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2012-03-30

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EU-Ukraine edge close to free trade deal

European companies could be looking forward to a boost in business with Ukraine after Kiev and Brussels moved a step closer to a free trade

European companies could be looking forward to a boost in business with Ukraine after Kiev and Brussels moved a step closer to a free trade

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'Hellfighters' help tackle Total North Sea gas leak

In an effort to stop the gas leak in the North Sea, Total has engaged the services of the ‘Hellfighters’ who helped deal with the BP oil spill in the

In an effort to stop the gas leak in the North Sea, Total has engaged the services of the ‘Hellfighters’ who helped deal with the BP oil spill in the

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Italy scientist gets Einstein sums wrong and quits

An Italian professor who thought he had disproved Einstein’s Theory of Relativity has resigned after it turned out he had not. Antonio Ereditato

An Italian professor who thought he had disproved Einstein’s Theory of Relativity has resigned after it turned out he had not. Antonio Ereditato

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Dozens held in Italian anti-mafia swoop

Dozens of suspected members of the Calabrian mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta, have been arrested in a wave of morning raids. They took place in Cosenza in

Dozens of suspected members of the Calabrian mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta, have been arrested in a wave of morning raids. They took place in Cosenza in

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Crews battle to contain 300 Portuguese wildfires

Firefighters in Portugal have been battling to contain more than 300 wildfires in the north of the country. They have been complaining of a lack of

Firefighters in Portugal have been battling to contain more than 300 wildfires in the north of the country. They have been complaining of a lack of

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Diamonds not forever for honest Russian

Diamonds could have been forever for a 34-year-old Russian woman – if she’d decided to keep them. She discovered the package in the lift of her

Diamonds could have been forever for a 34-year-old Russian woman – if she’d decided to keep them. She discovered the package in the lift of her

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Suu Kyi cautious over Myanmar election

Ahead of elections in Myanmar this weekend, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is not optimistic about the way it will be conducted. Speaking at

Ahead of elections in Myanmar this weekend, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is not optimistic about the way it will be conducted. Speaking at

Business

Austerity bites deeper in Spain

Spain’s government has announced further deep budget cuts for this year in its increasingly unpopular austerity drive, one day after an

Spain’s government has announced further deep budget cuts for this year in its increasingly unpopular austerity drive, one day after an

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Suspected Islamist radicals held in French raid

A dawn raid by French special forces on suspected Islamist radicals has resulted in the arrest of 19 suspected Islamist radicals.   In a co-ordinated

A dawn raid by French special forces on suspected Islamist radicals has resulted in the arrest of 19 suspected Islamist radicals.   In a co-ordinated

Sport

Anti-Dow campaigners continue Olympic protest

It is considered one of the world’s worst industrial catastrophes of all time.   The 1984 Bhopal disaster killed thousands when chemical gases leaked

It is considered one of the world’s worst industrial catastrophes of all time.   The 1984 Bhopal disaster killed thousands when chemical gases leaked

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Mali coup leader wants foreign help to fight rebels

The leader of Mali’s coup has appealed for foreign help to fight insurgents in the north of the country after the rebels entered a strategic

The leader of Mali’s coup has appealed for foreign help to fight insurgents in the north of the country after the rebels entered a strategic

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Support builds for Kosovo at London 2012

The European Parliament has just voted to ask the International Olympic Committee to allow Kosovan athletes to take part in the London Olympic Games

The European Parliament has just voted to ask the International Olympic Committee to allow Kosovan athletes to take part in the London Olympic Games

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President Emomali Rahmon: There is no short-cut to democracy

Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic, is one of the poorest countries in Central Asia. On Norouz, the first day of the Persian New Year, Emomali

Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic, is one of the poorest countries in Central Asia. On Norouz, the first day of the Persian New Year, Emomali

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Scores of Palestinians injured in Land Day protests

Israeli security forces clashed with a crowd of Palestinians at a West Bank checkpoint on Friday. As many as 40 youths were wounded as the annual

Israeli security forces clashed with a crowd of Palestinians at a West Bank checkpoint on Friday. As many as 40 youths were wounded as the annual

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Spain slashes spending in 2012 budget

The Spanish government has announced a budget of deep cuts for this year. All ministries will have their spending slashed by just under 17 percent

The Spanish government has announced a budget of deep cuts for this year. All ministries will have their spending slashed by just under 17 percent

