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2012-12-20

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Syria violence continues

The 21-month old revolt against four decades of Assad family rule rumbles on in Syria. Violence has continued across the country including in

The 21-month old revolt against four decades of Assad family rule rumbles on in Syria. Violence has continued across the country including in

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Large rallies in support of Yemen military reforms

They may have held separate rallies but Yemeni men and women came out in support of major reforms of the military on Thursday. President Abd

They may have held separate rallies but Yemeni men and women came out in support of major reforms of the military on Thursday. President Abd

Sport

Shiffrin bags maiden World Cup win

Mikaela Shiffrin skied to her first world cup victory on Thursday after the American teenager won a slalom race in Are, Sweden. The 17-year-old

Mikaela Shiffrin skied to her first world cup victory on Thursday after the American teenager won a slalom race in Are, Sweden. The 17-year-old

Culture

Lohengrin opens La Scala's new season

La Scala in Milan opened its new season with a production of Wagner’s Lohengrin, an opera the composer himself said was his saddest work. It is

La Scala in Milan opened its new season with a production of Wagner’s Lohengrin, an opera the composer himself said was his saddest work. It is

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Madrid prepares for protests as budget is passed

The Spanish parliament has approved the 2013 budget with savings of 39 billion euros. The government says the tough cuts are needed to fix the public

The Spanish parliament has approved the 2013 budget with savings of 39 billion euros. The government says the tough cuts are needed to fix the public

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Former IMF managing director, Rodrigo Rato, in court

Rodrigo Rato, the former IMF managing director and Spanish finance minister under the leadership of José María Aznar, has appeared before the High

Rodrigo Rato, the former IMF managing director and Spanish finance minister under the leadership of José María Aznar, has appeared before the High

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Asia, a cold new era

Launching a rocket this week that could double as a ballistic missile was a North Korean demonstration of Communist military capability. It said

Launching a rocket this week that could double as a ballistic missile was a North Korean demonstration of Communist military capability. It said

Business

BNP Paribas bids farewell to Egypt

BNP Paribas, France’s biggest bank, has agreed to sell its Egyptian arm to Emirates NBD. The price is 377 million euros. Emirates NBD wants to

BNP Paribas, France’s biggest bank, has agreed to sell its Egyptian arm to Emirates NBD. The price is 377 million euros. Emirates NBD wants to

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Fourth day of funerals for Sandy Hook shooting victims

The grieving continues for 26 people shot dead at a American primary school last Friday. A fourth day of funerals has been held in and around

The grieving continues for 26 people shot dead at a American primary school last Friday. A fourth day of funerals has been held in and around

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Putin's speaks at first news conference in third term

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has held the first major news conference of his third presidential term.   During the live, televised event, Putin

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has held the first major news conference of his third presidential term.   During the live, televised event, Putin

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Diplomatic handshakes as new political era starts in South Korea

   It was a day for diplomacy and promises as South Korea’s President-elect Park Geun-hye met with the ambassadors of China, Japan, the United

   It was a day for diplomacy and promises as South Korea’s President-elect Park Geun-hye met with the ambassadors of China, Japan, the United

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Hollande's France-Algeria friendship drive

It has become expected of French presidents that they visit Algeria, though in spite of the rhetoric, these visits have often proven disappointing

It has become expected of French presidents that they visit Algeria, though in spite of the rhetoric, these visits have often proven disappointing

Business

Iconic symbol of capitalism to be sold

A big shake-up in the markets world with the planned sale of NYSE Euronext to IntercontinentalExchange. The deal means the 200-year-old New York

A big shake-up in the markets world with the planned sale of NYSE Euronext to IntercontinentalExchange. The deal means the 200-year-old New York

Culture

Deadfall: Bana and Wilde star as sibling gangsters

Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde star in thriller Deadfall, as brother and sister Addison and Liza, who split up after a casino heist goes horribly wrong

Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde star in thriller Deadfall, as brother and sister Addison and Liza, who split up after a casino heist goes horribly wrong

Culture

Cairo Film Festival returns after revolution

Last year’s Cairo International Film Festival was cancelled because of the violent demonstrations in Tahrir Square, close to where the films are

Last year’s Cairo International Film Festival was cancelled because of the violent demonstrations in Tahrir Square, close to where the films are

