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2012-04-25

Europe

Close-up: EU rewards Myanmar's road to reform

The lifting of EU sanctions against Myanmar on Monday marks yet another step towards normalising diplomatic ties between Burmese authorities and the

The lifting of EU sanctions against Myanmar on Monday marks yet another step towards normalising diplomatic ties between Burmese authorities and the

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Controversial Arizona immigration law goes to US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court has begun hearing a case which could bring about a profound change in American immigration policy. Judges will decide whether

The US Supreme Court has begun hearing a case which could bring about a profound change in American immigration policy. Judges will decide whether

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New venture sets sights on asteroid mining

A US-based company is aiming to open up a new mining market, with the extraction of precious metals and rare minerals from asteroids that orbit the

A US-based company is aiming to open up a new mining market, with the extraction of precious metals and rare minerals from asteroids that orbit the

Europe

Pressure mounts on ECHR to reform

The European Court of Human rights is breaking under its heavy workload and needs urgent reform critics say. A recent UK initiative, which was

The European Court of Human rights is breaking under its heavy workload and needs urgent reform critics say. A recent UK initiative, which was

Europe

EU Commission calls for 2013 budget rise

The European Commission has proposed a near seven percent increase in its budget for next year. EU chiefs insisted the rise was needed to help

The European Commission has proposed a near seven percent increase in its budget for next year. EU chiefs insisted the rise was needed to help

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Former Turkish police chief goes to jail

Former Turkish head of police, Mehmet Ağar,has been handed a five year jail sentences, 15 years after a scandal exposed links between the police, the

Former Turkish head of police, Mehmet Ağar,has been handed a five year jail sentences, 15 years after a scandal exposed links between the police, the

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New deal Swiss- German deal to stop tax cheats

The German cabinet has passed a revised deal to aimed at tackling tax cheats who place secret deposits in Swiss bank accounts. The deal – from

The German cabinet has passed a revised deal to aimed at tackling tax cheats who place secret deposits in Swiss bank accounts. The deal – from

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The Queen opens Cutty Sark

Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has officially opened the newly restored Cutty Sark. The world’s last remaining tea clipper, which was badly

Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has officially opened the newly restored Cutty Sark. The world’s last remaining tea clipper, which was badly

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Breivik maintains sanity claim

Norwegian killer Anders Breivik has railed at psychiatrists who diagnosed him as psychotic. Saying their report contained evil, ‘fictional

Norwegian killer Anders Breivik has railed at psychiatrists who diagnosed him as psychotic. Saying their report contained evil, ‘fictional

Business

Wind power blows Siemens off course

Siemens has slashed its full-year earnings target because of headwinds at its wind farm division. The German industrial conglomerate’s quarterly

Siemens has slashed its full-year earnings target because of headwinds at its wind farm division. The German industrial conglomerate’s quarterly

Business

Fed offers no clues on stimulus

The Federal Reserve says the US economy is expanding moderately but after its latest policy meeting gave few clues into whether it might offer more

The Federal Reserve says the US economy is expanding moderately but after its latest policy meeting gave few clues into whether it might offer more

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British minister calls Murdoch claims 'laughable'

A British minister has refused to quit over claims his department was secretly helping Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation take control of the UK’s

A British minister has refused to quit over claims his department was secretly helping Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation take control of the UK’s

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Tymoshenko's rise and misfortune

Yulia Tymoshenko was a key figure of the Orange Revolution, as the massive protests in Ukraine in 2004 were dubbed. The results of the presidential

Yulia Tymoshenko was a key figure of the Orange Revolution, as the massive protests in Ukraine in 2004 were dubbed. The results of the presidential

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Portuguese middle class eroded by austerity

In mid-April, Portugal’s parliament ratified the new European pact on budgetary discipline, the second EU country to do so after Greece. The pact

In mid-April, Portugal’s parliament ratified the new European pact on budgetary discipline, the second EU country to do so after Greece. The pact

Special_reports

Vocational training: learning as you go

Vocational training gives young people across the world the chance to learn skills and get professional qualifications. Kyrgyzstan: the job

