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2008-09-30

Europe

Greek Cypriots offer northern Turks a way out

A sign of increasing political goodwill on divided Cyprus with the President saying he is prepared to open the country’s airports and ports to

A sign of increasing political goodwill on divided Cyprus with the President saying he is prepared to open the country’s airports and ports to

Europe

Council of Europe opens Georgia debates

The Council of Europe opened debates today leading to a resolution and Thursday vote on the thorny subject of Georgia. There was a demonstration

The Council of Europe opened debates today leading to a resolution and Thursday vote on the thorny subject of Georgia. There was a demonstration

Europe

EU observers begin danger-laden Georgia mission

The EU’s observers in Georgia begin their mission on Wednesday, and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has been visiting them to assure them of

The EU’s observers in Georgia begin their mission on Wednesday, and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has been visiting them to assure them of

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Moves to reassure investors

The Irish government was the latest to step in to try calm investors fears. The authorities in Dublin have given a blanket guarantee for the next two

The Irish government was the latest to step in to try calm investors fears. The authorities in Dublin have given a blanket guarantee for the next two

Business

German jobless total down

Germany’s jobless rate dipped to a 16-year-low in September. Adjusted for seasonal swings, unemployment fell by 29,000 from August, according to the

Germany’s jobless rate dipped to a 16-year-low in September. Adjusted for seasonal swings, unemployment fell by 29,000 from August, according to the

Business

Euro zone inflation slipping

Inflation in the euro zone fell to 3.6% in September, compared with the same month last year. The rise in consumer prices slowed from August’s 3.8%

Inflation in the euro zone fell to 3.6% in September, compared with the same month last year. The rise in consumer prices slowed from August’s 3.8%

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Economic nervousness not just in board rooms

The global money crisis may be rattling nerves in the banking and financial service industries, but the panic is not only limited to the board

The global money crisis may be rattling nerves in the banking and financial service industries, but the panic is not only limited to the board

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Palestinians talk of reconciliation

As Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan there are new hopes for reconciliation among Palestinians. The Festival of Eid el-Fitr is

As Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan there are new hopes for reconciliation among Palestinians. The Festival of Eid el-Fitr is

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Merkel faced with prickly ally

Two days after the ruling party in Bavaria slumped at the ballot box the future for Germany’s Christian Democrat Chancellor Angela Merkel now appears

Two days after the ruling party in Bavaria slumped at the ballot box the future for Germany’s Christian Democrat Chancellor Angela Merkel now appears

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New Austrian coalition beckons

The removal of the obstacle to a new grand coalition in Austria – namely Wilhelm Molterer – could bury the chances of the far-right parties returning

The removal of the obstacle to a new grand coalition in Austria – namely Wilhelm Molterer – could bury the chances of the far-right parties returning

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Brussels urges approval of US rescue plan

The European Commission has expressed its disappointment that Washington has failed to approve a plan of the kind needed to save banks like Dexia

The European Commission has expressed its disappointment that Washington has failed to approve a plan of the kind needed to save banks like Dexia

Culture

Dior's Galliano sets a sexy tone

Dior designer John Galliano brought his ready-to-wear collection to the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, and labelled it “tribal chic”. Skirts were short

Dior designer John Galliano brought his ready-to-wear collection to the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, and labelled it “tribal chic”. Skirts were short

Science_technology

New cameras showcased in Germany

The Photokina trade fair in Germany had exhibits ranging from compact cameras for the amateur to underwater cameras, face detection technology and

The Photokina trade fair in Germany had exhibits ranging from compact cameras for the amateur to underwater cameras, face detection technology and

Culture

A tale of vulgarity and bad manners

The film “How To Lose Friends and Alienate People” is based on the life of the outrageous – some would say obnoxious – British journalist Toby Young

The film “How To Lose Friends and Alienate People” is based on the life of the outrageous – some would say obnoxious – British journalist Toby Young

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Bush warns Congress not to dither over rescue plan

The US President has urged Congress to “act decisively now” to limit what he called “painful and lasting” economic damage. In a statement aimed at

The US President has urged Congress to “act decisively now” to limit what he called “painful and lasting” economic damage. In a statement aimed at

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UK's Cameron joins criticisms of Congress

The financial crisis is also a huge political issue for politicians around the world, particularly those aspiring to lead their countries. In

The financial crisis is also a huge political issue for politicians around the world, particularly those aspiring to lead their countries. In

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Merkel's Bavarian ally pays the price of poll failure

A key ally of Angela Merkel is stepping down after disastrous election results that have undermined the German Chancellor. Erwin Huber led Bavaria’s

A key ally of Angela Merkel is stepping down after disastrous election results that have undermined the German Chancellor. Erwin Huber led Bavaria’s

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Dexia saved by shareholder intervention

The troubled Franco-Belgian financial group, Dexia, has become the second euro-zone bank to be bailed out within 48 hours as the global credit crunch

The troubled Franco-Belgian financial group, Dexia, has become the second euro-zone bank to be bailed out within 48 hours as the global credit crunch

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Congress 'no' vote a reaction to voters concerns

Fears of a voter backlash appear to be the main reason members of the US House of Representatives voted against the economic rescue plan. The

Fears of a voter backlash appear to be the main reason members of the US House of Representatives voted against the economic rescue plan. The

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Mixed fortunes for European shares

European shares have rallied after sliding sharply on opening. After beginning the day close to record lows, there was volatile trading across the

European shares have rallied after sliding sharply on opening. After beginning the day close to record lows, there was volatile trading across the

Business

Back to the drawing board in the US

It’s back to the drawing board in the US as the country struggles to contain its spiralling financial turmoil. Yesterday, lawmakers threw out a 500

It’s back to the drawing board in the US as the country struggles to contain its spiralling financial turmoil. Yesterday, lawmakers threw out a 500

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conservatives name new leader

Austria’s conservatives have named a new leader, increasing the chances of a new centrist coalition after the weekend’s snap election which saw

Austria’s conservatives have named a new leader, increasing the chances of a new centrist coalition after the weekend’s snap election which saw

Business

Stocks fall around the world

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei trading index has fallen almost five percent in early trading hours after the financial bail-out plan was thrown out by

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei trading index has fallen almost five percent in early trading hours after the financial bail-out plan was thrown out by

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US presidential candidates react to Congress "No" vote

An optimistic Barack Obama has said he believes Congress will ultimately pass the 700 billion dollar proposal. The Democratic White House hopeful had

An optimistic Barack Obama has said he believes Congress will ultimately pass the 700 billion dollar proposal. The Democratic White House hopeful had

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Markets plummet around the world

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei trading index has fallen almost five percent in early trading hours after the financial bail-out plan was thrown out by

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei trading index has fallen almost five percent in early trading hours after the financial bail-out plan was thrown out by