Europe

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Paris science museum hit by fire

Two firefighters were slightly hurt in the fire A major fire at one of Europe’s biggest science museums, the Cite des Sciences in Paris, has been brought under control after raging for six hours and…


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Poll points to rise of Sweden Democrats

©AFP Swedish parliament The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats has become the largest party in Sweden according to one opinion poll that underscores the rise of nationalist groups across the traditional Nordic stronghold of social democracy. The…


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Amazon to open London data support centre

Amazon is targeting the custom of British start-ups by opening a base in London designed to support businesses using its cloud computing services, its first such facility outside the US. Its move comes amid fierce…


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Kazakh currency sinks as trading band scrapped

©Bloomberg Kazakhstan’s currency lost more than 20 per cent of its value at the start of trading on Thursday, about an hour after the surprise announcement that the government would allow the currency to float…


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Kazakhstan's tenge free floats, falls +20%

Kazakhstan’s currency just lost more than 20 per cent of its value at the start of trading, about an hour after the surprise announcement that the government would allow the currency to float freely. One…


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Renminbi’s global reserve status delayed

©AFP The International Monetary Fund has decided that China’s currency will not be included in a basket of reserve currencies for at least a year, delaying a move some had expected to take place as…


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Arterton shows Gaul in Bovary update

Arterton says her near-namesake Gemma Bovery is “just not ready to settle down” The daydream of many affluent Londoners is to trade the treadmill of city life for an idyllic existence in rural France. It’s…


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Calais centre to target traffickers

British police are to work with French officers and the UK Border Force at a new “command and control centre” in Calais, the government has announced. The centre will target the criminals who try to…


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Coins worth $4.5m found off Florida

The coins were found in just a metre of water close to the shore Treasure hunters in the US say they have discovered a haul of Spanish gold coins from the 18th century that are…


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Are modern blocks of flats modelled on Roman insulae?

Today the world is looking again towards high-rise living to deal with housing its burgeoning population. The Romans got there first, writes Prof Andrew Wallace-Hadrill. When London’s population reached the million mark in the early…