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2008-10-28

Europe

Poking fun at EU officials' links with big business

A mock wedding pairs a bride sporting the European flag with a groom wearing an armband reading: BusinessEurope. That is the employers association

A mock wedding pairs a bride sporting the European flag with a groom wearing an armband reading: BusinessEurope. That is the employers association

Europe

Polish shipyard workers clamour for job security

With noise to match the size of their shipyards’ debts and worry, determined not to go quietly, some 300 Polish workers have been protesting in

With noise to match the size of their shipyards’ debts and worry, determined not to go quietly, some 300 Polish workers have been protesting in

Business

Whirlpool cutting jobs

Whirlpool is to lay off 5,000 people – seven percent of its work force. At the same time it made that announcement, the world’s biggest appliance

Whirlpool is to lay off 5,000 people – seven percent of its work force. At the same time it made that announcement, the world’s biggest appliance

Business

Markets bounce back

There was a bit more optimism in the stock markets on Tuesday and the sell-off seems to have stopped for the moment. European indexes rose, with

There was a bit more optimism in the stock markets on Tuesday and the sell-off seems to have stopped for the moment. European indexes rose, with

Business

US consumer confidence slumps

The worsening global financial crisis has pounded consumer confidence in the United States. In October it fell to a record low. The Conference

The worsening global financial crisis has pounded consumer confidence in the United States. In October it fell to a record low. The Conference

Business

Boeing strike heading for settlement

Plane maker Boeing and its biggest union have agreed a tentative deal to end a strike at its plants. The machinists’ union said it had reached a

Plane maker Boeing and its biggest union have agreed a tentative deal to end a strike at its plants. The machinists’ union said it had reached a

Business

France moves on jobs

Faced with rapidly rising unemployment, the French government has unveiled a series of jobs measures. With the economic crisis worsening, more than

Faced with rapidly rising unemployment, the French government has unveiled a series of jobs measures. With the economic crisis worsening, more than

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Italy's protests continue ahead of key senate vote

With Italy’s senators about to vote in two days on controversial education reforms, thousands of students descended on Rome’s senate to protest

With Italy’s senators about to vote in two days on controversial education reforms, thousands of students descended on Rome’s senate to protest

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Spain claims ETA unit was ready to strike

Madrid says a suspected four member cell of the armed Basque terrorist group ETA arrested on Tuesday was preparing attacks in the North of Spain

Madrid says a suspected four member cell of the armed Basque terrorist group ETA arrested on Tuesday was preparing attacks in the North of Spain

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US presidential race enters its last week

Democratic Party presidential hopeful Barack Obama is still ahead in national polls in the U.S. But next week’s election for the White House is

Democratic Party presidential hopeful Barack Obama is still ahead in national polls in the U.S. But next week’s election for the White House is

Culture

Raphael's cleaned-up Madonna unveiled

After nine years of painstaking study and restoration work, one the greatest masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance is about to go back on show

After nine years of painstaking study and restoration work, one the greatest masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance is about to go back on show

Science_technology

Electric cars: from cheap to chic

Good for the environment, good for the wallet in these times of punishingly pricey petrol, but is the Swiss-designed E-motion electric car good for

Good for the environment, good for the wallet in these times of punishingly pricey petrol, but is the Swiss-designed E-motion electric car good for

Culture

Soul Men cast pay tribute to dead actors

Starring Samuel L Jackson and the late Bernie Mac, Soul Men is gearing up for its premiere next month. Both Mac and singer Isaac Hayes, who makes a

Starring Samuel L Jackson and the late Bernie Mac, Soul Men is gearing up for its premiere next month. Both Mac and singer Isaac Hayes, who makes a

Europe

Gender equality prize

Who and what does the Council of Europe’s ‘Gender Equality Prize’ set out to reward?

Who and what does the Council of Europe’s ‘Gender Equality Prize’ set out to reward?

Europe

Consumer rights across the EU

The European Union is updating its legislation on consumer protection. It wants to ensure that people all get the same rights, but how to do that in

The European Union is updating its legislation on consumer protection. It wants to ensure that people all get the same rights, but how to do that in

News

Plot scare rattles Obama security team

While it is unclear just how dangerous the latest uncovered plot to murder Barack Obama really was, two of the four arrested self-declared white

While it is unclear just how dangerous the latest uncovered plot to murder Barack Obama really was, two of the four arrested self-declared white

News

Humanitarian crisis worsens in eastern Congo

U.N. peacekeepers are preparing convoys to evacuate some 50 foreign aid workers from a town in violence-ravaged eastern Congo. Tutsi rebels are

U.N. peacekeepers are preparing convoys to evacuate some 50 foreign aid workers from a town in violence-ravaged eastern Congo. Tutsi rebels are

News

Race - a plus or a minus for Obama

Many African Americans have been galvanised, as never before, into voting in this year’s US presidential poll. The general feeling is that it is time

Many African Americans have been galvanised, as never before, into voting in this year’s US presidential poll. The general feeling is that it is time

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Karadzic says "not ready" for trial

The trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will now not begin until late January at the earliest. At a hearing at the war crimes

The trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will now not begin until late January at the earliest. At a hearing at the war crimes

News

Police arrest suspected ETA cell

A suspected four member cell of the armed Basque terrorist group ETA has been arrested. Police swooped in the early hours of the morning in the

A suspected four member cell of the armed Basque terrorist group ETA has been arrested. Police swooped in the early hours of the morning in the

News

McCain cuts Obama's poll lead

As the US election enters the final week, John McCain appears to be making ground on his White House rival Barack Obama. A poll today puts the

As the US election enters the final week, John McCain appears to be making ground on his White House rival Barack Obama. A poll today puts the

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Jewish treasure, Nazi rubbish

Germany, 1938, and the Nazi regime finally reveals where its policies towards the Jews are heading; destruction. Kristallnacht, the 70th

Germany, 1938, and the Nazi regime finally reveals where its policies towards the Jews are heading; destruction. Kristallnacht, the 70th

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Obama rally massacre averted say police

The security team protecting Barack Obama has, in a manner of speaking, gone to Red Alert following the discovery of another alleged plot to kill

The security team protecting Barack Obama has, in a manner of speaking, gone to Red Alert following the discovery of another alleged plot to kill

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Asian markets fluctuate on opening

It has been up-and-down so far today on the Asia-Pacific markets with a mixed bag of trading figures but a generally more optimistic atmosphere, so

It has been up-and-down so far today on the Asia-Pacific markets with a mixed bag of trading figures but a generally more optimistic atmosphere, so

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EU moves to protect tuna but rules out fishing ban

The dwindling population of bluefin tuna is to receive greater protection from the EU, although measures announced on Monday fall short of the

The dwindling population of bluefin tuna is to receive greater protection from the EU, although measures announced on Monday fall short of the

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McCain attacks Obama's tax plan

Republican White House hopeful John McCain is banking on the threat of Obama tax increases to help wrestle the initiative from his Democrat

Republican White House hopeful John McCain is banking on the threat of Obama tax increases to help wrestle the initiative from his Democrat

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ECB hints at interest rate cut

The European Central Bank could cut interest rates again at its next meeting on November 6. That is according to its President, Jean Claude

The European Central Bank could cut interest rates again at its next meeting on November 6. That is according to its President, Jean Claude

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White supremacists in court over plot to kill Obama

Two white supremacists have appeared in court in the US charged with plotting to kill more than a hundred black people including Barack

Two white supremacists have appeared in court in the US charged with plotting to kill more than a hundred black people including Barack