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/ 6 July 2007

UK recalls 7/7 attacks as terror probe widens

Britain said on Friday it was "getting to the bottom" of a militant cell behind last week’s failed attacks, amid tight security ahead of the anniversary of London’s July 2005 suicide bombings. The cautiously upbeat assessment came after Australian police searched two hospitals and questioned five doctors over the London and Glasgow attacks.

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/ 29 January 2007

BA strike called off after last-minute deal

A threatened two-day strike at British Airways (BA) this week was called off Monday after the airline hammered out a last-minute deal with unions. But the accord with cabin-crew unions will come too late to prevent some disruption to flights at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Wednesday and Thursday, the airline added.

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/ 8 June 2006

Strained EU battles to punch its diplomatic weight

The European Union is keen to trumpet its latest role in easing the Iran nuclear crisis, but strains and institutional limbo are clouding the bloc’s efforts to punch its diplomatic weight, officials admitted on Thursday. EU foreign policy head Javier Solana stands ready to return to Tehran to negotiate with the Islamic republic over a package of trade and political incentives.

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/ 23 January 2006

Eye-catching Belgian landmark shines anew

It may not have the Eiffel Tower’s global renown, but Belgium’s hi-tech Atomium hopes to super-charge its pulling power when it reopens next month, in all its shiny glory after a two-year renovation. In fact, the parallels with the world-famous Paris monument are striking: the steel-and-aluminium Brussels landmark was built for a World Fair; and it attracts hordes of foreign tourists.