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2008-12-11

Europe

Jordan's water shortage is a drop in the ocean

Launching the Mediterranean Union was one of the aims of France’s European Union presidency. Bringing together North and South, as well as

Launching the Mediterranean Union was one of the aims of France’s European Union presidency. Bringing together North and South, as well as

Business

Share lower on gloomy data from US and Germany

European shares finished the session lower on Thursday though London’s FTSE rose. Frankfurt was the region’s worst performer as Germany’s Ifo

European shares finished the session lower on Thursday though London’s FTSE rose. Frankfurt was the region’s worst performer as Germany’s Ifo

News

More rescue plans and production cuts for carmakers

In the latest moves to prop up Europe’s ailing car industry Sweden is to provide 2.5 billion euros in credit guarantees and emergency loans to Volvo

In the latest moves to prop up Europe’s ailing car industry Sweden is to provide 2.5 billion euros in credit guarantees and emergency loans to Volvo

Business

EU split over response to economic woes

Europe’s deepening economic problems dominate the EU summit in Brussels. But big differences of opinion have emerged on how to respond. Germany has

Europe’s deepening economic problems dominate the EU summit in Brussels. But big differences of opinion have emerged on how to respond. Germany has

Business

Swiss cuts borrowing costs again

The Swiss National Bank has slashed interest rates by a further half a percent. This is its fourth cut in two months, dropping the cost of borrowing

The Swiss National Bank has slashed interest rates by a further half a percent. This is its fourth cut in two months, dropping the cost of borrowing

Business

IEA forecasts oil demand increase in 2009

Demand for oil will grow in 2009 after shrinking this year according to the International Energy Agency. The prediction from the IEA is in stark

Demand for oil will grow in 2009 after shrinking this year according to the International Energy Agency. The prediction from the IEA is in stark

News

Irish toussle over Lisbon not over

Opponents of the Lisbon Treaty have been demonstrating in Brussels against asking Irish voters a second time to ratify it. Dublin is hoping to boost

Opponents of the Lisbon Treaty have been demonstrating in Brussels against asking Irish voters a second time to ratify it. Dublin is hoping to boost

News

Dozens dead in suicide attack on Iraqi restaurant

More than 50 people have been killed in a suicide attack on a packed restaurant near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The bomber activated an

More than 50 people have been killed in a suicide attack on a packed restaurant near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The bomber activated an

News

Belgium holds al Qaeda suspects over attack plan

Belgium has detained 14 people suspected of links with al Qaeda, including one who may have been planning a suicide attack. According to federal

Belgium has detained 14 people suspected of links with al Qaeda, including one who may have been planning a suicide attack. According to federal

News

Money, climate at crux of EU summit

Major economic stimulus and climate change pacts are in play for the European Union at its leaders’ summit, now underway in Brussels. French

Major economic stimulus and climate change pacts are in play for the European Union at its leaders’ summit, now underway in Brussels. French

News

Athens calmer but unrest continues in suburbs

There have been skirmishes in the suburbs but security forces say tension has eased in Athens in the wake of Greece’s worst riots for decades

There have been skirmishes in the suburbs but security forces say tension has eased in Athens in the wake of Greece’s worst riots for decades

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Mugabe hails the end of cholera in Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe has given his country a clean bill of health amid claims a cholera outbreak is running out of control. At a state funeral for a ruling

Robert Mugabe has given his country a clean bill of health amid claims a cholera outbreak is running out of control. At a state funeral for a ruling

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Switzerland in Schengen: end to passport checks

Switzerland is joining Europe’s passport-free travel zone. It has opted for membership of the Schengen zone marking an immediate end to obligatory

Switzerland is joining Europe’s passport-free travel zone. It has opted for membership of the Schengen zone marking an immediate end to obligatory

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'Postwar' wins second European Book Prize

Europe has rewarded British historian Tony Judt for his study of how the continent recovered from the horrors of World War Two. “Apres Guerre” or

Europe has rewarded British historian Tony Judt for his study of how the continent recovered from the horrors of World War Two. “Apres Guerre” or

Europe

EUFOR in Chad

There has been a mission of European troops deployed since March to keep the peace in a forgotten region of Africa. EUFOR is operating in the east

There has been a mission of European troops deployed since March to keep the peace in a forgotten region of Africa. EUFOR is operating in the east

Science_technology

Space takes a walk on the dark side

Space investigates the dark side of the universe. Black holes, dark matter and dark energy are becoming slightly less of a mystery thanks to some

Space investigates the dark side of the universe. Black holes, dark matter and dark energy are becoming slightly less of a mystery thanks to some

Culture

Blur decide to come together

After years of rumours, 1990s Britpop band Blur has announced a reunion concert at London’s Hyde Park next July.

After years of rumours, 1990s Britpop band Blur has announced a reunion concert at London’s Hyde Park next July.

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Possible Al Qaeda bombers arrested in Belgium

Belgian police say 14 people have been arrested, suspected of planning a terrorist attack, possibly on today’s EU summit. All those taken into

Belgian police say 14 people have been arrested, suspected of planning a terrorist attack, possibly on today’s EU summit. All those taken into

News

Greek protests go global

Demonstrations against the response of the Greek police have spread well outside the country’s border. In Italy, police blocked off roads around the

Demonstrations against the response of the Greek police have spread well outside the country’s border. In Italy, police blocked off roads around the

News

Assisted suicide film defended amid UK outcry

Amid an outcry over its broadcast, family and filmakers have been defending a documentary on assisted suicide showing a man’s final moments. Motor

Amid an outcry over its broadcast, family and filmakers have been defending a documentary on assisted suicide showing a man’s final moments. Motor

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EU economic summit set to be a battleground

Germany’s reproach to other European Union member countries to stop “tossing money around” promises to make for a tense meeting in Brussels today

Germany’s reproach to other European Union member countries to stop “tossing money around” promises to make for a tense meeting in Brussels today

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New strategy in Greek shooting protests

New tactics are emerging in protests over the shooting of a teenager in Greece. In what students say is organised action, a group of about 100

New tactics are emerging in protests over the shooting of a teenager in Greece. In what students say is organised action, a group of about 100

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Australian police uncover internet child porn network

A global child pornography ring, spanning more than 70 countries, has been uncovered by detectives in Australia. Some 500,000 images and 15,000

A global child pornography ring, spanning more than 70 countries, has been uncovered by detectives in Australia. Some 500,000 images and 15,000

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Mass grave found at Argentine secret prison

More than 10,000 bone fragments have been unearthed at a secret Argentine detention centre. It is seen as proof of persistent claims that students

More than 10,000 bone fragments have been unearthed at a secret Argentine detention centre. It is seen as proof of persistent claims that students

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Obama calls on Illinois Governor to quit

There have been fresh calls for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to quit following his arrest over allegedly trying to sell Barack Obama’s US Senate

There have been fresh calls for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to quit following his arrest over allegedly trying to sell Barack Obama’s US Senate

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Outcry over assisted suicide on television

A British TV channel is under fire for showing the final moments of a terminally ill man taking his own life. Critics say Sky was wrong to serve

A British TV channel is under fire for showing the final moments of a terminally ill man taking his own life. Critics say Sky was wrong to serve