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2009-03-11

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'We Don't Wanna Put In'

Georgia has pulled out of the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow after organisers banned its song for having a go at Vladimir Putin. The group

Georgia has pulled out of the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow after organisers banned its song for having a go at Vladimir Putin. The group

Business

ITB travel industry fair under an economic cloud

The world’s biggest travel trade fair, ITB, is underway in Germany’s capital Berlin with the industry under an economic cloud. Airlines and tour

The world’s biggest travel trade fair, ITB, is underway in Germany’s capital Berlin with the industry under an economic cloud. Airlines and tour

Business

Wednesday 11 March

European shares finished higher after a day of choppy trade. Financial stocks were strong, helped by comments from US Treasury Secretary Timothy

European shares finished higher after a day of choppy trade. Financial stocks were strong, helped by comments from US Treasury Secretary Timothy

Europe

Ship passenger compensation under Erika III

Erika III has been passed. The law package approved in the European Parliament provides for a permanent blacklist for unsafe vessels, investigation

Erika III has been passed. The law package approved in the European Parliament provides for a permanent blacklist for unsafe vessels, investigation

Business

UK prints money to battle recession

Britain has officially started quantitative easing – effectively printing money – as a way of trying to pull the UK economy out of recession. The

Britain has officially started quantitative easing – effectively printing money – as a way of trying to pull the UK economy out of recession. The

Business

Continental to close tyre plants

Faced with falling demand, the German car parts company Continental plans to cut nearly 1,900 jobs. It will stop producing tyres at two of its

Faced with falling demand, the German car parts company Continental plans to cut nearly 1,900 jobs. It will stop producing tyres at two of its

Europe

New Eurovignette for more trucks, more roads

The proposed Eurovignette directive that charges goods vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes according to their air and noise pollution has been approved

The proposed Eurovignette directive that charges goods vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes according to their air and noise pollution has been approved

Business

Recession stunts Norway's pension fund

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund lost the equivalent of 72 billion euros last year as its investments were ravaged by the global crisis. The central

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund lost the equivalent of 72 billion euros last year as its investments were ravaged by the global crisis. The central

Europe

Netherlands criticised over asylum stance

A human rights report by the Council of Europe shows the Netherlands in a critical light over its migration and asylum policy. The 47-nation

A human rights report by the Council of Europe shows the Netherlands in a critical light over its migration and asylum policy. The 47-nation

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NATO role central to Sarkozy's Atlantic vision

France quit the NATO command and ordered the organisation to close its headquarters in France after President Charles De Gaulle said Paris did

France quit the NATO command and ordered the organisation to close its headquarters in France after President Charles De Gaulle said Paris did

News

Thousands rally for peace in N.Ireland

Several demonstrations have taken place in Northern Ireland in protest at the recent deadly attacks on security forces in the province. Dissident

Several demonstrations have taken place in Northern Ireland in protest at the recent deadly attacks on security forces in the province. Dissident

News

Gunman kills 10, then himself, in Alabama

In the United States, a gunman went on a deadly killing spree in Alabama. After a 20 kilometre car chase, the rampage ended with eleven people dead

In the United States, a gunman went on a deadly killing spree in Alabama. After a 20 kilometre car chase, the rampage ended with eleven people dead

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Merkel speaks of "shock" over Winnenden killings

Germany’s Chancellor has been speaking of her shock at the gun rampage in Winnenden. She called it an appalling crime, saying it was unimaginable

Germany’s Chancellor has been speaking of her shock at the gun rampage in Winnenden. She called it an appalling crime, saying it was unimaginable

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Disbelief in Germany after deadly school shooting

Germany is in shock after a school shooting which has left 16 people dead. A 17-year-old opened fire at his former school in a town near Stuttgart

Germany is in shock after a school shooting which has left 16 people dead. A 17-year-old opened fire at his former school in a town near Stuttgart

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Madrid remembers deadly train bombings

Relatives and victims of the Madrid train bombings have been holding ceremonies to mark the fifth anniversary of the tragedy. A total of 191

