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2012-08-09

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The scars of the Syrian conflict

Before shifting his focus to Aleppo, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad concentrated on regaining control of rebel strongholds in the capital

Before shifting his focus to Aleppo, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad concentrated on regaining control of rebel strongholds in the capital

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French police launch Roma camp clear out

French police have moved to clear two illegal Roma camps in the northern city of Lille a day after clearing camps in Paris and Lyon. Around 240 Roma

French police have moved to clear two illegal Roma camps in the northern city of Lille a day after clearing camps in Paris and Lyon. Around 240 Roma

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Soldier killed in attack on military bus in Turkey

A Turkish soldier has been killed and at least 11 people injured after a military bus was attacked in the western province of Izmir. It was

A Turkish soldier has been killed and at least 11 people injured after a military bus was attacked in the western province of Izmir. It was

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International drug smuggling ring busted, says Germany

German officials says they have broken up an international group of drug smugglers trading in the synthetic stimulant mephedrone. At a news

German officials says they have broken up an international group of drug smugglers trading in the synthetic stimulant mephedrone. At a news

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Russia: Renowned director Pyotr Fomenko dies at 80

One of Russia’s most celebrated directors, Pyotr Fomenko, has died at the age of 80. Known for his inventive approach, he staged over 60 classic

One of Russia’s most celebrated directors, Pyotr Fomenko, has died at the age of 80. Known for his inventive approach, he staged over 60 classic

Business

Commerzbank admits target is ambitious

Commerzbank’s share fell as it said its profit in the second half of 2012 will be lower than in the first six month. Germany’s second largest bank

Commerzbank’s share fell as it said its profit in the second half of 2012 will be lower than in the first six month. Germany’s second largest bank

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Vietnam: US starts its first Agent Orange clean-up

For the first time, the United States is helping to clean up Agent Orange contamination – a toxic relic of the Vietnam war. The countries have

For the first time, the United States is helping to clean up Agent Orange contamination – a toxic relic of the Vietnam war. The countries have

Culture

The romance of chamber music in the heart of Provence

Perched on a hill overlooking the French Riviera, Saint-Paul-de-Vence has long been a haven for artists, including the painter Chagal  the French

Perched on a hill overlooking the French Riviera, Saint-Paul-de-Vence has long been a haven for artists, including the painter Chagal  the French

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Hope wanes as Greek unemployment hits new record

As the Greek economy spirals down, the number of people out of work there has climbed to a new record. In May – the latest month for which figures

As the Greek economy spirals down, the number of people out of work there has climbed to a new record. In May – the latest month for which figures

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Egypt blocks Gaza tunnels as food prices soar for Palestinians

Egypt has deployed extra troops and armour to the Sinai peninsula to bolster its military presence in the area following last Sunday’s killing of 16

Egypt has deployed extra troops and armour to the Sinai peninsula to bolster its military presence in the area following last Sunday’s killing of 16

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Syria: Assad names new PM as Iran holds talks over crisis

President Bashar al-Assad has named a new prime minister to replace Syria’s most senior government defector. Health Minister Wael al-Halki is being

President Bashar al-Assad has named a new prime minister to replace Syria’s most senior government defector. Health Minister Wael al-Halki is being

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Gu to hear her fate after not contesting murder charge

The woman at the centre of China’s most sensational trial in decades, Gu Kailai, has not contested charges of murder, in a court hearing that lasted

The woman at the centre of China’s most sensational trial in decades, Gu Kailai, has not contested charges of murder, in a court hearing that lasted

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Arrests follow discovery of reclusive Islamic sect in Russia

As many as 27 children are being cared for by Russian social services after spending up to a decade living a forced hermitic existence in an Islamic

As many as 27 children are being cared for by Russian social services after spending up to a decade living a forced hermitic existence in an Islamic

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Food crisis warning as prices surge

The United Nation’s food agency is warning the world could face a drought-fuelled food crisis of the kind seen in 2007/08. Food prices surged in

The United Nation’s food agency is warning the world could face a drought-fuelled food crisis of the kind seen in 2007/08. Food prices surged in

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Spain: healthcare cuts hit immigrants

Health professionals in Spain are registering as conscientious objectors in protest against a new law that requires them to deny treatment to

