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What happend on December 16th 2009

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Italy probes pasta 'price fixing'

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 0:26
related countries: Italy Italy

Italy's financial police raid the offices of the country's largest five pasta makers as part of an investigation into alleged price fixing.
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Risky business

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 1:56
related countries: Russia Russia

The dangers facing Russia's human rights groups
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US jail to house Guantanamo men

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 3:17
related countries: United States United States
related places: White House

President Obama orders the government to buy a prison in Illinois to take a number of inmates from Guantanamo Bay.
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US House expands Iran sanctions

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 4:05
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States

The US House of Representatives approves new sanctions against foreign firms that help Iran import oil.
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Global warming?

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 4:38
related countries: Denmark Denmark, Russia Russia

Why Copenhagen climate talks leave Russia cold
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Vietnam to buy Russian submarines

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 7:03
related countries: Vietnam Vietnam, Russia Russia

Vietnam says it will buy Russian submarines, potentially altering the military balance in the contested South China Sea.
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Afghan police die in bomb attack

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 7:44
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Five Afghan policemen are killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the western Afghan province of Herat, officials say.
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Live - South Africa v England

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 7:51
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Jacques Kallis reaches his century as South Africa build a sizeable total against England at Centurion.
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Bangladesh tests new rice strains

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 7:58
related countries: Bangladesh Bangladesh

Researchers in Bangladesh reach the final stage of testing new rice varieties which they say will survive the country's floods.
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She's a knock-out

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 8:21
related countries: Zambia Zambia

Pictures of Zambia's champion female boxer in action
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Abba to be inducted into US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 9:37
related countries: United States United States
related places: Genesis, Fame

Abba are picked to be inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with artists including Genesis and Jimmy Cliff.
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Casualties of war

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 10:14
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Karachi

Pakistan displaced feel unwanted in Karachi
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Batsmen put Australia in command

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 10:21
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Perth

Australia look set for a big total after reaching 339-3 on the first day of the third and final Test against West Indies in Perth.
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Genocide charges for Khmer Rouge

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 10:54
related countries: Cambodia Cambodia

A United Nations-backed tribunal issues Cambodia's first genocide charges against two former Khmer Rouge leaders.
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France to bring in bank bonus tax

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 10:55
related countries: France France, United Kingdom United Kingdom

France plans to follow the UK and bring in a one-off 50% tax on bankers' bonuses in 2010.
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German probe into Afghan strike

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 11:14
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Germany Germany

Germany opens an inquiry into a strike in Afghanistan that killed up to 142 people, amid calls for the defence minister to resign.
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Russia reform 'tsar' Gaidar dies

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 11:40
related countries: Russia Russia

Yegor Gaidar, the architect of Russia's "shock therapy" market reforms in the early 1990s, dies of a blood clot aged 53.
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Namibia opposition challenge poll

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 12:03
related countries: Namibia Namibia

Namibia opposition parties mount a legal challenge over an election declared largely free and fair by African observers.
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Aussie Rules picks first African

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 12:17
related countries: Sudan Sudan, Aruba Aruba

A Sudanese migrant becomes the first African-born player to be recruited by an Australian Rules football team.
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Man held in Berlusconi hospital

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 12:33
related countries: Italy Italy

A man has been arrested near the hospital room where Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is being treated, police say.
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Somalis 'forced into Yemen war'

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 13:27
related countries: Somalia Somalia, Yemen Yemen

Hundreds of Somali refugees are being forced at gunpoint to join rebel fighting in north Yemen, a Somali diplomat has told the BBC.
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Bernanke is 'Person of the Year'

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 14:18
related countries: United States United States

The US Federal Reserve chairman wins the Time Magazine award for steering the US economy through its worst year since the 1930s.
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Suu Kyi meets NLD party leaders

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 15:00
related countries: Burma Burma

Detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is allowed a rare meeting with elderly officials of her NLD party.
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Iran test-fires advanced missile

