BREAKING NEWS

2009-05-26

Business

German Q1 GDP slumps

A record slump in exports and investment caused Germany’s economy to shrink in the first quarter at its fastest pace since reunification in 1990

A record slump in exports and investment caused Germany’s economy to shrink in the first quarter at its fastest pace since reunification in 1990

Business

French keep shopping

French consumer spending seems to be holding up for the moment. Shoppers bought more manufactured goods than expected in April. The national

French consumer spending seems to be holding up for the moment. Shoppers bought more manufactured goods than expected in April. The national

Business

Opel partner choice imminent

The German government has said it will announce the choice for a partner for Opel on Wednesday evening. The subject has again been under

The German government has said it will announce the choice for a partner for Opel on Wednesday evening. The subject has again been under

Business

Tuesday 26th May

European shares closed up over one percent having spent much of the day in the red. They turned around after the release of new figures showing

European shares closed up over one percent having spent much of the day in the red. They turned around after the release of new figures showing

Business

Virgin bucks the trend

Virgin Atlantic has announced its yearly profits nearly doubled , but the privately-owned airline warned the weak global economy mean it will be

Virgin Atlantic has announced its yearly profits nearly doubled , but the privately-owned airline warned the weak global economy mean it will be

Europe

Election interest rising!

As more and more campaigns get under way ahead of the European Parliamentary elections from the 4-7 June, a new survey shows interest picking up

As more and more campaigns get under way ahead of the European Parliamentary elections from the 4-7 June, a new survey shows interest picking up

Europe

Portugal little aware of election date

Portugal has begun its campaigning for the European Parliamentary elections. Only eight percent of the Portuguese know the ballot for them will be

Portugal has begun its campaigning for the European Parliamentary elections. Only eight percent of the Portuguese know the ballot for them will be

Europe

The 2-city parliament

A German-speaking voter asks: “Why is the European Parliament in Strasbourg and in Brussels?” The response: “Hi, I’m Dulce Dias, a

A German-speaking voter asks: “Why is the European Parliament in Strasbourg and in Brussels?” The response: “Hi, I’m Dulce Dias, a

News

Europe and Asia urge release of Myanmar prisoners

Myanmar has come under renewed pressure to release pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. At a meeting of Asian and European foreign ministers in

Myanmar has come under renewed pressure to release pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. At a meeting of Asian and European foreign ministers in

News

France opens military base in UAE

Nicolas Sarkozy has formally opened a military base in the United Arab Emirates; France’s first in the Gulf region. The French president was

Nicolas Sarkozy has formally opened a military base in the United Arab Emirates; France’s first in the Gulf region. The French president was

News

Georgia marks Independence Day with protests

Georgia’s Independence Day has been marked by a massive protest against President Mikhail Saakashvili. Tens of thousands of people waving white

Georgia’s Independence Day has been marked by a massive protest against President Mikhail Saakashvili. Tens of thousands of people waving white

News

Succession vacuum blamed for North Korea's missile launch

A hesitant and fragile looking Kim Jong-il entered North-Korea’s Peoples’ Assembly last April. For the communist leader it was his first public

A hesitant and fragile looking Kim Jong-il entered North-Korea’s Peoples’ Assembly last April. For the communist leader it was his first public

News

Obama nominates new Supreme Court Justice

President Obama has made history in his choice for a new Supreme Court Justice. The President had been expected to nominate a liberal judge, probably

President Obama has made history in his choice for a new Supreme Court Justice. The President had been expected to nominate a liberal judge, probably

News

Unrepentant N.Korea defies the world

Defying international condemnation, an unrepentant North Korea fired off missiles and rhetoric as the world struggled with its continuing

Defying international condemnation, an unrepentant North Korea fired off missiles and rhetoric as the world struggled with its continuing

Science_technology

Lung cancer early detection hope

Lung cancer kills 240,000 people across the EU every year. Early diagnosis is vital but until now difficult. A consortium of European researchers

Lung cancer kills 240,000 people across the EU every year. Early diagnosis is vital but until now difficult. A consortium of European researchers

Culture

Samson and Delilah win Camera d'Or

Aboriginal director Warwick Thornton has won the Camera d’Or at Cannes for his first feature film “Samson and Delilah”. Thornton’s teenage

Aboriginal director Warwick Thornton has won the Camera d’Or at Cannes for his first feature film “Samson and Delilah”. Thornton’s teenage

Culture

Calvin Harris tops the charts

Calvin Harris is topping the UK singles chart with his single “I’m not Alone” which was released in April. Calvin Harris has already worked with

Calvin Harris is topping the UK singles chart with his single “I’m not Alone” which was released in April. Calvin Harris has already worked with

News

Georgian opposition rallies in Tbilisi

Thousands of opposition protestors in Georgia have held a mass rally in the capital Tbilisi, renewing their calls for change. Popular resentment at

Thousands of opposition protestors in Georgia have held a mass rally in the capital Tbilisi, renewing their calls for change. Popular resentment at

News

Myanmar lifts Suu Kyi house arrest

Myanmar has lifted the house arrest of pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. But she will remain in detention while her trial continues. Suu

Myanmar has lifted the house arrest of pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. But she will remain in detention while her trial continues. Suu

News

North Korea frightens and fascinates

Despite its rogue status in the international community, North Korea remains a magnet for tourists. Here at Dandong, on the Chinese side of the

Despite its rogue status in the international community, North Korea remains a magnet for tourists. Here at Dandong, on the Chinese side of the

News

Russian economy shrinks ten per cent

Figures out today show how hard the world economic slump has hit Russia. The gross domestic product declined by 10,5 per cent in April, 9,8 per

Figures out today show how hard the world economic slump has hit Russia. The gross domestic product declined by 10,5 per cent in April, 9,8 per

News

N.Korea tests more missiles

North Korea has defied world condemnation and test-fired two more missiles. Sources in South Korea said the short-range rockets were launched off

North Korea has defied world condemnation and test-fired two more missiles. Sources in South Korea said the short-range rockets were launched off

News

Hospital fire kills eight in Turkey

A fire in a Turkish hospital has claimed the lives of eight people. The blaze broke out overnight in the hospital’s scanner department, forcing

A fire in a Turkish hospital has claimed the lives of eight people. The blaze broke out overnight in the hospital’s scanner department, forcing

News

North Korea tensions mount amid UN condemnation

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il has refused to be moved by the world-wide condemnation of his country’s most recent nuclear test. Authorities in

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il has refused to be moved by the world-wide condemnation of his country’s most recent nuclear test. Authorities in

News

A drop of comfort for European milk farmers

Dairy farmers across Europe have succeeded in winning some concessions from the EU in the battle to get financial help to ride out plummeting milk

Dairy farmers across Europe have succeeded in winning some concessions from the EU in the battle to get financial help to ride out plummeting milk

News

Hezbollah slams links to assassination

The assassination Rafik al-Hariri the former Prime Minister of Lebanon has caused a bitter war of words. The German magazine, Der Spiegel has claimed

The assassination Rafik al-Hariri the former Prime Minister of Lebanon has caused a bitter war of words. The German magazine, Der Spiegel has claimed

News

Bangladesh/India battered by cyclone

Half a million people have been forced from their homes in Bangladesh and eastern India after a cyclone barrelled into coastal areas, killing more

Half a million people have been forced from their homes in Bangladesh and eastern India after a cyclone barrelled into coastal areas, killing more

News

Karadzic claims immunity deal with US

Lawyers at the trial of the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic are trying to convince the court that he was promised immunity from

Lawyers at the trial of the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic are trying to convince the court that he was promised immunity from