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2008-12-18

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Parmalat founder jailed for market-rigging

The founder of the failed Italian dairy giant Parmalat has been jailed for ten years for rigging markets. Calisto Tanzi was sentenced at the end of a

The founder of the failed Italian dairy giant Parmalat has been jailed for ten years for rigging markets. Calisto Tanzi was sentenced at the end of a

Europe

A new draft directive on toy safety

A new draft directive on toy safety with stronger rules has won the European Parliament’s backing. Manufacturers will have to ensure that toys are

A new draft directive on toy safety with stronger rules has won the European Parliament’s backing. Manufacturers will have to ensure that toys are

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Retailers set for a not-so-merry Christmas

It is the last week of Christmas shopping which, in the recent past, has been a merry time for retailers. This year however many of those buying

It is the last week of Christmas shopping which, in the recent past, has been a merry time for retailers. This year however many of those buying

Europe

Throw less fish back in - EU

EU fisheries ministers have begun their annual marathon to negotiate quotas. This year’s focus is as much on wasted catch as allowable amounts

EU fisheries ministers have begun their annual marathon to negotiate quotas. This year’s focus is as much on wasted catch as allowable amounts

Europe

MEPs urge governments to respect ruling on PMOI

One of the European Parliament’s vice presidents has asked the outgoing EU presidency France to make sure that the opposition group in exile the

One of the European Parliament’s vice presidents has asked the outgoing EU presidency France to make sure that the opposition group in exile the

Europe

Concern mounts over EU's bees

Twenty toxic ingredients in pesticides would be banned under an agreement between European Parliament and government negotiators. This is due to be

Twenty toxic ingredients in pesticides would be banned under an agreement between European Parliament and government negotiators. This is due to be

Business

Strong euro and yen fuel shopping tourism surge

A week before Christmas there is little sign of a recession in central London’s stores, but the accents of many of the shoppers are not British

A week before Christmas there is little sign of a recession in central London’s stores, but the accents of many of the shoppers are not British

Business

Oil prices slip further

The price of crude has fallen further to around 38 dollars a barrel in the US. There are technical reasons for that, but OPEC’s record cut in output

The price of crude has fallen further to around 38 dollars a barrel in the US. There are technical reasons for that, but OPEC’s record cut in output

Business

Low turnout for Ecofin meeting

European Finance Ministers have been in Paris for a meeting called by the French government to prepare for a G20 gathering on future financial

European Finance Ministers have been in Paris for a meeting called by the French government to prepare for a G20 gathering on future financial

Business

German businesses even gloomier

German business sentiment deteriorated for the seventh month running in December according to the latest survey by the Ifo economic think tank

German business sentiment deteriorated for the seventh month running in December according to the latest survey by the Ifo economic think tank

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BNP suspends Fortis deal

The future of Fortis has become even more uncertain as BNP Paribas said it is suspending a key part of its deal to rescue the stricken financial

The future of Fortis has become even more uncertain as BNP Paribas said it is suspending a key part of its deal to rescue the stricken financial

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Obama names new head of US financial watchdog

President-elect Barack Obama has appointed seasoned economic expert Mary Schapiro as the next head of the financial watchdog, the Securities and

President-elect Barack Obama has appointed seasoned economic expert Mary Schapiro as the next head of the financial watchdog, the Securities and

Culture

The Tale of Desperaux

Desperaux is a little mouse but he’s got big dreams. Adapted from Kate DiCamillo’s book, the film follows the big-eared rodent and his family. They

Desperaux is a little mouse but he’s got big dreams. Adapted from Kate DiCamillo’s book, the film follows the big-eared rodent and his family. They

Culture

Return to the road for Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac is back – the legendary supergroup announced that they will be embarking on their first concert tour in five years.

Fleetwood Mac is back – the legendary supergroup announced that they will be embarking on their first concert tour in five years.

