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2009-01-13

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Bush hosts last-ever cabinet

This time next week, President Bush will be heading back to Texas, looking back fondly on his time in the White House. With just a week to go of

This time next week, President Bush will be heading back to Texas, looking back fondly on his time in the White House. With just a week to go of

Europe

Czechs make light of EU stereotypes

An artwork portraying stereotypes of each EU country has been hung in the atrium of the Council building in Brussels. The current Czech

An artwork portraying stereotypes of each EU country has been hung in the atrium of the Council building in Brussels. The current Czech

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Eastern, central Europe hit hardest by gas row

The halt in gas flows through Ukraine affects much of Europe as temperatures plummet. But it is in eastern and central Europe that the most

The halt in gas flows through Ukraine affects much of Europe as temperatures plummet. But it is in eastern and central Europe that the most

Europe

Pesticide ingredients banned

The EU’s farmers and chemical producers must replace 22 highly toxic products with alternatives over the next decade, under new legally-binding rules

The EU’s farmers and chemical producers must replace 22 highly toxic products with alternatives over the next decade, under new legally-binding rules

Europe

Czechs' Topolanek to face MEPs

Now that the Czech Republilc EU presidency has been hard at work for two weeks, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek will make his launch speech at the

Now that the Czech Republilc EU presidency has been hard at work for two weeks, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek will make his launch speech at the

Business

Bernanke warns more stimulus needed

The head of the US central bank, Ben Bernanke, has warned that fiscal stimulus alone will not be enough to promote a lasting US economic recovery

The head of the US central bank, Ben Bernanke, has warned that fiscal stimulus alone will not be enough to promote a lasting US economic recovery

Business

Euro hailed for stabilising role

They have been celebrating the euro’s tenth anniversary at the European Parliament in Strasbourg where the single European currency was praised as a

They have been celebrating the euro’s tenth anniversary at the European Parliament in Strasbourg where the single European currency was praised as a

Business

Volvo laying off more truck builders

The world’s second largest truck maker, Volvo, is laying of 1,620 people in Sweden. Nearly two thirds of them work on the lorry assembly line and

The world’s second largest truck maker, Volvo, is laying of 1,620 people in Sweden. Nearly two thirds of them work on the lorry assembly line and

Business

Eurostar passengers at record

Eurostar says it carried over 10 percent more passengers last year on its trains between Britain and mainland Europe. The number of travellers

Eurostar says it carried over 10 percent more passengers last year on its trains between Britain and mainland Europe. The number of travellers

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New Alitalia rises into uncertain skies

Alitalia has been reborn by the Rome government shifting its debts and unprofitable parts of the company onto the Italian taxpayers’ shoulders and

Alitalia has been reborn by the Rome government shifting its debts and unprofitable parts of the company onto the Italian taxpayers’ shoulders and

Business

Sony 'to announce big loss'

Japan’s Sony is reportedly going to announce an annual operating loss of about 825 million euros due to sluggish sales across all its operations and

Japan’s Sony is reportedly going to announce an annual operating loss of about 825 million euros due to sluggish sales across all its operations and

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EU voices frustration over Russian gas saga

The European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has telephoned the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to voice his disappointment over the

The European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has telephoned the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to voice his disappointment over the

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Alitalia relaunch disrupted by protests

The relaunch of Italy’s ailing airline Alitalia as a smaller, privately-owner carrier has been disrupted by protests. Once a symbol of Italy’s

The relaunch of Italy’s ailing airline Alitalia as a smaller, privately-owner carrier has been disrupted by protests. Once a symbol of Italy’s

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Clinton urges America to get "smart"

The woman expected to re-build America’s standing abroad, says her country must be more smart in its dealings with the rest of the world. Hillary

The woman expected to re-build America’s standing abroad, says her country must be more smart in its dealings with the rest of the world. Hillary

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Aid agencies fear humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Blocked from all sides with no means of escape, Gaza’s 1.5 million people are trapped between Hamas fighters and Israeli troops. More than 4,000

Blocked from all sides with no means of escape, Gaza’s 1.5 million people are trapped between Hamas fighters and Israeli troops. More than 4,000

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Israeli warplanes continue to pound Gaza

Israeli warplanes have continued pounding the southern Gaza town of Rafah as part of their offensive against Hamas. In 18 days of war, more than 900

Israeli warplanes have continued pounding the southern Gaza town of Rafah as part of their offensive against Hamas. In 18 days of war, more than 900

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Critics savage new German stimulus plan

Trade and industry associations across Germany broadly welcomed the new stimulus package, but political opponents were scathing in their criticism

Trade and industry associations across Germany broadly welcomed the new stimulus package, but political opponents were scathing in their criticism

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Germany launches new stimulus plan

German political leaders have launched their latest stimulus plan, worth 50 billion euros, saying they will do everything they can to help Europe’s

German political leaders have launched their latest stimulus plan, worth 50 billion euros, saying they will do everything they can to help Europe’s

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Russian gas crisis turns into a farce

They promised there would be gas, but still nothing came. The Russia-Ukraine gas dispute has deepened, with an eagerly-awaited resumption of European

They promised there would be gas, but still nothing came. The Russia-Ukraine gas dispute has deepened, with an eagerly-awaited resumption of European

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German stimulus plan might break EU deficit rules

As Germany tries to put the wheels back on its economy, it is warning it will not be able to meet EU budget and deficit rules next year. The

As Germany tries to put the wheels back on its economy, it is warning it will not be able to meet EU budget and deficit rules next year. The

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New, privatised Alitalia takes to the skies

A new, privatised Alitalia has taken to the skies today despite threats of disruption by protests on the ground. The former state-owned airline

A new, privatised Alitalia has taken to the skies today despite threats of disruption by protests on the ground. The former state-owned airline

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Both Hamas and Israel claim victory is near

On the 18th day of its offensive against Hamas, Israel says it is tightening its hold on the outskirts of Gaza City. The army claims it hit 60

On the 18th day of its offensive against Hamas, Israel says it is tightening its hold on the outskirts of Gaza City. The army claims it hit 60

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Kiev blocks Russian gas supplies to Europe

They said it was on again, then it was off. First there was a deal, then there wasn’t. Now today, after saying Russian gas deliveries to Europe had

They said it was on again, then it was off. First there was a deal, then there wasn’t. Now today, after saying Russian gas deliveries to Europe had

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Obama firms up policy priorities

Just a week before his inauguration as US President, Barack Obama is firming up some key policies. After meeting the Mexican President, and

Just a week before his inauguration as US President, Barack Obama is firming up some key policies. After meeting the Mexican President, and

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Russian gas turned back on

Russian gas deliveries to Europe via Ukraine have restarted this morning, on the orders of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. But while the

Russian gas deliveries to Europe via Ukraine have restarted this morning, on the orders of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. But while the

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Putin orders resumption of gas supplies

Gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine are to restart this morning on the orders of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The move comes after a row

Gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine are to restart this morning on the orders of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The move comes after a row

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New beginning for Alitalia

A new dawn has broken for Italy’s national carrier Alitalia. The airline has agreed to sell a 25 per cent stake to Air France KLM for 323 million

A new dawn has broken for Italy’s national carrier Alitalia. The airline has agreed to sell a 25 per cent stake to Air France KLM for 323 million