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2008-09-19

Business

China challenges US at WTO

China has lodged a complaint against the United States at the World Trade Organisation. It wants the WTO to rule on US measures against imports of

China has lodged a complaint against the United States at the World Trade Organisation. It wants the WTO to rule on US measures against imports of

Business

IMF urges action to avoid worse downturn

A gloomy assessment from the International Monetary Fund which says that most of the world’s developed countries are at an economic standstill or on

A gloomy assessment from the International Monetary Fund which says that most of the world’s developed countries are at an economic standstill or on

Business

Telecom Italia to cut jobs

The three main unions at Telecom Italia say that an agreement has been reached for 5,000 job cuts – that is 8% of the work force. Telecom Italia

The three main unions at Telecom Italia say that an agreement has been reached for 5,000 job cuts – that is 8% of the work force. Telecom Italia

Business

Lehman Brothers blunder costs KfW

Two board members and a junior manager at German state owned lender KfW have been suspended over the transfer of 300 million euros to Lehman Brothers

Two board members and a junior manager at German state owned lender KfW have been suspended over the transfer of 300 million euros to Lehman Brothers

Business

Slim chance of Alitalia rescue deal

Observers say the chance of another 11th hour rescue deal for Alitalia seems remote. It is an anxious wait for staff concerned about their jobs

Observers say the chance of another 11th hour rescue deal for Alitalia seems remote. It is an anxious wait for staff concerned about their jobs

Business

Alitalia staff and passengers kept in the dark

Alitalia flights are still running, but passengers are being kept in the dark about how long that will last. The Italian carrier faces liquidation

Alitalia flights are still running, but passengers are being kept in the dark about how long that will last. The Italian carrier faces liquidation

Europe

ESA shortens list of bidders for Galileo

The European Space Agency has whittled down to 11 the number of industrial groups invited to compete for contracts to get Europe’s

The European Space Agency has whittled down to 11 the number of industrial groups invited to compete for contracts to get Europe’s

News

Brown calls for unity ahead of Labour conference

Britain’s beleaguered Prime Minister has called for unity ahead of his party’s annual decision-making conference which starts on Saturday. It comes

Britain’s beleaguered Prime Minister has called for unity ahead of his party’s annual decision-making conference which starts on Saturday. It comes

News

China called to account over baby milk scandal

China’s baby milk crisis has prompted the EU to call for a full investigation into how milk products were contaminated with melamine. Crowds of

China’s baby milk crisis has prompted the EU to call for a full investigation into how milk products were contaminated with melamine. Crowds of

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Anger at "anti-Islamisation" conference in Cologne

Tension has been growing in the centre of the German city of Cologne as a far right group began what has been described as an “anti-Islamisation

Tension has been growing in the centre of the German city of Cologne as a far right group began what has been described as an “anti-Islamisation

News

US moves to counter credit crisis

President Bush has been explaining why the US government needs to spend hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayers money to contain the credit

President Bush has been explaining why the US government needs to spend hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayers money to contain the credit

News

Austria's far-right parties pull ahead in polls

As Austria prepares to let 16-year-olds vote for the first time in a general election, polls suggest there is little widespread enthusiasm for the

As Austria prepares to let 16-year-olds vote for the first time in a general election, polls suggest there is little widespread enthusiasm for the

Culture

Metallica has released a new album, Death Magnetic

It’s their first studio album since 2003’s St Anger, which sold nearly six million copies worldwide and the launch was marked with special gigs in

It’s their first studio album since 2003’s St Anger, which sold nearly six million copies worldwide and the launch was marked with special gigs in

Culture

Woody Allen's sensual Spanish summer

Woody Allen’s 43rd picture Vicky Cristina Barcelona follows two American friends, played by Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson, on a summer break in

Woody Allen’s 43rd picture Vicky Cristina Barcelona follows two American friends, played by Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson, on a summer break in

News

Livni and Kadima party bosses talk tactics

Israel’s Foreign Minister has held a meeting with her Kadima party executive to discuss the best way forward in trying to form a new

Israel’s Foreign Minister has held a meeting with her Kadima party executive to discuss the best way forward in trying to form a new

News

Alitalia facing prospect of imminent liquidation

Unless there is a last-minute breakthrough, the failing Italian airline Alitalia is facing the imminent prospect of liquidation. It is also

Unless there is a last-minute breakthrough, the failing Italian airline Alitalia is facing the imminent prospect of liquidation. It is also

News

Pyongyang snubs West and restarts nuclear plant

North Korea has restarted its nuclear research plant, in defiance of aid-for-disarmament talks with the West. Earlier a high-ranking official had

North Korea has restarted its nuclear research plant, in defiance of aid-for-disarmament talks with the West. Earlier a high-ranking official had

News

Indian police shoot suspected terrorists

Police hunting the bombers who struck last week in the Indian capital, New Delhi, have shot dead two suspected terrorists. Commandos moved in after

Police hunting the bombers who struck last week in the Indian capital, New Delhi, have shot dead two suspected terrorists. Commandos moved in after

News

Markets rally after US plan to halt money crisis

World stock markets are in a buoyant mood, after US policymakers unveiled plans to fix the crisis that has devasted banking and weakened investor

World stock markets are in a buoyant mood, after US policymakers unveiled plans to fix the crisis that has devasted banking and weakened investor

News

Livni and Kadima party bosses talk tactics

Israel’s Foreign Minister has held a meeting with her Kadima party executive to discuss the best way forward in trying to form a new

Israel’s Foreign Minister has held a meeting with her Kadima party executive to discuss the best way forward in trying to form a new

Business

Paulson's toxic debt poultice

A US government plan to resolve Wall Street’s financial crisis has prompted a surge in shares. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared more than

A US government plan to resolve Wall Street’s financial crisis has prompted a surge in shares. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared more than

Business

Barroso and Fillon call for EU unity on crises

The president of the European Commission has warned that the coming months will pose significant financial challenges. Jose Manuel Barroso, and the

The president of the European Commission has warned that the coming months will pose significant financial challenges. Jose Manuel Barroso, and the

News

Fresh milk now contaminated with Chinese melamine

Leading Chinese dairies are now being investigated in connection with the tainted milk scandal after the banned substance Melamine was found in

Leading Chinese dairies are now being investigated in connection with the tainted milk scandal after the banned substance Melamine was found in

News

Spain bans another suspected ETA ally

Spain’s Supreme Court has banned another Basque group, the PCTV party. The move comes just days after judges outlawed the ANV party for alleged ties

Spain’s Supreme Court has banned another Basque group, the PCTV party. The move comes just days after judges outlawed the ANV party for alleged ties

News

UN delegates assess war damage

A UN delegation is touring South Ossetia to assess the damage caused during clashes between Georgian and Russian forces last month. On the way to

A UN delegation is touring South Ossetia to assess the damage caused during clashes between Georgian and Russian forces last month. On the way to

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Livni leads Kadima political bartering in Israel

The political horse-trading in Israel looks sets to be a round-the-clock affair as Ehud Olmert’s successor attempts to put her own stamp on

The political horse-trading in Israel looks sets to be a round-the-clock affair as Ehud Olmert’s successor attempts to put her own stamp on