BREAKING NEWS

2009-05-18

Europe

How to inform Europeans better about the Parliament?

Q: “How can we be better informed? How can we make sure people get the information? Once again, we are ill-informed about what’s going on there (in

Q: “How can we be better informed? How can we make sure people get the information? Once again, we are ill-informed about what’s going on there (in

Business

AIG raising money on AIA

US Insurer American International Group is to sell shares in its Asian life insurance division AIA. The money raised will be used to repay some

US Insurer American International Group is to sell shares in its Asian life insurance division AIA. The money raised will be used to repay some

Business

UK car scrappage incentive scheme underway

Britain is following Germany, France and Italy with a car scrapping scheme. From this week UK motorists will get the equivalent of almost 2,300

Britain is following Germany, France and Italy with a car scrapping scheme. From this week UK motorists will get the equivalent of almost 2,300

Business

VW-Porsche merger on hold

The tie-up talks between Volkswagen and Porsche have stalled. A meeting on developing those plans was due to take place on Monday, but was

The tie-up talks between Volkswagen and Porsche have stalled. A meeting on developing those plans was due to take place on Monday, but was

Business

Fiat looks East

Looking to developing markets to make up for slumping sales in Europe Fiat has confirmed plans to build cars in China. In a partnership with the

Looking to developing markets to make up for slumping sales in Europe Fiat has confirmed plans to build cars in China. In a partnership with the

Europe

MEPs underuse the internet, says survey

European lawmakers underuse the internet according to new research. The findings show that while three quarters of MEPs use their personal

European lawmakers underuse the internet according to new research. The findings show that while three quarters of MEPs use their personal

Europe

Irish support grows for Lisbon Treaty

Irish support for the Lisbon Treaty is growing according to opinion polls. The survey by the Irish Times indicates that 52 percent of the Irish

Irish support for the Lisbon Treaty is growing according to opinion polls. The survey by the Irish Times indicates that 52 percent of the Irish

Business

Monday 18th May

European shares finished up 2.5 percent. Banks were strong performers on hopes that the recession in top global economies was abating. Adding

European shares finished up 2.5 percent. Banks were strong performers on hopes that the recession in top global economies was abating. Adding

News

UK House Speaker apologises for expenses scandal

The most senior official in Britain’s lower house of parliament has apologised for an expenses scandal which has sparked public anger. Michael

The most senior official in Britain’s lower house of parliament has apologised for an expenses scandal which has sparked public anger. Michael

News

WHO says flu pandemic could be unfolding

The World Health Organisation says the A-H1N1 flu strain is spreading quickly in Japan in what may the first stage of a pandemic. Experts and

The World Health Organisation says the A-H1N1 flu strain is spreading quickly in Japan in what may the first stage of a pandemic. Experts and

News

Heavyweights make their mark on the Croisette

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival began its second week with two directors seeking their second Palme d’Or. Ken Loach returns with “Looking for

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival began its second week with two directors seeking their second Palme d’Or. Ken Loach returns with “Looking for

News

Sri Lanka says Tiger rebels are totally crushed

After years of bloody conflict, Sri Lanka says it has now totally crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels. The government says it has killed the leader of

After years of bloody conflict, Sri Lanka says it has now totally crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels. The government says it has killed the leader of

News

EU considers tougher action over Myanmar

Supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Su Kyi have maintained a vigil outside the prison where a new trial against her has got underway

Supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Su Kyi have maintained a vigil outside the prison where a new trial against her has got underway

News

Divided Sri Lanka needs respite after war

Sri Lanka is a poor nation of 20 million people, yet four percent of its GDP goes on defence. Civil war has weighed heavily on the Sri Lankan

Sri Lanka is a poor nation of 20 million people, yet four percent of its GDP goes on defence. Civil war has weighed heavily on the Sri Lankan

News

Virus makes new appearance in Japan

In the last three days 125 cases of infection with the A-H1N1 flu virus have flared up in Japan, starting at a a school in Kobe. There are fears this

