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Vatican declares Popes John Paul II and John XXIII saints

Pope Francis declares John Paul II and John XXIII as new saints

Tapestry portraits of John Paul II (L) and Pope John XXIII and are seen in St Peter's Square at the Vatican April 27

Pope Francis has declared Popes John Paul II and John XXIII saints, in front of a crowd of hundreds of thousands.

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Ukraine crisis: Military observer freed in Sloviansk

The other seven members of the team are still being held in Sloviansk.

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have released one of a team of eight European monitors seized in the flashpoint city of Sloviansk.

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Top Chinese bank targets Europe

One of China's biggest banks is planning to make the country's biggest foreign bank acquisition to date and has set its sights on potential targets in Europe.

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Chinese president reaffirms support to Europe in addressing debt crisis

BEIJING, August 30 - Chinese President Hu Jintao said Thursday that China firmly supports Europe's efforts to overcome the debt crisis and the important role that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other institutions play in resolving European debt issues.

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Swiss government freezes more Iranian assets

The Swiss government has extended its financial sanctions against Iran by freezing the assets of 11 more companies and people but decided not to take any action against Tehran's central bank, officials said Wednesday.

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I would have done it again, Norwegian killer says

For two hours in July, deranged right-wing militant Anders Behring Breivik gunned down all before him in a hate-fuelled rampage.

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Smirking Norway killer Breivik pleads not guilty

OSLO - The Norwegian far-right gunman who massacred 77 people last summer gave a clenched-fist salute, smirked at the court and pleaded not guilty on the first day of a trial that threatens to turn into a "circus" showcasing his anti-Islamic views.

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TITANIC 100

Wreaths were cast at sea and a memorial garden was unveiled Sunday April 15th in events worldwide to remember the over 1,500 people who died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic ocean liner exactly a century ago on its maiden voyage.

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UK and France sign nuclear energy agreement

The UK is to sign a deal with France to strengthen co-operation in the development of civil nuclear energy.

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Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning to face court martial

Alleged Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning is to face a court martial, the US Army has confirmed.

Private Manning, 24, an intelligence analyst who served in Iraq, is alleged to have leaked US government cables to the whistle-blowing website.

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Breast implant removal advised by France and Czech Rep

Health officials in Germany and the Czech Republic have advised women who had potentially defective breast implants to have them removed.

The implants, made by French company PIP, contain industrial grade silicone, putting them at great risk of rupturing inside the body.

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Centre-right set to take power in legislative elections

Slovenia voted in legislative elections on Sunday with the centre-right opposition, the Slovenian Democratic Party, expected to win the majority of seats. Party leader Janez Jansa (pictured) was prime minister from 2004 to 2008.

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Bishops sign open letter criticising welfare reforms

Eighteen Church of England bishops have signed an open letter, criticising the government's proposed welfare changes.

In the letter, in The Observer, the bishops express concerns about plans to limit the amount any household can claim in benefits to £500 a week.

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Vatican takes legal action over pope-imam kissing ad

The Vatican says it is taking legal action over the use of an ad showing Pope Benedict kissing a leading imam as part of a Benetton advertising campaign.

The Vatican move comes despite an announcement by the Italian clothing company that it was pulling the ad.

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Italy: New Mario Monti government wins confidence vote

New Italian PM Mario Monti's government of technocrats has passed its first test, winning a vote of confidence in the senate.

As expected, the government won the vote in the upper house of parliament easily, by 281 votes to 25.

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Italy PM to show austerity plan to tackle Italy crisis

Newly-appointed Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti is due to outline austerity measures aimed at steering the country out of its debt crisis.

He will present his plans to the Italian senate ahead of a confidence vote in the upper house.

Mr Monti, who has unveiled a cabinet of technocrats, has revealed little about his plans, but they are expected to follow demands made by the EU.

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Greece opposition chief demands PM's resignation over debt crisis

Greece's main opposition leader has again insisted that Prime Minister George Papandreou must stand down to break political deadlock over the country's debt crisis.

Antonis Samaras of the New Democracy party said after meeting the president that if the PM resigned, "everything will take its course".

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