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2009-11-17

Europe

Massimo D'Alema for Foreign Policy Chief?

Massimo D’Alema is a contender for the job of EU Foreign Policy Chief. He is a member of Italy’s main opposition party, the centre-left Democratic

Massimo D’Alema is a contender for the job of EU Foreign Policy Chief. He is a member of Italy’s main opposition party, the centre-left Democratic

Europe

Top job consensus elusive

EU leaders are struggling to agree who should get the new top jobs created by the Lisbon Treaty. There is a strong feeling that one, probably the

EU leaders are struggling to agree who should get the new top jobs created by the Lisbon Treaty. There is a strong feeling that one, probably the

Business

Surprise trade surplus for euro zone

There was an unexpected trade surplus for the euro zone in September, thanks to recovering exports. The European Union’s statistics office

There was an unexpected trade surplus for the euro zone in September, thanks to recovering exports. The European Union’s statistics office

Business

Cadbury to partner with Ferrero?

Italian chocolate maker Ferrero is reportedly considering an alliance with Cadbury to counter a hostile takeover bid for the British company from

Italian chocolate maker Ferrero is reportedly considering an alliance with Cadbury to counter a hostile takeover bid for the British company from

Business

Hopes for progress at EU-Russia summit

Progress on a new economic and political partnership is the hope for this week’s EU/Russia summit. Sweden, which holds the EU presidency and is

Progress on a new economic and political partnership is the hope for this week’s EU/Russia summit. Sweden, which holds the EU presidency and is

Business

Markets: 17th November

As investors paused for breath, European shares ended lower on Tuesday after hitting a 13-month high the day before. A smaller-than-expected rise

As investors paused for breath, European shares ended lower on Tuesday after hitting a 13-month high the day before. A smaller-than-expected rise

Business

Bad fuel hedge hit easyJet profit

Low cost airline easyJet has posted a full year profit that was down nearly two thirds, at just under 50 million euros. Passenger numbers

Low cost airline easyJet has posted a full year profit that was down nearly two thirds, at just under 50 million euros. Passenger numbers

Business

UBS targets profit through transformation

UBS has said it is targeting an annual pretax profit of almost 10 billion euros. At a meeting of the loss-making Swiss bank’s shareholders, Chief

UBS has said it is targeting an annual pretax profit of almost 10 billion euros. At a meeting of the loss-making Swiss bank’s shareholders, Chief

Business

IMF and US push for stronger Chinese currency

Visiting China, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, continues to press Beijing to let its currency strengthen

Visiting China, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, continues to press Beijing to let its currency strengthen

Culture

Andy Garcia stars in Georgia "anti-war" film

Just over a year after the Russia-Georgia war of 2008, a film based on the conflict is being shot, using many of the same locations. It stars Andy

Just over a year after the Russia-Georgia war of 2008, a film based on the conflict is being shot, using many of the same locations. It stars Andy

Culture

Botticelli and Rubens on show in Germany

More than 80 works by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli have gone on show in Frankfurt in Germany. Meanwhile, in Munich, the Alte

More than 80 works by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli have gone on show in Frankfurt in Germany. Meanwhile, in Munich, the Alte

Science_technology

Virtual autopsies leave victim's body intact

A pioneering autopsy technique is providing answers for grieving families, without having further mutilate the victim’s body.

A pioneering autopsy technique is providing answers for grieving families, without having further mutilate the victim’s body.

News

Copenhagen: Deal or no deal?

December’s Copenhagen UN Climate summit now looks likely to provide only a political agreement, and a package of measures to help the poorest nations

December’s Copenhagen UN Climate summit now looks likely to provide only a political agreement, and a package of measures to help the poorest nations

News

Velvet Revolution celebrated in Prague

Tens of thousands of Czechs and Slovaks have taken to the streets of Prague to re-enact a mass demonstration 20 years ago that led to the end of

Tens of thousands of Czechs and Slovaks have taken to the streets of Prague to re-enact a mass demonstration 20 years ago that led to the end of

News

US-Sino relations enter a new phase

US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao have agreed to cooperate on a number of global problems signalling a possible new era

US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao have agreed to cooperate on a number of global problems signalling a possible new era

News

Plan B for climate change summit

The climate change talks in Copenhagen have not even begun, yet they are already under threat. The refusal of Asia-Pacific nations to accept binding

The climate change talks in Copenhagen have not even begun, yet they are already under threat. The refusal of Asia-Pacific nations to accept binding

News

Cruise ship trapped by Antarctic ice

A Russian icebreaker with 105 mainly British passengers on board is trapped in the Antarctic ice. The ship is not said to be in danger. Apart from

A Russian icebreaker with 105 mainly British passengers on board is trapped in the Antarctic ice. The ship is not said to be in danger. Apart from

News

German university strike spreads

Thousands of university students have taken to the streets across Germany to protest at education reforms. Around-the-clock occupations at more

Thousands of university students have taken to the streets across Germany to protest at education reforms. Around-the-clock occupations at more

News

Corruption rife in war-torn nations: some EU states criticised

Public sector corruption in Afghanistan is getting worse and the country is now seen as the most corrupt nation on the planet after Somalia. The

Public sector corruption in Afghanistan is getting worse and the country is now seen as the most corrupt nation on the planet after Somalia. The

News

'Georgia' sets out to tell tale of war with Russia

Russian armour has streamed into Georgia creating lines of refugees fleeing the fighting. But fears of international criticism are limited to

Russian armour has streamed into Georgia creating lines of refugees fleeing the fighting. But fears of international criticism are limited to

News

All 36 crew 'safe' as pirates let tuna boat go

All 36 crew members of a Basque owned fishing boat hijacked by Somali pirates have been freed. The owners of the trawler Alakrana are reported to

All 36 crew members of a Basque owned fishing boat hijacked by Somali pirates have been freed. The owners of the trawler Alakrana are reported to

News

US and China vow closer climate cooperation

The presidents of the United States and China have agreed on increased cooperation to find solutions to some of the world’s more intractable

The presidents of the United States and China have agreed on increased cooperation to find solutions to some of the world’s more intractable

News

French national freed pending Tehran trial verdict

French teaching assistant Clotilde Reiss has been has been released on bail pending a final verdict in her trial on spying charges in Tehran. She

French teaching assistant Clotilde Reiss has been has been released on bail pending a final verdict in her trial on spying charges in Tehran. She

News

African migrants head for Latin America as Europe's doors close

As Europe tightens its borders increasing numbers of African migrants are coming ashore in Latin America.   Some head for Mexico or Guatemala before

As Europe tightens its borders increasing numbers of African migrants are coming ashore in Latin America.   Some head for Mexico or Guatemala before

News

Landgrab issue dominates 'hunger summit'

At the UN hunger summit in Rome wealthy food-importing nations are being accused of grabbing land from small farmers in developing countries and

At the UN hunger summit in Rome wealthy food-importing nations are being accused of grabbing land from small farmers in developing countries and

News

Velvet underground - Velvet Revolution: Prague remembers

Czechs and Slovaks are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which saw an end to Communist rule in the then

Czechs and Slovaks are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which saw an end to Communist rule in the then

Europe

Discrimination in the EU

A recent EU survey found almost in one in six Europeans felt they had been discriminated against in the previous 12 months, either because of their

A recent EU survey found almost in one in six Europeans felt they had been discriminated against in the previous 12 months, either because of their

News

China and US leaders highlight common interests

Trade, the economy and climate change have dominated talks in Beijing between the Chinese and US presidents. It is Barack Obama’s first visit to

Trade, the economy and climate change have dominated talks in Beijing between the Chinese and US presidents. It is Barack Obama’s first visit to