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2012-08-15

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Syria government airstrike 'kills many' in Azaz

Many people are reported killed in an airstrike by Syrian government forces in the north of the country on Wednesday. The attack is said to have

Many people are reported killed in an airstrike by Syrian government forces in the north of the country on Wednesday. The attack is said to have

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UN accuses Syrian forces and rebels of war crimes

United Nations human rights investigators say widespread war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed by Syrian government troops. In

United Nations human rights investigators say widespread war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed by Syrian government troops. In

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Wildfires still raging in US West

Wildfires continue to rage across the western United States, destroying dozens of homes and forcing the evacuation of hundreds more. At least

Wildfires continue to rage across the western United States, destroying dozens of homes and forcing the evacuation of hundreds more. At least

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Hollande's first 100 days

It has been 100 days since François Hollande stepped onto the red conveyor belt of history and became President of the Republic of France. He

It has been 100 days since François Hollande stepped onto the red conveyor belt of history and became President of the Republic of France. He

Business

US industrial output rises

US industrial production expanded last month at the fastest pace since April. It increased by 0.6 percent, which was better than June’s 0.1 percent

US industrial production expanded last month at the fastest pace since April. It increased by 0.6 percent, which was better than June’s 0.1 percent

Sport

Nadal pulls out of US Open

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from this year’s US Open due to injury. The Spanish world number three has not played since suffering a shock

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from this year’s US Open due to injury. The Spanish world number three has not played since suffering a shock

Business

Branson's grim train warning

Trains on Britain’s busy and profitable West Coast Mainline between London and Scotland are to be run by FirstGroup after the company outbid the

Trains on Britain’s busy and profitable West Coast Mainline between London and Scotland are to be run by FirstGroup after the company outbid the

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Duke of Edinburgh hospitalised again

Britain’s Prince Philip has been taken to hospital in Scotland as a precautionary measure, according to Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Edinburgh

Britain’s Prince Philip has been taken to hospital in Scotland as a precautionary measure, according to Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Edinburgh

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Large cocaine haul seized off Spain coast

Spanish police say they have seized three tons of cocaine aboard a ship off the southwestern coast. The cargo is believed to have come from South

Spanish police say they have seized three tons of cocaine aboard a ship off the southwestern coast. The cargo is believed to have come from South

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Nazi suspect wins Australia extradition case

A suspected Nazi war criminal living in Australia has won a legal battle against extradition to his native Hungary, where he is accused of murdering

A suspected Nazi war criminal living in Australia has won a legal battle against extradition to his native Hungary, where he is accused of murdering

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'Bicycle bomb' injures several in western Afghanistan

More than a dozen people are reported to have been wounded in a bomb attack in western Afghanistan. It happened in a market in the city of Herat.

More than a dozen people are reported to have been wounded in a bomb attack in western Afghanistan. It happened in a market in the city of Herat.

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Tropical storm hits northern Philippines

Tropical storm Kai-Tak has brought a fresh deluge to the Philippines, which is already reeling after weeks of torrential rain. At least four people

Tropical storm Kai-Tak has brought a fresh deluge to the Philippines, which is already reeling after weeks of torrential rain. At least four people

Business

Mixed business benefits from London Olympics

There was some rare good news from the recession-hit UK economy as the number of Britons out of work fell to the lowest level in nearly a year in the

There was some rare good news from the recession-hit UK economy as the number of Britons out of work fell to the lowest level in nearly a year in the

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Canaries fires still rage

Wildfires are still raging across many parts of Spain, including La Gomera in the Canary Islands, but firefighters say that due to budget cuts of

Wildfires are still raging across many parts of Spain, including La Gomera in the Canary Islands, but firefighters say that due to budget cuts of

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France: Catholic prayer opposes gay marriage

A prayer has been read out in Catholic churches throughout France that includes words opposing same-sex marriages and euthanasia – reforms planned by

A prayer has been read out in Catholic churches throughout France that includes words opposing same-sex marriages and euthanasia – reforms planned by

