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2008-05-12

Business

Chinese inflation still high

China’s consumer price inflation continues to accelerate. In April it remained close to its highest in twelve years. Compared with the same month

China’s consumer price inflation continues to accelerate. In April it remained close to its highest in twelve years. Compared with the same month

Business

Renault-Nissan and Bajaj to make cheap Indian car

The competition to build the world’s cheapest car is hotting up. Renault-Nissan is the latest the enter the fray, in a joint venture with Indian firm

The competition to build the world’s cheapest car is hotting up. Renault-Nissan is the latest the enter the fray, in a joint venture with Indian firm

Business

Greek tanker drivers strike bites

A week-long strike by fuel tanker drivers in Greece has led to lengthy queues of motorists. It is estimated that three quarters of the country’s

A week-long strike by fuel tanker drivers in Greece has led to lengthy queues of motorists. It is estimated that three quarters of the country’s

Europe

Chavez bombast even before summit with EU

Germany says it is not going to let presidential insults spoil an EU-Latin America-Caribbean summit at the end of the week in Peru. It is mostly to

Germany says it is not going to let presidential insults spoil an EU-Latin America-Caribbean summit at the end of the week in Peru. It is mostly to

Europe

EU mission to Georgia amid talk of war

High-ranking EU diplomats are in Georgia to try to damp down threats of war. The foreign ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Sweden and Slovenia

High-ranking EU diplomats are in Georgia to try to damp down threats of war. The foreign ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Sweden and Slovenia

News

Uncertainty over aid as US planes land in Myanmar

The US expects to send two more aid flights to Myanmar tomorrow after a first planeload arrived in the cyclone-hit country today. The White House

The US expects to send two more aid flights to Myanmar tomorrow after a first planeload arrived in the cyclone-hit country today. The White House

News

Earthquake is China's latest pre-Olympic headache

The earthquake hit Sichuan province early in the afternoon. In the capital Beijing, people rushed to find safety, or stayed indoors while their

The earthquake hit Sichuan province early in the afternoon. In the capital Beijing, people rushed to find safety, or stayed indoors while their

News

Lebanon faces crisis as Hizbollah fights on

The latest explosion of violence in Lebanon has now killed more than 80 people, and produced the worst crisis since the 15-year civil war ended in

The latest explosion of violence in Lebanon has now killed more than 80 people, and produced the worst crisis since the 15-year civil war ended in

News

Massive China quake kills nearly 9,000

The worst earthquake to hit China in more 30 years has claimed the lives of nearly 9,000 people. Schools, factories, houses and a hospital in the

The worst earthquake to hit China in more 30 years has claimed the lives of nearly 9,000 people. Schools, factories, houses and a hospital in the

News

Serbia's big parties look for post-election partners

With nearly 40 percent of the vote, Serbia’s pro-European bloc clearly won Sunday’s general election. But, as to who will actually run the country

With nearly 40 percent of the vote, Serbia’s pro-European bloc clearly won Sunday’s general election. But, as to who will actually run the country

News

Few new faces as Putin unveils his first cabinet

He may be a little unaccustomed to it but Vladimir Putin’s been reporting to his boss, presenting the new Russian president with his cabinet

He may be a little unaccustomed to it but Vladimir Putin’s been reporting to his boss, presenting the new Russian president with his cabinet

Culture

"Prince Caspian" shows a darker side to the land of Narnia

C.S. Lewis’s fantasy world of Narnia returns to the big screen this summer. After the box-office success of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

C.S. Lewis’s fantasy world of Narnia returns to the big screen this summer. After the box-office success of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

Culture

Italian museum tells the story of the harp

The origins of the harp are said to lie in the sound of a hunter’s bow string being plucked. The instrument has evolved over thousands of years and

The origins of the harp are said to lie in the sound of a hunter’s bow string being plucked. The instrument has evolved over thousands of years and

News

Hundreds buried by huge Chinese quake

Nearly 900 students have been buried by a powerful earthquake in southwestern China. At least six people have been confirmed dead but the death toll

