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What happend on December 17th 2005

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UN stages rare Burma discussion

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 0:35
related countries: Burma Burma, United States United States

The UN Security Council holds a rare debate on the situation in Burma, in a move prompted by the US.
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UK presents final EU budget offer

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 0:42
related countries: Belgium Belgium, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Brussels

The UK prime minister makes a final EU budget offer which cuts Britain's rebate by a further 2.5bn euros (£1.7bn).
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Final push for world trade talks

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 2:47
related countries: Hong Kong Hong Kong

Delegates to world trade talks in Hong Kong are battling to reach some kind of deal, amid EU pessimism.
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Colombia ELN rebels begin talks

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 5:27
related countries: Colombia Colombia, Cuba Cuba

Colombian rebel and government officials begin talks in Cuba hosted by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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US migrant bill heads for Senate

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 5:58
related countries: Mexico Mexico, United States United States

Mexico criticises the US over a tough bill on immigration passed by the US House of Representatives.
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Dozens killed in Vietnam flooding

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 8:11
related countries: Vietnam Vietnam

At least 41 people have been killed by floods and landslides in central Vietnam in recent weeks, officials say.
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Sydney police patrol beach areas

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 8:44
related countries: Aruba Aruba

More than 1,500 Australian police patrol beaches around Sydney to try to avert more racial violence.
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Cricket: Australia hit back

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 10:08
related countries: South Africa South Africa, Australia Australia
related places: Perth

South Africa are dismissed for 296 before Australia end day two of the first Test in Perth on 38-1.
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WTO deadlocked over agriculture

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 11:21
related countries: Hong Kong Hong Kong

World trade talks fail to reach a deal on a firm date for ending farm subsidies, as protesters clash with police.
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EU leaders agree new budget plan

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 11:27
related countries: Belgium Belgium, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Brussels

The UK agrees a bigger cut in its rebate to close the deal on the EU's next budget at the Brussels summit.
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Tamil Tigers 'violated ceasefire'

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 11:46
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Monitors accuse the Tamil Tigers of a "gross violation" of Sri Lanka's ceasefire as the rebels reject a talks offer.
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Goodbye to Baghdad

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 11:46
related countries: Iraq Iraq

As the BBC's Caroline Hawley leaves Iraq, she reflects on times of violence, turmoil and - recently - hope.
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The slow pace of change in Saudi

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 12:09
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

There are some signs of liberalisation in a country which bans women drivers, but Saudi Arabia will not transform overnight.
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Unionist fury at Stormont spy row

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 13:48
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Unionists in NI call for a public inquiry after an expelled Sinn Fein official admits he was a British agent.
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Morocco abuse report criticised

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 13:49
related countries: Morocco Morocco

A human rights group says Morocco's report on 40 years of human rights abuse does not go far enough.
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Bush stands firm over spying row

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 13:49
related countries: United States United States

President Bush denies infringing civil liberties, after claims he authorised bugging in the US without a warrant.
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Cricket: Flintoff hopeful for finish

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 14:45
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Andrew Flintoff says England are determined to end their tour of Pakistan and the year on a high note.
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Explosives seized in Bangladesh

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 15:41
related countries: Bangladesh Bangladesh
related places: Rajshahi

Bangladeshi police say they have seized a large store of bomb-making equipment and arrested four suspected Islamic militants in the city of Rajshahi.
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'Putin foe' leadership bid fails

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 16:10
related countries: Russia Russia

Russian ex-PM Mikhail Kasyanov fails to win the leadership of a liberal party and accuses the Kremlin of using dirty tricks.
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Sunni leader praises Iraq ballot

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 17:18
related countries: Iraq Iraq

A leading Sunni politician vows to work towards a government that will protect the rights of all Iraqis.
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Tense stand-off at trade summit

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 17:28
related countries: Hong Kong Hong Kong

Nine hundred anti-WTO protesters are "rounded up" in Hong Kong after the worst unrest there for 16 years.
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Turk PM warns on EU meddling

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 18:44
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticises the EU for interfering in the trial of novelist Orhan Pamuk.
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Cypriot anger at Cherie land case

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 21:30
related countries: Cyprus Cyprus

Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos criticises Cherie Blair's decision to get involved in a property row.
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Powell raps Europe on CIA flights

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 22:07
related countries: United States United States

The ex-US secretary of state criticises European countries which deny knowledge of rendition of terror suspects.
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Treason charges filed in Ethiopia

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 22:50
related countries: Ethiopia Ethiopia, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Ethiopia's jailed opposition leaders are charged with treason as a UK minister visits to encourage dialogue.
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Clear leader in Tanzania election

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 22:57
related countries: Tanzania Tanzania

Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania's governing party has a huge lead in the race to be the country's next president.
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New date for Libya 'HIV medics'

Saturday 17th of December 2005, 23:18
related countries: Libya Libya

Libya reschedules a ruling on whether six foreign medics will be put to death for infecting children with HIV.
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