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2012-08-08

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Poland: Tourists hesitate as travel agents go under

Times are tough for travel agents in Poland, with holidaymakers spooked after a spate of firms went bust. Eight Polish travel firms have gone under

Times are tough for travel agents in Poland, with holidaymakers spooked after a spate of firms went bust. Eight Polish travel firms have gone under

Business

Investors dig Rio Tinto despite profit drop

Rio Tinto posted a fall in 2012 first-half profit as prices for its products have been falling, while operating costs remained high. However

Rio Tinto posted a fall in 2012 first-half profit as prices for its products have been falling, while operating costs remained high. However

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The Olympic gold rush

Team GB has so far scooped more than 20 Olympic gold medals in London, leaving British fans with much to celebrate. In the early days of the Games

Team GB has so far scooped more than 20 Olympic gold medals in London, leaving British fans with much to celebrate. In the early days of the Games

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The Olympics is ready for Rio, but is the city?

The world’s eyes may be on London at the moment but in four years time they will turn to Rio de Janeiro; host of the next summer

The world’s eyes may be on London at the moment but in four years time they will turn to Rio de Janeiro; host of the next summer

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Abandoned Libyan weapons fuel insecurity

The list of incidents is lengthening; bombs at government facilities and official buildings, kidnappings, robbery and assassinations of former

The list of incidents is lengthening; bombs at government facilities and official buildings, kidnappings, robbery and assassinations of former

Business

StanChart fights back on Iran allegations

How serious is the trouble facing Standard Chartered – the British bank accused by New York regulators of breaking US sanctions over money transfers

How serious is the trouble facing Standard Chartered – the British bank accused by New York regulators of breaking US sanctions over money transfers

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'Staycation's the word for Europe's leaders

The eurozone crisis may seem endless, but even those trying to plot a course through it need a break. European leaders seeking to get away from the

The eurozone crisis may seem endless, but even those trying to plot a course through it need a break. European leaders seeking to get away from the

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Egypt mounts offensive against Sinai militants

Egypt’s army has hailed its ground and air assault against suspected Islamist militants near the border with Israel as a ‘total success’. It

Egypt’s army has hailed its ground and air assault against suspected Islamist militants near the border with Israel as a ‘total success’. It

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Worldwide hunt for anti-whaling activist

Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson has become a wanted man worldwide. Interpol has issued a red notice for the Canadian founder of the Sea Shepherd

Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson has become a wanted man worldwide. Interpol has issued a red notice for the Canadian founder of the Sea Shepherd

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Russia: Khodorkovsky's ex-business partner has jail term cut

The former business partner of oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has had his prison sentence cut by more than three years. The ruling, made by a

The former business partner of oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has had his prison sentence cut by more than three years. The ruling, made by a

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Belarus pulls embassy staff out of Sweden

Belarus says it is withdrawing all of its remaining embassy staff from Sweden. It comes after hundreds of teddy bears were dropped from a plane

Belarus says it is withdrawing all of its remaining embassy staff from Sweden. It comes after hundreds of teddy bears were dropped from a plane

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Damascus keeps a close eye on Aleppo

Syrian government forces have taken control of the southern Salaheddine district of Aleppo according to state media. It is being reported that most

Syrian government forces have taken control of the southern Salaheddine district of Aleppo according to state media. It is being reported that most

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Spanish supermarket thieves: Robin Hoods or robbing hoods?

Can stealing be justified when unemployment soars? For some jobless Spanish field workers, the answer is ‘yes’. Unemployed activists and union

Can stealing be justified when unemployment soars? For some jobless Spanish field workers, the answer is ‘yes’. Unemployed activists and union

Business

Bleak outlook from Bank of England

Britain’s economy will barely grow this year and may have taken a bigger hit from the eurozone debt crisis than thought. That is the conclusion of

Britain’s economy will barely grow this year and may have taken a bigger hit from the eurozone debt crisis than thought. That is the conclusion of

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London Olympics are 'greenest Games'

As it enters its final few days, officials in London say the 2012 Olympics are on track to be the ‘greenest Games’ in history. The original bid to

As it enters its final few days, officials in London say the 2012 Olympics are on track to be the ‘greenest Games’ in history. The original bid to

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Spain: no work, no money, no scavenging

