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2009-01-14

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Top Camorra suspect arrested near Naples

A man suspected of being a senior figure in the most powerful Naples mafia gang, the Camorra, has been arrested. Giuseppe Setola, who is

A man suspected of being a senior figure in the most powerful Naples mafia gang, the Camorra, has been arrested. Giuseppe Setola, who is

Science_technology

Monitoring greenhouse gas exchange

From peat bogs to forests, the ecosystems around us as are constantly emitting and absorbing greenhouse gases. In Germany and Poland, scientists

From peat bogs to forests, the ecosystems around us as are constantly emitting and absorbing greenhouse gases. In Germany and Poland, scientists

Business

December US retail sales figures worse than predicted

It was not a happy Christmas for US retailers as their sales were much worse than expected in December. The latest figures show that the

It was not a happy Christmas for US retailers as their sales were much worse than expected in December. The latest figures show that the

Business

European shares slump again

European shares finished sharply down on Wednesday. It was the sixth session in a row that they were lower. London lost almost five percent and

European shares finished sharply down on Wednesday. It was the sixth session in a row that they were lower. London lost almost five percent and

Business

OECD downbeat on euro zone recovery

There is grim reading in the latest predictions from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. OECD Secretary General Angel

There is grim reading in the latest predictions from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. OECD Secretary General Angel

Business

UK unveils business loan scheme

The British government has announced a scheme to help small and medium-sized businesses get access to credit. The idea is to stop cash-starved

The British government has announced a scheme to help small and medium-sized businesses get access to credit. The idea is to stop cash-starved

News

Russia to host summit to solve gas supply row

Russia wants to hold a summit of EU gas importers as the row over supplies continues. Russian President Dimity Medvedev says he is inviting

Russia wants to hold a summit of EU gas importers as the row over supplies continues. Russian President Dimity Medvedev says he is inviting

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Merkel defends market stimulus plan

Germany’s plunge into recession has been confirmed by new economic data. The figures show the economy grew 1.3 percent last year, compared to growth

Germany’s plunge into recession has been confirmed by new economic data. The figures show the economy grew 1.3 percent last year, compared to growth

News

Confusion over Gaza ceasefire

Confusion surrounds information that Hamas has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza. Initial reports that the armed group had

Confusion surrounds information that Hamas has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza. Initial reports that the armed group had

News

Barroso says EU firms could sue Moscow and Kiev

An “unacceptable and incredible” crisis is how the European Commission’s President has described the ongoing wrangle between Russia and Ukraine over

An “unacceptable and incredible” crisis is how the European Commission’s President has described the ongoing wrangle between Russia and Ukraine over

Europe

Czechs present EU 6-month plan

The European Union’s presiding nation, the Czech Republic, has sketched out its programme for the first half of this year, naming energy security as

The European Union’s presiding nation, the Czech Republic, has sketched out its programme for the first half of this year, naming energy security as

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Former Czech President Havel gravely ill

The former Czech President Vaclav Havel is gravely ill in hospital with respiratory problems. The 72-year-old is reported to be in a serious but

The former Czech President Vaclav Havel is gravely ill in hospital with respiratory problems. The 72-year-old is reported to be in a serious but

Europe

Parliament welcomes Topolanek warily

Preferring the Lisbon treaty’s predecessor, defending the Czech Republic’s eurosceptic president and distancing himself from the ideas he would

Preferring the Lisbon treaty’s predecessor, defending the Czech Republic’s eurosceptic president and distancing himself from the ideas he would

News

Bin Laden tape calls for jihad

An audio tape purported to be a recording of Osama bin Laden is calling for a jihad or a holy war over the conflict in Gaza. “The call is for

An audio tape purported to be a recording of Osama bin Laden is calling for a jihad or a holy war over the conflict in Gaza. “The call is for

News

Violent anti-government riots erupt in Bulgaria

There have been violent riots during an anti-government rally in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. The unrest erupted during a peaceful protest in

There have been violent riots during an anti-government rally in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. The unrest erupted during a peaceful protest in

News

Lebanon condemns rocket attack against Israel

Lebanon has condemned a rocket attack from its territory into northern Israel on Wednesday morning. It is the second assault launched from

Lebanon has condemned a rocket attack from its territory into northern Israel on Wednesday morning. It is the second assault launched from

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Rome condemns Brazilian decision on fugitive

Italy has condemned a decision by the Brazilian government to offer refugee status to the left-wing Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti. He is wanted

Italy has condemned a decision by the Brazilian government to offer refugee status to the left-wing Italian fugitive Cesare Battisti. He is wanted

Europe

Czech hoax art raises offence

Czech sculptor David Cerny has seriously upset national sensitivities in Europe with a hoax artwork hung in Brussels and commissioned to mark the

Czech sculptor David Cerny has seriously upset national sensitivities in Europe with a hoax artwork hung in Brussels and commissioned to mark the

News

Gloomy economic news in Germany

A day after Germany launched a new economic stimulus package, gloomy financial data has confirmed the country’s malaise. Germany’s largest bank

A day after Germany launched a new economic stimulus package, gloomy financial data has confirmed the country’s malaise. Germany’s largest bank

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UN chief reissues plea for immediate Gaza ceasefire

The UN Secretary General has renewed his call for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. Following talks with the

The UN Secretary General has renewed his call for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. Following talks with the

News

Bin Laden purportedly issues Gaza message

An audio tape purported to be a recording of Osama bin Laden is calling for a jihad or a holy war over the conflict in Gaza. News agencies say the

An audio tape purported to be a recording of Osama bin Laden is calling for a jihad or a holy war over the conflict in Gaza. News agencies say the

News

Brussels warns Kiev and Moscow over gas supplies

Russia and Ukraine could face legal action if gas supplies are not re-established urgently, according to the European Commission President. Kiev

Russia and Ukraine could face legal action if gas supplies are not re-established urgently, according to the European Commission President. Kiev

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More rockets fired from Lebanon

Three rockets fired from Lebanon have hit northern Israel, in the second such attack since Israeli forces launched their Gaza offensive 19 days ago

Three rockets fired from Lebanon have hit northern Israel, in the second such attack since Israeli forces launched their Gaza offensive 19 days ago

News

Topolanek sets gas and Gaza as EU priorities

The Czech Prime Minister has set out his country’s priorities for the presidency of the European Union.   In a launch speech at the European

The Czech Prime Minister has set out his country’s priorities for the presidency of the European Union.   In a launch speech at the European