BREAKING NEWS

2009-08-28

Business

US consumer spending up again

Consumer spending in the United States edged up in July, largely driven by the government’s car scrappage programme – the so called

Consumer spending in the United States edged up in July, largely driven by the government’s car scrappage programme – the so called

Business

Record deflation in Japan

Just days before Japan’s general election, new figures showed record deflation there and the politically sensitive jobless rate hitting a record

Just days before Japan’s general election, new figures showed record deflation there and the politically sensitive jobless rate hitting a record

Business

Euro zone more upbeat

Euro zone businesses and people living in the region are feeling more optimistic about the state of the economy. A monthly survey by the European

Euro zone businesses and people living in the region are feeling more optimistic about the state of the economy. A monthly survey by the European

Business

EU OKs Lufthansa Austrian deal

Lufthansa has been told by the European Union Competition Commissioner that it can take over Austrian Airlines. To get permission for the deal the

Lufthansa has been told by the European Union Competition Commissioner that it can take over Austrian Airlines. To get permission for the deal the

Business

Carrefour confirms lower profit

French supermarket group Carrefour has confirmed its operating profit this year will be down by 18 percent. The world’s second-biggest retailer

French supermarket group Carrefour has confirmed its operating profit this year will be down by 18 percent. The world’s second-biggest retailer

Business

Friday 28th August

Europe’s stock markets closed at their highest in 10 months after two days of losses, led by commodity and banking shares. London was up almost

Europe’s stock markets closed at their highest in 10 months after two days of losses, led by commodity and banking shares. London was up almost

Europe

Arrests in Cuba pique EU concern

A visit by European diplomats to the home of a jailed dissident in Cuba has angered the Cuban government. Havana calls it meddling, and says the

A visit by European diplomats to the home of a jailed dissident in Cuba has angered the Cuban government. Havana calls it meddling, and says the

Europe

Threatened status urged for bluefin tuna

Ecologists defending the bluefin tuna have been urging the European Union to add the prized fish to a list of threatened species. A spokesman in

Ecologists defending the bluefin tuna have been urging the European Union to add the prized fish to a list of threatened species. A spokesman in

News

French socialists look for 'US-style' reform

The leader of the fractious French socialists Martine Aubry has pledged to rejuvenate and unite the divided party at its summer conference in La

The leader of the fractious French socialists Martine Aubry has pledged to rejuvenate and unite the divided party at its summer conference in La

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Thousands mourn Kennedy in Boston

Tens of thousands of Americans have continued to pay their respects to Senator Ted Kennedy, whose body is lying in state in Boston for a second day

Tens of thousands of Americans have continued to pay their respects to Senator Ted Kennedy, whose body is lying in state in Boston for a second day

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Raising Latin American ghosts

The announcement of seven American bases in Colombia have resurrected old ghosts from the past about US involvement in Latin America. After a long

The announcement of seven American bases in Colombia have resurrected old ghosts from the past about US involvement in Latin America. After a long

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Iceland approves UK/Netherlands payments

The parliament in Iceland has formally approved a plan to reimburse savers in Britain and the Netherlands for the billions they lost when Iceland’s

The parliament in Iceland has formally approved a plan to reimburse savers in Britain and the Netherlands for the billions they lost when Iceland’s

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Missing American girl's return a 'miracle'

A young American woman freed after 18 years in captivity has been reunited with her family. Jaycee Lee Dugard was just eleven when she disappeared

A young American woman freed after 18 years in captivity has been reunited with her family. Jaycee Lee Dugard was just eleven when she disappeared

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South America holds clear-the-air talks

Argentina is hosting a summit to try and defuse the latest in a series of rows between Venezuela and Colombia. Venezuela is ready to cut ties with

Argentina is hosting a summit to try and defuse the latest in a series of rows between Venezuela and Colombia. Venezuela is ready to cut ties with

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Dutch girl sailor's round the world bid wrecked

A 13-year-old Dutch girl’s bid to sail solo around the world has hit the rocks after three judges put her under state supervision for two months

A 13-year-old Dutch girl’s bid to sail solo around the world has hit the rocks after three judges put her under state supervision for two months

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Italian PM takes legal action over sexual misconduct claims

Italy’s prime minister is suing an Italian newspaper for a million euros in damages for defamation. La Repubblica has repeatedly printed 10

Italy’s prime minister is suing an Italian newspaper for a million euros in damages for defamation. La Repubblica has repeatedly printed 10

Culture

A Prophet/Neuilly Sa Mere

Two new French films have hit the screens in Belgium and France this week. A Prophet is the controversial prison drama from French director

Two new French films have hit the screens in Belgium and France this week. A Prophet is the controversial prison drama from French director

Culture

Da Vinci on show

A touring exhibition called “The Genius and his Machines” has arrived in Rome. The show presents a selection of Leonardo Da Vinci’s wooden machines

A touring exhibition called “The Genius and his Machines” has arrived in Rome. The show presents a selection of Leonardo Da Vinci’s wooden machines

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Thousands bid farewell to Teddy Kennedy

Thousands of mourners have been queuing outside the JFK library in Boston to pay tribute to Teddy Kennedy, the Massachusetts Senator who, this week

Thousands of mourners have been queuing outside the JFK library in Boston to pay tribute to Teddy Kennedy, the Massachusetts Senator who, this week

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Buena Vista Social Club goes back on the road

The sound of Old Havana lives on and, despite the loss of several leading figures, the Buena Vista Social Club is going back on the road. They earned

The sound of Old Havana lives on and, despite the loss of several leading figures, the Buena Vista Social Club is going back on the road. They earned

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Protests greet US-Colombia military plans

South American leaders face intense disagreements as they prepare for a regional summit in Argentina. Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe is under fire for

South American leaders face intense disagreements as they prepare for a regional summit in Argentina. Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe is under fire for

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Missing American girl found after 18 years

A young American girl who disappeared in 1991 has been found alive after 18 years living as a virtual slave. Jaycee Lee Dugard was just eleven when

A young American girl who disappeared in 1991 has been found alive after 18 years living as a virtual slave. Jaycee Lee Dugard was just eleven when

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The fight for Nicaragua's disabled people

War, revolution and natural disasters remain in living memory for many people in Nicaragua, one of Central America’s poorest countries. For

War, revolution and natural disasters remain in living memory for many people in Nicaragua, one of Central America’s poorest countries. For

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Body of Shi'ite leader arrives in Baghdad

The casket containing the body of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim – one of Iraq’s most influential power brokers – has arrived in Baghdad amid tight security

The casket containing the body of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim – one of Iraq’s most influential power brokers – has arrived in Baghdad amid tight security

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France and Switzerland sign tax deal

France has signed a tax deal with Switzerland to gain banking information upon request. The agreement, which will come into effect at the

France has signed a tax deal with Switzerland to gain banking information upon request. The agreement, which will come into effect at the

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Israel's Netanyahu denies settlement freeze

He is under intense international pressure but Israel’s prime minister denies he has agreed to suspend Jewish settlement building. Visiting the

He is under intense international pressure but Israel’s prime minister denies he has agreed to suspend Jewish settlement building. Visiting the

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NATO head arrives in Turkey on two day trip

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has begun a two day visit to Turkey – the country which initially blocked his appointment to the military alliance’s

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has begun a two day visit to Turkey – the country which initially blocked his appointment to the military alliance’s