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2012-05-18

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Zuckerberg - code, people and riches

Around half the Internet users on Earth are signed onto Facebook. That meant more than 900 million by the beginning of April this year. Social

Around half the Internet users on Earth are signed onto Facebook. That meant more than 900 million by the beginning of April this year. Social

Business

Facebook fizzle or sizzle?

Stirring up passions in the realms of finance and friends, social network site Facebook’s shares have gone on sale and did not provide the massive

Stirring up passions in the realms of finance and friends, social network site Facebook’s shares have gone on sale and did not provide the massive

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Spain acts to clean-up banks after downgrade

Spain has announced it will launch an audit of its banks in an effort to assess their creditworthiness. The independent auditors will probe bad

Spain has announced it will launch an audit of its banks in an effort to assess their creditworthiness. The independent auditors will probe bad

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French and US presidents united on Europe

The leaders the world’s largest economies, including the new French president, are meeting in the United States this weekend for the G8 conference

The leaders the world’s largest economies, including the new French president, are meeting in the United States this weekend for the G8 conference

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'Reality' debuts minus male lead

The delighted cast of ‘Reality’ assembled in Cannes for the premiere of their in-competition film. But the star was not there. The only Italian

The delighted cast of ‘Reality’ assembled in Cannes for the premiere of their in-competition film. But the star was not there. The only Italian

Business

Hollande-Merkel's first blind date

Just hours after his inauguration, Francois Holland went not to his office, but to Berlin for a much anticipated meeting with Angela Merkel

Just hours after his inauguration, Francois Holland went not to his office, but to Berlin for a much anticipated meeting with Angela Merkel

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Tadic ahead in polls to win Serbian presidential runoff

Latest polls suggest outgoing Serbian President Boris Tadic is poised to win the presidential runoff on Sunday. Thursday marked the last day of

Latest polls suggest outgoing Serbian President Boris Tadic is poised to win the presidential runoff on Sunday. Thursday marked the last day of

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France Socialist-led

France is now under the socialist leadership of President François Hollande. May 15 was a day of rites of passage and symbolism, before getting down

France is now under the socialist leadership of President François Hollande. May 15 was a day of rites of passage and symbolism, before getting down

Culture

Madagascar gang go wild in Cannes

Europe’s Most Wanted, part three of the wildly successful Madagascar trilogy is screening out of competition at Cannes. Hollywood A-lister Ben

Europe’s Most Wanted, part three of the wildly successful Madagascar trilogy is screening out of competition at Cannes. Hollywood A-lister Ben

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Facebook shares lacklustre in early trading

Shares in the social networking website Facebook made their debut on Friday and did not get the expected bounce. They floated after founder and

Shares in the social networking website Facebook made their debut on Friday and did not get the expected bounce. They floated after founder and

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UN: 'observers alone cannot solve Syrian conflict'

The leader of the UN observer team in Syria says the mission will fail without genuine talks between the two sides involved in the conflict

The leader of the UN observer team in Syria says the mission will fail without genuine talks between the two sides involved in the conflict

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'Blockupy' Frankfurt protest: 400 arrested

Police detained at least 400 people on Friday amid anti-capitalist protests in Frankfurt, the city that houses the European Central Bank. Since

Police detained at least 400 people on Friday amid anti-capitalist protests in Frankfurt, the city that houses the European Central Bank. Since

Business

Bad loans behind Spanish bank downgrade

Moody’s said its latest downward assessment of the creditworthiness of Spanish banks is because they face a rising tide of bad loans. With Spain’s

Moody’s said its latest downward assessment of the creditworthiness of Spanish banks is because they face a rising tide of bad loans. With Spain’s

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Spain stumbles in wake of downgrade

It has got harder for Spain to pay its way following Thursday’s double whammy of bad news in the financial sector. Sixteen banks have been

It has got harder for Spain to pay its way following Thursday’s double whammy of bad news in the financial sector. Sixteen banks have been

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Anti-austerity protests aim to 'Blockupy' Frankfurt

Defying a ban, they want to ‘Blockupy’ Frankfurt. That is the name anti-capitalist demonstrators have given to a four-day protest in Germany’s

Defying a ban, they want to ‘Blockupy’ Frankfurt. That is the name anti-capitalist demonstrators have given to a four-day protest in Germany’s

