BREAKING NEWS

2009-08-31

Business

Monday 31st August

European shares finished the day one percent lower after Chinese equities slumped during the previous session and commodities fell on concerns that

European shares finished the day one percent lower after Chinese equities slumped during the previous session and commodities fell on concerns that

Business

Air Berlin/LTU pilots strike

There were major delays for German air travellers on Monday from a one day strike by pilots with the country’s second largest carrier – Air

There were major delays for German air travellers on Monday from a one day strike by pilots with the country’s second largest carrier – Air

Business

Bertelsmann issues loss warning

German media group Bertelsmann has said a continued slump in advertising markets means it may suffer a net loss this year. It posted a 30 percent

German media group Bertelsmann has said a continued slump in advertising markets means it may suffer a net loss this year. It posted a 30 percent

Business

Japanese factory output up

Japan’s factories turned out more goods in July, it is the fifth month running that has happened. The latest survey of purchasing managers showed

Japan’s factories turned out more goods in July, it is the fifth month running that has happened. The latest survey of purchasing managers showed

Business

Euro zone prices down again

Euro zone consumer prices fell again in August. Prices in the 16 countries using the euro fell 0.2 percent this month, according to the latest

Euro zone consumer prices fell again in August. Prices in the 16 countries using the euro fell 0.2 percent this month, according to the latest

Europe

Sweden, Spain coordinate over EU

Sweden, the EU’s current presiding nation, has been focusing attention on the economy. Spain will take its turn as flywheel of operations among

Sweden, the EU’s current presiding nation, has been focusing attention on the economy. Spain will take its turn as flywheel of operations among

Europe

EU's loaded autumn agenda

The post-holiday relaunch of the European Parliament catapults the members into a pressing workload. The topics dominating the European agenda are

The post-holiday relaunch of the European Parliament catapults the members into a pressing workload. The topics dominating the European agenda are

News

Japanese Democrats face difficult challenges

There is enormous pressure on Yukio Hatoyama, with experts warning that he faces a raft of social and economic challenges. Japan’s economy did

There is enormous pressure on Yukio Hatoyama, with experts warning that he faces a raft of social and economic challenges. Japan’s economy did

News

LA wildfires worsen

A wildfire raging through the Los Angeles foothills has almost doubled in size overnight, threatening thousands of homes. The blaze has now burned

A wildfire raging through the Los Angeles foothills has almost doubled in size overnight, threatening thousands of homes. The blaze has now burned

News

Dawn of a new era in Japan

Japan’s prime minister-elect has begun the job of forming his government, after an election which has sent shock waves through the

Japan’s prime minister-elect has begun the job of forming his government, after an election which has sent shock waves through the

News

Merkel under pressure after election setback

“Don’t panic” is the message from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to her Christian Democrat colleagues after the party suffered big losses in state

“Don’t panic” is the message from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to her Christian Democrat colleagues after the party suffered big losses in state

News

France: "Swiss tax evasion list is no bluff"

The shadowy world of Swiss banking is under pressure today, amid claims that a list of French citizens with secret accounts has found its way to

The shadowy world of Swiss banking is under pressure today, amid claims that a list of French citizens with secret accounts has found its way to

News

Putin wants new relations with Poland

September 1st marks the 70th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland and the start of World War II. The Polish town of Wielun was the first

September 1st marks the 70th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland and the start of World War II. The Polish town of Wielun was the first

Europe

New media literacy

What is the European Union doing to promote equal exposure to new media technology, to maximise media literacy?

What is the European Union doing to promote equal exposure to new media technology, to maximise media literacy?

Europe

Saving the Baltic Sea

For centuries the Baltic has been a crossroads for trade, but these days it is one of the most polluted seas in the world. What is Europe doing to

For centuries the Baltic has been a crossroads for trade, but these days it is one of the most polluted seas in the world. What is Europe doing to

Europe

Major light switch begins in EU

From this Tuesday, old-style 100-watt light bulbs are banned in stores in the EU. The plan is to phase in more energy efficient kinds. The move will

From this Tuesday, old-style 100-watt light bulbs are banned in stores in the EU. The plan is to phase in more energy efficient kinds. The move will

News

Wanted Sudanese leader at AU's Libyan summit

The Sudanese President and wanted war crimes suspect Omar al-Bashir has had talks with the leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Libya is hosting an

The Sudanese President and wanted war crimes suspect Omar al-Bashir has had talks with the leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Libya is hosting an

Environment

Terra Viva: a future for the past

Weathering the effects of salt erosion Historical buildings are constantly exposed to a fast changing environment. Where once the main threat came

Weathering the effects of salt erosion Historical buildings are constantly exposed to a fast changing environment. Where once the main threat came

Culture

Two good to be true: Meryl Streep serves up a delight

A cooking film, based on two true stories, “Julie and Julia” first follows the culinary career of Julia Child, America’s original celebrity chef

A cooking film, based on two true stories, “Julie and Julia” first follows the culinary career of Julia Child, America’s original celebrity chef

Science_technology

The crutches that tell you how to heal

Physiotherapists often find patients with leg injuries are not getting the best out of their crutches. Not using them correctly can even make the

Physiotherapists often find patients with leg injuries are not getting the best out of their crutches. Not using them correctly can even make the

Culture

New boys take on girls' chart dominance

Just when the girls start to run away with the top chart positions, along come a couple of male singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists capable of

Just when the girls start to run away with the top chart positions, along come a couple of male singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists capable of

News

Swiss give France suspect bank account details

Just days after striking a deal with France on banking secrecy Switzerland has handed over thousands of account details to French tax investigators

Just days after striking a deal with France on banking secrecy Switzerland has handed over thousands of account details to French tax investigators

News

French Socialists look to heal old wounds

Divided by differences, France’s beleaguered Socialist party has set out to heal ties in the hope of making itself electable. Its leader Martine

Divided by differences, France’s beleaguered Socialist party has set out to heal ties in the hope of making itself electable. Its leader Martine

News

Gabon tense ahead of presidential spoll result

Rival candidate in Gabon’s presidential election are claiming victory as counting nears completion. Preliminary results have been delayed and the

Rival candidate in Gabon’s presidential election are claiming victory as counting nears completion. Preliminary results have been delayed and the

News

Japan Democrats take power after historic win

Japan’s next leader, Yukio Hatoyama, has begun talks on forming a government after voters gave his Democratic Party a sweeping mandate for change

Japan’s next leader, Yukio Hatoyama, has begun talks on forming a government after voters gave his Democratic Party a sweeping mandate for change

News

Fires out of control as California burns

Wildfires in southern California have killed two firefighters and destroyed over 14,000 hectares of bone-dry brush land. Thousands of residents have

Wildfires in southern California have killed two firefighters and destroyed over 14,000 hectares of bone-dry brush land. Thousands of residents have

News

Questions follow Lockerbie bomber to hospital

Terminally-ill convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was rushed to a Tripoli hospital on Sunday, accompanied by a British journalist

Terminally-ill convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was rushed to a Tripoli hospital on Sunday, accompanied by a British journalist

News

Berlusconi and Gaddafi show unity

Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has defended his country’s immigration policy while on a whirlwind visit to Libya. While the main reason

Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has defended his country’s immigration policy while on a whirlwind visit to Libya. While the main reason

News

Japan hopeful after historic political change

After leading an electoral revolution, the real hard work lies ahead for Japan’s next prime minister. Record unemployment and tattered public

After leading an electoral revolution, the real hard work lies ahead for Japan’s next prime minister. Record unemployment and tattered public