BREAKING NEWS

2009-07-17

Business

Friday 17th July

European shares finished the day ahead, extending their winning streak to five days and posting their best weekly gain since late November last year

European shares finished the day ahead, extending their winning streak to five days and posting their best weekly gain since late November last year

Business

BA raising big cash

Trying to secure its future, British Airways is to raise almost 700 million euros though selling bonds and bank loans. Half of that money is

Trying to secure its future, British Airways is to raise almost 700 million euros though selling bonds and bank loans. Half of that money is

Business

BoA and Citi remain under pressure

Top US banks continue to struggle. The largest, Bank of America, has just posted lower earnings. Second-quarter net income fell 25 percent to 2.4

Top US banks continue to struggle. The largest, Bank of America, has just posted lower earnings. Second-quarter net income fell 25 percent to 2.4

Business

Renault's sales slip

Mixed news from French carmaker Renault. Vehicle sales were down 16.5 percent in the first half of the year – similar to the overall market fall

Mixed news from French carmaker Renault. Vehicle sales were down 16.5 percent in the first half of the year – similar to the overall market fall

Business

RHJ details Opel bid

Details have emerged of the offer for General Motors’ Opel and Vauxhall business from the Belgium-based investor RHJ International. In a

Details have emerged of the offer for General Motors’ Opel and Vauxhall business from the Belgium-based investor RHJ International. In a

Business

Euro zone trade sputters

Euro zone exports and imports both tumbled in May. New figures from the EU statistics office show there was a trade surplus as imports contracted

Euro zone exports and imports both tumbled in May. New figures from the EU statistics office show there was a trade surplus as imports contracted

Europe

Spain and Portugal go big on thinking small

The leaders of Spain and Portugal have inaugurated a joint scientific research facility they hope will become a world leader in technology on a

The leaders of Spain and Portugal have inaugurated a joint scientific research facility they hope will become a world leader in technology on a

News

Pope recovers after breaking wrist

The Pope is recovering at his holiday home in northern Italy after surgery on a broken wrist. He suffered the injury when falling in his bath. The

The Pope is recovering at his holiday home in northern Italy after surgery on a broken wrist. He suffered the injury when falling in his bath. The

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Pope recovers after breaking wrist

The Pope is recovering at his holiday home in northern Italy after surgery on a broken wrist. He suffered the injury when falling in his bath. The

The Pope is recovering at his holiday home in northern Italy after surgery on a broken wrist. He suffered the injury when falling in his bath. The

News

United front for Germany's battling conservatives

Two months before Germany’s general election, the conservative allies of Angela Merkel have yet to settle their differences with the Chancellor

Two months before Germany’s general election, the conservative allies of Angela Merkel have yet to settle their differences with the Chancellor

News

Former President says Iran is in crisis

In apparent defiance of Iran’s supreme leader, the former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has declared the Islamic Republic to be in crisis

In apparent defiance of Iran’s supreme leader, the former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has declared the Islamic Republic to be in crisis

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Iranian opposition supporters clash with police

Tens of thousands of protesters used a sermon by former President Ali Akhbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to stage the biggest show of dissent for weeks

Tens of thousands of protesters used a sermon by former President Ali Akhbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to stage the biggest show of dissent for weeks

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Georgian diplomat launches new party

Georgia’s former ambassador to the UN has launched his own political party. Running under the slogan ‘‘Our Georgia – Free Democrats’ -Irakly

Georgia’s former ambassador to the UN has launched his own political party. Running under the slogan ‘‘Our Georgia – Free Democrats’ -Irakly

News

Indonesia hotel blasts kill nine

Indonesia says suicide bombers were behind twin blasts that killed at least nine people in two luxury hotels. CCTV captured the moment when a bomb

Indonesia says suicide bombers were behind twin blasts that killed at least nine people in two luxury hotels. CCTV captured the moment when a bomb

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British shoppers shun plastic bags

