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2012-03-21

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Russia and China join UN call for Syria peace

The United Nations Security Council, including Russia and China, has thrown its weight behind Kofi Annan’s efforts to end the conflict in Syria.

The United Nations Security Council, including Russia and China, has thrown its weight behind Kofi Annan’s efforts to end the conflict in Syria.

Science_technology

The mysteries of Mercury

Mercury has always been something of a puzzle for planetary scientists. Its close position to the Sun means it is very difficult to observe, but now

Mercury has always been something of a puzzle for planetary scientists. Its close position to the Sun means it is very difficult to observe, but now

Business

Italian labour reforms spark strike call

Italy’s largest trade union has called for a general strike in protest at Prime Minister Mario Monti’s attempts to reform the jobs market. Monti

Italy’s largest trade union has called for a general strike in protest at Prime Minister Mario Monti’s attempts to reform the jobs market. Monti

Europe

Brussels seeks tougher rules to ban non-EU firms

Brussels has unveiled plans to potentially ban non-EU firms from government contracts. The proposed powers aim to strengthen the bloc’s arsenal

Brussels has unveiled plans to potentially ban non-EU firms from government contracts. The proposed powers aim to strengthen the bloc’s arsenal

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Toulouse murder suspect known to French intelligence for years

The low-rise apartment block where the main suspect in France’s drive-by school murders and paratrooper shootings was surrounded by security forces

The low-rise apartment block where the main suspect in France’s drive-by school murders and paratrooper shootings was surrounded by security forces

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Political aspect of Toulouse killings

The proximity of France’s presidential ballot has added a political aspect to the killings and candidates have been keen to react to events – but

The proximity of France’s presidential ballot has added a political aspect to the killings and candidates have been keen to react to events – but

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Sarkozy: Killer wanted to "bring France to knees"

A solemn tribute has been paid to the three soldiers gunned down in the series of shootings in southern France. Their killer had wanted to “bring

A solemn tribute has been paid to the three soldiers gunned down in the series of shootings in southern France. Their killer had wanted to “bring

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Syria's refugee crisis

Syria’s refugee crisis appears increasingly critical. Despite tens of thousands already fleeing violence inside their country, aid agencies are

Syria’s refugee crisis appears increasingly critical. Despite tens of thousands already fleeing violence inside their country, aid agencies are

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French Muslims fear post-Toulouse repercussions

France’s five-million strong Islamic community fears it may be subject to repercussions after it emerged the main suspect in the killing of seven

France’s five-million strong Islamic community fears it may be subject to repercussions after it emerged the main suspect in the killing of seven

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Britain cuts income tax, continues austerity drive

British finance minister George Osborne delivered an annual budget on Wednesday which he said would help the poor, stimulate growth and erase the

British finance minister George Osborne delivered an annual budget on Wednesday which he said would help the poor, stimulate growth and erase the

Business

Japan government more certain on recovery

Tokyo is upbeat in its latest assessment of the Japanese economy In their monthly report, government economists said the recovery looks more

Tokyo is upbeat in its latest assessment of the Japanese economy In their monthly report, government economists said the recovery looks more

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Eulogies for Belgian coach victims

A ceremony has been held for victims of the Belgian coach crash in the Alps last week – 15 children and two staff from the Stekske primary school in

A ceremony has been held for victims of the Belgian coach crash in the Alps last week – 15 children and two staff from the Stekske primary school in

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Celebrated Italian writer Guerra dies

One of Italy’s best-loved writers of recent decades has died at the age of 92. Tonino Guerra wrote more than 100 screenplays. He worked with

One of Italy’s best-loved writers of recent decades has died at the age of 92. Tonino Guerra wrote more than 100 screenplays. He worked with

News

Mexico takes stock after major quake

Mexico is counting the cost of a major earthquake that damaged buildings and infrastructure but did not cause any fatalities. Eleven people were

Mexico is counting the cost of a major earthquake that damaged buildings and infrastructure but did not cause any fatalities. Eleven people were

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Illinois edges Romney closer to nomination

Republican Mitt Romney is a step closer to winning his party’s nomination for the presidency after a comfortable win in the Illinois primary. He

Republican Mitt Romney is a step closer to winning his party’s nomination for the presidency after a comfortable win in the Illinois primary. He

