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2009-01-07

Europe

Crises no crimp on EC-Czech courtesy

In Prague, with gas, Gaza and global economic crises in full gallop, European senior officials presented a calm and collected air… The European

In Prague, with gas, Gaza and global economic crises in full gallop, European senior officials presented a calm and collected air… The European

Europe

Watson considers open EP presidency campaign elementary

Graham Watson has announced he is running for president of the European Parliament. The Liberal leader of the ALDE Group said he had had enough of

Graham Watson has announced he is running for president of the European Parliament. The Liberal leader of the ALDE Group said he had had enough of

Business

German jobless figures rise

German jobless figures rose in December, reversing a trend going back three years. Unemployment was up by a bigger-than-expected 18,000 in seasonally

German jobless figures rose in December, reversing a trend going back three years. Unemployment was up by a bigger-than-expected 18,000 in seasonally

Business

European markets slip on US job figures

European shares finished lower on Wednesday after rising for the previous six sessions. London’s FTSE 100 slumped nearly three percent. Oil prices

European shares finished lower on Wednesday after rising for the previous six sessions. London’s FTSE 100 slumped nearly three percent. Oil prices

Business

Marks & Spencer to cut jobs

After unveiled its worst sales figures for almost a decade, Britain’s biggest clothing retailer Marks & Spencer has announced it will lay off more

After unveiled its worst sales figures for almost a decade, Britain’s biggest clothing retailer Marks & Spencer has announced it will lay off more

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Israel and Hamas mull Egyptian ceasefire plan

Today’s respite allowed the Red Cross and other organisations to ship in desperately needed food and medical supplies. Israel says it will hold fire

Today’s respite allowed the Red Cross and other organisations to ship in desperately needed food and medical supplies. Israel says it will hold fire

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EU seeks quick end to gas dispute

With most of Europe being starved of Russian gas, the EU is pressing for a rapid solution to end the crisis. It has offered to send observers to the

With most of Europe being starved of Russian gas, the EU is pressing for a rapid solution to end the crisis. It has offered to send observers to the

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Funerals for victims of school shelling

In Jebaliya, just north of Gaza City, there have been funerals for the dead from a UN school, targeted by Israeli shells. The United Nations said

In Jebaliya, just north of Gaza City, there have been funerals for the dead from a UN school, targeted by Israeli shells. The United Nations said

Culture

2 expos in Lisbon not to be missed

Two aspects of art in Portugal with the reopening after two years of renovations of the St Roque Museum in Lisbon, with an exhibition of Portuguese

Two aspects of art in Portugal with the reopening after two years of renovations of the St Roque Museum in Lisbon, with an exhibition of Portuguese

Culture

"Frozen River" puts the heat on Hollywood

It is one of the surprises at the start of this new year: an independent feature film shot far from Hollywood by a first-time female director

It is one of the surprises at the start of this new year: an independent feature film shot far from Hollywood by a first-time female director

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Gaza combat resumes amid hopes for a ceasefire

After a brief pause, and despite hopes for a new ceasefire, clashes have resumed in Gaza between Israeli forces and Hamas militants. Israeli had

After a brief pause, and despite hopes for a new ceasefire, clashes have resumed in Gaza between Israeli forces and Hamas militants. Israeli had

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Hizbollah warns Israel against a second front

The leader of Hizbollah has told crowds in Beirut that if Israel were to open up a second front against them in Lebanon, the reaction would make the

The leader of Hizbollah has told crowds in Beirut that if Israel were to open up a second front against them in Lebanon, the reaction would make the

News

Gas switch off hits European countries

The decision to turn off gas supplies to several European countries via Ukraine is already taking its toll on ordinary people. In Bulgaria, thousands

The decision to turn off gas supplies to several European countries via Ukraine is already taking its toll on ordinary people. In Bulgaria, thousands

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Aluminium maker foiled by financial crisis

The global financial crisis is continuing to eat into the employment market, as the world’s third biggest aluminium maker, Alcoa, wields the axe

The global financial crisis is continuing to eat into the employment market, as the world’s third biggest aluminium maker, Alcoa, wields the axe

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Preventing arms smuggling central Egyptian plan

Israeli officials are now in contact with Egyptian and Western diplomats to learn more about Cairo’s plan. Few details have been released but it is

Israeli officials are now in contact with Egyptian and Western diplomats to learn more about Cairo’s plan. Few details have been released but it is

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Possible diplomacy breakthrough fuels peace hopes

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made his ceasefire call at a news conference in Egypt with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy. Egypt has

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made his ceasefire call at a news conference in Egypt with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy. Egypt has

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Motorcyclist dies in Dakar Rally

A motorcyclist competing in the Dakar Rally in Argentina has been found dead after disappearing on Sunday. Frenchman Pascal Terry, who was 49, had

A motorcyclist competing in the Dakar Rally in Argentina has been found dead after disappearing on Sunday. Frenchman Pascal Terry, who was 49, had

News

Pause in Gaza combat allows in much needed aid

The Israeli army has halted the bombardment of targets around Gaza city for three hours. A spokesman said it was to allow aid to get through a

The Israeli army has halted the bombardment of targets around Gaza city for three hours. A spokesman said it was to allow aid to get through a

News

Europe shivers as Russia and Ukraine argue

There seems little sign of a swift resolution in the gas row between Russia and Ukraine. The EU gets a quarter of its gas from Russia — though some

There seems little sign of a swift resolution in the gas row between Russia and Ukraine. The EU gets a quarter of its gas from Russia — though some

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Turning the taps off leaves Europe short of gas

The flow of gas from Russia to Europe crossing Ukrainian territory has been completely switched off, affecting several EU countries. But the two

The flow of gas from Russia to Europe crossing Ukrainian territory has been completely switched off, affecting several EU countries. But the two

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Israel offers "humanitarian corridor" for Gaza

As Israel pursues its military offensive in Gaza, it has agreed to set up a so-called “humanitarian corridor.” The move was announced as aid

As Israel pursues its military offensive in Gaza, it has agreed to set up a so-called “humanitarian corridor.” The move was announced as aid

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Obama breaks silence over Gaza conflict

Breaking his silence over events in the Middle East, US President-elect Barack Obama has expressed deep concern about the civilian deaths in Gaza and

Breaking his silence over events in the Middle East, US President-elect Barack Obama has expressed deep concern about the civilian deaths in Gaza and

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EU gets caught up in gas row as members feel chill

The EU has turned up the heat on Russia and Ukraine over their worsening gas row which has threatened to disrupt supplies to many member states

The EU has turned up the heat on Russia and Ukraine over their worsening gas row which has threatened to disrupt supplies to many member states

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UN piles pressure on Israel over truce plan

The UN Security Council has held an emergency meeting in New York to discuss the worsening crisis in Gaza. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner

The UN Security Council has held an emergency meeting in New York to discuss the worsening crisis in Gaza. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner

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Economy tops agenda as US Congress convenes

The new US Congress has convened. But as Democrats celebrated their increased clout, swearing in new members, plenty of challenges lie ahead

The new US Congress has convened. But as Democrats celebrated their increased clout, swearing in new members, plenty of challenges lie ahead

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Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas

Orthodox Christians across the world are celebrating Christmas. At Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and

Orthodox Christians across the world are celebrating Christmas. At Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and