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Chavez threatens to seize banks and firms that back opposition

The Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has threatened to nationalise banks and companies that back the opposition ahead of elections later this

The Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has threatened to nationalise banks and companies that back the opposition ahead of elections later this

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Greeks who cannot pay for children's vaccinations

Perama, on the fringes of the Athens port of Piraeus, is a community on the rocks, as unemployment here is 60 percent. It feels gutted by austerity

Perama, on the fringes of the Athens port of Piraeus, is a community on the rocks, as unemployment here is 60 percent. It feels gutted by austerity

Culture

The Pirates! 7,000 mouths, 320 people, 18 months

Aardman’s old school stop-motion technique film The Pirates! Band of Misfits took over a year and a half to shoot. The latest effort from the

Aardman’s old school stop-motion technique film The Pirates! Band of Misfits took over a year and a half to shoot. The latest effort from the

Culture

Strunz and Farah: world music pioneers

They came from opposite ends of the earth but 33 years later Costa Rican Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah from Iran are still one of the most durable

They came from opposite ends of the earth but 33 years later Costa Rican Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah from Iran are still one of the most durable

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Ministers increase Eurozone firewall

Eurozone finance ministers have agreed to boost their crisis rescue fund to 800 billion euros to prevent a new flair up of Europe’s sovereign debt

Eurozone finance ministers have agreed to boost their crisis rescue fund to 800 billion euros to prevent a new flair up of Europe’s sovereign debt

Europe

Football diplomacy

With ISEG In this edition of U Talk, Sarah, from Lyon, France, asks: “Why can Israel participate in European League football?” Pascal Boniface

With ISEG In this edition of U Talk, Sarah, from Lyon, France, asks: “Why can Israel participate in European League football?” Pascal Boniface

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Polish pension plans spark protest

The wave of protests over government measures to tackle the financial crisis around Europe has also engulfed Poland. A huge crowd gathered outside

The wave of protests over government measures to tackle the financial crisis around Europe has also engulfed Poland. A huge crowd gathered outside

Business

Euro crisis over - confidence back?

The European economy that has been hibernating for such a long time is finally waking up – or so it seems. EU leaders suggest that the crisis is more

The European economy that has been hibernating for such a long time is finally waking up – or so it seems. EU leaders suggest that the crisis is more

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Israeli forces on alert for Land Day protests

Israel shut crossings into the occupied West Bank on Friday ahead of pro-Palestinian rallies around the country. The annual Land Day march, organised

Israel shut crossings into the occupied West Bank on Friday ahead of pro-Palestinian rallies around the country. The annual Land Day march, organised

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Regional leaders celebrate Nowruz in Tajikistan

Tajik leader Imomali Rakhmon hosts Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Afghan President Hamid Karzai for regional talks and to celebrate the

Tajik leader Imomali Rakhmon hosts Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Afghan President Hamid Karzai for regional talks and to celebrate the

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Japan responds to North Korea missile threat

Japan says it will shoot down a missile North Korea is preparing to launch next month should it pose a direct threat to Japanese

Japan says it will shoot down a missile North Korea is preparing to launch next month should it pose a direct threat to Japanese

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Suspected Islamist radicals arrested in French raid

Police in France arrested around 20 suspected radical Islamists in early morning raids on Friday in several cities, including Toulouse. France’s

Police in France arrested around 20 suspected radical Islamists in early morning raids on Friday in several cities, including Toulouse. France’s

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Polar bear cub 'Anori' charms visitors at German zoo

At less than three months old, Germany’s new star baby animal, Anori the polar bear cub, caused a stir on March 29 at a zoo in the western Germany

At less than three months old, Germany’s new star baby animal, Anori the polar bear cub, caused a stir on March 29 at a zoo in the western Germany

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Escaped elephant in Ireland

Escaped from a circus in Ireland, a 2.5 tonne elephant has been re-captured in Blackpool, County Cork. The Indian elephant, called Baby took a tour

Escaped from a circus in Ireland, a 2.5 tonne elephant has been re-captured in Blackpool, County Cork. The Indian elephant, called Baby took a tour

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Mali's military junta given 72 hours to hand back power

Clashes broke out between rival groups in Mali’s capital Bamako on Thursday as its west African neighbours issued a 72 hour deadline for the leaders

Clashes broke out between rival groups in Mali’s capital Bamako on Thursday as its west African neighbours issued a 72 hour deadline for the leaders