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2012-12-14

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US school shooting: children tell of terror

Children evacuated from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut following a shooting spree by a lone gunman, have begun to speak

Children evacuated from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut following a shooting spree by a lone gunman, have begun to speak

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Syrian rebels seize army base in western Aleppo

Syrian rebels continue to battle President Bashir al-Assad’s military forces for control of the country. The most fierce clashes are still centred

Syrian rebels continue to battle President Bashir al-Assad’s military forces for control of the country. The most fierce clashes are still centred

Business

Fed's new year resolve

The US Federal Reserve has said that from now on its stimulus measures will be linked not just to inflation, but also to unemployment. The central

The US Federal Reserve has said that from now on its stimulus measures will be linked not just to inflation, but also to unemployment. The central

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Multiple deaths reported at US primary school shooting

US media is reporting 27 people – 18 children and nine adults – have been killed by a gunman at a US primary school in the north-eastern state of

US media is reporting 27 people – 18 children and nine adults – have been killed by a gunman at a US primary school in the north-eastern state of

Europe

Weary EU leaders put off detail until next year

At the end of a bruising year for the European Union, the final summit of 2012 was tinged with a sense of optimism. Greece got the latest slice of

At the end of a bruising year for the European Union, the final summit of 2012 was tinged with a sense of optimism. Greece got the latest slice of

Business

Europe's car sales slump deepens

There was no sign of improvement in European car sales as the year end neared. Most of the top manufacturers saw fewer vehicles being driven out

There was no sign of improvement in European car sales as the year end neared. Most of the top manufacturers saw fewer vehicles being driven out

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2012 phenomenon: top five end-of-the-world-themed video games

Dino Run Imagine your life as a tiny dinosaur some 65 million years ago, gently frolicking in the Cretaceous grass, occasionally munching on an

Dino Run Imagine your life as a tiny dinosaur some 65 million years ago, gently frolicking in the Cretaceous grass, occasionally munching on an

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EU leaders rally against Berlusconi's premiership bid

Silvio Berlusconi is facing increasing pressure from EU leaders to pull his surprise bid to become Italy’s premier for a fifth time. A week, they

Silvio Berlusconi is facing increasing pressure from EU leaders to pull his surprise bid to become Italy’s premier for a fifth time. A week, they

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Israel foreign minister quits over financial scandal

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned, bowing to pressure over charges of fraud and breach of trust. He has been linked to a

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned, bowing to pressure over charges of fraud and breach of trust. He has been linked to a

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What the world searched for most in 2012

From Whitney Houston to Gangnam Style, from Hurricane Sandy to the London Olympics, search engine Google has published its list of the most

From Whitney Houston to Gangnam Style, from Hurricane Sandy to the London Olympics, search engine Google has published its list of the most

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Clashes continue ahead of Egypt referendum

Just hours to go before Egypt’s constitutional referendum, and there is great tension and frequent clashes in the streets of Alexandria and

Just hours to go before Egypt’s constitutional referendum, and there is great tension and frequent clashes in the streets of Alexandria and

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Former policeman charged for arranging killing of Russian journalist

Former policeman Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov was tried and found guilty of arranging the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was found shot

Former policeman Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov was tried and found guilty of arranging the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was found shot

Sport

Lara Gut wins downhill

Switzerland’s Lara Gut held her nerve to clinch her maiden World Cup downhill in Val D’isere on Friday. The 21 year old, who was runner up at the

Switzerland’s Lara Gut held her nerve to clinch her maiden World Cup downhill in Val D’isere on Friday. The 21 year old, who was runner up at the

Sport

Svindal dominates Val Gardena super-G

Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal continued his stellar form this season with a convincing victory in the men’s World Cup super-G at Val Gardena on Friday

Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal continued his stellar form this season with a convincing victory in the men’s World Cup super-G at Val Gardena on Friday

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Can cycling shake off the shame of doping?

