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Flush with pride

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 0:15
related countries: Sierra Leone Sierra Leone

Fighting corruption gives Sierra Leone ministry water
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EU threat to retained fire crews

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 0:57
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

One of Scotland's most senior fire officers claims EU regulations could be jeopardising public safety.
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Europeans 'kidnapped in Sahara'

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 1:05
related countries: Niger Niger, Mali Mali

Unknown attackers have kidnapped four European tourists near the Niger-Mali border, Malian officials say.
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Mexico and US broadcasters settle

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 1:09
related countries: Spain Spain, United States United States, Mexico Mexico

Mexico's top broadcaster and a US partner settle a dispute that had threatened Spanish-language programming in the US.
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Barack Obama keeps BlackBerry and becomes first e-mail president

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 1:15
related countries: United States United States
related places: Blackberry, White House

Barack Obama is to keep his BlackBerry, becoming the first US president to have e-mail in the White House.
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Spanish police seize 'fake' Dalis

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 1:25
related countries: Spain Spain

Spanish police confiscate dozens of suspected fake artworks by Salvador Dali that were due to be offered for sale.
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Mexico to rethink death penalty

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 1:34
related countries: Mexico Mexico

The Mexican Congress will debate reinstating capital punishment for some crimes, following a surge in violent crime.
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Competition comes up with great ideas for Italian Job ending

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 3:04
related countries: Italy Italy

The Royal Society of Chemistry announces the winner of a competition to solve the conundrum at the end of the film The Italian Job.
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Obama financial team takes shape

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 4:23
related countries: United States United States
related places: Monday

The US Senate approves Mary Schapiro to head the SEC, while the new Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, is set for confirmation on Monday.
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US city rejects English-only law

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 5:03
related countries: United States United States
related places: English, Nashville

Voters in Nashville reject a proposal that would have required all government business to be done in English.
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UN awaits Thai reply on migrants

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 6:33
related countries: Burma Burma, Thailand Thailand

The UN awaits a Thai response on the fate of 126 Burmese migrants, amid claims previous groups were cast adrift at sea.
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Samsung loss adds economic gloom

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 7:20
related countries: South Korea South Korea

South Korea's Samsung posts its first ever quarterly loss, helping to send Asian markets downwards.
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Liverpool 'in new takeover talks'

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 7:49
related countries: Kuwait Kuwait

Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks is in takeover talks with Kuwait billionaire Nasser Al-Kharafi, BBC Sport understands.
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US envoy warns over Iraq pullout

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 7:52
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States

The outgoing American ambassador in Iraq, Ryan Crocker, warns against what "a precipitous withdrawal" of US troops.
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New lingua franca upsets French

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 8:04
related countries: France France

Hugh Schofield discovers how a new version of English being spoken by business people is taking over in France.
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Whale pod stuck on sandbar dying

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 8:14
related countries: Australia Australia

Most of a pod of about 50 whales which got trapped on a sandbar have died, say officials in Tasmania, Australia.
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Fans clash after Djokovic victory

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 8:54
related countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina, Aruba Aruba

Serbian and Bosnian tennis supporters throw chairs and trade punches after Novak Djokovic's third round win over Amer Delic at the Australian Open.
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Norway school shooting kills one

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 8:57
related countries: Norway Norway

One person is killed and one injured in a shooting in the car park of a school in northern Norway, police say.
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Under threat

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 9:08
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Journalists in fear in Sri Lanka after spate of attacks
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Thailand defies UN over migrants

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 9:16
related countries: Burma Burma, Thailand Thailand

Thailand admits it has sent scores more asylum-seekers back out to sea, having ignored a UN request for information.
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Thai detainees 'sent back to sea'

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 9:16
related countries: Burma Burma, Thailand Thailand

Thailand admits it has sent 126 Burmese asylum-seekers back out to sea, amid a scandal over its treatment of immigrants.
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Rwanda arrests Congo rebel leader

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 9:39
related countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo

Gen Nkunda, leader of the main rebel group in DR Congo, is arrested in Rwanda after fleeing a joint operation against him.
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Fresh media attack in Sri Lanka

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 9:40
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
related places: Colombo

The editor of a Sri Lankan paper and his wife are assaulted in Colombo in the latest of a series of attacks on journalists.
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Slumdog makes its debut in India

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 9:44
related countries: India India
related places: Mumbai

Slumdog Millionaire, the Mumbai-based movie nominated for 10 Oscars, finally opens in India to much debate.
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Brokerage to pay Lehman investors

