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2012-07-04

Sport

Tour de France: Greipel wins fourth stage

Germany’s Andre Greipel held his nerve to claim the fourth stage of the Tour de France in Rouen on Wednesday. After a relatively slow start to the

Germany’s Andre Greipel held his nerve to claim the fourth stage of the Tour de France in Rouen on Wednesday. After a relatively slow start to the

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United front as Merkel meets Monti in Rome

Italy and Germany are ready to face the economic downturn together – that is the message coming from both countries’ leaders as German Chancellor

Italy and Germany are ready to face the economic downturn together – that is the message coming from both countries’ leaders as German Chancellor

Europe

EU parliament rejects ACTA

The EU parliament has overwhelmingly rejected the global anti-piracy agreement, ACTA. MEPs ditched the controversial deal fearing it threatened

The EU parliament has overwhelmingly rejected the global anti-piracy agreement, ACTA. MEPs ditched the controversial deal fearing it threatened

Business

Christian Hansen is tasty investment

Danish biotech group Christian Hansen bucked the downward trend on Wednesday with its shares up 11.65 percent. The company makes natural additives

Danish biotech group Christian Hansen bucked the downward trend on Wednesday with its shares up 11.65 percent. The company makes natural additives

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Cyprus' presidential position

Only days after becoming the fifth eurozone country to seek a bailout, Cyprus is taking charge of the EU’s rotating council presidency. But

Only days after becoming the fifth eurozone country to seek a bailout, Cyprus is taking charge of the EU’s rotating council presidency. But

Business

French budget to hit the rich

The rich and big companies are the targets of France’s new Socialist government as it announced tax rises of 7.2 billion euros. A one-off levy on

The rich and big companies are the targets of France’s new Socialist government as it announced tax rises of 7.2 billion euros. A one-off levy on

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For and against the ACTA anti-piracy deal

Critics say the ACTA agreement is undemocratic. They argue that it was negotiated behind closed doors from 2008 by representatives who were not

Critics say the ACTA agreement is undemocratic. They argue that it was negotiated behind closed doors from 2008 by representatives who were not

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Higgs Boson particle a key drop in the universal bucket

Here is a necessarily oversimplified stab (using material provided by specialist writers) at rendering in layman’s terms the potential impact of a

Here is a necessarily oversimplified stab (using material provided by specialist writers) at rendering in layman’s terms the potential impact of a

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Germany gunman 'executed' siege hostages

German police say a gunman who held several people hostage in a flat in Karlsruhe executed his victims. They believe he planned the killings, which

German police say a gunman who held several people hostage in a flat in Karlsruhe executed his victims. They believe he planned the killings, which

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Spain: Church electrician arrested as stolen medieval book is found

Police have found a priceless medieval religious manuscript stolen from a church in northwest Spain one year ago. The Codex Calixtinus is a 12th

Police have found a priceless medieval religious manuscript stolen from a church in northwest Spain one year ago. The Codex Calixtinus is a 12th

Business

Fraud case opened over Bankia

Responding to a lawsuit brought by one of Spain’s smaller political parties, a Spanish court has opened a fraud case looking at the actions of former

Responding to a lawsuit brought by one of Spain’s smaller political parties, a Spanish court has opened a fraud case looking at the actions of former

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Cuban leader Raul Castro visits China

Cuban President Raul Castro is on his first visit to China since replacing his brother Fidel as leader four years ago. The country is Cuba’s second

Cuban President Raul Castro is on his first visit to China since replacing his brother Fidel as leader four years ago. The country is Cuba’s second

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Pilots' bodies found from Turkish jet downed by Syria

Turkey’s armed forces say they have found the bodies of both pilots from a fighter jet shot down by Syria last month. They did not say where they

Turkey’s armed forces say they have found the bodies of both pilots from a fighter jet shot down by Syria last month. They did not say where they

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Hundreds of internet paedophile suspects identified

Austrian police say hundreds of suspected paedophiles on the internet have been identified in a huge worldwide operation. The year-long trawl

Austrian police say hundreds of suspected paedophiles on the internet have been identified in a huge worldwide operation. The year-long trawl

Culture

Young screen talents thrive at Karlovy-Vary

The Karlovy Vary film festival attracts thousands of young film enthusiasts, as getting tickets for screenings of its 200-plus films is relatively

