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2012-03-14

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London calling, but can you afford it?

As the clock counts down to the London Olympics, the tourism industry is looking forward to a bumper summer. It is the world’s greatest sporting

As the clock counts down to the London Olympics, the tourism industry is looking forward to a bumper summer. It is the world’s greatest sporting

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Nicolas Dupont-Aignan

Dupont-Aignan was formerly a member of Sarkozy’s UMP but quit in 2007 to enter the race for the presidency. However he failed to obtain the 500

Dupont-Aignan was formerly a member of Sarkozy’s UMP but quit in 2007 to enter the race for the presidency. However he failed to obtain the 500

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Nathalie Arthaud

Although this is her first stand in a presidential election Arthaud is no stranger to middle-level politics, having been on ballot papaers in local

Although this is her first stand in a presidential election Arthaud is no stranger to middle-level politics, having been on ballot papaers in local

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Swiss coach crash investigators explore causes

Coach crash investigators have revealed the latest findings from their inquiries. In a joint news conference headed by the Belgium Prime Minister

Coach crash investigators have revealed the latest findings from their inquiries. In a joint news conference headed by the Belgium Prime Minister

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Heverlee parents' agonising wait for information

Staff broke the terrible news to pupils at St Lambertus school in Heverlee at morning assembly. A short time later, parents who would have been

Staff broke the terrible news to pupils at St Lambertus school in Heverlee at morning assembly. A short time later, parents who would have been

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Belgium mourns 28 killed in coach crash, 22 of them children

It is one of the deadliest road accidents Europe has ever seen – and most of the victims are children. A coach crash in a Swiss motorway tunnel has

It is one of the deadliest road accidents Europe has ever seen – and most of the victims are children. A coach crash in a Swiss motorway tunnel has

Business

Goldman Sachs comes under fire from former VP

“As toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it”. That is the situation at Goldman Sachs bank, according to a London-based equity derivatives

“As toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it”. That is the situation at Goldman Sachs bank, according to a London-based equity derivatives

Business

Petrol prices pile pain on European consumers

The centre of Paris is not the best place to buy petrol, as hypermarkets are far away in the suburbs and a lack of competition means some filling

The centre of Paris is not the best place to buy petrol, as hypermarkets are far away in the suburbs and a lack of competition means some filling

Science_technology

Smart irrigation bears fruit

A new irrigation system – Waterbee – is set to reduce costs and save water. John O’Flaherty, the project coordinator for Waterbee, explained

A new irrigation system – Waterbee – is set to reduce costs and save water. John O’Flaherty, the project coordinator for Waterbee, explained

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China to answer rare metals complaint at WTO

A dispute over rare metals which has been building for years has come to a head: China has been challenged for restricting its exports. It provides

A dispute over rare metals which has been building for years has come to a head: China has been challenged for restricting its exports. It provides

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Warmth and wisecracks on Cameron's White House visit

David and Samantha Cameron have been given a warm welcome at the White House as the UK and the US celebrate their ‘special relationship.’ Barack

David and Samantha Cameron have been given a warm welcome at the White House as the UK and the US celebrate their ‘special relationship.’ Barack

Culture

The Hunger Games buzz

The Hunger Games is the latest book adaption to be filmed for the lucrative young teens market and seems all set to break records at the box office

The Hunger Games is the latest book adaption to be filmed for the lucrative young teens market and seems all set to break records at the box office

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A town in mourning for its children

The Stekske primary school in Lommel, close to the Dutch border, lies further north than St. Lambertus in Heverlee. Now they share the bitter grief

The Stekske primary school in Lommel, close to the Dutch border, lies further north than St. Lambertus in Heverlee. Now they share the bitter grief

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Syria troops take northwestern city of Idlib

After forcing a rebel retreat from the city of Homs, Syrian government troops appear to have intensified their assault in other parts of the

After forcing a rebel retreat from the city of Homs, Syrian government troops appear to have intensified their assault in other parts of the

