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2008-11-20

Europe

Blue horizons for blue ribbon immigrants

A green light for the EU’s Blue Card directive: The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed the move to attract highly-qualified immigrants to

A green light for the EU’s Blue Card directive: The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed the move to attract highly-qualified immigrants to

Business

Swiss borrowing cost cut again

The Swiss National Bank has made a surprise one percent cut in interest rates. The cut was the third within a month and the Swiss Central Bank said

The Swiss National Bank has made a surprise one percent cut in interest rates. The cut was the third within a month and the Swiss Central Bank said

Business

More red ink on Europe's bourses

Share prices continued to take a battering on Thursday. Europe’s major stock markets indexes all closed down at least three percent – their lowest in

Share prices continued to take a battering on Thursday. Europe’s major stock markets indexes all closed down at least three percent – their lowest in

Business

US carmakers to get government bailout money

As the Los Angeles Car Show opened, members of the US Senate reached agreement on a bipartisan aid deal for the “Big Three” American manufacturers

As the Los Angeles Car Show opened, members of the US Senate reached agreement on a bipartisan aid deal for the “Big Three” American manufacturers

Business

Oil dips below $50

Oil prices in New York and London have dipped below $50 a barrel for the first time since May 2005. The cost of crude is slipping as financial

Oil prices in New York and London have dipped below $50 a barrel for the first time since May 2005. The cost of crude is slipping as financial

Business

Recession prompts more job cuts

The worldwide job loss total continues to mount. Europe’s second-biggest carmaker Peugeot-Citroen said falling sales mean it will layoff 3,550

The worldwide job loss total continues to mount. Europe’s second-biggest carmaker Peugeot-Citroen said falling sales mean it will layoff 3,550

Europe

A rush on Europeana virtual library

Two million digitized books and other cultural treasures are now accessible online in the new multilingual European Union virtual library

Two million digitized books and other cultural treasures are now accessible online in the new multilingual European Union virtual library

Europe

Arctic resources and global responsibility

The melting of the Arctic has brought a call from the European Union to coordinate internationally on the use and preservation of newly accessible

The melting of the Arctic has brought a call from the European Union to coordinate internationally on the use and preservation of newly accessible

News

French Socialists vote for new party leader

French socialists are voting for a new party leader, bringing a much drawn-out process to a close. Segolene Royal is leading going into this final

French socialists are voting for a new party leader, bringing a much drawn-out process to a close. Segolene Royal is leading going into this final

News

Education reform plans trigger mass strike in France

Tens of thousands of people across France have been demonstrating against education reform plans. More than half of all teachers followed the call

Tens of thousands of people across France have been demonstrating against education reform plans. More than half of all teachers followed the call

News

UN to send 3,100 more troops to DR Congo

The United Nations is to send almost 3,100 extra peacekeepers to the Democratic Republic of Congo, following a unanimous decision by the UN Security

The United Nations is to send almost 3,100 extra peacekeepers to the Democratic Republic of Congo, following a unanimous decision by the UN Security

News

Big farms hit in EU agriculture re-vamp

Europe’s large farmers have reaped a poor harvest from an agriculture re-vamp agreed by EU ministers in overnight talks on Wednesday. Subsidies from

Europe’s large farmers have reaped a poor harvest from an agriculture re-vamp agreed by EU ministers in overnight talks on Wednesday. Subsidies from

News

Best way to tackle pirates 'may be on land'

How best to hunt pirates in the seas off Somalia is a question that’s got officials from the four corners of the earth scratching their heads. 15

How best to hunt pirates in the seas off Somalia is a question that’s got officials from the four corners of the earth scratching their heads. 15

News

A new page in Palestinian peace talks

The Palestinian president has taken an unprecedented step in the search for Middle-East peace. Mahmoud Abbas has taken out full-page adverts in

The Palestinian president has taken an unprecedented step in the search for Middle-East peace. Mahmoud Abbas has taken out full-page adverts in

Science_technology

City of science: from satellites to scales

Organised to mark the French presidency of the EU, the European City of Science took place this week in Paris, at the very top of the Grand Palais.

Organised to mark the French presidency of the EU, the European City of Science took place this week in Paris, at the very top of the Grand Palais.

Culture

Moroccan cinema; the first steps

The first film school in Morocco – and one of the first in Africa – opened in Marrakech three years ago, offering graduates the chance to study all

The first film school in Morocco – and one of the first in Africa – opened in Marrakech three years ago, offering graduates the chance to study all

Culture

Monkey magic in London

Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s Chinese extravaganza Monkey: Journey To The West has just opened in Greenwich in London. A spectacular mixture of Peking

Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s Chinese extravaganza Monkey: Journey To The West has just opened in Greenwich in London. A spectacular mixture of Peking

News

Parents cross borders for work, hearts heavy

Free market orphans some call them: Their parents leave eastern European homes to earn a living in richer EU countries.

Free market orphans some call them: Their parents leave eastern European homes to earn a living in richer EU countries.

News

French socialists edge closer to choosing a leader

The protracted process of choosing a leader for the main French opposition party is coming to a head as members prepare to vote. Segolene Royal

The protracted process of choosing a leader for the main French opposition party is coming to a head as members prepare to vote. Segolene Royal

News

Supertanker pirates demand 20 million euro ransom

The pirates holding the Sirius Star say the supertanker’s Saudi owners have 10 days to pay a 20 million euro ransom. That is a quarter of the

The pirates holding the Sirius Star say the supertanker’s Saudi owners have 10 days to pay a 20 million euro ransom. That is a quarter of the

News

Evicted settlers vandalise West Bank mosque

A group of Jewish settlers have graffitied messages insulting the prophet Mohammed on a mosque in the West Bank. Recently around 150 settlers were

A group of Jewish settlers have graffitied messages insulting the prophet Mohammed on a mosque in the West Bank. Recently around 150 settlers were

News

CAP reforms cut subsidies for big EU farmers

Agriculture ministers have agreed on the biggest re-vamp of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy for five years, which will see subsidies for large

Agriculture ministers have agreed on the biggest re-vamp of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy for five years, which will see subsidies for large

News

Fear grips Wall Street as US stocks and consumer price index plunge

US stocks have plummeted to their lowest in five and a half years. News that politicians were struggling to reach a compromise over a crucial bailout

US stocks have plummeted to their lowest in five and a half years. News that politicians were struggling to reach a compromise over a crucial bailout

News

Obama picks ex-Senate leader to head health

US President-elect Barack Obama continues to assemble his White House team with reports stating he has appointed senior Democrat Tom Daschle as his

US President-elect Barack Obama continues to assemble his White House team with reports stating he has appointed senior Democrat Tom Daschle as his

News

Al-Qaeda rattled by Obama

US experts say an Al-Qaeda message condemning new President-elect Barack Obama is a sign the terror network is in panic. Yesterday, Al-Qaeda’s

US experts say an Al-Qaeda message condemning new President-elect Barack Obama is a sign the terror network is in panic. Yesterday, Al-Qaeda’s