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 9:52
related countries: Hong Kong Hong Kong

A Hong Kong brokerage is to buy back some of the Lehman Brothers investments it sold that may now be worthless.
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Karzai hails Guantanamo closure

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 10:48
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United States United States

Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomes the decision by new US President Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.
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Satellite begins climate mission

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 10:53
related countries: Japan Japan

A Japanese spacecraft begins its mission to help scientists understand and monitor how the Earth's climate is changing.
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Obama appoints key hotspot envoys

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 11:33
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Pakistan Pakistan

President Obama names envoys to the Middle East and Pakistan and Afghanistan after ordering Guantanamo Bay to close.
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Israel defends use of phosphorus

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 11:59
related countries: Israel Israel

An Israeli official insists that there is no evidence its use of white phosphorus shells in Gaza was illegal.
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Family targeted in Iraq attack

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 12:01
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Eight members of the same Sunni family have been killed in an attack on their home, police in Iraq say.
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Landless in Brazil

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 12:09
related countries: Brazil Brazil

Battle lines shift in struggle for agrarian reform
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UK in recession as economy slides

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 12:42
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK enters recession for the first time since the early 1990s, after the economy shrank by 1.5% in the last quarter of 2008.
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Federer eases past Safin in style

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 13:14
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Roger Federer hits top form to secure victory over fellow former champion Marat Safin in an entertaining Australian Open third round clash.
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Italy pressed by UN over migrants

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 13:40
related countries: Italy Italy

The UN criticises Italy for the conditions in which it is holding nearly 2,000 migrants on one of its southern islands.
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Iceland announces early election

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 13:58
related countries: Iceland Iceland

Icelandic PM Geir Haarde calls an early general election, adding that he will not stand again because of a throat tumour.
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Green light for US stem cell work

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 14:10
related countries: United States United States

US regulators give the go-ahead for the world's first study on human embryonic stem cell therapy.
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Nigerians hand "car-thief-turned goat" over to police

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 14:17
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

A goat accused of being an armed robber who used witchcraft is in the custody of Nigerian police.
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Rocky start

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 15:15
related countries: Thailand Thailand

No honeymoon for new Thai PM in first month in power
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Obama's Kenyan choir signs deal

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 16:29
related countries: Kenya Kenya

An African youth choir is signed by Universal Music after performing at President Barack Obama's inauguration.
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Saudi warns US over Middle East

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 16:36
related countries: Israel Israel, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, United States United States
related places: `Arab

A senior member of Saudi Arabia's ruling family warns the US it needs to change attitudes over the Arab-Israeli conflict.
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Kenyan school strike 'to spread'

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 16:42
related countries: Kenya Kenya

A strike which has paralysed primary schools in Kenya will spread to secondary schools next week, a union official says.
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Infants stabbed at Belgian creche

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 17:40
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Two infants and an adult are killed and 10 other people wounded in a knife attack at a creche in north-west Belgium.
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Villa sign England striker Heskey

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 17:53
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Wigan

Aston Villa complete the signing of Emile Heskey for a fee of £3.5m from Wigan.
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N Korea's Kim meets China envoy

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 18:02
related countries: North Korea North Korea, China China

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, rarely seen since a reported stroke last year, meets a visiting Chinese official.
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France's Dati to quit government

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 19:08
related countries: France France

Justice Minister Rachida Dati, the first politician of North African origin to hold a top cabinet post in France, is to step down.
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Fidel contemplates his mortality

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 19:58
related countries: Cuba Cuba

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro urges his country's leadership not to be disturbed by his illness or his eventual death.
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Drone attack kills eight in Pakistan

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 20:04
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

Two suspected US-drone missile attacks kill at least 14 people in north-western Pakistan, local officials say.
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DR Congo seeks Nkunda extradition

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 21:26
related countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda Rwanda

DR Congo seeks the extradition of rebel leader Laurent Nkunda after his capture by neighbouring Rwanda.
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UN 'shocked' by Gaza destruction

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 21:29
related countries: Israel Israel

The UN's humanitarian chief says the scale of the destruction in Gaza wrought by Israel's assault on Hamas was "shocking".
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Belgian creche suspect questioned

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 22:39
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Belgian authorities question a 20-year-old suspect, in connection with the killing two toddlers and an adult at a nursery.
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Richards handed Windies call-up

Friday 23rd of January 2009, 23:53
related countries: Jamaica Jamaica, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Batsman Dale Richards is the only newcomer in the West Indies squad for next month's opening test against England in Jamaica
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