BREAKING NEWS

2009-09-09

Business

Spanish recession effects to linger

Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has said the worst of the country’s recession is over but with plenty of hard times still ahead

Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has said the worst of the country’s recession is over but with plenty of hard times still ahead

Business

Kraft cuts costs, pursues Cadbury bid

Kraft has detailed how it is going to improve productivity and cut costs to boost its financial position as it moves forward with a hostile takeover

Kraft has detailed how it is going to improve productivity and cut costs to boost its financial position as it moves forward with a hostile takeover

Business

Wednesday 9th September

European shares finished up for the fifth straight session and hit an 11-month closing high. The weakness of the dollar underpinned shares of

European shares finished up for the fifth straight session and hit an 11-month closing high. The weakness of the dollar underpinned shares of

Business

Commerzbank sued over bonuses

Seventy-two City of London bankers are suing Dresdner Kleinwort and Commerzbank for 33 million euros in unpaid bonuses. As many as thirty others

Seventy-two City of London bankers are suing Dresdner Kleinwort and Commerzbank for 33 million euros in unpaid bonuses. As many as thirty others

Europe

eCall goal to save lives on the road

This call system for drivers could save lives: eCall. The worldwide mobile communications industry body GSMA has signed an understanding with the

This call system for drivers could save lives: eCall. The worldwide mobile communications industry body GSMA has signed an understanding with the

Europe

Backing a ban on bluefin tune

Sushi lovers take note: bluefin tuna could soon be off the menu. The European Commission has provisionally backed a ban on fishing for Atlantic

Sushi lovers take note: bluefin tuna could soon be off the menu. The European Commission has provisionally backed a ban on fishing for Atlantic

Business

Vivendi bids for Brazil's GVT

French entertainment and telecoms group Vivendi is offering two billion euros in an amicable takeover bid for Brazilian phone operator GVT. If the

French entertainment and telecoms group Vivendi is offering two billion euros in an amicable takeover bid for Brazilian phone operator GVT. If the

Business

China's Geely to bid for Volvo

Private Chinese carmaker Geely Automotive has said its parent company will be a bidder for Volvo as and when Ford goes ahead and sells it. Ford

Private Chinese carmaker Geely Automotive has said its parent company will be a bidder for Volvo as and when Ford goes ahead and sells it. Ford

Europe

Electronics consumers duped online

Consumers are being cheated or misled by more than half of European websites selling electronic goods. If they do not change their ways, national

Consumers are being cheated or misled by more than half of European websites selling electronic goods. If they do not change their ways, national

News

Court case against top Spanish judge

Spain’s top court is hearing a complaint against one of the country’s most prominent judges. Baltasar Garzon, who has vigorously pursued alleged

Spain’s top court is hearing a complaint against one of the country’s most prominent judges. Baltasar Garzon, who has vigorously pursued alleged

News

Iran hands plans to western powers

The Iranian foreign minister has handed a package of proposals to a group of world powers, as the West increased its pressure on Tehran to take part

The Iranian foreign minister has handed a package of proposals to a group of world powers, as the West increased its pressure on Tehran to take part

News

More victims in Turkish flash floods

At least 23 people are now known to have died as freak storms batter northwestern Turkey. Istanbul, the biggest city, was worst-hit: flash floods cut

At least 23 people are now known to have died as freak storms batter northwestern Turkey. Istanbul, the biggest city, was worst-hit: flash floods cut

News

Obama's health reforms under microscope

Barack Obama’s plans to overhaul America’s healthcare system face the acid test when the US President addresses Congress. Republicans have opposed

Barack Obama’s plans to overhaul America’s healthcare system face the acid test when the US President addresses Congress. Republicans have opposed

News

Berlusconi hit by more damaging headlines

Silvio Berlusconi is the focus of new, damaging media reports. Two respected Italian newspapers – Corriere della Sera and La Stampa – have

