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2012-12-18

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Egypt protestors stage hunger strike

A new wave of demonstrations are gathering pace in Egypt against an Islamist-backed draft constitution that has divided the nation. It looks set to

A new wave of demonstrations are gathering pace in Egypt against an Islamist-backed draft constitution that has divided the nation. It looks set to

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France town Bugarach bucks apocalypse buzz

According to a mix of ancient Mayan myth and modern-day internet rumour, Bugarach in southern France will be one of the only place to be saved when

According to a mix of ancient Mayan myth and modern-day internet rumour, Bugarach in southern France will be one of the only place to be saved when

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Queen Elizabeth II attends her first UK cabinet meeting

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has become the first monarch in more than two centuries to attend a cabinet meeting. The Queen joined Prime Minister

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has become the first monarch in more than two centuries to attend a cabinet meeting. The Queen joined Prime Minister

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South African President retains leadership of ANC

South African President Jacob Zuma has been reelected as leader of ruling party, the African National Congress. This permits him to be the head of

South African President Jacob Zuma has been reelected as leader of ruling party, the African National Congress. This permits him to be the head of

Business

Investors back UPS hopes for TNT bid

Will new concessions by American company UPS overcome European objections to its proposed takeover of Dutch rival TNT Express? Investors certainly

Will new concessions by American company UPS overcome European objections to its proposed takeover of Dutch rival TNT Express? Investors certainly

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Ukraine death toll rises as temperature falls

Another 18 people have died due to extremely cold weather in Ukraine, taking the death toll to 37 since the beginning of December. Hundreds of

Another 18 people have died due to extremely cold weather in Ukraine, taking the death toll to 37 since the beginning of December. Hundreds of

Europe

Children in conflict zones get Nobel Peace Prize cash

The EU is donating the money from its Nobel Peace Prize to thousands of young victims of war. More than one million euros of EU cash will be added

The EU is donating the money from its Nobel Peace Prize to thousands of young victims of war. More than one million euros of EU cash will be added

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Christmas cheer limited in Greece

The people of Greece end the year under foreign guardianship and with tax reforms imminent. It has been their fifth consecutive year of recession

The people of Greece end the year under foreign guardianship and with tax reforms imminent. It has been their fifth consecutive year of recession

Europe

Artisan fishermen demand 'fairer EU quotas'

EU fisheries ministers met in Brussels on Tuesday with the aim of agreeing on fishing quotas for next year. The European Commission wants to slash

EU fisheries ministers met in Brussels on Tuesday with the aim of agreeing on fishing quotas for next year. The European Commission wants to slash

Business

Turkish delight for Airbus, but still trails Boeing

Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines is to buy at least 75 Airbus A 320 and A321 medium-haul planes. The Istanbul-based budget carrier also has options for a

Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines is to buy at least 75 Airbus A 320 and A321 medium-haul planes. The Istanbul-based budget carrier also has options for a

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End of the World: the Mayan perspective

Determined to see the world end this year, it seems the whole planet is waiting with bated breath for December 21, the day the truth will – or will

Determined to see the world end this year, it seems the whole planet is waiting with bated breath for December 21, the day the truth will – or will

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Russia prepares to evacuate citizens from Syria

The Syrian military has purportedly launched fresh air strikes in eastern Ghouta near Damascus, according to a video uploaded by activists. Signs

The Syrian military has purportedly launched fresh air strikes in eastern Ghouta near Damascus, according to a video uploaded by activists. Signs

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Polio vaccination workers shot dead in Pakistan

Five female health workers involved in a vaccination programme to eradicate polio have been shot dead in Pakistan.   The coordinated attacks claimed

Five female health workers involved in a vaccination programme to eradicate polio have been shot dead in Pakistan.   The coordinated attacks claimed

Business

Gemalto's smart move

A change in the listing of top French shares as smart card maker Gemalto is set to join the CAC 40, replacing the struggling telecommunications

A change in the listing of top French shares as smart card maker Gemalto is set to join the CAC 40, replacing the struggling telecommunications

Culture

Charlie Simpson is the king of cool

British singer-songwriter Charlie Simpson has set a new record for the world’s coldest gig, even though at times he was afraid it might cost him his

