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2008-07-18

Business

No aircraft order freefall for Farnborough

A big buying spree by Gulf oil states prevented aircraft orders from going into freefall at this week’s Farnborough Airshow, but it has left little

A big buying spree by Gulf oil states prevented aircraft orders from going into freefall at this week’s Farnborough Airshow, but it has left little

Business

Mattel wins first round of Bratz battle

Mattel, the maker of Barbie dolls, has won the first round of its copyright infringement court case against competitor MGA Entertainment. A jury

Mattel, the maker of Barbie dolls, has won the first round of its copyright infringement court case against competitor MGA Entertainment. A jury

Business

Citibank's results surprisingly good, Merrill Lynch's bad

The biggest US bank, Citigroup, has posted a smaller than expected quarterly loss. That was despite 7.4 billion euros of write-downs and credit

The biggest US bank, Citigroup, has posted a smaller than expected quarterly loss. That was despite 7.4 billion euros of write-downs and credit

Business

Qantas cuts jobs

Australia’s biggest airline, Qantas, has responded to soaring fuel prices by saying it will cut 4% of its workforce, with 1,500 of its 36,000 workers

Australia’s biggest airline, Qantas, has responded to soaring fuel prices by saying it will cut 4% of its workforce, with 1,500 of its 36,000 workers

Business

European stocks end week higher

European shares finished up for the third day running, they rose 1.6% enjoying a relief rally as the result of a smaller than expected loss by

European shares finished up for the third day running, they rose 1.6% enjoying a relief rally as the result of a smaller than expected loss by

Europe

African farmers get billion euro EU boost

The European Commission has backed a plan to donate 1 billion euros to farmers in Africa next year to help combat high food prices and stimulate

The European Commission has backed a plan to donate 1 billion euros to farmers in Africa next year to help combat high food prices and stimulate

Europe

No more concessions on agriculture at WTO talks

France and Ireland claim the European Union has exhausted its scope for concessions on agriculture as the world trade talks get underway next week

France and Ireland claim the European Union has exhausted its scope for concessions on agriculture as the world trade talks get underway next week

Europe

Brussels blasts Bulgaria for high-level corruption

Brussels is to issue a damning report on high-level corruption, maladministration and failures in the handling of EU funds in Bulgaria. The draft

Brussels is to issue a damning report on high-level corruption, maladministration and failures in the handling of EU funds in Bulgaria. The draft

News

Second leak follows govt order for nuclear checks

France is more reliant on atomic power than any other country in the world – almost 80 per cent of French electricity is generated in its 19 nuclear

France is more reliant on atomic power than any other country in the world – almost 80 per cent of French electricity is generated in its 19 nuclear

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King appoints mediators to decide Belgium's future

The King of Belgium has appointed three senior politicans to seek a way out of the country’s political deadlock, after refusing to accept the Prime

The King of Belgium has appointed three senior politicans to seek a way out of the country’s political deadlock, after refusing to accept the Prime

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Spain offers immigrants cash incentives to leave

Spain has unveiled a plan to offer immigrants money to return home in an effort to boost its struggling economy. The government says it will give

Spain has unveiled a plan to offer immigrants money to return home in an effort to boost its struggling economy. The government says it will give

News

S. Africa: challenges remain despite Mandela legacy

On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president. An historic event and the moment the dreams of millions of South

On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president. An historic event and the moment the dreams of millions of South

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Millions rejoice as Mandela turns 90

Children from Nelson Mandela’s old house in Soweto Orlando West have joined millions of people around the world in wishing him a wonderful 90th

Children from Nelson Mandela’s old house in Soweto Orlando West have joined millions of people around the world in wishing him a wonderful 90th

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A Hot Issue - France probes second nuclear leak

French nuclear inspectors have gone to the site of the country’s second radioactive leak in a week-and- a-half. France’s giant nuclear firm Areva

French nuclear inspectors have gone to the site of the country’s second radioactive leak in a week-and- a-half. France’s giant nuclear firm Areva

Europe

No in Dublin will it be no in Prague

The Irish “no” vote is a very real obstacle blocking the treaty of Lisbon. However, in January 2009 Prague takes over the EU stewardship, its

The Irish “no” vote is a very real obstacle blocking the treaty of Lisbon. However, in January 2009 Prague takes over the EU stewardship, its

Culture

Montreux musicians toast Quincy Jones

Some 30 top musicians held a special gala night at the Montreux Jazz Festival to celebrate music impresario Quincy Jones’ 75th birthday.

