BREAKING NEWS

2009-09-23

Business

UK home lending picks up

The UK mortgage market is showing signs of life. The British Bankers’ Association said its members approved 81.4 percent more home purchase loans

The UK mortgage market is showing signs of life. The British Bankers’ Association said its members approved 81.4 percent more home purchase loans

Business

French shop less in August

French consumer spending fell in August. It was much worse than economists had predicted – down one percent month-on-month – as shoppers bought

French consumer spending fell in August. It was much worse than economists had predicted – down one percent month-on-month – as shoppers bought

Business

EU wants financial super-watchdog

Trying to prevent a repeat of the economic crisis, the European Union is proposing a total overhaul of the way banks, insurers and stock exchanges

Trying to prevent a repeat of the economic crisis, the European Union is proposing a total overhaul of the way banks, insurers and stock exchanges

Business

Euro zone services and manufacturing improve

The service sector in the euro zone expanded for the first time in 16 months in September. Surveys of around 2,000 companies carried out by the

The service sector in the euro zone expanded for the first time in 16 months in September. Surveys of around 2,000 companies carried out by the

Business

Markets 23 September

European shares closed slightly higher having erased much of their earlier gains. Banks were stronger performers. Shares in UniCredit, Italy’s

European shares closed slightly higher having erased much of their earlier gains. Banks were stronger performers. Shares in UniCredit, Italy’s

Business

Total joins Venezuela in oil search

France’s Total and Venezuela are to invest around 17 billion euros to develop an oil field in the country’s Orinoco region. The project is part of

France’s Total and Venezuela are to invest around 17 billion euros to develop an oil field in the country’s Orinoco region. The project is part of

Europe

Germany's latest paperwork to ratify Lisbon Treaty

Ratification of the EU’s Lisbon reform treaty in Germany remains only a technicality, President Horst Koehler’s office has said. He has signed the

Ratification of the EU’s Lisbon reform treaty in Germany remains only a technicality, President Horst Koehler’s office has said. He has signed the

Europe

Banks must stop abusing customers -- Brussels

People who feel that dealing with banks is a form of cruel and unusual punishment now have the European Commission on their side. Brussels is telling

People who feel that dealing with banks is a form of cruel and unusual punishment now have the European Commission on their side. Brussels is telling

News

Small bomb in Athens as election day approaches

In the run-up to Greece’s early general election, a homemade bomb has exploded outside the home of a senior member of the opposition socialist party

In the run-up to Greece’s early general election, a homemade bomb has exploded outside the home of a senior member of the opposition socialist party

News

German election: A fight for the centre ground

“We have the strength” scream the election posters of both Germany’s ruling CDU party and its rival, the Social Democrats. It is a problem for voters

“We have the strength” scream the election posters of both Germany’s ruling CDU party and its rival, the Social Democrats. It is a problem for voters

News

Obama calls for 'new era' of cooperation

US President Barack Obama has called for “a new era of engagement” with the world in his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly in New York. He

US President Barack Obama has called for “a new era of engagement” with the world in his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly in New York. He

News

European protest by job-threatened Opel workers

Opel car-workers and union leaders from across Europe have gathered in Belgium to protest against plans to cut thousands of jobs. The production

Opel car-workers and union leaders from across Europe have gathered in Belgium to protest against plans to cut thousands of jobs. The production

News

Gaddafi ruffles feathers at UN assembly

In his first address to the United Nations Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has launched a scathing attack on the veto-wielding powers of the Security

In his first address to the United Nations Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has launched a scathing attack on the veto-wielding powers of the Security

News

Portuguese election nears with no clear front runner

Portugal’s election is looming with Sunday’s result expected to go to the wire. The campaign has been dominated by accusations of sleaze and all

Portugal’s election is looming with Sunday’s result expected to go to the wire. The campaign has been dominated by accusations of sleaze and all

News

Merkel mobilises the young for victory

Germany’s election is only days away and the young members of Chancellor Angela’s Merkel’s CDU party are working round the clock to drum up support

Germany’s election is only days away and the young members of Chancellor Angela’s Merkel’s CDU party are working round the clock to drum up support

Science_technology

Liquids scanner on the horizon

Everyone hates the current restriction on taking liquids onto flights. In airports everywhere it causes chaos for passengers and security staff

Everyone hates the current restriction on taking liquids onto flights. In airports everywhere it causes chaos for passengers and security staff

Culture

Millenium Film Festival gets underway

The Millenium Film Festival is underway in Brussels. It is a new festival dedicated to documentaries dealing with the United Nation’s 8

The Millenium Film Festival is underway in Brussels. It is a new festival dedicated to documentaries dealing with the United Nation’s 8

Culture

Picasso in Helsinki

The Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki is exhibiting an extensive collection of Picasso’s work from all periods of his life. Says Kristina von

The Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki is exhibiting an extensive collection of Picasso’s work from all periods of his life. Says Kristina von

News

Obama calls for a 'new era of engagement'

US President Barack Obama called for “a new era of engagement” with the world in his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly in New York. He pledged

US President Barack Obama called for “a new era of engagement” with the world in his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly in New York. He pledged

News

Zelaya blasts Honduran coup leaders' offer to talk

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has accused the country’s de facto government of manipulation, after it said it was open to dialogue

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has accused the country’s de facto government of manipulation, after it said it was open to dialogue

News

French government under fire over camp clearance

A day after France evacuated the coastal camp dubbed ‘the jungle’ the debris is disappearing, but the problem of illegal migrants looks set to

A day after France evacuated the coastal camp dubbed ‘the jungle’ the debris is disappearing, but the problem of illegal migrants looks set to

News

Ahmadinejad hints at prisoner swap with France

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suggested that Paris should consider a prisoner swap to secure the release of a French teaching assistant accused of spying

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suggested that Paris should consider a prisoner swap to secure the release of a French teaching assistant accused of spying

News

Obama to stress cooperation in debut UN speech

US President Barack Obama is expected to stress a new cooperative approach when he makes his maiden speech in front of the UN today. Obama’s star

US President Barack Obama is expected to stress a new cooperative approach when he makes his maiden speech in front of the UN today. Obama’s star

News

Sydney choked by massive duststorm

A huge duststorm has swept eastern Australia, blanketing Sydney. Landmarks, including the city’s Harbour Bridge and Opera House, were shrouded in

A huge duststorm has swept eastern Australia, blanketing Sydney. Landmarks, including the city’s Harbour Bridge and Opera House, were shrouded in

News

Honduras crisis centres on Brazilian embassy

Troops continue to surround the Brazilian embassy in Honduras, where the ousted Honduran president is seeking refuge. Running water, electricity

Troops continue to surround the Brazilian embassy in Honduras, where the ousted Honduran president is seeking refuge. Running water, electricity

News

Mixed reaction to migrant clear-out at Calais

An empty field near Calais is all that remains of what was home to over 500 migrants and asylum seekers. They were living in a makeshift camp known

An empty field near Calais is all that remains of what was home to over 500 migrants and asylum seekers. They were living in a makeshift camp known

News

Post votes get German elections underway

German elections may still be days away but voters wanting to keep their Sunday free have already been casting their ballots. Postal voting

German elections may still be days away but voters wanting to keep their Sunday free have already been casting their ballots. Postal voting

News

UNESCO elects a woman to top job

A career diplomat from Bulgaria has become the first woman to be voted in as head of the United Nations agency for culture and education. Irina

A career diplomat from Bulgaria has become the first woman to be voted in as head of the United Nations agency for culture and education. Irina