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Arctic weather returns to the UK

Friday 17th of December 2010, 0:08
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Temperatures are plummeting across the UK with widespread ice forecast to cause dangerous driving conditions.
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Togo football attack trial opens

Friday 17th of December 2010, 0:15
related countries: Togo Togo, Angola Angola

Two men accused of involvement in the deadly attack on Togo's football team ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in January go on trial in Angola.
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Egypt's Christian minority 'victims'

Friday 17th of December 2010, 0:19
related countries: Egypt Egypt

Christian minorities in the Muslim World are coming under severe pressure and especially in Egypt, where an estimated tenth of the population is faithful to the Coptic Orthodox Church.
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US man executed using animal drug

Friday 17th of December 2010, 1:18
related countries: United States United States
related places: Oklahoma

Officials in Oklahoma execute a prison inmate using a drug cocktail that includes for the first time a sedative typically used to put down animals.
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US Democrats drop spending bill

Friday 17th of December 2010, 3:01
related countries: United States United States

Democrats in the US Senate abandon a fight over a government spending bill combining close to $1.3tn of unfinished budget proposals.
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Obama says Afghan effort on track

Friday 17th of December 2010, 3:05
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United States United States

US President Barack Obama hails "significant progress" in the war in Afghanistan but says it remains "a very difficult endeavour".
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Assange tells of 'smear campaign'

Friday 17th of December 2010, 3:52
related countries: Sweden Sweden

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says a "smear campaign" is being mounted against him, and vows to continue disclosing material on his website.
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Japanese knife attack injures 13

Friday 17th of December 2010, 5:15
related countries: Japan Japan

Japanese police arrest a man after a knife attack outside a train station that left at least 13 people injured.
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Mystery of beheaded French king solved

Friday 17th of December 2010, 6:33
related countries: France France

Forensic experts have identified an embalmed head passed between private collectors for centuries as belonging to King Henri IV of France, assassinated in 1610.
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A German Christmas market - in Japan

Friday 17th of December 2010, 7:20
related countries: Germany Germany, Japan Japan

Japan is marking 150 years of friendship with Germany by hosting a traditional Christmas market.
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Fraud fears ahead of Belarus poll

Friday 17th of December 2010, 7:49
related countries: Belarus Belarus

Opposition parties fearing electoral fraud in Belarus's election have called on their supporters to protest publicly if current President Alexander Lukashenko wins.
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Maoist rebels kill seven in India

Friday 17th of December 2010, 7:58
related countries: India India

Maoist rebels kill seven villagers in India's West Bengal state, police say.
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New recruits

Friday 17th of December 2010, 8:30
related countries: North Korea North Korea

Women and North Korea defectors keen to boost South Korean army
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Indian firm in deforestation row

Friday 17th of December 2010, 8:53
related countries: India India

A subsidiary of the Vedanta mining group in India has cleared forest land apparently in violation of Supreme Court orders, the BBC learns.
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Concern over boys' reading skills

Friday 17th of December 2010, 9:11
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

About 9% of boys in England - up to 15% in some areas - starts secondary school with, at best, the reading skills of a typical seven-year-old, data shows.
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California carbon trading passed

Friday 17th of December 2010, 9:40
related countries: United States United States
related places: California

California approves the first US carbon-trading scheme, aimed at cutting greenhouse emissions by allowing firms to buy and sell polluting permits.
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UK banks 'at risk from eurozone'

Friday 17th of December 2010, 9:47
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The continuing financial problems in the eurozone pose a threat to UK banks, the Bank of England warns.
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Blatter sorry for 'gay' comments

Friday 17th of December 2010, 9:51
related countries: Qatar Qatar

Fifa boss Sepp Blatter says sorry for suggesting gay football fans should "refrain from sexual activity" if they go to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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Johnson burst ignites Australia

Friday 17th of December 2010, 10:08
related countries: Australia Australia

Mitchell Johnson produces a devastating display of swing bowling as Australia roar back into Ashes contention on day two of a riveting Perth Test, establishing a 200-run lead over England.
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Software boosts Oracle profits

Friday 17th of December 2010, 10:09
related countries: United States United States
related places: Oracle, Strong

Strong software sales to new customers help to boost US technology giant Oracle's profits in the three months to the end of November.
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Blatter backs World Cup in winter

