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2009-04-21

News

End game in Sri Lanka?

Made up of a population of around 20 percent Tamils and 75 percent Sinhalese, the current conflict in Sri Lanka dates back to independence from

Made up of a population of around 20 percent Tamils and 75 percent Sinhalese, the current conflict in Sri Lanka dates back to independence from

Europe

Turkey-EU horizon turbid

The current Czech EU Presidency has been at work with Turkey’s representatives to try and unjam its EU membership process. Prague wants to chair the

The current Czech EU Presidency has been at work with Turkey’s representatives to try and unjam its EU membership process. Prague wants to chair the

Europe

New hardliners in Cyprus equation

The Greek and Turkish communities of Cyprus have agreed to press ahead with talks on reuniting the island. Mehmet Ali Talat, the leader of northern

The Greek and Turkish communities of Cyprus have agreed to press ahead with talks on reuniting the island. Mehmet Ali Talat, the leader of northern

Business

White House cash for Chrysler/GM

America’s struggling car-giants are getting a hand out from the Obama administration. The White House is making up to 3.8-billion euros available

America’s struggling car-giants are getting a hand out from the Obama administration. The White House is making up to 3.8-billion euros available

Business

Telecoms and banks put brakes on European shares

European stock markets all ended the day lower bar Frankfurt and Paris which were marginally up. Telecoms providers and banks led the slide –

European stock markets all ended the day lower bar Frankfurt and Paris which were marginally up. Telecoms providers and banks led the slide –

Business

Seven-country lifeline for Airbus A400M

Seven countries have formally signed a deal which gives the plane-maker Airbus a breathing space to save Europe’s biggest arms project. Britain

Seven countries have formally signed a deal which gives the plane-maker Airbus a breathing space to save Europe’s biggest arms project. Britain

Business

Tesco tills ring up record profits

Shoppers have helped the world’s third biggest retailer cock-a-snook at the dismal global economic conditions. Despite the downturn, UK-based Tesco

Shoppers have helped the world’s third biggest retailer cock-a-snook at the dismal global economic conditions. Despite the downturn, UK-based Tesco

Business

Deutsche Post positive on downturn

Europe’s biggest mail carrier, Deutsche Post DHL, says the downturn in the industry may have hit its lowest point. The annual shareholders’ meeting

Europe’s biggest mail carrier, Deutsche Post DHL, says the downturn in the industry may have hit its lowest point. The annual shareholders’ meeting

Europe

Consumer focus close to elections

A minute of silence in memory of the victims of the recent earthquake in Italy – That was how the European Parliament opened its next but last full

A minute of silence in memory of the victims of the recent earthquake in Italy – That was how the European Parliament opened its next but last full

News

Will South Africa's next generation of voters break from the past?

South Africa is gearing up for its fourth elections since the end of Apartheid. Billed by some as the biggest election in the country’s history the

South Africa is gearing up for its fourth elections since the end of Apartheid. Billed by some as the biggest election in the country’s history the

Business

Swedes peel another half point off interest

The world’s oldest central bank, Sweden’s Riksbank, has cut a key interest rate to a record low of just 0.5 per cent. It is the fifteenth major

The world’s oldest central bank, Sweden’s Riksbank, has cut a key interest rate to a record low of just 0.5 per cent. It is the fifteenth major

News

French police swoop on immigrants in Calais

French police have arrested 150 illegal migrants near Calais, in an operation targeting a sprawling tent city of people hoping to travel secretly to

French police have arrested 150 illegal migrants near Calais, in an operation targeting a sprawling tent city of people hoping to travel secretly to

News

ANC expects "massive" election turnout

The head of South Africa’s ruling party, the ANC, says he is expecting a massive turnout in the country’s elections tomorrow. Jacob Zuma is

The head of South Africa’s ruling party, the ANC, says he is expecting a massive turnout in the country’s elections tomorrow. Jacob Zuma is

