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2009-09-17

News

Berlusconi wants quick Afghanistan pullout

Italian troops in Afghanistan have suffered their darkest day with the death of six soldiers in a suicide bombing. They were killed when a

Italian troops in Afghanistan have suffered their darkest day with the death of six soldiers in a suicide bombing. They were killed when a

Business

Thursday 17th September

European shares finished the day higher with banks among the top gainers. That after the Irish government revealed details of its “bad bank” plan for

European shares finished the day higher with banks among the top gainers. That after the Irish government revealed details of its “bad bank” plan for

Business

Kingfisher's profit rises

Kingfisher, Europe’s biggest home improvement chain, has unexpectedly posted a 35 percent rise in first-half profit Kingfisher, which runs market

Kingfisher, Europe’s biggest home improvement chain, has unexpectedly posted a 35 percent rise in first-half profit Kingfisher, which runs market

Business

Aeroflot cutting jobs

Russian flagship carrier Aeroflot is to lay off 2,000 of its 15,500 employees in the next six months as passenger numbers keep falling. The airline

Russian flagship carrier Aeroflot is to lay off 2,000 of its 15,500 employees in the next six months as passenger numbers keep falling. The airline

Business

Bank of Japan more optimistic

The central bank in Tokyo says it is slightly more optimistic about Japan’s economic and financial conditions as exports and output bounce back

The central bank in Tokyo says it is slightly more optimistic about Japan’s economic and financial conditions as exports and output bounce back

Business

Frankfurt goes green

The Frankfurt Motor Show has opened to the public with environmentally friendly cars in focus. The head of the German VDA auto federation which

The Frankfurt Motor Show has opened to the public with environmentally friendly cars in focus. The head of the German VDA auto federation which

Business

Advert effectiveness awards

With the recession slashing budgets and consumers spending less the Euro Effie Awards – which rate how effective adverts are – were even more

With the recession slashing budgets and consumers spending less the Euro Effie Awards – which rate how effective adverts are – were even more

Europe

EU calls for banking bonus caps

Europe has made it quite clear it will try to get the United States to agree to strict rules putting a lid on bonuses in the banking world. This was

Europe has made it quite clear it will try to get the United States to agree to strict rules putting a lid on bonuses in the banking world. This was

Europe

Milk farmers win concession over aid

Milk farmers protesting over low prices to the point of whitening entire fields with the stuff have won a concession from Brussels. The rudder of

Milk farmers protesting over low prices to the point of whitening entire fields with the stuff have won a concession from Brussels. The rudder of

News

Missile shield divided opinions

It was the nightmare of nuclear attack from Iran or North Korea which convinced President Bush to demand a protective shield in Europe. It envisaged

It was the nightmare of nuclear attack from Iran or North Korea which convinced President Bush to demand a protective shield in Europe. It envisaged

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Italy suffers deadliest day in Afghanistan

Six Italian soldiers and ten Afghan civilians have been killed in a suicide car bombing in Kabul. Four other Italian troops and more than 50

Six Italian soldiers and ten Afghan civilians have been killed in a suicide car bombing in Kabul. Four other Italian troops and more than 50

News

Calais migrant 'jungle' to close

A makeshift immigrant camp that has sprung up not far from the former Sangatte official clearing centre outside Calais is to be closed down. French

A makeshift immigrant camp that has sprung up not far from the former Sangatte official clearing centre outside Calais is to be closed down. French

News

Obama torpedoes Bush's missile project

The United States is to scrap its plans to put missile defence bases in Europe. President Barack Obama announced an overhaul of the US missile

The United States is to scrap its plans to put missile defence bases in Europe. President Barack Obama announced an overhaul of the US missile

Culture

Contemporary Art Biennale in Lyon

The theme of the Contemporary Art Biennale in the French city of Lyon is “The Spectacle of the Everyday” – celebrating the notion that daily life is

The theme of the Contemporary Art Biennale in the French city of Lyon is “The Spectacle of the Everyday” – celebrating the notion that daily life is

Science_technology

One hundred days of solitude

Six volunteers spent 105 days in an isolation module as part of an international experiment in preparation for a manned space mission to Mars

Six volunteers spent 105 days in an isolation module as part of an international experiment in preparation for a manned space mission to Mars

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Italy's shock at soldiers' deaths in Kabul

Italy’s commitment to the NATO-led operation in Afghanistan still has broad political backing. But on the streets, the deadliest-ever attack on

Italy’s commitment to the NATO-led operation in Afghanistan still has broad political backing. But on the streets, the deadliest-ever attack on

Europe

German elections

Germany in the coming months is expecting big problems from rising unemployment. Germans face choices in elections at the end of this month. Who will

Germany in the coming months is expecting big problems from rising unemployment. Germans face choices in elections at the end of this month. Who will

News

Student in armed assault on German school

Germany is trying to come to terms with another armed attack on a school. An 18-year-old man wielding an axe and two knives entered the school

Germany is trying to come to terms with another armed attack on a school. An 18-year-old man wielding an axe and two knives entered the school

News

Axeman arrested after German school attack

Ten people have been hurt, three of them seriously, in a school attack in southern Germany. Police said petrol bombs were thrown at the school.

Ten people have been hurt, three of them seriously, in a school attack in southern Germany. Police said petrol bombs were thrown at the school.

News

Farmers win EU backing over milk prices

Europe’s struggling dairy farmers have won political support in their fight against falling prices, which they say have pushed them to the brink of

Europe’s struggling dairy farmers have won political support in their fight against falling prices, which they say have pushed them to the brink of

News

Six Italians troops among 16 killed in Kabul blast

Six Italian soldiers and at least 10 Afghan civilians have been killed in a suicide car bombing in Kabul. The Taliban says it was behind the

Six Italian soldiers and at least 10 Afghan civilians have been killed in a suicide car bombing in Kabul. The Taliban says it was behind the

News

Obama rejects Carter's claims of racism

Brushing aside a row over racism, it was business as usual for President Obama as he welcomed the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Oval

Brushing aside a row over racism, it was business as usual for President Obama as he welcomed the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Oval

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US 'ready to abandon' missile shield

America has backed up its famous decision to reset relations with Russia, and is abandoning its controversial anti-missile shield in Europe. One of

America has backed up its famous decision to reset relations with Russia, and is abandoning its controversial anti-missile shield in Europe. One of

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Karzai defends Afghan poll over fraud claims

Shortly before today’s huge explosion in Kabul, President Karzai held a news conference to defend last month’s much-criticised election. The Afghan

Shortly before today’s huge explosion in Kabul, President Karzai held a news conference to defend last month’s much-criticised election. The Afghan

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Deal close in Ivorian toxic waste case

A UK-based oil trading company appears close to a settlement in a court case over the dumping of toxic waste in Ivory Coast. Trafigura denies it

A UK-based oil trading company appears close to a settlement in a court case over the dumping of toxic waste in Ivory Coast. Trafigura denies it

News

Barroso's re-election gets mixed response

It was a relieved José Manuel Barroso who was congratulated on being re-elected as President of the European Commission. While his winning was

It was a relieved José Manuel Barroso who was congratulated on being re-elected as President of the European Commission. While his winning was

News

Belarussian leader back in EU

The Belarussian President has made his second trip to an EU country since the warming of relations with the West. Alexander Lukashenko is in

The Belarussian President has made his second trip to an EU country since the warming of relations with the West. Alexander Lukashenko is in