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2008-06-27

Business

Costly oil and profit warnings hit European shares

Oil prices held near a record high of more than $142 a barrel on both sides of the Atlantic on Friday. They extended their gains after surging nearly

Oil prices held near a record high of more than $142 a barrel on both sides of the Atlantic on Friday. They extended their gains after surging nearly

Europe

Moscow hosts EU-Russia summit in oil-rich Siberian hub

The choice of the venue for the EU-Russia summit speaks volumes – the booming hub of Khanty-Mansijsk acts as a window to Russia’s oil wealth

The choice of the venue for the EU-Russia summit speaks volumes – the booming hub of Khanty-Mansijsk acts as a window to Russia’s oil wealth

News

Support builds for European Immigration pact

The meeting in Zaragoza between French Prime Minister Francois Fillon and his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has given both

The meeting in Zaragoza between French Prime Minister Francois Fillon and his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has given both

Business

More evidence of UK slowdown

The UK economy grew more slowly than previously thought in the first quarter according to the latest government figures. They show that the service

The UK economy grew more slowly than previously thought in the first quarter according to the latest government figures. They show that the service

Business

Gazprom aiming to be world's energy leader

Gazprom’s chief executive Alexei Miller has told the Russian state-owned energy giant’s shareholders that its strong ties to Russia’s government give

Gazprom’s chief executive Alexei Miller has told the Russian state-owned energy giant’s shareholders that its strong ties to Russia’s government give

Business

Bill Gates reboots his life

The world’s most famous – and richest – computer geek has effectively retired. Bill Gates is handing over day-to-day control of software giant

The world’s most famous – and richest – computer geek has effectively retired. Bill Gates is handing over day-to-day control of software giant

News

North Korea blows up reactor cooling tower

North Korea has destroyed the cooling tower at its plutonium-producing Yongbyon nuclear plant. The move, watched by international TV crews, is a

North Korea has destroyed the cooling tower at its plutonium-producing Yongbyon nuclear plant. The move, watched by international TV crews, is a

Europe

Drugs' long road from lab to pharmacy

Medicines seem such simple things. But the journey of a new drug, from the lab to the pharmacy, is a long and expensive process. Europe wants to

Medicines seem such simple things. But the journey of a new drug, from the lab to the pharmacy, is a long and expensive process. Europe wants to

Europe

Counterfeit drugs: Europe's bitter pill

Millions of fake medical treatments are finding their way into the EU each year. Many of them are bought over the internet. Sometimes causing

Millions of fake medical treatments are finding their way into the EU each year. Many of them are bought over the internet. Sometimes causing

News

London hosts 90th birthday concert for Mandela

A concert paying tribute to Nelson Mandela is being held in London’s Hyde Park. The event is being organised under the number 46664, Mandela’s old

A concert paying tribute to Nelson Mandela is being held in London’s Hyde Park. The event is being organised under the number 46664, Mandela’s old

News

Sex workers strut their stuff for right to work in central Madrid

Rolling out the red carpet, sex workers in Spain have put on a fashion show in central Madrid, in a plea for peaceful co-existence. They are

Rolling out the red carpet, sex workers in Spain have put on a fashion show in central Madrid, in a plea for peaceful co-existence. They are

News

Basque parliament supports self-determination referendum

The Basque regional parliament has voted to carry out a controversial referendum on self- determination in defiance of the Spanish government. The

The Basque regional parliament has voted to carry out a controversial referendum on self- determination in defiance of the Spanish government. The

News

Obama and Clinton rally in Unity

The name could not have been more appropriate: Hillary Clinton has decided to join her former rival Barack Obama for a trip to the New Hampshire town

The name could not have been more appropriate: Hillary Clinton has decided to join her former rival Barack Obama for a trip to the New Hampshire town

Science_technology

Jason 2 to monitor global climate changes

Sea levels are rising everywhere, but in some areas they are rising quicker than others, bringing increased dangers of flooding. A new satellite –

Sea levels are rising everywhere, but in some areas they are rising quicker than others, bringing increased dangers of flooding. A new satellite –

News

By-election woes spoil Brown's first anniversary as Britain's PM

It has been a very unhappy anniversary for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Exactly a year after succeeding Tony Blair, his Labour party is

It has been a very unhappy anniversary for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Exactly a year after succeeding Tony Blair, his Labour party is

Culture

Wanted

Wanted staring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Lorna Scott premiers at LA film festival. Wanted is the American debut of Kazakh directer Timur

Wanted staring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Lorna Scott premiers at LA film festival. Wanted is the American debut of Kazakh directer Timur

Culture

Jazz a Vienne: great music, great venue, great time

The 28th Vienne Jazz Festival in the South of France is one of the most respected and enjoyed in Europe and performed at the magnificent Roman

The 28th Vienne Jazz Festival in the South of France is one of the most respected and enjoyed in Europe and performed at the magnificent Roman

News

Turn-out low in "sham" Zimbabwe election

Voting has been slow in today’s Zimbabwean run-off election, which has been dismissed by the EU as a “sham.” President Robert Mugabe is certain to

Voting has been slow in today’s Zimbabwean run-off election, which has been dismissed by the EU as a “sham.” President Robert Mugabe is certain to

News

Italy wants EU ambassadors out of Zimbabwe

As voting continues in Zimbabwe’s run-off presidential election, Italy has called for the withdrawal of all European ambassadors from the

As voting continues in Zimbabwe’s run-off presidential election, Italy has called for the withdrawal of all European ambassadors from the

News

Ballot box blow as UK's Brown marks first year as PM

Things are going from bad to worse for Britain’s leader Gordon Brown. As he marks his first year as prime minister, a humiliating defeat at the

Things are going from bad to worse for Britain’s leader Gordon Brown. As he marks his first year as prime minister, a humiliating defeat at the

Europe

EU and Russia off to a good start at Siberia summit

As expected, Russia has announced the start of long-delayed talks on a new partnership pact with the EU at the conclusion of a summit in Siberia

As expected, Russia has announced the start of long-delayed talks on a new partnership pact with the EU at the conclusion of a summit in Siberia

News

Brown under pressure after a difficult first year

Gordon Brown was smiling and full of optimism as he entered Downing Street a year ago, but he is certainly feeling the heat now. After waiting ten

Gordon Brown was smiling and full of optimism as he entered Downing Street a year ago, but he is certainly feeling the heat now. After waiting ten

News

Basque assembly gives self-determination plan green light

The parliament of the Basque region in Spain has approved a proposal for a referendum on self-determination to be held in October. It is the

The parliament of the Basque region in Spain has approved a proposal for a referendum on self-determination to be held in October. It is the

News

Colombia's Uribe seeks vote on new elections

In a tug of war with the legal system, Colombia’s president wants the people to decide whether new elections should be held. Alvaro Uribe was

In a tug of war with the legal system, Colombia’s president wants the people to decide whether new elections should be held. Alvaro Uribe was

News

North Korea brings down reactor tower

North Korea has demolished a cooling tower at its Yongbyon nuclear plant. The move is part of a process of dismantling the state’s nuclear programme

North Korea has demolished a cooling tower at its Yongbyon nuclear plant. The move is part of a process of dismantling the state’s nuclear programme

News

New domain names to suit users

Internet regulators have voted to allow the creation of thousands of new domain names. ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and

Internet regulators have voted to allow the creation of thousands of new domain names. ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and

News

Zimbabwe votes in discredited presidential election

Despite an international outcry and the withdrawal of the opposition candidate Zimbabweans vote today in an election in which victory for President

Despite an international outcry and the withdrawal of the opposition candidate Zimbabweans vote today in an election in which victory for President