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2009-03-10

Business

Bernanke upbeat on recession

The head of the US central bank, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, has said the recession could be over as early as the end of 2009 if the

The head of the US central bank, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, has said the recession could be over as early as the end of 2009 if the

Business

Deflation reaches China

Consumer prices in China fell in February by 1.6 percent. That is the first time there has been deflation there in more than six years. It does mean

Consumer prices in China fell in February by 1.6 percent. That is the first time there has been deflation there in more than six years. It does mean

Europe

Safer cars by law

New EU rules on standard safety equipment on new cars will start to be applied from the end of 2011. A compromise agreement between the European

New EU rules on standard safety equipment on new cars will start to be applied from the end of 2011. A compromise agreement between the European

Europe

Lower and more flexible emissions rules

Lower pollutant emissions look set to be required of some 52 000 industrial installations throughout the EU, but with more flexible application. The

Lower pollutant emissions look set to be required of some 52 000 industrial installations throughout the EU, but with more flexible application. The

Business

EADS warns on profits and orders

EADS, the parent company of Airbus, has announced better-than-expected results for last year. But there was also a warning about fewer plane orders

EADS, the parent company of Airbus, has announced better-than-expected results for last year. But there was also a warning about fewer plane orders

News

Changing V-A-T

After years of holding out, the finance ministers of the European Union have agreed on a deal for reduced rates of sales tax on local services. Not

After years of holding out, the finance ministers of the European Union have agreed on a deal for reduced rates of sales tax on local services. Not

News

Greenpeace stage climate protest at Ecofin meet

Hundreds of protesters from the environmental pressure group Greenpeace have been arrested outside a meeting of European finance ministers in

Hundreds of protesters from the environmental pressure group Greenpeace have been arrested outside a meeting of European finance ministers in

News

N.I. killings raise tough political and policing issues

The killings of the past few days have sent waves of anxiety through a community that, though still divided on a number of levels, has no appetite

The killings of the past few days have sent waves of anxiety through a community that, though still divided on a number of levels, has no appetite

News

Dalai Lama slams China on key anniversary

The Dalai Lama has hit out at China on the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule. Tibet’s spiritual leader, who has

The Dalai Lama has hit out at China on the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule. Tibet’s spiritual leader, who has

News

US calls on NATO to help in Afghan campaign

America has admitted the Afghan campaign is not going well and there are now hints the US is prepared to talk to more moderate elements of the

America has admitted the Afghan campaign is not going well and there are now hints the US is prepared to talk to more moderate elements of the

News

Are Tibetans losing faith with "middle way''

For half a century he has been an inspirational figure and a symbol of hope for Tibetans at home and abroad. From his base in India the 14th Dalai

For half a century he has been an inspirational figure and a symbol of hope for Tibetans at home and abroad. From his base in India the 14th Dalai

News

Two arrests in N.Ireland shooting case

Two men have been arrested by detectives investigating the killing of a policeman in Northern Ireland. The province is reeling from the shooting, the

Two men have been arrested by detectives investigating the killing of a policeman in Northern Ireland. The province is reeling from the shooting, the

News

Madagascar's army gives leaders ultimatum

Madagascar’s army chief has given the country’s feuding leaders three days to sort out the chaotic state of the nation. The ultimatum comes on the

Madagascar’s army chief has given the country’s feuding leaders three days to sort out the chaotic state of the nation. The ultimatum comes on the

Science_technology

Looking into the future

What will life be like five or even 10 years from now? The giant technology fair CeBIT in Hannover offers us a glimpse into a possible future.

What will life be like five or even 10 years from now? The giant technology fair CeBIT in Hannover offers us a glimpse into a possible future.

Culture

Dreamworks' monsters battle it out with aliens

Monsters vs. Aliens is Dreamworks Animation’s latest offering. Made in 3D, rather than converted afterwards, it’s about a group of monsters’ fight to

Monsters vs. Aliens is Dreamworks Animation’s latest offering. Made in 3D, rather than converted afterwards, it’s about a group of monsters’ fight to

Culture

Lennox looks back at solo career

Scottish pop diva Annie Lennox has released a retrospective album, focusing on her post-Eurythmics solo career.

Scottish pop diva Annie Lennox has released a retrospective album, focusing on her post-Eurythmics solo career.

News

Iraq suicide attack kills at least 33

A suicide bomb blast near Baghdad has killed at least 33 people and left more than 28 others wounded. The bomber struck at a crowded market in Abu

A suicide bomb blast near Baghdad has killed at least 33 people and left more than 28 others wounded. The bomber struck at a crowded market in Abu

Europe

Equal pay for equal work

Across the European Union women earn, on average, 17.4 percent less than men. How can the EU change that?

Across the European Union women earn, on average, 17.4 percent less than men. How can the EU change that?

Europe

European Union enlargement in crisis

The last two EU enlargements have been hailed as political and economic successes, but with recession straining the unity of the 27-member bloc, will

The last two EU enlargements have been hailed as political and economic successes, but with recession straining the unity of the 27-member bloc, will

News

Dalai Lama attacks China on key anniversary

The Dalai Lama has intensified his criticism of China on the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising that led to his exile. From his base

The Dalai Lama has intensified his criticism of China on the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising that led to his exile. From his base

News

Biden warns NATO over risk of Afghan failure

US Vice-President Joe Biden has met NATO allies to discuss a new strategy in Afghanistan. Biden said he had come to Brussels to listen and forge a

US Vice-President Joe Biden has met NATO allies to discuss a new strategy in Afghanistan. Biden said he had come to Brussels to listen and forge a

News

Sri Lankan minister among bombing victims

At least 14 people have been killed and 35 wounded in a bomb attack during a Muslim festival in Sri Lanka. Authorities say the country’s

At least 14 people have been killed and 35 wounded in a bomb attack during a Muslim festival in Sri Lanka. Authorities say the country’s

News

Baghdad bomb attack kills at least 33

A suicide bomb blast near Baghdad has killed at least 33 people and left more than 28 others wounded. The attacker struck a crowded market in Abu

A suicide bomb blast near Baghdad has killed at least 33 people and left more than 28 others wounded. The attacker struck a crowded market in Abu

News

British PM tries to reassure N.Ireland

The worry about a possible return to sectarian violence is dominating the news headlines in Belfast, Dublin and London. The British Prime Minister

The worry about a possible return to sectarian violence is dominating the news headlines in Belfast, Dublin and London. The British Prime Minister

News

New killing provokes outrage in N.Ireland

Political leaders in Northern Ireland have condemned the overnight killing of a police officer in the province. It is the second deadly attack in as

Political leaders in Northern Ireland have condemned the overnight killing of a police officer in the province. It is the second deadly attack in as