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2009-02-20

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Italy and Romania row over anti-rape law

New measures against a wave of sex attacks in Italy, which have been blamed on immigrants, appear to be straining relations between Rome and

New measures against a wave of sex attacks in Italy, which have been blamed on immigrants, appear to be straining relations between Rome and

Europe

How to get Europeans to vote

Some three quarters of the laws affecting the day- to-day life of Europeans and the world around them are decided in the European Parliament

Some three quarters of the laws affecting the day- to-day life of Europeans and the world around them are decided in the European Parliament

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US pleased with international boost in Afghanistan

Up to 20 NATO countries are to step up their involvement in Afghanistan according to the American Defence Secretary. At Krakow in Poland, Robert

Up to 20 NATO countries are to step up their involvement in Afghanistan according to the American Defence Secretary. At Krakow in Poland, Robert

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Another 50-billion approved for German economy

Germany’s upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, has given the go-ahead for a massive economic stimulus package of tax-cuts and spending on the

Germany’s upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, has given the go-ahead for a massive economic stimulus package of tax-cuts and spending on the

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Swiss angered by US offensive against bank secrecy

The US offensive against Switzerland’s banking secrecy has sparked strong reaction among politicians and in the media there. Anger was also

The US offensive against Switzerland’s banking secrecy has sparked strong reaction among politicians and in the media there. Anger was also

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Saab gets bankruptcy protection

The icy wind of recession blows through Sweden as General Motors cold-shoulders Saab. After GM said the loss-making Nordic carmaker will become

The icy wind of recession blows through Sweden as General Motors cold-shoulders Saab. After GM said the loss-making Nordic carmaker will become

Business

Big jobs cuts at Anglo American

Mining group Anglo American is to lay off ten percent of its workforce – 19,000 people – as it posted a one percent fall in profit and scrapped last

Mining group Anglo American is to lay off ten percent of its workforce – 19,000 people – as it posted a one percent fall in profit and scrapped last

Business

Saint-Gobain and Lafarge seek new capital

The slumping property market is causing construction companies to seek new finance. Saint-Gobain, the world’s biggest building materials company

The slumping property market is causing construction companies to seek new finance. Saint-Gobain, the world’s biggest building materials company

Europe

In praise of Erasmus Mundus

The EU’s Education Commissioner Jan Figel has presented a study on the positive impact of the bloc’s higher education cooperation and exchange

The EU’s Education Commissioner Jan Figel has presented a study on the positive impact of the bloc’s higher education cooperation and exchange

Business

UK shoppers surprise

Britain’s retailers enjoyed an unexpectedly rise in business last month as shoppers took advantage of the post-Christmas sales. The biggest

Britain’s retailers enjoyed an unexpectedly rise in business last month as shoppers took advantage of the post-Christmas sales. The biggest

Europe

Continue modernising together Brussels urges

Brussels is approaching the fifth anniversary of the EU’s big bang enlargement underscoring the accomplishments and warning that any return to

Brussels is approaching the fifth anniversary of the EU’s big bang enlargement underscoring the accomplishments and warning that any return to

Europe

Hire illegals, risk prison - new EU directive

Employers of illegal immigrants could be punished throughout the EU from 2011. A directive laying down standard penalties, including prison terms has

Employers of illegal immigrants could be punished throughout the EU from 2011. A directive laying down standard penalties, including prison terms has

Business

Friday: Shares hit six year low

European shares finished down nearly five percent at their lowest levels in six years. The markets remain worried about the need for companies to

European shares finished down nearly five percent at their lowest levels in six years. The markets remain worried about the need for companies to

Culture

Duffy cleans up at the Brits

Welsh singer Duffy swept the Brits on Wednesday winning three gongs, including the coverted Best Album prize for “Rockferry”. It is the culmination

Welsh singer Duffy swept the Brits on Wednesday winning three gongs, including the coverted Best Album prize for “Rockferry”. It is the culmination

Culture

David and Goliath at the Oscars

This year’s Oscar race is very much a David and Goliath affair. Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, nominated for 10 awards and made on a shoestring

This year’s Oscar race is very much a David and Goliath affair. Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, nominated for 10 awards and made on a shoestring

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Kadima cool on joining Likud-led government

Right-wing Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has begun the task of forming a new government with a call for a national unity government

Right-wing Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has begun the task of forming a new government with a call for a national unity government

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Resignation in Riga - PM tands down

Latvia’s government has collapsed after the Prime Minister bowed to growing pressure and resigned. The two biggest groups in the four-party

Latvia’s government has collapsed after the Prime Minister bowed to growing pressure and resigned. The two biggest groups in the four-party

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Probe reopened into Politkovskaya murder

A Russian judge has ordered the probe into the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya to be reopened. A Kremlin critic, Politkovskaya was shot

A Russian judge has ordered the probe into the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya to be reopened. A Kremlin critic, Politkovskaya was shot

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Saab straps in for bumpy ride

The Swedish car-makers Saab have confirmed that they are to ask a court for legal protection from creditors while they re-structure the loss-making

The Swedish car-makers Saab have confirmed that they are to ask a court for legal protection from creditors while they re-structure the loss-making

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UBS shares plunge amid US probe into tax cheats

Shares in UBS – Switzerland’s biggest bank – have plummeted after US authorities said they were widening a probe into suspected American tax cheats

Shares in UBS – Switzerland’s biggest bank – have plummeted after US authorities said they were widening a probe into suspected American tax cheats

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Karadzic to plead on amended indictment

The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is due to appear at the International Criminal Court in the Hague to plead on amended war-crimes

The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is due to appear at the International Criminal Court in the Hague to plead on amended war-crimes

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Suicide bomb kills dozens at Pakistan funeral

At least 30 mourners at a funeral have been killed by a suicide bomber in northwest Pakistan. More than 50 others were wounded at the ceremony to

At least 30 mourners at a funeral have been killed by a suicide bomber in northwest Pakistan. More than 50 others were wounded at the ceremony to