Some 30 top musicians held a special gala night at the Montreux Jazz Festival to celebrate music impresario Quincy Jones’ 75th birthday.

Culture

Heath Ledger's Batman villian is no joke

The Dark Knight follows Batman as he sets out to destroy organised crime in Gotham City for good. But much of the buzz around the film surrounds the

The Dark Knight follows Batman as he sets out to destroy organised crime in Gotham City for good. But much of the buzz around the film surrounds the

News

First conviction in German tax case over Liechtenstein Bank

A German tax dodger has received a two year suspended jail sentence after an investigation of bank accounts in Liechtenstein. Prosecutors say the

A German tax dodger has received a two year suspended jail sentence after an investigation of bank accounts in Liechtenstein. Prosecutors say the

Europe

Accessibility for all

More than 10% of the European population live with a disability that can make everyday tasks a real challenge. The EU wants to extend the current

More than 10% of the European population live with a disability that can make everyday tasks a real challenge. The EU wants to extend the current

News

Belgium set for new political merry-go-round

A fresh game of political chess is beginning in Belgium following the King’s refusal to accept the prime minister’s resignation. Yves Leterme

A fresh game of political chess is beginning in Belgium following the King’s refusal to accept the prime minister’s resignation. Yves Leterme

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Pope calls on religions to unite against terror

Pope Benedict XVI has been meeting other religious leaders on the fifth day of his first visit to Australia. He told the group, which included rabbis

Pope Benedict XVI has been meeting other religious leaders on the fifth day of his first visit to Australia. He told the group, which included rabbis

News

Many Happy Returns to Madiba

Nelson Mandela is celebrating his birthday. The man who devoted his life to bringing down the apartheid regime in South Africa, and who became the

Nelson Mandela is celebrating his birthday. The man who devoted his life to bringing down the apartheid regime in South Africa, and who became the

News

EC blocks millions in aid from Bulgaria over graft claims

Bulgaria has attacked the European Commission over a leaked report which alleges high-levels of corruption and mismanagement of EU funds. According

Bulgaria has attacked the European Commission over a leaked report which alleges high-levels of corruption and mismanagement of EU funds. According

News

Uranium leak No 2 in France

France is investigating its second low-level radioactive leak in ten days, this time at a plant in Romans-sur-Isere in the south east of the

France is investigating its second low-level radioactive leak in ten days, this time at a plant in Romans-sur-Isere in the south east of the

News

Leaked report says EU aid to Bulgaria blocked

Millions of euros worth of aid to Bulgaria has been blocked according to a damning European report on corruption in the country, leaked to the media

Millions of euros worth of aid to Bulgaria has been blocked according to a damning European report on corruption in the country, leaked to the media

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Mandela turns 90 as his nation celebrates

After weeks of celebrations, today is actually the 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela. The man South African’s nickname Madiba will spend his special

After weeks of celebrations, today is actually the 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela. The man South African’s nickname Madiba will spend his special

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Belgian King calls in others to solve political crisis

The King of Belgium has refused to accept the resignation of his prime minister, but has put the immediate political future of the country in the

The King of Belgium has refused to accept the resignation of his prime minister, but has put the immediate political future of the country in the

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US tax probe could spell end to secret accounts

An American probe into offshore banking could herald the end of secret Swiss accounts, after UBS agreed to stop offering its services to residents of

An American probe into offshore banking could herald the end of secret Swiss accounts, after UBS agreed to stop offering its services to residents of