BREAKING NEWS

2008-12-16

Business

Fed cuts US interest rate to 0.25 percent

The US Federal Reserve has again lowered interest rates and in a surprise move it has cut them by 0.75 percent. That is closer to zero than most

The US Federal Reserve has again lowered interest rates and in a surprise move it has cut them by 0.75 percent. That is closer to zero than most

Business

Fed cuts US interest rate to 0.25 percent

The US Federal Reserve has again lowered interest rates and in a surprise move it has cut them by 0.75 percent. That is closer to zero than most

The US Federal Reserve has again lowered interest rates and in a surprise move it has cut them by 0.75 percent. That is closer to zero than most

Business

OPEC mulling deep output cuts

OPEC has promised to make another deep cut in oil supplies at its meeting in Algeria as the worldwide recession has battered demand. There is

OPEC has promised to make another deep cut in oil supplies at its meeting in Algeria as the worldwide recession has battered demand. There is

Business

Goldman Sachs posts first loss in nine years

The financial crisis has finally caught up with Wall Street leader Goldman Sachs. The investment bank had, until recently, sidestepped the worst

The financial crisis has finally caught up with Wall Street leader Goldman Sachs. The investment bank had, until recently, sidestepped the worst

Europe

Protest against overwork danger

Some 4,000 trade unionists from several EU countries have been marching in Strasbourg ahead of a European Parliament vote this Wednesday on the

Some 4,000 trade unionists from several EU countries have been marching in Strasbourg ahead of a European Parliament vote this Wednesday on the

Europe

Chinese Sakharov no-show

Hu Jia can not come to accept the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought this Wednesday because he is in prison. It is not

Hu Jia can not come to accept the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought this Wednesday because he is in prison. It is not

Europe

French EU style out, Czech EU style in

A crisis-driven six months of French European Union Presidency draws towards a close. President Nicolas Sarkozy has given his conclusions at the

A crisis-driven six months of French European Union Presidency draws towards a close. President Nicolas Sarkozy has given his conclusions at the

News

Athens police station attacked by students

Street protests in Greece moved to the airwaves on Tuesday when a group of young people broke into television studios to disrupt the lunchtime news

Street protests in Greece moved to the airwaves on Tuesday when a group of young people broke into television studios to disrupt the lunchtime news

News

Italian police bust Palermo Cosa Nostra

Italian police today arrested suspected members of the Cosa Nostra crime syndicate in Palermo, Sicily, taking 99 people into custody. The operation

Italian police today arrested suspected members of the Cosa Nostra crime syndicate in Palermo, Sicily, taking 99 people into custody. The operation

News

Police anti-ETA raids earn Madrid's praise

Spain’s government has expressed its satisfaction after anti-ETA raids netted police four suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group

Spain’s government has expressed its satisfaction after anti-ETA raids netted police four suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group

News

Breakaway party challenges ANC

South Africa’s ruling ANC party faces its greatest post-apartheid challenge, with the rise of a breakaway party determined to bury its all-powerful

South Africa’s ruling ANC party faces its greatest post-apartheid challenge, with the rise of a breakaway party determined to bury its all-powerful

News

Athens police station attacked by students

Street protests in Greece moved to the airwaves on Tuesday when a group of young people broke into television studios to disrupt the lunchtime news

Street protests in Greece moved to the airwaves on Tuesday when a group of young people broke into television studios to disrupt the lunchtime news

News

Death toll rises in Israeli bus crash

Russian media reports say 30 people have died and another 33 have been injured, 23 seriously, in a bus crash in the Negev desert. It appears the

Russian media reports say 30 people have died and another 33 have been injured, 23 seriously, in a bus crash in the Negev desert. It appears the

News

Hoax bombers paralyse central Paris

A previously-unknown terrorist group has brought the centre of Paris to a standstill, planting explosives in one of the city’s large department

