BREAKING NEWS

2009-09-03

Business

Thursday 3rd September

European shares finished the day slightly down with the biggest bourses – London, Frankfurt and Paris – all sharply lower. Among the influences

European shares finished the day slightly down with the biggest bourses – London, Frankfurt and Paris – all sharply lower. Among the influences

Business

Pernod talks of tough year

Pernod Ricard is predicting a tough year as the drinks market stagnates and says it will focus on selling assets and generating cash to reduce its

Pernod Ricard is predicting a tough year as the drinks market stagnates and says it will focus on selling assets and generating cash to reduce its

Business

Lufthansa's Austrian takeover completed

Lufthansa has become Europe’s biggest airline with its takeover of Austrian Airlines, but the question now is can it turn around the Austrian

Lufthansa has become Europe’s biggest airline with its takeover of Austrian Airlines, but the question now is can it turn around the Austrian

Business

ECB keeps borrowing costs unchanged

The European Central Bank has -for the fourth month running – kept interest rates at a record low one percent. ECB economists also raised their

The European Central Bank has -for the fourth month running – kept interest rates at a record low one percent. ECB economists also raised their

Business

BMW to build new Mini models in UK

The British government has welcomed BMW’s decision to build two new Mini models at its factory near Oxford in south central England. BMW’s chief

The British government has welcomed BMW’s decision to build two new Mini models at its factory near Oxford in south central England. BMW’s chief

Business

Opel unions angry over sale uncertainty

The idea that General Motors might keep Opel and Vauxhall rather than selling its European division has brought more threats from German unions at

The idea that General Motors might keep Opel and Vauxhall rather than selling its European division has brought more threats from German unions at

News

Merkel's woes increase as key ally steps down

A senior ally of Angela Merkel has stepped down as state premier of Thuringia in a move which could see her Christian Democrats cling on to power

A senior ally of Angela Merkel has stepped down as state premier of Thuringia in a move which could see her Christian Democrats cling on to power

Europe

Reactions to Barroso persuasion

European Parliament members are not to be easily won over by Jose Manuel Barroso. His bid to stay on as Commission president has run into resistance

European Parliament members are not to be easily won over by Jose Manuel Barroso. His bid to stay on as Commission president has run into resistance

News

Jackson inner circle gathers for final farewell

Family and friends of Michael Jackson are preparing to say their final farewell to the iconic star. He will be laid to rest alongside other

Family and friends of Michael Jackson are preparing to say their final farewell to the iconic star. He will be laid to rest alongside other

News

Iran plays cat and mouse

His apparent re-election as President is still being vehemently disputed by a large proportion of Iranian society – but at least Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

His apparent re-election as President is still being vehemently disputed by a large proportion of Iranian society – but at least Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

News

Italian teachers vent anger at reforms

Italian teachers have taken their protests against job cuts and the treatment of temporary staff to the education ministry in Rome. Amid

Italian teachers have taken their protests against job cuts and the treatment of temporary staff to the education ministry in Rome. Amid

News

Death toll mounts after Indonesia earthquake

The rescue effort continues in Indonesia to find more survivors of yesterday’s powerful earthquake. So far at least 57 people are confirmed dead

The rescue effort continues in Indonesia to find more survivors of yesterday’s powerful earthquake. So far at least 57 people are confirmed dead

News

First woman in Iran cabinet since revolution

In a break from tradition, Iran’s parliament has approved a cabinet that includes a woman minister. President Ahmadinejad’s new team contains a

In a break from tradition, Iran’s parliament has approved a cabinet that includes a woman minister. President Ahmadinejad’s new team contains a

News

Injury to opposition leader fuels Gabon unrest

Unrest is reported to have intensified in Gabon after election officials gave their verdict on the country’s disputed presidential election. They

Unrest is reported to have intensified in Gabon after election officials gave their verdict on the country’s disputed presidential election. They

News

Landmines: childhood forbidden

Colombia is among the world’s countries with the most landmines. The children have grown up with violence, and even in territory no longer controlled

