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2009-10-08

Business

ECB keeps rates at record low

Venice was the venue for this month’s meeting of the European Central Bank’s policymakers and there were no surprises from them. The benchmark

Venice was the venue for this month’s meeting of the European Central Bank’s policymakers and there were no surprises from them. The benchmark

News

Silvio looses immunity but vows to fight on

Under-fire Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has come out fighting after the country’s Constitutional Court threw out a law that gave him

Under-fire Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has come out fighting after the country’s Constitutional Court threw out a law that gave him

Europe

Kaczynski to sign EU treaty this Saturday

Conflicting reports continue to come out of Poland about when President Lech Kaczynski will put pen to paper to cap off his country’s Lisbon Treaty

Conflicting reports continue to come out of Poland about when President Lech Kaczynski will put pen to paper to cap off his country’s Lisbon Treaty

Europe

Klaus, Buzek will discuss Lisbon Treaty this Friday

Vaclav Klaus finally picked up the phone. After days of trying, a top EU official has managed to get the Czech president to agree to a talk about

Vaclav Klaus finally picked up the phone. After days of trying, a top EU official has managed to get the Czech president to agree to a talk about

Business

Markets: 8th October

European shares finished sharply higher. Among the factors were as expected interest rate announcements from the UK and European central banks

European shares finished sharply higher. Among the factors were as expected interest rate announcements from the UK and European central banks

Business

US retail sales rise boosting holiday hopes

Could it be the return of the great US shopper? Retailers there have announced better than expected sales for September. Based on 30 of the

Could it be the return of the great US shopper? Retailers there have announced better than expected sales for September. Based on 30 of the

News

Mueller surprise winner of Nobel Literature Award

The Nobel committee has surprised many with the announcement that this year’s literature prize has gone to Herta Mueller. The official making the

The Nobel committee has surprised many with the announcement that this year’s literature prize has gone to Herta Mueller. The official making the

News

Press freedom row rages in EU chamber

A furious row has broken out in the European parliament. A number of right-wing Italian MEP’s are incensed that the chamber allowed a debate on

A furious row has broken out in the European parliament. A number of right-wing Italian MEP’s are incensed that the chamber allowed a debate on

News

Cameron sets his stall out for election run-in

Britain’s conservative opposition leader has outlined his vision for the country in his last party conference speech before a general election

Britain’s conservative opposition leader has outlined his vision for the country in his last party conference speech before a general election

News

No quick return to power for Zelaya

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, looks set to remain there after the country’s interim

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, looks set to remain there after the country’s interim

Business

UK interest rates unchanged

The Bank of England has left interest rates at a record low of 0.5 percent for the seventh straight month. At their latest meeting the central

The Bank of England has left interest rates at a record low of 0.5 percent for the seventh straight month. At their latest meeting the central

Business

Surprise jump in Australian employment

Australian employment surged past all expectations and the jobless rate has dropped to 5.7 percent. Over 40,000 jobs were created in September

Australian employment surged past all expectations and the jobless rate has dropped to 5.7 percent. Over 40,000 jobs were created in September

Culture

Inherit the Wind

As part of a whole raft of events marking the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, Trevor Nunn is directing Kevin Spacey and David Troughton in

As part of a whole raft of events marking the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, Trevor Nunn is directing Kevin Spacey and David Troughton in

Culture

Exhibitions: Berlin Wall/Fado

This autumn sees the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and with it the end of an era of division and isolation in Europe. To mark the

This autumn sees the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and with it the end of an era of division and isolation in Europe. To mark the

News

Herta Müller wins Nobel literature prize

The 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to German writer Herta Müller. The Swedish Academy that decides the winner recognised her

The 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to German writer Herta Müller. The Swedish Academy that decides the winner recognised her

News

Indian embassy targeted in deadly Kabul blast

India says its embassy was the target of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul that killed at least 12 people. Close to 90 others were injured in the blast

India says its embassy was the target of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul that killed at least 12 people. Close to 90 others were injured in the blast

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Japan battered by Typhoon Melor

Japan is coming to terms with the damage left behind by Typhoon Melor. Winds topping 200 kilometers per hour accompanied by torrential rains

Japan is coming to terms with the damage left behind by Typhoon Melor. Winds topping 200 kilometers per hour accompanied by torrential rains

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Sex trade scandal engulfs French minister

A French cabinet minister who has written about paying young boys for sex in Bangkok is facing growing calls to resign. Culture Minister Frédéric

A French cabinet minister who has written about paying young boys for sex in Bangkok is facing growing calls to resign. Culture Minister Frédéric

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Immunity ruling stokes political tensions in Italy

Italy is in the grip of growing uncertainty about the fate of Silvio Berlusconi after the country’s top court ruled he no longer had immunity from

Italy is in the grip of growing uncertainty about the fate of Silvio Berlusconi after the country’s top court ruled he no longer had immunity from

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Posters inflame minaret debate in Switzerland

A poster which critics say incites hatred of Muslims is provoking intense debate in Switzerland. It is part of a campaign supported by the

A poster which critics say incites hatred of Muslims is provoking intense debate in Switzerland. It is part of a campaign supported by the

Europe

Conservatives fail to quash Italy press freedom debate in EP

The European conservatives have failed to cancel a debate organised by the liberals in the European Parliament about freedom of the press in Italy

The European conservatives have failed to cancel a debate organised by the liberals in the European Parliament about freedom of the press in Italy

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Spain's Popular Party faces corruption charges

Spain’s opposition Popular Party has been hit by allegations of corruption in its ranks. A court is investigating charges that a number of senior

Spain’s opposition Popular Party has been hit by allegations of corruption in its ranks. A court is investigating charges that a number of senior

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Berlusconi rejects immunity ruling as 'farce'

The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has dismissed the loss of his legal immunity as a politically-motivated farce. Italy’s highest court

The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has dismissed the loss of his legal immunity as a politically-motivated farce. Italy’s highest court

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French naval vessel repels Somali pirates

Somali pirates in two small boats bit off more than they could chew when they attacked the French navy. They apparently mistook the supply and

Somali pirates in two small boats bit off more than they could chew when they attacked the French navy. They apparently mistook the supply and

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Rights groups cheer Italian migrant decision

Human rights groups have welcomed the acquittal in Italy of German charity workers charged with helping illegal immigrants in the Mediterranean

Human rights groups have welcomed the acquittal in Italy of German charity workers charged with helping illegal immigrants in the Mediterranean

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The legal flood gates open on Berlusconi

The verdict by Italy’s top court means a number of trials against the 73-year-old Berlusconi will reopen. The highest profile case sees the

The verdict by Italy’s top court means a number of trials against the 73-year-old Berlusconi will reopen. The highest profile case sees the