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2009-04-23

Europe

Firm 'no' for French sole and cod

After two hours of talks, the answer was ‘no’, French fishermen can not have bigger than negotiated quotas. The European Commission has again

After two hours of talks, the answer was ‘no’, French fishermen can not have bigger than negotiated quotas. The European Commission has again

Business

Back to the black for Credit Suisse

Switzerland’s second biggest bank has swung back into profit in the first quarter of the year, and by a much bigger margin than expected. Credit

Switzerland’s second biggest bank has swung back into profit in the first quarter of the year, and by a much bigger margin than expected. Credit

Business

Bleak outlook for Germany's economy

There is more gloomy news from Germany, where new research for the government predicts the economy will shrink by six per cent this year. German

There is more gloomy news from Germany, where new research for the government predicts the economy will shrink by six per cent this year. German

Europe

Working at the wheel for longer

Twelve days on the road for professional coach drivers in Europe will be legal from next January. This will let companies that run one-week tours

Twelve days on the road for professional coach drivers in Europe will be legal from next January. This will let companies that run one-week tours

Business

Euro-bourses slip to end down

European stock markets slipped back by the close of a choppy day’s trading after a positive start. It was banks again that led the retreat, though

European stock markets slipped back by the close of a choppy day’s trading after a positive start. It was banks again that led the retreat, though

Europe

Clampdown on debt-rating

New rules creating European oversight for credit rating agencies have been approved in the European Parliament. The aim is to boost confidence in

New rules creating European oversight for credit rating agencies have been approved in the European Parliament. The aim is to boost confidence in

Business

Rumours rife in european motor industry

There is growing weight being given to reports that the Italian car giant Fiat is on the point of buying a majority stake in the German manufacturer

There is growing weight being given to reports that the Italian car giant Fiat is on the point of buying a majority stake in the German manufacturer

News

Pakistan sends troops to Taliban-held Swat region

Pakistan has sent troops to its northwestern province which has been virtually taken over by the Taliban amid growing fears their presence will

Pakistan has sent troops to its northwestern province which has been virtually taken over by the Taliban amid growing fears their presence will

News

Turkey and Armenia's troubled relationship

September last year, Turkey’s president Abdullah Gul breaks the ice becoming the first Turkish head of state to visit Armenia – invited by his

September last year, Turkey’s president Abdullah Gul breaks the ice becoming the first Turkish head of state to visit Armenia – invited by his

News

Countering the pirates with a treasure chest

The international community is providing a treasure-chest to combat piracy in Somalia. More than 190 million euros have been pledged by a group

The international community is providing a treasure-chest to combat piracy in Somalia. More than 190 million euros have been pledged by a group

News

Continental workers unite against job cuts

In a desperate bid to save their jobs, thousands of French and German employees at Continental have brought their protest to the car parts maker’s

In a desperate bid to save their jobs, thousands of French and German employees at Continental have brought their protest to the car parts maker’s

News

France pledges to scrap Calais "jungle"

France’s immigration minister has pledged to remove a camp where illegal migrants trying to cross over to Britain gather in northern France. The

France’s immigration minister has pledged to remove a camp where illegal migrants trying to cross over to Britain gather in northern France. The

News

ANC has "commanding" lead in South Africa election

In South Africa, early results suggest the governing ANC has a commanding lead in the general election. It is reported Jacob Zuma’s party already

In South Africa, early results suggest the governing ANC has a commanding lead in the general election. It is reported Jacob Zuma’s party already

News

More than 70 die in Iraqi suicide bomb attacks

At least 28 people, many of them women and children hoping for humanitarian aid, were killed earlier today when a suicide bomber detonated his device

At least 28 people, many of them women and children hoping for humanitarian aid, were killed earlier today when a suicide bomber detonated his device

News

Old favourites make a return to Cannes

There will be a host of familiar faces at the Cannes Film Festival this year with, in addition to the usual glamour, the return of several big name

There will be a host of familiar faces at the Cannes Film Festival this year with, in addition to the usual glamour, the return of several big name

Science_technology

Stereo reveals secrets of the sun

Twin NASA spacecraft, named Stereo, have begun providing scientists with their first view of the speed, trajectory, and three-dimensional shape of

Twin NASA spacecraft, named Stereo, have begun providing scientists with their first view of the speed, trajectory, and three-dimensional shape of

Culture

Madrid dance festival enjoys "Faust" et "Monger"

One of Europe’s top dance companies, the Monte Carlo ballet, has presented Jean Christophe Maillot’s neo-classical “Faust” at this year’s Madrid

One of Europe’s top dance companies, the Monte Carlo ballet, has presented Jean Christophe Maillot’s neo-classical “Faust” at this year’s Madrid

Culture

Allen returns to NY to boost Tribeca festival

The 8th annual Tribeca Film Festival has launched with a host of stars turning out in support of the event, recently hit by the credit crunch when

The 8th annual Tribeca Film Festival has launched with a host of stars turning out in support of the event, recently hit by the credit crunch when

Science_technology

Bilharzia and the 'fluke' discovery

Scientists researching a parasitic tropical disease have discovered that the condition might have some unexpected benefits. Bilharzia afflicts

Scientists researching a parasitic tropical disease have discovered that the condition might have some unexpected benefits. Bilharzia afflicts

News

French and German Continental workers join forces

Around 1,000 French workers at a tyre factory near Paris have arrived in Germany for a joint protest against plans to close factories in both

Around 1,000 French workers at a tyre factory near Paris have arrived in Germany for a joint protest against plans to close factories in both

News

Only unknown in South Africa vote: extent of ANC victory

As counting in South Africa’s general election progresses, partial results have reaffirmed predictions of an ANC victory. They also indicate the

As counting in South Africa’s general election progresses, partial results have reaffirmed predictions of an ANC victory. They also indicate the

News

UN action urged to save Sri Lanka civilians

The UN is under fire for what critics say is an inadequate response to the plight of civilians caught in fighting in Sri Lanka. Tens of thousands

The UN is under fire for what critics say is an inadequate response to the plight of civilians caught in fighting in Sri Lanka. Tens of thousands

News

Pakistan abdicating to Taliban extremists - Clinton

The Taliban are moving closer to the Pakistani capital stoking fears about security in the country. Pakistan ally Washington, for whom the

The Taliban are moving closer to the Pakistani capital stoking fears about security in the country. Pakistan ally Washington, for whom the

News

Donors pledge money to combat Somali piracy

With an international naval force failing to defeat the scourge of piracy off Somalia diplomats have gathered in Brussels to see what they can do

With an international naval force failing to defeat the scourge of piracy off Somalia diplomats have gathered in Brussels to see what they can do

News

Genetic screening decision divides Spain

A medical revolution or meddling with nature? Opinions are sharply split in Spain after health authorities authorised the genetic screening of

A medical revolution or meddling with nature? Opinions are sharply split in Spain after health authorities authorised the genetic screening of

News

Turkey proposes better Armenian relations

The long-running antagonism between Turkey and Armenia may soon be over, with reports that the two countries are prepared to normalise their

The long-running antagonism between Turkey and Armenia may soon be over, with reports that the two countries are prepared to normalise their