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Hamas ends six-month Gaza ceasefire

The six-month truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is over. Recent clashes between the two stretched the deal to breaking point, and Hamas’

The six-month truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is over. Recent clashes between the two stretched the deal to breaking point, and Hamas’

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Rwandan genocide shocked the world

The scale and savagery of the killing shocked the world. The spark for the conflagration in Rwanda in 1994 was the death of President Juvenal

The scale and savagery of the killing shocked the world. The spark for the conflagration in Rwanda in 1994 was the death of President Juvenal

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Athens hit by fresh clashes

Protesters and police continue to battle it out in fresh clashes in the Greek capital. In the 13th day of anti-government protests to rock Greece

Protesters and police continue to battle it out in fresh clashes in the Greek capital. In the 13th day of anti-government protests to rock Greece

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Rwanda genocide 'mastermind' is jailed for life

The man who organised the 1994 genocide in Rwanda has been jailed for life. Theoneste Bagosora was accused by the International Criminal Tribunal of

The man who organised the 1994 genocide in Rwanda has been jailed for life. Theoneste Bagosora was accused by the International Criminal Tribunal of

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Belgium's top court slams govt over Fortis case

Pressure is mounting on Belgium’s Prime Minister. The country’s highest court has now accused his administration of trying to put pressure on justice

Pressure is mounting on Belgium’s Prime Minister. The country’s highest court has now accused his administration of trying to put pressure on justice

Culture

Spanish cartoon with eco-message

Spanish animated film The Missing Lynx follows Felix, an Iberian lynx, and his friends – a goat, a chameleon, a falcon and a mole – as they try to

Spanish animated film The Missing Lynx follows Felix, an Iberian lynx, and his friends – a goat, a chameleon, a falcon and a mole – as they try to

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UK to start Iraq troop withdrawal by May 31 latest

Gordon Brown says Britain will start pulling its troops out of Iraq by the end of May next year at the latest. The prime minister was speaking after

Gordon Brown says Britain will start pulling its troops out of Iraq by the end of May next year at the latest. The prime minister was speaking after

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Brain behind Rwanda genocide gets life

Theoneste Bagosora, the so-called mastermind behind the Rwandan genocide has been sentenced to life in prison. The UN International Criminal Tribunal

Theoneste Bagosora, the so-called mastermind behind the Rwandan genocide has been sentenced to life in prison. The UN International Criminal Tribunal

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Further Greek rallies underway

Despite torrential rain, protesters have taken to the streets of Athens once again to demonstrate over the shooting of a teenager by police earlier

Despite torrential rain, protesters have taken to the streets of Athens once again to demonstrate over the shooting of a teenager by police earlier

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EU quota summit urged to reduce fishing waste

Fighting over fish quotas is nothing new and today lively talks can be expected as European ministers meet to fix next year’s limits. One key topic

Fighting over fish quotas is nothing new and today lively talks can be expected as European ministers meet to fix next year’s limits. One key topic

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US financial regulator under fire in Madoff scandal

He was still smiling as he headed home after attending a federal court in Manhattan but Bernard Madoff was jostled and pushed as he made his way

He was still smiling as he headed home after attending a federal court in Manhattan but Bernard Madoff was jostled and pushed as he made his way

Business

OPEC makes deepest oil cut ever

OPEC ministers meeting in Algeria have agreed to slash daily output by 2.2 million barrels a day from the start of the new year. That is OPEC’s

OPEC ministers meeting in Algeria have agreed to slash daily output by 2.2 million barrels a day from the start of the new year. That is OPEC’s

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China's Hu Jintao praise reform

Celebrating 30 years of reform,  President Hu Jintao has been marking three decades of Chinese economic growth. Addressing the communist party

Celebrating 30 years of reform,  President Hu Jintao has been marking three decades of Chinese economic growth. Addressing the communist party

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Belgian PM faces calls to quit

Belgium faces more political upheaval, with Prime Minister Yves Leterme facing calls to resign over charges that he acted improperly over the failed

Belgium faces more political upheaval, with Prime Minister Yves Leterme facing calls to resign over charges that he acted improperly over the failed

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More strikes, more protests in Greece

Social order continues to unravel in Greece as anger at the shooting of a teenage boy by police earlier this month has sparked wider outrage over the

Social order continues to unravel in Greece as anger at the shooting of a teenage boy by police earlier this month has sparked wider outrage over the

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Turkish PM slams internet apology to Armenia

The Turkish Prime Minister Reccep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised a public apology by some 200 Turkish intellectuals for the killing of ethnic

The Turkish Prime Minister Reccep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised a public apology by some 200 Turkish intellectuals for the killing of ethnic