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Latest update : 2012-10-26

Eco-friendly biofuel fails to set German hearts alight

It's two years since the biofuel E10 arrived at German petrol stations, but it's failed to win over the population. Increasing food prices, for one, have fanned the flames of the debate. 100 million tons of grains produced worldwide are used to produce the ethanol which goes into the biofuel; 1.5 million tons in Germany alone. The NGOs Foodwatch and Greenpeace and the German green party are all calling for an immediate halt to production of the gas.

By Anne MAILLIET , Abby D'ARCY HUGHES

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2016-02-08 Tunisia

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In January, Tunisia saw a week of protests as people voiced their anger over unemployment and corruption. The country is often held up as an example of one which survived the...

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2016-02-12 Senegal

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With Saint Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we decided to take a look at some modern-day Romeo and Juliets, couples who are in love but faced with enormous obstacles.

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2016-02-11 Ireland

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Ireland's strong economic recovery will be the main backdrop to the country's general elections on February 26. After five years in power, Prime Minister Enda Kenny's...

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2016-02-10 France

A look at France's efforts to boost patriotism and social cohesion

The French government wants to boost patriotism and social cohesion among the young following the November terror attacks. It's part of a bid to counter radicalisation by...

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2016-02-09 tourism

Morocco sees drop in tourist numbers

Unlike its neighbours, particularly Tunisia, Morocco has been spared terrorist attacks in recent years. The last one was five years ago. But tourist numbers are still down.

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