A previously-unknown terrorist group has brought the centre of Paris to a standstill, planting explosives in one of the city’s large department

Culture

Sandler stars in Disney's Bedtime Stories

Adam Sandler’s latest film, Bedtime Stories, is a departure from his usual goofy, slapstick fare. He plays a handyman whose life is changed forever

Adam Sandler’s latest film, Bedtime Stories, is a departure from his usual goofy, slapstick fare. He plays a handyman whose life is changed forever

Culture

Titi Robin's musical journey

French guitarist Thierry “Titi” Robin’s new album Kali Sultana blends music from the East and West, from the deserts of Rajastan to the shores of the

French guitarist Thierry “Titi” Robin’s new album Kali Sultana blends music from the East and West, from the deserts of Rajastan to the shores of the

News

Iraqi doctor guilty of UK car bomb plots

An Iraqi doctor has been convicted of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions over attempted car bombings in two British cities

An Iraqi doctor has been convicted of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions over attempted car bombings in two British cities

News

Bombs found in Paris department store

Five bombs have been found at a large department store in the centre of Paris. A group calling itself the Afghan Revolutionary Front said it planted

Five bombs have been found at a large department store in the centre of Paris. A group calling itself the Afghan Revolutionary Front said it planted

News

Sarkozy sums up France's 6 months running Europe

French President Nicolas Sarkozy today made his final speech to the European parliament as rotating EU president, just ahead of France handing over

French President Nicolas Sarkozy today made his final speech to the European parliament as rotating EU president, just ahead of France handing over

News

Italian mafia hit by police crackdown

Italian police have launched a crackdown on suspected mafia mobsters, arresting around 100 people in overnight raids. The operation was nine months

Italian police have launched a crackdown on suspected mafia mobsters, arresting around 100 people in overnight raids. The operation was nine months

News

Calls for German far-right crackdown after stabbing

As German investigators probe the stabbing of a police chief in a suspected neo-Nazi attack, there have been calls for a far-right party to be

As German investigators probe the stabbing of a police chief in a suspected neo-Nazi attack, there have been calls for a far-right party to be

News

Madoff fallout hits charities

Shockwaves from the alleged Bernard Madoff investment fraud continue to spread around the world, with banks and financial institutions scrambling to

Shockwaves from the alleged Bernard Madoff investment fraud continue to spread around the world, with banks and financial institutions scrambling to

News

Four arrested in latest anti-ETA crackdown

Four people have been arrested in northern Spain in a police operation targeting a suspected support group for the armed Basque separatists ETA. Two

Four people have been arrested in northern Spain in a police operation targeting a suspected support group for the armed Basque separatists ETA. Two

News

Spain suffers financial fraud fall-out

In Spain, investors are contemplating the loss of up to three billion euros in funds managed by the rogue Wall Street trader Bernard Madoff. A hedge

In Spain, investors are contemplating the loss of up to three billion euros in funds managed by the rogue Wall Street trader Bernard Madoff. A hedge

News

Another Kennedy could soon grace political circles

Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the assassinated President John F. Kennedy may be in the running for Hillary Clinton’s vacant senate seat. It could

Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the assassinated President John F. Kennedy may be in the running for Hillary Clinton’s vacant senate seat. It could

News

Chu got the energy job

US President-elect Barack Obama, who has promised a pro-active approach to the environment and global warming, has named his Energy Secretary. Nobel

US President-elect Barack Obama, who has promised a pro-active approach to the environment and global warming, has named his Energy Secretary. Nobel

News

No going back on peace says Middle East Quartet

The Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators says there is no turning back on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, despite the fact that so far they have

The Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators says there is no turning back on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, despite the fact that so far they have

News

Pound under pressure; record low against euro

The pound fell to a record low against the euro and, at some exchange outlets, travellers heading to Europe from the UK were getting less than one

The pound fell to a record low against the euro and, at some exchange outlets, travellers heading to Europe from the UK were getting less than one