As President of the UCI, (Union Cycliste Internationale) cycling’s governing body Pat McQuaid has been in charge of the sport during its darkest

As President of the UCI, (Union Cycliste Internationale) cycling’s governing body Pat McQuaid has been in charge of the sport during its darkest

Culture

Gianmaria Testa: a portrait

The Italian singer-songwriter Gianmaria Testa will celebrate 20 years in the music business next year. After winning the first prize in an Italian

The Italian singer-songwriter Gianmaria Testa will celebrate 20 years in the music business next year. After winning the first prize in an Italian

Culture

Tom Cruise defends 'Jack Reacher' role

Tom Cruise has defended his latest movie role – that of Jack Reacher – after some fans were critical as the character in the books is nearly two

Tom Cruise has defended his latest movie role – that of Jack Reacher – after some fans were critical as the character in the books is nearly two

Special_reports

Leaving no orphans behind

We all know that the outlook for orphans is often bleak. Life is also tough for children whose parents cannot look after them – for whatever reason

We all know that the outlook for orphans is often bleak. Life is also tough for children whose parents cannot look after them – for whatever reason

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German designer builds reindeer bike

In addition to building the world’s largest bicycle, German bike designer Didi Senft can now add the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer bicycle to his

In addition to building the world’s largest bicycle, German bike designer Didi Senft can now add the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer bicycle to his

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Drug use in the UK: high time for a fresh debate

Only a few weeks after the American states of Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana, UK Liberal-Democrat leader Nick Clegg has expressed a wish

Only a few weeks after the American states of Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana, UK Liberal-Democrat leader Nick Clegg has expressed a wish

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Winter Solstice celebrations in Finland

On Thursday, Finland’s Swedish-speaking minority in particular celebrates Luciadagen, or St Lucy’s Day. A week before Winter Solstice, St Lucy is

On Thursday, Finland’s Swedish-speaking minority in particular celebrates Luciadagen, or St Lucy’s Day. A week before Winter Solstice, St Lucy is

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EU leaders in Brussels set out agenda for bloc

EU heads of state have committed themselves to a path of economic reforms in the coming year, a path they they hope will lead the eurozone out of

EU heads of state have committed themselves to a path of economic reforms in the coming year, a path they they hope will lead the eurozone out of

Business

Greeks face grim Christmas and taxing new year

Greeks are facing a more taxing time ahead as the government formally unveiled a bill intended to boost its tax revenue from companies and

Greeks are facing a more taxing time ahead as the government formally unveiled a bill intended to boost its tax revenue from companies and

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Russia insists no change in Syrian policy

After one Russian dipomat suggested Moscow was already factoring in a defeat for Bashar al-Assad and that time was up for the Syrian dictator, the

After one Russian dipomat suggested Moscow was already factoring in a defeat for Bashar al-Assad and that time was up for the Syrian dictator, the

Business

Eurozone jobs squeeze worsens

The number of people with jobs in the eurozone continues to fall. Employment was down by 0.2 percent in the third quarter from the second

The number of people with jobs in the eurozone continues to fall. Employment was down by 0.2 percent in the third quarter from the second

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Pyongyang parades satellite "victory"

North Korea pulled out all the stops to celebrate its successful Wednesday rocket launch, and it is likely the capital Pyongyang will do it all again

North Korea pulled out all the stops to celebrate its successful Wednesday rocket launch, and it is likely the capital Pyongyang will do it all again

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New car sales plummet to record lows

Car sales across most of Europe’s biggest manufacturers have dropped again for the 14th consecutive month. Over the last eleven months, there has

Car sales across most of Europe’s biggest manufacturers have dropped again for the 14th consecutive month. Over the last eleven months, there has

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Cyprus's race for liquid gold

The second harvest of the year is being prepared in potato fields in Xylophagou, a speciality of the region in the south of Cyprus. But water from

The second harvest of the year is being prepared in potato fields in Xylophagou, a speciality of the region in the south of Cyprus. But water from