Friday 17th of December 2010, 10:16
related countries: Qatar Qatar

Fifa president Sepp Blatter gives his backing to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar being rescheduled to winter.
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Australia v England - third Test day two as it happened

Friday 17th of December 2010, 10:19
related countries: Australia Australia, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Perth

Australia lead England by exactly 200 after reaching 119-3 in their second innings after day two of the third Test in Perth, after Mitchell Johnson takes 6-38.
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Drug delay hits AstraZeneca stock

Friday 17th of December 2010, 10:19
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

Shares in UK pharmaceutical AstraZeneca drop 5% after US regulators further delay approval of its heart drug Brilinta.
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JFK killer's coffin sold for $90,000

Friday 17th of December 2010, 10:21
related countries: United States United States
related places: John F Kennedy

The coffin of John F Kennedy's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald sells at auction in the US for almost $90,000.
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Larry King departs after 25 years

Friday 17th of December 2010, 10:25
related countries: United States United States

Veteran US broadcaster Larry King presents the final edition of his long-running CNN talk show after 25 years with the cable news channel.
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US to target fake pill web sales

Friday 17th of December 2010, 10:36
related countries: United States United States

Online stores that sell fake drugs or pills without prescriptions are being targeted by the US government.
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Cameron in EU budget freeze pact

Friday 17th of December 2010, 10:48
related countries: Belgium Belgium, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Brussels

The UK joins forces with France and Germany to demand an EU spending freeze - but critics say the PM should have pushed for a budget cut and reforms.
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'Thai concerns about royal heir'

Friday 17th of December 2010, 11:02
related countries: Thailand Thailand, United States United States

A US diplomatic cable obtained by Wikileaks says three influential Thai figures expressed concern about the crown prince becoming king.
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Ambulance time target 'scrapped'

Friday 17th of December 2010, 11:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The government has announced it is scrapping a target for ambulances in England to get to less urgent 999 calls within 19 minutes.
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German business confidence rises

Friday 17th of December 2010, 11:15
related countries: Germany Germany

German business confidence hits a fresh post-reunification high as strong exports continue to drive the country's recovery.
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More women entering S Korea military

Friday 17th of December 2010, 11:31
related countries: South Korea South Korea

The first female students in South Korea to be allowed on to their college's officer training programme - part of the military's aim to double the number of women in its ranks.
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Kyrgyzstan sets up new coalition

Friday 17th of December 2010, 11:33
related countries: Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan has a new parliamentary coalition following weeks of political wrangling, after elections failed to produce an outright winner.
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Made in the USA

Friday 17th of December 2010, 11:44
related countries: United States United States

Why Mexico's drug war is being fought with American guns
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Japan warning over China military

Friday 17th of December 2010, 11:50
related countries: Japan Japan, China China

Japan makes sweeping changes to its national defence policies, boosting forces to counter the rise of China and the threat of North Korea.
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Nigeria's leader gets poll boost

Friday 17th of December 2010, 12:11
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

A group of Nigeria's powerful governors say they will back President Goodluck Jonathan for next year's elections - seen as a major boost to his campaign.
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Japan warning over China military

Friday 17th of December 2010, 12:16
related countries: Japan Japan, China China

Japan has unveiled sweeping changes to its national defence polices, boosting its southern forces in response to neighbouring China's military rise.
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Ukraine MPs injured in punch-up

Friday 17th of December 2010, 12:35
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine

Several Ukrainian opposition MPs are injured after a parliament brawl in which chairs were thrown.
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British sides learn Europa fate

Friday 17th of December 2010, 12:48
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, Czech Republic Czech Republic
related places: Liverpool

Rangers face Sporting Lisbon in the last 32 of the Europa League, while Manchester City play Aris Salonika and Liverpool play Sparta Prague.
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Seinfeld to play one-off UK gig

Friday 17th of December 2010, 13:24
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

US comedian Jerry Seinfeld is to play a one-off show in the UK next year, his first on these shores since 1998.
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Mugabe hints at election date

Friday 17th of December 2010, 13:38
related countries: Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has hinted that elections could be held in the first three months of 2011, even though the referendum on a new constitution is yet to be finalised.
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Bell hopeful of England fightback

