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2008-06-25

Europe

French doubt own president's EU leadership performance

According to French public opinion, President Nicolas Sarkozy will need all the help he can get to re-launch Europe after the Irish referendum

According to French public opinion, President Nicolas Sarkozy will need all the help he can get to re-launch Europe after the Irish referendum

Europe

Finally ready for launch of new EU-Russia pact

On the eve of the EU’s first summit with new Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Brussels has said the bloc wants to pursue a “partnership of equals”

On the eve of the EU’s first summit with new Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Brussels has said the bloc wants to pursue a “partnership of equals”

Europe

Shipbuilding in Poland faces watershed

On the eve of a restructuring plan deadline this Thursday, Polish shipbuilders have been demonstrating at the European Commission headquarters. One

On the eve of a restructuring plan deadline this Thursday, Polish shipbuilders have been demonstrating at the European Commission headquarters. One

Business

No change in US interest rates

The US Federal Reserve has held interest rates steady while indicating slightly greater unease on inflation, but the central bank policymakers

The US Federal Reserve has held interest rates steady while indicating slightly greater unease on inflation, but the central bank policymakers

Business

Volvo cuts jobs to stop losses

Volvo cars is laying off 2,000 people worldwide, 1,200 of them in Sweden. Six hundred of those losing their jobs are production workers and the rest

Volvo cars is laying off 2,000 people worldwide, 1,200 of them in Sweden. Six hundred of those losing their jobs are production workers and the rest

Business

Oil prices fall as European shares rise

An unexpected rise in oil stockpiles in the US last week caused the price of crude to fall more than three dollars on Wednesday. US crude oil

An unexpected rise in oil stockpiles in the US last week caused the price of crude to fall more than three dollars on Wednesday. US crude oil

Business

Barclays boosts its capital

Barclays is to raise 5.7 billion euros by selling new shares. Many of the 1.6 billion shares will go to Asian and Middle Eastern investors

Barclays is to raise 5.7 billion euros by selling new shares. Many of the 1.6 billion shares will go to Asian and Middle Eastern investors

Business

Trichet hints at July rate rise

Thanks to inflation, it is looking more likely that euro zone interest rates will go up to 4.24% in July, despite increasing evidence of a sharp

Thanks to inflation, it is looking more likely that euro zone interest rates will go up to 4.24% in July, despite increasing evidence of a sharp

News

Berlusconi lashes out at judiciary

Italy’s Prime Minister has launched another stinging attack on the country’s prosecutors calling them a “cancerous growth”. In an address to the

Italy’s Prime Minister has launched another stinging attack on the country’s prosecutors calling them a “cancerous growth”. In an address to the

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British judges reject legal challenge to EU's Lisbon Treaty

A British court has rejected a millionaire’s attempt to force the government to hold a referendum on the EU treaty. Eurosceptic Stuart Wheeler had

A British court has rejected a millionaire’s attempt to force the government to hold a referendum on the EU treaty. Eurosceptic Stuart Wheeler had

Science_technology

Mobile phone risks study making waves

A study by Belgian researchers on the effects of radio waves from mobile phones and wifi networks is attracting attention.

A study by Belgian researchers on the effects of radio waves from mobile phones and wifi networks is attracting attention.

Science_technology

Sanlucar, the continent's biggest solar power plant

Located in one of the sunniest, driest spots in Europe, the continent’s biggest solar power plant, Sanlucar is near Seville in southern Spain. Since

Located in one of the sunniest, driest spots in Europe, the continent’s biggest solar power plant, Sanlucar is near Seville in southern Spain. Since

Culture

Hancock: the superhero with a chip on his shoulder

Always drunk and grumpy, Hancock’s not your normal superhero. Starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron, Peter Berg’s film Hancock opened the Moscow

Always drunk and grumpy, Hancock’s not your normal superhero. Starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron, Peter Berg’s film Hancock opened the Moscow

Culture

Tennis champ auctions Warhol

Wimbledon champion John McEnroe has presented a picture of him and his former wife, actress Tatum O’Neal, by Andy Warhol, which will be auctioned for

