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2012-08-22

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Zuma finally visits miners at heart of Marikana dispute

Listening to their president, who had finally come to meet them after their mining community erupted in violence, the crowd was silent and

Listening to their president, who had finally come to meet them after their mining community erupted in violence, the crowd was silent and

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Christ fresco ruined by amateur restorer in Spain

A bid to restore a 19th century fresco in a Spanish church has gone horribly wrong, with Jesus transformed into what one commentator has described as

A bid to restore a 19th century fresco in a Spanish church has gone horribly wrong, with Jesus transformed into what one commentator has described as

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Embattled Romney hopes for boost from Tampa

For Mitt Romney, this year’s hot summer continues to be a hard time. Just days before the Republican Convention in Tampa, the presumptive nominee

For Mitt Romney, this year’s hot summer continues to be a hard time. Just days before the Republican Convention in Tampa, the presumptive nominee

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Chinese burn for BHP Billiton

The world’s top miner BHP Billiton is suffering from China’s slowdown as it reported a 34.7 percent fall in full-year net profit. The

The world’s top miner BHP Billiton is suffering from China’s slowdown as it reported a 34.7 percent fall in full-year net profit. The

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China welcomes island 'heroes' home

After two days in a Japanese jail a small group of Chinese activists sailed into Hong Kong as heroes on Wednesday. They had protested against what

After two days in a Japanese jail a small group of Chinese activists sailed into Hong Kong as heroes on Wednesday. They had protested against what

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People flee Ecuador volcano

It has proved deadly in the past so Ecuador is taking no chances. The Tungurahua volcano, 135 kilometres southeast of the capital Quito, is

It has proved deadly in the past so Ecuador is taking no chances. The Tungurahua volcano, 135 kilometres southeast of the capital Quito, is

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More floods hit southern Russia

More flooding has hit the southern Russian province of Krasnodar, just weeks after over 170 people died there in flash floods. This time, four deaths

More flooding has hit the southern Russian province of Krasnodar, just weeks after over 170 people died there in flash floods. This time, four deaths

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Melis happy returns

Happy Birthday to Consolata Melis. At 105, she is the oldest member of the world’s oldest family. Consolata and her eight siblings have a combined

Happy Birthday to Consolata Melis. At 105, she is the oldest member of the world’s oldest family. Consolata and her eight siblings have a combined

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WTO membership: good or bad for Russia?

Russia’s 19-year wait to become a member of the World Trade Organisation is finally over. Some economists and politicians believe the country could

Russia’s 19-year wait to become a member of the World Trade Organisation is finally over. Some economists and politicians believe the country could

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Death toll soars as Syria strife ignites Lebanon tensions

More blood has been spilt in Lebanon amid sectarian tensions over the uprising in Syria. At least eight people have now been killed with the army

More blood has been spilt in Lebanon amid sectarian tensions over the uprising in Syria. At least eight people have now been killed with the army

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French Socialists 'don't want austerity'

French Socialist President François Hollande returned from his summer vacation a few days ago. He has a lot of work to do, into a stiff headwind of

French Socialist President François Hollande returned from his summer vacation a few days ago. He has a lot of work to do, into a stiff headwind of

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Paralysed Briton dies after court defeat on right to end life

A British man paralysed from the neck down who fought a legal battle over the right to end his life has died. 58-year-old Tony Nicklinson lost a

A British man paralysed from the neck down who fought a legal battle over the right to end his life has died. 58-year-old Tony Nicklinson lost a

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Europe slowdown hits Japan exports

Japan’s exports slumped by the most in six months in July as shipments to Europe and China tumbled. Economists had expected a fall of 2.9 percent

Japan’s exports slumped by the most in six months in July as shipments to Europe and China tumbled. Economists had expected a fall of 2.9 percent

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France prepares steps to boost Roma plight

The European Commission has warned France that it expects “clear and concrete” measures to be taken to improve the plight of Roma migrants. It

