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2008-06-18

News

Debate over progress of Cuban reforms

Cuban state television has broadcast the first pictures of Fidel Castro in six months. The silent video shows the ailing revolutionary in discussion

Cuban state television has broadcast the first pictures of Fidel Castro in six months. The silent video shows the ailing revolutionary in discussion

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Gazans sceptical at Israel-Hamas ceasefire

The announcement that Israel and Hamas have sealed a six month ceasefire has been greeted with resigned scepticism on the streets of the Gaza Strip

The announcement that Israel and Hamas have sealed a six month ceasefire has been greeted with resigned scepticism on the streets of the Gaza Strip

Europe

After Lisbon, EU debates food and fuel prices

The head of the European Commission has urged the EU’s leaders to press ahead with ambitious policies, on the eve of their two day summit. He said

The head of the European Commission has urged the EU’s leaders to press ahead with ambitious policies, on the eve of their two day summit. He said

Europe

Treaty upset raises tempers in EU parliament

A handful of Eurosceptic members of the European Parliament, mostly from Britain, wore green T-shirts saying “Respect the Irish vote”.

A handful of Eurosceptic members of the European Parliament, mostly from Britain, wore green T-shirts saying “Respect the Irish vote”.

Business

Bush reverses position on offshore oil drilling

With US motorists paying record high prices for petrol, President Bush and lawmakers in the Congress continue their war of words on energy policy. In

With US motorists paying record high prices for petrol, President Bush and lawmakers in the Congress continue their war of words on energy policy. In

Business

Financials pull down European shares

European shares ended the day substantially lower tracking Wall Street as US banks Morgan Stanley and Fifth Third Bancorp disclosed further

European shares ended the day substantially lower tracking Wall Street as US banks Morgan Stanley and Fifth Third Bancorp disclosed further

Business

Hungary to get new Mercedes plant

Daimler is to invest 800 million euros to build a new assembly plant in Hungary. It will be the carmaker’s first Mercedes factory in Eastern Europe

Daimler is to invest 800 million euros to build a new assembly plant in Hungary. It will be the carmaker’s first Mercedes factory in Eastern Europe

Business

Morgan Stanley's profits slump

Morgan Stanley, the second-largest investment bank in the US, saw its profits fall by more than half last quarter. That as the ongoing credit crunch

Morgan Stanley, the second-largest investment bank in the US, saw its profits fall by more than half last quarter. That as the ongoing credit crunch

News

EU adopts tough new laws on illegal immigration

Illegal immigrants hoping for a new life in Europe now face 18 months in detention, after Euro MPs voted for tough new laws on immigration. Years of

Illegal immigrants hoping for a new life in Europe now face 18 months in detention, after Euro MPs voted for tough new laws on immigration. Years of

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Immigrants see a better life in Europe

Immigrants continue to head to Europe, perhaps fleeing persecution at home or hoping a successful trip will bring a better life. Few critics doubt

Immigrants continue to head to Europe, perhaps fleeing persecution at home or hoping a successful trip will bring a better life. Few critics doubt

News

Anti-Taliban offensive launched in Afghanistan

Afghan and NATO forces have launched a joint offensive against Taliban fighters and their strongholds in southern Afghanistan. The operation is

Afghan and NATO forces have launched a joint offensive against Taliban fighters and their strongholds in southern Afghanistan. The operation is

News

Fuel protests gridlock Brussels ahead of EU talks

A day before EU leaders meet in Brussels to discuss the fuel and food crisis, protesters are making sure their voices are taken into account

A day before EU leaders meet in Brussels to discuss the fuel and food crisis, protesters are making sure their voices are taken into account

News

UN's legal immunity challenged in Dutch court

A Dutch court is being urged to waive the legal immunity of the United Nations in a law suit over the 1995 massacre of Muslims at Srebrenica during

A Dutch court is being urged to waive the legal immunity of the United Nations in a law suit over the 1995 massacre of Muslims at Srebrenica during

Science_technology

Virtual assistants for music teachers

European researchers have developed a multi-lingual music tuition software that complements traditional teaching. The computer listens to the

European researchers have developed a multi-lingual music tuition software that complements traditional teaching. The computer listens to the

Culture

Annecy animates audiences for 32nd year

New York indie animators scooped the top two prizes at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

New York indie animators scooped the top two prizes at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

Culture

Slovenian sculptor creates world in miniature

Jakov Brdar is one of Slovenia’s leading sculptors. While his monumental creations are part of Ljubliana’s urban landscape, he has now turned his

Jakov Brdar is one of Slovenia’s leading sculptors. While his monumental creations are part of Ljubliana’s urban landscape, he has now turned his

News

EU adopts tough new laws on illegal immigration

Tough new laws on illegal immigration in Europe have been adopted by Euro MPs in Strasbourg. Three years of debate culminated in a comfortable

Tough new laws on illegal immigration in Europe have been adopted by Euro MPs in Strasbourg. Three years of debate culminated in a comfortable

News

Todorov wins Asturias Social Sciences prize

It is award number five in the Prince of Asturias prize giving season. The jury spent a day deliberating the merits of the 36 eminent contributors to

It is award number five in the Prince of Asturias prize giving season. The jury spent a day deliberating the merits of the 36 eminent contributors to

News

Farmers block streets of Brussels

Bringing the streets of Brussels to a standstill. Hundreds of farmers are converging on the EU capital in their tractors to press the bloc to take

Bringing the streets of Brussels to a standstill. Hundreds of farmers are converging on the EU capital in their tractors to press the bloc to take

News

Allied troops launch offensive in Afghanistan

Afghan forces backed by NATO troops have launched an offensive to flush out Taleban insurgents from their stronghold in southern Afghanistan. The

Afghan forces backed by NATO troops have launched an offensive to flush out Taleban insurgents from their stronghold in southern Afghanistan. The

News

Israel agrees to abide by ceasefire with Hamas

Israel has officially agreed to abide by a ceasefire with the Palestinian militant group Hamas that governs the Gaza Strip. As well as a 6-month

Israel has officially agreed to abide by a ceasefire with the Palestinian militant group Hamas that governs the Gaza Strip. As well as a 6-month

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Lech Walesa denies being a communist informer

The former Solidarity trade union leader Lech Walesa is facing fresh allegations that he was once an informer for the Communist secret police

The former Solidarity trade union leader Lech Walesa is facing fresh allegations that he was once an informer for the Communist secret police

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Swedish parliament to vote on legal eavesdropping

Swedish military intelligence agents will be able to listen in to all cross-border telephone calls, and read people’s emails and text messages, if

Swedish military intelligence agents will be able to listen in to all cross-border telephone calls, and read people’s emails and text messages, if

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Hamas has high hopes for its truce with wary Israel

Relations in the Middle-East stand on the brink of a public breakthrough, but behind the scenes there is little confidence that peace is imminent

Relations in the Middle-East stand on the brink of a public breakthrough, but behind the scenes there is little confidence that peace is imminent