Wimbledon champion John McEnroe has presented a picture of him and his former wife, actress Tatum O’Neal, by Andy Warhol, which will be auctioned for

News

Forest fire cuts power to Athens

A forest fire that has broken out near the Greek capital Athens has cut power to parts of the city. The blackouts were caused by damage to pylons

A forest fire that has broken out near the Greek capital Athens has cut power to parts of the city. The blackouts were caused by damage to pylons

News

Regional leaders urge Zimbabwe poll postponement

Southern African leaders have called for the postponement of Zimbabwe’s run-off election, saying conditions are not conducive to a fair poll. It

Southern African leaders have called for the postponement of Zimbabwe’s run-off election, saying conditions are not conducive to a fair poll. It

News

Jerusalem inaugurates "Bridge of Chords"

The highest structure in Jerusalem is due to be inaugurated at a glittering ceremony this evening. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to

The highest structure in Jerusalem is due to be inaugurated at a glittering ceremony this evening. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to

News

German and Turkish fans prepare for Euro match

German and Turkish football supporters are eagerly awaiting their sides Euro 2008 semi-final clash tonight. The game will be played at St Jakob Park

German and Turkish football supporters are eagerly awaiting their sides Euro 2008 semi-final clash tonight. The game will be played at St Jakob Park

News

UK court rejects EU Lisbon treaty referendum bid

A court in the UK has rejected an attempt by a wealthy businessman to force a referendum on the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. Two judges rejected millionaire

A court in the UK has rejected an attempt by a wealthy businessman to force a referendum on the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. Two judges rejected millionaire

News

Israel seals border crossings after rocket attack

Israel has closed its cargo crossings into Gaza until further notice, in response to cross-border Palestinian rocket fire. Since Sunday, truckloads

Israel has closed its cargo crossings into Gaza until further notice, in response to cross-border Palestinian rocket fire. Since Sunday, truckloads

News

UK court rejects EU Lisbon treaty referendum bid

A court in the UK has rejected an attempt by a wealthy businessman to force a referendum on the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. Two judges rejected millionaire

A court in the UK has rejected an attempt by a wealthy businessman to force a referendum on the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. Two judges rejected millionaire

News

China re-opens Tibet to foreign tourists

China says it has reopened Tibet to foreign holidaymakers today. The remote region was shut off to visitors from abroad after riots there in

China says it has reopened Tibet to foreign holidaymakers today. The remote region was shut off to visitors from abroad after riots there in

News

Nuclear fears at former mine in Germany

A former mine in Germany is at the centre of fears about the long-term handling of radioactive waste. After its closure, the former salt mine in

A former mine in Germany is at the centre of fears about the long-term handling of radioactive waste. After its closure, the former salt mine in

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Iraq's Shi'ite insurgents given more time to surrender

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has given Shi’ite fighters in the southern province of Maysan a further week to surrender amid an ongoing

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has given Shi’ite fighters in the southern province of Maysan a further week to surrender amid an ongoing

News

Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan soar by 40 percent

There has been a 40 percent increase in attacks by insurgents in eastern Afghanistan compared with the same time last year, says Nato. The figures

There has been a 40 percent increase in attacks by insurgents in eastern Afghanistan compared with the same time last year, says Nato. The figures

News

Europe's Roma most discriminated in the Union

Europe’s Roma people seem to be constantly in the headlines. In Italy, they have been chased from their encampments and blamed for crimes ranging

Europe’s Roma people seem to be constantly in the headlines. In Italy, they have been chased from their encampments and blamed for crimes ranging

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French anti-Semitic attack could be gang warfare

The French authorities have opened an investigation into a racist attack on a Jewish youngster which left him clinging to life in hospital. The

The French authorities have opened an investigation into a racist attack on a Jewish youngster which left him clinging to life in hospital. The

News

Israel closes Gaza crossings after rocket attack

Israel is refusing to open its border crossings with the Gaza Strip in response to a Palestinian rocket attack which breached a fragile ceasefire

Israel is refusing to open its border crossings with the Gaza Strip in response to a Palestinian rocket attack which breached a fragile ceasefire