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2012-06-15

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Preliminary report into Swiss coach crash

An initial report into one of Switzerland’s worst coach crashes in 30 years is pointing the finger of blame in some way at the driver. The coach

An initial report into one of Switzerland’s worst coach crashes in 30 years is pointing the finger of blame in some way at the driver. The coach

Sport

An animated history

Poland fans have Krakow’s resident football ‘oracle’, Citta the elephant for predictions on how their team will fare at Euro 2012. Ukraine

Poland fans have Krakow’s resident football ‘oracle’, Citta the elephant for predictions on how their team will fare at Euro 2012. Ukraine

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A new perspective on Africa

It is time to look at Africa with fresh eyes. There is a spirit of optimism on this continent of over a billion people. The World Bank says

It is time to look at Africa with fresh eyes. There is a spirit of optimism on this continent of over a billion people. The World Bank says

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Syria: Sixteen months of unrest

It has been 16 months since the violence in Syria began and the time after Friday prayers continues to be an opportunity for dissent to be

It has been 16 months since the violence in Syria began and the time after Friday prayers continues to be an opportunity for dissent to be

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Egypt: Mounting tension ahead of presidential election run-off

Thousands of people have joined a demonstration in Egypt’s second city, Alexandria, to condemn a court ruling which allows Hosni Mubarak’s former

Thousands of people have joined a demonstration in Egypt’s second city, Alexandria, to condemn a court ruling which allows Hosni Mubarak’s former

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Spain: Striking miners scuffle with police

Miners have clashed with police in Spain’s northwestern province of Asturias, as workers continue a strike against austerity measures. Home-made

Miners have clashed with police in Spain’s northwestern province of Asturias, as workers continue a strike against austerity measures. Home-made

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Boycott calls grow in Egypt presidential election

There is a growing group of dissenting voters in Egypt, angry that the country’s two presidential candidates have left them with no real choice in

There is a growing group of dissenting voters in Egypt, angry that the country’s two presidential candidates have left them with no real choice in

Business

Central banks brace for stormy weekend

It is a weekend of danger on the horizon for the international money markets. The reason is Greece, and the election there. It may see a government

It is a weekend of danger on the horizon for the international money markets. The reason is Greece, and the election there. It may see a government

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Spain government issues loans to regions to pay debt

Spain’s total debt has risen nearly five percent over the course of a year, another cause for concern after the country agreed a 100 billion euro

Spain’s total debt has risen nearly five percent over the course of a year, another cause for concern after the country agreed a 100 billion euro

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Obama eases deportation rules

In Washington, the Obama administration has relaxed immigration rules on the deportation of young people taken to the US without legal

In Washington, the Obama administration has relaxed immigration rules on the deportation of young people taken to the US without legal

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Young Dutchman admits Forest Boy fakery

A young man who claimed to have lived in a German forest for five years has admitted to police that he made it all up. The youngster, dubbed

A young man who claimed to have lived in a German forest for five years has admitted to police that he made it all up. The youngster, dubbed

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Last Aum fugitive held in Tokyo after 17 years

Japanese police have arrested the last fugitive from the doomsday Aum cult, who was still on the run after 17 years. Fifty-four year old Katsuya

Japanese police have arrested the last fugitive from the doomsday Aum cult, who was still on the run after 17 years. Fifty-four year old Katsuya

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HRW: World Cup workers face abuse in Qatar

Human Rights Watch, a leading international humanitarian watchdog is warning that migrant workers in Qatar face abuse sometimes amounting to forced

Human Rights Watch, a leading international humanitarian watchdog is warning that migrant workers in Qatar face abuse sometimes amounting to forced

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France: dangerous liaisons?

France’s second round of voting for who enters parliament promises to be a tighter race than perhaps ever before, between the socialists (PS)

France’s second round of voting for who enters parliament promises to be a tighter race than perhaps ever before, between the socialists (PS)

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France v Ukraine: Fan predictions

French and Ukrainian supporters were both feeling confident, as they travelled to see their sides go head-to-head Donetsk. At Kiev train station

French and Ukrainian supporters were both feeling confident, as they travelled to see their sides go head-to-head Donetsk. At Kiev train station

Business

Carrefour calls it a day in Greece

Europe’s number one retailer Carrefour is selling out of Greece. The company says it is selling to its joint-venture partner Marinopoulos, which will

