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2009-03-27

Business

UK economy slides further

Britain’s economy shrank even more abruptly than expected in the last three months of 2008. The Office for National Statistics’ GDP said the

Britain’s economy shrank even more abruptly than expected in the last three months of 2008. The Office for National Statistics’ GDP said the

Business

Commerzbank moves on toxic debt

Germany’s Commerzbank has said it has identified more than 50 billion euros worth of toxic debt and has plans to move that off the bank’s main books

Germany’s Commerzbank has said it has identified more than 50 billion euros worth of toxic debt and has plans to move that off the bank’s main books

Business

Natixis bonuses spark more anger

Another banker’s bonus row has erupted in France. Investment bank Natixis has confirmed it will pay 70 million euros in bonuses to 3,000 staff in

Another banker’s bonus row has erupted in France. Investment bank Natixis has confirmed it will pay 70 million euros in bonuses to 3,000 staff in

Business

Germany warns on euro stability

Germany has warned that the stability and credibility of the single European currency will be under threat if European member states do not return to

Germany has warned that the stability and credibility of the single European currency will be under threat if European member states do not return to

News

Colonna loses appeal on life sentence

A French shepherd has lost his appeal against a life sentence for the murder of the Governor of Corsica eleven years ago. Yvan Colonna denied the

A French shepherd has lost his appeal against a life sentence for the murder of the Governor of Corsica eleven years ago. Yvan Colonna denied the

News

Ruling party favoured in Montenegro

The outgoing government in Montenegro is expected to win a landslide election victory this weekend, having based its campaign on swift membership of

The outgoing government in Montenegro is expected to win a landslide election victory this weekend, having based its campaign on swift membership of

Europe

Business summit stresses skills gap

Expectations of two tough years ahead, and retraining workers so that the continent’s skills pool matches its needs were among the themes developed

Expectations of two tough years ahead, and retraining workers so that the continent’s skills pool matches its needs were among the themes developed

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Kyrgyzstan opposition stage national protests

Kyrgyzstan’s political opposition has staged nationwide demonstrations against the country’s president ahead of elections this year. Around a

Kyrgyzstan’s political opposition has staged nationwide demonstrations against the country’s president ahead of elections this year. Around a

Europe

Foreign Ministers pore over Afghanistan and Middle East moves

European Union countries at talks in the Czech Republic have agreed in principle on the need to strengthen ties with Syria. They urged Israel’s

European Union countries at talks in the Czech Republic have agreed in principle on the need to strengthen ties with Syria. They urged Israel’s

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Russia reviews terrorist plans in Chechnya

Claims of normality and improved security have persuaded Russia to review its anti-terrorism operations in Chechnya. Grozny today bears little

Claims of normality and improved security have persuaded Russia to review its anti-terrorism operations in Chechnya. Grozny today bears little

News

Iran and US to co-operate on Afghanistan

The United States has said it wants to work with Iran to bring stability to Afghanistan. The news came at an international conference on Afghanistan

The United States has said it wants to work with Iran to bring stability to Afghanistan. The news came at an international conference on Afghanistan

News

Aoun looks ahead to Lebanon election

In June, Lebanon holds its first parliamentary elections since the withdrawal of Syrian troops in 2005. The poll will be fiercely contested and in

In June, Lebanon holds its first parliamentary elections since the withdrawal of Syrian troops in 2005. The poll will be fiercely contested and in

News

Obama's new plan to fight al Qaeda

Unveiling his strategy to defeat al Qaeda and its allies, President Obama has declared that the safety of people around the world is at stake

Unveiling his strategy to defeat al Qaeda and its allies, President Obama has declared that the safety of people around the world is at stake

Europe

What's left? GUE/NGL hope for gains

Anticapitalists who put people first, the United European Left group in the European Parliament has long sought to mobilise public opinion on social

Anticapitalists who put people first, the United European Left group in the European Parliament has long sought to mobilise public opinion on social

Culture

Britten's Peter Grimes set in Thatcher's Britain

Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes opens with an inquest into the death of fisherman Grimes’ young apprentice. British director Daniel Slater is

Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes opens with an inquest into the death of fisherman Grimes’ young apprentice. British director Daniel Slater is

Culture

Nollywood comes to Switzerland

Trapped Dream is a thriller from Nigeria – a so-called Nollywood film – about Chike and his ill-fated attempt to get to Europe. Over the past few

Trapped Dream is a thriller from Nigeria – a so-called Nollywood film – about Chike and his ill-fated attempt to get to Europe. Over the past few

News

US revises Afghan strategy

With violence at an all time high, the new US strategy will focus on destroying al Qaeda’s safe havens as America continues efforts to roll back the

With violence at an all time high, the new US strategy will focus on destroying al Qaeda’s safe havens as America continues efforts to roll back the

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Obama set to unveil new Afghan strategy

The US President Barack Obama is poised to unveil a new strategy aimed at turning around America’s military campaign in Afghanistan. The review is

The US President Barack Obama is poised to unveil a new strategy aimed at turning around America’s military campaign in Afghanistan. The review is

News

Dozens drown as Indonesian dam bursts

A burst dam on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital Jakarta has has claimed the lives of at least 50 people. The number of victims is expected to

A burst dam on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital Jakarta has has claimed the lives of at least 50 people. The number of victims is expected to

News

High-profile republican charged with soldiers' murder

A leading Irish republican is set to appear in court charged with the murders of two British soldiers in Northern Ireland. Colin Duffy is accused of

A leading Irish republican is set to appear in court charged with the murders of two British soldiers in Northern Ireland. Colin Duffy is accused of

News

Historic right-left deal in the Basque country

For the first time ever, Spain’s conservatives and socialists are to share power in the Basque country. The banning from recent elections of

For the first time ever, Spain’s conservatives and socialists are to share power in the Basque country. The banning from recent elections of

News

Suicide bomber kills 48 in Pakistan

At least 48 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in northwest Pakistan. The bomber blew himself up inside a mosque during Friday prayers in

At least 48 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in northwest Pakistan. The bomber blew himself up inside a mosque during Friday prayers in

News

Afghanistan conference opens in Moscow

The United States says it is looking forward to working with Iran to bring stability to Afghanistan. A senior American official spoke as an

The United States says it is looking forward to working with Iran to bring stability to Afghanistan. A senior American official spoke as an

News

White House reveals new Afghan strategy

The United States has a new strategy for Afghanistan that will focus on beefing up the Afghan security forces, with a so-called ‘civilian surge’ to

The United States has a new strategy for Afghanistan that will focus on beefing up the Afghan security forces, with a so-called ‘civilian surge’ to

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Continental to reconsider factory closures

With unrest growing in several European countries over swingeing job cuts and business collapses – workers protesting in Hanover over two threatened

With unrest growing in several European countries over swingeing job cuts and business collapses – workers protesting in Hanover over two threatened

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Britain and Brazil on the importance of trading up

The leaders of Britain and Brazil have put the emphasis on fixing global trade to fix the global economy. Gordon Brown was in Brazil on a world tour

The leaders of Britain and Brazil have put the emphasis on fixing global trade to fix the global economy. Gordon Brown was in Brazil on a world tour