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New powers for Venezuela's Chavez

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 0:43
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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'Last dictatorship'

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 0:57
related countries: Belarus Belarus

Can anyone really challenge Belarus' Lukashenko at the polls?
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Ashes live - England v Australia

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 2:06
related countries: Australia Australia, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Perth

England look set for a heavy defeat to Australia in the third Test, reaching a woeful 81-5 at stumps on day three, needing 391 to win.
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Colombia's army give rebels early Christmas gift

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 2:11
related countries: Colombia Colombia

The Colombian army installs a giant Christmas tree in Farc rebel territory to encourage guerrilla fighters to demobilize.
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Hugo Chavez granted special powers

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 2:18
related countries: Venezuela Venezuela

The Venezuelan parliament has voted to give President Hugo Chavez special powers to deal with the aftermath of devastating floods.
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Mexican prisoners in jail break

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 2:42
related countries: United States United States

More than 140 prisoners escape from a jail in Nuevo Laredo, close to the Mexico-US border, and guards are suspected of complicity in the break-out.
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Food voucher plan for job centres

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 2:48
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Job centres around Britain are to give food vouchers to people experiencing severe financial hardship.
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Where's the woodpecker? Check the satellite!

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 3:33
related countries: United States United States

US scientists are developing techniques to monitor woodpeckers and other bird populations from space.
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US envoy warns of Korea tinderbox

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 7:28
related countries: South Korea South Korea, North Korea North Korea, United States United States

US envoy Bill Richardson, visiting North Korea, says the situation on the peninsula is a "tinderbox", as South Korea plans live-firing exercises.
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US envoy warns of Korea tinderbox

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 9:00
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States

An unofficial US envoy visiting North Korea has warned that the situation on the peninsula is a "tinderbox".
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Australia poised to square series

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 10:06
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Perth

England face a monumental task to avoid defeat in the third Ashes Test in Perth after slumping to 81-5 in their pursuit of an improbable victory target of 391.
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Merkel meets German Afghan troops

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 11:03
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Germany Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made an unannounced visit to troops serving in an increasingly hostile area of Afghanistan.
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Yellow Sea clash filmed by patrol

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 11:49
related countries: North Korea North Korea, China China

The crew of a Chinese trawler and a South Korean patrol ship have clashed, leaving one fisherman dead and two missing, South Korean officials say.
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Woman detained as girl, 4, killed

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 11:52
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Police begin a murder inquiry after a four-year-old girl is found dead in east London.
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Seeing red

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 11:52
related countries: China China

Angry residents lose out in China's property explosion
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Yellow Sea clash leaves one dead

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 13:04
related countries: North Korea North Korea, China China

A Chinese trawler and a South Korean patrol boat have clashed, leaving one fisherman dead and two missing, South Korean officials say.
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Sri Lanka ends UN probe team ban

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 14:40
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's government is to allow UN experts probing alleged war crimes to visit the country, reversing its earlier refusal to grant visas.
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US reassures Gulf states on Iran

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 14:41
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States
related places: Gulf, Washington

The top US military commander has reassured Persian Gulf nations of Washington's support in the face of regional concerns about Iran.
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Sudan president 'stole fortune'

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 15:17
related countries: Sudan Sudan, United States United States
related places: Bashir

The ICC's chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo accuses Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of stealing as much as $9bn of his country's funds.
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Kallis excels to make India toil

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 16:05
related countries: South Africa South Africa, India India
related places: Centurion

Jacques Kallis hits his first ever test double century as South Africa continue to diminate India in the first Test at Centurion.
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Major US bank cuts off Wikileaks

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 16:06
related countries: United States United States
related places: America

Bank of America stops handling payments for whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, joining several other major financial institutions.
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Activists stage new tax protests

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 16:45
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Tax avoidance protesters stage demonstrations at stores across the UK on what is traditionally the busiest shopping weekend of the year.
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SPL - as it happened

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 16:58
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Kilmarnock, Inverness

Kilmarnock beat Hibernian as Hearts draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the only SPL matches to take place in Scotland over the weekend.
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Knox gains full forensic review

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 16:58
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Amanda Knox has been granted a review of the forensic evidence used to convict her of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
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Charges brought over Bolivia plot

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 19:56
related countries: Bolivia Bolivia

Bolivia charges 39 people, including opposition politicians and former generals, over an alleged plot to kill President Evo Morales.
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Inter Milan win Club World Cup

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 20:10
related countries: United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
related places: Abu Dhabi

Inter Milan are crowned world club champions for the third time after a 3-0 win over TP Mazembe in the Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi.
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Israeli strike kills five in Gaza

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 21:49
related countries: Israel Israel, Gaza Strip Gaza Strip

An Israeli air strike kills five people in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian and Israeli sources say.
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US Senate lifts gay soldier ban

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 22:35
related countries: United States United States
related places: Senate

US senators repeal the '"don't ask, don't tell" ban on openly gay people serving in the military, days after a similar move by the House.
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Castro appeal over Cuban reforms

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 23:21
related countries: Cuba Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro warns that the island's revolution is at stake if his proposed economic reforms are not adopted.
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Mugabe's desire to stay in power

Saturday 18th of December 2010, 23:33
related countries: Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe, tells the BBC of his desire to remain in power.
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