The Spanish city of Girona has decided to lock supermarket rubbish bins to stop people scavenging for food. Products past their sell by date are

The Spanish city of Girona has decided to lock supermarket rubbish bins to stop people scavenging for food. Products past their sell by date are

Business

German imports and export slide

German imports fell sharply for the second time in three months in June and exports also dropped. It is a further sign the eurozone crisis is

German imports fell sharply for the second time in three months in June and exports also dropped. It is a further sign the eurozone crisis is

Business

ING looks to selling Asian insurance unit

Dutch bank and insurer ING is likely to sell its Asian insurance division in several separate deals to get the best price. Reportedly the offers

Dutch bank and insurer ING is likely to sell its Asian insurance division in several separate deals to get the best price. Reportedly the offers

Business

France 'heading into recession'

The French economy is likely to slip into recession in the third quarter, according to the country’s central bank which is forecasting a contraction

The French economy is likely to slip into recession in the third quarter, according to the country’s central bank which is forecasting a contraction

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Russia: Verdict in Pussy Riot trial expected next week

Three members of Pussy Riot, on trial in Moscow accused of hooliganism, will find out their fate on the 17th of August. They are in court after

Three members of Pussy Riot, on trial in Moscow accused of hooliganism, will find out their fate on the 17th of August. They are in court after

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Syrian rebels retreat from Aleppo stronghold

Syrian rebels are reported to have abandoned their positions in the Salaheddine district of Aleppo, the country’s commercial hub. Journalists from

Syrian rebels are reported to have abandoned their positions in the Salaheddine district of Aleppo, the country’s commercial hub. Journalists from

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Typhoon Haikui hits eastern China

Typhoon Haikui has slammed into eastern China’s Zhejiang province, with winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour. It has triggered flooding and

Typhoon Haikui has slammed into eastern China’s Zhejiang province, with winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour. It has triggered flooding and

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Greece: Police vehicle carrying Pakistani man attacked

In Greece, a police vehicle carrying a Pakistani man accused of attempted murder, has been attacked by supporters of an extreme right-wing

In Greece, a police vehicle carrying a Pakistani man accused of attempted murder, has been attacked by supporters of an extreme right-wing

Nocomment

Surprise snow in Johannesburg

The South African city of Johannesburg was treated to an exceptionally rare weather event on Tuesday: snow. Temperatures dropped to below freezing as

The South African city of Johannesburg was treated to an exceptionally rare weather event on Tuesday: snow. Temperatures dropped to below freezing as

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Egypt airstrikes target militants in Sinai region

Egypt has launched airstrikes near its border with Israel, killing more than 20 suspected Islamic militants. The attack, 10 kilometres from the

Egypt has launched airstrikes near its border with Israel, killing more than 20 suspected Islamic militants. The attack, 10 kilometres from the

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Damascus clings to normal life and hopes of victory in Aleppo

Damascus at noon… while chatting with other journalists outside a Russian-run cafe a soldier bursts forward and shouts: “go in! go in and shut the

Damascus at noon… while chatting with other journalists outside a Russian-run cafe a soldier bursts forward and shouts: “go in! go in and shut the

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Philippines floods: Half of Manila submerged

Torrential downpours continue around the Philippine capital Manila, where at least 50 people have died in severe floods since Typhoon Saola struck a

Torrential downpours continue around the Philippine capital Manila, where at least 50 people have died in severe floods since Typhoon Saola struck a

Sport

London 2012: Britain surpasses Beijing medals haul

Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy became Britain’s most decorated Olympian on Tuesday after retaining his title in the men’s Keirin. It was one of four gold

Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy became Britain’s most decorated Olympian on Tuesday after retaining his title in the men’s Keirin. It was one of four gold

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190m euro prize still up for grabs

As yet no one has won a record 190m euro jackpot in the euromillions lottery draw. If no one claims the prize, which is the maximum allowed under

As yet no one has won a record 190m euro jackpot in the euromillions lottery draw. If no one claims the prize, which is the maximum allowed under

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Huge fine for US security firm

The US security company formerly known as Blackwater is to pay a fine up to 7.5m dollars for attempting to operate in Sudan in violation of trade

The US security company formerly known as Blackwater is to pay a fine up to 7.5m dollars for attempting to operate in Sudan in violation of trade