Colombia is among the world’s countries with the most landmines. The children have grown up with violence, and even in territory no longer controlled

Europe

europeans: Europe's green footprint

Measuring the “ecological footprint” of towns and villages – even monastries…and then comparing them to best practices all over Europe..it’s one way

Measuring the “ecological footprint” of towns and villages – even monastries…and then comparing them to best practices all over Europe..it’s one way

Europe

Barroso kindles EP's interest

Jose Manuel Barroso has unveiled the policy document he will take up with the European Parliament next week, outlining his intentions if the assembly

Jose Manuel Barroso has unveiled the policy document he will take up with the European Parliament next week, outlining his intentions if the assembly

Europe

Cowen gung-ho (almost) on Lisbon

Ireland’s prime minister says the EU’s Lisbon reform Treaty is about “the survival of the country”. Brian Cowen has just launched his campaign for

Ireland’s prime minister says the EU’s Lisbon reform Treaty is about “the survival of the country”. Brian Cowen has just launched his campaign for

News

Ethnic tensions erupt again in Xinjiang

Ethnic tensions have boiled over again in China’s Xinjiang region over a series of syringe stabbings. An estimated 3,000 Han Chinese demonstrators

Ethnic tensions have boiled over again in China’s Xinjiang region over a series of syringe stabbings. An estimated 3,000 Han Chinese demonstrators

News

Greece gears for early poll

In Greece the country is gearing for a snap election. It’s a high stakes gamble for Conservative Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis who is

In Greece the country is gearing for a snap election. It’s a high stakes gamble for Conservative Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis who is

Culture

Radiohead steal the show at Reading festival

The UK’s annual three day Reading festival played host to 80,00 dedicated rock fans over August bank holiday weekend. The festival, one of Europe’s

The UK’s annual three day Reading festival played host to 80,00 dedicated rock fans over August bank holiday weekend. The festival, one of Europe’s

Culture

Baaria: an epic story of Sicilian life

The Venice Film Festival is showcasing “Baaria”, an epic autobiographical tale told by Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore – spanning three

The Venice Film Festival is showcasing “Baaria”, an epic autobiographical tale told by Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore – spanning three

Science_technology

Super magnet project underway in Cambridge

A super magnet – strong enough to lift a seven-tonne truck – is being developed by engineers at Cambridge University. The project aims to magnetise

A super magnet – strong enough to lift a seven-tonne truck – is being developed by engineers at Cambridge University. The project aims to magnetise

News

Bongo leads Gabon election

Ali Ben Bongo is on course to follow in his father’s footsteps and become President of Gabon. He reportedly has a commanding lead in the

Ali Ben Bongo is on course to follow in his father’s footsteps and become President of Gabon. He reportedly has a commanding lead in the

News

Greek PM gambles on early election

Greece is preparing itself for up to a month of political campaigning following its prime minister’s decision to call and early election. Costas

Greece is preparing itself for up to a month of political campaigning following its prime minister’s decision to call and early election. Costas

News

Iran parliament approves first post-revolution female minister

Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has succeeded in having most of his cabinet line up approved. Parliament backed his proposed new health

Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has succeeded in having most of his cabinet line up approved. Parliament backed his proposed new health

News

Italian teachers protest over job cuts

With less than two weeks before seven million pupils go back to school in Italy, thousands of staff members across the country are still without a

With less than two weeks before seven million pupils go back to school in Italy, thousands of staff members across the country are still without a

News

A final resting place fit for a King of Pop

Michael Jackson will be buried later in one of LA’s most prestigious and expensive cemeteries. He’ll be laid to rest in a private mausoleum of the

Michael Jackson will be buried later in one of LA’s most prestigious and expensive cemeteries. He’ll be laid to rest in a private mausoleum of the

News

Indonesia expects quake death toll to rise

At least 46 people are already known to have died, but authorities in Indonesia expect the death toll to rise significantly as they search for more

At least 46 people are already known to have died, but authorities in Indonesia expect the death toll to rise significantly as they search for more