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2008-11-26

Europe

Czech court paves way for ratification of EU reform treaty

The Czech Constitutional Court has ruled that the EU reform treaty conforms with Czech law, removing a major obstacle to its ratification as the

The Czech Constitutional Court has ruled that the EU reform treaty conforms with Czech law, removing a major obstacle to its ratification as the

Europe

Cheaper text messages in Europe on the cards

European Union governments look set to back price caps on the cost of sending text messages and surfing the net on mobile phones while travelling in

European Union governments look set to back price caps on the cost of sending text messages and surfing the net on mobile phones while travelling in

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Mumbai stricken by terrorist attack

Police in the Indian city of Mumbai say at least 80 people have been killed and 250 injured in coordinated terrorist attacks.  Media reports say

Police in the Indian city of Mumbai say at least 80 people have been killed and 250 injured in coordinated terrorist attacks.  Media reports say

Business

Lufthansa announces foray into Italian market

The German airline Lufthansa has announced it is putting a toe into Italy’s market, by launching its own Italian carrier. Lufthansa-Italia will be

The German airline Lufthansa has announced it is putting a toe into Italy’s market, by launching its own Italian carrier. Lufthansa-Italia will be

Business

Porsche puts brakes on VW plans

The German sports car maker Porsche is playing down the possibility that it will take majority control of Volkswagen this year as planned. Sales over

The German sports car maker Porsche is playing down the possibility that it will take majority control of Volkswagen this year as planned. Sales over

Business

Fourth interest cut in six weeks for China

China’s central bank has cut key lending and deposit interest rates by more than 1 percentage point – the fourth time it has cut rates since the

China’s central bank has cut key lending and deposit interest rates by more than 1 percentage point – the fourth time it has cut rates since the

Business

European bourses have a flat day

European stock markets ended the day broadly flat in sharp contrast to Monday’s record nine and ten per cent gains. Royal Dutch Shell and BP slipped

European stock markets ended the day broadly flat in sharp contrast to Monday’s record nine and ten per cent gains. Royal Dutch Shell and BP slipped

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Man gets life for fathering 19 with daughters

Britain’s social services are again in the pillory following the conviction of a man for raping his daughters and fathering nine children by

Britain’s social services are again in the pillory following the conviction of a man for raping his daughters and fathering nine children by

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Second night for Bangkok castaways

Thailand enters another night of tension, after Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat spoke to the nation, affirming his government’s legitimacy. He’s

Thailand enters another night of tension, after Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat spoke to the nation, affirming his government’s legitimacy. He’s

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Greenland looks to oil to fund life without Denmark

Greenlanders have overwhelmingly voted for heightened autonomy in a referendum that takes the Arctic island far down the road to complete

Greenlanders have overwhelmingly voted for heightened autonomy in a referendum that takes the Arctic island far down the road to complete

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EU/China summit cancelled over Dalai Lama

Fury over a European welcome for the Dalai Lama has led China to cancel an EU summit which could have helped forge a global response to the financial

Fury over a European welcome for the Dalai Lama has led China to cancel an EU summit which could have helped forge a global response to the financial

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Russian war games in Georgia

War has broken out again between Russia and Georgia, with Poland and Ukraine dragged into the fighting. Thankfully it’s not for real

War has broken out again between Russia and Georgia, with Poland and Ukraine dragged into the fighting. Thankfully it’s not for real

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Shinawatra's political spectre haunts Thailand

The ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra inspires both devotion and revulsion in Thailand. Opposition pressure forced him from power in 2006

The ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra inspires both devotion and revulsion in Thailand. Opposition pressure forced him from power in 2006

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Barroso boosts recession hit Europe with a 200 billion injection

It is billed as a short, sharp boost aimed at reviving the sagging European economy. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has announced

It is billed as a short, sharp boost aimed at reviving the sagging European economy. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has announced

