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Suspended sentence for Czech midwife

2011-09-23
Length: 4m 32s

A midwife in the Czech Republic has been found guilty of criminal negligence and given a two year suspended sentence after a baby boy suffered brain damage during a botched delivery in the mother's home.…

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Weekend demonstration to call for more women in Italian politics

2011-09-23
Length: 4m 13s

Italy has the lowest female representation in politics in Europe and activists are converging on Rome to call for changes to an electoral law they say is keeping women out of decision-making.…

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'Faster-than-light' subatomic particles could challenge foundations of physics

2011-09-23
Length: 3m 16s

Scientists at CERN say they have recorded neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light, which is normally considered impossible.…

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French court fines women for wearing the burqa

2011-09-22
Length: 3m 17s

Two women have been ordered to pay 120 and 90 euros respectively for wearing the full-face and body-covering Muslim veil in public, now banned under French law.…

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Women's human rights group in Turkey fears setback over rape

2011-09-22
Length: 3m 23s

A proposal by Turkish judges and prosecutors to revive a legal provision under which rapists are treated leniently if they marry their victims is sparking outrage.…

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German-born Pope starts four-day tour of his home country

2011-09-22
Length: 3m 22s

Pope Benedict lectured German MPs about moral standards during an address to parliament in Berlin which was boycotted by scores of leftist politicians.…

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British deputy prime minister defends spending cuts

2011-09-21
Length: 3m 10s

Britain's coalition government says it will stick to its plans to cut spending and bring down debt. At a party conference, Nick Clegg defended the plans, but warned the country faces a "long, hard road" to recovery.…

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Turkey launches revenge attacks against Kurdish rebels

2011-09-21
Length: 3m 43s

Turkish security forces mount a new military operation against Kurdish rebels in Northern Iraq. The rebels have been fighting for greater rights for decades, but the response from Turkish authorities has been unwavering.…

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Northern League calls for secession from Italy

2011-09-21
Length: 3m 47s

Silvio Berlusconi's coalition partners are distancing themselves from the government they claim is losing its grip on power. The party has called for a referendum on the North seceding from central control.…

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Journalist counterattacks after Dominique Strauss-Kahn interview

2011-09-20
Length: 4m 27s

Tristane Banon repeated her accusation that the former IMF head had tried to rape her, and said his interview showed no understanding of the women affected by his behavior.…

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Russia and Yukos both happy with court decision

2011-09-20
Length: 3m 59s

The European Court of Human Rights has said Russia abused human rights in the way it dismantled the oil company Yukos. But it said the state had kept within the law, and it didn't set damages.…

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State elections in Berlin disastrous for junior federal coalition partner

2011-09-19
Length: 3m 24s

The vote of the pro-business FDP collapsed in Sunday's election, and they've now been thrown out of yet another state parliament. What does the presence of such a weak party mean for the federal coalition?…

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Europe puzzles over Germany's line on the euro

2011-09-19
Length: 3m 45s

Germany opposed eurobonds, German ministers talk about Greek insolvency - the European Union is unsettled by what looks like German lack of commitment.…

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French charities call for continuation of EU food aid for the poor

2011-09-19
Length: 3m 57s

France's four biggest poverty-relief charities are worried about an announcement that the EU plans to cut its food aid by about 75 percent following a ruling by the European Court of Justice.…

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Tough times for young Italian designers

2011-09-16
Length: 3m 55s

Italy is home to some of fashion's most well-known designers. But as the country sinks deeper into economic woes, younger, less-established designers are finding it harder and harder to get noticed.…

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Paris hopes Libya will be generous with contracts

2011-09-16
Length: 5m 13s

Libya's new leadership has promised to bear in mind the efforts made by different countries to help the rebellion when it comes to the attribution of contracts - so the French are in a good position.…

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Russian tycoon leaves liberal party

2011-09-16
Length: 3m 48s

The campaign for Russia's parliamentary elections started with a scandal, when Russia's richest man left the liberal party he had promised to bring into parliament. The tycoon accused the Kremlin of meddling.…

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Czech-Israeli relations put to the test

2011-09-15
Length: 4m 40s

There is a chance the Czech Republic - one of Israel’s closest European allies - could be one of the few EU states to vote against the bid by the Palestinian Authority to gain full UN recognition as an independent state.…

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Turkey reacts angrily to UN report on Israeli flotilla attack

2011-09-02
Length: 3m 57s

Turkey expels the Israeli ambassador after a UN report blames both Turkey and Israel for last year's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The UN said Israel used “excessive” force but ruled its action was legal.…

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Concern for a million refugees in Libya

2011-09-02
Length: 4m 43s

UN aid agencies have again expressed concerns about the fate of around a million sub-Saharan migrants in Libya, many of whom say they have threatened and attacked.…

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Asylum seekers do battle on Dutch TV for cash back home

2011-09-02
Length: 6m 24s

In a new TV show, participants who are about to be deported are tested on their knowledge on Dutch ways. The winner gets a cash prize – which must be spent in their country of origin.…

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Afghan families seek compensation for civilian deaths in Kunduz

2011-09-01
Length: 3m 57s

For the families that lost loved ones in the German-ordered airstrike in northern Afghanistan in 2009, in which over 100 civilians lost their lives, the fight for compensation is entering a new phase.…

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Muscovites relieved at temporary end of sidewalk project

2011-09-01
Length: 5m 23s

A beautification project in Moscow, which has been bothering citizens all summer, has been suspended due to increased traffic. The break is a source of relief, as many Muscovites disagreed with the project to begin with.…

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South African horse breeder pushes for event in Port Elizabeth

2011-09-01
Length: 4m 38s

Phindi Kema, South Africa's first black thoroughbred breeder, is attempting to create an international horse racing event in Port Elizabeth. She is turning to the UK for help in a white-dominated industry.…

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Bomb blasts rip through Grozny, signaling renewed Islamist presence

2011-08-31
Length: 4m 12s

Three bombs have gone off in Grozny in the troubled province of Chechnya, killing nine people and injuring dozens. Authorities believe the blasts represented a terrorist attack meant to target the regional parliament.…

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Former allies Turkey and Israel set for diplomatic showdown

2011-08-31
Length: 4m 12s

Israel and Turkey remain at diplomatic loggerheads as the UN prepares to publish its report on Israel's raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine Turkish activists last year.…

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Radio Prague celebrates 75th anniversary

2011-08-31
Length: 4m 37s

The international broadcaster of the Czech Republic, Radio Prague, celebrated its 75th anniversary on Wednesday. The station went on air on August 31, 1936, to counter Nazi propaganda aimed at Czechoslovakia.…

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'Telekom scandal' leaves Austrian parliament searching for answers

2011-08-30
Length: 3m 41s

Austria is looking to clarify a scandal involving the telecommunications giant, Telekom, which is alleged of having channeled millions of euros to board members and politicians under the guise of lobbyist payments.…

