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2008-12-17

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Working directive 48hr opt-out axed

Strike a blow for Social Europe! was the rallying call, and an absolute majority in the European Parliament backed it, in a vote updating the working

Strike a blow for Social Europe! was the rallying call, and an absolute majority in the European Parliament backed it, in a vote updating the working

Europe

EP backs climate pact

The European Parliament has approved by a large majority the EU’s groundbreaking climate and energy package, although concessions for industry

The European Parliament has approved by a large majority the EU’s groundbreaking climate and energy package, although concessions for industry

News

UN okays land raids against Somali pirates

The fight against pirates ravaging shipping off Somalia is to be stepped up, with action on both land and sea. The surge in piracy this year has seen

The fight against pirates ravaging shipping off Somalia is to be stepped up, with action on both land and sea. The surge in piracy this year has seen

News

Cuba widens its circle of friends

Cuba has been welcomed with open arms into the Rio Group of Latin American and Caribbean countries, a sign that it is well and truly back in the

Cuba has been welcomed with open arms into the Rio Group of Latin American and Caribbean countries, a sign that it is well and truly back in the

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Ships change tack to avoid paying the price of piracy

In a year marked by high fuel costs and falling exports, the upsurge in piracy was the last thing the shipping industry needed. The International

In a year marked by high fuel costs and falling exports, the upsurge in piracy was the last thing the shipping industry needed. The International

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British troops to leave Iraq by summer

Britain has confirmed it will pull its forces out of Iraq by next summer, at the conclusion of what the Prime Minister called ‘the building of a

Britain has confirmed it will pull its forces out of Iraq by next summer, at the conclusion of what the Prime Minister called ‘the building of a

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France tightens security after shop bomb scare

At one of the busiest department stores in Paris, the Christmas shopping experience has suddenly changed. The day after sticks of dynamite were found

At one of the busiest department stores in Paris, the Christmas shopping experience has suddenly changed. The day after sticks of dynamite were found

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Turkey again attacks PKK bases

Turkish warplanes have attacked suspected rebel Kurds in northern Iraq for a second day. The airforce confirmed the raids, and said all its planes

Turkish warplanes have attacked suspected rebel Kurds in northern Iraq for a second day. The airforce confirmed the raids, and said all its planes

Business

UK jobless figures soar

Britain’s employment situation got even worse in November. The number of people out of work and claiming jobless benefits rose for a 10th

Britain’s employment situation got even worse in November. The number of people out of work and claiming jobless benefits rose for a 10th

Business

BAA told to sell two more UK airports

Britain’s Competition Commission has told BAA that as well as London’s Gatwick airport it must also sell Stansted in London and Edinburgh airport in

Britain’s Competition Commission has told BAA that as well as London’s Gatwick airport it must also sell Stansted in London and Edinburgh airport in

Business

Banks pull down European stock markets

European shares ended down on Wednesday as new figures show a plunge in energy and food prices slowed euro zone inflation in November adding to

European shares ended down on Wednesday as new figures show a plunge in energy and food prices slowed euro zone inflation in November adding to

Business

Court rules for Ryanair over Charleroi

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has won a legal challenge to the European Commission blocking aid it got from Belgium’s Charleroi airport and the

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has won a legal challenge to the European Commission blocking aid it got from Belgium’s Charleroi airport and the

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Naples corruption probe targets politicians

A string of Italian politicians and businessmen have been arrested following an anti-corruption probe in the southern Italian city of Naples. In the

A string of Italian politicians and businessmen have been arrested following an anti-corruption probe in the southern Italian city of Naples. In the

Science_technology

Worlds Apart - The Search for Exo-Planets

European astronomers are scouring the Universe, convinced it is littered with planets similar to those in our Solar System. They are searching for

European astronomers are scouring the Universe, convinced it is littered with planets similar to those in our Solar System. They are searching for

Culture

Marianne Faithfull releases new album

Easy Come, Easy Go is the new studio from British singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull, recorded with a variety of other musicians including ex Pulp

Easy Come, Easy Go is the new studio from British singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull, recorded with a variety of other musicians including ex Pulp

Science_technology

Maldives plans for environmental exodus

With sea levels rising around the world, the low-lying coral islands of the Maldives are facing an uncertain future.

With sea levels rising around the world, the low-lying coral islands of the Maldives are facing an uncertain future.

Science_technology

European airports: the challenges of growth

Despite the current financial crisis, forecasts predict steady growth in the aviation sector in the next decades. We take a look at how different

Despite the current financial crisis, forecasts predict steady growth in the aviation sector in the next decades. We take a look at how different

Europe

Europe holds Sakharov ceremony for absent Hu Jia

Chinese political activist Hu Jia has been formally awarded the European parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Former recipients were

Chinese political activist Hu Jia has been formally awarded the European parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Former recipients were

News

Islamists not chief suspects in Paris scare - minister

As France steps up security after explosives were found in a Paris department store, a minister has said Islamists are not the main suspects. The

As France steps up security after explosives were found in a Paris department store, a minister has said Islamists are not the main suspects. The

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UK troops to leave Iraq says Brown

UK troops are set to complete their tour of duty of Iraq by no later than July next year. The announcement comes as British Prime Minister Gordon

UK troops are set to complete their tour of duty of Iraq by no later than July next year. The announcement comes as British Prime Minister Gordon

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Fresh hijackings as UN steps up anti-piracy fight

Somali pirates have shown their defiance of the international community, attacking four ships on the day the UN took key steps against hijackings

Somali pirates have shown their defiance of the international community, attacking four ships on the day the UN took key steps against hijackings

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US Federal Reserve awaits market response

The US dollar has dropped against other major currencies as markets continue to digest the US Federal Reserve’s decision to slash interest rates. The

The US dollar has dropped against other major currencies as markets continue to digest the US Federal Reserve’s decision to slash interest rates. The

News

UN adopts Middle-east resolution

No turning back the clock – that’s the message from the UN after it adopted a resolution stressing the irreversibility of an Israeli-Palestinian

No turning back the clock – that’s the message from the UN after it adopted a resolution stressing the irreversibility of an Israeli-Palestinian

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European Parliament votes to end work opt-out

The European Parliament has put itself on a collision course with EU member states after it voted to stop allowing people to work more than 48 hours

The European Parliament has put itself on a collision course with EU member states after it voted to stop allowing people to work more than 48 hours

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UN pirate hunt widens to land, sea and air

Somali pirates have seized two more vessels, as the UN anti-crime agency calls for a special maritime police force to operate in the Gulf of Aden. An

Somali pirates have seized two more vessels, as the UN anti-crime agency calls for a special maritime police force to operate in the Gulf of Aden. An

News

France investigates Afghan hoax bombers' claims

The group which says it was behind the hoax bombing of a Paris department store is causing consternation in France. The so-called Afghan

The group which says it was behind the hoax bombing of a Paris department store is causing consternation in France. The so-called Afghan

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Effects of US interest rate cut felt worldwide

The rally on Wall Street has had the usual knock-on effect in Asia, and Europe will be waking up with the hope it will reverberate here too. The Dow

The rally on Wall Street has had the usual knock-on effect in Asia, and Europe will be waking up with the hope it will reverberate here too. The Dow

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US finance chiefs assess impact of interest rate cut

The US Federal Reserve is watching and waiting to see if the rebound in the markets, following its interest rate cut, will hold out. With the rate

The US Federal Reserve is watching and waiting to see if the rebound in the markets, following its interest rate cut, will hold out. With the rate