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2009-07-21

Business

UK budget deficit balloons

Slumping tax revenues and higher unemployment benefit claims helped push Britain’s budget deficit to a record high in June. The latest official

Slumping tax revenues and higher unemployment benefit claims helped push Britain’s budget deficit to a record high in June. The latest official

News

Swine flu worsens; schools may close

The latest swine flu figures show the virus increasing its march around the world, with the global number of deaths almost doubling in a fortnight

The latest swine flu figures show the virus increasing its march around the world, with the global number of deaths almost doubling in a fortnight

Business

Swiss exports roll further

Swiss exports slumped by nearly a quarter in June. Year-on-year they were down by 23.5 percent when adjusted for price swings and were 2.6 percent

Swiss exports slumped by nearly a quarter in June. Year-on-year they were down by 23.5 percent when adjusted for price swings and were 2.6 percent

Europe

MEPs support milk producers

The battles lines are being drawn in the ongoing war over milk prices, which have fallen by 50% since 2007, meaning that some European dairy farmers

The battles lines are being drawn in the ongoing war over milk prices, which have fallen by 50% since 2007, meaning that some European dairy farmers

News

Biden visits Kiev to reassure Ukraine

US Vice President Joe Biden says resetting the reset button with Russia will not come at Ukraine’s expense. His comments came as he visited Kiev

US Vice President Joe Biden says resetting the reset button with Russia will not come at Ukraine’s expense. His comments came as he visited Kiev

News

Police detain protesters in renewed clashes in Iran

The political crisis in Iran has flared yet again with reports that further clashes have broken out in Tehran between authorities and pro-reform

The political crisis in Iran has flared yet again with reports that further clashes have broken out in Tehran between authorities and pro-reform

News

Kids of rich brits get top jobs

British children born of poorer families are missing out on the country’s top jobs because they continue to be let down by a moribund state education

British children born of poorer families are missing out on the country’s top jobs because they continue to be let down by a moribund state education

News

Suicide bombers attack Afghan cities as Solana visits Kabul

Afghanistan has been hit a wave of deadly attacks prompting the EU Foreign policy chief to admit the security situation is less than ideal

Afghanistan has been hit a wave of deadly attacks prompting the EU Foreign policy chief to admit the security situation is less than ideal

Business

Bernanke confident over growth and inflation

Things are getting better, but we’ve a long way to go. That was the message from the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke who has been trying to

Things are getting better, but we’ve a long way to go. That was the message from the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke who has been trying to

Business

Mixed news from Volvo trucks

The world’s second largest truck maker Volvo has posted a worse than expected second-quarter loss and said it still sees the economic downturn

The world’s second largest truck maker Volvo has posted a worse than expected second-quarter loss and said it still sees the economic downturn

News

Japanese poll could end one-party rule

The Japanese prime minister, Taro Aso, has given the green light for an electoral battle that could bring to an end five decades of almost

The Japanese prime minister, Taro Aso, has given the green light for an electoral battle that could bring to an end five decades of almost

Business

Rich resist the recession

The French luxury goods group Hermes says its revenue rose 12 percent in the second quarter It credits consumers’ crisis-proof appetite for its

The French luxury goods group Hermes says its revenue rose 12 percent in the second quarter It credits consumers’ crisis-proof appetite for its

Business

Tuesday 21st July

European shares finished ahead for the seventh straight session but did trim their gains near the end of trading. The biggest gainers were

European shares finished ahead for the seventh straight session but did trim their gains near the end of trading. The biggest gainers were

Europe

Hungary criticises Slovakian language ban

Hungary has called on Slovakia to recind new legislation which will make the use of Hungarian within the Slovakian public services punishable by a

Hungary has called on Slovakia to recind new legislation which will make the use of Hungarian within the Slovakian public services punishable by a

News

Rocky negotiations bring diplomatic progress

Fly your union jacks with pride was the call to local people from Gibraltarian nationalists, in a gesture of defiance to the visit of the Spanish

Fly your union jacks with pride was the call to local people from Gibraltarian nationalists, in a gesture of defiance to the visit of the Spanish

