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2009-10-13

News

Senate Committee Backs Healthcare Reform

A US Senate panel has backed a sweeping healthcare overhaul. By gaining the support of an influential Republican, the key finance committee gave

A US Senate panel has backed a sweeping healthcare overhaul. By gaining the support of an influential Republican, the key finance committee gave

Europe

EU report tells Turkey to improve press freedom

Turkey needs to do more to protect freedom of expression if it wants to join the EU, according to a report on the bloc’s enlargement that is due out

Turkey needs to do more to protect freedom of expression if it wants to join the EU, according to a report on the bloc’s enlargement that is due out

News

US and Russia relations continue to thaw

Since the Obama administration took charge of the White House the irritation that marked relations with the Kremlin, under previous president George

Since the Obama administration took charge of the White House the irritation that marked relations with the Kremlin, under previous president George

Europe

Barroso presses Czech leader to sign Lisbon Treaty

“Absurd and surreal.” That is how European Commission president José Manuel Barroso sees the notion of going through the Lisbon Treaty ratification

“Absurd and surreal.” That is how European Commission president José Manuel Barroso sees the notion of going through the Lisbon Treaty ratification

Europe

Europe told it could do better on HIV care

The number of Europeans contracting HIV is accelerating along with the number of people practising unsafe sex according to a Swedish think tank based

The number of Europeans contracting HIV is accelerating along with the number of people practising unsafe sex according to a Swedish think tank based

Business

Markets: 13th October

The US dollar has continued its slide, hitting a 14-month low against the euro. Investors have been selling to move to relatively high-yielding

The US dollar has continued its slide, hitting a 14-month low against the euro. Investors have been selling to move to relatively high-yielding

Business

German investor morale falls

German investors and financial analysts are more pessimistic about the future according to the latest survey by the ZEW economic think tank. The

German investors and financial analysts are more pessimistic about the future according to the latest survey by the ZEW economic think tank. The

Business

Russia and China ink trade deals

A visit by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to China has seen the signing of trade deals worth 2.4 billion euros. However that is 1.4 billion

A visit by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to China has seen the signing of trade deals worth 2.4 billion euros. However that is 1.4 billion

Business

Opel Vauxhall sale deal near

The future of General Motor’s Vauxhall plants in Britain has been secured according to the UK trade union Unite. Tony Woodley, joint general

The future of General Motor’s Vauxhall plants in Britain has been secured according to the UK trade union Unite. Tony Woodley, joint general

Culture

Music from the Arab world

Palestinian music is topping the bill this season at the Institut du Monde Arab (The Institute of the Arab World) in Paris where the group Al-Quds is

Palestinian music is topping the bill this season at the Institut du Monde Arab (The Institute of the Arab World) in Paris where the group Al-Quds is

Science_technology

Paris: Science no fiction

At Pariscience, the scientific film festival in Paris, the Grand Prix Pariscience 2009 – which is the prize for best film – was won by American film

At Pariscience, the scientific film festival in Paris, the Grand Prix Pariscience 2009 – which is the prize for best film – was won by American film

News

Spanish police arrest Basque separatist leader

The Basque separatist leader Aranaldo Otegi has been arrested on the orders of Spain’s super judge Baltasar Garzon. Otegi and five others were

The Basque separatist leader Aranaldo Otegi has been arrested on the orders of Spain’s super judge Baltasar Garzon. Otegi and five others were

News

Paris metro bomb plotter loses appeal

The Algerian Rachid Ramda has lost his appeal against a life sentence for plotting the Paris Metro bombings. In 2007, he was given a life

The Algerian Rachid Ramda has lost his appeal against a life sentence for plotting the Paris Metro bombings. In 2007, he was given a life

News

Clinton says not yet time for Iran sanctions

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the time to slap sanctions on Iran over its atomic programme has not yet come. Earlier, America’s

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the time to slap sanctions on Iran over its atomic programme has not yet come. Earlier, America’s

News

Sarkozy rebuts nepotism accusations

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is embroiled in a row over the meteoric rise of his 23-year-old son, Jean. Sarkozy Junior is on track to become

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is embroiled in a row over the meteoric rise of his 23-year-old son, Jean. Sarkozy Junior is on track to become

News

EDF denies Russian nuclear waste link

French energy giant EDF has denied allegations its sending atomic waste to Russia. The electricity firm has come under the media spotlight in a

French energy giant EDF has denied allegations its sending atomic waste to Russia. The electricity firm has come under the media spotlight in a

News

No-confidence vote plunges Romania into turmoil

Romania has been plunged into political gridlock after its minority government was ousted in a no-confidence vote in parliament. The ruling

Romania has been plunged into political gridlock after its minority government was ousted in a no-confidence vote in parliament. The ruling

News

Two Somali pirates put before Spanish judge

Two of the 36 pirates who were captured earlier this month have appeared in a Madrid court facing hijacking charges. The two men were caught by

Two of the 36 pirates who were captured earlier this month have appeared in a Madrid court facing hijacking charges. The two men were caught by

News

Sea crash pilot hailed a hero by passengers

The passengers of a plane that crashed into the Mediterranean have hailed the pilot a hero after all those on board escaped alive. The light aircraft

The passengers of a plane that crashed into the Mediterranean have hailed the pilot a hero after all those on board escaped alive. The light aircraft

News

Romania's minority government has been ousted

Romania has been plunged into political gridlock after its minority government was ousted in a no-confidence vote in parliament.   The ruling

Romania has been plunged into political gridlock after its minority government was ousted in a no-confidence vote in parliament.   The ruling

News

US and Russia seeking unity on Iran

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said in spite of differences mutual respect and shared responsibility lie at the core of US Russian

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said in spite of differences mutual respect and shared responsibility lie at the core of US Russian

News

"Miraculous" escape as plane crashes into Med

Survivors of a plane crash in the Mediterranean Sea say they have had a miraculous escape. The six people on board the small aircraft managed to

Survivors of a plane crash in the Mediterranean Sea say they have had a miraculous escape. The six people on board the small aircraft managed to

News

Somali appear in Madrid court on piracy charges

Two Somalis suspected of taking part in hijacking a Spanish fishing boat have appeared before a judge in Madrid on piracy charges today. The two

Two Somalis suspected of taking part in hijacking a Spanish fishing boat have appeared before a judge in Madrid on piracy charges today. The two

Europe

EGNOS

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service – EGNOS- has gone into service. The free satellite navigation network can be used by the

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service – EGNOS- has gone into service. The free satellite navigation network can be used by the

Europe

ECHO: the EU's humanitarian office

In the last 30 years, the number of tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones, floods and landslides has almost trippled. In 2007 alone, nearly three and a

In the last 30 years, the number of tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones, floods and landslides has almost trippled. In 2007 alone, nearly three and a

News

North Korea flexes muscles ahead of talks

North Korea is reportedly preparing to fire more short-range missiles in what is seen as a move to strengthen its hand in forthcoming talks on its

North Korea is reportedly preparing to fire more short-range missiles in what is seen as a move to strengthen its hand in forthcoming talks on its

Environment

China: a step into the green

The University of Nottingham in Ningbo is one of the most advanced centres in China for research and teaching of sustainable energy technologies

The University of Nottingham in Ningbo is one of the most advanced centres in China for research and teaching of sustainable energy technologies

News

Anger in Moscow over local election whitewash

Russian riot police quickly broke up a crowd in central Moscow last night as protesters cried foul over local election results. The landslide

Russian riot police quickly broke up a crowd in central Moscow last night as protesters cried foul over local election results. The landslide