Couples kiss during a mass wedding ceremony to mark Valentine’s Day in Taiwan
Around 25 couples tied the knot together on Monday with Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin as the witness for the ceremony. REUTERS/Nicky Loh Copyright © 2011 euronews

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Seeing is believing: DIY glasses bring sight to thousands
These people in Malawi are queuing up to try on glasses that they can adjust themselves to suit their own eyesight. This means there is no need to see an optician. Copyright © 2011 euronews

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Safer Internet Day 2011
On 8 February, Safer Internet Day took place in almost 70 countries across Europe and world-wide. How can the Internet be made safer for children? Copyright © 2011 euronews

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Under-pressure Yemeni president offers 2011 poll
Yemen’s increasingly embattled leader Ali Abdullah Saleh has offered to step down by the end of the year, proposing constitutional change and elections. But opposition groups show no signs of easing up their efforts to secure his departure now. A pro-democracy movement is escalating. Thousands of protesters have been camped in the streets near the university in the capital, Sanaa, since early February. One of the latest members of Saleh’s regime to switch sides, dissident security forces officer Ahmed Mohamad Hussein Ahmed urged the president to “see sense and leave this country” and let Yemen’s people choose their leader. Defections have multiplied since Friday when anti-government protests ended in bloodshed and dozens of deaths. A state of emergency has been rubber-stamped by parliament. Former Yemeni state TV employee Samir Abdelwali said one tent in the protest camp represents the “free” journalists who have left the channel, which he accused of telling lies and misleading the public. The opposition is said to be studying President Saleh’s proposals. It had earlier called for massive rallies in Sanaa on Friday to force him from power. Copyright © 2011 euronews

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Children receiving a lamp at an evacuation centre
In a evacuation centre, located in Minamisanriku City in Iwate Prefecture. The area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11. REUTERS/Kyodo Copyright © 2011 euronews

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Foreign nationals relieved to escape Libyan chaos
EU nationals fleeing the chaos in Libya are beginning to arrive home as the situation in the North African country continues to deteriorate. Two European oil companies BP and Statoil have begun pulling out their people as the international community calls on Libya to protect all foreign nationals. Yet, diplomats say authorities are complicating matters by imposing extra exit visa conditions on foreigners, in Paris one man said: “Tunisia was a more peaceful revolution. There was no real danger for expats. In Libya it is not against us but everyone is armed so you can get quickly caught up in it.” “In Benghazi its really tough but in Tripoli if you stay in its OK, there is no hunt for foreigners.” said another. Italy has around 1,500 nationals living and working in its former colony. Italian’s arriving back in Rome spoke of a night of gunfire and plain-clothed security personnel on the streets. “We heard shootings and lots of confusion in town. Also, we heard that 5,000 people were on their way to march on Tripoli from Benghazi. But there were no official news. So, who knows. Anyway, the little that is known doesn’t look good at all.” Copyright © 2011 euronews

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NATO tankers torched in Pakistan attack
At least four people have been killed in Pakistan after suspected Islamic militants attacked a convoy carrying fuel destined for NATO troops in Afghanistan. A group of around 20 or so unidentified gunmen opened fire on the fuel tankers, which were parked at a terminal. The strike took place in the troubled north-western city of Peshawar, close to the main border crossings and supply routes for NATO forces. This is the latest in a series of attacks. In September, scores of NATO supply vehicles were destroyed in gun and arson attacks by Taliban militants determined to disrupt relief routes and avenge US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt. Copyright © 2011 euronews

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Blocking fake medicines
Viagra, anti-malarial tablets, painkillers are all increasingly being purchased via the Internet. However there is a risk that what you buy may not be what it appears. So what is being done to stop the sale of fake medicines? Copyright © 2011 euronews

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GM back in annual profit
General Motors has reported its first full-year profit since 2004 of 4.7 billion dollars (3.4 billion euros). The top US carmaker’s fourth-quarter earnings were slightly above expectations at the equivalent of 370 million euros. GM said fourth-quarter net income was fuelled by strong sales in China and the US as the global car market started to recover. GM’s European operations posted a loss of $568 million (412 million euros) for the fourth quarter and a loss of $1.7 billion (1.23 billion euros) for the year. The automaker has said it hopes the European division – Opel and Vauxhall – will break even this year. Copyright © 2011 euronews

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Still a long way from business as usual in Japan
With more than one week having passed since Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami the country’s carmakers and technology firms have been struggling to resume production. In addition, a lack of parts from their factories is causing concerns about the supply chain to plants worldwide. Renault, General Motors and Samsung have already had to reduce production due to potential parts shortages. Even those companies not been directly effected by the disaster are having trouble with logistics and shipping. Apple’s iPad tablet computer is assembled in China, but uses memory chips, batteries and screens that are made in Japan by hard-hit firms like Toshiba. Meanwhile there was a much-needed boost to Japan’s battered businesses from billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Speaking during a visit to a South Korean factory run by a company that is owned by one of his funds, Buffet said he would not be selling Japanese shares right now. He told reporters: “Frequently something out of the blue like this, an extraordinary event, really creates a buying opportunity. I’ve seen that happen in the United States, I’ve seen that happen around the world, and I don’t think Japan will be an exception.” He added: “It will take some time to rebuild. But it will not change the economic future of Japan.” Copyright © 2011 euronews

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