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2008-12-19

Europe

EU agrees new fishing quotas

There is to be a 30 per cent increase in next year’s fishing quota for North Sea cod following a deal struck by EU ministers. Catches for several

There is to be a 30 per cent increase in next year’s fishing quota for North Sea cod following a deal struck by EU ministers. Catches for several

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Migrant workers at the heart of China's ups and downs

They number some 150 million. Chinese workers who have left their rural homes to take advantage of wages more than five times higher in towns and

They number some 150 million. Chinese workers who have left their rural homes to take advantage of wages more than five times higher in towns and

Europe

EU ponders Turkey's place in Europe

Talks aimed at allowing Turkey to join the European Union are underway in Brussels. Negotiations began on two key issues relating to freedom of

Talks aimed at allowing Turkey to join the European Union are underway in Brussels. Negotiations began on two key issues relating to freedom of

Business

OPEC cuts fail to boost oil prices

Oil prices remain near their lowest in five years. Traders are trying to balance the effects of declining demand from the global economic slowdown

Oil prices remain near their lowest in five years. Traders are trying to balance the effects of declining demand from the global economic slowdown

Business

Shares slip again in Europe

European stocks ended the session down for a third straight day on Friday after some choppy trading. Volume was thin coming up to the holidays. The

European stocks ended the session down for a third straight day on Friday after some choppy trading. Volume was thin coming up to the holidays. The

Business

Natixis slims down

French bank Natixis is to lay off 840 people as it scales back its investment banking activities. Natixis plans to halt most of its capital markets

French bank Natixis is to lay off 840 people as it scales back its investment banking activities. Natixis plans to halt most of its capital markets

Business

Polaroid in Chapter 11

Polaroid has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in order to restructure. Polaroid said the move was because of events at Petters Group which

Polaroid has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in order to restructure. Polaroid said the move was because of events at Petters Group which

Business

Japan latest to slash interest rates again

Interest rates worldwide continue to tumble in the face of an ever-worsening outlook for the global economy. Japan’s central bank has just cut its

Interest rates worldwide continue to tumble in the face of an ever-worsening outlook for the global economy. Japan’s central bank has just cut its

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Gaza on alert as ceasefire ends

Tension is high in Gaza after Hamas declared an end to its six-month truce with Israel. Hamas warned that there would be bloodshed if Israel

Tension is high in Gaza after Hamas declared an end to its six-month truce with Israel. Hamas warned that there would be bloodshed if Israel

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Youths and police clash in Sweden

There were clashes for a second night running in Malmo, southern Sweden. Youths set fires and hurled rocks at police in unrest sparked by the closure

There were clashes for a second night running in Malmo, southern Sweden. Youths set fires and hurled rocks at police in unrest sparked by the closure

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Zimbabwe 'is mine', declares Mugabe

A defiant Robert Mugabe has made an impassioned speech at his ruling Zanu-PF party’s annual conference. The Zimbabwean President denied the country

A defiant Robert Mugabe has made an impassioned speech at his ruling Zanu-PF party’s annual conference. The Zimbabwean President denied the country

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Leterme offers to dissolve government

Belgium Prime Minister Yves Leterme has offered his government’s resignation after a court report hinted it had tried to meddle in the judiciary

Belgium Prime Minister Yves Leterme has offered his government’s resignation after a court report hinted it had tried to meddle in the judiciary

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Bush announces bail-out for car makers

US president George Bush has announced a government bail-out equalling 12.5 billion euros in loans to the country’s ailing car makers. About 9.6

US president George Bush has announced a government bail-out equalling 12.5 billion euros in loans to the country’s ailing car makers. About 9.6

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Germany deploys ships in battle against pirates

German naval forces are to be sent to fight pirates off the coast of Somalia. Around 1,400 troops and a frigate will join the EU Atalanta anti-piracy

German naval forces are to be sent to fight pirates off the coast of Somalia. Around 1,400 troops and a frigate will join the EU Atalanta anti-piracy

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Chinese in street protest as financial crisis bites

In a rare demonstration of public protest, workers in the Dongguan province of China have clashed with police after taking to the streets over unpaid

In a rare demonstration of public protest, workers in the Dongguan province of China have clashed with police after taking to the streets over unpaid

Culture

No surprises from new Enya album

Irish singer Enya’s new album And Winter Came is vintage Enya. She has overdubbed her voice so she sounds like a virtual choir and her fusion of

Irish singer Enya’s new album And Winter Came is vintage Enya. She has overdubbed her voice so she sounds like a virtual choir and her fusion of

Culture

Moscow art show rejects shock tactics

Daughter of a Russian millionaire and art collector, Maria Baibakova has opened a contemporary arts venue in Moscow.

Daughter of a Russian millionaire and art collector, Maria Baibakova has opened a contemporary arts venue in Moscow.

Culture

Mann's Buddenbrooks return to the big screen

The long-awaited return of Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrook family to the big screen is one of the cinematic events of the year in Germany. Written in 1901

The long-awaited return of Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrook family to the big screen is one of the cinematic events of the year in Germany. Written in 1901

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Ex-Red Army Faction member freed

A former member of the extreme left wing group the Red Army faction has been freed from jail in Germany. Christian Klar, who is now 56, was

A former member of the extreme left wing group the Red Army faction has been freed from jail in Germany. Christian Klar, who is now 56, was

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Leterme fights for political life

The political future of Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme is hanging by a thread ahead of a Supreme Court report later today. Leterme is under

The political future of Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme is hanging by a thread ahead of a Supreme Court report later today. Leterme is under

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"Deep Throat" dies aged 95

Mark Felt – known for decades only as Deep Throat in the Watergate Scandal – has died at the age of 95. The former FBI official and arguably most

Mark Felt – known for decades only as Deep Throat in the Watergate Scandal – has died at the age of 95. The former FBI official and arguably most

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Chrysler shuts factories as car crisis deepens

Chrysler is shutting down its factories for one month from tonight, as it, and fellow American car giant, GM continue desperate efforts to avoid

Chrysler is shutting down its factories for one month from tonight, as it, and fellow American car giant, GM continue desperate efforts to avoid

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Stormy seas - EU fishery chiefs try to strike deal

European fishery chiefs are continuing their long drawn out yearly haggle over fishing quotas. Ministers met during the night in the hope of

European fishery chiefs are continuing their long drawn out yearly haggle over fishing quotas. Ministers met during the night in the hope of

Europe

What does Jersey have to worry about?

Rumblings from the US and Europe about cleaning up tax havens are sending a shiver across Jersey. Most of its economic eggs are in one basket

Rumblings from the US and Europe about cleaning up tax havens are sending a shiver across Jersey. Most of its economic eggs are in one basket

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Stemming illegal migration at source

Do I stay or do I go? It’s a question young people in the Senegalese town of Podor have to ask themselves when considering their future. To prevent

Do I stay or do I go? It’s a question young people in the Senegalese town of Podor have to ask themselves when considering their future. To prevent

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Rockets fired into Israel as Hamas ends truce

Rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel this morning – just as a six-month truce between Hamas and Israel came to an end

Rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel this morning – just as a six-month truce between Hamas and Israel came to an end

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Gates' team working to shut down Guantanamo

The Pentagon is working on a plan to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. Defence Secretary Robert Gates, who first called for the camps

The Pentagon is working on a plan to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. Defence Secretary Robert Gates, who first called for the camps

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Greek riots head into third week

There has been no let-up in the continuing violence between protestors and police in the Greek capital, as civil unrest there heads into its third

There has been no let-up in the continuing violence between protestors and police in the Greek capital, as civil unrest there heads into its third