"What we're trying to do is provide the solid data, together with the satellites, that will tell us how the atmosphere is changing"
Head of Ozone Group, Deutscher Wetterdienst
"This study shows how governments in Europe ... are fuelling dangerous climate change and air pollution with taxpayers’ money.""
Overseas Development Institute
"Threatening to indiscriminately slaughter hundreds of thousands of civilians to protect ourselves is a stupid idea."
Executive Director, ICAN
"“This is a Christian country... If you go to Turkey or Saudi Arabia and start to discredit Islam, the reaction will be the same”"
Student who fled to Austria from Chechnya
"Thousands of seeds of a single species can be kept alive for tens or hundreds of years""
Maria Manuela Sim-Sim
Curator, Seed Bank A. L. Belo Correia
"He has independence at his core. It is not something that he has improvised"
Friend of Carles Puigdemont
"There will be no cheating. The process is set in a way that you can't cheat. Even at the precinct, the walls of the precinct or the doors of the polling places we will have the results posted."
"“My family are talking about Catalan independence in a WhatsApp group and it’s like hmmmm, I’m going to shut up,”"
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Vilnius is celebrating more than just the entry of 2009. This year it’s also one of the two European Capitals of Culture.
The Lithuanian capital
On January 1 1959, Fidel Castro proclaimed the “beginning of the Revolution” in Santiago, Cuba.
While initially nationalist, the revolution soon
Concerns are growing over the Czech Republic’s ability to lead the European Union at a time of multiple and fast-moving crises.
Gas and Gaza head
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko says he is hopeful of a compromise with Russia over gas supplies within the next few days.
The Russian state
Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has reiterated her government’s rejection of a French proposition for a 48-hour ceasefire.
Holding talks in
On the sixth day of its Gaza offensive, Israel has struck its first deadly blow against the top ranks of Hamas.
One of the Islamist group’s senior
They are ringing in the changes in Slovakia. The country has become the latest member of the eurozone and people are waiting to see if their fears
The single currency celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. With the entry of Slovakia on the 1st January 2009, the euro zone will include 16
The air strikes on Gaza have not prevented further rocket attacks on Israel. The cities of Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beersheba were again hit, although
Russia said it has cut off gas to Ukraine over a contract dispute but has increased supplies to the rest of Europe.
In January 2006 when the state
Aiming to quell fears over its ability to lead the European Union, the Czech Republic said it will concentrate on the economy, external relations
The former US first couple, Bill and Hillary Clinton, got festivities underway in one of the world’s landmark New Year events – the party in New
Fireworks let off inside one of Bangkok’s most upscale nightclubs during a New Year’s Eve party may be to blame for a fire that killed more than 60
The New Year has started in the same way as the old one ended in the Middle East with air strikes on Gaza. It came within hours of both Israel and
The arrival of 2009 has special significance in Slovakia, with the country becoming the 16th member of the eurozone.
Prime Minister Robert Fico
The Czech Republic has taken the helm of the EU for a six-month stint.
And it’s not going to be plain sailing. Prague must help the bloc tackle
New Year celebrations in a number of Arab countries have been cancelled as a gesture of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.
In Bethlehem, the
Slovakia has become the 16th country to join the Eurozone.
From today, it has exchanged Slovak crowns for the central European currency.
The ongoing Israeli air strikes on Gaza have claimed at least three more lives overnight, bringing the death toll in the Strip to almost 400.
New Yorkers have seen in the new year in their own familiar way. Bill and Hilary Clinton and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took care of
The New Year has been welcomed in across Europe with spectacular light and firework shows.
There were few signs of the 2008 credit crunch.
A fire at a nightclub in Bangkok has killed at least 59 New Year revellers and injured more than 200.
The blaze broke out at the Santika club on
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