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2008-07-16

Europe

EU calls for a tax hike on tobacco products

The European Union wants the minimum duty on cigarettes to increase to reflect inflation, putting all states on an equal footing. The EU plans giving

The European Union wants the minimum duty on cigarettes to increase to reflect inflation, putting all states on an equal footing. The EU plans giving

Europe

Poland's shipyards await a September fate

Workers at Poland’s state-owned Gdynia and Szczecin shipyards have taken to the streets in a warning to Brussels not to impose huge state aid

Workers at Poland’s state-owned Gdynia and Szczecin shipyards have taken to the streets in a warning to Brussels not to impose huge state aid

Business

Euro zone inflation hits 4%

Higher food and fuel prices drove euro zone inflation to a record high annual rate of 45 in June. Consumer prices in the region rose 0.4%

Higher food and fuel prices drove euro zone inflation to a record high annual rate of 45 in June. Consumer prices in the region rose 0.4%

Business

Farnborough goes green

It was green day at the world’s biggest air show at Farnborough, near London with the centrepiece a sustainability conference attended by the top

It was green day at the world’s biggest air show at Farnborough, near London with the centrepiece a sustainability conference attended by the top

Business

European car sales slump further

The European car market suffered another month of heavy declines in June as the faltering economy made people less inclined to buy new vehicles

The European car market suffered another month of heavy declines in June as the faltering economy made people less inclined to buy new vehicles

Business

GDF Suez merger gets go ahead

Shareholders of Gaz de France and Suez have approved a long-delayed 100 billion euro merger to form Europe’s second-largest electricity and gas

Shareholders of Gaz de France and Suez have approved a long-delayed 100 billion euro merger to form Europe’s second-largest electricity and gas

Business

European shares rebound

Having spend most of the day in the red, European shares rebounding from a three-year low on Wednesday and only London finished the day in negative

Having spend most of the day in the red, European shares rebounding from a three-year low on Wednesday and only London finished the day in negative

News

Russia remembers its royal family

Commemorations to mark the 90th anniversary of the Tsar’s execution began at the beginning of the week. Hundreds of Russians have flocked to the

Commemorations to mark the 90th anniversary of the Tsar’s execution began at the beginning of the week. Hundreds of Russians have flocked to the

News

Anglicans labour over a split in Lambeth

Progressive thinking for some, an unholy abomination for others, the ordination of women and homosexual bishops has brought the Anglican Church to

Progressive thinking for some, an unholy abomination for others, the ordination of women and homosexual bishops has brought the Anglican Church to

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UK local council workers down tools in pay dispute

Public services are being hit hard in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by a strike involving hundreds of thousands of local government

Public services are being hit hard in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by a strike involving hundreds of thousands of local government

News

Belgians turn to king amid political crisis

The focus in Belgium remains firmly fixed on the king as he tries to figure out a solution to the current political crisis. Albert II has still

The focus in Belgium remains firmly fixed on the king as he tries to figure out a solution to the current political crisis. Albert II has still

News

Israeli families mourn captured soldiers

They were always aware that their loved ones might not come home alive. But confirmation from Israeli generals that the coffins did contain the

They were always aware that their loved ones might not come home alive. But confirmation from Israeli generals that the coffins did contain the

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Israel mourns two soldiers returned by Hezbollah

In Israel, the mood has been sombre. At the border, Hezbollah carried out its part of the bargain, handing over two Israeli soldiers. But, as was

In Israel, the mood has been sombre. At the border, Hezbollah carried out its part of the bargain, handing over two Israeli soldiers. But, as was

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Heroes' welcome in Lebanon for freed prisoners

A public holiday has been declared in their honour. All are being hailed as heroes. Lebanon has been celebrating the return of five prisoners

A public holiday has been declared in their honour. All are being hailed as heroes. Lebanon has been celebrating the return of five prisoners

Science_technology

Shepherd tests digital bell

With more than 350 sheep to keep an eye on in the mountains of southern Norway, shepherd Per Liahagen could do with a helping hand.

With more than 350 sheep to keep an eye on in the mountains of southern Norway, shepherd Per Liahagen could do with a helping hand.

Culture

Window on marine life in Germany

You can take an underwater journey from the Baltic, through the North Sea, the North Atlantic, right up into the Arctic Ocean at Germany’s new

You can take an underwater journey from the Baltic, through the North Sea, the North Atlantic, right up into the Arctic Ocean at Germany’s new

Culture

"Surveillance" by Jennifer Lynch out in Europe

After its premiere at Cannes, Surveillance by Jennifer Chamber Lynch – daughter of David – goes on general release throughout Europe. David Lynch has

After its premiere at Cannes, Surveillance by Jennifer Chamber Lynch – daughter of David – goes on general release throughout Europe. David Lynch has

Science_technology

Harvesting energy from the sea

There’s more energy in the sea than we could possibly ever need say experts. Now, one company is using the tides to create electricity while others

There’s more energy in the sea than we could possibly ever need say experts. Now, one company is using the tides to create electricity while others

News

UK hit by local government pay strike

Schools and public services across the UK have been affected by a strike by local government workers over pay. Around half a million staff have

Schools and public services across the UK have been affected by a strike by local government workers over pay. Around half a million staff have

News

UK hit by local government pay strike

Schools and public services across the UK have been affected by a strike by local government workers over pay. Around half a million staff have

Schools and public services across the UK have been affected by a strike by local government workers over pay. Around half a million staff have

News

Duel rallies in Argentina ahead of farming vote

Two large rival rallies have been held in Argentina on the eve of a controversial Senate vote on soya exports. On one side of the debate, the

Two large rival rallies have been held in Argentina on the eve of a controversial Senate vote on soya exports. On one side of the debate, the

News

Russians mark Royal murders 90 years on

Russians have been flocking to the site where the last Tsar and his family were killed by the Bolsheviks. They are preparing to mark the 90th

Russians have been flocking to the site where the last Tsar and his family were killed by the Bolsheviks. They are preparing to mark the 90th

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Israel and Hezbollah trade prisoners and bodies

Hezbollah have handed the bodies of two Israeli soldiers to the Red Cross, ready to be exchanged for Lebanese prisoners and Arabs killed in northern

Hezbollah have handed the bodies of two Israeli soldiers to the Red Cross, ready to be exchanged for Lebanese prisoners and Arabs killed in northern

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Family and friends mourn two Israeli soldiers

For those close to the two captured Israeli army reservists, the news ended an agonising two year wait. One family member had talked about the

For those close to the two captured Israeli army reservists, the news ended an agonising two year wait. One family member had talked about the

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Italy beefs up crime laws with newly-approved bill

Italian members of parliament have voted in favour of a new crime bill, supporting Silvio Berlusconi’s anti-immigration efforts and also his attempts

Italian members of parliament have voted in favour of a new crime bill, supporting Silvio Berlusconi’s anti-immigration efforts and also his attempts

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Srebrenica mourners denied access to memorial site

Bosnian Serb police have prevented relatives of the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre from visiting a site where more than a thousand Bosnian

Bosnian Serb police have prevented relatives of the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre from visiting a site where more than a thousand Bosnian

Europe

EU ministers agree fishermen's aid

EU ministers have adopted an emergency aid package worth up to two billion euros to help fishermen cope with soaring fuel prices. The European

EU ministers have adopted an emergency aid package worth up to two billion euros to help fishermen cope with soaring fuel prices. The European