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Eruption reported at Reunion's volcano - 11/23/2008

SAINT DENIS, Reunion (AFP) - A volcano on France's Indian Ocean island of Reunion started erupting on Sunday, forcing authorities to raise the alert for a possible emergency. SAINT DENIS, Reunion...

Economic crisis threatens EU measures on climate change - 11/23/2008

The recent economic downturn could push the European Union to adopt more modest ambitions in its fight against climate change. Although the European Commission has said it wants to cut...

Atom-smasher down for two months: - 11/23/2008

GENEVA (AFP) - The world's largest atom-smasher has been shut down for two months following a helium leak, just ten days after it was switched on amid great fanfare to probe the secrets of the...

France to buy 10 Soyuz launchers from Russia - 11/23/2008

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - The European commercial space-launch consortium Arianespace on Saturday signed a deal with the Russian space agency Roskosmos to acquire 10 new Soyuz launchers for around 500...

Mia Farrow meets Haitian storm survivors - 11/23/2008

US actress Mia Farrow, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, was in Haiti Sunday after meeting with victims of a devastating string of storms that left more than 300 dead, hoping to draw attention to their...

Potter author donates £1m to Labour Party - 11/23/2008

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has donated one million pounds (1.3 million euros, 1.8 million dollars) to Britain's governing Labour Party, it announced Saturday. .The donation is a much-needed...

Tokyo shop sells PM favourite as "cool old dude" - 11/23/2008

Being old is apparently no bar to finding favour with the young -- at least in the world of Japanese politics.From $6 bean buns to $1,200 kimono belts, a souvenir shop in Tokyo is offering a range...

Long awaited Potter confirmed for next summer - 11/22/2008

It has been a long wait for fans of the bespectacled young wizard, with movie bosses re-scheduling the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. But finally the film's preview...

Blair goes back to school -- as Yale religion prof - 11/14/2008

New Haven - Former prime minister Tony Blair, describing himself a terrible student, has gone back to school -- as a lecturer in religion at top US university Yale. Blair, who converted to...

PM rejects Baby P 'buck-passing' - 11/14/2008

The prime minister has rejected allegations of "buck-passing" in the Baby P case. The Tories have accused ministers of not doing enough despite being told of alleged failings in Haringey Council...