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2013-01-28

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Dutch queen abdicates to make way for 'new generation'

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced plans to step aside in favour of her son. During a televised address to the nations she said: “I am

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced plans to step aside in favour of her son. During a televised address to the nations she said: “I am

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Funerals begin for victims of Brazil's club fire

In southern Brazil, the process of burying the dead from the Santa Maria nightclub fire disaster has begun. More than 230 young revellers perished

In southern Brazil, the process of burying the dead from the Santa Maria nightclub fire disaster has begun. More than 230 young revellers perished

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French and Malian troops seek to secure Timbuktu

Timbuktu airport has been seized and secured by French and Malian troops. Backed by airpower around 1200 soldiers have now launched an offensive to

Timbuktu airport has been seized and secured by French and Malian troops. Backed by airpower around 1200 soldiers have now launched an offensive to

Business

Ukraine and Russia's gas wrangle reignites

Ukraine’s state gas company Naftogaz says it cannot pay a $7 billion (5.2 billion euro) bill it has received from Russian gas giant Gazprom. The

Ukraine’s state gas company Naftogaz says it cannot pay a $7 billion (5.2 billion euro) bill it has received from Russian gas giant Gazprom. The

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Still proud and prejudiced after all these years

It is 200 years since Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was published, and even after all that time it is showing little sign of losing any of its

It is 200 years since Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was published, and even after all that time it is showing little sign of losing any of its

Europe

Iceland wins legal battle over failed bank

Iceland has won a legal battle over its reponsibilities to British and Dutch savers who lost money when an online savings bank collapsed. The

Iceland has won a legal battle over its reponsibilities to British and Dutch savers who lost money when an online savings bank collapsed. The

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Syrian refugees need billion euros

More Syrian refugees step off a bus in Jordan, into uncertainty. The UN has said 30,000 have arrived since the start of this year. Zaatari, the main

More Syrian refugees step off a bus in Jordan, into uncertainty. The UN has said 30,000 have arrived since the start of this year. Zaatari, the main

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Timbuktu's disappearing gold

Timbuktu, a city classed as a world heritage site since only 1988, was founded around a thousand years ago by Tuareg nomads. Later it became part of

Timbuktu, a city classed as a world heritage site since only 1988, was founded around a thousand years ago by Tuareg nomads. Later it became part of

Culture

Europe's young immigrants last in the job line

Those suffering most from unemployment in Europe today are the young. For immigrants, it is even harder to find a job. Fourteen million

Those suffering most from unemployment in Europe today are the young. For immigrants, it is even harder to find a job. Fourteen million

Culture

The secret of a successful restaurant

The restaurant Meli-Melo won the prize for the best tapa de Zaragoza in 2012. (‘Mejor Tapa de Zaragoza y Provincia 2012’. ) Raquel Marcén, the

The restaurant Meli-Melo won the prize for the best tapa de Zaragoza in 2012. (‘Mejor Tapa de Zaragoza y Provincia 2012’. ) Raquel Marcén, the

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Comatose Israeli ex-PM Sharon shows brain activity

Former Israeli leader Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for seven years following a stroke, has surprised doctors by showing significant signs of

Former Israeli leader Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for seven years following a stroke, has surprised doctors by showing significant signs of

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Rescue operation plucks 15 to safety in Sea of Japan

In the Sea of Japan part of a keel is the only visible evidence of a ship in which at least eight fishermen have died while seven are believed to be

In the Sea of Japan part of a keel is the only visible evidence of a ship in which at least eight fishermen have died while seven are believed to be

Business

Eurozone lending slides again

Bank lending to businesses and individuals in the eurozone remains weak, with loans to companies and households contracting again in December. The

Bank lending to businesses and individuals in the eurozone remains weak, with loans to companies and households contracting again in December. The

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Razing the roof at Madrid's bullring

There has been a lucky escape at one of Spain’s most famous landmarks. A new roof erected over Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring collapsed just three

There has been a lucky escape at one of Spain’s most famous landmarks. A new roof erected over Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring collapsed just three

Europe

Ireland urges EU to move forward on future farming policy

Irish Agricultural Minister Simon Coveney has urged the EU to move ahead on EU farming reform. Coveney, whose brief also includes fisheries policy

