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2012-05-23

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Hollande to clash with Merkel in maiden EU summit

François Hollande faced a likely showdown with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday at his first EU summit as president of France. The two

François Hollande faced a likely showdown with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday at his first EU summit as president of France. The two

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Bigger beds for fatter patients in Danish hospitals

Hospitals in Denmark say they’re having to invest in bigger and stronger beds because patients are getting larger and fatter. More than one in

Hospitals in Denmark say they’re having to invest in bigger and stronger beds because patients are getting larger and fatter. More than one in

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Prince Charles tries hand at being a DJ in Canada

First he presented the weather forecast on TV: now Britain’s Prince Charles showed that it’s never too late to be a DJ. His mixing skills – or at

First he presented the weather forecast on TV: now Britain’s Prince Charles showed that it’s never too late to be a DJ. His mixing skills – or at

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Toddler dices with death in China rush-hour traffic

At first sight the video appears to show a perfectly normal traffic scene. But the surveillance film in eastern China slowly revealed an

At first sight the video appears to show a perfectly normal traffic scene. But the surveillance film in eastern China slowly revealed an

Business

Burberry defies crisis

Burberry, the British luxury group’s sales enjoyed double-digit growth in all segments and all geographic areas in the financial year that ended in

Burberry, the British luxury group’s sales enjoyed double-digit growth in all segments and all geographic areas in the financial year that ended in

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Falcone loosened Mafia's grip

Ceremonies in Italy have been marking 20 years since the murder of anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone. Prime Minister Mario Monti joined

Ceremonies in Italy have been marking 20 years since the murder of anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone. Prime Minister Mario Monti joined

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Pakistan jails doctor who helped find Bin Laden

The Pakistani doctor accused of helping the CIA locate Osama Bin Laden, Shakil Afridi, has been sentenced to 33 years in prison. The doctor was

The Pakistani doctor accused of helping the CIA locate Osama Bin Laden, Shakil Afridi, has been sentenced to 33 years in prison. The doctor was

Business

Sharing turns to suing over Facebook IPO

Facebook and a number of banks are being sued by some of the social networking site’s new shareholders. They are angry and have claimed that its

Facebook and a number of banks are being sued by some of the social networking site’s new shareholders. They are angry and have claimed that its

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MEPs back financial transaction tax

MEPs on Wednesday backed taxing financial trades across the EU, but a group of the 27 member states remain opposed. The European Parliament’s lead

MEPs on Wednesday backed taxing financial trades across the EU, but a group of the 27 member states remain opposed. The European Parliament’s lead

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Egypt vote puts Arab spring gains at stake

Fifteen months after ousting the dictator Hosni Mubarak, Egypt is voting in a presidential election that could determine just how much of a break

Fifteen months after ousting the dictator Hosni Mubarak, Egypt is voting in a presidential election that could determine just how much of a break

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Poison attack in Afghanistan school

More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been treated for poisoning in northern Afghanistan. Taliban insurgents have been blamed for the

More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been treated for poisoning in northern Afghanistan. Taliban insurgents have been blamed for the

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Farhadi - self-censorship 'real danger' for Iranian filmmakers

At the 65th Cannes Festival, Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi was, once again, the centre of attention, this time for his next film project. The

At the 65th Cannes Festival, Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi was, once again, the centre of attention, this time for his next film project. The

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OECD supports growth urgency

A joint call for a growth strategy combined with austerity came out of the G8 summit on Saturday – even Germany recognised it officially – but

A joint call for a growth strategy combined with austerity came out of the G8 summit on Saturday – even Germany recognised it officially – but

Business

Grexit would be ugly and costly

Europe’s banks are scrambling to make sure they are prepared for a Greek exit from the eurozone. They would take a big direct financial hit from

Europe’s banks are scrambling to make sure they are prepared for a Greek exit from the eurozone. They would take a big direct financial hit from

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Spanish PM in Paris ahead of EU summit

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was in Paris to meet new French President François Hollande. It comes ahead of an informal EU summit in

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was in Paris to meet new French President François Hollande. It comes ahead of an informal EU summit in

