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2012-04-18

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Sniper fire as UN monitors begin Syria tour

Snipers opened fire on Wednesday as hundreds of protesters surrounded two vehicles carrying United Nations monitors, as they drove through the town

Snipers opened fire on Wednesday as hundreds of protesters surrounded two vehicles carrying United Nations monitors, as they drove through the town

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Sentence me to death or acquit me, Breivik says

Anders Behring Breivik on Wednesday told his trial in Oslo that he wants to face the death penalty or be acquitted. The 33-year-old said those

Anders Behring Breivik on Wednesday told his trial in Oslo that he wants to face the death penalty or be acquitted. The 33-year-old said those

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Abu Qatada's deportation on hold after last ditch appeal

The deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada from the UK to Jordan has been thrown into confusion after the European Court of Human Rights said it

The deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada from the UK to Jordan has been thrown into confusion after the European Court of Human Rights said it

Europe

Barroso sees future growth in Greece

The people of Greece can look forward to economic growth. How much weight do those words carry? Recent figures underlined some of the problems the

The people of Greece can look forward to economic growth. How much weight do those words carry? Recent figures underlined some of the problems the

Business

Tesco moves to get its mojo back

One billion pounds is the amount British retailer Tesco wants to invest on winning back its UK customers. It is losing ground to its main

One billion pounds is the amount British retailer Tesco wants to invest on winning back its UK customers. It is losing ground to its main

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Italy in throes of labour reform

Italy is at a potentially groundbreaking stage of reform, as the government of Prime Minister Mario Monti grapples with very controversial changes to

Italy is at a potentially groundbreaking stage of reform, as the government of Prime Minister Mario Monti grapples with very controversial changes to

Business

Italy goes for growth over austerity

Italy is to shift its focus from austerity to growth – so delaying by a year its plan to balance the budget in 2013. Prime Minister Mario Monti has

Italy is to shift its focus from austerity to growth – so delaying by a year its plan to balance the budget in 2013. Prime Minister Mario Monti has

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Strikes put austerity spotlight on Slovenia

About 80,000 public sector workers in Slovenia walked off the job on Wednesday as parliament was due to begin debating plans for deep public sector

About 80,000 public sector workers in Slovenia walked off the job on Wednesday as parliament was due to begin debating plans for deep public sector

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Bans fuel tension ahead of Egyptian election

The decision by Egypt’s Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission to disqualify 10 candidates from standing in May’s historic vote continues to add

The decision by Egypt’s Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission to disqualify 10 candidates from standing in May’s historic vote continues to add

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Spanish King apologises for African hunting trip

Spain’s King Juan Carlos I on Wednesday apologised for going elephant-hunting in Botswana as ordinary Spaniards endure the worst economic crisis for

Spain’s King Juan Carlos I on Wednesday apologised for going elephant-hunting in Botswana as ordinary Spaniards endure the worst economic crisis for

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Aung San Suu Kyi to travel outside Myanmar for first time in decades

Pro democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will visit Britain and Norway in June marking the first time she’s left her native Myanmar in 24 years. The

Pro democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will visit Britain and Norway in June marking the first time she’s left her native Myanmar in 24 years. The

Business

YPF nationalisation scuppers Chinese deal - reports

The nationalisation by Argentina of Spanish controlled oil company YPF has reportedly blocked long time hopes by China’s Sinopec of buying

The nationalisation by Argentina of Spanish controlled oil company YPF has reportedly blocked long time hopes by China’s Sinopec of buying

Europe

NATO prepares for the future

Afghanistan and the timing of a military withdrawal was on the agenda at NATO headquarters. Foreign and defence ministers will be aiming to narrow

Afghanistan and the timing of a military withdrawal was on the agenda at NATO headquarters. Foreign and defence ministers will be aiming to narrow

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Ex-UK Foreign Secretary faces legal action over 'rendition'

Libyan commander Abdel Hakim Belhadj is taking legal action against Jack Straw, the former British Foreign Secretary, over his complicity in a

Libyan commander Abdel Hakim Belhadj is taking legal action against Jack Straw, the former British Foreign Secretary, over his complicity in a

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"Go out in the streets and complain" says www inventor

