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2009-11-04

Business

Fed commits to long-term low interest rates

The US economy may be on the up but the interest rates aren’t. The Federal Reserve, the country’s central bank, has decided to keep key rates close

The US economy may be on the up but the interest rates aren’t. The Federal Reserve, the country’s central bank, has decided to keep key rates close

Europe

Slovenia-Croatia border arbitration deal

Slovenia and Croatia have signed a border arbitration agreement, a step towards ending a nearly two-decade-old dispute that has held up Croatia’s bid

Slovenia and Croatia have signed a border arbitration agreement, a step towards ending a nearly two-decade-old dispute that has held up Croatia’s bid

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Opposition supporters clash with police in Tehran

Hundreds of protesters have clashed with police on the streets of Tehran. Opposition supporters were out demonstrating against President Mahmoud

Hundreds of protesters have clashed with police on the streets of Tehran. Opposition supporters were out demonstrating against President Mahmoud

Europe

Cameron's Lisbon climbdown

Britain’s Conservatives have climbed down from a pledge to hold a referendum on the Lisbon treaty. Leader David Cameron says he can not now because

Britain’s Conservatives have climbed down from a pledge to hold a referendum on the Lisbon treaty. Leader David Cameron says he can not now because

Europe

Lisbon Treaty perceptions by ordinary Europeans

A lot has been said about EU institutional reform, but what does the Lisbon Treaty change for European Union citizens? How can they expect it to

A lot has been said about EU institutional reform, but what does the Lisbon Treaty change for European Union citizens? How can they expect it to

Business

Merck and Schering-Plough begin joint operations

US pharmaceuticals giants Merck and Schering Plough have begun their first day of combined operations following the completion of their merger. The

US pharmaceuticals giants Merck and Schering Plough have begun their first day of combined operations following the completion of their merger. The

News

Politicians seething over GM U-turn

GM’s decision to keep Opel has left politicians in Moscow and Berlin seething. The Kremlin is hinting that it believes GM no longer has the right

GM’s decision to keep Opel has left politicians in Moscow and Berlin seething. The Kremlin is hinting that it believes GM no longer has the right

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GM's move to claw back Opel angers almost everybody

A U-turn by General Motors over the sale of Opel – which includes Vauxhall in the UK – has been met with hostility and anger in Germany. GM first

A U-turn by General Motors over the sale of Opel – which includes Vauxhall in the UK – has been met with hostility and anger in Germany. GM first

Business

Marks and Spencer profits tonic for UK economy

Rising house prices and profits in some sectors are fuelling hopes of recovery in the UK economy. The prospect of better times is further

Rising house prices and profits in some sectors are fuelling hopes of recovery in the UK economy. The prospect of better times is further

News

Afghan police: infiltrated by the Taliban?

There is concern the Taliban may have infiltrated the Afghan police force after the killing of five British soldiers at a checkpoint. Authorities

There is concern the Taliban may have infiltrated the Afghan police force after the killing of five British soldiers at a checkpoint. Authorities

News

Ex-CIA agents given jail terms in Italy

Twenty three former CIA agents have been sentenced to prison terms in absentia on charges of abducting a Muslim cleric in Italy. The verdict by a

Twenty three former CIA agents have been sentenced to prison terms in absentia on charges of abducting a Muslim cleric in Italy. The verdict by a

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Berlin - The Alexanderplatz protests

The universal clock on the popular Alexanderplatz was already ticking on the 4th of November in 1989. Now it displays a time when east Berliners

The universal clock on the popular Alexanderplatz was already ticking on the 4th of November in 1989. Now it displays a time when east Berliners

News

Israel seizes ship "carrying rockets"

The Israeli navy has intercepted and seized a container ship it says was carrying rockets destined for Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah group

The Israeli navy has intercepted and seized a container ship it says was carrying rockets destined for Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah group

Business

Banks and carmakers lead markets rally

European markets closed up with banks and carmakers doing particularly well in an improving economic climate. The Cac 40 in Paris showed the

European markets closed up with banks and carmakers doing particularly well in an improving economic climate. The Cac 40 in Paris showed the

Business

Disney's Shanghai adventure gets Beijing backing

The Disney company has got the green light from the Chinese government to build a theme park in Shangai. It comes after years of delicate

The Disney company has got the green light from the Chinese government to build a theme park in Shangai. It comes after years of delicate

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Romanian prime minister designate rejected

The Romanian parliament has rejected the prime minister designate and his proposed cabinet. They were rejected with 250 negative votes. Three

The Romanian parliament has rejected the prime minister designate and his proposed cabinet. They were rejected with 250 negative votes. Three

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Top US official meets Myanmar's Suu Kyi

A top American official has met with Myanmar’s detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on a rare visit to the country. US Assistant

A top American official has met with Myanmar’s detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on a rare visit to the country. US Assistant

News

Police clash with protesters in Tehran

Police have clashed with protesters in the Iranian capital, Tehran. Hundreds of people took to the streets shouting, “Death to Dictators”. They are

Police have clashed with protesters in the Iranian capital, Tehran. Hundreds of people took to the streets shouting, “Death to Dictators”. They are

News

UK soldiers' deaths boost 'security concerns'

In Kabul there are growing concerns over security after the shooting of five British soldiers by a rogue Afghan police officer amid claims that

In Kabul there are growing concerns over security after the shooting of five British soldiers by a rogue Afghan police officer amid claims that

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Car workers stunned by GM U-turn over Opel sale

The jobs of more than more than 50,000 European car workers hang in the balance again today after a shock decision by General Motors to go back on a

The jobs of more than more than 50,000 European car workers hang in the balance again today after a shock decision by General Motors to go back on a

News

Obama one year on

It has been one year exactly since Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. He promised the one thing voters wanted most – change

It has been one year exactly since Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. He promised the one thing voters wanted most – change

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Interview with Walter Momper, former Mayor of West Berlin and Berlin

Walter Momper was mayor of West Berlin when the Wall came down almost twenty years ago. In the autumn of 1989 city authorities had been preparing for

Walter Momper was mayor of West Berlin when the Wall came down almost twenty years ago. In the autumn of 1989 city authorities had been preparing for

Culture

Monsters and marvels of the deep in Marseille

The Great Tide took the top prize at this year’s World Festival of Underwater Pictures held in the French port of Marseille.

The Great Tide took the top prize at this year’s World Festival of Underwater Pictures held in the French port of Marseille.

Culture

Bublé releases Crazy Love

Canadian singer Michael Bublé‘s fourth studio album Crazy Love mixes rock and soul classics.

Canadian singer Michael Bublé‘s fourth studio album Crazy Love mixes rock and soul classics.

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Democrats do badly without Obama

The Democrats in America are downplaying their loss of the state of Virginia in three key elections, the first real test of President Obama’s

The Democrats in America are downplaying their loss of the state of Virginia in three key elections, the first real test of President Obama’s

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EU court tells Italy to take crosses down

Fury at the heart of Europe. Italians have reacted strongly to their nation’s condemnation at the European Court of Human Rights. It wants crucifixes

Fury at the heart of Europe. Italians have reacted strongly to their nation’s condemnation at the European Court of Human Rights. It wants crucifixes

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US and EU move closer on climate change

US President Barack Obama says the United States and the European Union have agreed to boost their efforts for success on climate change at the

US President Barack Obama says the United States and the European Union have agreed to boost their efforts for success on climate change at the