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Turkey returns confiscated properties to religious minorities

2011-08-30
Length: 4m 11s

The government has taken a symbolic step towards repairing ties between Muslims and non-Muslims by returning confiscated properties belonging to Christians and Jews.…

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ECB head blames governments for the continued euro crisis

2011-08-29
Length: 3m 33s

The head of the European Central Bank, Jean Claude Trichet, has told the European Parliament that governments are to blame for the continued jitters over the euro: They should have put their finances in order.…

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Belarus wants IMF help

2011-08-29
Length: 4m 14s

The Belarus economy is in a mess, and the people are angry with the government over empty shops and soaring prices. So President Alexander Lukashenko is hoping for an IMF loan to ensure his political survival.…

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Prominent sex scandal grips Czech Republic

2011-08-29
Length: 3m 46s

A prominent Czech doctor has been arrested on charges of assaulting up to seven of his assistants. The doctor says the women signed contracts to provide him with what were described as "services of a personal nature."…

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Europe signals it will take a backseat in post-Gadhafi Libya

2011-08-26
Length: 3m 32s

Libya remains a divisive issue in Europe, with countries vying to clinch lucrative contracts for the reconstruction effort, but the EU has said it won't take a leading role once Gadhafi finally falls.…

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New 'incest' case shocks Austria

2011-08-26
Length: 2m 55s

Austria has been rocked by a scandal with startling parallels to the notorious Josef Fritzl case, as police arrest an 80-year-old man on suspicion of abusing his two daughters for over 40 years.…

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London police on high alert ahead of the Notting Hill Carnival

2011-08-26
Length: 3m 17s

Thousands of extra police officers will be on duty in the British capital this weekend, over concerns that the festival could spark off fresh rioting and looting in the British capital.…

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Libyan rebels confident assets will be unfrozen

2011-08-25
Length: 3m 54s

At a meeting of the Libya Contact Group in Istanbul, the head of political affairs at Libya's National Transitional Council said they were expecting $ 2.5 billion in unfrozen assets by the end of the month.…

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UN launches campaign against statelessness

2011-08-25
Length: 4m 4s

A stateless child is a vulnerable child. Millions of children have no official nationality.…

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French taxes to go in defense of national credit rating

2011-08-25
Length: 3m 54s

Nervous that its coveted triple A credit rating might be downgraded, France is planning austerity measures including higher taxes on alcohol, cigarettes and the super rich…

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France wants its share of the credit for supporting Libyan rebels

2011-08-24
Length: 4m 24s

France was the first country to recognize the Libyan rebels' National Transitional Council and some French commentators are claiming recent rebel successes in Tripoli are a victory for French foreign policy.…

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Turkey prepares to step up campaign against Kurdish rebels

2011-08-24
Length: 4m 10s

Turkish forces are amassing on the Iraqi border for an expected incursion into northern Iraq targeting suspected Kurdish rebel bases.…

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Pedalling away for the planet at a Berlin disco

2011-08-24
Length: 4m 18s

If the stationary cyclists stop pedalling, the lights go out and so does the music. Bicycle discos are now all the rage in green Germany.…

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Merkel urges Serbia to persevere with reforms to gain EU candidacy status

2011-08-23
Length: 4m 45s

Serbs see Germany as a key ally, but have their reservations about pressure from Berlin over Kosovo.…

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DSK heads for home

2011-08-23
Length: 3m 46s

French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have had sexual charges against him dismissed, but once back in France how will he ever manage to change the subject?…

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Former imprisoned teenager marks five years of freedom

2011-08-23
Length: 3m 58s

The Austrian girl who was kidnapped at the age of ten and kept in a cell for eight years has now turned 23. She is still a media celebrity.…

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Merkel under pressure at home over eurozone rescue fund

2011-08-22
Length: 3m 25s

Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing opposition from within her Christian Democrat party over new measures to prop up weaker eurozone states.…

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Row over oil expected to flare up between Turkey and Cyprus

2011-08-22
Length: 3m 40s

Cyprus is poised to start drilling for oil in the eastern Mediterranean in six weeks time raising tension with Turkey, which has threatened to take unspecified action in retaliation.…

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Russians' willingness to fight for change has seeped away

2011-08-19
Length: 4m 53s

Twenty years ago Boris Yeltsin was able to rouse the nation to defeat a hardline communist coup. These days, however, there is social apathy in Russia.…

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Berlin loses sleep over nightly arson attacks

2011-08-19
Length: 3m 26s

Burnt-out cars in a Berlin residential district are perceived by a leading Social Democrat as a harbinger of terrorism. England's riots may have unsettled German policy-makers more than they care to admit.…

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Charity denounces new law targeting the homeless as absurd

2011-08-19
Length: 3m 20s

A new by-law designed to regulate the behavior of homeless people in a small Czech town would effectively criminalize the act of leaning on a public waste bin.…

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Papal visit raises questions about Catholic Church's role in Spain

2011-08-18
Length: 5m 41s

Pope Benedict's visit to Madrid may have been joyously welcomed by devout Catholics, but for critics it is a reminder that the full separation of church and state in Spain is still unfinished business.…

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Holocaust survivors seeking compensation from Austria look to Israel for support

2011-08-18
Length: 4m 12s

Austrian-born survivors of the Holocaust say they've been compensated for just a fraction of what was stolen from them by the Nazis. They hope Israel will put pressure on Austria to reopen a compensation agreement.…

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New revelations about wartime past of French fashion icon

2011-08-18
Length: 4m 11s

'Sleeping with The Enemy' is a new biography of Coco Chanel that alleges that she was a Nazi spy and almost fanatically anti-Semitic.…

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Evangelical Christians' caravans unwelcome in French village

2011-08-17
Length: 3m 42s

Thousands of evangelical Christian Roma are descending on a tiny village in central France, and in protest the deputy mayor has dug trenches at the side of the road to stop them parking.…

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Sentencing of rioters in English courts stirs unease

2011-08-17
Length: 3m 28s

For an attempt to start a riot that never happened with the help of Facebook, two young men have been sent to prison for four years each.…

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Switzerland intervenes over its soaring currency

2011-08-17
Length: 4m 14s

The Swiss national bank is pumping Swiss francs on to the markets to limit the currency's increase in value, which is threatening the competitiveness of Swiss goods and services.…

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More Spaniards seeking work in France

2011-08-16
Length: 3m 19s

France is witnessing the biggest wave of immigration from Spain in decades. Spaniards can double, even triple their pay when they work on the other side of the Pyrenees.…

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Pilgrims flock to Madrid for papal visit

2011-08-16
Length: 4m 7s

A million pilgrims are expected to converge on Madrid later this week for World Youth Day festivities, which include a visit by the Pope. Critics complain about the cost in times of economic difficulty.…

