Ford makes a rare profit

Ford has posted a 2.3 billion dollar quarterly net profit (1.6 billion euros) but that was not from selling cars, rather from restructuring the


Thursday 23rd July

European shares jumped in afternoon trade to end the day ahead for the ninth straight session and at their highest level since last November


Japanese exports pick up

The slump in Japan’s annual exports slowed in June and company earnings there continue to show surprising strength providing further evidence that


Iceland launches accession bid

Last week, after lengthy discussion, the Icelandic parliament voted to apply for EU membership. Today, their Foreign Minister was in Stockholm –


Kyrgyzstan goes to the polls

Voting is underway in Kyrgyzstan in a presidential election that is attracting international attention. Six candidates are competing for the


Calling time on UK pubs

In the UK, one of the country’s best-loved social traditions is seemingly under threat. Latest figures suggest a record 52 pubs closed every week in


Spain battles 25 forest fires

Strong winds continue to fan a series of forest fires in Spain. Hundreds of firefighters are struggling to contain about 25 separate blazes, some in