Silvio Berlusconi is the focus of new, damaging media reports. Two respected Italian newspapers – Corriere della Sera and La Stampa – have

News

Istanbul survivors re-live floods ordeal

The rising waters turned normally busy rush-hour roads into fast-flowing rivers, with debris everywhere. As cars and lorries were left like so much

The rising waters turned normally busy rush-hour roads into fast-flowing rivers, with debris everywhere. As cars and lorries were left like so much

Science_technology

TecWatch at IFA

The TecWatch area at Berlin’s consumer electronics fair IFA presents the results of non-commercial research. So rather than being presented with

The TecWatch area at Berlin’s consumer electronics fair IFA presents the results of non-commercial research. So rather than being presented with

Science_technology

Electronic novelties at IFA

At IFA, the consumer electronics fair held in Berlin, one of the stars of the show was a new mobile phone called Blue Earth. It’s a touch screen

At IFA, the consumer electronics fair held in Berlin, one of the stars of the show was a new mobile phone called Blue Earth. It’s a touch screen

Culture

The Men Who Stare At Goats/Brooklyn's Finest

George Clooney and Ewan McGregor star in The Men Who Stare At Goats – a screwball psychic warzone comedy. Despite the cheesy tash he wears in the

George Clooney and Ewan McGregor star in The Men Who Stare At Goats – a screwball psychic warzone comedy. Despite the cheesy tash he wears in the

Culture

Akseli Gallen-Kallela/Korean Contemporary Art

An major exhibition of works by Akseli Gallen-Kallela has opened in Stavanger in Norway. Gallen-Kallela is Finland’s national painter, best known

An major exhibition of works by Akseli Gallen-Kallela has opened in Stavanger in Norway. Gallen-Kallela is Finland’s national painter, best known

News

Crunch time for Obama's health care reforms

President Obama is gearing up for a half-hour televised speech on the American health care system tonight – an address that could shape the future of

President Obama is gearing up for a half-hour televised speech on the American health care system tonight – an address that could shape the future of

News

British journalist freed in Afghanistan

A British journalist kidnapped in Afghanistan has been freed by NATO, but his Afghan interpreter and a British soldier were killed in the rescue

A British journalist kidnapped in Afghanistan has been freed by NATO, but his Afghan interpreter and a British soldier were killed in the rescue

News

Flash floods swamp Istanbul

Freak storms have sparked flash floods in Turkey, cutting a major motorway and stranding hundreds of people. Torrential rain sent a wall of water

Freak storms have sparked flash floods in Turkey, cutting a major motorway and stranding hundreds of people. Torrential rain sent a wall of water

News

UN claims fraud in Afghan elections

The West’s hopes of a stable democracy in Afghanistan have been hit by claims of fraud in last month’s controversial election. Latest results show

The West’s hopes of a stable democracy in Afghanistan have been hit by claims of fraud in last month’s controversial election. Latest results show

News

Beatles re-masters and game tipped to top charts

The Beatles are making a new assault on the charts with yet another re-master of all of the Fab-Four’s back-catalogue. At 200 euros, the collection

The Beatles are making a new assault on the charts with yet another re-master of all of the Fab-Four’s back-catalogue. At 200 euros, the collection

News

Election setback for Merkel

Senior members of German Chanellor Angela Merkels conservatives have urged their leader to raise her game after a poll setback just a few weeks

Senior members of German Chanellor Angela Merkels conservatives have urged their leader to raise her game after a poll setback just a few weeks

News

Clooney and new love go public in Venice

He is a regular at the Venice Film Festival but this year George Clooney didn’t come alone. The American actor was joined by his latest love

He is a regular at the Venice Film Festival but this year George Clooney didn’t come alone. The American actor was joined by his latest love

News

Obama set for crucial healthcare speech

Barack Obama will later address both houses of Congress on an issue that could define his presidency: healthcare. He warmed up with a speech to

Barack Obama will later address both houses of Congress on an issue that could define his presidency: healthcare. He warmed up with a speech to