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Bilingual road signs in Slovene and German to point to new era of harmony

2011-08-16
Length: 4m 11s

Three years after the death of far-right leader Jörg Haider, the Austrian province of Carinthia and the neighboring country of Slovenia settle a long-running dispute about bilateral place-names signs.…

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Cameron lashes out at rioters 'angry entitlement'

2011-08-15
Length: 3m 33s

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed criticism that welfare cuts had contributed to last week's riots blaming instead gang culture and a sense of 'angry entitlement' among the rioters.…

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Anti-communist, still controversial in the Czech Republic, dies in the US aged 81

2011-08-15
Length: 3m 41s

Ctirad Masin, a Czech anti-communist resistance fighter who shot his way to freedom in a daring 1953 escape, has died in the United States.…

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Sri Lanka Tamils make pilgrimage to German Catholic shrine

2011-08-15
Length: 5m 20s

Growing numbers of Sri Lanka Tamils, who came to Europe as refugees in 1980s, now make pilgrimages to a Catholic shrine at Kevelaer in Germany, convinced it shares much in common with a shrine in their homeland.…

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Berlin Wall started to go up fifty years ago

2011-08-12
Length: 5m 26s

When East German forces started sealing off the border to the western sectors of Berlin on August 13th 1961, Berliners were shocked by passivity of the western allies.…

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Cold War era compensation for Czech churches

2011-08-12
Length: 3m 39s

Religious organizations and the government in the Czech Republic are closing in on a deal for compensation for church property confiscated by the Communists in 1948.…

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Ethnic Albanians see peace dividend in Macedonia

2011-08-12
Length: 5m 48s

Ten years ago Macedonians and ethnic Albanians signed the Ohrid agreement, averting a conflict that could have destabilized the whole Balkans region.…

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Soaring Swiss franc could see Swiss economy stall

2011-08-11
Length: 3m 39s

As investors flee for safety and buy Swiss francs, the price of that traditional safe haven currency against the euro has rocketed, making Swiss products and services less competitive in the eurozone.…

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French bank woes stoke fears of speculators

2011-08-11
Length: 4m 26s

Shares in the major French bank Societe Generale tumbled on a groundless rumour published in a British newspaper. The French securities regulator has been asked to investigate.…

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Far right attack on Roma as authorities are accused of indifference

2011-08-11
Length: 2m 30s

Neo-Nazis are being blamed for an arson attack on a Roma family in the Czech republic. Roma rights activists say these attacks are often not treated with the seriousness they deserve by the authorities.…

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British prime minister promises 'fight back' against looters and rioters

2011-08-10
Length: 4m 29s

A heavy police presence has brought calm to London's streets, though rioting has spread to other cities in the UK.…

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Market jitters force French president back to his desk

2011-08-10
Length: 3m 58s

President Nicolas Sarkozy cuts short his holiday to announce new moves to slash France's massive debt amid fears it might be next after the United States to suffer a credit-rating downgrade.…

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Prague hosts its first ever gay pride festival

2011-08-10
Length: 3m 46s

Prague Pride's organizers are bracing themselves for hostile Christians, neo-Nazis and bad weather. One local conservative has denounced the US embassy for supporting the event.…

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London struggles to shrug off worst rioting in decades

2011-08-09
Length: 3m 33s

Britain's political leaders belatedly return home and promise a tough police crackdown while ordinary Londoners pick up brooms to help sweep away the debris of three nights of rioting and looting.…

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Spain heaves a sigh of relief

2011-08-09
Length: 4m 40s

With the European Central Bank intervening on its behalf, Spain appears to have narrowly avoided disaster on the bond markets.…

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Wood not seen for the trees in the battle of the bark beetle

2011-08-09
Length: 3m 54s

A dispute in the Czech Republic over whether trees should be felled to contain the spread of the bark beetle is being pursued with a doctrinal fervour normally reserved for religion or politics.…

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Ex-Olympic skiing coach could face jail

2011-08-08
Length: 4m 12s

Disgraced Austrian Olympic skiing coach Walter Mayer has gone on trial in Vienna on doping charges for which he could be sent to prison for three years…

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Sterilized Romani woman clears legal hurdle in fight for damages

2011-08-08
Length: 3m 38s

A Romani woman who was sterilized at the age of 21 without her consent can now sue for damages after Czech Republic's Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling.…

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Social media fans' oblique take on Russia's upcoming presidential election

2011-08-05
Length: 5m 10s

Girls, who wash cars for nothing in support of Vladmir Putin, or who remove clothing to promote Dimitry Medvedev's anti-beer law. It appears a long way from traditional electioneering, perhaps quite deliberately so.…

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Unmade roads unlikely to dent optimism for Sino-Polish business ties

2011-08-05
Length: 4m 15s

China's foreign minister praised Poland's recovery from the global financial crisis and its role in the EU, but remained silent on a failed Chinese motorway project which was to have helped link Warsaw to Berlin.…

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Controversial Czech presidential aide attacks gays

2011-08-05
Length: 4m 13s

Advisor to Czech president Vaclav Klaus, Petr Hajek, is a creationist who believes Osama bin Laden was a media fiction. Now he's lashed out at the gay community days before Prague stages its first Pride parade.…

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Probe into torture link with UK security services boycotted

2011-08-05
Length: 3m 40s

A government inquiry to whether UK agents colluded with foreign security services in the mistreatment of terror suspects has come under attack from campaigners who had earlier supported it.…

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Spain stands its ground in bond market turmoil

2011-08-05
Length: 3m 31s

Spain has successfully sold 3.5 billion euros in government bonds, providing a brief respite in the fight against contagion from the eurozone debt crisis. But an upcoming election could weaken its defenses.…

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Russians wary of dark summer month

2011-08-04
Length: 4m 21s

In the former Soviet Union, August is 'black August', the time of year when calamity strikes, such as war or forest fires. Some say this has less to do with superstition than with economic cycles.…

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France starting to count the military cost of political influence

2011-08-03
Length: 4m 42s

Many French people like to see their president actively shaping international events, but public opinion is fickle and some are asking if France's political ambitions are now out of step with its military means.…

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UK takes copyright law into digital age, drops website blocking

2011-08-03
Length: 4m 7s

The UK is updating its copyright law for the digital era and in a victory for open rights campaigners is abandoning as unworkable plans to block websites that host copyright-infringing material.…

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Berlin's UN diplomacy disappoints German opposition parties

2011-08-03
Length: 3m 27s

The German government is being accused of failing to use its ties with China and Russia to secure a more concerted diplomatic offensive at the UN against the Syrian leader Bashar al Assad.…

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Political motives suspected behind terrorism allegations

2011-08-02
Length: 4m 5s

Prosecutors in Turkey claim to have detected a terrorist conspiracy called the KCK among members of the country's Kurdish BDP party. Some commentators are skeptical.…

