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2012-12-26

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Ancient temple, figurines found near Jerusalem

Excavators at the Tel Motza archaeological site have unearthed a temple structure and a series of figurines of horses and men considered to be 2,750

Excavators at the Tel Motza archaeological site have unearthed a temple structure and a series of figurines of horses and men considered to be 2,750

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India opens inquiry into Delhi bus gang rape

There has been a fresh outbreak of violence in the Indian capital Delhi during protests over the gang rape of young student. Police clashed with

There has been a fresh outbreak of violence in the Indian capital Delhi during protests over the gang rape of young student. Police clashed with

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Adoption bill divides opinion in Russia

The anti-adoption law which has been approved by the upper chamber of the Russian parliament is named for Dima Yakovlev. The Russian-born toddler

The anti-adoption law which has been approved by the upper chamber of the Russian parliament is named for Dima Yakovlev. The Russian-born toddler

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Christmas day tornados kill three in US

Three people were killed as tornados struck four US states on Christmas Day. Twisters first pounded Texas. Others then touched down in Louisiana and

Three people were killed as tornados struck four US states on Christmas Day. Twisters first pounded Texas. Others then touched down in Louisiana and

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Mega ice meteor lands in Morocco

A Moroccan farmer got the shock of his life when a giant snowball fell to earth leaving a half metre hole in his land. The farmer from the Hrira

A Moroccan farmer got the shock of his life when a giant snowball fell to earth leaving a half metre hole in his land. The farmer from the Hrira

Sport

A look back at the sporting highlights of 2012

As we head into 2013 we leave behind us a year of unprecedented sporting achievements. From the tennis courts of Melbourne and Flushing Meadows to

As we head into 2013 we leave behind us a year of unprecedented sporting achievements. From the tennis courts of Melbourne and Flushing Meadows to

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Brazilian icon "Dona Cano" dies at 105

Claudionor Viana Teles Veloso, known as “Dona Cano”, died on Tuesday following a stroke a fortnight ago. The mother of musical greats Caetano

Claudionor Viana Teles Veloso, known as “Dona Cano”, died on Tuesday following a stroke a fortnight ago. The mother of musical greats Caetano

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Japan's Abe sets out targets for second spell as PM

Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has set out his priorities at the start of his second spell in office. Shortly after the official handover

Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has set out his priorities at the start of his second spell in office. Shortly after the official handover

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CAR rebels seize territory, demand talks with government

Rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) say they remain open to dialogue with President Francois Bozize’s government and are not planning to

Rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) say they remain open to dialogue with President Francois Bozize’s government and are not planning to

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Syria: military chief defects to opposition

The chief of the Syrian military police has defected to the rebels. Major-General Abdulaziz Jassim al-Shalal has reportedly accused President

The chief of the Syrian military police has defected to the rebels. Major-General Abdulaziz Jassim al-Shalal has reportedly accused President

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London's Boxing Day bargain hunters out in force

Retailers in the UK capital have been reporting bumper takings on the biggest shopping day of the year. Leading London department store Selfridges

Retailers in the UK capital have been reporting bumper takings on the biggest shopping day of the year. Leading London department store Selfridges

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Spanish police bust major drug-smuggling ring

Authorities in Spain have smashed a drug-smuggling network based out of the central province of Toledo. More than 11 tonnes of hashish has been

Authorities in Spain have smashed a drug-smuggling network based out of the central province of Toledo. More than 11 tonnes of hashish has been

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Warehouse fire in Lagos, dozens of injuries reported

In Nigeria, an explosion in the capital has caused a fire that has destroyed several buildings. The blast occurred in a warehouse on Lagos Island

In Nigeria, an explosion in the capital has caused a fire that has destroyed several buildings. The blast occurred in a warehouse on Lagos Island

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Russia upper house approved US adoptions ban

The upper chamber of Russia’s parliament has unanimously approved a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children. The law is widely seen

The upper chamber of Russia’s parliament has unanimously approved a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children. The law is widely seen

