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2008-01-28

Europe

EU Chad-Darfour mission approved, expected to be rough

The European Union has approved a mission to eastern Chad to protect civilians and aid workers caught up in the violence in neighbouring Darfur

The European Union has approved a mission to eastern Chad to protect civilians and aid workers caught up in the violence in neighbouring Darfur

Business

Societe Generale trader will not face fraud charges

Jerome Kerviel, the former trader named in the five billion euro fraud scandal at French bank Societe Generale has been released after being placed

Jerome Kerviel, the former trader named in the five billion euro fraud scandal at French bank Societe Generale has been released after being placed

Business

Grim housing news in UK and US

House prices in Britain fell again in January by 0.3%. It was their fourth straight month of decline as prospective buyers delayed purchases deterred

House prices in Britain fell again in January by 0.3%. It was their fourth straight month of decline as prospective buyers delayed purchases deterred

Business

Bad weather exacerbates China's power problems

Major storms in China are causing huge transport problems and preventing coal reaching power stations leading to power shortages, but the weather is

Major storms in China are causing huge transport problems and preventing coal reaching power stations leading to power shortages, but the weather is

News

Lebanon's opposition buries its dead

Lebanon’s opposition has buried its dead a day after violent clashes broke out between militants and the army in the capital Beirut. The eight

Lebanon’s opposition has buried its dead a day after violent clashes broke out between militants and the army in the capital Beirut. The eight

Europe

SEPA harmonises bank transfers, aims to lower costs

Welcoming the launch of a European harmonised bank transfer system, Brussels says the potential benefits could exceed €123 billion over the next six

Welcoming the launch of a European harmonised bank transfer system, Brussels says the potential benefits could exceed €123 billion over the next six

News

EU offers Serbia interim agreement but not full pact

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels have failed to agree on the signing of a pact with Serbia for closer ties. This would have been seen as a

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels have failed to agree on the signing of a pact with Serbia for closer ties. This would have been seen as a

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Regional poll setback for Germany's Merkel

They are putting on a brave face but it is a tough day for German leader Angela Merkel and her conservative party. It has suffered heavy losses in a

They are putting on a brave face but it is a tough day for German leader Angela Merkel and her conservative party. It has suffered heavy losses in a

News

Russia halves number of foreign observers ahead of polls

The number of foreign observers invited to monitor Russia’s presidential election in March will be halved compared with last time. President

The number of foreign observers invited to monitor Russia’s presidential election in March will be halved compared with last time. President

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Thousands flee ongoing violence in Kenya

More than 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in Kenya because of continuing post-election violence. Fresh killing sprees have broken

More than 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in Kenya because of continuing post-election violence. Fresh killing sprees have broken

Culture

Russian Film Awards boosted by Oscar nominations

There was a special buzz at Russia’s Film Awards, the Golden Eagles, not least because two of the winners are also up for an Oscar this year. The

There was a special buzz at Russia’s Film Awards, the Golden Eagles, not least because two of the winners are also up for an Oscar this year. The

News

Samak Sundaravej: Thailand's new prime minister

Combative and charismatic right-winger Samak Sundaravej has been elected prime minister by Thailand’s parliament as the country returns to a

Combative and charismatic right-winger Samak Sundaravej has been elected prime minister by Thailand’s parliament as the country returns to a

News

Greek Orthodox Church leader dies

Tributes have been paid to Archbishop Christodoulos, the head of Greece’s powerful Orthodox Church, who has died aged 69. His death was announced

Tributes have been paid to Archbishop Christodoulos, the head of Greece’s powerful Orthodox Church, who has died aged 69. His death was announced

News

Tens of thousands bid farewell to Indonesia's Suharto

Tens of thousands of people have bid farewell to Indonesia’s former autocratic president Suharto. His body was flown from the capital Jakarta to be

Tens of thousands of people have bid farewell to Indonesia’s former autocratic president Suharto. His body was flown from the capital Jakarta to be

News

Germany's ruling conservatives suffer electoral defeat

Germany’s ruling CDU has suffered surprise and severe losses in the western state of Hesse. Although he finished a whisker ahead of his Social

Germany’s ruling CDU has suffered surprise and severe losses in the western state of Hesse. Although he finished a whisker ahead of his Social

News

Death toll rises in Western Kenya

At least 19 people have reportedly been killed in inter-ethnic fighting in Western Kenya, the latest victims of the violence which has claimed the

At least 19 people have reportedly been killed in inter-ethnic fighting in Western Kenya, the latest victims of the violence which has claimed the

News

Economy set to Spain's election battleground

Spain’s ruling Socialist party has been setting out its stall for a second term in March’s general elections. Polls indicate Prime Minister Jose Luis

Spain’s ruling Socialist party has been setting out its stall for a second term in March’s general elections. Polls indicate Prime Minister Jose Luis

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Lebanon in mourning after deaths in street clashes

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has declared a national day of mourning in memory of those killed when a protest at the weekend turned violent

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has declared a national day of mourning in memory of those killed when a protest at the weekend turned violent

News

Police get extra time to question french banker

French financial investigators have been granted extra time to question a junior trader detained over the biggest fraud in banking history

French financial investigators have been granted extra time to question a junior trader detained over the biggest fraud in banking history

News

Indonesia prepares to bury former leader Suharto

The coffin carrying former Indonesian President Suharto has left his home in Jakarta en route for Central Java ahead of a state funeral in a royal

The coffin carrying former Indonesian President Suharto has left his home in Jakarta en route for Central Java ahead of a state funeral in a royal