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2013-01-14

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Cubans flock to take advantage of new travel freedom

Day one of a new law making it easier for Cubans to go abroad has brought queues at foreign embassies and travel agents.   The hated exit permits

Day one of a new law making it easier for Cubans to go abroad has brought queues at foreign embassies and travel agents.   The hated exit permits

Sport

Faith and football: the Catholic Champions League

If football is a religion for many of its fans, for some of those studying in the seminaries of Vatican City, religion is also football. The

If football is a religion for many of its fans, for some of those studying in the seminaries of Vatican City, religion is also football. The

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Tunisians protest two years after Ben Ali's demise

Thousands of Tunisians have taken to the streets in protest against the Islamist-led government, exactly two years after President Ben Ali was

Thousands of Tunisians have taken to the streets in protest against the Islamist-led government, exactly two years after President Ben Ali was

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Berlusconi sex trial to rule before the election

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has failed in his attempt to put his sex trial on hold until after the general election. Three

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has failed in his attempt to put his sex trial on hold until after the general election. Three

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Cubans eye foreign travel as restrictions eased

A new law has come into force in Cuba designed to make it easier to travel abroad. After being in existence for 50 years, the hated exit permits

A new law has come into force in Cuba designed to make it easier to travel abroad. After being in existence for 50 years, the hated exit permits

Business

Germany warns Greek opposition

The Greek parliament has raised taxes on the self employed, and high earners. They are the latest troika-imposed measures to reduce Greece’s budget

The Greek parliament has raised taxes on the self employed, and high earners. They are the latest troika-imposed measures to reduce Greece’s budget

Europe

EU dilemma over Malian armed forces training

The EU is on course to revise and accelerate its training program for the Malian army. 200 instructors now look set for deployment over 15 months

The EU is on course to revise and accelerate its training program for the Malian army. 200 instructors now look set for deployment over 15 months

Business

Jaguar Land Rover puts its foot down

The British car-maker, owned by the Indian group Tata Motors, has announced a 30% rise in sales for 2012. Jaguar Land Rover has sailed through the

The British car-maker, owned by the Indian group Tata Motors, has announced a 30% rise in sales for 2012. Jaguar Land Rover has sailed through the

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Former Austrian minister sentenced for corruption

A former Austrian interior minister has been sentenced to four years in jail for corruption. Ernst Strasser, who was also a Euro MP, was charged

A former Austrian interior minister has been sentenced to four years in jail for corruption. Ernst Strasser, who was also a Euro MP, was charged

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Greece's New Democracy condemns attack on HQ

Greece’s ruling party says it will not be intimidated by an attack on its office in Athens. In the early hours of Monday, gunshots were fired at

Greece’s ruling party says it will not be intimidated by an attack on its office in Athens. In the early hours of Monday, gunshots were fired at

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French attack to contain Islamists in Mali

French military intervention in north Mali is aimed at stopping a radical Islamic takeover of the territory. Three groups essentially dominate

French military intervention in north Mali is aimed at stopping a radical Islamic takeover of the territory. Three groups essentially dominate

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Schools reopen in Mali capital despite security fears

Many people in Mali say they are relieved at the French intervention to try to halt the Islamist advance. Schools in and around Bamako have

Many people in Mali say they are relieved at the French intervention to try to halt the Islamist advance. Schools in and around Bamako have

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British royal baby due in July

We know that Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting a baby. Now the Prince’s office has ended speculation that the Duchess of

We know that Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting a baby. Now the Prince’s office has ended speculation that the Duchess of

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Australia wildfires hit major space observatory

More than 150 wildfires continue to sweep across Australia’s state of New South Wales. Buildings at the country’s biggest optical space observatory

More than 150 wildfires continue to sweep across Australia’s state of New South Wales. Buildings at the country’s biggest optical space observatory

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Hindu festival: Millions take a dip in the Ganges river

An estimated 110 million pilgrims are expected to bath in the Ganges river during India’s Kumbh Mela festival which began on Monday. The 55 day event

An estimated 110 million pilgrims are expected to bath in the Ganges river during India’s Kumbh Mela festival which began on Monday. The 55 day event

Europe

Serbia grants autonomy to ethnic Serbians in Kosovo

Serbia’s parliament has paved the way for ethnic Serbians in Kosovo to be given autonomy within Kosovo’s legal framework. But the resolution