Business

Many business challenges in 2012

It was another difficult year for the global economy. Some states powered through it in high gear, others needed help to overcome the recession

It was another difficult year for the global economy. Some states powered through it in high gear, others needed help to overcome the recession

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Suicide bomber strikes at Afghanistan base used by CIA

Three people were killed after a lone suicide bomber struck at a US base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday. But authorities say the attacker did

Three people were killed after a lone suicide bomber struck at a US base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday. But authorities say the attacker did

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Egypt: new constitution signed into law amid economic woes

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has signed into law a new Islamist-drafted constitution. He says it will help to end political turmoil and allow

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has signed into law a new Islamist-drafted constitution. He says it will help to end political turmoil and allow

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New York firefighter gunman leaves note

The shooting dead of two New York state firefighters on Christmas Eve has fuelled the debate on gun ownership in the USA, already reignited after the

The shooting dead of two New York state firefighters on Christmas Eve has fuelled the debate on gun ownership in the USA, already reignited after the

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Russian law to ban child adoption from USA

Several protesters were arrested outside the upper chamber of Russia’s parliament on Wednesday morning as it prepared to vote on a measure banning

Several protesters were arrested outside the upper chamber of Russia’s parliament on Wednesday morning as it prepared to vote on a measure banning

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Vatican: Pope calls for end to the bloodshed in Syria

In his Christmas message and blessing “Urbi et Orbi”, Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria and the resumption of

In his Christmas message and blessing “Urbi et Orbi”, Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria and the resumption of

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Christmas mass for Nelson Mandela

Several hundred worshippers attended Christmas Mass in South Africa’s Soweto township and offered prayers for the health of Nelson Mandela.

Several hundred worshippers attended Christmas Mass in South Africa’s Soweto township and offered prayers for the health of Nelson Mandela.

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China's Gangnam-Style Christmas

On Christmas Eve, hundreds in Shanghai joined a dancing Santa Claus for a very Gangnam-Style Christmas.

On Christmas Eve, hundreds in Shanghai joined a dancing Santa Claus for a very Gangnam-Style Christmas.

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Syrian Christians gather in Christmas prayers

Syrian Christians gathered in Damascus on Christmas to pray for their fellow citizens caught up in the conflict that has led to the death of an

Syrian Christians gathered in Damascus on Christmas to pray for their fellow citizens caught up in the conflict that has led to the death of an

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Shinzo Abe new Japanese PM

Japan’s lower house of Parliament has approved Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister, the second time the hawkish lawmaker has been in the top job. Abe’s

Japan’s lower house of Parliament has approved Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister, the second time the hawkish lawmaker has been in the top job. Abe’s

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The train takes the strain from the plane in China

China has officially opened the world’s longest high-speed train route. The line links the capital, Beijing, with the southern commercial hub of

China has officially opened the world’s longest high-speed train route. The line links the capital, Beijing, with the southern commercial hub of

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Military aircraft crashes in Kazakhstan

A military transport plane has crashed in southern Kazakhstan, killing all 27 people on board. News footage from the scene shows mangled fragments of

A military transport plane has crashed in southern Kazakhstan, killing all 27 people on board. News footage from the scene shows mangled fragments of

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Netanyahu launches campaign for re-election

The Israeli Prime Minister has put Iran at the top of his re-election campaign. Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that halting Tehran’s nuclear programme

The Israeli Prime Minister has put Iran at the top of his re-election campaign. Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that halting Tehran’s nuclear programme

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Egypt: Opposition fury after constitution result

There was anger in Tahrir Square, the focus of the movement to oust Hosni Mubarak nearly two years ago, and now still the unofficial seat of

There was anger in Tahrir Square, the focus of the movement to oust Hosni Mubarak nearly two years ago, and now still the unofficial seat of

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Egypt's 'yes' to controversial new constitution

The Egyptian Supreme Election Committee has confirmed that the controversial new constitution has been approved. Nearly 64 per cent of the votes in

The Egyptian Supreme Election Committee has confirmed that the controversial new constitution has been approved. Nearly 64 per cent of the votes in