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Austerity threat to UK voluntary sector

2011-08-02
Length: 4m 22s

UK campaigners say 2000 charities have had their funding reduced or withdrawn in austerity cuts, undermining the role of the voluntary sector said to be crucial in Prime Minister David Cameron's 'Big Society' Britain.…

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Change elusive in Sidi Bouzid

2011-08-02
Length: 3m 47s

Residents of Sidi Bouzid, the Tunisian town that became the cradle for change in North Africa, are frustrated because so little has improved in their own lives.…

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Border incidents highlight Kosovo's volatile ethnic divide

2011-08-01
Length: 5m 11s

The recent unrest that flared up at the border between Serbia and Kosovo following the deployment of Kosovo special police is a sign of simmering ethnic feuds that could unsettle the whole region.…

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Russia strives after a smaller, more professional, police force

2011-08-01
Length: 4m 22s

More than 200,000 Russian police officers are losing their jobs in a shake-up of the force ordered by President Medvedev. The police will also lose the label 'militia', a legacy from the Soviet era.…

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Mass resignations of Turkish generals signal military is losing influence

2011-08-01
Length: 4m 11s

The influence of Turkey's military is seeping away and the Islamic-rooted government is gaining in authority. It's uncertain how the prime minister will respond to this tilt in the balance of power.…

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Polish defense minister steps down after Kaczynski crash report

2011-07-29
Length: 4m 41s

Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich resigns after a government report lists numerous errors by the crew of the military plane that crashed in Russia last year killing President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.…

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Spain to go to polls early

2011-07-29
Length: 3m 2s

Spain's prime minister moves a general election due in the spring forward to November, saying he wants to create political and economic certainty in the coming months.…

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Ukraine hit by coal mining tragedy

2011-07-29
Length: 4m 5s

At least 17 miners were killed when a gas explosion rocked a coal mine in Ukraine in the middle of the night in a chilling reminder that the country's mines are among the most dangerous in the world.…

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Soul-searching in Norway in aftermath of massacre

2011-07-28
Length: 4m 21s

After the horrendous attacks by Anders Behring Breivik, Norwegians are asking questions about racism in their society and attitudes towards Islam.…

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Cyprus cabinet quits

2011-07-28
Length: 4m 3s

The entire cabinet of Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias, under fire after a munitions blast killed 13 people and wrecked the island's main power plant, has resigned.…

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Café and restaurant tables taken from the streets in Turkey

2011-07-28
Length: 3m 44s

Turks suspect a crackdown on pavement cafes and restaurants, ostensibly for road safety reasons, is motivated by religious sensitivities.…

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London organizers confident about Olympics

2011-07-27
Length: 4m 31s

London says it is on track to stage the summer Olympics in 2012 starting in exactly a year's time, but there are nagging worries about policing and travel chaos.…

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Suspected Russian pressure said to be behind ex-KGB agent's release

2011-07-27
Length: 3m 11s

Austria is facing growing international criticism for releasing a former KGB agent wanted on war crimes charges in Lithuania with Austrian media reporting he was set free because of pressure from Russia.…

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Daughter of Khordorkovsky's associate wants her father released from prison

2011-07-26
Length: 4m 9s

A court in Russia has heard written testimony from the nine-year-old daughter of Platon Lebedev, co-accused of ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khordorkovsky, saying she cries almost every day because her father can't come home.…

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Watchdog claims timber companies exploiting link to conservation group

2011-07-26
Length: 5m 55s

An environmental watchdog Global Witness is accusing timber companies of abusing membership of a World Wide Fund for Nature scheme by not keeping their side of the bargain.…

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New role for police in Turkey's conflict with Kurdish rebels as political overtures falter

2011-07-26
Length: 3m 21s

Equipped with 200 new armored personnel carriers and heavy weapons, Turkey's police force is to be assigned a more active role in the conflict with PKK rebels, stoking fears of further escalation.…

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Bombing and killing spree suspect in court as Norway mourns victims

2011-07-25
Length: 3m 17s

Norway observes a minute's silence in memory of the scores of victims of Friday's bombing and shooting spree. Suspect Anders Behring Breivik is remanded in custody for eight weeks.…

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Turkish women protest against lethal domestic violence

2011-07-25
Length: 10m 46s

There has been a worrying increase in the number of Turkish women being murdered by the husbands; women's groups urge the government to do more to stop domestic violence.…

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Striking taxi drivers symbolize national pain as austerity bites

2011-07-25
Length: 4m 48s

Greek taxi drivers strike over government proposals to open up their chosen trade to more competition, forcing them to make painful adjustments symbolic of the upheaval gripping the whole country.…

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World Shakespeare Congress on stage in Prague

2011-07-22
Length: 15m 23s

The Bard's genius thrives in translation as languages other than English create their own Shakespearean culture.…

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Burka banned in Belgium

2011-07-22
Length: 3m 50s

Wearing the full-face veil will be punishable by a fine or even imprisonment from Saturday.…

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Discord over Turkish deaths in Israeli raid set to continue

2011-07-22
Length: 4m 9s

A UN report on last year's Israeli raid on a flotilla of peace activists that claimed nine Turkish lives is expected to exacerbate bilateral tensions, even though both sides have sufficient reasons to repair ties.…

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Hess remains removed from final resting place

2011-07-21
Length: 4m 29s

The body of Rudolf Hess, once deputy to the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, has been exhumed and his grave destroyed to end neo-Nazi pilgrimages.…

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Italian politicians' salaries under attack

2011-07-21
Length: 4m 11s

An anonymous Italian blogger has been drawing attention to the lavish lifestyle and privileges enjoyed by Italian politicians while others are having to tighten their belts.…

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Dissatisfaction in Kosovo over US policy channelled into satire

2011-07-21
Length: 5m 31s

The Pimpsons, inspired by the long-running US television series with a very similar name, are an internet sensation in Kosovo, poking fun at the American ambassador and the influence he wields.…

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Turkey signals tougher line over Cyprus

2011-07-20
Length: 3m 39s

Ankara says it will suspend ties with EU when Cyprus takes over the six-month rotating presidency, but this could just play into the hands of opponents of Turkey's EU membership bid.…

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Switzerland ponders the downside of being a safe haven

2011-07-20
Length: 3m 41s

A strong Swiss franc on the currency markets may boost Swiss self-esteem, but it worries Swiss hoteliers who see it driving away foreign guests.…

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UK prime minister grilled in parliament over phone-hacking

2011-07-20
Length: 3m 16s

David Cameron did not falter, hesitate or fall in his political battle to survive.…

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Murdoch faces unprecedented grilling by parliamentarians

2011-07-19
Length: 4m 22s

British MPs have been questioning media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son James over the phone-hacking scandal that brought down the News of the World tabloid.…