Business

Qatar buys into Total

Cash-rich Qatar has become the third investor in French oil company Total after a Belgian investment group and Total’s employees. Groupe Bruxelles

Cash-rich Qatar has become the third investor in French oil company Total after a Belgian investment group and Total’s employees. Groupe Bruxelles

Business

UK youth unemployment hits record high

Britain’s official unemployment rate remains at a 13-year high, at 8.4% for the three months to January, but the worse news is that youth

Britain’s official unemployment rate remains at a 13-year high, at 8.4% for the three months to January, but the worse news is that youth

Business

Citigroup fails US bank stress tests

The latest annual round of bank stress tests in America has thrown up a surprise casualty, with Citigroup, the country’s third largest, failing along

The latest annual round of bank stress tests in America has thrown up a surprise casualty, with Citigroup, the country’s third largest, failing along

Science_technology

Spotlight on MIDO

MIDO, the International Optics, Optometry and Ophthalmology Exhibition, is the leading global eyewear trade show held in Milan. This year it

MIDO, the International Optics, Optometry and Ophthalmology Exhibition, is the leading global eyewear trade show held in Milan. This year it

Special_reports

Unschooling: the new class of learning

Many parents are taking their children out of the formal school system in favour of a freer way of learning. It is not home schooling, where the

Many parents are taking their children out of the formal school system in favour of a freer way of learning. It is not home schooling, where the

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Parliamentarians stand silent

Members of the European Parliament were united in grief when they stood silent in tribute to those killed in the Swiss coach crash. In a brief but

Members of the European Parliament were united in grief when they stood silent in tribute to those killed in the Swiss coach crash. In a brief but

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Swiss investigators look into causes of deadly coach crash

A hospital in the Swiss town of Sierre is one of six that treated victims of Tuesday’s coach crash. Twenty-eight people, including 22 children from

A hospital in the Swiss town of Sierre is one of six that treated victims of Tuesday’s coach crash. Twenty-eight people, including 22 children from

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Congolese warlord found guilty in ICC's first ruling

Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo has been found guilty of war crimes at the International Criminal Court. It is the Hague tribunal’s first

Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo has been found guilty of war crimes at the International Criminal Court. It is the Hague tribunal’s first

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Swiss bus crash reports in the Belgian press

Belgium was in shock this morning after the crash that caused the death of 28 people, including 22 children.   State French-speaking TV dedicates a

Belgium was in shock this morning after the crash that caused the death of 28 people, including 22 children.   State French-speaking TV dedicates a

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China's new Communist Party leaders

China is in a leadership transition. The recent gatherings of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

China is in a leadership transition. The recent gatherings of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

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Le Pen aims high with her "new look" FN

The upcoming French presidential election, at the end of April and the start of May, is no different to past votes. It is keenly followed by the

The upcoming French presidential election, at the end of April and the start of May, is no different to past votes. It is keenly followed by the

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Suicide bomber kills 4 at Somali presidential residence

At least four people have been killed in a bomb attack on the presidential residence in the Somali capital Mogadhishu. Al Shabaab, a group linked

At least four people have been killed in a bomb attack on the presidential residence in the Somali capital Mogadhishu. Al Shabaab, a group linked

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Swiss coach crash rescuers distraught at sight of child victims

Rescue teams deployed to the scene of a deadly coach crash in the Swiss canton of Valais have described how the front third of the vehicle had been

Rescue teams deployed to the scene of a deadly coach crash in the Swiss canton of Valais have described how the front third of the vehicle had been

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China to speed up economic reforms

China’s leadership says it will introduce economic reforms and allow its currency to float to bolster growth. It came at the country’s annual

China’s leadership says it will introduce economic reforms and allow its currency to float to bolster growth. It came at the country’s annual

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Belgians in shock after tragic Swiss coach crash

Residents of the Belgian town of Heverlee say they are stunned at the news that children from one of their local schools were killed or injured in

Residents of the Belgian town of Heverlee say they are stunned at the news that children from one of their local schools were killed or injured in