The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners Lee, has urged people to take to the streets and protest new laws he says are threatening democracy

The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners Lee, has urged people to take to the streets and protest new laws he says are threatening democracy

Culture

Moscow celebrates Prokofiev

In Moscow for one month from late March, the Rostropovich Festival takes place. It was founded in honour of the celebrated Russian cellist who died

In Moscow for one month from late March, the Rostropovich Festival takes place. It was founded in honour of the celebrated Russian cellist who died

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Austrian village Fucking set for name change vote

Residents of the Austrian village Fucking will vote later this week on changing its name. Locals, or Fuckingers as they are known, say they are

Residents of the Austrian village Fucking will vote later this week on changing its name. Locals, or Fuckingers as they are known, say they are

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Floral display marks 100 days to London Olympics

A special clock in London’s Trafalgar Square counts down to the city hosting the Olympic Games 100 days from now. England’s capital is expecting

A special clock in London’s Trafalgar Square counts down to the city hosting the Olympic Games 100 days from now. England’s capital is expecting

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Syria says 250 monitors will be enough

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al Moualem thinks no more than 250 monitors will be needed for the United Nations observer mission, challenging claims

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al Moualem thinks no more than 250 monitors will be needed for the United Nations observer mission, challenging claims

Business

UK jobless rate inches down

Britain’s unemployment rate fell slightly in the three months up to February to 8.3 percent of the workforce, bringing it down below a 16-year high

Britain’s unemployment rate fell slightly in the three months up to February to 8.3 percent of the workforce, bringing it down below a 16-year high

Business

Cambodian bourse trades shares nine months after opening

Trading on Cambodia’s stock exchange has finally started. The bourse – a joint venture with South Korea’s stock market – was officially launched

Trading on Cambodia’s stock exchange has finally started. The bourse – a joint venture with South Korea’s stock market – was officially launched

Science_technology

Encouraging progress in Parkinson's therapy

British scientists claim tests for a new treatment for Parkinson’s disease have proved encouraging. The therapy introduces three genes into the brain

British scientists claim tests for a new treatment for Parkinson’s disease have proved encouraging. The therapy introduces three genes into the brain

Business

Asia and US boost LVMH sales

LVMH has announced its revenue was up by 25 percent in the first three months of the year. The world’s biggest luxury goods group credits

LVMH has announced its revenue was up by 25 percent in the first three months of the year. The world’s biggest luxury goods group credits

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French fret over jobs ahead of presidential vote

Opinion polls say nearly half of French voters rate unemployment as the most important issue for the country’s next leader to tackle. With the

Opinion polls say nearly half of French voters rate unemployment as the most important issue for the country’s next leader to tackle. With the

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Libya military commander sues UK over rendition

Another lawsuit related to illegal rendition has been filed against a British official by the head of the military wing of Libya’s transitional

Another lawsuit related to illegal rendition has been filed against a British official by the head of the military wing of Libya’s transitional

Business

Wired to the world

Tartu in Estonia is the country’s second largest city and is also Europe’s most online and technologically connected city. Here, you can set up a

Tartu in Estonia is the country’s second largest city and is also Europe’s most online and technologically connected city. Here, you can set up a

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Breivik says he was 'a military hero fighting Muslims'

Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik told prosecutors on Wednesday that he was “a military hero fighting Muslims” when he killed 77 people last

Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik told prosecutors on Wednesday that he was “a military hero fighting Muslims” when he killed 77 people last

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New prostate cancer treatment reduces side effects

A new technique for treating prostate cancer called focal therapy causes less side effects in male sufferers. Phase one of a study on patients

A new technique for treating prostate cancer called focal therapy causes less side effects in male sufferers. Phase one of a study on patients

Nocomment

Iran: National Army Day parade

Iran marked National Army Day with a parade of military hardware in the capital Tehran.

Iran marked National Army Day with a parade of military hardware in the capital Tehran.

Nocomment

Shuttle Discovery's last flight

After three decades of space service, NASA’s oldest and most traveled shuttle, Discovery, took off for a final time. The shuttle was heading for the

After three decades of space service, NASA’s oldest and most traveled shuttle, Discovery, took off for a final time. The shuttle was heading for the