deal the eurozone’s financial system could have been destabilised and the euro undermined. So vital was

If Greece had not achieved its bond swap deal the eurozone’s financial system could have been destabilised and the euro undermined. So vital was

Special_reports

Women and War in Nepal

Women and War goes to Nepal this month, to meet Mina, Durga, and Laxmi, three women who are trying to rebuild their lives, shattered by a conflict

Women and War goes to Nepal this month, to meet Mina, Durga, and Laxmi, three women who are trying to rebuild their lives, shattered by a conflict

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Conductor Ozawa lays down baton over ill-health

The world famous Japanese conductor, Seiji Ozawa has cancelled all performances for a year because of illness. The 76-year-old has been in poor

The world famous Japanese conductor, Seiji Ozawa has cancelled all performances for a year because of illness. The 76-year-old has been in poor

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Baltic PMs advance nuclear project

The Estonian and Latvian prime ministers, in talks with their Lithuanian counterpart, have agreed to the construction of a new nuclear power station

The Estonian and Latvian prime ministers, in talks with their Lithuanian counterpart, have agreed to the construction of a new nuclear power station

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Sarkozy to quit politics if not re-elected

Nicholas Sarkozy said he will give up politics if he is not re-elected as he struggles to regain lost ground in France’s Presidential

Nicholas Sarkozy said he will give up politics if he is not re-elected as he struggles to regain lost ground in France’s Presidential

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Cebit not derailed by transport strike

Strikes in Germany have hit the world’s biggest computer fair, which is being held in Hanover. The organisers of Cebit had to lay on special shuttle

Strikes in Germany have hit the world’s biggest computer fair, which is being held in Hanover. The organisers of Cebit had to lay on special shuttle

Science_technology

Fishy find for Peru reef divers

Deep in the Pacific Ocean, on coral reefs off the coast of Peru, scientists have found three rare types of starfish. Researchers, who were diving

Deep in the Pacific Ocean, on coral reefs off the coast of Peru, scientists have found three rare types of starfish. Researchers, who were diving

Culture

Anais Mitchell: 'I like to cry'

Dubbed the queen of modern folk music, US musician Anais Mitchell has released her new album Young Man in America. Although it does not tell a

Dubbed the queen of modern folk music, US musician Anais Mitchell has released her new album Young Man in America. Although it does not tell a

Culture

Nuclear Nation: story of Fukushima refugees

Almost a year after the explosion at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, the 1,000 or so residents of the nearby town of Futaba do not know when or even

Almost a year after the explosion at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, the 1,000 or so residents of the nearby town of Futaba do not know when or even

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Fears of escalation in Syrian conflict

With the UN having seen at first hand the effects of the military crackdown on rebels in Homs, pressure is mounting once again on the Syrian

With the UN having seen at first hand the effects of the military crackdown on rebels in Homs, pressure is mounting once again on the Syrian

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Gorbachev urges Putin to usher in reforms

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin will have to make democratic reforms in the face of opposition

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin will have to make democratic reforms in the face of opposition

Business

BMW good, Audi better - in profit terms

BMW set new records in sales, revenues and profits last year. Net profit was just shy of five billion euros, a more than fifty percent increase

BMW set new records in sales, revenues and profits last year. Net profit was just shy of five billion euros, a more than fifty percent increase

Business

Mixed results in the air industry

Announcing better than expected earnings for last year, aerospace group EADS is predicting a big jump in operating profit this year to 2.5 billion

Announcing better than expected earnings for last year, aerospace group EADS is predicting a big jump in operating profit this year to 2.5 billion

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Greek officials hopeful of bond swap acceptance

In Greece, Thursday was deadline day for a bond swap offer to private creditors. If more than two-thirds accept the plan, it will lead to the release

In Greece, Thursday was deadline day for a bond swap offer to private creditors. If more than two-thirds accept the plan, it will lead to the release

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Solar storm to affect communications networks on earth

Scientists are warning about a temporary disruption to essential power and communications networks from a strong geomagnetic storm that is racing

Scientists are warning about a temporary disruption to essential power and communications networks from a strong geomagnetic storm that is racing

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Syria's deputy oil minister quits to join rebels

The Syrian government has suffered its highest ranking defection since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began a year ago. Deputy Oil

The Syrian government has suffered its highest ranking defection since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began a year ago. Deputy Oil

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Outrage over claims Sweden helped Saudis build weapons factory

Swedish officials are trying to quell a public outcry after reports that state authorities have been secretly helping Saudi Arabia to build an

Swedish officials are trying to quell a public outcry after reports that state authorities have been secretly helping Saudi Arabia to build an

Special_reports

Lighting the way for women

According to the United Nations, 115 million primary school-age children still are not in education. And 54% of those children are girls

According to the United Nations, 115 million primary school-age children still are not in education. And 54% of those children are girls

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More French avalanche pictures

Many skiers were able to film the avalanche that brought down a chair-lift pylon in Saint François Longchamp. Nobody was injured. Below there are

Many skiers were able to film the avalanche that brought down a chair-lift pylon in Saint François Longchamp. Nobody was injured. Below there are

Nocomment

Damage and destruction in Homs

Amateur footage shows damaged buildings in some neighbourhoods in the central Syrian city of Homs, with debris, broken glass and spent cartridge

Amateur footage shows damaged buildings in some neighbourhoods in the central Syrian city of Homs, with debris, broken glass and spent cartridge