News

Yukos lawyer given parole

In Moscow, parole has been granted to a lawyer for the disbanded Yukos oil company, jailed more than four years ago on charges of tax evasion and

In Moscow, parole has been granted to a lawyer for the disbanded Yukos oil company, jailed more than four years ago on charges of tax evasion and

News

War of words over racism conference

As the Iranian President was welcomed home from the controversial UN conference on racism in Geneva, the UN Secretary General came under fire from

As the Iranian President was welcomed home from the controversial UN conference on racism in Geneva, the UN Secretary General came under fire from

News

Holocaust Day overshadowed by anti-Israel rhetoric

Holocaust Remembrance Day has been marked around the world in memory of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis in World War Two. At the former

Holocaust Remembrance Day has been marked around the world in memory of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis in World War Two. At the former

News

Refugees flee Sri Lankan conflict zone

Tens of thousands of refugees have taken advantage of a Sri Lankan military advance against Tamil Tiger separatists to flee the fighting in the

Tens of thousands of refugees have taken advantage of a Sri Lankan military advance against Tamil Tiger separatists to flee the fighting in the

Science_technology

Flying bell new way to clear slopes of avalanches

As the skiing season comes to an end the cost of this exciting but dangerous passtime for some has been high. Every year lives are lost in

As the skiing season comes to an end the cost of this exciting but dangerous passtime for some has been high. Every year lives are lost in

Culture

Modigliani returns to Germany after 20 years

Maybe one reason so many top models are skinny is that they are inspired by Amedeo Modigliani. Now the “Bundeskunsthalle” in Bonn presents the first

Maybe one reason so many top models are skinny is that they are inspired by Amedeo Modigliani. Now the “Bundeskunsthalle” in Bonn presents the first

Culture

Copenhagen joins the international filmfest list

Denmark’s new feature film festival has opened with national and international stars, and no less than 185 new, original, thought-provoking, funny

Denmark’s new feature film festival has opened with national and international stars, and no less than 185 new, original, thought-provoking, funny

News

Recount in Moldova hands communists victory

Moldova’s ruling communist party has been declared the winner in a disputed parliamentary election following a recount. It was ordered by

Moldova’s ruling communist party has been declared the winner in a disputed parliamentary election following a recount. It was ordered by

News

French police swoop on immigrants in Calais

French police have arrested 150 illegal migrants near Calais, in an operation targeting a sprawling tent city of people hoping to travel secretly to

French police have arrested 150 illegal migrants near Calais, in an operation targeting a sprawling tent city of people hoping to travel secretly to

News

French police swoop on immigrants in Calais

French police have arrested 150 illegal migrants near Calais, in an operation targeting a sprawling tent city of people hoping to travel secretly to

French police have arrested 150 illegal migrants near Calais, in an operation targeting a sprawling tent city of people hoping to travel secretly to

News

Racism conference resumes despite Iran speech

All EU delegates apart from the Czech Republic’s have decided to stay on at a UN conference against racism in Geneva despite a controversial speech

All EU delegates apart from the Czech Republic’s have decided to stay on at a UN conference against racism in Geneva despite a controversial speech

News

Khodorkovsky pleads not guilty to new charges

Imprisoned former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has pleaded not guilty to fresh charges of theft and embezzlement at his trial in Moscow

Imprisoned former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has pleaded not guilty to fresh charges of theft and embezzlement at his trial in Moscow

Europe

European Elections 2009: turnout forecast

Since the first European elections by universal suffrage in 1979 the turnout has fallen constantly. Will this June 4-7 round be any different?

Since the first European elections by universal suffrage in 1979 the turnout has fallen constantly. Will this June 4-7 round be any different?

Europe

Fighting counterfeiting and piracy

Twenty years ago, counterfeiting mainly used to focus on expansive handbags, nowadays, it has broadened its scope to fake electrical appliances

Twenty years ago, counterfeiting mainly used to focus on expansive handbags, nowadays, it has broadened its scope to fake electrical appliances