BREAKING NEWS

2009-05-20

Europe

A Parliament 20% legitimate?

A German voter asks: “Will the European Parliament still have legitimacy if less than 20% of the people vote in these elections?” The

A German voter asks: “Will the European Parliament still have legitimacy if less than 20% of the people vote in these elections?” The

Business

Volvo truck sales slump

Volvo is having increasing difficulty in finding customers in the global downturn. The world’s second biggest truck maker said deliveries tumbled

Volvo is having increasing difficulty in finding customers in the global downturn. The world’s second biggest truck maker said deliveries tumbled

Business

Spain's condition worsens

Spain’s economy turns out to be in an even worse state than had been thought. The National Statistics Institute said gross domestic product was

Spain’s economy turns out to be in an even worse state than had been thought. The National Statistics Institute said gross domestic product was

Business

Wednesday 20th May

After fluctuating between positive and negative .. European shares finished up over one percent though London’s FTSE 100 stayed in the red

After fluctuating between positive and negative .. European shares finished up over one percent though London’s FTSE 100 stayed in the red

Business

GM sees three bidders for Opel

Potential investors in GM’s Opel and Vauxhall have started to submit their buyout strategies. The German government is handing the takeover

Potential investors in GM’s Opel and Vauxhall have started to submit their buyout strategies. The German government is handing the takeover

Europe

Russia flaunts size with EU

The last European Union summit with Russia was hosted by France, and it was held on the Riviera, in Nice. For this year’s event, today and tomorrow

The last European Union summit with Russia was hosted by France, and it was held on the Riviera, in Nice. For this year’s event, today and tomorrow

Europe

EU, China trade respect

The Czech EU Presidency has said dialogue with China will include extremely important human rights concerns. However, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao

The Czech EU Presidency has said dialogue with China will include extremely important human rights concerns. However, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao

Business

Japan's economy shows record fall

The Japanese economy has recorded another dreadful performance, plunging four percent in the first quarter in 2009, the worst results in its history

The Japanese economy has recorded another dreadful performance, plunging four percent in the first quarter in 2009, the worst results in its history

News

British workers strike over foreign labour

Parts of Britain have been hit by more strikes against the use of foreign workers. Contract staff walked out at a number of energy plants in England

Parts of Britain have been hit by more strikes against the use of foreign workers. Contract staff walked out at a number of energy plants in England

News

98 dead in Indonesian air crash

The number of people killed in this morning’s military air crash in Indonesia has risen to 98, including two on the ground. The C-130 Hercules

The number of people killed in this morning’s military air crash in Indonesia has risen to 98, including two on the ground. The C-130 Hercules

News

US tries to patch up relations with Serbia

The US Vice President is in Belgrade as part of a three-country visit to the Balkans. Despite deep differences over the self-declared

The US Vice President is in Belgrade as part of a three-country visit to the Balkans. Despite deep differences over the self-declared

News

Two moderates confirmed in Iran's presidential race

Iran has approved the list of candidates who will stand against President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in next month’s presidential election. It includes two

Iran has approved the list of candidates who will stand against President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in next month’s presidential election. It includes two

News

Inquiry slams Irish state over "endemic" child abuse

Horrific abuse in Catholic children’s homes in Ireland has been condemned in a government report, with authorities slammed for doing nothing to stop

Horrific abuse in Catholic children’s homes in Ireland has been condemned in a government report, with authorities slammed for doing nothing to stop

News

Aung San Suu Kyi trial opened to foreign observers

The military rulers of Myanmar appeared to bow to international pressure today, by opening the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi to foreign journalists and

The military rulers of Myanmar appeared to bow to international pressure today, by opening the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi to foreign journalists and

Science_technology

Digital fight against breast cancer

Nijemgen, The Netherlands, a woman arrives for a breast cancer screening. An appointment she wouldn’t want to miss. Every two years in The

Nijemgen, The Netherlands, a woman arrives for a breast cancer screening. An appointment she wouldn’t want to miss. Every two years in The

Science_technology

Seashells in Sinai desert garrison

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed an military garrison made of mud bricks and sea shells in the Sinai desert. The Tell Heboua garrison dates

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed an military garrison made of mud bricks and sea shells in the Sinai desert. The Tell Heboua garrison dates

Culture

Mawazine rocks on

The Mawazine Music Festival in Rabat continues to attract huge crowds this week. The Joubran Trio consisting of three brothers from Palestine, were

The Mawazine Music Festival in Rabat continues to attract huge crowds this week. The Joubran Trio consisting of three brothers from Palestine, were

Culture

Coppola's Tetro premieres at Cannes

Francis Ford Coppola’s new film Tetro has opened the Director’s Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. It is the first original screenplay

Francis Ford Coppola’s new film Tetro has opened the Director’s Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. It is the first original screenplay

News

UK politicians debate reforms and change

The UK’s lower House of Parliament has been debating reform of its members’ expenses claims system a day after the Speaker was forced to resign over

The UK’s lower House of Parliament has been debating reform of its members’ expenses claims system a day after the Speaker was forced to resign over

News

13 arrested in Spain for al-Qaeda links

Thirteen people have been arrested in Spain, in a long-running investigation into the funding of al-Qaeda in north Africa. Most of the suspects are

Thirteen people have been arrested in Spain, in a long-running investigation into the funding of al-Qaeda in north Africa. Most of the suspects are

News

EU-China summit seeks 'a new global order'

Building a new world order and saving the planet are the modest aims as Europe and China prepare for a one-day summit today. Relations between the

Building a new world order and saving the planet are the modest aims as Europe and China prepare for a one-day summit today. Relations between the

News

Presidential vote setback for Moldova's Communists

Moldova’s political stalemate is set to continue after the parliament failed to elect a president in a first round of voting boycotted by the

Moldova’s political stalemate is set to continue after the parliament failed to elect a president in a first round of voting boycotted by the

News

Ancient fossil could be 'the missing link'

A small fossilised skeleton, making her public debut 47 million years after she died, may prove to be the missing link – the common ancestor of the

A small fossilised skeleton, making her public debut 47 million years after she died, may prove to be the missing link – the common ancestor of the

News

97 dead in Indonesian military plane crash

At least 97 people are now known to have died in the crash of a military plane in Indonesia. The C-130 Hercules ploughed into several houses as it

At least 97 people are now known to have died in the crash of a military plane in Indonesia. The C-130 Hercules ploughed into several houses as it

News

British architect Norman Foster wins arts award in Spain

This year’s Prince of Asturias Award for Arts has been awarded to British Architect Norman Foster. The Asturias prizes are the Spanish equivalent

This year’s Prince of Asturias Award for Arts has been awarded to British Architect Norman Foster. The Asturias prizes are the Spanish equivalent

News

Biden calls for progress in Bosnia

On a visit to Sarajevo, US Vice President Joe Biden has warned that Bosnia could once again descend into violence unless its leaders heal their

On a visit to Sarajevo, US Vice President Joe Biden has warned that Bosnia could once again descend into violence unless its leaders heal their

News

UK parliament concentrates on reputation rescue

British MPs have been proposing differing ways of restoring parliament’s reputation, after the House of Commons was rocked by the Speaker’s

British MPs have been proposing differing ways of restoring parliament’s reputation, after the House of Commons was rocked by the Speaker’s