Relatives and victims of the Madrid train bombings have been holding ceremonies to mark the fifth anniversary of the tragedy. A total of 191

News

German school shooting sparks row over gun control

As more grizzly details emerge about the teenager behind the attack, questions are being raised about Germany’s gun control laws. After raiding his

As more grizzly details emerge about the teenager behind the attack, questions are being raised about Germany’s gun control laws. After raiding his

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Sarkozy wants France back at the heart of NATO

The French President has confirmed that he wants his country to become a full member of NATO again, ending more than 40 years of self-imposed exile

The French President has confirmed that he wants his country to become a full member of NATO again, ending more than 40 years of self-imposed exile

Science_technology

Europeans pioneer ocean acidification research

European scientists are carrying out pioneering research into ocean acidification. As CO2 is released into the atmosphere it is absorbed by our seas

European scientists are carrying out pioneering research into ocean acidification. As CO2 is released into the atmosphere it is absorbed by our seas

News

Seven hurt in grenade attack in Kiev

Authorities in Ukraine have launched a manhunt after a grenade attack on Kiev’s main railway station. At least seven people were injured when the

Authorities in Ukraine have launched a manhunt after a grenade attack on Kiev’s main railway station. At least seven people were injured when the

Culture

Theron stars in The Burning Plain

Charlize Theron’s latest film The Burning Plain opens this week in Europe. Directed by Guillermo Arriaga – writer of Babel and 21 Grams – it is a

Charlize Theron’s latest film The Burning Plain opens this week in Europe. Directed by Guillermo Arriaga – writer of Babel and 21 Grams – it is a

Culture

Fonda opens on Broadway in musical mystery

Jane Fonda has opened in a play on Broadway for the first time in 45 years – 33 Variations. It focuses on Beethoven’s fascination with a trivial

Jane Fonda has opened in a play on Broadway for the first time in 45 years – 33 Variations. It focuses on Beethoven’s fascination with a trivial

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At least 16 dead in German school shooting

A school shooting in Germany has left at least 16 people dead. The victims are reported to include nine students and three teachers at a secondary

A school shooting in Germany has left at least 16 people dead. The victims are reported to include nine students and three teachers at a secondary

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Ex-student blamed for German school shooting

More than a dozen firearms are reported to have been recovered at the gunman’s home. Police say the attacker was a 17-year-old former student

More than a dozen firearms are reported to have been recovered at the gunman’s home. Police say the attacker was a 17-year-old former student

News

Spain marks Madrid bombing anniversary

Memorial ceremonies have been taking place across Spain to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Madrid train bombings. On March 11th, 191 people

Memorial ceremonies have been taking place across Spain to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Madrid train bombings. On March 11th, 191 people

News

US Congress eases some Cuba sanctions

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that eases some sanctions against Cuba. The move allows Cuban-Americans to travel once a year to Cuba instead of

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that eases some sanctions against Cuba. The move allows Cuban-Americans to travel once a year to Cuba instead of

News

Gunman kills fifteen people at school in Germany

Media reports in Germany say fifteen people have been killed at a school by a person in combat gear. A local newspaper says the attack happened in

Media reports in Germany say fifteen people have been killed at a school by a person in combat gear. A local newspaper says the attack happened in

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Italian parliament launches fingerprint voting

Italy’s lower house of parliament has ushered in fingerprint recognition voting in a bid to stamp out cheating. The new system aims to prevent

Italy’s lower house of parliament has ushered in fingerprint recognition voting in a bid to stamp out cheating. The new system aims to prevent

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Angolan leader in Lisbon for two-day state visit

Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos has begun his first state visit to Portugal, hoping to boost trade with the former colonial power which is

Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos has begun his first state visit to Portugal, hoping to boost trade with the former colonial power which is

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Don't underestimate dissident IRA, warns Ahern

Former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has said dissident Republican groups in Northern Ireland must not be underestimated. Ahern’s warning

Former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has said dissident Republican groups in Northern Ireland must not be underestimated. Ahern’s warning