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2009-03-31

Europe

Telecom sweet deal promised customers

A draft deal has been reached on new EU telecom rules to increase competition and cut prices for customers. This provides for a new pan-

A draft deal has been reached on new EU telecom rules to increase competition and cut prices for customers. This provides for a new pan-

Europe

Internet companies warned over privacy

The European Commission is threatening tougher rules to enforce basic consumer rights to privacy, transparency and control on the Internet

The European Commission is threatening tougher rules to enforce basic consumer rights to privacy, transparency and control on the Internet

Europe

Homophobia and violations of basic rights

‘Crimes against homosexuals are going unpunished, and governments and schools are not taking abuse of homosexuals seriously enough.’ – An EU study

‘Crimes against homosexuals are going unpunished, and governments and schools are not taking abuse of homosexuals seriously enough.’ – An EU study

Culture

Bucharest hosts cinema tribute to gypsy culture

A rare showcase of gypsy culture has been incorporated into the fifth edition of the Bucharest International Film Festival. The event’s organisers

A rare showcase of gypsy culture has been incorporated into the fifth edition of the Bucharest International Film Festival. The event’s organisers

News

World leaders poles apart ahead of G20

On his first trip to Europe as US president, Barack Obama knows he faces a tough job convincing European allies to spend more to rescue the global

On his first trip to Europe as US president, Barack Obama knows he faces a tough job convincing European allies to spend more to rescue the global

News

German far-right group banned

A far-right German youth organisation has been banned, accused of spreading Nazi propaganda. Police raided addresses used by the group, called

A far-right German youth organisation has been banned, accused of spreading Nazi propaganda. Police raided addresses used by the group, called

News

Europe test for Obama

Last time Barak Obama made a formal visit to Europe he was on the campaign trail and got a huge welcome in Berlin. Now as president he is heading

Last time Barak Obama made a formal visit to Europe he was on the campaign trail and got a huge welcome in Berlin. Now as president he is heading

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Netanyahu prepares for power in Israel

Israelis and Palestinians have been greeting the new coalition government in Israel with a mixture of trepidation and hope. After decades of

Israelis and Palestinians have been greeting the new coalition government in Israel with a mixture of trepidation and hope. After decades of

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Migrants feared drowned off Libya

Hundreds of African migrants are still missing at sea, feared drowned, after their boats sank off the coast of Libya. Four vessels set out for

Hundreds of African migrants are still missing at sea, feared drowned, after their boats sank off the coast of Libya. Four vessels set out for

Culture

The coolest train set in the world

Twin brothers Frederik and Gerrit Braun have turned a boyhood passion for miniature railways into a Mecca for model enthusiasts across the world

Twin brothers Frederik and Gerrit Braun have turned a boyhood passion for miniature railways into a Mecca for model enthusiasts across the world

Science_technology

Getting ready for a mission to Mars

The dream of landing in one of the most inhospitable landscapes in the Solar System could, in just a few years, become a reality. Space crews have

The dream of landing in one of the most inhospitable landscapes in the Solar System could, in just a few years, become a reality. Space crews have

News

Merkel and Medvedev hold pre-G20 talks

Two leaders most opposed to America’s plans to beat the recession have called for reform not spending. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and

Two leaders most opposed to America’s plans to beat the recession have called for reform not spending. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and

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Netanyahu says peace possible with Palestinians

The incoming Israeli prime minister has promised to pursue peace with the Palestinians. Addressing parliament before it votes to endorse his right

The incoming Israeli prime minister has promised to pursue peace with the Palestinians. Addressing parliament before it votes to endorse his right

Europe

The powers of the European Parliament

The European Parliament is the only one of the EU’s institutions whose members are directly elected by the bloc’s citizens – since 1979. What power

The European Parliament is the only one of the EU’s institutions whose members are directly elected by the bloc’s citizens – since 1979. What power

News

British troops begin Basra pullout

British troops have begun their official withdrawal from Basra. In a farewell ceremony at a hotel in the southern Iraqi city, Royal Marines

British troops have begun their official withdrawal from Basra. In a farewell ceremony at a hotel in the southern Iraqi city, Royal Marines

Europe

Latin languages

Half of the people living in the European Union speaks a so-called Latin or Romanic language. But does this branch of the Indo-European language

Half of the people living in the European Union speaks a so-called Latin or Romanic language. But does this branch of the Indo-European language

News

Iran set to reject foreign troops at Afghan talks

Taliban fighters who abandon extremism must be given an honourable form of reconciliation, according to Hillary Clinton. The US Secretary of

Taliban fighters who abandon extremism must be given an honourable form of reconciliation, according to Hillary Clinton. The US Secretary of

News

Arguments threaten G20 economic summit

Widely-differing views on how to tackle the world economic crisis are threatening to sour the atmosphere at the G20 economic summit in London

Widely-differing views on how to tackle the world economic crisis are threatening to sour the atmosphere at the G20 economic summit in London

News

Hundreds missing after migrant boats sink off Libya

Search and rescue operations are continuing after a boat carrying more than 250 illegal migrants heading for the EU sank off the coast of Libya

Search and rescue operations are continuing after a boat carrying more than 250 illegal migrants heading for the EU sank off the coast of Libya

News

Basque Country deal ousts nationalists

The centre-right party in Spain’s Basque Country has announced a deal with the Socialists to end their nationalist rivals’ 30-year grip on power in

The centre-right party in Spain’s Basque Country has announced a deal with the Socialists to end their nationalist rivals’ 30-year grip on power in

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Britain starts Basra withdrawal

British troops today begin their withdrawal from the Iraqi city of Basra. Six years after they helped in the US-led invasion to topple Saddam

British troops today begin their withdrawal from the Iraqi city of Basra. Six years after they helped in the US-led invasion to topple Saddam

News

Afghanistan conference in The Hague

US officials say Iran’s participation in today’s UN-backed conference on Afghanistan in The Hague is a key part of boosting the global effort to

US officials say Iran’s participation in today’s UN-backed conference on Afghanistan in The Hague is a key part of boosting the global effort to

News

High security in Britain ahead of G20 summit

Amid heightened security ahead of the G20 summit in London on Thursday, five people have been arrested by police. Local media say the suspects

Amid heightened security ahead of the G20 summit in London on Thursday, five people have been arrested by police. Local media say the suspects

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Netanyahu promises peace drive

Incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to push for peace with the Arab world. In a speech to the Israeli parliament

Incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to push for peace with the Arab world. In a speech to the Israeli parliament