Friday 17th of December 2010, 13:53
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

England batsman Ian Bell says the tourists need early wickets on Saturday to get back into the third Ashes Test.
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Moody's in sharp Irish downgrade

Friday 17th of December 2010, 14:13
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Credit rating agency Moody's makes a sharp cut in its rating of the Republic of Ireland and says more downgrades could follow.
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Arsenal drawn against Barcelona

Friday 17th of December 2010, 14:16
related countries: Denmark Denmark

Arsenal face Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Tottenham take on AC Milan, Manchester United play Marseille and Chelsea meet FC Copenhagen.
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Poles reject Russia crash report

Friday 17th of December 2010, 14:37
related countries: Poland Poland, Russia Russia

Polish PM Donald Tusk says a draft report into a catastrophic plane crash which killed Poland's president in April is "unacceptable".
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Mugabe threatens US and UK firms

Friday 17th of December 2010, 14:39
related countries: Zimbabwe Zimbabwe, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States
related places: Western

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says his country will nationalise US and UK companies in the country unless Western sanctions are removed.
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Shah Rukh Khan to present Wipeout

Friday 17th of December 2010, 14:45
related countries: India India

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is unveiled as the host of Zor Ka Jhatka, the new Indian version of the obstacle course reality show Wipeout.
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France sentences Pinochet allies

Friday 17th of December 2010, 15:21
related countries: France France, Chile Chile

Fourteen officials from Gen Pinochet's military regime in Chile are sentenced to prison for between 15 years and life in their absence in a French court.
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Christians 'fleeing central Iraq'

Friday 17th of December 2010, 15:27
related countries: Iraq Iraq

The UN says thousands of Iraqi Christians are fleeing central provinces for the relative safety of the northern Kurdish region after a deadly church attack.
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Assange 'fears extradition to US'

Friday 17th of December 2010, 15:33
related countries: United States United States

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says the US is conducting an "aggressive" and "illegal" investigation into him and his whistle-blowing website.
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'Torture widespread' in Kashmir

Friday 17th of December 2010, 15:43
related countries: India India, United States United States
related places: Kashmir, Red Cross

The Red Cross told US diplomats about widespread torture of prisoners in Indian-administered Kashmir, according to cables obtained by Wikileaks.
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China's Wen begins Pakistan trip

Friday 17th of December 2010, 15:46
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, China China

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao begins an official visit to Pakistan aimed at boosting trade and investment.
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Russia warns on South Korea drill

Friday 17th of December 2010, 15:49
related countries: South Korea South Korea, North Korea North Korea

Russia summons South Korean and US envoys to express "deep concern" about upcoming live-fire military exercises on an island shelled by North Korea last month.
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Ghana's Gyan crowned BBC winner

Friday 17th of December 2010, 16:00
related countries: Ghana Ghana

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan is crowned 2010 BBC African Footballer of the Year, beating Dede Ayew, Samuel Eto'o, Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba.
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Rome's fountains covered in ice

Friday 17th of December 2010, 16:10
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Rome

Some of Rome's most famous fountains have turned to ice amid sub zero temperatures in the Italian capital.
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Nigeria drops Dick Cheney charges

Friday 17th of December 2010, 16:30
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria, United States United States

Nigeria drops a bribery case against former US Vice-President Dick Cheney after an out-of-court deal with the energy firm he used to head, officials say.
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Kallis and Amla hammer poor India

Friday 17th of December 2010, 16:45
related countries: South Africa South Africa, India India
related places: Centurion, Amla

Jacques Kallis smashes his 38th career Test century as South Africa take complete control on day two of the first Test against India in Centurion.
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Anti-Berlusconi rants hijack EU twitter wall

Friday 17th of December 2010, 16:45
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Italy Italy
related places: Brussels

An attempt to show live tweets on giant screens at an EU summit in Brussels is hijacked by critics of Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi.
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Immigration cap move 'unlawful'

Friday 17th of December 2010, 16:58
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A temporary cap on the number of skilled workers from outside the EU allowed into the UK was introduced "unlawfully", the High Court rules.
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McCartney comes to 100 Club's aid

Friday 17th of December 2010, 17:40
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Sir Paul McCartney performs an intimate lunchtime gig at the 100 Club on London's Oxford Street, a historic music venue threatened with closure.
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US firearms in Mexican drug war