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Russia: Pussy Riot supporters protest outside cathedral

‘Blessed are the merciful’ the message read. Around 18 demonstrators mounted the steps of Moscow’s main cathedral and held up black cards with

‘Blessed are the merciful’ the message read. Around 18 demonstrators mounted the steps of Moscow’s main cathedral and held up black cards with

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More Congo civilians flee fighting

The increasing vulnerability of civilians to armed violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has brought new calls for urgent regional

The increasing vulnerability of civilians to armed violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has brought new calls for urgent regional

Business

Holcim takes concrete steps

Holcim has said it will cut costs and raise the prices of its cement and other building materials to meet financial targets. The company – which is

Holcim has said it will cut costs and raise the prices of its cement and other building materials to meet financial targets. The company – which is

Business

Branson angry over rail bid loss

British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains has been outbid by rival transport firm FirstGroup for the right to run trains on the UK’s most

British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains has been outbid by rival transport firm FirstGroup for the right to run trains on the UK’s most

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Buenos Aires hosts world's biggest tango festival

It is elegant, it is passionate and it is the pride of Argentina – where the world’s biggest tango festival has just got underway. From beginners

It is elegant, it is passionate and it is the pride of Argentina – where the world’s biggest tango festival has just got underway. From beginners

Business

Standard Chartered deal with US agencies in the works

Shares of Standard Chartered rose sharply in London on Wednesday after it reached a multi-million dollar deal with New York’s financial regulator

Shares of Standard Chartered rose sharply in London on Wednesday after it reached a multi-million dollar deal with New York’s financial regulator

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Damascus hotel used by UN rocked by truck bomb

A truck bomb has exploded in the Syrian capital Damascus, near the Dama Rose Hotel used by UN observers, in a heavily fortified part of the city

A truck bomb has exploded in the Syrian capital Damascus, near the Dama Rose Hotel used by UN observers, in a heavily fortified part of the city

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Fighting continues in Aleppo

The violence continues in Aleppo as pro-government forces try to dislodge the rebel Free Syrian Army using heavy artillery and air strikes. Accurate

The violence continues in Aleppo as pro-government forces try to dislodge the rebel Free Syrian Army using heavy artillery and air strikes. Accurate

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Megaupload founder hints at return of the site

An internet entrepreneur accused of costing media companies 400 million euros through piracy has revived plans for a new music venture online. Kim

An internet entrepreneur accused of costing media companies 400 million euros through piracy has revived plans for a new music venture online. Kim

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Branding banned - Australia gets tough on tobacco

The High Court in Australia has handed down a landmark ruling that forces tobacco companies to ditch branding on cigarette packets. From December

The High Court in Australia has handed down a landmark ruling that forces tobacco companies to ditch branding on cigarette packets. From December

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Bomb blast near UN observers in Damascus

A bomb has exploded in the Syrian capital Damascus, near the Dama Rose hotel used by UN observers in a heavily fortified zone of the city. The

A bomb has exploded in the Syrian capital Damascus, near the Dama Rose hotel used by UN observers in a heavily fortified zone of the city. The

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Anniversary tensions mount between Japan and South Korea

Historic tensions between South Korea and Japan have flared on the 67th anniversary of Tokyo’s defeat in World War Two. A member of the Japanese

Historic tensions between South Korea and Japan have flared on the 67th anniversary of Tokyo’s defeat in World War Two. A member of the Japanese

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Easyjet plays down pilot strike disruption

Budget airline EasyJet claims a strike by its France based pilots is unlikely to cause much disruption. Despite planning a three day walkout today

Budget airline EasyJet claims a strike by its France based pilots is unlikely to cause much disruption. Despite planning a three day walkout today

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Brazilian court stops controversial dam project

Amazon Indians have reason to celebrate after a Brazilian court ordered work on a huge hydro-electric dam to stop. While Greenpeace campaigned

Amazon Indians have reason to celebrate after a Brazilian court ordered work on a huge hydro-electric dam to stop. While Greenpeace campaigned