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Ilias Kasidiaris of the Golden Dawn party strikes Liana Kanelli, a female MP for the Greek Communists

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Burma's President declared a state of emergency yesterday in a western state where tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have unleashed deadly violence.

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Sad news for time-wasters everywhere, after Eduard Khil, aka Mr Trololo, and the star of one of the internet's most enduring viral videos, died aged 77.

Mubarak has health crisis after sentence

Egypt's state media say Hosni Mubarak has suffered a "health crisis" while on his way to a Cairo prison hospital after being convicted and sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters during last year's uprising.

Couple land windfall from mobile apps firm Mobile IQ

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DVD/Blu-ray: Grandma's House: Series 2 (15)

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Suicide car bomb kills two policeman and injures 16 in Turkey

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BBC Worldwide to contribute funding towards four scholarships.

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Channel 4's annual results tomorrow are expected to show it has received a major boost from The Inbetweeners Movie.

Paddington bear to star in new film by Harry Potter producer David Heyman

Paddington Bear is swapping darkest Peru for the bright lights of Hollywood after plans were announced to bring the character to the big screen.

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