British singer-songwriter Charlie Simpson has set a new record for the world’s coldest gig, even though at times he was afraid it might cost him his

Culture

Moroccan cinema decimated by piracy

While Moroccan cinema has seen some progress over recent years, with regards to technology and a wider range of subjects, the continuing closure of

While Moroccan cinema has seen some progress over recent years, with regards to technology and a wider range of subjects, the continuing closure of

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Fiji vows to rebuild after Cyclone Evan wrecks homes

The clean-up begins on Fiji after the worst tropical storm in two decades wrecked homes and cut power to thousands of people. At times, Cyclone

The clean-up begins on Fiji after the worst tropical storm in two decades wrecked homes and cut power to thousands of people. At times, Cyclone

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Call me the Apocalypse Correspondent!

It is not an everyday occurrence to get a call from your editor, asking you to report the end of the world from the only village that will survive

It is not an everyday occurrence to get a call from your editor, asking you to report the end of the world from the only village that will survive

Science_technology

Smart coaching

At the polytechnic school in Lausanne, students are hooked on their latest invention; a mobile app that allows them to know in real time who is doing

At the polytechnic school in Lausanne, students are hooked on their latest invention; a mobile app that allows them to know in real time who is doing

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Iraq's President Talabani hospitalised after stroke

Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani is in hospital after suffering a stroke. The 79-year-old is in a “critical but stable condition” according to

Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani is in hospital after suffering a stroke. The 79-year-old is in a “critical but stable condition” according to

Business

Morgan Stanley fined over Facebook IPO

Morgan Stanley has been fined the equivalent of 3.8 million euros for breaking the law over some of its involvement with Facebook’s initial public

Morgan Stanley has been fined the equivalent of 3.8 million euros for breaking the law over some of its involvement with Facebook’s initial public

Business

Eurozone troubles prompt Swedish rate cut

Sweden’s central bank has cut its main interest rate by 0.25 percent to offset the impact of the eurozone’s troubles. It is now at one percent –

Sweden’s central bank has cut its main interest rate by 0.25 percent to offset the impact of the eurozone’s troubles. It is now at one percent –

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Israel approves controversial settlement buildings

The Palestinian Authority has spoken out against the decision to give the go-ahead for the building of 1,500 homes for Jewish settlers in East

The Palestinian Authority has spoken out against the decision to give the go-ahead for the building of 1,500 homes for Jewish settlers in East

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New school prepared for surviving Sandy Hook kids

Residents of Fairfield, Connecticut have held a candlelight vigil for the 20 schoolchildren and six adults gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary

Residents of Fairfield, Connecticut have held a candlelight vigil for the 20 schoolchildren and six adults gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary

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Syrian rebels prepare jihad against Assad

Young Syrian rebels are trained by former Syrian commando Abu Hamza, who served 12 years in the Syrian military. Training includes drilling them in

Young Syrian rebels are trained by former Syrian commando Abu Hamza, who served 12 years in the Syrian military. Training includes drilling them in

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Apartment buildings collapse in Palermo killing three

Three people have been killed after two apartment buildings collapsed in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Firefighters combing the rubble rescued a

Three people have been killed after two apartment buildings collapsed in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Firefighters combing the rubble rescued a

Science_technology

Vitoria-Gasteiz is Spain's green pioneer

In the north of Spain, there is a wetland that might seem like many others. Except these lakes that are dominated by bizarre structures have been

In the north of Spain, there is a wetland that might seem like many others. Except these lakes that are dominated by bizarre structures have been

Science_technology

Blog: the green attitude of the Basque capital

Vitoria-Gasteiz. I might well have lived in Spain, although it was on the other side of the country in Seville, which hadn’t had its Expo and its

Vitoria-Gasteiz. I might well have lived in Spain, although it was on the other side of the country in Seville, which hadn’t had its Expo and its

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Congolese warlord acquitted of brutal massacre

Former Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui has been acquitted by the International Criminal Court of war crimes and crimes against

Former Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui has been acquitted by the International Criminal Court of war crimes and crimes against