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Song that called for change in the Soviet Union is outlawed in Belarus

2011-07-19
Length: 3m 41s

A rock song, popular in the twilight years of the Soviet Union, is spooking the authorities in Belarus, who believe it is inflaming political dissent.…

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Roma claim Czech government is going soft on neo-Nazis

2011-07-19
Length: 3m 23s

A Roma advocacy group is accusing the Czech police of failing to crack down on racist abuse by neo-Nazis, as relations between the Roma minority and the Czech authorities deteriorate.…

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Portuguese braced for new tax and more spending cuts

2011-07-18
Length: 4m 13s

Portugal is tightening its austerity regime still further to fill a gap in the national budget of two billion euros only discovered this month.…

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Spain determined to put positive spin on failed stress tests

2011-07-18
Length: 4m 7s

Five of the eight European banks which failed the European Union's stress tests were Spanish, but the government in Madrid remains optimistic about the credibility of the country's financial sector.…

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Vienna and Vilnius in row over European arrest warrant

2011-07-18
Length: 3m 29s

A diplomatic spat has broken out between Austria and Lithuania after Vienna failed to extradite a war crimes suspect, who is an ex-Soviet KGB officer.…

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Libyan rebels win support of international contact group

2011-07-15
Length: 3m 27s

A contact group of Western, Arab and African countries agree at a meeting in Istanbul to formally recognize Libyan rebels fighting to topple Moammar Gadhafi, designating them as the country's legitimate rulers.…

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Greek Cypriots demand president’s resignation over deadly munitions blast

2011-07-15
Length: 3m 12s

Greek Cypriots call on the president to step down after an explosion at a naval base that left 13 people dead. The blast destroyed the island’s main power station and now Cypriots are facing rolling power cuts.…

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Spanish experts help soccer referees improve their performances

2011-07-15
Length: 4m 56s

There is a saying in sports that the best referee is the one you don’t notice. Now a group of experts in Spain is trying to help match officials get even less attention.…

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On Bastille Day, France mourns the deaths of five soldiers in Afghanistan

2011-07-14
Length: 4m 44s

July 14 is the French national holiday, Bastille Day. This year, Paris is being urged to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan after six French soldiers were killed in attacks there over the past two days.…

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Pamplona’s annual “Running of the Bulls” ends relatively injury-free

2011-07-14
Length: 4m 5s

Spain’s traditional “Running of the Bulls” is an annual event held in the northern town of Pamplona. Popularized by the American author Ernest Hemingway, it’s a week-long celebration of machismo and mortal danger.…

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Austrian national anthem to underscore gender equality

2011-07-14
Length: 3m 51s

Austria is about to change the lyrics to its national anthem. Instead of only referring to the country’s “great sons”, the daughters of the Alpine republic will now also have their place of honor in the song.…

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Libyan rebel delegation meets with NATO and EU leaders in Brussels

2011-07-13
Length: 3m 44s

The head of Libya’s rebels has met for talks with top European Union and NATO officials in Brussels. He admitted that some human rights abuses had occurred at the start of the rebellion.…

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Murdoch drops bid to take over BSkyB as phone-hacking investigation looms

2011-07-13
Length: 3m 59s

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch withdrew a bid for the UK broadcaster BSkyB as the British prime minister declared that an independent judge will conduct an inquiry into a spreading phone-hacking scandal.…

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Turkey prepares to write a new constitution in the midst of Kurdish tension

2011-07-13
Length: 3m 51s

The Turkish government has won a vote of confidence, opening the way to write a new constitution. However, concerns remain over tensions caused by the arrest of Kurdish lawmakers.…

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Eurozone debt crisis adds to Berlusconi's woes

2011-07-12
Length: 4m 5s

Financial markets are putting pressure on Italy to pass a 50 billion euro austerity budget quickly, but Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been made conspicuous by his silence.…

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Russia in mourning after 100 presumed drowned in shipping disaster

2011-07-12
Length: 4m 0s

Many are still in shock following the sinking of the 'Bulgaria'. Volga river cruises are highly popular and this could have happened to anyone.…

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News International targeted by ex-prime minister over invasion of privacy

2011-07-12
Length: 4m 30s

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has lashed Rupert Murdoch's media empire accusing them of working with 'criminals with records'.…

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Eurozone faces up to intractable Greek debt crisis

2011-07-11
Length: 3m 21s

Eurozone nations are in a quandary over the Greek debt crisis. Enlist the help of private creditors and the ratings agencies could cry 'default'. Don't enlist their help and taxpayers will grumble.…

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British political leaders take on Murdoch

2011-07-11
Length: 3m 46s

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is seeking to shore up his News Corporation empire following the demise of the News of the World tabloid and political pressure to rethink his bid for the BSkyB pay TV giant.…

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Politicians and church leaders vow to keep memory of Jedwabne massacre alive

2011-07-11
Length: 3m 42s

Jedwabne stands for one of the darkest chapters in Polish history - the murder of Jews seventy years ago, not by Nazis but by Poles.…

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Israelis leave hundreds of pro-Palestinian protestors stranded at European airports

2011-07-08
Length: 3m 48s

Israeli authorities curtailed a protest by hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists at Tel Aviv airport by putting them on a blacklist which stopped them from boarding planes for Israel in the first place.…

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British government acutely embarrassed by phone-hacking scandal

2011-07-08
Length: 4m 21s

The phone-hacking scandal that brought down the UK tabloid News of the World is coming uncomfortably close to Prime Minister David Cameron following the arrest of his former director of communications.…

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Austrian towns seek to erase the memory of links with Hitler

2011-07-08
Length: 3m 48s

It's not clear from the records whether the Austrian town of Braunau, birthplace of Adolf Hitler, actually awarded an honorary citizenship to the notorious Nazi dictator, but officials decided to strike him off anyway.…

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Britain's best-selling tabloid to be shut down over phone-hacking scandal

2011-07-07
Length: 4m 42s

The last edition of the News of the World will be published on Sunday after allegations that people who worked for it had hacked the phones of relatives of military personnel who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.…

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ECB's key refinancing rate now at 1.5 percent

2011-07-07
Length: 3m 27s

The European Central Bank raised interest rates, as expected, by 25 basis points and had strong words for the ratings agencies.…

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Russian president Medvedev angry over report of military modernization delays

2011-07-07
Length: 4m 38s

The designer of Russia's Topol-M nuclear missile has gone public with allegations that the Russia defence ministry is failing to supply funds for the procurement of new military hardware.…

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Turkey now fully backing the rebels in Libyan conflict

2011-07-06
Length: 3m 42s

A Turkish diplomat says dialogue with Colonel Gadhafi had become impossible, while the rebels in Benghazi were acting more and more responsibly.…

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The small country that serves as a huge filling station

