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2008-11-19

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Ex-Georgian speaker on turning against Saakashvili

Anti-government rallies in Georgia earlier this month highlighted the strength of the opposition to Mikhail Saakashvili. But the pro-western

Anti-government rallies in Georgia earlier this month highlighted the strength of the opposition to Mikhail Saakashvili. But the pro-western

Europe

European digital library going online

The EU is launching its European digital library this Thursday: Europeana. The vast store of cultural heritage uses the latest available technologies

The EU is launching its European digital library this Thursday: Europeana. The vast store of cultural heritage uses the latest available technologies

Europe

EU farm policy reform enters night negotiation marathon

The agriculture ministers of the European Union have waded into tough negotiations on the next set of reforms for the bloc’s common farm policy

The agriculture ministers of the European Union have waded into tough negotiations on the next set of reforms for the bloc’s common farm policy

Europe

Tobacco growers protest EU aid cutoff

Some 7,000 tobacco farmers (organisers say more)have been protesting in Brussels for an extension of European Union financial support. They came from

Some 7,000 tobacco farmers (organisers say more)have been protesting in Brussels for an extension of European Union financial support. They came from

Business

Europe's exchanges slump further

European stocks ended the trading session down four percent on Wednesday, a 5-1/2-year closing low. Frankfurt and London were both around five

European stocks ended the trading session down four percent on Wednesday, a 5-1/2-year closing low. Frankfurt and London were both around five

Business

Possible Woolworths' sale underscores UK retail problems

The British general merchandise retailer Woolworths is reported to be in talks to sell its 800 loss-making shops and profitable DVD publishing and a

The British general merchandise retailer Woolworths is reported to be in talks to sell its 800 loss-making shops and profitable DVD publishing and a

News

Negotiations begin over hijacked tanker

The Saudi owners of a massive oil tanker hijacked by Somali pirates have confirmed they’ve begun direct negotiations for the release of the 25 crew

The Saudi owners of a massive oil tanker hijacked by Somali pirates have confirmed they’ve begun direct negotiations for the release of the 25 crew

Business

Iceland bailout package expected soon

Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark are to lend Iceland a total of almost two billion euros, according to a Finnish government official. A formal

Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark are to lend Iceland a total of almost two billion euros, according to a Finnish government official. A formal

Business

GM spurns Opel offer from solar firm

General Motors has said the German factories of its subsidiary Opel are not for sale. That was in response to a surprise offer to buy the four plants

General Motors has said the German factories of its subsidiary Opel are not for sale. That was in response to a surprise offer to buy the four plants

Business

Spain sees first GDP fall since 1993

Final official data has confirmed that Spain’s economy shrank in the third quarter. It is the first time since 1993 that Spanish GDP didn’t expand

Final official data has confirmed that Spain’s economy shrank in the third quarter. It is the first time since 1993 that Spanish GDP didn’t expand

News

EU big guns going to pirate zone

The numerous foreign navies that have been sent to patrol the increasingly dangerous waters around the Gulf of Aden have made some small successes

The numerous foreign navies that have been sent to patrol the increasingly dangerous waters around the Gulf of Aden have made some small successes

News

Rwandans mobilise against extradition

Organisers say half a million people turned out in the Rwandan capital Kigali today to protest at the extradition to France by Germany of a

Organisers say half a million people turned out in the Rwandan capital Kigali today to protest at the extradition to France by Germany of a

Europe

Will Africa pay the price of the rich world's financial crisis?

The debate in this week’s Agora is between Jean Ping, president of the African Union Commission, and Louis Michel, the EU’s Development and

The debate in this week’s Agora is between Jean Ping, president of the African Union Commission, and Louis Michel, the EU’s Development and

News

Obama targetted in Al-Qaeda tape

Just two weeks after winning the US presidential election, Barack Obama has become the target of Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command. In an audio tape

Just two weeks after winning the US presidential election, Barack Obama has become the target of Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command. In an audio tape

Science_technology

Old water turbines given new lease of life

A hundred years ago a derelict hydro-electric plant at Linton Falls in Britain’s Yorkshire Dales was the latest in high-tech.

A hundred years ago a derelict hydro-electric plant at Linton Falls in Britain’s Yorkshire Dales was the latest in high-tech.

Culture

Past pictures; a tribute to Moroccan cinema

Le Fils Maudit was made in 1958, the ever first Moroccan film. It was shot two years after the country gained independence. This year the Marrakech

Le Fils Maudit was made in 1958, the ever first Moroccan film. It was shot two years after the country gained independence. This year the Marrakech

Culture

Alja Lelkaverh; portrait of a flute player

Slovenian musician Alja Velkaverh was just nine years old when she began to learn the flute. Today she is playing with some of the best orchestras in

Slovenian musician Alja Velkaverh was just nine years old when she began to learn the flute. Today she is playing with some of the best orchestras in

News

Longer Russian presidential terms a step closer

The Russian parliament is now just one vote away from amending the constitution to extend the presidential term from four to six years. It is an

The Russian parliament is now just one vote away from amending the constitution to extend the presidential term from four to six years. It is an

News

U-turn in Politkovskaya case condemned

Supporters of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya have condemned a decision to throw a blanket of secrecy over a trial linked to the

Supporters of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya have condemned a decision to throw a blanket of secrecy over a trial linked to the

News

UK plans crackdown on sex trafficking

Men paying for sex with women forced into prostitution could soon face prosecution in Britain under new government proposals. Under the law, paying

Men paying for sex with women forced into prostitution could soon face prosecution in Britain under new government proposals. Under the law, paying

News

Judge reverses order in Politkovskaya case

First the judge said the trial would not be held in secret, now he has changed his mind. A court in Moscow has gone back on its order that a trial

First the judge said the trial would not be held in secret, now he has changed his mind. A court in Moscow has gone back on its order that a trial

News

Pirates seize three more ships

It was audacious enough to hijack a massive fully-laden oil tanker, but Somali pirates have now taken a further three ships. Since the weekend

It was audacious enough to hijack a massive fully-laden oil tanker, but Somali pirates have now taken a further three ships. Since the weekend

News

Protest over Rwandan's extradition to France

Tens of thousands of people have marched in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, to protest against the extradition to France by Germany of an aide to

Tens of thousands of people have marched in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, to protest against the extradition to France by Germany of an aide to

News

Door opens for a Putin return?

The Russian parliament’s lower house has approved the extension of the presidential term from four to six years in the new law’s penultimate reading

The Russian parliament’s lower house has approved the extension of the presidential term from four to six years in the new law’s penultimate reading

News

Raul Castro serenades visiting Chinese

China’s president is visiting Cuba bearing gifts, his second visit to the island in four years. The gifts included debt relief for money Cuba

China’s president is visiting Cuba bearing gifts, his second visit to the island in four years. The gifts included debt relief for money Cuba

News

US carmakers warn of "carmageddon"

Executives from America’s big three carmakers have appeared before Congress with a begging bowl, pleading they need massive financial help if they

Executives from America’s big three carmakers have appeared before Congress with a begging bowl, pleading they need massive financial help if they

News

Protests as Israel reseals Gaza border crossings

Angry demonstrations have been held at Erez, the main crossing point into the Gaza Strip from Israel. Aid workers are protesting at being denied

Angry demonstrations have been held at Erez, the main crossing point into the Gaza Strip from Israel. Aid workers are protesting at being denied