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 15:08
related countries: Iran Iran

Iran says it has successfully test-fired an improved version of a medium-range missile, drawing Western protests.
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Milton Keynes picked for England 2018 bid

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 15:22
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes will be part of England's 2018 World Cup bid after being named as a candidate host alongside 11 cities.
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Nato seeks Russian helicopter aid

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 15:54
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

Nato's secretary general asks Russia to provide helicopters for the Afghan war on his first official trip to Moscow.
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Kallis century frustrates England

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 15:59
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Jacques Kallis hits a majestic unbeaten 112 as South Africa, put in by England, make an imposing 262-4 on day one of the first Test.
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Intel accused of blocking rivals

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 16:10
related countries: United States United States

Intel, the world's biggest chip maker, is being sued by US authorities, accused of anti-competitive measures.
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Afghans release Iraqi journalist

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 16:10
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Iraq Iraq

Iraqi journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad and two Afghan reporters held hostage for six days in Afghanistan are released.
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SA's HIV-row health minister dies

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 16:12
related countries: South Africa South Africa

South Africa's ex-Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who doubted the link between HIV and Aids, has died.
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Brown to push gay rights in EU

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 16:20
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Gordon Brown tells a gay magazine he is pushing for UK civil partnerships to be recognised across the EU - including Eastern Europe.
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Indians vow to marry sex workers

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 16:24
related countries: India India

More than 1,000 followers of an Indian sect pledge to marry female sex workers wanting to escape exploitation.
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Berlusconi to remain in hospital

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 17:10
related countries: Italy Italy

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will spend a fourth consecutive night in hospital as he recovers from an attack, his doctor says.
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Guinea aide admits Camara attack

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 17:33
related countries: France France, Guinea Guinea

A Guinean soldier on the run from the authorities admits for the first time that he shot the country's military ruler.
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Police battle climate protesters

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 17:34
related countries: Denmark Denmark
related places: Copenhagen

Police push back protesters trying to break through a perimeter fence at the UN climate summit venue in Copenhagen.
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Swiss minaret ban goes to court

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 18:13
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

An appeal against a decision by Swiss voters to ban minarets is submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
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Pakistan court voids amnesty law

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 18:56
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistan's top court invalidates an amnesty on corruption, opening the way for allies of the president to be prosecuted.
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Obama writes to N Korea's leader

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 19:12
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States

US President Barack Obama sends a personal letter to North Korea's Kim Jong-il, apparently about nuclear talks.
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Second agency downgrades Greece

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 19:50
related countries: Greece Greece

A second agency downgrades Greece's credit rating, saying the government's spending cuts will not be enough to trim its debts.
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Iraq offers cash to find bombers

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 20:11
related countries: Iraq Iraq

The Iraqi government is to offer a cash award for information revealing the location of suicide bomb factories.
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Credit Suisse to pay $536m fine

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 20:21
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland, Iran Iran, United States United States

Swiss banking group Credit Suisse says it will pay $536m for violating US sanctions against Iran.
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Donovan set for Everton loan move

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 21:43
related countries: United States United States
related places: Everton, Donovan

LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan is set to join Everton on loan in January after the clubs agree a "deal in principle".
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Climate talks resuming after row

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 21:53
related countries: Denmark Denmark
related places: Copenhagen

Formal negotiations reopen late in the evening at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen after a delay of nine hours.
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US interest rates remain on hold

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 22:02
related countries: United States United States

The Federal Reserve decides to keep US interest rates on hold at between 0% and 0.25%, as widely expected.
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New DNA test for Paraguay leader

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 22:22
related countries: Paraguay Paraguay

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo agrees to a DNA test as he faces his third paternity suit.
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UN ends criticised Congo campaign

Wednesday 16th of December 2009, 23:01
related countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo

The UN envoy to DR Congo says a controversial anti-rebel offensive will be concluded at the end of this month.
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