2011-07-06
Length: 4m 59s

Drive to a foreign country for a tank of petrol! Motorists living in France, Belgium and Germany save money in Luxembourg because fuel tax is lower there.…

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British prime minister promises inquiry into phone-hacking by national newspaper

2011-07-06
Length: 4m 57s

A scandal in Britain about phone-hacking is raising worrying questions about the relationship between the police and the media.…

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Court finds Dutch state responsible for three Srebrenica deaths

2011-07-05
Length: 4m 28s

The Dutch state has been held responsible for the first time for the actions of its UN peacekeeping battalion which was charged with protecting thousands of Muslims from a Bosnian Serb offensive.…

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces rape allegation in France

2011-07-05
Length: 3m 56s

In a case separate from proceedings underway in New York, a young woman says the former head of the International Monetary Fund tried to rape her in 2003. She has brought charges against him.…

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UN urged to list Venice as an endangered city

2011-07-05
Length: 3m 37s

Conservationists say the lagoon city of Venice is under attack from all sides – from pollution, developers and global warming…

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Renewed interest in Strauss Kahn's ambitions as assault case appears to crumble

2011-07-04
Length: 3m 4s

Reports that the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss Kahn in New York was unravelling have reignited debate about whether he should run for president in France and spawned conspiracy theories.…

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Otto Habsburg dies

2011-07-04
Length: 3m 59s

The eldest son of the Karl I, the last Austro-Hungarian emperor, has passed away at the age of 98 and will be laid to rest in Vienna.…

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Turkey in shock over football match-fixing probe

2011-07-04
Length: 3m 14s

Nearly 60 people including the president of Turkish champions Fenerbahce, Aziz Yildirim, have been detained by police in an investigation that involves many of the country's top clubs.…

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Poland takes over EU presidency from Hungary

2011-07-01
Length: 4m 27s

Warsaw would like to use its six-month presidency to deepen ties with ex-Soviet states such as Ukraine, but more pressing issues such as the eurozone debt crisis may hamper such ambitions.…

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Bundeswehr steps up recruiting as conscription is abolished

2011-07-01
Length: 7m 34s

Conscription in German armed forces ended on July 1st and the Bundeswehr is now launching a recruitment campaign aimed at sceptical young Germans.…

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Monaco's Prince Albert II marries South African Charlene Wittstock

2011-07-01
Length: 4m 21s

Following Friday's civil ceremony and celebrations for the people of Monaco, the couple are to wed again on Saturday in a Catholic religious ceremony attended by fellow royals and stars from fashion and show business.…

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Hungarian EU presidency ends

2011-06-30
Length: 3m 15s

Hungary's six month stint at the helm of the EU has been dogged by controversy over domestic curbs on media freedoms and a new constitution, but the government claims the presidency was a success.…

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Link between E.coli strain and outbreak now established

2011-06-10
Length: 3m 23s

Germany says it's convinced it has found the source of the deadly strain of E.coli that has killed 31 people, infected thousands, wreaked havoc with vegetable sales and caused diplomatic fall-out.…

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Turkey heads for the polls in weekend general election

2011-06-10
Length: 4m 11s

Pollsters are predicting a comfortable win for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, despite opposition claims that while the economy may be booming, his government has turned increasingly authoritarian.…

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Belgrade to host NATO conference amid continued distrust of the alliance

2011-06-10
Length: 6m 13s

With memories of NATO bombing during the Kosovan War still fresh, many Serbians are suspicious of joining the alliance. Membership would, however, be beneficial to the Serb arms industry.…

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Greeks numbed by debt crisis and austerity packages

2011-06-09
Length: 5m 51s

Greek pollster Dimitris Mavros says 'the average Greek citizen is so confused that he doesn't know what he should want. All he knows is that he is in pain and the bad symptoms of the illness must be done away with.'…

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Counterfeit alcohol in Turkey kills four

2011-06-09
Length: 3m 44s

Four Russian tourists have died in Turkey after drinking whiskey and vodka laced with methanol at a popular resort. Another 20 who survived are still suffering from the after-effects and one victim is in a coma.…

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Underground art on show in London

2011-06-09
Length: 2m 54s

All sorts of people leave all sorts of things on the London Underground. Some of the works of art that have been handed into the 'Lost and Found' department are now on display in an exhibition.…

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OPEC to keep current oil production levels

2011-06-08
Length: 3m 16s

OPEC surprised analysts by deciding not to increase oil production at its Vienna meeting. The failure to agree on a rise was in part due to rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.…

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German farmers concerned about their future

2011-06-08
Length: 3m 55s

German vegetable growers are fearful of the long term impact of the E.coli scare, especially if even more sorts of vegetables come under suspicion.…

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Ukraine focused on Euro2012 kick-off in twelve months' time

2011-06-08
Length: 5m 15s

Border guards with better English skills and less military-looking uniforms – Ukraine is preparing to welcome fans to the football championship it is co-hosting with Poland, but worries over infrastructure persist.…

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Spanish lawmaker brandishes cucumber at Germany in European parliament

2011-06-07
Length: 3m 8s

Spanish politicians are furious with Germany over its handling over the E.coli outbreak for which Spanish cucumbers were initially held responsible, causing a dramatic drop in sales.…

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International conference seeks to learn from Fukushima

2011-06-07
Length: 3m 48s

Spent fuel rods should be better protected and located further away from reactors. That's one of the recommendations heard at a 30-nation meeting in Paris called to discuss nuclear safety.…

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Spanish protest movement faces uncertain future

2011-06-07
Length: 4m 30s

Spain's May 15th protest movement sprung up during a local election campaign, reflecting disenchantment with traditional politics, but it remains to be seen whether it will have a lasting impact.…

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Russian envoy visits Libyan rebel stronghold

2011-06-06
Length: 4m 42s

Moscow wants to help forge a negotiated settlement to the Libyan conflict, but has no intention of offering Colonel Gadhafi a safe exit.…

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French police weapon suspected of causing serious injury to a child

2011-06-06
Length: 3m 58s

They fire soft rubber balls which are not supposed to penetrate the skin. Yet a 9-year-old girl is now in a coma and her parents believe the 'Flash-ball' is to blame.…

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Germans shy of becoming organ donors

2011-06-06
Length: 5m 16s

85 percent of Germans don't carry an organ donor's card. Campaigners are trying to convince them that donating their organs when they die could help somebody else lead a new life.…

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First day in court for Mladic

2011-06-03
Length: 4m 56s

Ex-Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic has made his first appearance at the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague, shaking his head when the charges relating to the Srebrenica massacre were read out.…

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Researchers assume mystery source of deadly E.coli still active

2011-06-03
Length: 3m 22s

Spanish cucumbers may now have a clean bill of health, but disease control experts are still advising Germans to avoid salad vegetables as they continue the hunt for the source of a deadly strain of E.coli.…

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Interfaith project planned for where 13th century church once stood

