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2009-10-22

Business

Falling Eurocopter orders prompt cuts

The world’s biggest civil helicopter maker, Eurocopter, has said falling orders mean it will have to cut costs. The financial crisis has caused a

The world’s biggest civil helicopter maker, Eurocopter, has said falling orders mean it will have to cut costs. The financial crisis has caused a

Business

Vital OS launch for Microsoft

Microsoft has launched its latest personal computer operating system – Windows 7. It is a vital release for the world’s biggest software company

Microsoft has launched its latest personal computer operating system – Windows 7. It is a vital release for the world’s biggest software company

Europe

Barriers render EU eCommerce 'non-existent'

A call to break down remaining barriers to online shopping in the EU, such as national laws on VAT, recycling and copyright. The fastest-growing

A call to break down remaining barriers to online shopping in the EU, such as national laws on VAT, recycling and copyright. The fastest-growing

Business

Ericsson's profit drops

It seems the economic downturn has finally caught up with the world’s biggest mobile phone network equipment maker Ericsson. It announced a larger

It seems the economic downturn has finally caught up with the world’s biggest mobile phone network equipment maker Ericsson. It announced a larger

Europe

Poor coordination wastes aid billions

Up to six billion euros is wasted per year in development aid given to other countries by the European Union; the EU aid Commissioner called the

Up to six billion euros is wasted per year in development aid given to other countries by the European Union; the EU aid Commissioner called the

Business

Markets: 22nd October

European shares finished down one percent with Ericsson’s poor results hitting the technology sector; Ericsson itself fell seven percent. There

European shares finished down one percent with Ericsson’s poor results hitting the technology sector; Ericsson itself fell seven percent. There

Business

Nestle to speed up share buyback

Nestle is to use some of its large cash reserves to buy back shares quicker than originally planned. The world’s biggest food group is likely to

Nestle is to use some of its large cash reserves to buy back shares quicker than originally planned. The world’s biggest food group is likely to

Europe

Russian group Memorial wins Sakharov Prize

A Russian organisation, Memorial, has won the European Union’s foremost human rights recognition, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded

A Russian organisation, Memorial, has won the European Union’s foremost human rights recognition, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded

News

Italy probes 'kill Berlusconi' Facebook pages

In Italy, an investigation has been launched into groups on the social networking site Facebook calling themselves: “Let’s Kill Berlusconi.” It

In Italy, an investigation has been launched into groups on the social networking site Facebook calling themselves: “Let’s Kill Berlusconi.” It

News

Swedish Lutherians allow gay marriage

Sweden’s Lutherian church has decided to conduct gay weddings, the first major church to do so. Ceremonies will begin on November the first. The

Sweden’s Lutherian church has decided to conduct gay weddings, the first major church to do so. Ceremonies will begin on November the first. The

News

Afghan opium fuelling 'perfect storm' of drugs and terror

Afghanistan is fuelling a 43 and a half billion euro heroin and opium market serving 15 million addicts according to a UN report. The equivalent

Afghanistan is fuelling a 43 and a half billion euro heroin and opium market serving 15 million addicts according to a UN report. The equivalent

News

Pakistan army takes new ground in Waziristan

The Pakistani army says it has killed 24 militants for the loss of two soldiers in the latest fighting in South Waziristan. In many places the

The Pakistani army says it has killed 24 militants for the loss of two soldiers in the latest fighting in South Waziristan. In many places the

News

Romania gives backing to new US missile plan

The American vice-president Joe Biden has secured the support of Romania for the revised US missile defence system. On Monday Biden obtained similar

The American vice-president Joe Biden has secured the support of Romania for the revised US missile defence system. On Monday Biden obtained similar

News

Amnesty International calls for Taser gun clampdown

Stun-gun maker Taser International is advising police forces to avoid firing the devices at the chests of suspects which critics say is an admission

Stun-gun maker Taser International is advising police forces to avoid firing the devices at the chests of suspects which critics say is an admission