The European Commission has warned France that it expects “clear and concrete” measures to be taken to improve the plight of Roma migrants. It

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Vestas 'facing tough year' to cut more jobs

A chill wind is blowing through part of the alternative energy world with Danish wind turbine maker Vestas saying it will cut 1,400 more jobs. It

A chill wind is blowing through part of the alternative energy world with Danish wind turbine maker Vestas saying it will cut 1,400 more jobs. It

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US Iran money probe targets RBS and Commerzbank

US authorities are investigating Royal Bank of Scotland over possible breaches of economic sanctions against Iran. It is part of a crackdown in

US authorities are investigating Royal Bank of Scotland over possible breaches of economic sanctions against Iran. It is part of a crackdown in

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Life for killer of South Africa white supremacist Terre'blanche

A black farmworker has been sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for the murder of white supremacist leader Eugene Terre’blanche in

A black farmworker has been sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for the murder of white supremacist leader Eugene Terre’blanche in

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Greece: more time, more cuts?

Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is on a charm offensive meeting eurozone leaders to try to persuade them that all his country needs is more

Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is on a charm offensive meeting eurozone leaders to try to persuade them that all his country needs is more

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Hague prosecutors call for life term for Srebrenica suspect

Prosecutors have called for a life sentence to be handed down to former Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir, on trial in the Hague for war

Prosecutors have called for a life sentence to be handed down to former Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir, on trial in the Hague for war

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Zdravko Tolimir, active participant in ethnic cleansing

When he was arrested in 2007, Zdravko Tolimir was considered the third most-wanted indictee of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former

When he was arrested in 2007, Zdravko Tolimir was considered the third most-wanted indictee of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former

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Juve coach Conte loses appeal over match-fixing ban

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has lost his appeal against a 10-month ban over a match-fixing scandal. Earlier this month the Italian Football

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has lost his appeal against a 10-month ban over a match-fixing scandal. Earlier this month the Italian Football

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Basescu poised for comeback after Romania referendum ruling

Romania’s suspended President Traian Basescu is set to return to office within days after judges ruled an impeachment vote against him was

Romania’s suspended President Traian Basescu is set to return to office within days after judges ruled an impeachment vote against him was

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Syrian rebels claim government steps up bombing

More video footage is emerging of what Syrian rebels claim to be evidence of increasing government attacks. Although the material cannot be

More video footage is emerging of what Syrian rebels claim to be evidence of increasing government attacks. Although the material cannot be

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Greece: Island's livelihood goes up in flames

In critical times for Greece, livelihoods are being destroyed quite literally. On the island of Chios, a wildfire, burning for five days, is much

In critical times for Greece, livelihoods are being destroyed quite literally. On the island of Chios, a wildfire, burning for five days, is much

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Spanish firefighters battle persistent forest fires

Fires in the Leon region of Spain continued to burn fiercely overnight on Tuesday (August 21) as a group of fire-fighters were surrounded by the

Fires in the Leon region of Spain continued to burn fiercely overnight on Tuesday (August 21) as a group of fire-fighters were surrounded by the

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Akin rejects calls to quit Senate race over abortion remarks

The US Republican Congressman under fire for claiming women could choose not to become pregnant after being raped has said sorry. Todd Akin

The US Republican Congressman under fire for claiming women could choose not to become pregnant after being raped has said sorry. Todd Akin

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Divers find bronze lion head off Italian coast

A gilded bronze lion thought to have been carried in a Phoenician boat more that 2,500 years ago has been discovered off the southern coast of

A gilded bronze lion thought to have been carried in a Phoenician boat more that 2,500 years ago has been discovered off the southern coast of

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Video of broadcast of hostages held in Mali

Footage of three hostages taken by Islamist militants in Mali some nine months ago has been broadcast apparently showing them to be in good health

Footage of three hostages taken by Islamist militants in Mali some nine months ago has been broadcast apparently showing them to be in good health