BREAKING NEWS

2009-03-18

Business

UK jobless rate jumps again

There has been another big jump in the number of people out of work in Britain. Last month it rose above two million for the first time since

There has been another big jump in the number of people out of work in Britain. Last month it rose above two million for the first time since

Business

BMW unsure on profits

BMW says it cannot predict what profit it might make this year. The world’s biggest premium car maker called 2009 a transition year during which

BMW says it cannot predict what profit it might make this year. The world’s biggest premium car maker called 2009 a transition year during which

Business

Coke can't buy Huiyuan

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has rejected Coca-Cola’s attempt to buy top juice maker Huiyuan. The ministry said the takeover would be bad for

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has rejected Coca-Cola’s attempt to buy top juice maker Huiyuan. The ministry said the takeover would be bad for

Business

Wednesday 18th March

European shares finished slightly up but were very mixed with London’s FTSE 100 down 1.3 percent while Milan rose 2.78 percent. Commodity stocks

European shares finished slightly up but were very mixed with London’s FTSE 100 down 1.3 percent while Milan rose 2.78 percent. Commodity stocks

Business

AIG bonus row continues

In the latest round of the AIG bonus row the insurance companies boss Edward Liddy has faced angry politicians arrives at the US Congress. He said

In the latest round of the AIG bonus row the insurance companies boss Edward Liddy has faced angry politicians arrives at the US Congress. He said

Business

Fed to buy US government debt

The US Federal Reserve has surprised the financial markets by announcing it will buy up to 300 billion dollars worth of longer-term US government

The US Federal Reserve has surprised the financial markets by announcing it will buy up to 300 billion dollars worth of longer-term US government

News

France hit by strike over economy and reforms

France is bracing for another nationwide strike tomorrow that is expected to cause transport problems across the country. It is the latest in a

France is bracing for another nationwide strike tomorrow that is expected to cause transport problems across the country. It is the latest in a

News

Big task ahead for Madagascar's new president

He’s only 34, his last job was as a disc jockey, but nevertheless Andry Rajoelina is set to steer Madagascar on a new course. For months

He’s only 34, his last job was as a disc jockey, but nevertheless Andry Rajoelina is set to steer Madagascar on a new course. For months

News

Fritzl pleads guilty on hearing daughter's testimony

In a move that has stunned the court, and his lawyer, Josef Fritzl has reversed his plea and admitted enslaving his daughter and murdering one of the

In a move that has stunned the court, and his lawyer, Josef Fritzl has reversed his plea and admitted enslaving his daughter and murdering one of the

Europe

EU summit favours regulation, not new stimulus

A European Union summit this Thursday and Friday is expected to stress the need for tighter regulation to avoid a repeat of the worst financial

A European Union summit this Thursday and Friday is expected to stress the need for tighter regulation to avoid a repeat of the worst financial

Europe

CAP simplification aims worry small farmers

Brussels says Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform is in the right groove. For instance: standards for two dozen fruit and vegetable types are

Brussels says Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform is in the right groove. For instance: standards for two dozen fruit and vegetable types are

News

Azerbaijan's political dynasty

Heidar the father and Ilham the son – the Alievs, an enduring dynasty in Azerbaijan , who have directed the affairs of this former Soviet state for

Heidar the father and Ilham the son – the Alievs, an enduring dynasty in Azerbaijan , who have directed the affairs of this former Soviet state for

News

AIDS groups condemn Pope's condom comments

Pope Benedict has re-affirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS. He made the statement as he

Pope Benedict has re-affirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS. He made the statement as he

News

Madagascar court confirms Rajoelina President

Madagascar’s highest court has confirmed Andry Rajoelina as the country’s new President. The former maverick mayor and ex-disc jockey, has been

Madagascar’s highest court has confirmed Andry Rajoelina as the country’s new President. The former maverick mayor and ex-disc jockey, has been

News

Exit polls: Azerbaijan votes for President to stay

According to exit polls, more than 50 percent of Azerbaijanis have voted yes in a referendum, which would allow their president to rule after his

According to exit polls, more than 50 percent of Azerbaijanis have voted yes in a referendum, which would allow their president to rule after his

Science_technology

Scientists make crucial Mayan find

Archaeologists studying an ancient Mayan site in Guatemala’s northern jungle have made a discovery they say is as important as finding the Mona Lisa

Archaeologists studying an ancient Mayan site in Guatemala’s northern jungle have made a discovery they say is as important as finding the Mona Lisa

Culture

Young pianists shine in Lithuania

Vilnius in Lithuania has reason for a double celebration this year. As well as marking its millenium, Vilnius has also been chosen to be one of the

Vilnius in Lithuania has reason for a double celebration this year. As well as marking its millenium, Vilnius has also been chosen to be one of the

Science_technology

Researchers fine-tune electro-chemotherapy

Cancer researchers have been developing a form of chemotherapy that drastically reduces its unpleasant side-effects. Electro-chemotherapy uses an

Cancer researchers have been developing a form of chemotherapy that drastically reduces its unpleasant side-effects. Electro-chemotherapy uses an

News

Madagascar's residents relieved as calm returns

As peace returned to the streets of Madagascar’s capital, some residents said they were relieved to have a resolution to months of political

As peace returned to the streets of Madagascar’s capital, some residents said they were relieved to have a resolution to months of political

News

NATO: More troops needed for Afghan election

NATO’s Secretary-General says an extra 4,000 soldiers are needed in Afghanistan, to provide security for presidential elections in August. Jaap de

NATO’s Secretary-General says an extra 4,000 soldiers are needed in Afghanistan, to provide security for presidential elections in August. Jaap de

News

Azerbaijan voting on giving President job for life

Azerbaijan has gone to the polls today to decide whether to give President Aliyev the job for life. As he cast his vote the opposition were

Azerbaijan has gone to the polls today to decide whether to give President Aliyev the job for life. As he cast his vote the opposition were

News

New Madagascar leader consolidates power

Madagascar’s new leader Andry Rajoelina has consolidated his grip on power after getting the backing of the Army. The maverick former mayor, and

Madagascar’s new leader Andry Rajoelina has consolidated his grip on power after getting the backing of the Army. The maverick former mayor, and

News

Fritzl says remorse prompts guilty pleas

Austrian Josef Fritzl, accused of imprisoning his own daughter and fathering seven children with her, has changed his pleas to guilty on all

Austrian Josef Fritzl, accused of imprisoning his own daughter and fathering seven children with her, has changed his pleas to guilty on all

News

Fritzl pleads guilty

Austrian Josef Fritzl who fathered seven children with a daughter he locked in a cellar for 24 years has pleaded guilty to murder and enslavement

Austrian Josef Fritzl who fathered seven children with a daughter he locked in a cellar for 24 years has pleaded guilty to murder and enslavement

News

Bailed out insurer AIG hit by claw-back

The struggling US insurance giant AIG will have to return bonuses paid out after public money was poured in to save the company. AIG, once the

The struggling US insurance giant AIG will have to return bonuses paid out after public money was poured in to save the company. AIG, once the

News

Army appoints ex-DJ as Madagascar's president.

Opposition leader Andry Rajoelina has been appointed by Madagascar’s army as the country’s new president after months of bloody unrest. Some

Opposition leader Andry Rajoelina has been appointed by Madagascar’s army as the country’s new president after months of bloody unrest. Some

News

Pope fuels AIDS debate on visit to Africa

The Pope’s first visit to Africa has been marked by controversial comments he made even before landing in Cameroon. Arriving on a continent where

The Pope’s first visit to Africa has been marked by controversial comments he made even before landing in Cameroon. Arriving on a continent where