BREAKING NEWS

2009-01-09

Business

US jobless rate jumps to 7.2 percent

The latest US jobless figures make grim reading. Employers there slashed their payrolls by 524,000 in December. It means last year’s total job

The latest US jobless figures make grim reading. Employers there slashed their payrolls by 524,000 in December. It means last year’s total job

Business

Recession hits car sales hard

The world’s car makers are revealing slumping sales for last year due to the economic crisis. General Motors’ Opel and Vauxhall divisions saw

The world’s car makers are revealing slumping sales for last year due to the economic crisis. General Motors’ Opel and Vauxhall divisions saw

Europe

Selfish gas deals leave EU cold

As the cold war over Russian gas supplies to European customers heats up, vulnerability comes knocking, and many in the EU are lamenting the lack of

As the cold war over Russian gas supplies to European customers heats up, vulnerability comes knocking, and many in the EU are lamenting the lack of

Business

Spanish industry stumbles

More signs of the deepening recession in Spain as industrial output there suffered its worst fall on record in November. Production at Spanish

More signs of the deepening recession in Spain as industrial output there suffered its worst fall on record in November. Production at Spanish

Business

Good year end for German retail sales

Retail sales in Germany rose in November and probably did in December according to figures from the Federal Statistics Office. However that is

Retail sales in Germany rose in November and probably did in December according to figures from the Federal Statistics Office. However that is

News

European gas crisis observers in Ukraine

A team of European observers has arrived in Ukraine to assure the flow of Russian gas which has been cut off for days over a pricing row. The

A team of European observers has arrived in Ukraine to assure the flow of Russian gas which has been cut off for days over a pricing row. The

News

Bombing of shelter in Gaza condemned

A UN report of 30 Palestinians being killed in a house where the Israeli army had ordered them to take shelter has provoked condemnation. Human

A UN report of 30 Palestinians being killed in a house where the Israeli army had ordered them to take shelter has provoked condemnation. Human

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Israel strongly criticised by humanitarian groups

On the ground in Gaza, humanitarian workers are feeling increasingly frustrated and angry. Echoing the action of the United Nations, the

On the ground in Gaza, humanitarian workers are feeling increasingly frustrated and angry. Echoing the action of the United Nations, the

News

Bulgarians suffer from gas crisis

With temperatures dropping between minus five and minus 17, Bulgaria is one of the country’s most affected by Russia’s gas row with Ukraine. It

With temperatures dropping between minus five and minus 17, Bulgaria is one of the country’s most affected by Russia’s gas row with Ukraine. It

News

Onslaught in Gaza intensifies despite UN demand for ceasefire

An increasingly bloody and controversial onslaught in Gaza. The green light has been given by Israel’s Security Cabinet for the army to carry on with

An increasingly bloody and controversial onslaught in Gaza. The green light has been given by Israel’s Security Cabinet for the army to carry on with

News

Hamas' Day of Rage against Israeli bombardment

Hamas called for a “Day of Rage” against the assault on Gaza, and thousands answered the call across the Middle East. Friday prayers were

Hamas called for a “Day of Rage” against the assault on Gaza, and thousands answered the call across the Middle East. Friday prayers were

News

Hijacked supertanker freed by Somali pirates

The supertanker at the centre of the world’s biggest ever ship hijacking has reportedly been freed. The Sirius Star and its crew of 25 had been

The supertanker at the centre of the world’s biggest ever ship hijacking has reportedly been freed. The Sirius Star and its crew of 25 had been

News

British baby "pre-selected" against cancer

British doctors are celebrating the birth of a baby genetically engineered against breast cancer. The little girl, who has not been named, grew

British doctors are celebrating the birth of a baby genetically engineered against breast cancer. The little girl, who has not been named, grew

News

Italian politicians condemn anti-Israeli boycott

Right and left-wing politicians in Rome have come out in support of the city’s Jewish community in the wake of a proposed boycott of Israeli products

Right and left-wing politicians in Rome have come out in support of the city’s Jewish community in the wake of a proposed boycott of Israeli products

Culture

From putting the shot to splashing the paint

Milena Usenik is being honoured again in her native Slovenia, but this time for her second outstanding career. Once successful for the

Milena Usenik is being honoured again in her native Slovenia, but this time for her second outstanding career. Once successful for the

News

Israel and Hamas reject UN resolution

Members of the UN Security Council have spoken, but Israel and Hamas do not appear to be listening. Israel is pushing ahead with its two-week-old

Members of the UN Security Council have spoken, but Israel and Hamas do not appear to be listening. Israel is pushing ahead with its two-week-old

News

EU demands "normal" gas delivery

With much of Europe shivering in the grip of winter, the European Commission called for gas supplies to be returned to normal without delay. “

With much of Europe shivering in the grip of winter, the European Commission called for gas supplies to be returned to normal without delay. “

News

European gas supplies set to resume

Deliveries of Russian gas to Europe are set to resume today, with an expected deal on independent monitors to oversee gas flowing through Ukraine

Deliveries of Russian gas to Europe are set to resume today, with an expected deal on independent monitors to oversee gas flowing through Ukraine

News

UN resolution fails to stop Gaza assault

Israel’s bombardment of Gaza shows no sign of stopping, despite a UN resolution calling for a ceasefire. Sources inside Hamas said the group would

Israel’s bombardment of Gaza shows no sign of stopping, despite a UN resolution calling for a ceasefire. Sources inside Hamas said the group would

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Israel accused of targeting refugees

The Israeli army has been accused of deliberately targeting Palestinian refugees, after 30 people died in one house in Zeitoun. The United Nations

The Israeli army has been accused of deliberately targeting Palestinian refugees, after 30 people died in one house in Zeitoun. The United Nations

Europe

European biodiversity under threat by invasive species

Exotic species are causing damage to Europe’s environment, its agriculture and sometimes even its people. The European Union has decided to take

Exotic species are causing damage to Europe’s environment, its agriculture and sometimes even its people. The European Union has decided to take

Europe

Carbon capture shows promise in Europe

Bargaining between countries over how to reduce global warming is far from over, but, in the meantime, technical solutions are being explored. Europe

Bargaining between countries over how to reduce global warming is far from over, but, in the meantime, technical solutions are being explored. Europe

News

Foreign nationals escape Gaza

The International Red Cross has organised the evacuation of 250 foreign nationals who found themselves among the bombs and shells over the last 12

The International Red Cross has organised the evacuation of 250 foreign nationals who found themselves among the bombs and shells over the last 12

News

Obama stimulus plan sparks some doubts

A major policy speech by Barack Obama, outlining his plans to revive the ailing US economy, has been met with a mixed reaction. Wall Street would

A major policy speech by Barack Obama, outlining his plans to revive the ailing US economy, has been met with a mixed reaction. Wall Street would

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Overwhelming Security Council vote for Gaza truce

The UN Security Council has voted overwhelmingly to demand an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and a full Israeli withdrawal after a military

The UN Security Council has voted overwhelmingly to demand an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and a full Israeli withdrawal after a military

News

Russia's Putin on gas row

Relations between Russia and Ukraine are as cold as the weather. Before the deal was struck, it was reported that Ukraine had refused a demand for

Relations between Russia and Ukraine are as cold as the weather. Before the deal was struck, it was reported that Ukraine had refused a demand for

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EU-Russia deal sparks hope for renewed gas flow

Russia has agreed to a deal with the EU which clears the way for gas supplies to start flowing to Europe again. The taps were turned off in an

Russia has agreed to a deal with the EU which clears the way for gas supplies to start flowing to Europe again. The taps were turned off in an