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2013-01-04

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Lebanon recognises Syrian refugees for first time

Lebanon is making its first formal plea for aid, to help refugees fleeing the continuing violence in neighbouring Syria. The country’s cabinet has

Lebanon is making its first formal plea for aid, to help refugees fleeing the continuing violence in neighbouring Syria. The country’s cabinet has

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Australian "ghost gum" trees in suspected arson attack

A pair of “ghost gum” trees in Australia’s outback made famous by an Aboriginal artist have been destroyed in a suspected arson attack. The trees

A pair of “ghost gum” trees in Australia’s outback made famous by an Aboriginal artist have been destroyed in a suspected arson attack. The trees

Business

Eurozone inflation up on holiday spending

Christmas holiday spending nudged up prices in the eurozone in December. The cost of living in the 17 countries sharing the euro had been forecast

Christmas holiday spending nudged up prices in the eurozone in December. The cost of living in the 17 countries sharing the euro had been forecast

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Venezuela after Hugo Chavez

When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was re-elected last October it was one of the last times he appeared to be healthy, and it now looks unlikely

When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was re-elected last October it was one of the last times he appeared to be healthy, and it now looks unlikely

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Father of Indian gang rape victim demands death penalty

The father of an Indian gang rape victim, who died of her injuries, is demanding the death penalty for her attackers. He spoke after scattering the

The father of an Indian gang rape victim, who died of her injuries, is demanding the death penalty for her attackers. He spoke after scattering the

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2013 festivities around the world

The New Year has arrived and so, as the tradition goes, it has been greeted with smiles and good humour around Europe and the world. Once the

The New Year has arrived and so, as the tradition goes, it has been greeted with smiles and good humour around Europe and the world. Once the

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Madrid: Public transport strike against austerity

Bus and underground workers have started a two-day strike in Madrid that will affect Spain’s biggest weekend of the Christmas season. They are

Bus and underground workers have started a two-day strike in Madrid that will affect Spain’s biggest weekend of the Christmas season. They are

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The boys and girls who'd rather go to school

This week in Learning World, we look at the issue of child labour. An estimated 250 million children are forced to work rather than go to school

This week in Learning World, we look at the issue of child labour. An estimated 250 million children are forced to work rather than go to school

Business

US job growth still lacklustre

There was no sign of the pick-up in job creation that the US economy needs to recover, in December as the pace of hiring by employers there eased

There was no sign of the pick-up in job creation that the US economy needs to recover, in December as the pace of hiring by employers there eased

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Fatah holds first mass Gaza rally in years

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been taking part in a rare rally staged by President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah group in Gaza. The

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been taking part in a rare rally staged by President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah group in Gaza. The

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First UK hand transplant

A British man has become the first person in the UK to undergo a hand transplant after losing his own to gout.   The eight-hour operation was

A British man has become the first person in the UK to undergo a hand transplant after losing his own to gout.   The eight-hour operation was

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C-section baby gripping surgeon's finger goes viral

Baby Nevaeh has become an internet star from birth, after grabbing the finger of the surgeon performing the caesarean section on her mother

Baby Nevaeh has become an internet star from birth, after grabbing the finger of the surgeon performing the caesarean section on her mother

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Black Beauty meteorite may reveal secrets of Mars climate

A meteorite that is billions of years old may provide the link between the warm, wet past and the cold, dry present on the planet Mars.   Discovered

A meteorite that is billions of years old may provide the link between the warm, wet past and the cold, dry present on the planet Mars.   Discovered

Environment

Transocean admits guilt over BP spill

Transocean has agreed to pay the equivalent of just over one billion euros to settle US government charges over BP’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Transocean has agreed to pay the equivalent of just over one billion euros to settle US government charges over BP’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Business

EU says no let-up on Google

European Union competition regulators says they will press ahead with a probe into whether Google hurt rivals by manipulating internet searches

European Union competition regulators says they will press ahead with a probe into whether Google hurt rivals by manipulating internet searches

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Campaigner Malala well enough to leave hospital

The Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education has left hospital after nearly three months of specialist

The Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education has left hospital after nearly three months of specialist

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Bardot threatens to become Russian if France kills elephants

Iconic French actress Brigitte Bardot has threatened to apply for Russian citizenship if French authorities go ahead with plans to put down two sick

Iconic French actress Brigitte Bardot has threatened to apply for Russian citizenship if French authorities go ahead with plans to put down two sick

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Wegelin bank to close after US tax dodge fine

The oldest private Swiss bank is to close after admitting its role in helping wealthy Americans dodge their taxes. Wegelin Bank, which was founded

The oldest private Swiss bank is to close after admitting its role in helping wealthy Americans dodge their taxes. Wegelin Bank, which was founded

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Venezuelan leaders' unite as Chavez struggles

The Venezuelan government has claimed that the international media are trying to destabilise the country as its president Hugo Chavez struggles to

The Venezuelan government has claimed that the international media are trying to destabilise the country as its president Hugo Chavez struggles to

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Great balls of fire

A traditional folk art show in northern China’s Shanxi Province attracted thousands of visitors to watch the swinging balls of fire during the New

A traditional folk art show in northern China’s Shanxi Province attracted thousands of visitors to watch the swinging balls of fire during the New

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Strewth, that's a big duck!

A giant rubber duck made its way through the waters of Sydney’s Darling Harbour, triggering some oohs and aahs amongst spectators. The 26-metre-high

A giant rubber duck made its way through the waters of Sydney’s Darling Harbour, triggering some oohs and aahs amongst spectators. The 26-metre-high

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Bangladesh garment workers hunger strike

Around 300 Bangladeshi garment workers, mostly women, staged a mass hunger-strike in the capital, Dhaka, to highlight unsafe working conditions and

Around 300 Bangladeshi garment workers, mostly women, staged a mass hunger-strike in the capital, Dhaka, to highlight unsafe working conditions and

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Thousands forced out by floods in Rio de Janeiro state

The neighbourhood of Xerem has been badly affected as more than 3,000 people across Rio de Janeiro state have had to leave their homes due to

The neighbourhood of Xerem has been badly affected as more than 3,000 people across Rio de Janeiro state have had to leave their homes due to

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Is Europe turning its back on its poor?

As poverty continues to rise, the European Food Aid Programme for the Most Deprived is under threat. This could affect some 18 million people

As poverty continues to rise, the European Food Aid Programme for the Most Deprived is under threat. This could affect some 18 million people

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Gaza gears up for Fatah anniversary celebrations

Palestinian party Fatah will celebrate its anniversary in Gaza for the first time since rival group Hamas seized power in the region. On Thursday

Palestinian party Fatah will celebrate its anniversary in Gaza for the first time since rival group Hamas seized power in the region. On Thursday

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Sandy Hook children try to get back to normal

Pupils from the Connecticut school where a deadly shooting took place are now attending the newly-renamed Sandy Hook Elementary in a neighbouring

Pupils from the Connecticut school where a deadly shooting took place are now attending the newly-renamed Sandy Hook Elementary in a neighbouring

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Police injured in new Northern Ireland flag protests

There’s been more violence in Northern Ireland following last month’s protests over the partial removal of the British flag from Belfast City

There’s been more violence in Northern Ireland following last month’s protests over the partial removal of the British flag from Belfast City

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Hundreds of arrests in US pornography swoop

US authorities say 245 people have been arrested at home and abroad as part of an international crackdown on child pornography known as ‘Operation

US authorities say 245 people have been arrested at home and abroad as part of an international crackdown on child pornography known as ‘Operation