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2009-01-26

Europe

European mayors fight global warming

The Covenant of Mayors, signed by the elected leaders of nearly 300 European cities, aims to do even better than a promised EU cut in CO2 emissions

The Covenant of Mayors, signed by the elected leaders of nearly 300 European cities, aims to do even better than a promised EU cut in CO2 emissions

Europe

Turkey-EU relations

Turkey’s negotiations to join the EU have made little progress since they began in 2005. Will 2009 see the process re-launched?

Turkey’s negotiations to join the EU have made little progress since they began in 2005. Will 2009 see the process re-launched?

Europe

Serbia says ready for EU bid

Serbia says it is planning to formally apply for European Union membership in the first half of this year. Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic has been in

Serbia says it is planning to formally apply for European Union membership in the first half of this year. Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic has been in

Business

Pfizer buying Wyeth

Pfizer, the world’s biggest drugmaker, to buy Wyeth for cash and shares deal for more than 50 billion euros. The tie-up is the largest

Pfizer, the world’s biggest drugmaker, to buy Wyeth for cash and shares deal for more than 50 billion euros. The tie-up is the largest

Business

Philips, ING and Corus to lay off workers

Another slew of job cuts has been announced around Europe. Dutch electronics giant Philips is to lay off thousands as the global slump pushes it

Another slew of job cuts has been announced around Europe. Dutch electronics giant Philips is to lay off thousands as the global slump pushes it

Business

Norway stimulus plan announced

Norway has unveiled a fiscal stimulus package worth 2.25 billion euros. Despite falling crude prices the Norwegian government has a budget

Norway has unveiled a fiscal stimulus package worth 2.25 billion euros. Despite falling crude prices the Norwegian government has a budget

Business

Pessimistic Caterpillar cuts jobs

Anticipating a full-blown global recession Caterpillar is to cut a fifth of its workforce. Including lay offs already announced, nearly 20,000

Anticipating a full-blown global recession Caterpillar is to cut a fifth of its workforce. Including lay offs already announced, nearly 20,000

Europe

EU cautious on Guantanamo

With Guantanamo Prison to be closed, where will its inmates go? They have been detained for years under the previous US administration as enemy

With Guantanamo Prison to be closed, where will its inmates go? They have been detained for years under the previous US administration as enemy

News

Credit crunch claims Iceland's coalition

The world financial crisis has claimed its first high-profile victim – the government of Iceland. Prime Minister Geir Haarde met President Olafur

The world financial crisis has claimed its first high-profile victim – the government of Iceland. Prime Minister Geir Haarde met President Olafur

Science_technology

Rare pink iguana discovered on the Galapagos Islands

On the Galapagos Islands , in the Pacific Ocean , west of Ecuador, scientists from the Tor Vergata University in Rome have identified a rare species

On the Galapagos Islands , in the Pacific Ocean , west of Ecuador, scientists from the Tor Vergata University in Rome have identified a rare species

News

ICC hears of child soldier hell in first case

Prosecutors at the war crimes trial of a Congolese militia leader claim he trained child soldiers to kill, pillage and rape. Thomas Lubanga

Prosecutors at the war crimes trial of a Congolese militia leader claim he trained child soldiers to kill, pillage and rape. Thomas Lubanga

News

France and Spain clear up after deadly storm

At least 20 people are now known to have died in Europe’s worst storm in years, which left much of southwestern France and northern Spain devastated

At least 20 people are now known to have died in Europe’s worst storm in years, which left much of southwestern France and northern Spain devastated

News

Philips to cut thousands of jobs

The Dutch consumer electronics giant Philips is cutting thousands of jobs to cope with the global slump which has seen it slip into the red. Chief

The Dutch consumer electronics giant Philips is cutting thousands of jobs to cope with the global slump which has seen it slip into the red. Chief

News

Bolivia backs constitution

Bolivian voters have backed a new constitution which will see its indigenous majority gain greater political power. The adoption of the charter

Bolivian voters have backed a new constitution which will see its indigenous majority gain greater political power. The adoption of the charter

News

France and Spain count cost of storms

The clean-up operation after Europe’s worse storms in a decade has begun. Authorities in France and Spain are picking up the pieces after the

The clean-up operation after Europe’s worse storms in a decade has begun. Authorities in France and Spain are picking up the pieces after the

News

Three go through to final vote for Russian Patriarch

Senior clergy from the Russian Orthodox church have backed a moderniser who favours closer ties with the Vatican in the first round of voting to

Senior clergy from the Russian Orthodox church have backed a moderniser who favours closer ties with the Vatican in the first round of voting to

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Palestinian officials dismiss legal immunity for Israeli military

Palestinian officials have said a pledge by Ehud Olmert to protect Israeli soldiers from prosecution over alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip will

Palestinian officials have said a pledge by Ehud Olmert to protect Israeli soldiers from prosecution over alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip will

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EU leaders call on Palestinians to unify.

The EU has urged divided Palestinian groups to unite so that vital humanitarian aid can reach the people of war torn Gaza. The bloc’s 27 foreign

The EU has urged divided Palestinian groups to unite so that vital humanitarian aid can reach the people of war torn Gaza. The bloc’s 27 foreign