Friday 17th of December 2010, 18:04
related countries: United States United States, Mexico Mexico

The BBC's Steve Kingstone follows the route of the gun traffickers from the US to Mexico.
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Mexico protest mother shot dead

Friday 17th of December 2010, 18:04
related countries: Mexico Mexico
related places: Chihuahua

A Mexican mother who campaigned for justice for her murdered daughter is shot dead in the northern state of Chihuahua.
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Scores die in Khyber drone raids

Friday 17th of December 2010, 18:40
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

Nearly 60 people die in a series of rare attacks by US drones in Pakistan's Khyber region, as the CIA withdraws its top spy from the country.
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UN to probe Haiti cholera source

Friday 17th of December 2010, 18:57
related countries: Haiti Haiti

The United Nations sets up an independent panel to investigate the source of cholera in Haiti, after claims it was introduced by UN peacekeepers.
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US police seek 'grim sleeper' women

Friday 17th of December 2010, 19:46
related countries: United States United States
related places: Los Angeles

Los Angeles police expect to hear from up to 1,000 women after releasing photographs retrieved from the house of the accused "grim sleeper".
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Freeze shuts schools and airports

Friday 17th of December 2010, 19:50
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Blizzards and widespread ice in many parts of the UK are causing considerable disruption, with more wintry weather forecast for the weekend.
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US boxer to face battery charge

Friday 17th of December 2010, 20:07
related countries: United States United States
related places: Las Vegas

US boxer Floyd Mayweather Junior faces battery charges after being arrested and freed without bail in Las Vegas.
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Tevez will honour deal - Marwood

Friday 17th of December 2010, 20:24
related countries: Argentina Argentina

Manchester City football administrator Brian Marwood says he expects captain Carlos Tevez to continue playing for the club until 2014
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Soyuz spacecraft docks with ISS

Friday 17th of December 2010, 20:52
related countries: Russia Russia

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft docks with the International Space Station, delivering three new astronauts for the orbiting laboratory.
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Mugabe threatens US and UK firms

Friday 17th of December 2010, 21:21
related countries: Zimbabwe Zimbabwe, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States
related places: Western

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says his country will nationalise all US and UK companies operating in the country unless Western sanctions are removed.
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Canada raises terrorism sentence

Friday 17th of December 2010, 21:26
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Ontario's top court raises the sentence of a man convicted of participating in an al-Qaeda-inspired plot to bomb British targets in 2004.
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Russian Soyuz capsule docks at ISS

Friday 17th of December 2010, 21:36
related countries: Russia Russia

A Russian Soyuz capsule has docked with the International Space station delivering a multinational crew for a five month stay.
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Venezuela's Chavez granted more powers

Friday 17th of December 2010, 22:13
related countries: Venezuela Venezuela
related places: Chavez

Venezuela's parliament grants wider powers to President Hugo Chavez for 18 months, but his critics say it is a move towards dictatorship.
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Obama extends Bush-era tax cuts

Friday 17th of December 2010, 22:37
related countries: United States United States

US President Barack Obama signs into law a tax compromise agreed with the Republicans, averting a rise in income tax for millions of Americans.
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Wikileaks shows Sri Lanka 'abuse'

Friday 17th of December 2010, 22:54
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, United States United States

US diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks criticise both the government of Sri Lanka and the now defeated Tamil Tiger rebels of abuses during the civil war.
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Mexican drone crashes over Texas

Friday 17th of December 2010, 22:56
related countries: United States United States, Mexico Mexico
related places: Texas, El Paso

US officials investigate the crash of a Mexican drone in a residential neighbourhood in the border town of El Paso in Texas.
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'Captain Beefheart' dies aged 69

Friday 17th of December 2010, 23:11
related countries: United States United States

American musician and artist Don Van Vliet, best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart, has died aged 69.
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Cargo ship runs aground in Turkey

Friday 17th of December 2010, 23:29
related countries: Turkey Turkey

One person is missing after a cargo ship crashed into coastal rocks in Turkey on Friday.
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'Scars' of sectarian violence in Iraq

Friday 17th of December 2010, 23:39
related countries: Iraq Iraq

The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse reports on living with "scars" of sectarian violence in Iraq.
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