2011-06-03
Length: 5m 47s

Berliners want to turn the site of the Petri church that was bombed by the allies in World War Two and demolished by the Communist regime in the 1960s into a place of worship for Christians, Jews and Muslims.…

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Moscow accused of overreacting by Brussels

2011-06-02
Length: 3m 44s

A ban by Russia on the import of vegetables from the 27-nation EU because of the deadly E.coli outbreak has been described by the European Commission as disproportionate.…

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Press freedom under the spotlight during Hungary's EU presidency

2011-01-20
Length: 4m 31s

Hungary's controversial new media law has triggered soul-searching about press freedom elsewhere. Italy is the only country in Western Europe where the press is not rated as free, but 'partially free.'…

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Germany's armed forces troubled by a spate of disturbing incidents hinting at deeper malaise

2011-01-20
Length: 3m 44s

A woman falls to her death on a German navy sailing ship, a soldier is shot, apparently by accident, in Afghanistan, and soldiers' letters home are mysteriously found to have been opened by persons unknown.…

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British counter-extremism think-tank criticizes German attitude to Muslims

2011-01-20
Length: 3m 56s

Ghaffar Hussein of the Quilliam Foundation says there was no attempt to give the 'guest-workers' in Germany a sense of togetherness, or a German identity, so their communities developed in an insular way.…

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New campaign to combat right-wing extremism and racism in German sport

2011-01-19
Length: 4m 57s

Far-right groups are infiltrating football in Germany, particularly at the amateur level, using the sport to propagate their ideology.…

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Radical reform for UK's publicly-funded National Health Service

2011-01-19
Length: 3m 19s

Under the proposals to reform the NHS in England, two layers of bureaucracy will be removed and responsibility for spending 80 billion pounds a year on hospital and specialist care passed to family doctors.…

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Belligerent Orban faces largely hostile European parliament

2011-01-19
Length: 3m 26s

Scores of members of the European Parliament slapped gags over their mouths and brandished blank pages at Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in protest at his country's controversial new media law.…

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No immediate plans for a bigger eurozone rescue fund

2011-01-18
Length: 3m 19s

European Union finance ministers have decided to wait and see before pouring more money into the eurozone rescue fund.…

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UN refugee agency warns Sweden not to deport asylum seekers back to Iraq

2011-01-18
Length: 4m 19s

The UNHCR says some of the 25 failed asylum seekers due to be flown back home this week are members of religious minorities who would face persecution on their return.…

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'Dragon's Rock' of German mythology set to regain its unblemished splendor

2011-01-18
Length: 5m 54s

A restaurant built in the1970s which many say ruins the romantic atmosphere of the nearby Drachenfels rock formation overlooking the River Rhine is to be demolished.…

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Marine Le Pen takes over France's far right National Front from her father

2011-01-17
Length: 3m 56s

The daughter of Jean Marie Le Pen is twice as popular as her father and 16.5 percent of the French electorate would vote for her as president.…

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Austrian conservatives unlikely to march in step with military reform

2011-01-17
Length: 3m 45s

Austria's defence minister wants to abolish conscription and phase in a volunteer, professional army, but he is likely to face an uphill battle.…

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Swiss bank whistleblower hands data to Assange

2011-01-17
Length: 4m 18s

Rudolf Elmer, who says he only wants to expose the truth about the Swiss banking system, has given WikiLeak's Julian Assange two CDs containing confidential banking details of the rich and the famous.…

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Unseasonal thaw wreaks havoc in St Petersburg

2011-01-14
Length: 5m 2s

Leaking roofs are a big problem in Russia's second city and highlight the inability of municipal authorities to live up to their obligations to maintain housing.…

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'High Pay Commission' campaigns for pay curbs

2011-01-14
Length: 4m 54s

A group of trade unionists, journalists and academics have devised their own answer to inequality in the UK; executive pay should be limited to no more than 20 times the average wage paid in their companies.…

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Swiss minister holds crisis meeting over strength of the franc

2011-01-14
Length: 3m 37s

The Swiss franc has climbed steeply against the euro and dollar over the last year. While some Swiss may rejoice at a strong national currency, exporters worry Swiss products may be pricing themselves out of the market…

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Midwife on trial after botched delivery

2011-01-13
Length: 4m 5s

A midwife in the Czech Republic could be sent to prison for four years after a baby delivered while the mother was at home sustained severe brain damage.…

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Men needed as role models in kindergartens

2011-01-13
Length: 5m 40s

Being a nursery teacher in a German kindergarten is normally a female domain, but the German government wants to bring more men into the profession.…

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Italian court scales back immunity for Berlusconi

2011-01-13
Length: 3m 3s

Italy's constitutional court has opened the way for the resumption of corruption trials involving Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after modifying a temporary immunity law that has shielded the Italian leader.…

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Brussels signals eurozone rescue fund may have to grow

2011-01-12
Length: 3m 14s

A successful bond auction has eased fears about eurozone member Portugal's need for a bailout. But the European Commission still believes the 440 billion euros in the EU's rescue fund may not be enough.…

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Vatican stages partial retreat from its ban on use of condoms

2010-11-22
Length: 4m 2s

Pope Benedict told a German Catholic journalist that the use of condoms can be justified when male prostitutes are trying to stop the spread of HIV.…

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Protestors vent anger in Moscow over failure of Krasnodar authorities to fight crime

2010-11-22
Length: 4m 25s

Disgruntled residents of the southern Russian region of Krasnodar made the long trip to Moscow to complain about corruption and lawlessness, recently highlighted by a case of mass murder.…

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Portugal denies need for Irish-style bailout

2010-11-22
Length: 3m 22s

One day after Ireland agreed to apply for a rescue package from the EU and IMF of the order of 90 billion euros, Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates insisted his country has no need for any aid.…

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France says it won't bow to terrorist pressure over hostages

2010-11-19
Length: 3m 41s

French officials say they will not have policies dictated to them by terrorists after a branch of al-Qaeda called on Paris to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan in return for the safety of five French hostages.…

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Austrian opinion poll says 27 percent now support far right

2010-11-19
Length: 4m 27s

Freedom Party leader Hans Christian Strache is tapping into the same rich vein of voters as the late Jörg Heider, who campaigned on an anti-foreigner platform before being killed in car crash.…

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Polish town puts its faith in Jesus

2010-11-19
Length: 5m 14s

The western Polish town of Swiebodzin hopes a statue of Jesus, 36 meters high, will turn it into a place of pilgrimage, with the all the attendant benefits for the local economy.…

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Missile shield will force Turkey to show its hand

2010-11-18
Length: 4m 25s

Turkey has been making overtures to Iran, but NATO's plans for a missile defence shield will force Ankara to show whether it is still committed to the western alliance.…

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Germans mull over terror alert for November attacks

