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2013-01-30

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Syrian opposition leader Alkhatib open to talks

The head of Syria’s main opposition coalition says he is ready to sit down with representatives of President Bashar al-Assad. Mouaz Alkhatib, in an

The head of Syria’s main opposition coalition says he is ready to sit down with representatives of President Bashar al-Assad. Mouaz Alkhatib, in an

Business

US growth slows, Fed says just temporary

The US economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter of last year. But the experts say don’t panic – as consumer spending and business

The US economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter of last year. But the experts say don’t panic – as consumer spending and business

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Factory explosion kills seven in Turkey

Seven people have been killed in an explosion at a factory in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey. Another 13 were injured in the blast, suspected to

Seven people have been killed in an explosion at a factory in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey. Another 13 were injured in the blast, suspected to

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France halts sales of Diane 35 over safety fears

Sales of contraceptive and acne treatment pill Diane 35 are being suspended in France. The country’s health regulator ANSM has taken the decision

Sales of contraceptive and acne treatment pill Diane 35 are being suspended in France. The country’s health regulator ANSM has taken the decision

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Priest arrested for drug smuggling at Moscow airport

A Colombian priest has been arrested in Moscow for drug smuggling. Anti-narcotic officers say they detained Fabio Ricardo Rodriguez at

A Colombian priest has been arrested in Moscow for drug smuggling. Anti-narcotic officers say they detained Fabio Ricardo Rodriguez at

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Giffords tells Congress to act now on gun violence

The former US congresswoman, critically injured in a mass shooting two years ago, has told Congress to be “bold” and “courageous” in tackling gun

The former US congresswoman, critically injured in a mass shooting two years ago, has told Congress to be “bold” and “courageous” in tackling gun

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Chancellor Merkel urges Egypt's Mursi to pursue political dialogue

With his country in crisis, Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi has visited Germany eager to convince Chancellor Angela Merkel of his commitment to

With his country in crisis, Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi has visited Germany eager to convince Chancellor Angela Merkel of his commitment to

Business

Spanish recession deepens

Spain’s economy sank deeper into recession at the end of last year. Between October and December GDP shrank 0.7 percent from the previous quarter

Spain’s economy sank deeper into recession at the end of last year. Between October and December GDP shrank 0.7 percent from the previous quarter

Europe

Commission waters down EU rail reforms

Europe’s railways could be set for a shake-up if plans to increase competition on the continent’s networks are accepted by EU leaders and MEPs. But

Europe’s railways could be set for a shake-up if plans to increase competition on the continent’s networks are accepted by EU leaders and MEPs. But

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Kerry seeks diplomatic fortune

The deal closed fast. John Kerry is known as a man of compromise. Even the Republicans would give him that, as the majority of them showed when they

The deal closed fast. John Kerry is known as a man of compromise. Even the Republicans would give him that, as the majority of them showed when they

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Mali, French seek allies

Former colonial power France intervened militarily in Mali on 11 January to stop Islamist fighters from taking over any more of it. France was the

Former colonial power France intervened militarily in Mali on 11 January to stop Islamist fighters from taking over any more of it. France was the

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Donations for Syria aid exceed UN target

Money pledged for aid for the Syria crisis has exceeded the UN’s target, after a fundraising conference in Kuwait. One and a half billion

Money pledged for aid for the Syria crisis has exceeded the UN’s target, after a fundraising conference in Kuwait. One and a half billion

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Greek workers break into labour minister's office

Greek police arrested up to 30 protesters on Wednesday as clashes broke out around the Labour ministry in Athens. Officials said those detained

Greek police arrested up to 30 protesters on Wednesday as clashes broke out around the Labour ministry in Athens. Officials said those detained

Sport

WADA calls UCI 'deceitful' in doping probe

The World Anti-Doping Agency has accused the International Cycling Union of being “deceitful” for claiming both would be working together on a truth

The World Anti-Doping Agency has accused the International Cycling Union of being “deceitful” for claiming both would be working together on a truth

Business

Fiat drives for luxury and full Chrysler ownership

Fiat’s latest results showed a reduction in losses in Europe in the fourth quarter, as it unveiled a greater emphasis on the recession-proof luxury

Fiat’s latest results showed a reduction in losses in Europe in the fourth quarter, as it unveiled a greater emphasis on the recession-proof luxury

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Israel said to have struck at Syrian convoy near Lebanon border

