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2013-02-11

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Frail pope quits - leaves at end of February

The Pope has resigned. Benedict XVI astonished cardinals in the Vatican with the surprise announcement, in Latin, that he does not feel strong enough

The Pope has resigned. Benedict XVI astonished cardinals in the Vatican with the surprise announcement, in Latin, that he does not feel strong enough

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Pope's shock resignation: reaction from Rome

Shockwaves are being felt around the world following the resignation announcement of Pope Benedict XVI – nowhere more so than in central Rome.

Shockwaves are being felt around the world following the resignation announcement of Pope Benedict XVI – nowhere more so than in central Rome.

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Church-goers wish Pope well

Ordinary Catholics reacted to varying degrees when word reached them about the head of their church. Many took a modern and rational attitude. These

Ordinary Catholics reacted to varying degrees when word reached them about the head of their church. Many took a modern and rational attitude. These

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Astonishment in Vatican at pope's resignation

The last time a pope resigned was in the Middle Ages, so it is perhaps no surprise that this announcement was a complete surprise. Clergy close to

The last time a pope resigned was in the Middle Ages, so it is perhaps no surprise that this announcement was a complete surprise. Clergy close to

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Several killed in blast at Turkey-Syria border

The Turkish government says 13 people were killed and 28 wounded when a vehicle – thought to be a van or a minibus – blew up at a border crossing

The Turkish government says 13 people were killed and 28 wounded when a vehicle – thought to be a van or a minibus – blew up at a border crossing

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Stakes raised in the horsemeat scandal

The horsemeat scandal blame-game has heated up. The discovery of horsemeat disguised as beef in ready-to-eat frozen meals sold across Europe has

The horsemeat scandal blame-game has heated up. The discovery of horsemeat disguised as beef in ready-to-eat frozen meals sold across Europe has

Europe

Cyprus rejects 'bail-in' of island's depositors

Cyprus will oppose forcing losses on uninsured depositors to rescue the country’s banking system. Cypriot finance minister Vassos Shiarly responded

Cyprus will oppose forcing losses on uninsured depositors to rescue the country’s banking system. Cypriot finance minister Vassos Shiarly responded

Culture

The keys to success for young European actors

To succeed as an actor, you need talent. But that is not enough. That is what Valeria Sitaru, a teacher at Bucharest’s University of Film and

To succeed as an actor, you need talent. But that is not enough. That is what Valeria Sitaru, a teacher at Bucharest’s University of Film and

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Merkel: 'utmost respect' for Pope's decision

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a heartfelt reaction to the shock resignation of Pope Benedict the XVI on February 11. “When Josef Ratzinger

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a heartfelt reaction to the shock resignation of Pope Benedict the XVI on February 11. “When Josef Ratzinger

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A history of papal resignations

Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign in almost 600 years and in all of papal history there have been only four others who are known to have

Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign in almost 600 years and in all of papal history there have been only four others who are known to have

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Europeans react to Pope's shock resignation

Many Europeans reacted with shock to the news that Pope Benedict XVI is to resign. On Monday, the Vatican announced that the pontiff would step

Many Europeans reacted with shock to the news that Pope Benedict XVI is to resign. On Monday, the Vatican announced that the pontiff would step

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Zeffirelli: 'Italy neglects its responsibility' to the world

He is one of the last icons of Italian cinema and theatre. Franco Zeffirelli, who turns 90 this year, welcomes us inside his home. Zeffirelli

He is one of the last icons of Italian cinema and theatre. Franco Zeffirelli, who turns 90 this year, welcomes us inside his home. Zeffirelli

Sport

Riner hungry for more titles

After winning all there is to win as a heavyweight judoka – the world title – the European crown and following his exploits in London the Olympic

After winning all there is to win as a heavyweight judoka – the world title – the European crown and following his exploits in London the Olympic

Business

Barclays to announce huge cost cuts

British bank Barclays is reportedly to cut 2,000 jobs from its investment banking business. New boss Antony Jenkins is set to unveil plans to slash

British bank Barclays is reportedly to cut 2,000 jobs from its investment banking business. New boss Antony Jenkins is set to unveil plans to slash

Business

Peugeot to get state aid, but with conditions

PSA Peugeot Citroen has got temporary approval from Brussels for some of the state aid it is being offered by the French government. The European

PSA Peugeot Citroen has got temporary approval from Brussels for some of the state aid it is being offered by the French government. The European

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The Pope's resignation statement

Pope Benedict announced his planned resignation on Monday and the Vatican put out this official statement: Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to

Pope Benedict announced his planned resignation on Monday and the Vatican put out this official statement: Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to

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Benedict XVI's record questioned as pope

Joseph Ratzinger became Pope in 2005, following Jean-Paul II, after one of the Vatican’s briefest decision-making conclaves in history – about 24

Joseph Ratzinger became Pope in 2005, following Jean-Paul II, after one of the Vatican’s briefest decision-making conclaves in history – about 24

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US cleans up after winter blizzard and tornado

A tornado described as around 1.6 kilometres wide has struck the US state of Mississippi. In its path was the city of Hattiesburg. The twister

A tornado described as around 1.6 kilometres wide has struck the US state of Mississippi. In its path was the city of Hattiesburg. The twister

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New Pope by Easter after Benedict XVI resigns

Vatican sources say there will be a new Pope by Easter, which falls this year on March 31. In an announcement that apparently came as a surprise

Vatican sources say there will be a new Pope by Easter, which falls this year on March 31. In an announcement that apparently came as a surprise

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Baby attacked by fox

A four-week-old baby is recovering after being dragged from his cot by a wild fox which had got into his bedroom in London. The child was taken to

A four-week-old baby is recovering after being dragged from his cot by a wild fox which had got into his bedroom in London. The child was taken to

Sport

France dominate Paris grand slam

The French contingent proved a dominant force at their home judo Grand Slam in Paris on the second and final day of competition on

The French contingent proved a dominant force at their home judo Grand Slam in Paris on the second and final day of competition on

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Reward offered in hunt for ex-cop suspected of three murders

As the search continues in California for an ex-policeman suspected of three murders, a $1 million (748,000 euros) reward has been offered for

As the search continues in California for an ex-policeman suspected of three murders, a $1 million (748,000 euros) reward has been offered for

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Heavy gunfire erupts in northern Mali town

Heavy gunfire and running street battles between Malian troops and suspected Islamist insurgents erupted in the town of Gao only hours after a foiled

Heavy gunfire and running street battles between Malian troops and suspected Islamist insurgents erupted in the town of Gao only hours after a foiled