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Spain’s indignados accuse police of violence

Demonstrators raise their hands as they shout anti-government slogans in Madrid. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/AP Spain’s indignados gathered again in the emblematic Puerta del Sol early on Sunday to protest against what they saw as excessive violence when riot police cleared the square of a previous demonstration in the early hours of the morning. The version of events provided by those ...

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Indonesia teams scour ravine for plane’s black box

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian special forces and professional climbers scaled down a treacherous ravine on a volcano face Sunday in search of the missing flight recorder that could explain the deadly crash of a Russian-made jetliner. An Indonesian helicopter carrying the bodies of victims of Wednesday’s plane crash flies through Bogor, in West Java, Indonesia. Clearer weather finally allowed Indonesian ...

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EU sees hope of recovery from recession this year

BRUSSELS — The European Union says that a recession brought on by a crippling debt crisis could give way to a modest recovery later this year — provided governments persevere on the tough austerity track. It suggested that more growth-enhancing measures can be pursued alongside strict budgetary controls but only as long as they do not detract from reaching deficit ...

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Thousands march in Europe, protest austerity measures

At least 100,000 Spaniards angered by grim economic prospects and the political handling of the international financial crisis turned out for street demonstrations in the country’s cities Saturday, marking the one-year anniversary of a movement that inspired similar pressure groups in other countries. Tens of thousands of protesters in Madrid flooded into the central Puerta del Sol plaza in the ...

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Syria crisis still dire despite outside help

It has been a month since the arrival of UN monitors in Syria, and nearly three months since the mission of the Red Cross and Syrian Red Crescent began in the country. Violence has continued and the need for aid is still dire, with the UN estimating that a million people have been affected by the conflict. Al Jazeera’s Laurence ...

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Germany’s Merkel faces test in key state election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) are facing a tough task to avoid defeat in a key state election on Sunday. Opinion polls in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia suggest an emphatic re-election victory for the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD). Analysts say voters look set to reject Mrs Merkel's tough line on fiscal discipline as a cure for state ...

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Greece crisis: Key talks loom with party chiefs

Greek President Karolos Papoulias is due to meet the heads of Greece's three main parties in a final attempt to form a coalition and avoid fresh elections. All three – conservative New Democracy, far-left Syriza and socialist Pasok – have failed to form a government. Voters punished New Democracy and Pasok at last Sunday's polls for backing tough EU terms ...

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Egypt tries to broker end to Palestinian hunger strike

Some 1,600 prisoners held in Israeli jails are refusing food and demanding both better conditions and an end to detention without trial. The Egyptian-brokered talks mark the first time that substantive negotiations have been held to defuse the protest. Palestinian and Israeli officials confirmed Egyptian mediators are trying to reach an agreement between the prisoners and Israeli authorities. Tweet More ...

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