The Karlovy Vary film festival attracts thousands of young film enthusiasts, as getting tickets for screenings of its 200-plus films is relatively

Culture

Alexandre Vaultier and Rolland -The musketeers of Paris haute couture

Paris’s Haute Couture shows continue with Alexandre Vauthier choosing the Natural History Museum’s Jardin des Plantes to show his new collection, for

Paris’s Haute Couture shows continue with Alexandre Vauthier choosing the Natural History Museum’s Jardin des Plantes to show his new collection, for

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EU rejects anti-piracy deal amid internet fears

The European Parliament has rejected a global anti-piracy deal aimed at fighting copyright theft amid fears it threatens internet freedom. A total

The European Parliament has rejected a global anti-piracy deal aimed at fighting copyright theft amid fears it threatens internet freedom. A total

Business

Business gone - Barclays to blame?

One person with little reason to trust banks is British businessman Mike Lloyd, part owner of a group running 12 pubs in southern England. He says

One person with little reason to trust banks is British businessman Mike Lloyd, part owner of a group running 12 pubs in southern England. He says

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Diamond before UK parliament over Barclays Libor scandal

Ex-chief executive of Barclays Bank Bob Diamond is appearing in front of a UK parliament committee to answer questions about the bank’s role in

Ex-chief executive of Barclays Bank Bob Diamond is appearing in front of a UK parliament committee to answer questions about the bank’s role in

Science_technology

Man's oldest fibre holds bandage breakthrough

Traditional bandages for protecting and healing wounds may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a team of scientists in Wroclaw University, Poland

Traditional bandages for protecting and healing wounds may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a team of scientists in Wroclaw University, Poland

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Teenagers among German climbing victims in Swiss Alps

Police investigating the deaths of five German climbers in the Alps say their initial inquiries suggest the group were not roped together. The leader

Police investigating the deaths of five German climbers in the Alps say their initial inquiries suggest the group were not roped together. The leader

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Ukraine: Police teargas protesters over language law

Police in Ukraine have clashed with protesters in Kiev, demonstrating over the passing of a law to boost the status of the Russian language. Police

Police in Ukraine have clashed with protesters in Kiev, demonstrating over the passing of a law to boost the status of the Russian language. Police

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Cyprus in the EU spotlight

The European Union is currently undergoing one of the most turbulent economic periods in its short history, with political, ideological and financial

The European Union is currently undergoing one of the most turbulent economic periods in its short history, with political, ideological and financial

Business

Sweden holds borrowing rate

Sweden’s central bank has kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.5 percent and plans to keep it there for just over one year. But in a

Sweden’s central bank has kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.5 percent and plans to keep it there for just over one year. But in a

Business

Eurozone still weak

The eurozone economy is still shrinking. The latest surveys of purchasing managers for the manufacturing and services sectors showed a slight

The eurozone economy is still shrinking. The latest surveys of purchasing managers for the manufacturing and services sectors showed a slight

Business

Oil: what goes up must come down

Crude oil prices have fallen as investors focused again on the grim economic situation. Traders also were selling to take profits after the sharp

Crude oil prices have fallen as investors focused again on the grim economic situation. Traders also were selling to take profits after the sharp

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Gunman 'kills hostages' in German eviction drama

Five people are reported killed after a gunman took a number of people hostage in Germany. Police say they believe the hostage-taker is also

Five people are reported killed after a gunman took a number of people hostage in Germany. Police say they believe the hostage-taker is also

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Scientists may have found the 'God Particle'

Scientists at Europe’s CERN laboratory have found a new subatomic particle that could be the Higgs Boson, the basic building block of the

Scientists at Europe’s CERN laboratory have found a new subatomic particle that could be the Higgs Boson, the basic building block of the

News

European Parliament rejects global copyright deal

The European Parliament has said a resounding ‘no’ to the global Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.   Known as ACTA, the deal aims to reduce

The European Parliament has said a resounding ‘no’ to the global Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.   Known as ACTA, the deal aims to reduce

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Ukraine: Parliament speaker to quit over language vote

The speaker of Ukraine’s parliament has offered to resign over a move to boost the status of the Russian language. Violence erupted on Tuesday when

The speaker of Ukraine’s parliament has offered to resign over a move to boost the status of the Russian language. Violence erupted on Tuesday when