Business

German public service strikes escalate

German public-service workers have escalated their so-called warning strikes over pay ahead of fresh talks next week. Short-term walkouts which

German public-service workers have escalated their so-called warning strikes over pay ahead of fresh talks next week. Short-term walkouts which

Business

Turkey hopes for US waiver on Iran sanctions

Turkey may not be punished by the US for buying oil from Iran according to Ankara. Washington has exempted Japan and 10 EU nations from financial

Turkey may not be punished by the US for buying oil from Iran according to Ankara. Washington has exempted Japan and 10 EU nations from financial

Culture

Where they belong: Muppets get Hollywood star

Obviously, their star status was never in any doubt, but just to make it completely official the Muppets have been awarded the 2,466th star on

Obviously, their star status was never in any doubt, but just to make it completely official the Muppets have been awarded the 2,466th star on

Culture

Robert Combas' 'Greatest Hits' plays in Lyon

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon is holding the first ever retrospective of French painter Robert Combas, known for his wild, hectic often

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon is holding the first ever retrospective of French painter Robert Combas, known for his wild, hectic often

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Toulouse: alleged killer identified by his IP address

Mohamed Merah, the main suspect in the recent  Montauban and Toulouse killings, was identified by his internet IP address.   French paper Le Monde

Mohamed Merah, the main suspect in the recent  Montauban and Toulouse killings, was identified by his internet IP address.   French paper Le Monde

Culture

Bonus interview: Yo-Yo Ma

More excerpts from our interviews with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor and the pipa player Wu Man.

More excerpts from our interviews with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor and the pipa player Wu Man.

Culture

The Silk Road Ensemble, where music links east and west

Wu Man plays an ancient instrument. She explained: “This is a historic Pipa. It was introduced from Persia and Central Asia, 2000 years ago through

Wu Man plays an ancient instrument. She explained: “This is a historic Pipa. It was introduced from Persia and Central Asia, 2000 years ago through

Science_technology

New skin cancer drug gives hope to patients

Charlie Jones believes he’s been given a second chance at life, thanks to a new drug specifically designed to target advanced skin cancer. Doctors

Charlie Jones believes he’s been given a second chance at life, thanks to a new drug specifically designed to target advanced skin cancer. Doctors

Europe

Air strikes or talking - how to deal with Iran

‘Hello I am Chris Burns and welcome to the Network where we connect into a matrix of newsmakers to get to the heart of an issue and watch out they

‘Hello I am Chris Burns and welcome to the Network where we connect into a matrix of newsmakers to get to the heart of an issue and watch out they

Culture

Lorca's sustainable reconstruction

Last May in Lorca, in the Spanish region of Murcia, a double earthquake left nine people dead and 300 injured, out of a population of 90,000. It also

Last May in Lorca, in the Spanish region of Murcia, a double earthquake left nine people dead and 300 injured, out of a population of 90,000. It also

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French Presidential candidates react to killings

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has urged restraint in the face of a series of killings in south west France. He is facing re-election next month

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has urged restraint in the face of a series of killings in south west France. He is facing re-election next month

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Toulouse school shooting victims buried

The burials of the four victims of Monday’s school shooting in Toulouse, France, have taken place in Israel. Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, his

The burials of the four victims of Monday’s school shooting in Toulouse, France, have taken place in Israel. Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, his

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Toulouse gunman planned killings for today - prosecutor

A gunman besieged in a flat in Toulouse in southern France has claimed that he was the one who killed three soldiers and carried out a murderous

A gunman besieged in a flat in Toulouse in southern France has claimed that he was the one who killed three soldiers and carried out a murderous

News

Blast damages Indonesian embassy, Paris

A homemade blomb has gone off outside the Indonesian embassy in Paris causing substantial damage. The alert was apparently given by an embassy

A homemade blomb has gone off outside the Indonesian embassy in Paris causing substantial damage. The alert was apparently given by an embassy

Nocomment

Nowruz celebrations in Kabul

Tens of thousands of men, women and children gathered at Kabul’s Kart-e-Sakhi shrine before dawn to celebrate Nowruz, an ancient Persian festival

Tens of thousands of men, women and children gathered at Kabul’s Kart-e-Sakhi shrine before dawn to celebrate Nowruz, an ancient Persian festival