Britons seem to be changing their shopping habits, nearly halving the number of plastic bags they use. Since 2006 Britain’s biggest supermarkets have

Britons seem to be changing their shopping habits, nearly halving the number of plastic bags they use. Since 2006 Britain’s biggest supermarkets have

Europe

Behind the Scenes at Europe's Parliament

The new European Parliament has set sail on a new five year mission with the former Polish prime minister Jerzy Buzek at the helm. The major groups

The new European Parliament has set sail on a new five year mission with the former Polish prime minister Jerzy Buzek at the helm. The major groups

Culture

New documentary offers insight into Myanmar uprising

“Burma VJ” is an up-close experience of the fight against Myanmar’s military government. The story is told through the eyes of a 27-year-old video

“Burma VJ” is an up-close experience of the fight against Myanmar’s military government. The story is told through the eyes of a 27-year-old video

Culture

Island Records celebrates 50th anniversary at Montreux.

The half-centenary of Island Records is a massive achievement for its creator Chris Blackwell. “Chris is the person who has really understood the

The half-centenary of Island Records is a massive achievement for its creator Chris Blackwell. “Chris is the person who has really understood the

News

Jemaah Islamiyah blamed for Jakarta bombings

Indonesia has made great strides in containing terrorism recently, arresting several high-level suspects of Jemaah Islamiyah which has carried out

Indonesia has made great strides in containing terrorism recently, arresting several high-level suspects of Jemaah Islamiyah which has carried out

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Bomb blasts the work of terrorists, Indonesia says

Indonesia has said the explosions that ripped through two luxury hotels in Jakarta were the work of terrorists. But President Susilo Banbang

Indonesia has said the explosions that ripped through two luxury hotels in Jakarta were the work of terrorists. But President Susilo Banbang

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Microcredit can help transform lives

The world’s poor can change their lives with microcredit. In Ethiopia, a Bank for the Unbankables that is supported by several European

The world’s poor can change their lives with microcredit. In Ethiopia, a Bank for the Unbankables that is supported by several European

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Iran in crisis, says former President

The former President of Iran Ali Akhbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said his country is in crisis following last months disputed election. In a sermon

The former President of Iran Ali Akhbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said his country is in crisis following last months disputed election. In a sermon

News

Pope falls and suffers broken wrist

The Pope is recovering in hospital after falling and breaking his wrist. The Vatican said Benedict had slipped in the bath at his holiday chalet near

The Pope is recovering in hospital after falling and breaking his wrist. The Vatican said Benedict had slipped in the bath at his holiday chalet near

News

Twin bomb blasts hit hotels in Jakarta -- foreigners reported dead

A least nine people including some foreigners have been killed by two near simultaneous bomb blasts in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The luxury

A least nine people including some foreigners have been killed by two near simultaneous bomb blasts in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The luxury

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Twin bomb blasts hit hotels in Jakarta-foreigners reported dead

A least nine people including some foreigners have been killed by two near simultanous bomb blasts in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.   The luxury

A least nine people including some foreigners have been killed by two near simultanous bomb blasts in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.   The luxury

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Activists' murder sparks international condemnation

The kidnapping and murder of human rights activist Natalia Estemirova has sparked a storm of international condemnation. Estemirova was abducted

The kidnapping and murder of human rights activist Natalia Estemirova has sparked a storm of international condemnation. Estemirova was abducted

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EU ministers discuss "difficult" illegal immigration

EU interior ministers gathered in Stockholm to discuss the thorny issue of illegal immigration. Most agreed that something has to done, but what

EU interior ministers gathered in Stockholm to discuss the thorny issue of illegal immigration. Most agreed that something has to done, but what

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Iceland Parliament votes to join EU

Iceland’s parliament has voted to begin accession talks with the European Union. It was an unthinkable move once, but the island’s recent

Iceland’s parliament has voted to begin accession talks with the European Union. It was an unthinkable move once, but the island’s recent