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2008-12-15

Europe

Swiss risking Schengen loss

Switzerland, new member of the Schengen zone, risks dropping out. The non-EU state’s president, Pascal Couchepin, has been in Brussels for talks on

Switzerland, new member of the Schengen zone, risks dropping out. The non-EU state’s president, Pascal Couchepin, has been in Brussels for talks on

Business

Electrolux to slash 3,000 jobs as demand falls

Household appliance giant Electrolux is to cut more than 3,000 jobs globally amid an abrupt downturn in business. Announcing the move, the Swedish

Household appliance giant Electrolux is to cut more than 3,000 jobs globally amid an abrupt downturn in business. Announcing the move, the Swedish

Business

European shares slip again

European shares shed their earlier gains on Monday and finished lower for the third day running, though commodity stocks were boosted by higher crude

European shares shed their earlier gains on Monday and finished lower for the third day running, though commodity stocks were boosted by higher crude

Europe

Montenegro formally bids to join EU

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has made formal presentation for Montenegro to join the European Union. The country of 650,000 people on the Adriatic

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has made formal presentation for Montenegro to join the European Union. The country of 650,000 people on the Adriatic

Business

'Symbolic' fed rate cut expected

The US Federal Reserve is widely expected to lower the cost of borrowing again at the end of its two-day policy meeting now underway. But the

The US Federal Reserve is widely expected to lower the cost of borrowing again at the end of its two-day policy meeting now underway. But the

News

German tv's 'Inspector Derrick' dies at 85

The German actor Horst Tappert, known to millions of television viewers as Inspector Stephan Derrick, has died in Munich at the age of 85. The super

The German actor Horst Tappert, known to millions of television viewers as Inspector Stephan Derrick, has died in Munich at the age of 85. The super

News

China and Taiwan move closer, as ties grow

China and Taiwan are closer than they have been for nearly 60 years with the opening of direct air, sea and postal links. The new routes are a

China and Taiwan are closer than they have been for nearly 60 years with the opening of direct air, sea and postal links. The new routes are a

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Palestinian prisoner release goes ahead

A week late, Israel has gone ahead with the release of more than 200 Palestinian prisoners. The Israelis say the delay was at the Palestinians’

A week late, Israel has gone ahead with the release of more than 200 Palestinian prisoners. The Israelis say the delay was at the Palestinians’

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2nd week of Greek protests over police shooting

The worst rioting in decades may be over but calm has by no means returned to Greece. Athens has seen a 10th day of protests triggered by the

The worst rioting in decades may be over but calm has by no means returned to Greece. Athens has seen a 10th day of protests triggered by the

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Boc set to be Romanian PM

Romania’s president has moved swiftly to fill the void left by the surprise resignation of its prime minister-designate, by nominating a close

Romania’s president has moved swiftly to fill the void left by the surprise resignation of its prime minister-designate, by nominating a close

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Moscow court jails racist killers

A court in Moscow has sentenced seven skinheads to between six and 20 years in prison for a series of racist attacks. They resulted in 20 murders

A court in Moscow has sentenced seven skinheads to between six and 20 years in prison for a series of racist attacks. They resulted in 20 murders

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Bush reaffirms US support in Afghanistan

President Bush has assured Afghanistan of America’s unwavering support despite an imminent change in the White House. On the latest stage of his

President Bush has assured Afghanistan of America’s unwavering support despite an imminent change in the White House. On the latest stage of his

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Madoff's reputation covered fraud

Until this week Bernard Madoff had a solid reputation built up over decades as a shrewd Wall Street money man. That was what he relied on to dupe

Until this week Bernard Madoff had a solid reputation built up over decades as a shrewd Wall Street money man. That was what he relied on to dupe

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Iraqis support Bush 'shoe-thrower' al-Zaidi

Many ordinary Iraqis have followed Muntader al-Zaidi’s example by putting the boot into America. Crowds calling for his release from police custody

Many ordinary Iraqis have followed Muntader al-Zaidi’s example by putting the boot into America. Crowds calling for his release from police custody

Culture

Cornelia Funke's Inkheart brought to big screen

Mortimer Folchart, played by Brendan Fraser, has an amazing yet potentially terrifying talent – he can bring characters from books to life, just by

Mortimer Folchart, played by Brendan Fraser, has an amazing yet potentially terrifying talent – he can bring characters from books to life, just by

Culture

Russia's Kandinsky Prize winner jeered

Launched last year, the Kandinsky Prize aims to promote Russia’s contemporary arts scene. But this year the presentation was marred by boos and jeers

Launched last year, the Kandinsky Prize aims to promote Russia’s contemporary arts scene. But this year the presentation was marred by boos and jeers

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Emil Boc nominated new Romanian PM

Politics in Romania have been turned upside down, after the surprise resignation of the candidate for Prime Minister. The centrist Democrat

Politics in Romania have been turned upside down, after the surprise resignation of the candidate for Prime Minister. The centrist Democrat

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Germans kidnapped in Yemen

Three Germans have been kidnapped in Yemen, in what is believed to be a row between rival tribesmen. One of the three is said to work for the United

Three Germans have been kidnapped in Yemen, in what is believed to be a row between rival tribesmen. One of the three is said to work for the United

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China and Taiwan launch closer links

Six decades of sometimes icy relations have thawed, as China and Taiwan celebrate closer ties. At simultaneous ceremonies, at Tianjin in southern

Six decades of sometimes icy relations have thawed, as China and Taiwan celebrate closer ties. At simultaneous ceremonies, at Tianjin in southern

News

Emil Boc nominated new Romanian PM

Politics in Romania have been turned upside down, after the surprise resignation of the candidate for Prime Minister.   The centrist Democrat Liberal

Politics in Romania have been turned upside down, after the surprise resignation of the candidate for Prime Minister.   The centrist Democrat Liberal

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More banks fear losses from Madoff fallout

More big names have joined the list of banks threatened by an alleged fraud in the United States. Spain’s Santander admitted its exposure could

More big names have joined the list of banks threatened by an alleged fraud in the United States. Spain’s Santander admitted its exposure could

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Surprise visitor Bush vows support for Afghanistan

After Iraq, outgoing US President George W. Bush has been paying a farewell visit to Afghanistan. As he prepares to hand over power to Barack

After Iraq, outgoing US President George W. Bush has been paying a farewell visit to Afghanistan. As he prepares to hand over power to Barack

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China and Taiwan launch closer links

Six decades of sometimes icy relations have thawed, as China and Taiwan celebrate closer ties. At simultaneous ceremonies, at Tianjin in southern

Six decades of sometimes icy relations have thawed, as China and Taiwan celebrate closer ties. At simultaneous ceremonies, at Tianjin in southern

News

Electrolux to slash thousands of jobs

Household appliance giant Electrolux is to cut more than 3,000 jobs globally amid an abrupt downturn in business. The Swedish firm also warned its

Household appliance giant Electrolux is to cut more than 3,000 jobs globally amid an abrupt downturn in business. The Swedish firm also warned its