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2009-06-30

Europe

Turkey clears another obstacle on road to EU membership

Turkish Prime Minister Rajab Tayyip Erdogan has inched his country forward in its troubled bid for European Union membership. He has agreed to

Turkish Prime Minister Rajab Tayyip Erdogan has inched his country forward in its troubled bid for European Union membership. He has agreed to

Europe

Czechs bow out of EU presidency to little applause

The stormy six-month boat-rocking Czech presidency of the European Union is at an end. Many – among the 27 nation bloc – are likely to be

The stormy six-month boat-rocking Czech presidency of the European Union is at an end. Many – among the 27 nation bloc – are likely to be

Europe

Swedish EU presidency faces big challenges

Sweden faces some daunting tasks as it assumes the EU’s six month rotating presidency. The Nordic country of just nine milion people – home to less

Sweden faces some daunting tasks as it assumes the EU’s six month rotating presidency. The Nordic country of just nine milion people – home to less

Business

Euro zone inflation dips into negativity

Euro zone inflation has dipped into negative territory for the first time since it was created ten years ago. The EU’s statistics office, Eurostat

Euro zone inflation has dipped into negative territory for the first time since it was created ten years ago. The EU’s statistics office, Eurostat

Business

European markets fall on US confidence figures

Weaker than expected consumer confidence in the US weighed on European markets, underlining some analysts fears that hopes of recovery are somewhat

Weaker than expected consumer confidence in the US weighed on European markets, underlining some analysts fears that hopes of recovery are somewhat

Business

Small fall in German jobless

A small drop in Germany’s unadjusted unemployment rate has boosted hopes that Europe’s biggest economy has turned the corner. The headline

A small drop in Germany’s unadjusted unemployment rate has boosted hopes that Europe’s biggest economy has turned the corner. The headline

Business

GM considers improved RHJ bid of Opel

Belgian-based holding company RHJ is reported to be buying a stake in Opel. It comes after talks between parent company GM and preferred bidder Magna

Belgian-based holding company RHJ is reported to be buying a stake in Opel. It comes after talks between parent company GM and preferred bidder Magna

Business

Britain's gain, Spain's pain in house price data

There is mixed news for two of Europe’s big housing markets. UK property prices rose for the second month in a row, provding further evidence the

There is mixed news for two of Europe’s big housing markets. UK property prices rose for the second month in a row, provding further evidence the

Business

British economy shrank faster than first thought

The British economy contracted at a much faster rate in the first three months of the year than initially thought. New data shows it also shrank at

The British economy contracted at a much faster rate in the first three months of the year than initially thought. New data shows it also shrank at

News

German court approves Lisbon treaty

The Lisbon treaty complies with Germany’s constitution, says the nation’s highest court. Judges have given the treaty the green light thus bringing

The Lisbon treaty complies with Germany’s constitution, says the nation’s highest court. Judges have given the treaty the green light thus bringing

News

Italian rail tragedy could've been a lot worse

It has emerged that the Italian train derailment tragedy might have been a lot worse. Just after the derailment, a railway official managed to alert

It has emerged that the Italian train derailment tragedy might have been a lot worse. Just after the derailment, a railway official managed to alert

News

Yemen defends airline's safety

Yemen’s transport minister said the stricken plane had passed an inspection in May, supervised by Airbus engineers, and in line with international

Yemen’s transport minister said the stricken plane had passed an inspection in May, supervised by Airbus engineers, and in line with international

News

Italy's train crash inferno kills 16

16 people are now known to have died after a train derailment that caused explosions in northern Italy. Three children are among those who were

16 people are now known to have died after a train derailment that caused explosions in northern Italy. Three children are among those who were

News

Anger at Yemen's "dustbin" airline

Yemenia airlines is increasingly coming under fire especially from relatives of the victims left at the other end of the tragic journey. Back in

Yemenia airlines is increasingly coming under fire especially from relatives of the victims left at the other end of the tragic journey. Back in

News

Dance world mourns passing of Bausch

One of the most important figures in contemporary dance Pina Bausch has died suddenly of cancer. She was 68. She began dancing aged 14 in the

