BREAKING NEWS

2009-05-04

Business

Monday 4th May

European shares finished sharply higher, but trading volume was thin with London closed for a public holiday. Commodities shares were the best

European shares finished sharply higher, but trading volume was thin with London closed for a public holiday. Commodities shares were the best

Europe

Anti-semitic lists in EU poll?

The French authorities want to ban a stand-up comic turned “anti-Zionist” activist from fielding lists of candidates in European elections next

The French authorities want to ban a stand-up comic turned “anti-Zionist” activist from fielding lists of candidates in European elections next

News

Testing time for NATO's Afghanistan strategy

With a new military strategy to implement NATO is facing a long, hot summer in Afghanistan. Attacks by insurgents against the military alliance have

With a new military strategy to implement NATO is facing a long, hot summer in Afghanistan. Attacks by insurgents against the military alliance have

Business

EADS Lockheed Martin bid for US Army helicopters

EADS is teaming up with top US weapons contractor Lockheed Martin to try to win a helicopter contract worth nearly five billion euros. The

EADS is teaming up with top US weapons contractor Lockheed Martin to try to win a helicopter contract worth nearly five billion euros. The

News

Mexico says it's winning the 'flu fightback

Mexicans are preparing to get back to normal life after several days of self-imposed ‘flu quarantine. Health experts there believe shutting down the

Mexicans are preparing to get back to normal life after several days of self-imposed ‘flu quarantine. Health experts there believe shutting down the

Business

No euro zone recovery until mid 2010

It will be the second half of next year before Europe’s economy starts to recover from the recession. That is according to the European Commission

It will be the second half of next year before Europe’s economy starts to recover from the recession. That is according to the European Commission

Business

Chinese economic green shoots

A new survey of Chinese manufacturing seems to show the country’s economy is on the road to recovery helped by massive government fiscal and monetary

A new survey of Chinese manufacturing seems to show the country’s economy is on the road to recovery helped by massive government fiscal and monetary

News

Fiat lobbies over Opel merger

A radical overhaul of the European car industry could be closer after the boss of Italy’s Fiat met top German politicians about a merger with Opel

A radical overhaul of the European car industry could be closer after the boss of Italy’s Fiat met top German politicians about a merger with Opel

News

Karzai stands for re-election with controversial running mate

Hamid Karzai will stand for re-election as President of Afghanistan but his choice of running mate has dismayed many western diplomats. One of the

Hamid Karzai will stand for re-election as President of Afghanistan but his choice of running mate has dismayed many western diplomats. One of the

News

Italy urges stronger EU-Israel ties

Italy has said ties between the EU and Israel must be strengthened. Israel’s controversial foreign minister is in Rome for the first stop of a

Italy has said ties between the EU and Israel must be strengthened. Israel’s controversial foreign minister is in Rome for the first stop of a

News

International custody battle closer to being resolved

An international child custody battle that soured relations between France and Russia could be one step closer to being resolved. Lawyers for

An international child custody battle that soured relations between France and Russia could be one step closer to being resolved. Lawyers for

News

Berlusconi hits back at wife's call for divorce

Silvio Berlusconi has hit back at his wife for her very public demands for a divorce, insisting she owes him an apology. The Italian prime

Silvio Berlusconi has hit back at his wife for her very public demands for a divorce, insisting she owes him an apology. The Italian prime

Culture

Tamasha mix Bronte & Bollywood

One of the most instantly recognisable titles in English fiction, ‘Wuthering Heights’ arrives as a musical at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith this

One of the most instantly recognisable titles in English fiction, ‘Wuthering Heights’ arrives as a musical at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith this

Science_technology

Radiation-surviving organism yields its secrets

The “world’s toughest bacterium” seems to have superpowers that can survive even the deadly gamma radiation that comes from a nuclear explosion. An

The “world’s toughest bacterium” seems to have superpowers that can survive even the deadly gamma radiation that comes from a nuclear explosion. An

Culture

Waters looks for repeat success with "Ghosts of Girlfriends past"

‘‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’‘ throws a celebrity photographer who doesn’t like to be tied down when it comes to love towards a childhood friend at a

‘‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’‘ throws a celebrity photographer who doesn’t like to be tied down when it comes to love towards a childhood friend at a

News

Nepal in turmoil as PM resigns

Security forces in Nepal are on high alert after the Prime Minister resigned in a row over who is in charge. The premier sacked the head of the army

Security forces in Nepal are on high alert after the Prime Minister resigned in a row over who is in charge. The premier sacked the head of the army

News

Fiat pitches its plan for Opel

The German government is hearing Fiat’s plans to take control of Opel and create a European car-making giant. Fiat’s CEO Sergio Marchionne says he

The German government is hearing Fiat’s plans to take control of Opel and create a European car-making giant. Fiat’s CEO Sergio Marchionne says he

News

Supermarket tycoon elected president of Panama

One of Panama’s richest men has been elected as the country’s president. Conservative opposition candidate Ricardo Martinelli ended a series of

One of Panama’s richest men has been elected as the country’s president. Conservative opposition candidate Ricardo Martinelli ended a series of

News

Recession puts Aussie emissions plan on hold

Australia is to delay by a year a scheme to cut carbon emissions in order to help industry through the economic downturn. Prime Minister Kevin

Australia is to delay by a year a scheme to cut carbon emissions in order to help industry through the economic downturn. Prime Minister Kevin

News

Mexico breathes easier as 'flu cases ease

The World Health Organisation is preparing to raise the worldwide alert for the new strain of ‘flu virus to its maximum level but is keen to avoid

The World Health Organisation is preparing to raise the worldwide alert for the new strain of ‘flu virus to its maximum level but is keen to avoid

News

British PM faces 'friendly fire'

The British Local Government Secretary, Hazel Blears has stirred up a political storm after warning Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s government faced

The British Local Government Secretary, Hazel Blears has stirred up a political storm after warning Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s government faced

News

Fiat boss plans a European 'super car company'

The future of Europe’s small car production could be re-drawn today as the boss of Fiat travels to Berlin for talks with the German government. It is

The future of Europe’s small car production could be re-drawn today as the boss of Fiat travels to Berlin for talks with the German government. It is

News

'Angels and Demons' premieres in Rome

Just across town from its fictional setting, the latest religious mystery blockbuster gets its world premiere in Rome tonight. ‘Angels and Demons’ is

Just across town from its fictional setting, the latest religious mystery blockbuster gets its world premiere in Rome tonight. ‘Angels and Demons’ is

News

Supermarket magnate wins Panama presidency

Panama’s presidential election has been won by one of the country’s wealthiest men. The conservative opposition candidate, Ricardo Martinelli, who

Panama’s presidential election has been won by one of the country’s wealthiest men. The conservative opposition candidate, Ricardo Martinelli, who

News

Flu outbreak 'may have peaked' but could return

Health officials in Mexico believe its swine flu outbreak has peaked, and may be no more severe than normal flu. However, they reported 22 people

Health officials in Mexico believe its swine flu outbreak has peaked, and may be no more severe than normal flu. However, they reported 22 people

News

Liebermann starts European tour

Israel’s right-wing new Foreign Minister begins a four-nation tour of Europe today, trying to ease concerns over his government’s stance towards a

Israel’s right-wing new Foreign Minister begins a four-nation tour of Europe today, trying to ease concerns over his government’s stance towards a