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2008-10-21

Science_technology

Will e-books edge out paperbacks?

Nowadays the Frankfurt Book Fair is about much more than books. More than a third of the products on display at the 60th edition of the world’s

Nowadays the Frankfurt Book Fair is about much more than books. More than a third of the products on display at the 60th edition of the world’s

Culture

Franklyn stars attend London premiere

Ryan Philippe, Eva Green and Sam Riley all turned out for the world premiere of Franklyn, screened during the London Film Festival.

Ryan Philippe, Eva Green and Sam Riley all turned out for the world premiere of Franklyn, screened during the London Film Festival.

Science_technology

VLJs' success takes jet-setting to a new level

There’s a new breed of aircraft taking-off in Europe, bringing the chance of a private jet-set lifestyle to more and more people. Very Light Jets

There’s a new breed of aircraft taking-off in Europe, bringing the chance of a private jet-set lifestyle to more and more people. Very Light Jets

Europe

Clampdown on capitalism kindles left-right warmth in EU parliament

Nicolas Sarkozy’s calls for more state intervention to buttress financial systems has won him mixed reactions from MEPs. The French leader gave his

Nicolas Sarkozy’s calls for more state intervention to buttress financial systems has won him mixed reactions from MEPs. The French leader gave his

Business

Gas powers consider OPEC-style cartel

Russia, Iran and Qatar have made the first serious moves toward forming an OPEC-style natural gas cartel. The idea is likely to worry Western

Russia, Iran and Qatar have made the first serious moves toward forming an OPEC-style natural gas cartel. The idea is likely to worry Western

Business

Gap between rich and poor increases

The gap between the rich and the poor has grown in most wealthy nations, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and

The gap between the rich and the poor has grown in most wealthy nations, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and

Europe

Brussels questions Rome's climate cost calculations

Italy is exaggerating, says Brussels, as Rome continues its push to water down European Union climate change plans. A European Commission spokewoman

Italy is exaggerating, says Brussels, as Rome continues its push to water down European Union climate change plans. A European Commission spokewoman

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Euro Parliament hears Sarkozy's recipe to fight crisis

A global response to a global crisis. That is what Nicolas Sarkozy has called for, in a speech to the European Parliament. The French leader, whose

A global response to a global crisis. That is what Nicolas Sarkozy has called for, in a speech to the European Parliament. The French leader, whose

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Shares fall on renewed slowdown fears

Europe’s stock markets stumbled again on Tuesday reflecting a comment from the European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso who said: “Day by

Europe’s stock markets stumbled again on Tuesday reflecting a comment from the European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso who said: “Day by

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Greece's unpopular pension reforms

“This law will not be passed!”, said demonstrators in front of Greece’s parliament in Athens last March. They had gathered to protest against reforms

“This law will not be passed!”, said demonstrators in front of Greece’s parliament in Athens last March. They had gathered to protest against reforms

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Calls from 17 countries for new tax haven blacklist

Some 17 countries led by France and Germany have decided to draw up a new blacklist of tax havens at a meeting in Paris. There are around 40 tax

Some 17 countries led by France and Germany have decided to draw up a new blacklist of tax havens at a meeting in Paris. There are around 40 tax

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Judges in Spain stop work in organised protest

Striking judges in Spain have paralysed the legal system for three hours in defence of colleagues . They claim the government is interfering in the

Striking judges in Spain have paralysed the legal system for three hours in defence of colleagues . They claim the government is interfering in the

News

Fortis shareholders up in arms

Government bailouts of banks are starting to spawn lawsuits. In Belgium, 140 small shareholders with the Belgian-Dutch financial services group

Government bailouts of banks are starting to spawn lawsuits. In Belgium, 140 small shareholders with the Belgian-Dutch financial services group

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"Out of order" Hadron Collider gets official launch

The much-heralded Large Hadron Collider built in tunnels beneath the French-Swiss border has been officially opened, even though it is not

The much-heralded Large Hadron Collider built in tunnels beneath the French-Swiss border has been officially opened, even though it is not

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Greece paralysed by mass strike against reforms

Greece has once again been paralysed by a nationwide strike that brought air, rail and ferry traffic to a halt. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks

Greece has once again been paralysed by a nationwide strike that brought air, rail and ferry traffic to a halt. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks

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Russia's Medvedev visits Armenia

Russia’s president has began a two day visit to Armenia against a backdrop of turbulent times in the Caucasus region. On the surface, there are

Russia’s president has began a two day visit to Armenia against a backdrop of turbulent times in the Caucasus region. On the surface, there are

News

Thailand's ex-premier gets two years for corruption

Thailand’s former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra has been sentenced to two years in prison for corruption. The country’s high court said he had

Thailand’s former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra has been sentenced to two years in prison for corruption. The country’s high court said he had

News

EU wants China and India to join finance summit

European Union leaders want to broaden an upcoming summit on reforming the world’s financial system by inviting the major emerging economies of China

European Union leaders want to broaden an upcoming summit on reforming the world’s financial system by inviting the major emerging economies of China

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Obama takes time off to visit sick grandmother

US presidential hopeful Barack Obama is to take time off from campaigning to visit his sick grandmother in Hawaii. Madelyn Dunham, 85, whom Obama

US presidential hopeful Barack Obama is to take time off from campaigning to visit his sick grandmother in Hawaii. Madelyn Dunham, 85, whom Obama

News

World stocks climb again

The world’s stock markets are again on the rise. Investors are reacting to signs of success in efforts by governments to push down short-term lending

The world’s stock markets are again on the rise. Investors are reacting to signs of success in efforts by governments to push down short-term lending

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General strike causes chaos in Greece

Flights to and from Greece have been severely disrupted in a national strike over the government’s economic policies. Public transport is also

Flights to and from Greece have been severely disrupted in a national strike over the government’s economic policies. Public transport is also

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Bolivian constitution deal reached

Supporters of Bolivia’s leftist leader Evo Morales have been celebrating a deal that paves the way for a new constitution. Morales, the country’s

Supporters of Bolivia’s leftist leader Evo Morales have been celebrating a deal that paves the way for a new constitution. Morales, the country’s

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Negotiations continue over EU climate change plans

Black clouds are still looming over the EU climate change talks in Luxembourg. Going into the last day, the majority of bloc members have

Black clouds are still looming over the EU climate change talks in Luxembourg. Going into the last day, the majority of bloc members have

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Wall Street closes up nearly five per cent

Wall Street closed on a high amid hopes of more government spending to stave off recession. The Dow Jones index ended up 4.7 per cent. The Standard

Wall Street closed on a high amid hopes of more government spending to stave off recession. The Dow Jones index ended up 4.7 per cent. The Standard

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France reveals bank recapitalisation details

The French state has announced plans to lend 10.5 billion euros to the country’s top six banks before the end of the year. The money will prop up

The French state has announced plans to lend 10.5 billion euros to the country’s top six banks before the end of the year. The money will prop up

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Obama cancels campaigning as McCain urges voters to keep the faith

With 15 days to go before the US elections, Barack Obama will suspend campaigning on Thursday to visit his sick grandmother in Hawaii. The news

With 15 days to go before the US elections, Barack Obama will suspend campaigning on Thursday to visit his sick grandmother in Hawaii. The news