Europe’s number one retailer Carrefour is selling out of Greece. The company says it is selling to its joint-venture partner Marinopoulos, which will

Business

Hong Kong Exchanges buys LME

Hong Kong Exchanges has made its first overseas takeover, buying the London Metal Exchange, the world’s largest metals marketplace, for 1.7 billion

Hong Kong Exchanges has made its first overseas takeover, buying the London Metal Exchange, the world’s largest metals marketplace, for 1.7 billion

Business

Moody's downgrades Dutch and Belgian banks

Ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded five Dutch banking groups including ING, Rabobank, and ABN AMRO, and Belgium’s biggest bank and insurer

Ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded five Dutch banking groups including ING, Rabobank, and ABN AMRO, and Belgium’s biggest bank and insurer

Business

Arms firms face declining Western sales

The big financial squeeze is hurting businesses everywhere, and the arms trade has not escaped the deep cuts in state spending in the western

The big financial squeeze is hurting businesses everywhere, and the arms trade has not escaped the deep cuts in state spending in the western

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Euro 2012 boosts feelings of patriotism in Ukraine

Hosting the Euro 2012 football tournament is being seen by some as a chance to strengthen Ukrainian patriotism. As people adorn themselves and

Hosting the Euro 2012 football tournament is being seen by some as a chance to strengthen Ukrainian patriotism. As people adorn themselves and

Sport

Spain v Ireland: How it happened

So Spain’s 4-0 win ends Ireland’s chances of going through to the next round. The Irish side had gone into the tournament on a 14-match unbeaten run

So Spain’s 4-0 win ends Ireland’s chances of going through to the next round. The Irish side had gone into the tournament on a 14-match unbeaten run

Culture

Bad Day singer hopes Cupid single is good news

A smash hit like Bad Day should have been a good thing for Canadian singer Daniel Powter. It was used as the farewell song on American Idol, sold

A smash hit like Bad Day should have been a good thing for Canadian singer Daniel Powter. It was used as the farewell song on American Idol, sold

Culture

Woody Allen's Roman romantic comedy

Woody Allen and Penelope Cruz added their own brand of glamour to the opening night of the LA Film Festival, with the US premiere of the romantic

Woody Allen and Penelope Cruz added their own brand of glamour to the opening night of the LA Film Festival, with the US premiere of the romantic

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Spain: debt level rises

New figures show an increase in Spain’s total debt which is adding pressure to the troubled economy. Debt was 72.1 percent of GDP for the first

New figures show an increase in Spain’s total debt which is adding pressure to the troubled economy. Debt was 72.1 percent of GDP for the first

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Suu Kyi to receive Nobel prize despite illness

Aung San Suu Kyi has recovered from a bout of minor illness to continue her European tour with a visit to Norway to receive the Nobel peace prize

Aung San Suu Kyi has recovered from a bout of minor illness to continue her European tour with a visit to Norway to receive the Nobel peace prize

Europe

Splitting Europe into a two-speed EU

With ISEG Jean-Phillippe of Lyon asked: “Would it be possible to have a Europe split into two, a two-speed Europe? And what would the uses and

With ISEG Jean-Phillippe of Lyon asked: “Would it be possible to have a Europe split into two, a two-speed Europe? And what would the uses and

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UN Syria monitors find 'strong smell of death' in Haffa

UN observers who were finally able to enter the Syrian town of Haffa, where there have been warnings of another massacre, say they found a ‘strong

UN observers who were finally able to enter the Syrian town of Haffa, where there have been warnings of another massacre, say they found a ‘strong

Europe

Rights for disabled flight passengers

On this edition of U talk Peter from London was wondering about the rights of disabled passengers who are taking flights in Europe, he

On this edition of U talk Peter from London was wondering about the rights of disabled passengers who are taking flights in Europe, he

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Tokyo Toy Show record

Tokyo’s annual Toy Show kicked off with 10,000 wooden ‘Stick bombs’ displaced like dominoes, surpassing the previous world record three times over.

Tokyo’s annual Toy Show kicked off with 10,000 wooden ‘Stick bombs’ displaced like dominoes, surpassing the previous world record three times over.

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Sweet side of Euro 2012

It smells of oranges, raspberries, warm sugar and there is candy everywhere. But not only is this shop in Gdansk, Poland, a heaven for children, it

It smells of oranges, raspberries, warm sugar and there is candy everywhere. But not only is this shop in Gdansk, Poland, a heaven for children, it