Vocational training gives young people across the world the chance to learn skills and get professional qualifications. Kyrgyzstan: the job

Culture

Swayze remembered as Ghost opens on Broadway

Ghost: The Musical – based on the 1990 tearjerker starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore – has opened on Broadway. It was one of Swayze’s best

Ghost: The Musical – based on the 1990 tearjerker starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore – has opened on Broadway. It was one of Swayze’s best

Culture

Zac Efron: from schoolboy to soldier

Hollywood hearthrob Zac Efron of the High School Musical film franchise stars as a US marine in The Lucky One, directed by Scott Hicks. After

Hollywood hearthrob Zac Efron of the High School Musical film franchise stars as a US marine in The Lucky One, directed by Scott Hicks. After

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Former soldiers shun revolution celebrations in Portugal

For the first time ever, former soldiers have chosen not to attend an official ceremony marking the anniversary of Portugal’s 1974

For the first time ever, former soldiers have chosen not to attend an official ceremony marking the anniversary of Portugal’s 1974

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UK police still hope Madeleine is alive

As the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann approaches, British police have issued a computer-generated photo of how she might

As the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann approaches, British police have issued a computer-generated photo of how she might

Europe

Hungary concession paves way for bailout talks

The EU and Hungary appear to have put a five-month dispute to bed after Budapest agreed to change a law criticised for undermining the independence

The EU and Hungary appear to have put a five-month dispute to bed after Budapest agreed to change a law criticised for undermining the independence

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Israeli army chief says Iran will not produce a nuclear bomb

Israel’s military chief says he does not believe Iran will decide to produce a nuclear bomb. Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz comments appear to

Israel’s military chief says he does not believe Iran will decide to produce a nuclear bomb. Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz comments appear to

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Ukraine rights official calls for Tymoshenko assault probe

Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman has demanded an investigation into allegations that former prime minister Yuila Tymoshenko was beaten in jail.

Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman has demanded an investigation into allegations that former prime minister Yuila Tymoshenko was beaten in jail.

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Champions League Chelsea give Barça the blues

It was a night to remember in south west London as Chelsea fans raised the rafters after their team stunned Barcelona with a 3-2 aggregate win in a

It was a night to remember in south west London as Chelsea fans raised the rafters after their team stunned Barcelona with a 3-2 aggregate win in a

Business

ECB wants more effort from banks and governments

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has refused to commit to more support for banks or governments as the eurozone debt crisis enters a new

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has refused to commit to more support for banks or governments as the eurozone debt crisis enters a new

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UK minister refuses to resign over Murdoch claims

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he is standing by his culture minister Jeremy Hunt after claims Hunt secretly backed a plan by Rupert

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he is standing by his culture minister Jeremy Hunt after claims Hunt secretly backed a plan by Rupert

Business

Bumpy road ahead for Peugeot Citroen

Tough times at PSA Peugeot Citroen which saw sales fall seven percent in the early part of the year and says things will be difficult until at least

Tough times at PSA Peugeot Citroen which saw sales fall seven percent in the early part of the year and says things will be difficult until at least

Business

Britain back in recession

Britain’s economy has contracted again taking the UK into its second recession since the financial crisis. Gross domestic product fell 0.2 percent

Britain’s economy has contracted again taking the UK into its second recession since the financial crisis. Gross domestic product fell 0.2 percent

Business

Low returns hamper German bond sale

Germany sold 2.4 billion euros worth of government bonds maturing in 32 years time in an auction on Wednesday. However demand was lacklustre and

Germany sold 2.4 billion euros worth of government bonds maturing in 32 years time in an auction on Wednesday. However demand was lacklustre and

Science_technology

Japanese scientists have baldness in cross-hairs

A research project by Japanese scientists could bring new hope in the battle against baldness. A team at the University of Sciences in Tokyo has

A research project by Japanese scientists could bring new hope in the battle against baldness. A team at the University of Sciences in Tokyo has