2010-11-18
Length: 3m 50s

One passenger at Berlin's main train station said he wasn't aware of any danger; another got into her car hastily explaining that train stations were places to avoid.…

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Google launches Street View in sceptical Germany

2010-11-18
Length: 4m 1s

Street level photographs have gone online, but a significant number of images have been blurred out because worried citizens don't want pictures of their homes on the web.…

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Suspected arms dealer's trial annoys Russia

2010-11-17
Length: 4m 12s

Suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, accused of supplying some deadly Third World conflicts over the last decade with powerful weapons, will face justice in the United States in a case that has infuriated Moscow.…

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Berlusconi's hour of reckoning looks set for mid-December

2010-11-17
Length: 4m 11s

The Italian parliament will decide on the fate of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in two confidence votes on December 14th that could trigger early elections.…

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Germany phases in retirement at 67

2010-11-17
Length: 4m 26s

Germany is to press ahead with a plan to raise the statutory age of retirement gradually from 65 to 67 years. But unions say this won't mean people will necessarily work longer; it will just lead to lower pensions.…

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German mining area rediscovers its heritage

2010-11-16
Length: 5m 34s

Mining is enjoying a renaissance in Germany's Erzgebirge region. In the village of Niederschlag, which is set amid dense forest, engineers are boring their way towards deposits of two minerals, barite and fluorite.…

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Budget talks break down in Brussels

2010-11-16
Length: 3m 19s

Budget negotiations between the European parliament and EU member states have collapsed. They were the first since the Lisbon Treaty handed parliament decision-making powers on a par with that of governments.…

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Russia orders new probe on anniversary of lawyer's death

2010-11-16
Length: 3m 16s

One year ago, Sergei Magnitsky, a young Russian lawyer, died in a Moscow prison. He had claimed he had evidence that Russian officials were involved in large-scale fraud.…

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French government shifts to the right

2010-11-15
Length: 4m 7s

Nicolas Sarkozy has reshuffled his government, giving it a more conservative hue. Having won a bruising battle over pension reform, the French president now hopes he is better placed to secure re-election in 2012.…

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Simplified tax demand for self-employed stirs up ill-will in Greece

2010-11-15
Length: 3m 38s

As new EU figures that reveal Greece's deficit for 2009 was even higher than previously thought, a de facto tax amnesty for self-employed Greeks who may have indulged in tax evasion is angering law abiding citizens.…

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Anger among Turkish Muslims over livestock prices ahead of Festival of Sacrifice

2010-11-15
Length: 4m 6s

This week Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Adha Festival of Sacrifice, in which a sheep or cow is ritually slaughtered. In Turkey many Muslims are angry at the high price of livestock and the government has intervened.…

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Moscow's new mayor is determined to rid city of kiosks

2010-11-12
Length: 3m 59s

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin is demolishing thousands of kiosks, selling anything from kebabs to Bolshoi tickets, claiming they are ugly and unhygienic. Muscovites merely think they're convenient.…

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Controversial German military museum now open

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Length: 7s

Dresden's Museum of Military History is now attracting visitors in a building remodelled by star architect Daniel Liebeskind, but there are worries that some of the exhibits might not be suitable for children.…

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Phone giant set to close Romanian plant

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Length: 4s

When Nokia closed its German operation in Bochum in 2008, it opened a new plant in Cluj, Romania. Now that plant, too, is set to be shut down.…

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Chess on the curriculum heralded as a smart move

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Length: 3s

A Bulgarian school has made chess lessons compulsory in a bid to improve students' ability to think strategically.…

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Berlin reflects on stand-off between US and Soviet tanks in the city 50 years ago

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Length: 4s

When East German border guards stopped an American diplomat from crossing from West Berlin to East Berlin they triggered a crisis that brought the world to brink of nuclear Armageddon.…

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No prayers for non-Catholics at papal peace gathering

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Length: 3s

Pope Benedict has invited religious leaders from across the globe to Assisi to discuss peace. Unlike a similar event organised by his predecessor Pope John Paul II, there were no common prayers with non-Catholics.…

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Dictator's grandson say all he wants to do is study and live his life

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Length: 5s

The 16-year-old grandson of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il finds it difficult to escape from his grandfather's shadow, even when concentrating on his studies at a multi-cultural college in Mostar, Bosnia-Hercegovina.…

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New publication lifts veil on part of Poland's World War Two history

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Length: 4s

'Goralenvolk, the History of Betrayal' is a new book about Poland's Gorale highlanders and has broken a taboo by telling the story of their collaboration with the Nazis.…

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Settlements might scuttle submarine sale

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Length: 4s

An Israeli newspaper says Germany is reconsidering its sale of a sixth submarine to Israel in the wake of German anger over Jewish settlement construction.…

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Tunisians rejoice at their successful exercise in democracy

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Length: 4s

Tunisians may be divided over what future course the Islamist Ennahda party will steer but they are united in claiming that their first free elections to a constituent assembly were a resounding success.…

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81 British Conservative MPs break ranks over Europe

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Length: 3s

Britain's Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has been facing down a backbench revolt over his insistence that there should be no referendum on the UK membership of the European Union.…

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No curtain call on Italian theatre protest

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Length: 4s

In a spontaneous protest, Italian actors, directors and theatre workers occupied Rome's oldest theatre in protest at government cuts to the arts. Months later their protest is still going strong.…

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Eurozone has mounting worries about Italy

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Fellow eurozone countries are piling the pressure on Italy to sort out its state finances, but there is the risk that if the government in Rome is pushed too hard it might collapse.…

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High turnout in Tunisia's first free election

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Tunisians have been savouring democracy in action with turnout for elections to a constituent assembly reaching 90 percent in some areas.…

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Old hotel is a beacon of hope for protest movement

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Protestors in Madrid, fed up with the excesses of global finance and the perceived ineptitude of politicians, are channelling their energy into the renovation of a derelict hotel.…

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Doubts over Italy's response to eurozone woes

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Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is under pressure from fellow EU leaders to bring down Italy's huge debt. But critics doubt his ability to deliver while bemoaning the absence of a credible replacement.…

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UN wants full investigation into Gadhafi's death

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Length: 3s

The United Nations Human Rights office is calling more details to ascertain whether Colonel Gadhafi was killed in some form of fighting or was executed.…

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Turkey and Iran to intensify cooperation over Kurdish guerrillas

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Length: 3s

Ankara and Teheran may have common enemies in Kurdish nationalists, but they are competing for influence in Iraq and at loggerheads over Syria.…

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ETA pledges to halt violence

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After four decades and 800 deaths, Basque separatist group ETA has declared a definitive end to its campaign of violence. However, lasting peace in the Basque region may be some time in coming.…

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EU reaffirms support for Libya

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Length: 3s

The European Union says it will uphold its commitment to the rebuilding of Libya following the fall of Sirte and the death of Colonel Gadhafi.…

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