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2009-05-14

Europe

Opening doors by closing the generation gap

A number of schemes in Europe are bringing together the old and the young to help ease pressures brought about by an ageing population. Projects

A number of schemes in Europe are bringing together the old and the young to help ease pressures brought about by an ageing population. Projects

Business

Fiat workers strike over closure fears

The prospect of Fiat merging with Chrysler and GM Europe to become the world’s second biggest car maker has some of its Italian workers fear plant

The prospect of Fiat merging with Chrysler and GM Europe to become the world’s second biggest car maker has some of its Italian workers fear plant

Business

GM Europe's fate could be known in a week

Opel and Vauxhall’s future could become clearer very soon. Germany’s economy minister has said he expects to get detailed plans within a week

Opel and Vauxhall’s future could become clearer very soon. Germany’s economy minister has said he expects to get detailed plans within a week

Business

Spain's Q1 economic contraction worst in 50 years

New official figures show Spain’s economy suffered its worst contraction in half a century in the first quarter of this year. That reinforces

New official figures show Spain’s economy suffered its worst contraction in half a century in the first quarter of this year. That reinforces

Business

Top European banks continue to suffer

Rising bad debts and the weak European economy continue to hit the earnings of some of the region’s top banks. Loss-making Belgian banking and

Rising bad debts and the weak European economy continue to hit the earnings of some of the region’s top banks. Loss-making Belgian banking and

News

Wayward youth takes to Cannes red carpet

The second day of the Cannes film festival has seen a couple of premiers for films about young people looking to break free from the constraints

The second day of the Cannes film festival has seen a couple of premiers for films about young people looking to break free from the constraints

News

Spain set to change abortion law

The Spanish government is moving to end a legal ban on abortion. The Socialist government’s bill will now go before Congress where it will face

The Spanish government is moving to end a legal ban on abortion. The Socialist government’s bill will now go before Congress where it will face

News

Unions lead 3 days of protests in Europe

‘Europeans have had enough!’ — that is the message of three days of protests against economic conditions starting today and taking place in several

‘Europeans have had enough!’ — that is the message of three days of protests against economic conditions starting today and taking place in several

News

Italy's parliament clamps down on illegals.

Italy’s parliament has passed a law making it a crime to be an illegal immigrant. Those who stay without a visa or authorisation could be liable to

Italy’s parliament has passed a law making it a crime to be an illegal immigrant. Those who stay without a visa or authorisation could be liable to

News

Aung San Suu Kyi group rails against new charges

Opposition activists in Myanmar, formally known as Burma, have condemned new charges against their leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as a ploy to keep her in

Opposition activists in Myanmar, formally known as Burma, have condemned new charges against their leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as a ploy to keep her in

News

Pope holds talks with Netanyahu

Pope Benedict met with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu on day four of his Middle East tour. The highly anticipated meeting came a day

Pope Benedict met with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu on day four of his Middle East tour. The highly anticipated meeting came a day

Science_technology

Uncovering Venus' secrets

For a long time, many imagined conditions on Venus to be similar to Earth. But space probes have since discovered a burning hell instead of a

For a long time, many imagined conditions on Venus to be similar to Earth. But space probes have since discovered a burning hell instead of a

Europe

Air ticket websites improve

Plane ticket-selling websites in the EU have made a steep climb in compliance with consumer protection rules. Misleading advertising and unfair sales

Plane ticket-selling websites in the EU have made a steep climb in compliance with consumer protection rules. Misleading advertising and unfair sales

Culture

Ben Stiller returns in "Night at the Museum 2"

US comedy superstar Ben Stiller is back for new and wild adventures as security guard Larry Daley in “Night at the Museum 2”. This time round, the

US comedy superstar Ben Stiller is back for new and wild adventures as security guard Larry Daley in “Night at the Museum 2”. This time round, the

Culture

Electro-band The Crystal Method launches new album

Californian electronic duo The Crystal Method are releasing their first album in five years. Described as their most innovative and accomplished

Californian electronic duo The Crystal Method are releasing their first album in five years. Described as their most innovative and accomplished

Europe

Who is minding EU gays?

“Hi, I’m Antony, Mister Gay Italy. I want to know if Europe will ever get around to doing something for homosexuals’ rights. Only a few countries

“Hi, I’m Antony, Mister Gay Italy. I want to know if Europe will ever get around to doing something for homosexuals’ rights. Only a few countries

News

Interview : Maria de Medeiros

Actress, singer, director, polyvalent and multicultural, Maria de Medeiros was born in Lisbon, grew up in Vienna and has lived in Paris for the last

Actress, singer, director, polyvalent and multicultural, Maria de Medeiros was born in Lisbon, grew up in Vienna and has lived in Paris for the last

News

ESA launches Herschel and Planck space telescopes

A rocket has successfully blasted off carrying what the European Space Agency has called “two of the most sophisticated astonomical spacecraft ever

A rocket has successfully blasted off carrying what the European Space Agency has called “two of the most sophisticated astonomical spacecraft ever

News

Cinema talent out in force at Cannes film festival

The Cannes film festival entered its second day today. While it is expecting fewer celebrity driven events for it 62nd edition – the recession

The Cannes film festival entered its second day today. While it is expecting fewer celebrity driven events for it 62nd edition – the recession

News

Food aid crisis in war-torn Somlia

It is feared up to one and a half million Somalis could die within six months if their plight is ignored. Heavy fighting between bands of

It is feared up to one and a half million Somalis could die within six months if their plight is ignored. Heavy fighting between bands of

News

Spanish government moves to legalise abortion

The Spanish government has announced plans to legalise abortion in the country. The current law, dating from 1985 only allows terminations in very

The Spanish government has announced plans to legalise abortion in the country. The current law, dating from 1985 only allows terminations in very

News

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to face "trial"

Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to face trial for breaching the conditions of her detention under house arrest after an uninvited

Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to face trial for breaching the conditions of her detention under house arrest after an uninvited

News

Intel challenges EU fine, will appeal

The EU’s one billion-euro fine on Intel, the US chipmaker, will not end the giant’s dominance, but the revelations about the company’s illegal

The EU’s one billion-euro fine on Intel, the US chipmaker, will not end the giant’s dominance, but the revelations about the company’s illegal

News

White House U-turn over alleged torture pictures

US President Barack Obama has done an about-turn and now says he wants to block the publication of photos showing the alleged torture and humiliation

US President Barack Obama has done an about-turn and now says he wants to block the publication of photos showing the alleged torture and humiliation

News

Angry reactions in Italy to anti-immigration vote

There have been angry scenes in Italy after deputies voted in controversial anti-immigration legislation. The new law would mean a 10.000 euro

There have been angry scenes in Italy after deputies voted in controversial anti-immigration legislation. The new law would mean a 10.000 euro

News

UN steps into Sri Lankan endgame

Sri Lanka’s military campaign against the Tamil Tiger rebels is no longer a purely domestic affair. The UN Security Council got involved early on

Sri Lanka’s military campaign against the Tamil Tiger rebels is no longer a purely domestic affair. The UN Security Council got involved early on

News

ESA gears up to launch Herschel and Planck

The countdown is on in French Guiana to one of the most important launches in the history of European Space Research. This single Ariane rocket

The countdown is on in French Guiana to one of the most important launches in the history of European Space Research. This single Ariane rocket