Science_technology

French health watchdog urges caution over mobiles

One of the latest studies on the health effects of mobile phones and other wifi devices – by French health watchdog AFSSET – has recommended reducing

One of the latest studies on the health effects of mobile phones and other wifi devices – by French health watchdog AFSSET – has recommended reducing

Culture

Editors go straight to No. 1

British band Editors have just released their third album, In This Light And On This Evening, which has gone straight in at number one in the

British band Editors have just released their third album, In This Light And On This Evening, which has gone straight in at number one in the

Culture

Heady fashion in Japan

Japan Fashion Week presents more than 40 collections for spring and summer next year. Label Mint Designs launched in 2001 and is known for its

Japan Fashion Week presents more than 40 collections for spring and summer next year. Label Mint Designs launched in 2001 and is known for its

Culture

Dolphin doc The Cove opens across Europe

Documentary The Cove shows the annual capture and slaughter of thousands of wild dolphins in Japan. Marine amusement parks around the world pay up to

Documentary The Cove shows the annual capture and slaughter of thousands of wild dolphins in Japan. Marine amusement parks around the world pay up to

News

Dozens die in Somali mortar fire

Renewed and intense fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu has claimed the lives of at least 30 people. Islamist militants bent on ousting the

Renewed and intense fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu has claimed the lives of at least 30 people. Islamist militants bent on ousting the

News

Vancouver flame begins Olympic journey

In a ceremony in Ancient Olympia in Greece, the Olympic flame has been lit with the sun’s rays, and the torch relay to Vancouver has begun. It is the

In a ceremony in Ancient Olympia in Greece, the Olympic flame has been lit with the sun’s rays, and the torch relay to Vancouver has begun. It is the

News

Taser company admits heart risks

The company that makes Taser stun guns has admitted for the first time that the weapon carries a risk of heart problems for the target. Tasers are

The company that makes Taser stun guns has admitted for the first time that the weapon carries a risk of heart problems for the target. Tasers are

News

UN report warns of Afghan heroin threat to peace

The United Nations has published a report on Afghanistan’s opium industry, warning that a “perfect storm of drugs and terrorism…may be heading

The United Nations has published a report on Afghanistan’s opium industry, warning that a “perfect storm of drugs and terrorism…may be heading

News

Fresh attacks sow more panic in Pakistan

The Pakistani capital Islamabad has been rocked by another fatal assault just two days after twin suicide bombings at a university. This time the

The Pakistani capital Islamabad has been rocked by another fatal assault just two days after twin suicide bombings at a university. This time the

News

Russian NGO wins EU human rights prize

Russian human rights group Memorial has been awarded the European Parliament’s 2009 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought. Parliament president

Russian human rights group Memorial has been awarded the European Parliament’s 2009 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought. Parliament president

News

Biker gangs out of control in Denmark

A new opinion poll in Denmark says eighty percent of people think the biker gang wars with immigrants in Copenhagen are now out of the police’s

A new opinion poll in Denmark says eighty percent of people think the biker gang wars with immigrants in Copenhagen are now out of the police’s

News

Swiss justify tip-off to US over Polanski visit

The Swiss authorities have admitted they tipped off their US counterparts that director Roman Polanski was travelling to Zurich. The move

The Swiss authorities have admitted they tipped off their US counterparts that director Roman Polanski was travelling to Zurich. The move

News

Pakistan pushes on with Taliban offensive

Day five of Pakistan’s offensive against Taliban bases in southern Waziristan. Pakistan military have been clearing out caves and finding arms

Day five of Pakistan’s offensive against Taliban bases in southern Waziristan. Pakistan military have been clearing out caves and finding arms

News

Postal workers strike in politically charged dispute

Thousands of UK postal workers have begun a 48 hour national strike in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and modernisation plans. Collection

Thousands of UK postal workers have begun a 48 hour national strike in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and modernisation plans. Collection