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Egyptians vote in 'historic' presidential pole

This is expected to be the most free and fair election in Egypt for decades. A real sign of change for the people who endured life under the rule of

This is expected to be the most free and fair election in Egypt for decades. A real sign of change for the people who endured life under the rule of

Europe

Mali: renowned singers Amadou and Mariam on conflict and aid

It was considered to be one of the most stable countries in Africa, but in recent months, Mali has been rocked by a military coup. Islamist rebels

It was considered to be one of the most stable countries in Africa, but in recent months, Mali has been rocked by a military coup. Islamist rebels

Culture

New Order plays Lyon festival

One of the most influential and critically acclaimed bands of the 1980s, the legendary British group New Order is playing a series of gigs around

One of the most influential and critically acclaimed bands of the 1980s, the legendary British group New Order is playing a series of gigs around

Science_technology

Pushing the limits of the body

Just how far can the human body be pushed in the name of sport? Well, a pretty long way, as was proved in a recent experiment in France. For six days

Just how far can the human body be pushed in the name of sport? Well, a pretty long way, as was proved in a recent experiment in France. For six days

Culture

Cannes: Pete Doherty's Confession

Former Libertines frontman Pete Doherty makes his big screen debut at Cannes, in the 19th century period drama Confession of a Child of the Century

Former Libertines frontman Pete Doherty makes his big screen debut at Cannes, in the 19th century period drama Confession of a Child of the Century

Business

Foreign investors shun Italy and Spain

Foreigners are increasingly not interested in buying Italian and Spanish government bonds according the Fitch credit ratings agency. It said the

Foreigners are increasingly not interested in buying Italian and Spanish government bonds according the Fitch credit ratings agency. It said the

Business

Call it Miat or Fazda, it's definitely sporty

Fiat and Mazda are teaming up to produce a new generation of sports cars. They’ve agreed in principle to develop and build models for their

Fiat and Mazda are teaming up to produce a new generation of sports cars. They’ve agreed in principle to develop and build models for their

Business

Bankia's black hole to be plugged 

Spain’s government is to inject at least nine billion euros into Bankia, the country’s fourth largest lender, in the process taking control of

Spain’s government is to inject at least nine billion euros into Bankia, the country’s fourth largest lender, in the process taking control of

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Saudis pledge aid to tackle chaos in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has pledged the equivalent of around 2.5 billion euros in aid to Yemen. The Gulf kingdom is concerned that instability in its troubled

Saudi Arabia has pledged the equivalent of around 2.5 billion euros in aid to Yemen. The Gulf kingdom is concerned that instability in its troubled

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Shigeru wins Asturias Communication & Humanities prize

The jury deliberating the 2012 Asturias prize for Communication and Humanities has awarded the honour to Japanese computer games creator Shigeru

The jury deliberating the 2012 Asturias prize for Communication and Humanities has awarded the honour to Japanese computer games creator Shigeru

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'Group of six' gather for new Iran nuclear talks

Talks are resuming between Iran and six world powers over its controversial nuclear programme. The EU’s diplomatic chief Catherine Ashton, who is

Talks are resuming between Iran and six world powers over its controversial nuclear programme. The EU’s diplomatic chief Catherine Ashton, who is

Nocomment

Jacob Zuma painting vandalised

Two men vandalised a controversial portrait of Jacob Zuma, the painting featured the South African President with his genitals exposed, intensifying

Two men vandalised a controversial portrait of Jacob Zuma, the painting featured the South African President with his genitals exposed, intensifying

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Syrian rebels deny kidnapping Lebanese pilgrims

There were scenes of relief at Beirut airport as a group of Lebanese women arrived home from Syria – but the Shi’ite men they were with are still

There were scenes of relief at Beirut airport as a group of Lebanese women arrived home from Syria – but the Shi’ite men they were with are still

Sport

Olympic torches for sale

Auction website eBay has been flooded with London 2012 Olympic torches for sale, after one was sold for just over 180 000 Euros by Britain’s Sarah

Auction website eBay has been flooded with London 2012 Olympic torches for sale, after one was sold for just over 180 000 Euros by Britain’s Sarah