Serbia’s parliament has paved the way for ethnic Serbians in Kosovo to be given autonomy within Kosovo’s legal framework. But the resolution

Business

Motor City gets moving again for 2013

The Detroit Motor Show is putting on a brave face for 2013 – or else it is real confidence flowing from Motor City again as US makers release a slew

The Detroit Motor Show is putting on a brave face for 2013 – or else it is real confidence flowing from Motor City again as US makers release a slew

Culture

Double Golden Globes for Affleck

The stars were out in force for this year’s Golden Globes, which in Hollywood are second in importance only to the Oscars. The night’s big winner

The stars were out in force for this year’s Golden Globes, which in Hollywood are second in importance only to the Oscars. The night’s big winner

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Somali militants post picture of dead French soldier

Somali militants have posted a picture of what they claim is the second French commando killed after a failed attempt to save a French hostage. He

Somali militants have posted a picture of what they claim is the second French commando killed after a failed attempt to save a French hostage. He

Culture

Waste Not in Sydney

Chinese artist Song Dong has arrived in Sydney Australia with his exhibition “Waste Not”, which has already been seen in New York and London, and is

Chinese artist Song Dong has arrived in Sydney Australia with his exhibition “Waste Not”, which has already been seen in New York and London, and is

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Islamist rebels retake town in central Mali

Islamist rebels in Mali have seized control of a small town from government forces, despite the military intervention by France. Reports say the

Islamist rebels in Mali have seized control of a small town from government forces, despite the military intervention by France. Reports say the

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What is Kumbh Mela?

Over the next 55 days, tens of millions of Hindus are expected to splash through the waters where the Ganges and Yamuna rivers meet as part of the

Over the next 55 days, tens of millions of Hindus are expected to splash through the waters where the Ganges and Yamuna rivers meet as part of the

Business

UPS pulls out of TNT takeover

Dutch delivery firm TNT’s shares halved within minutes on Monday morning on the news that US rival UPS was abandoning its takeover, as it was

Dutch delivery firm TNT’s shares halved within minutes on Monday morning on the news that US rival UPS was abandoning its takeover, as it was

Business

Swatch gets hitched to Harry Winston

Not many jewellers get namechecked in a hit song, but Harry Winston is one of them. His diamonds were Marilyn Monroe’s Best Friend; now they have

Not many jewellers get namechecked in a hit song, but Harry Winston is one of them. His diamonds were Marilyn Monroe’s Best Friend; now they have

Culture

Europe seeking skilled youths in high-tech jobs

For many young people, industry is a thing of the past. But this bustling high-tech region in the south of the Netherlands is doing all it can to

For many young people, industry is a thing of the past. But this bustling high-tech region in the south of the Netherlands is doing all it can to

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Deadly air strike kills 20 near Damascus

An air strike on a rebel-held town southwest of the Syrian capital Damascus has left 20 people dead, according to opposition activists. Latest

An air strike on a rebel-held town southwest of the Syrian capital Damascus has left 20 people dead, according to opposition activists. Latest

Science_technology

Riding free of addiction

In South Korea, arguably the world’s most connected country, doctors are prescribing horse-riding to treat teenagers who have become addicted to the

In South Korea, arguably the world’s most connected country, doctors are prescribing horse-riding to treat teenagers who have become addicted to the

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Somali rebels claim second French commando dies of wounds

Somali rebels claim a second French soldier has died from gunshot wounds after a failed attempt to rescue a French agent. The al Qaeda-linked

Somali rebels claim a second French soldier has died from gunshot wounds after a failed attempt to rescue a French agent. The al Qaeda-linked

Nocomment

Femen disrupts Pope's address

Four activists from the Ukrainian women’s rights group Femen staged a loud topless protest in St. Peter’s Square while Pope Benedict XVI was

Four activists from the Ukrainian women’s rights group Femen staged a loud topless protest in St. Peter’s Square while Pope Benedict XVI was

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200 inmates released in Georgia

The gates of prisons across Georgia opened to release almost 200 inmates newly recognised as political prisoners by Georgia’s parliament.

The gates of prisons across Georgia opened to release almost 200 inmates newly recognised as political prisoners by Georgia’s parliament.