Health professionals in Spain are registering as conscientious objectors in protest against a new law that requires them to deny treatment to

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Sick American scientist successfully evacuated from Antarctica

A rescue aircraft sent to evacuate an American scientist who had fallen ill at a research outpost in Antarctica successfully arrived back in New

A rescue aircraft sent to evacuate an American scientist who had fallen ill at a research outpost in Antarctica successfully arrived back in New

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Easing raw material prices to help Nestle

Nestle’s reported better-than-expected results for the first six months of the year. The world’s biggest food group also said it expects the price

Nestle’s reported better-than-expected results for the first six months of the year. The world’s biggest food group also said it expects the price

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Oil rises on stimulus hopes and supply problems

Brent crude oil was up for a fifth straight session on Thursday – briefly it went above $113 a barrel. The main reason – investor hopes for more

Brent crude oil was up for a fifth straight session on Thursday – briefly it went above $113 a barrel. The main reason – investor hopes for more

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Lower China factory output prompts stimulus hopes

China’s factory output growth slowed unexpectedly in July. It was the weakest in more than three years hit by the effects of the eurozone debt

China’s factory output growth slowed unexpectedly in July. It was the weakest in more than three years hit by the effects of the eurozone debt

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Cairo police alarm at growing illegal arms trade

Cairo in the daytime is mostly only dangerous for its crazy traffic and choking pollution, even if a lack of law and order since last year’s

Cairo in the daytime is mostly only dangerous for its crazy traffic and choking pollution, even if a lack of law and order since last year’s

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Battle for Aleppo: Rebels claim gains in besieged Syrian city

As the battle for Aleppo continues to rage, there are conflicting reports about who is controlling the strategic district of Salaheddine. Rebels

As the battle for Aleppo continues to rage, there are conflicting reports about who is controlling the strategic district of Salaheddine. Rebels

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Libyans upbeat as elected national assembly takes control

Libyans say they are hopeful that real change can begin now that the National Transitional Council has formally handed power to the country’s newly

Libyans say they are hopeful that real change can begin now that the National Transitional Council has formally handed power to the country’s newly

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Fresh clashes reported in Egypt's Sinai peninsula

Fresh fighting has erupted between gunmen and police in Egypt’s Sinai region, according to state television. The clashes reportedly broke out in

Fresh fighting has erupted between gunmen and police in Egypt’s Sinai region, according to state television. The clashes reportedly broke out in

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Typhoon Haikui kills five in eastern China

Typhoon Haikui has brought torrential rain and gale force winds to Shanghai. Some roads in the city now look more like rivers. Buildings have been

Typhoon Haikui has brought torrential rain and gale force winds to Shanghai. Some roads in the city now look more like rivers. Buildings have been

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Argentina doctors offer Tango to cardiac patients

After sending heart attack patients for football practice, Argentinian doctors are now prescribing another of the country’s favourite pastimes, the

After sending heart attack patients for football practice, Argentinian doctors are now prescribing another of the country’s favourite pastimes, the

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Two million flood victims in Phillipines

Heavy rains pounded the Philippines capital, prompting a new danger alert as emergency workers rushed food, water and clothes to almost two million

Heavy rains pounded the Philippines capital, prompting a new danger alert as emergency workers rushed food, water and clothes to almost two million

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Volcanologists eye NZ's Mount Tongariro

The steam-triggered eruption on Monday of Mount Tongariro on New Zealand’s North Island sent boulders flying, covered surrounding areas in ash, and

The steam-triggered eruption on Monday of Mount Tongariro on New Zealand’s North Island sent boulders flying, covered surrounding areas in ash, and

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Typhoon Haikui strikes east China

Typhoon Haikui has been lashing the northwestern part of Zhejiang Province in east China, bringing heavy rains and causing floods. The typhoon forced

Typhoon Haikui has been lashing the northwestern part of Zhejiang Province in east China, bringing heavy rains and causing floods. The typhoon forced

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London 2012: Clean sweep for China on day twelve

China produced yet another dominant display in London on Wednesday, completing the sweep of all four table tennis titles with an emphatic 3-0 victory

China produced yet another dominant display in London on Wednesday, completing the sweep of all four table tennis titles with an emphatic 3-0 victory