Europe

No quick fix to relations at EU-Russia summit

The thorny issues of energy supplies, human rights and immigration are high on the agenda at a two-day EU-Russia summit in Brussels. Since their

The thorny issues of energy supplies, human rights and immigration are high on the agenda at a two-day EU-Russia summit in Brussels. Since their

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Ukraine: bodyguards compete in international contest

An International Bodyguards Competition took place in Ukraine on December 16-19. Teams from the state security bodies and private companies from

An International Bodyguards Competition took place in Ukraine on December 16-19. Teams from the state security bodies and private companies from

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Clerics call for protests over polio worker killings

In Pakistan hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of another victim of the attacks on UN-backed polio eradication teams. The total number of

In Pakistan hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of another victim of the attacks on UN-backed polio eradication teams. The total number of

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Greenpeace Louvre protest

Greenpeace activists hung a giant banner on Thursday from the iconic Louvre Museum Pyramid in protest against plans by French authorities to build an

Greenpeace activists hung a giant banner on Thursday from the iconic Louvre Museum Pyramid in protest against plans by French authorities to build an

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Healthcare reforms spark more protests in Madrid

About 2,000 public healthcare workers demonstrate in front of the health ministry against the Madrid regional government’s plans to privatise the

About 2,000 public healthcare workers demonstrate in front of the health ministry against the Madrid regional government’s plans to privatise the

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Greek pension cuts protest

Greek pensioners demonstrated outside the Finance Ministry in Athens on Thursday over plans by the government to cut their benefits and pensions.

Greek pensioners demonstrated outside the Finance Ministry in Athens on Thursday over plans by the government to cut their benefits and pensions.

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Wealthy owner of French opticians chain leaving for London

Another wealthy French businessman is leaving the country, this time heading to London. Alain Afflelou owns a chain of opticians with 1,200 branches

Another wealthy French businessman is leaving the country, this time heading to London. Alain Afflelou owns a chain of opticians with 1,200 branches

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The late Pope Paul VI recognised by the pontiff

Pope Benedict XVI has put one of his predecessors on the first step to sainthood. The pontiff signed a decree recognising the late Pope Paul VI’s

Pope Benedict XVI has put one of his predecessors on the first step to sainthood. The pontiff signed a decree recognising the late Pope Paul VI’s

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Iraq president transferred to Berlin after stroke

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is now being treated in Germany after suffering a stroke. The 79-year-old was first admitted to hospital in Iraq on

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is now being treated in Germany after suffering a stroke. The 79-year-old was first admitted to hospital in Iraq on

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Berlusconi warns Monti against becoming a "small player"

The time for Italy’s prime minister Mario Monti to step down is getting closer after the Senate voted through next year’s budget. The lower house

The time for Italy’s prime minister Mario Monti to step down is getting closer after the Senate voted through next year’s budget. The lower house

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'End of the world': Even the Bugarach mountain won't save you

French authorities are appealing to ‘end of the world’ fanatics not to visit the tiny southwest village of Bugarach. Police have 150 officers

French authorities are appealing to ‘end of the world’ fanatics not to visit the tiny southwest village of Bugarach. Police have 150 officers

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"Non" to a full apology by French president

Members of the Algerian parliament knew not to expect a full apology from visiting French President Francois Hollande for his country’s past actions

Members of the Algerian parliament knew not to expect a full apology from visiting French President Francois Hollande for his country’s past actions

Business

Peugeot and GM change alliance plans

General Motors and Peugeot Citroen have announced the revised terms of their joint venture. Plans to produce a mid-sized car have been scrapped

General Motors and Peugeot Citroen have announced the revised terms of their joint venture. Plans to produce a mid-sized car have been scrapped

Sport

Rebensburg skies to victory at Are giant slalom

After a third place finish in Aspen and a second place finish in St Moritz, Olympic champion and German skier Viktoria Rebensburg finally bagged her

After a third place finish in Aspen and a second place finish in St Moritz, Olympic champion and German skier Viktoria Rebensburg finally bagged her

Science_technology

Paralysed woman feeds herself with robotic arm

After more than a decade of paralysis from the neck down, the one thing Jan Scheuemann wanted to be able to do was feed herself a bar of

After more than a decade of paralysis from the neck down, the one thing Jan Scheuemann wanted to be able to do was feed herself a bar of