Israel has declined to comment on reports that its army launched an attack in the Syrian border area on Wednesday night. Lebanese security sources

Israel has declined to comment on reports that its army launched an attack in the Syrian border area on Wednesday night. Lebanese security sources

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South Korea's first successful rocket launch

It is third time lucky for South Korea where a rocket has been successfully launched after two previous failures. In addition, the launch was also

It is third time lucky for South Korea where a rocket has been successfully launched after two previous failures. In addition, the launch was also

Culture

Ayyam Gallery, London challenges perceptions of Arabic art

The first exhibition to grace the newly opened Ayyam Gallery in London is “Shooting the Cloud” by acclaimed Lebanese artist Nadim Karam. The show

The first exhibition to grace the newly opened Ayyam Gallery in London is “Shooting the Cloud” by acclaimed Lebanese artist Nadim Karam. The show

Culture

J-Lo shows she's still got it in 'Parker'

J-Lo is back on the silver screen in Taylor Hackford’s thriller ‘Parker’. The Oscar-winning director has tackled a number of genres over the past

J-Lo is back on the silver screen in Taylor Hackford’s thriller ‘Parker’. The Oscar-winning director has tackled a number of genres over the past

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Tuareg and other Mali rebels 'in talks' with the French in Kidal

French forces say they have entered the northern Malian town of Kidal after taking over the airport. There are no signs of Islamists and two

French forces say they have entered the northern Malian town of Kidal after taking over the airport. There are no signs of Islamists and two

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North Korea finally gets Google mapped

From its spooky gulags to its underground subways, North Korea’s morphology, geography and road network is now visible to all on the Google Maps

From its spooky gulags to its underground subways, North Korea’s morphology, geography and road network is now visible to all on the Google Maps

Business

Make or break for Blackberry

Gambling on survival, Research In Motion has launched its much-delayed new Blackberry 10 mobiles. The Canadian company once had a huge following

Gambling on survival, Research In Motion has launched its much-delayed new Blackberry 10 mobiles. The Canadian company once had a huge following

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New gadgetry that’s good for cops, bad for looters

Imagine that you’re a police officer in the midst of a riot. While you may be able to apprehend the offenders closest to you, you can see plenty of

Imagine that you’re a police officer in the midst of a riot. While you may be able to apprehend the offenders closest to you, you can see plenty of

Science_technology

Neanderthal cloning remains theoretical

There is no chance a Neanderthal is going to move in next door anytime soon, despite frenzied media speculation about the viability of cloning

There is no chance a Neanderthal is going to move in next door anytime soon, despite frenzied media speculation about the viability of cloning

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Egypt's Mursi visits Germany amid disorder at home

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has arrived in Germany for meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. The trip is an opportunity for Mursi

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has arrived in Germany for meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. The trip is an opportunity for Mursi

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Deaths and desperate need for aid in flood-stricken Mozambique

Flooding in three southern states of Mozambique has killed at least 40 people, with several reports of a death toll of up to 70. Low-lying coastal

Flooding in three southern states of Mozambique has killed at least 40 people, with several reports of a death toll of up to 70. Low-lying coastal

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Shell found 'partially responsible' for Niger Delta oil spill

Royal Dutch Shell has been ordered to pay unspecified damages to one farmer in Nigeria for loss of income. The ruling comes after a court at the

Royal Dutch Shell has been ordered to pay unspecified damages to one farmer in Nigeria for loss of income. The ruling comes after a court at the

Science_technology

Peugeot- Citroën's air-powered hybrid

To fight against pollution, as well as loud engines, car manufacturers have been working for several years on hybrid cars, cars that switch between

To fight against pollution, as well as loud engines, car manufacturers have been working for several years on hybrid cars, cars that switch between

Sport

Marcel Hirscher and Lena Duerr both shine in Moscow.

Austria’s Marcel Hirscher produced yet another flawless run to clinch a World Cup parallel slalom in Moscow on Tuesday Just a few days after taking

Austria’s Marcel Hirscher produced yet another flawless run to clinch a World Cup parallel slalom in Moscow on Tuesday Just a few days after taking

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Egypt's ElBaradei says all sides must meet to end violence

A senior opposition figure in Egypt has called for urgent talks with the government, amid the wave of violence in the country. Mohamed ElBaradei of

A senior opposition figure in Egypt has called for urgent talks with the government, amid the wave of violence in the country. Mohamed ElBaradei of