In the last three days 125 cases of infection with the A-H1N1 flu virus have flared up in Japan, starting at a a school in Kobe. There are fears this

News

Tamils in exile call for EU help

Tamils living in exile have held demonstrations outside European Union and UN buildings in Brussels and Geneva. EU foreign ministers have been

Tamils living in exile have held demonstrations outside European Union and UN buildings in Brussels and Geneva. EU foreign ministers have been

News

Israeli and US leaders in key White House talks

The American and Israeli leaders have met for the first time to trade their visions of a peaceful Middle East. Before Benjamin Netanyahu arrived

The American and Israeli leaders have met for the first time to trade their visions of a peaceful Middle East. Before Benjamin Netanyahu arrived

Science_technology

PAYING BY MOBILE PHONE

It’s easy to pay by mobile phone thanks to a new technology called “NFC – Near Field Communication”. Using a mobile phone equipped with a special

It’s easy to pay by mobile phone thanks to a new technology called “NFC – Near Field Communication”. Using a mobile phone equipped with a special

Culture

Taking Woodstock to Cannes

Ang Lee’s new film “Taking Woodstock” has premiered at Cannes Film Festival. The film is his first comedy in 13 years, and Imelda Staunton’s

Ang Lee’s new film “Taking Woodstock” has premiered at Cannes Film Festival. The film is his first comedy in 13 years, and Imelda Staunton’s

Culture

Spotlight on Bostjan Gombac

Slovenian musician Bostjan Gombac is a true all-rounder. Although the clarinet is his first instrument, he is a multi-instrumentalist and works in a

Slovenian musician Bostjan Gombac is a true all-rounder. Although the clarinet is his first instrument, he is a multi-instrumentalist and works in a

News

Influenza A under spotlight at WHO assembly

Debate over the H1N1 flu is likely to dominate discussion at the annual assembly of the World Health Organisation that opens today. The four-day

Debate over the H1N1 flu is likely to dominate discussion at the annual assembly of the World Health Organisation that opens today. The four-day

News

Rebel leader killed in final Sri Lanka battle

In the immediate aftermath of the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, it has been reported that the leader of the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels has been

In the immediate aftermath of the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, it has been reported that the leader of the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels has been

News

World outcry as Suu Kyi trial opens

The trial of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyii has got under way in a prison in Yangon, amid an international outcry over what critics say

The trial of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyii has got under way in a prison in Yangon, amid an international outcry over what critics say

News

Literary hero Mario Benedetti dies

One of Uruguay’s most celebrated writers, Mario Benedetti, has died. The 88-year-old lived in exile during Uruguay’s military regime from 1973 to

One of Uruguay’s most celebrated writers, Mario Benedetti, has died. The 88-year-old lived in exile during Uruguay’s military regime from 1973 to

News

EU a priority for new Lithuanian president

Lithuania’s new president has made reinvigorating trade with the rest of the EU a top priority. Dalia Grybauskaite, the EU’s current budget

Lithuania’s new president has made reinvigorating trade with the rest of the EU a top priority. Dalia Grybauskaite, the EU’s current budget

News

Sri Lankans look forward to era of peace

The prospect of peace after 30 years of war brought Sri Lankans out onto the streets in celebration. In an outpouring of relief and patriotic fervour

The prospect of peace after 30 years of war brought Sri Lankans out onto the streets in celebration. In an outpouring of relief and patriotic fervour

News

Probe into bullets hand-out

An investigation is underway into a military exercise in The Netherlands when Belgian and French soldiers allegedly handed out blank ammunition to

An investigation is underway into a military exercise in The Netherlands when Belgian and French soldiers allegedly handed out blank ammunition to

News

Anger of dairy farmers

French dairy farmers are to begin a week of protests including a national day of demonstrations on Tuesday as their industry reaches crisis point

French dairy farmers are to begin a week of protests including a national day of demonstrations on Tuesday as their industry reaches crisis point