Culture

Indie film world flocks to Gijon

The International Film Festival of Gijon in northern Spain has built a name as one of the most reliable showcases for independent film makers. This

The International Film Festival of Gijon in northern Spain has built a name as one of the most reliable showcases for independent film makers. This

Culture

Rio stars in Evora short film fest

The FIKE international short film festival is in its seventh year, bringing a buzz to the historical Portuguese town of Evora. Fifty four films

The FIKE international short film festival is in its seventh year, bringing a buzz to the historical Portuguese town of Evora. Fifty four films

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Merkel sets limits on economy rescue spending

The German Chancellor has again warned that she will not write blank cheques to save her country’s economy. Angela Merkel said EU nations should

The German Chancellor has again warned that she will not write blank cheques to save her country’s economy. Angela Merkel said EU nations should

Europe

EU approves a 200 billion euro boost to ease recession

The European Commission has approved a package aimed at giving the sagging European economy a sharp, temporary boost with a 200 billion euro spending

The European Commission has approved a package aimed at giving the sagging European economy a sharp, temporary boost with a 200 billion euro spending

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China deepens Dalai Lama diplomatic freeze

The European Union Council says China has postponed its upcoming economic summit with the EU, due to be held in Lyon on December the first. The

The European Union Council says China has postponed its upcoming economic summit with the EU, due to be held in Lyon on December the first. The

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Iraq to vote on US withdrawal pact

The planned withdrawal of American forces from Iraq faces its final hurdle today, when parliament meets to vote on the pact. The deal would see

The planned withdrawal of American forces from Iraq faces its final hurdle today, when parliament meets to vote on the pact. The deal would see

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EU launches three-pronged attack on economic crisis

Europe’s economic rescue plan has consumers firmly in its sights, targeting as it does three basic areas of spending that dominate EU citizens’ daily

Europe’s economic rescue plan has consumers firmly in its sights, targeting as it does three basic areas of spending that dominate EU citizens’ daily

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Russian mayor shot dead

The mayor of one of the biggest cities in Russia’s turbulent North Caucasus has died after being shot by gunmen in the street. Vitaly Karayev is

The mayor of one of the biggest cities in Russia’s turbulent North Caucasus has died after being shot by gunmen in the street. Vitaly Karayev is

Science_technology

Air industry tries to clean up its act

Air transport is having a growing effect on the environment. How can technological development and research programmes help make aviation greener

Air transport is having a growing effect on the environment. How can technological development and research programmes help make aviation greener

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Czech judges ok Lisbon Treaty

Europe’s controversial Lisbon Treaty, designed to smooth out much of the EU’s affairs, has passed a crucial hurdle in the Czech Republic. The

Europe’s controversial Lisbon Treaty, designed to smooth out much of the EU’s affairs, has passed a crucial hurdle in the Czech Republic. The

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Thai army calls on government to quit

Thailand’s embattled Prime Minister has rejected calls that he dissolve parliament and call new elections. The chief of the Thai army said he

Thailand’s embattled Prime Minister has rejected calls that he dissolve parliament and call new elections. The chief of the Thai army said he

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Aubry confirmed as French Socialist leader

The confirmation of Martine Aubry as the new leader of France’s opposition Socialists seems to have done little to heal the rift threatening to split

The confirmation of Martine Aubry as the new leader of France’s opposition Socialists seems to have done little to heal the rift threatening to split

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Consumer spending hits 28-year low in US

The US economy continues to shrink as consumer spending plunges to a 28-year low according to the most recent figures. With unemployment hitting a

The US economy continues to shrink as consumer spending plunges to a 28-year low according to the most recent figures. With unemployment hitting a

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Anti-government protestors take over Bangkok airport

Hundreds of anti-government protestors have overwhelmed police at Thailand’s main international airport. Management at Suvarnabhumi Airport in

Hundreds of anti-government protestors have overwhelmed police at Thailand’s main international airport. Management at Suvarnabhumi Airport in