News

Back on the rock for Spanish minister

It was some time back in 1704 when a Spanish minister last set foot on Gibraltar after Spain ceded the territory to Britain under the Treaty of

It was some time back in 1704 when a Spanish minister last set foot on Gibraltar after Spain ceded the territory to Britain under the Treaty of

News

Asia awaits total solar eclipse

Wars, attacks, protests, disasters. Anything and everything is being predicted as much of Asia counts down the hours to a total solar eclipse. As

Wars, attacks, protests, disasters. Anything and everything is being predicted as much of Asia counts down the hours to a total solar eclipse. As

Culture

Remembering the Romanovs: a tribute to the tsars

An exhibition in Monaco is celebrating the lives and the legacy of the last dynasty of Russian tsars. “Moscow: splendours of the Romanovs” includes

An exhibition in Monaco is celebrating the lives and the legacy of the last dynasty of Russian tsars. “Moscow: splendours of the Romanovs” includes

Science_technology

Stem cell hope for paraplegics

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans suffer from a traumatic spinal cord injury, or SCI that leaves them wheelchair-bound for life. The European Union

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans suffer from a traumatic spinal cord injury, or SCI that leaves them wheelchair-bound for life. The European Union

Culture

"Soul Power"- the soundtrack to the 'Rumble in the Jungle'

It wasn’t just Mohammed Ali and George Foreman that made the trip to Zaire for the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ in 1974. The cream of US blues and funk

It wasn’t just Mohammed Ali and George Foreman that made the trip to Zaire for the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ in 1974. The cream of US blues and funk

News

Berlusconi under fire over alleged call girl chats

The media spotlight remains well and truly focussed on the private life of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. It follows the posting of

The media spotlight remains well and truly focussed on the private life of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. It follows the posting of

News

Violence flares as EU visits Afghanistan

Violence has flared again in Afghanistan as the EU’s foreign policy chief arrived to assure Kabul of Europe’s continuing backing. Javier Solana’s

Violence has flared again in Afghanistan as the EU’s foreign policy chief arrived to assure Kabul of Europe’s continuing backing. Javier Solana’s

News

Spanish minister on the rocks over Gibraltar visit

It was some time back in 1704 when a Spanish minister last set foot on Gibraltar after Spain ceded the territory to Britain under the Treaty of

It was some time back in 1704 when a Spanish minister last set foot on Gibraltar after Spain ceded the territory to Britain under the Treaty of

News

Biden visits Ukraine and Georgia

America has taken steps to reassure Ukraine and Georgia that pressing the reset button with Russia will not mean abandoning them. Vice-President Joe

America has taken steps to reassure Ukraine and Georgia that pressing the reset button with Russia will not mean abandoning them. Vice-President Joe

Europe

First session for new European Parliament

The newly-elected European Parliament has held its first session. The 736 MEPs, elected in June assembled in Strasbourg on July 14th. What is on

The newly-elected European Parliament has held its first session. The 736 MEPs, elected in June assembled in Strasbourg on July 14th. What is on

Europe

Healthcare abroad

It is five years since the European Health Insurance Card was created. Now more than a third of Europeans – some 180 million people – have them. How

It is five years since the European Health Insurance Card was created. Now more than a third of Europeans – some 180 million people – have them. How

News

White House reception for Apollo 11 astronauts

Forty years ago they travelled 400,000 kilometres to become the first men to land on the Moon. The latest journey by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin

Forty years ago they travelled 400,000 kilometres to become the first men to land on the Moon. The latest journey by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin

News

Spanish Foreign Minister to visit Gibraltar

Miguel Angel Moratinos will today become the first Spanish government minister to set foot in Gibraltar for more than 300 years. The Foreign

Miguel Angel Moratinos will today become the first Spanish government minister to set foot in Gibraltar for more than 300 years. The Foreign

News

UK to launch H1N1 website and helpline

With an estimated 55,000 cases of the H1N1 virus in the last week, the UK government has announced that a pandemic website will be launched in the

With an estimated 55,000 cases of the H1N1 virus in the last week, the UK government has announced that a pandemic website will be launched in the