Nearly 900 students have been buried by a powerful earthquake in southwestern China. At least six people have been confirmed dead but the death toll

News

Hundreds buried by huge Chinese quake

Nearly 900 students have been buried by a powerful earthquake in southwestern China. At least six people have been confirmed dead but the death

Nearly 900 students have been buried by a powerful earthquake in southwestern China. At least six people have been confirmed dead but the death

News

Dozens dead after battles near Beirut

Control of several Lebanese villages loyal to pro-government Druze leader Walid Jumblatt has been handed to the army after an attack by Hizbollah. At

Control of several Lebanese villages loyal to pro-government Druze leader Walid Jumblatt has been handed to the army after an attack by Hizbollah. At

News

Myanmar aid: "a fraction of what's needed"

The first planeload of American aid has flown to Myanmar, the former Burma, with desperately-needed water, mosquito nets and blankets. It is hoped to

The first planeload of American aid has flown to Myanmar, the former Burma, with desperately-needed water, mosquito nets and blankets. It is hoped to

News

Polish Holocaust heroine dies at 98

Irena Sendler, a Polish heroine of the Second World War, had died aged 98. She always played down her actions but she risked her life to rescue an

Irena Sendler, a Polish heroine of the Second World War, had died aged 98. She always played down her actions but she risked her life to rescue an

News

Kosovo's leader hails Serbian election outcome

Less than three months after declaring its independence from Belgrade, Kosovo is reflecting on Serbia’s election results. Many in the ethnic

Less than three months after declaring its independence from Belgrade, Kosovo is reflecting on Serbia’s election results. Many in the ethnic

News

Serbia faces tough talks over new government

Fireworks and cheering marked the apparent triumph of Serbia’s Westward-leaning president, but all sides know they face much hard bargaining before

Fireworks and cheering marked the apparent triumph of Serbia’s Westward-leaning president, but all sides know they face much hard bargaining before

News

Nationalists not ready to renounce power in Serbia

Partying on the streets may be premature for Serbia’s pro-European bloc, with tough talks ahead to see if it can form a government. Rival

Partying on the streets may be premature for Serbia’s pro-European bloc, with tough talks ahead to see if it can form a government. Rival

News

China struck by strong earthquake

A major earthquake that hit China’s Sichuan province has been felt as far away as Thailand. The quake, which measured 7.5, shook tall buildings in

A major earthquake that hit China’s Sichuan province has been felt as far away as Thailand. The quake, which measured 7.5, shook tall buildings in

News

Arab League steps into Lebanon crisis

There has been renewed fighting between supporters and opponents of the Lebanese government. While a tense peace reigns in Beirut, fighting took

There has been renewed fighting between supporters and opponents of the Lebanese government. While a tense peace reigns in Beirut, fighting took

News

Arab League steps into Lebanon crisis

There has been renewed fighting between supporters and opponents of the Lebanese government. While a tense peace reigns in Beirut, fighting took

There has been renewed fighting between supporters and opponents of the Lebanese government. While a tense peace reigns in Beirut, fighting took

News

Last block to EU-Russia partnership is lifted

EU foreign ministers have persuaded Vilnius to lift its veto on talks over a new pact between the EU and Russia. It is hoped discussions will get

EU foreign ministers have persuaded Vilnius to lift its veto on talks over a new pact between the EU and Russia. It is hoped discussions will get

News

National guard called in as tornado batters US

At least 19 people have been killed after tornadoes and violent storms ripped through the central and south-eastern United States. The National

At least 19 people have been killed after tornadoes and violent storms ripped through the central and south-eastern United States. The National

News

Figures worsen for Myanmar disaster

The latest UN estimates for the cyclone disaster in Myanmar suggest up to one point nine million people are struggling to survive its aftermath, and

The latest UN estimates for the cyclone disaster in Myanmar suggest up to one point nine million people are struggling to survive its aftermath, and