Science_technology

Tracking the health of Europe's railways

Safety on Europe’s railways is under the spotlight. Just over 3,000 accidents were reported in 2009, with 174 of those were caused by rolling stock

Safety on Europe’s railways is under the spotlight. Just over 3,000 accidents were reported in 2009, with 174 of those were caused by rolling stock

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G8 gathers with storm clouds over Europe

As the G8 assembles in the remote Camp David setting in Maryland, far from the eyes of the world’s press, the world’s problems press in. Top of the

As the G8 assembles in the remote Camp David setting in Maryland, far from the eyes of the world’s press, the world’s problems press in. Top of the

Nocomment

Georgia Gay Pride march ends in scuffle

A group of gay Georgian activists organised the first-ever march to mark the International Day Against Homophobia which turned into a fist fight when

A group of gay Georgian activists organised the first-ever march to mark the International Day Against Homophobia which turned into a fist fight when

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Rising stars recognised at Cannes Film Festival

When Sean Penn presents you with a prize at the Cannes Film Festival, it is a good sign for any newcomer to the world of cinema. US actress

When Sean Penn presents you with a prize at the Cannes Film Festival, it is a good sign for any newcomer to the world of cinema. US actress

Nocomment

Speed flying on Mount Etna

Two Italian speed flyers have successfully completed their attempt to descent Europe’s biggest and most active volcano. Speed flying is a combination

Two Italian speed flyers have successfully completed their attempt to descent Europe’s biggest and most active volcano. Speed flying is a combination

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Electronic sound of Nuits Sonores in Lyon

One of Europe’s leading independent electro music festivals has taken place in Lyon, France. The reputation of ‘Nuits Sonores’ — or ‘Nights of Sound’

One of Europe’s leading independent electro music festivals has taken place in Lyon, France. The reputation of ‘Nuits Sonores’ — or ‘Nights of Sound’

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Canada sex exhibition for teens sparks outcry

With a name like ‘Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition’ it is no surprise that the explicit content of a museum display for students in Canada is causing a

With a name like ‘Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition’ it is no surprise that the explicit content of a museum display for students in Canada is causing a

Culture

Lyon lets its hair down for urban festival Nuits Sonores

The French contemporary music festival Nuits Sonores has got people dancing in the streets of Lyon. The 10th edition has just begun, watched over

The French contemporary music festival Nuits Sonores has got people dancing in the streets of Lyon. The 10th edition has just begun, watched over

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Show goes on at Crazy Horse in Paris as strike ends

The show will go on at the famous Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris as dancers called off their strike over pay after management agreed to a 15-percent

The show will go on at the famous Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris as dancers called off their strike over pay after management agreed to a 15-percent

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Czech MP charged with bribery

Czech police have charged a leading opposition politician with corruption. David Rath, a former health minister, is accused of taking a bribe

Czech police have charged a leading opposition politician with corruption. David Rath, a former health minister, is accused of taking a bribe

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Bulgaria extends smoking ban to bars, cafes

Bulgaria will ban smoking in all indoor public spaces from June, the first move in an attempt to persuade one of Europe’s heaviest smoking nations to

Bulgaria will ban smoking in all indoor public spaces from June, the first move in an attempt to persuade one of Europe’s heaviest smoking nations to

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Facebook makes debut on Nasdaq stock exchange

Facebook has become the third-largest initial public offering in US history behind General Motors and Visa, raising at least 16 billion

Facebook has become the third-largest initial public offering in US history behind General Motors and Visa, raising at least 16 billion

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Rust and Bone wins plaudits at Cannes festival

The Cannes film festival enters its third day on Friday but critics are already eyeing one entry as an early favourite for the top prize. French

The Cannes film festival enters its third day on Friday but critics are already eyeing one entry as an early favourite for the top prize. French

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Moody's cuts ratings on 16 Spanish banks

Ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded the credit ratings of 16 Spanish banks amid continued concern over bad debts in the country’s banking

Ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded the credit ratings of 16 Spanish banks amid continued concern over bad debts in the country’s banking

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A silver lining for Greece?

In Greece, the spectre of a return to the drachma remains present. After the last elections which resulted in an inconclusive vote, Greeks have

In Greece, the spectre of a return to the drachma remains present. After the last elections which resulted in an inconclusive vote, Greeks have