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2009-03-09

Europe

Serbia cementing friendship with Spain

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has promised never to recognise Kosovo as independent. During a two-day first state visit by Serbian

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has promised never to recognise Kosovo as independent. During a two-day first state visit by Serbian

Europe

Croatia accepts EU border mediation

To patch up troubled borders, Croatia has accepted a European Union offer to mediate in a dispute with Slovenia. However, this would only be to

To patch up troubled borders, Croatia has accepted a European Union offer to mediate in a dispute with Slovenia. However, this would only be to

Europe

Spain still tops for tourists

The top tourist destination in the EU remains Spain, measured in per night stays in hotels, almost 270 million in 2008, although this was down by a

The top tourist destination in the EU remains Spain, measured in per night stays in hotels, almost 270 million in 2008, although this was down by a

Business

Barbie at 50 - still a moneymaker?

Fifty years on and more than one billion Barbies sold, but is the iconic doll’s ability to earn profits fading? Matell, the world’s largest toy

Fifty years on and more than one billion Barbies sold, but is the iconic doll’s ability to earn profits fading? Matell, the world’s largest toy

Business

Merck to merge with Schering-Plough

US drug maker Merck is to buy Schering-Plough in the second huge takeover in the sector in weeks following Pfizer’s recent purchase of Wyeth

US drug maker Merck is to buy Schering-Plough in the second huge takeover in the sector in weeks following Pfizer’s recent purchase of Wyeth

Business

Former Swiss Re CEO to become chairman

Troubled reinsurer Swiss Re is getting a new chairman. He is Walter Kielholz who will go back to Swiss Re from Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s

Troubled reinsurer Swiss Re is getting a new chairman. He is Walter Kielholz who will go back to Swiss Re from Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s

News

Game up for blackmailing "Swiss gigolo"

From gigolo to jailbird – a Swiss man who admitted seducing and blackmailing Germany’s richest woman has been jailed for six years. Former banker

From gigolo to jailbird – a Swiss man who admitted seducing and blackmailing Germany’s richest woman has been jailed for six years. Former banker

News

N.Korea puts its army on alert

Tensions are escalating on the Korean peninsula and while they were burning North Korean flags in the south, the north has put its army on full

Tensions are escalating on the Korean peninsula and while they were burning North Korean flags in the south, the north has put its army on full

News

Obama lifts ban on stem cell research funding

Barack Obama has overturned restrictions on government funding for stem cell research. The US President’s predecessor George W. Bush blocked the

Barack Obama has overturned restrictions on government funding for stem cell research. The US President’s predecessor George W. Bush blocked the

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Tourists missing after Thai boating tragedy

Rescuers in Thailand are searching for six foreign tourists and a Thai national after the sinking of a passenger vessel. The Navy says the

Rescuers in Thailand are searching for six foreign tourists and a Thai national after the sinking of a passenger vessel. The Navy says the

News

US stem cell scientists back in business

For eight years American scientists have been pointing out that the huge potential benefits of stem cell research deserve a closer look. For eight

For eight years American scientists have been pointing out that the huge potential benefits of stem cell research deserve a closer look. For eight

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Brown says N.Ireland peace will not be derailed

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says the peace process in Northern Ireland will not be de-railed by the murder of two British soldiers at an army

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says the peace process in Northern Ireland will not be de-railed by the murder of two British soldiers at an army

Culture

Gaza animation depicts Israeli blockade

One of the creators of the Oscar-nominated Waltz With Bashir has produced a short animated film on life in Gaza under the Israeli blockade, Closed

One of the creators of the Oscar-nominated Waltz With Bashir has produced a short animated film on life in Gaza under the Israeli blockade, Closed

Culture

Pretty in pink in Paris

Emanuel Ungaro’s ready-to-wear show in Paris was a parade of pink, sprinkled with polka dots.

Emanuel Ungaro’s ready-to-wear show in Paris was a parade of pink, sprinkled with polka dots.

Science_technology

Credit crunch takes a bite out of CeBIT

Even Europe’s most important electronics fair has been hit by the economic crisis. Last year the big halls of Hannover saw some 6,000 exhibitors

Even Europe’s most important electronics fair has been hit by the economic crisis. Last year the big halls of Hannover saw some 6,000 exhibitors

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Confession in "Swiss gigolo" case

A Swiss man accused of attempting to blackmail Germany’s richest woman has confessed at the opening of his trial in Munich. Helg Sgarbi, dubbed

A Swiss man accused of attempting to blackmail Germany’s richest woman has confessed at the opening of his trial in Munich. Helg Sgarbi, dubbed

News

Confession in "Swiss gigolo" case

A Swiss man accused of attempting to blackmail Germany’s richest woman has confessed at the opening of his trial in Munich. Helg Sgarbi, dubbed

A Swiss man accused of attempting to blackmail Germany’s richest woman has confessed at the opening of his trial in Munich. Helg Sgarbi, dubbed

News

Brown visits scene of Northern Ireland killings

Gordon Brown has visited the army base in Northern Ireland where two British soldiers were shot dead by the Real IRA on Saturday. Accompanied by

Gordon Brown has visited the army base in Northern Ireland where two British soldiers were shot dead by the Real IRA on Saturday. Accompanied by

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Protest at NY auction of foreclosed homes

It is a sign of the growing impact of the financial crisis in the US: hundreds of homes have gone under the hammer at what is being described as one

It is a sign of the growing impact of the financial crisis in the US: hundreds of homes have gone under the hammer at what is being described as one

News

North Korea puts forces on full alert

Tension is rising on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang put its forces on full alert ahead of joint military exercises in the South. The North is

Tension is rising on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang put its forces on full alert ahead of joint military exercises in the South. The North is

News

Obama to lift restrictions on stem cell research

The US president will today announce the lifting of restrictions on taxpayers money for embryonic stem cell research. It reverses the policy of

The US president will today announce the lifting of restrictions on taxpayers money for embryonic stem cell research. It reverses the policy of

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Obama to allow stem cell research

President Obama is to reverse another of his predecessor’s restrictions, and allow federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. In a speech

President Obama is to reverse another of his predecessor’s restrictions, and allow federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. In a speech

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Sudan's President threatens to expel more NGOs

Sudan has released an Islamist opposition leader, two months after he was detained for calling on President Omar al-Bashir to surrender to the

Sudan has released an Islamist opposition leader, two months after he was detained for calling on President Omar al-Bashir to surrender to the

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Tax haven bankers vow to keep their secrets

Three major European countries with banking secrecy laws have warned against any attempt by the G20 group of nations to place them on a tax haven

Three major European countries with banking secrecy laws have warned against any attempt by the G20 group of nations to place them on a tax haven

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Tensions rise on Korean peninsula

Tension is rising rapidly on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang put its forces on full alert ahead of joint military exercises in the South. The North

Tension is rising rapidly on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang put its forces on full alert ahead of joint military exercises in the South. The North

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Hunt is on for Antrim army killers

As the flowers continue to pile up outside the Massarene Barracks in Northern Ireland, the hunt is on to find the Real IRA gunmen who claim to have

As the flowers continue to pile up outside the Massarene Barracks in Northern Ireland, the hunt is on to find the Real IRA gunmen who claim to have