BREAKING NEWS

2009-02-26

Business

Washington could take bigger AIG stake

Beleaguered insurance giant American International Group reportedly could allow the US government to take control of certain assets if it cannot

Beleaguered insurance giant American International Group reportedly could allow the US government to take control of certain assets if it cannot

Business

UBS gets new boss

Switzerland’s UBS – which has made more writedowns during the credit crisis than any other European bank – has appointed a new chief executive

Switzerland’s UBS – which has made more writedowns during the credit crisis than any other European bank – has appointed a new chief executive

Business

More help for British banks

Under a new scheme the UK government is to guarantee over 560 billion euros worth of risky loans and so called toxic – that is probably worthless –

Under a new scheme the UK government is to guarantee over 560 billion euros worth of risky loans and so called toxic – that is probably worthless –

Europe

Grybauskaite stands for head of state

European Budget Commissioner Dalia Grybauskaite says she will run for president of her homeland Lithuania. The election’s first round is in May

European Budget Commissioner Dalia Grybauskaite says she will run for president of her homeland Lithuania. The election’s first round is in May

Europe

Tensions over EU summit invitations

A bid to have just one leader per country at this Sunday’s special EU economic summit in Brussels has raised tensions. Not only has Polish President

A bid to have just one leader per country at this Sunday’s special EU economic summit in Brussels has raised tensions. Not only has Polish President

Europe

Guantanamo cooperation individual matter

Any decision to admit former detainees of Guantanamo prison will be left up to each EU country individually, and restrictions on their freedom of

Any decision to admit former detainees of Guantanamo prison will be left up to each EU country individually, and restrictions on their freedom of

Business

Thursday 26 February

European shares ended the day up 2.84 percent, rebounding from their six-year lows and ending a four-day losing streak. One analyst called it a

European shares ended the day up 2.84 percent, rebounding from their six-year lows and ending a four-day losing streak. One analyst called it a

News

German jobless totals up again

German unemployment continues to rise, it was up for the fourth straight month in February and economists say that trend will continue as the

German unemployment continues to rise, it was up for the fourth straight month in February and economists say that trend will continue as the

Culture

Pink goes back on the road.

American singer-songwriter Pink’s latest tour is a circus-themed extravaganza, featuring songs from her latest album Funhouse.

American singer-songwriter Pink’s latest tour is a circus-themed extravaganza, featuring songs from her latest album Funhouse.

Science_technology

Water bike for the third world

More than one billion people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water and thousands die daily from water-related diseases.

More than one billion people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water and thousands die daily from water-related diseases.

Culture

Watching the Watchmen

Watchmen, the allegedly unfilmable superhero movie, has finally made it to the big screen. Set in an alternate 1980s, where Richard Nixon is still

Watchmen, the allegedly unfilmable superhero movie, has finally made it to the big screen. Set in an alternate 1980s, where Richard Nixon is still

News

Obama warns of tough choices in 2010 budget

Barack Obama has warned tough choices will have to be made to get the US back in order as his administration unveils its first ever budget

Barack Obama has warned tough choices will have to be made to get the US back in order as his administration unveils its first ever budget

News

Did both engines fail on Turkish Airlines plane?

Survivors of the Turkish Airlines crash in Amsterdam have been returning home to Istanbul as investigations into the accident continue. The first

Survivors of the Turkish Airlines crash in Amsterdam have been returning home to Istanbul as investigations into the accident continue. The first

News

Milan Milutinovic: Profile

Elected president of Serbia in December 1997, Milan Milutinovic, like his mentor Slobodan Milosevic, hailed from the Serbian Socialist Party.

Elected president of Serbia in December 1997, Milan Milutinovic, like his mentor Slobodan Milosevic, hailed from the Serbian Socialist Party.

News

Berlin considers rescue for Opel as workers protest

With their jobs on the line, thousands of workers of carmaker Opel have taken to the streets near Frankfurt in Germany to protest against planned

With their jobs on the line, thousands of workers of carmaker Opel have taken to the streets near Frankfurt in Germany to protest against planned

News

Ex Serbian president acquitted of Kosovo war crimes

Serbia’s former president Milan Milutinovic has been acquitted of war crimes against Kosovo Albanians in 1999. Announcing the verdict at the Hague

Serbia’s former president Milan Milutinovic has been acquitted of war crimes against Kosovo Albanians in 1999. Announcing the verdict at the Hague

News

Ex-Serbian president acquitted of Kosovo war crimes

Former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic has been acquitted of war crimes against Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians. Appearing at the International

Former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic has been acquitted of war crimes against Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians. Appearing at the International

News

Record losses for RBS, Allianz and Natixis

Reporting the biggest annual loss in British corporate history at 27 billion euros, the Royal Bank of Scotland has become the first bank to sign up

Reporting the biggest annual loss in British corporate history at 27 billion euros, the Royal Bank of Scotland has become the first bank to sign up

News

Fifteen injured in fire at Islamabad's Marriott

A fire has broken out at the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, five months after it was devastated in a suicide bombing that killed 55

A fire has broken out at the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, five months after it was devastated in a suicide bombing that killed 55

News

Questions remain over tragic Schiphol air crash

Many questions remain unanswered a day after a tragic plane crash at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport in which 9 people died. Dutch authorities have

Many questions remain unanswered a day after a tragic plane crash at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport in which 9 people died. Dutch authorities have

News

Mutineers surrender after bloody Bangladesh protest

Mutinous soldiers in Bangladesh have begun handing over their weapons in line with an amnesty offer to end a revolt that has claimed some 50 lives

Mutinous soldiers in Bangladesh have begun handing over their weapons in line with an amnesty offer to end a revolt that has claimed some 50 lives

News

Big economic challenges facing Latvia's new leader

A former finance minister has been tasked with creating a new ruling coalition to end the country’s recent political turmoil. President Valdis

A former finance minister has been tasked with creating a new ruling coalition to end the country’s recent political turmoil. President Valdis

News

British minister caught in e-scam

Internet fraud is so widespread that British cabinet minister, Jack Straw, set up a special crime squad to tackle it. But know he has become a victim

Internet fraud is so widespread that British cabinet minister, Jack Straw, set up a special crime squad to tackle it. But know he has become a victim

News

Spain's corruption inquiry widens

A corruption investigation into Spain’s conservative opposition party has widened, with the possible involvement of national politicians. Judge

A corruption investigation into Spain’s conservative opposition party has widened, with the possible involvement of national politicians. Judge

News

Estonian spy jailed for passing over NATO secrets

An Estonian defence ministry official has been jailed for passing NATO secrets to Russia. Herman Simm handed over more than 2,000 pages of

An Estonian defence ministry official has been jailed for passing NATO secrets to Russia. Herman Simm handed over more than 2,000 pages of

News

Verdict on ex-Serb president due today

The International Criminal Court in the Hague delivers its verdict today on former Serb President, Milan Milutinovic and five other former Yugoslav

The International Criminal Court in the Hague delivers its verdict today on former Serb President, Milan Milutinovic and five other former Yugoslav

News

Search for clues over fatal Amsterdam plane crash

The search for clues as to what caused yesterday’s fatal plane crash at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has been continuing throughout the night

The search for clues as to what caused yesterday’s fatal plane crash at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has been continuing throughout the night

News

Irish police stage pension protest

Some 2,000 police have demonstrated in the Irish Republic against plans to make them pay a levy on their pensions. The Irish economy – not so long

Some 2,000 police have demonstrated in the Irish Republic against plans to make them pay a levy on their pensions. The Irish economy – not so long