BREAKING NEWS

2009-02-25

Business

German and British GDP declines

A sharp drop in exports is behind a record contraction in Germany’s gross domestic product in the final quarter of last year. Europe’s biggest

A sharp drop in exports is behind a record contraction in Germany’s gross domestic product in the final quarter of last year. Europe’s biggest

Business

Dispute over world's priciest house

It seems the French Riveria is not immune to the economic downturn. There is a dispute over the world’s most expensive house – Villa Leopolda in

It seems the French Riveria is not immune to the economic downturn. There is a dispute over the world’s most expensive house – Villa Leopolda in

Europe

Backslide into protectionism 'old-fashioned'

Those who would heap assistance on suffering car industries are being warned that protectionism must not be tolerated, Brussels has reiterated. The

Those who would heap assistance on suffering car industries are being warned that protectionism must not be tolerated, Brussels has reiterated. The

Europe

No sheriff badge for EU financial regulation

A single, all-powerful body to regulate European Union financial markets… no. But former Bank of France governor Jacques de Larosiere has recommended

A single, all-powerful body to regulate European Union financial markets… no. But former Bank of France governor Jacques de Larosiere has recommended

Business

France to invest in merged Banque Populaire/Caisse d'Epargne

France has confirmed that is to take an eventual 20 percent stake in the bank created by the merger of Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne

France has confirmed that is to take an eventual 20 percent stake in the bank created by the merger of Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne

Business

Japanese exports slump

Japan’s exports nearly halved in January compared with the same month last year. The value of overall exports hit a 10-year low, indicating a

Japan’s exports nearly halved in January compared with the same month last year. The value of overall exports hit a 10-year low, indicating a

Business

Wednesday 25 February 2009

Slumping emerging stock markets caused the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to suffer a net loss of 602 million euros last year

Slumping emerging stock markets caused the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to suffer a net loss of 602 million euros last year

News

US "will emerge stronger" Obama tells Congress

He told recession-weary Americans they can expect better days ahead — and the message appears to have been well received. Described by US media as

He told recession-weary Americans they can expect better days ahead — and the message appears to have been well received. Described by US media as

News

Testing time as Iran takes another nuclear step

Iran has taken a step closer to its nuclear ambitions following successful tests at its Bushehr plant. The procedure, involving the simulated

Iran has taken a step closer to its nuclear ambitions following successful tests at its Bushehr plant. The procedure, involving the simulated

News

Corruption and cronyism allegations fly in Spain

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon, who is investigating allegations of corruption in the country’s main oppostion, has widened his inquiry to possibly

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon, who is investigating allegations of corruption in the country’s main oppostion, has widened his inquiry to possibly

News

Crash victims' relatives are flown into Schiphol

A plane carrying the Turkish relatives of the victims of this morning’s plane crash has arrived at Schiphol airport. Most of the passengers onboard

A plane carrying the Turkish relatives of the victims of this morning’s plane crash has arrived at Schiphol airport. Most of the passengers onboard

News

Police study Schiphol crash black box for clues

Today’s crash appears to be the worst at Schiphol since an El Al cargo plane slammed into high-rise apartment blocks in a suburb of Amsterdam in

Today’s crash appears to be the worst at Schiphol since an El Al cargo plane slammed into high-rise apartment blocks in a suburb of Amsterdam in

News

At least nine dead in Schiphol air crash

Nine people have been killed, including three crew members, travelling on a Turkish Airlines passenger jet that crashed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol

Nine people have been killed, including three crew members, travelling on a Turkish Airlines passenger jet that crashed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol

News

Testing time as Iran takes another nuclear step

Iran has taken a step closer to its nuclear ambitions following successful tests at its Bushehr plant. The procedure, involving the simulated

Iran has taken a step closer to its nuclear ambitions following successful tests at its Bushehr plant. The procedure, involving the simulated

News

Greek strikers demand billions, like banks

Public sector workers in Greece have been swept up in a 24 hour strike, protesting against pension reforms, privatisations and job cuts. Battered by

Public sector workers in Greece have been swept up in a 24 hour strike, protesting against pension reforms, privatisations and job cuts. Battered by

Culture

Gran Torino: Clint's acting swansong?

In Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood plays Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski. Racist and mean, Kowalski is at odds with his own family but finally finds

In Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood plays Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski. Racist and mean, Kowalski is at odds with his own family but finally finds

Culture

Showcase for Spain's fashion designers

The most prestigious fashion event in Spain, the Cibeles Fashion Week in Madrid, brought together established designers with those just starting out.

The most prestigious fashion event in Spain, the Cibeles Fashion Week in Madrid, brought together established designers with those just starting out.

Science_technology

A new light on energy efficiency

Lighting accounts for a quarter of energy costs in Europe. Replacing outdated light bulbs with more advanced devices is an efficient way to cut our

Lighting accounts for a quarter of energy costs in Europe. Replacing outdated light bulbs with more advanced devices is an efficient way to cut our

News

Russians oversee tests at Iran's nuclear plant

Iran has begun key tests at its nuclear plant as part of prepartions to get the power station up and a running. It is expected Tehran will announce

Iran has begun key tests at its nuclear plant as part of prepartions to get the power station up and a running. It is expected Tehran will announce

News

Holocaust row bishop returns to England

A Roman Catholic bishop who caused outrage by denying the scale of the Holocaust has arrived back in his native Britain. Last week Richard

A Roman Catholic bishop who caused outrage by denying the scale of the Holocaust has arrived back in his native Britain. Last week Richard

News

Turkish plane crash in Amsterdam: 9 dead, 50 hurt

It has been confirmed that at least nine people have been killed and 50 injured in a plane crash near Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport this morning

It has been confirmed that at least nine people have been killed and 50 injured in a plane crash near Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport this morning

News

Spain will accept Guantanamo prisonners

Spain has agreed to accept some terror suspects to be freed from America’s Guantanamo Bay detention centre. Washington has asked its allies to help

Spain has agreed to accept some terror suspects to be freed from America’s Guantanamo Bay detention centre. Washington has asked its allies to help

News

Obama promises America will re-build and recover

President Obama was given a rapturous welcome as he made his first formal address to a joint session of the US Congress. Widely publicised before

President Obama was given a rapturous welcome as he made his first formal address to a joint session of the US Congress. Widely publicised before

News

UK postal workers protest Royal Mail sell-off

UK postal workers have denounced plans to sell off part of the publicly-owned Royal Mail. Unions claim the move will mean job losses in a service

UK postal workers have denounced plans to sell off part of the publicly-owned Royal Mail. Unions claim the move will mean job losses in a service

News

German cashier fired for 1.30 euro theft

The price of a job in Berlin is something like 1.30 euros. Allegations of the theft of two bottle deposit vouchers, together worth just one euro 30

The price of a job in Berlin is something like 1.30 euros. Allegations of the theft of two bottle deposit vouchers, together worth just one euro 30

News

Basque avenger attacks ETA violence

A disgruntled resident in the Basque town of Lazkao went berserk and attacked a local cafe, known to be frequented by Basque separatists. The man was

A disgruntled resident in the Basque town of Lazkao went berserk and attacked a local cafe, known to be frequented by Basque separatists. The man was