Irish Agricultural Minister Simon Coveney has urged the EU to move ahead on EU farming reform. Coveney, whose brief also includes fisheries policy

Culture

Burning Bush pays tribute to Jan Palach's family

In 1969 Czech student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square in Prague to protest against the Soviet occupation. The television mini

In 1969 Czech student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square in Prague to protest against the Soviet occupation. The television mini

Culture

Malian music greats perform in London

Three household names in Mali have performed a special sell-out concert in London, celebrating the country’s music at a time when its survival is

Three household names in Mali have performed a special sell-out concert in London, celebrating the country’s music at a time when its survival is

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Brazen burglars in Bergen

Police in Norway have released surveillance video of a daring raid on a museum, where burglars made off with 25 valuable pieces of Chinese art. The

Police in Norway have released surveillance video of a daring raid on a museum, where burglars made off with 25 valuable pieces of Chinese art. The

Business

Italian consumers gloomy

Italian consumer confidence has hit new lows. In surveys households said their confidence in both the current and future economic situations was

Italian consumer confidence has hit new lows. In surveys households said their confidence in both the current and future economic situations was

Science_technology

Cooking up natural plastics

It’s time for a bit of cooking at a research Institute in Brindisi, Southern Italy. The recipe is simple: a splashing of natural textiles, a good

It’s time for a bit of cooking at a research Institute in Brindisi, Southern Italy. The recipe is simple: a splashing of natural textiles, a good

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Iran's space monkey claim

Iran said on Monday it had launched a live monkey into space, seeking to show off missile systems that have alarmed the West because the technology

Iran said on Monday it had launched a live monkey into space, seeking to show off missile systems that have alarmed the West because the technology

Business

Toyota is number one again

Toyota has regained the number one spot for worldwide sales. Last year drivers bought 9.75 million of its vehicles. As a result the Japanese

Toyota has regained the number one spot for worldwide sales. Last year drivers bought 9.75 million of its vehicles. As a result the Japanese

Business

Ryanair lifts profit forecast

More passengers meant higher earnings for Ryanair at the end of last year. Europe’s biggest low-cost airline has just hiked its full-year profit

More passengers meant higher earnings for Ryanair at the end of last year. Europe’s biggest low-cost airline has just hiked its full-year profit

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Timbuktu airport seized by French led troops.

French and Malian troops have surrounded Timbuktu and are aiming to secure the city after seizing the airport. A senior military officer reported

French and Malian troops have surrounded Timbuktu and are aiming to secure the city after seizing the airport. A senior military officer reported

Sport

Kranjec wins in Vikersund

Slovenia’s Robert Kranjec produced a stunning performance to clinch his first World Cup victory of the season in Vikersund on Sunday. The 31 year

Slovenia’s Robert Kranjec produced a stunning performance to clinch his first World Cup victory of the season in Vikersund on Sunday. The 31 year

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Fare enough: Estonians get public transportation for free

Tallinn is the first EU capital to offer its residents free public transport, and though the move aimed at driving down car pollution is proving

Tallinn is the first EU capital to offer its residents free public transport, and though the move aimed at driving down car pollution is proving

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Opposition anger over Egypt's state of emergency

As protesters continue to confront police on the streets of Cairo, Egypt’s main opposition coalition criticised the President declaring a state of

As protesters continue to confront police on the streets of Cairo, Egypt’s main opposition coalition criticised the President declaring a state of

Science_technology

Cycling therapy for Parkinson's patients

Taking part in the Tour de France is a dream for many keen cyclists, but even if you don’t have the time to get to the Alps you can still attempt

Taking part in the Tour de France is a dream for many keen cyclists, but even if you don’t have the time to get to the Alps you can still attempt

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Spanish doctor in the dock for cyclists' doping

Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentas’s trial has started in Madrid in a doping case set to rock cycling. It has reached court nearly seven years after

Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentas’s trial has started in Madrid in a doping case set to rock cycling. It has reached court nearly seven years after

Nocomment

Inside troubled Port Said

Four people were shot dead and hundreds injured in Egypt’s Port Said on Sunday during the funerals of 33 protesters killed at the weekend, part of a

Four people were shot dead and hundreds injured in Egypt’s Port Said on Sunday during the funerals of 33 protesters killed at the weekend, part of a