One of the most important figures in contemporary dance Pina Bausch has died suddenly of cancer. She was 68. She began dancing aged 14 in the

News

Comoros crash survivor found

Rescuers searching the Indian Ocean for survivors of the Comoros plane crash have picked up a 14-year old girl, alive, from the water. 153 people

Rescuers searching the Indian Ocean for survivors of the Comoros plane crash have picked up a 14-year old girl, alive, from the water. 153 people

News

Bombing overshadows Iraq's "Sovereignty Day"

There has been celebration on the streets of Iraq as US troops handed over full control of urban areas to local security forces. But far away from

There has been celebration on the streets of Iraq as US troops handed over full control of urban areas to local security forces. But far away from

Science_technology

Is there life on Enceladus?

Esa/Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has gathered strong evidence that Saturn’s tiny moon Enceladus retains water in liquid form. The probe has detected

Esa/Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has gathered strong evidence that Saturn’s tiny moon Enceladus retains water in liquid form. The probe has detected

Culture

Malik Sidibe portrait

Portrait photographer Malik Sidibe has just won the top prize at Spain’s biggest photography festival, PhotoEspana. The award recognises his

Portrait photographer Malik Sidibe has just won the top prize at Spain’s biggest photography festival, PhotoEspana. The award recognises his

Culture

Whatever works works

Woody Allen’s new film “Whatever Works” stars Larry David, who better known as a writer and television actor, on shows such as “Saturday Night Live”

Woody Allen’s new film “Whatever Works” stars Larry David, who better known as a writer and television actor, on shows such as “Saturday Night Live”

News

5 days after diagnosis Bausch dies of cancer

One of the most important figures in contemporary dance Pina Bausch has died suddenly of cancer. She was 68. She began dancing aged 14 in the

One of the most important figures in contemporary dance Pina Bausch has died suddenly of cancer. She was 68. She began dancing aged 14 in the

News

Toddler survived Comoros aircrash

Search teams have rescued a five year old child who survived when a Yemeni Airbus crashed into the Indian Ocean with 153 people on board. 66 of

Search teams have rescued a five year old child who survived when a Yemeni Airbus crashed into the Indian Ocean with 153 people on board. 66 of

News

Crash plane passed safety checks in May

The Yemeni transport minister said the stricken plane had undergone a full inspection in May under the supervision of Airbus engineers. A team of

The Yemeni transport minister said the stricken plane had undergone a full inspection in May under the supervision of Airbus engineers. A team of

News

Germany: 'Lisbon' legal but ratification held up

The highest court in Germany ruled that the EU’s Treaty of Lisbon is compatible with German law – then promptly suspended the process to ratify it

The highest court in Germany ruled that the EU’s Treaty of Lisbon is compatible with German law – then promptly suspended the process to ratify it

News

Deadly train derailment in Italy

At least 13 people are dead after a train transporting liquefied petroleum gas derailed and exploded in northern Italy. At least 36 other people

At least 13 people are dead after a train transporting liquefied petroleum gas derailed and exploded in northern Italy. At least 36 other people

News

Iraqi oil contracts up for grabs

Iraq has begun a tender process for the running of its oil and gas fields. This will enable foreign companies to get a foothold in the country for

Iraq has begun a tender process for the running of its oil and gas fields. This will enable foreign companies to get a foothold in the country for

News

US soldiers disappear from Iraqi streets

US combat troops are preparing to leave the last of Iraqi cities. It is a move praised by local authorities as restoring sovereignty. By midnight

US combat troops are preparing to leave the last of Iraqi cities. It is a move praised by local authorities as restoring sovereignty. By midnight

News

Italian town in shock after fiery derailment

Officials in Viareggio say the deadly accident happened when one carriage derailed, pulling another four with it. Liquefied petroleum gas escaped

Officials in Viareggio say the deadly accident happened when one carriage derailed, pulling another four with it. Liquefied petroleum gas escaped

News

Bodies found after Comoros air crash

Search and rescue teams have reportedly recovered bodies after a passenger jet from Yemen crashed into the sea off the Comoro Islands in the Indian

Search and rescue teams have reportedly recovered bodies after a passenger jet from Yemen crashed into the sea off the Comoro Islands in the Indian