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2008-01-25

Business

Societe Generale fraud - how could it happen?

As more details have emerged about the world’s worst rogue trading scandal, tough questions are being asked on how five billion euros could be lost

As more details have emerged about the world’s worst rogue trading scandal, tough questions are being asked on how five billion euros could be lost

Business

Brewer consolidation to break up Scottish and Newcastle

Britain’s biggest brewer, Scottish and Newcastle, is being bought by Carlsberg and Heineken, in a cash deal valuing it at 10.5 billion euros

Britain’s biggest brewer, Scottish and Newcastle, is being bought by Carlsberg and Heineken, in a cash deal valuing it at 10.5 billion euros

Business

Spanish jobless figures climb

Spanish unemployment has risen to its highest level in a year and a half following an increase in the number of layoffs in the construction industry

Spanish unemployment has risen to its highest level in a year and a half following an increase in the number of layoffs in the construction industry

Europe

EU rules out toying with danger

A ban on some chemicals and on packaging toys as giveaways with foods are among the key points in a revision of the EU’s safety standards on toys

A ban on some chemicals and on packaging toys as giveaways with foods are among the key points in a revision of the EU’s safety standards on toys

Europe

EU air passenger data scheme nears

Air passengers landing in the EU will have personal data collected in another system under proposed new European anti-terrorism plans. Next month

Air passengers landing in the EU will have personal data collected in another system under proposed new European anti-terrorism plans. Next month

News

Albania to back Kosovo independence

Albania has said it wants to be the first country to recognise an independent Kosovo. The declaration came in a speech by president Bamir Topi on his

Albania has said it wants to be the first country to recognise an independent Kosovo. The declaration came in a speech by president Bamir Topi on his

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Italian president starts crisis talks

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano has started talks with political leaders to try to rescue his country from crisis after the resignation of

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano has started talks with political leaders to try to rescue his country from crisis after the resignation of

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Palestinians breach Gaza-Egypt border again

Palestinian activists have punched another hole in the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, just as Egyptian forces were trying to seal other

Palestinian activists have punched another hole in the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, just as Egyptian forces were trying to seal other

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Anti-Quran film gives Dutch cause for concern

A Dutch Muslim group has appealed for calm at home and abroad in reaction to an anti-Quran film produced by a Dutch right wing politician. Geert

A Dutch Muslim group has appealed for calm at home and abroad in reaction to an anti-Quran film produced by a Dutch right wing politician. Geert

News

Putin backs Serbia over Kosovo as oil deal agreed

Russia and Serbia have strengthened economic and diplomatic ties at the signing of a new energy deal with President Vladimir Putin restating his

Russia and Serbia have strengthened economic and diplomatic ties at the signing of a new energy deal with President Vladimir Putin restating his

News

Intelligence officer killed in Beirut blast

A police captain working for Lebanese intelligence is among four people who were killed when a bomb devastated a predominantly Christian area of

A police captain working for Lebanese intelligence is among four people who were killed when a bomb devastated a predominantly Christian area of

News

Egypt starts closing off border with Gaza

A change of policy by Egypt on letting through Palestinians at the Rafah border crossing has led to violent scuffles. Border guards fired warning

A change of policy by Egypt on letting through Palestinians at the Rafah border crossing has led to violent scuffles. Border guards fired warning

News

Italy plunged into crisis again

Italy is once again plunged into crisis after the resignation of its prime minister. Romano Prodi stepped down after losing a vote of confidence in

Italy is once again plunged into crisis after the resignation of its prime minister. Romano Prodi stepped down after losing a vote of confidence in

News

Bankers say "sorry" after SocGen fraud scandal

As more details emerged about the largest banking fraud in French history, the country’s big guns were doing all they could to restore confidence in

As more details emerged about the largest banking fraud in French history, the country’s big guns were doing all they could to restore confidence in

News

Senior Lebanese policeman dies in Beirut bomb

A police captain working for Lebanese intelligence is among the ten dead after a bomb devastated a predominantly Christian area of Beirut. The

A police captain working for Lebanese intelligence is among the ten dead after a bomb devastated a predominantly Christian area of Beirut. The

News

Bush and Congress agree US economic package

The US administration and opposition Democrats in Congress have agreed on a financial plan they hope will save the country from recession. With

The US administration and opposition Democrats in Congress have agreed on a financial plan they hope will save the country from recession. With

News

Rogue trader: How did he lose so much for so long?

French banking bosses are scrambling to restore battered confidence after a junior trader disappeared amid the biggest bank fraud in history. Jerome

French banking bosses are scrambling to restore battered confidence after a junior trader disappeared amid the biggest bank fraud in history. Jerome

News

Minister's resignation sparks UK cabinet reshuffle

The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has reshuffled his cabinet after a funding scandal forced the resignation of one of his ministers. Peter Hain

The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has reshuffled his cabinet after a funding scandal forced the resignation of one of his ministers. Peter Hain

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New memorial for Russia's passionate poet

One of Russia’s most passionate poets is being remembered on the 70th anniversary of his birth. Vladimir Vysotsky was a thorn in the side of the

One of Russia’s most passionate poets is being remembered on the 70th anniversary of his birth. Vladimir Vysotsky was a thorn in the side of the

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Where next for Italy after Prodi resignation?

Italy is waking up to a political crisis following the resignation of Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Prodi quit last night after losing a vote of

Italy is waking up to a political crisis following the resignation of Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Prodi quit last night after losing a vote of