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2009-12-02

News

Freed British yacht crew tell of their Iran ordeal

Five British yachtsmen have been enjoying their first taste of freedom after a week in custody in Iran. They enjoyed a warm welcome in Dubai – their

Five British yachtsmen have been enjoying their first taste of freedom after a week in custody in Iran. They enjoyed a warm welcome in Dubai – their

Business

Russian aluminium giant secures debt restructuring

Russian aluminium giant UC Rusal has reached agreement with creditors in Russia’s biggest ever debt restructuring, allowing the cash-strapped company

Russian aluminium giant UC Rusal has reached agreement with creditors in Russia’s biggest ever debt restructuring, allowing the cash-strapped company

Business

Slight drop in markets after Tuesday leaps

European markets moved down after Tuesdays big gains mainly due to a decline in banking stocks. Banks helped in Tuesday’s gains as fears about the

European markets moved down after Tuesdays big gains mainly due to a decline in banking stocks. Banks helped in Tuesday’s gains as fears about the

Business

GM's Henderson walks after a failed eight months

Fritz Henderson has resigned his post as Chief Executive of General Motors after just eight months behind the wheel. Company directors agreed that

Fritz Henderson has resigned his post as Chief Executive of General Motors after just eight months behind the wheel. Company directors agreed that

Business

EU money ministers cut deal on financial regulation

EU money ministers have agreed plans for a new Euro-wide system of financial regulation. Finance ministers plan to create a number of

EU money ministers have agreed plans for a new Euro-wide system of financial regulation. Finance ministers plan to create a number of

Business

Daimler to shift C-Class production to Alabama

Daimler AG, the world’s second largest maker of luxury cars is to shift production of its best-selling Mercedes-Benz-C-Class from Germany to Alabama

Daimler AG, the world’s second largest maker of luxury cars is to shift production of its best-selling Mercedes-Benz-C-Class from Germany to Alabama

Business

German banks told lend more or risk further regulation

The German government fears that domestic companies could face a further credit squeeze in the new year and Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned banks

The German government fears that domestic companies could face a further credit squeeze in the new year and Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned banks

Europe

A third of Christmas lights hazardous

It is supposed to be the season to be merry, but with only a few weeks to go before Christmas a new EU report has said almost a third of all festive

It is supposed to be the season to be merry, but with only a few weeks to go before Christmas a new EU report has said almost a third of all festive

News

India could cut carbon intensity by 24%

Before the Copenhagen climate conference, pressure is growing on the world’s fourth highest greenhouse gas emitter, India, to makes cuts. India

Before the Copenhagen climate conference, pressure is growing on the world’s fourth highest greenhouse gas emitter, India, to makes cuts. India

News

Will Muslims snub Swiss banks in minaret row?

Swiss banks could pay a price for the country’s decision to ban new mosque minarets, with calls for Muslims to empty their accounts in protest

Swiss banks could pay a price for the country’s decision to ban new mosque minarets, with calls for Muslims to empty their accounts in protest

Europe

EU's Rompuy on tour, Ashton under fire

Herman Van Rompuy is making the rounds of the EU capitals in his role as the European Council’s newly-appointed full-time president. The Belgian

Herman Van Rompuy is making the rounds of the EU capitals in his role as the European Council’s newly-appointed full-time president. The Belgian

News

US calls on allies to help with troops

President Obama’s team has been defending his plan for a rapid deployment of fresh US troops in Afghanistan. The President announced on Tuesday

President Obama’s team has been defending his plan for a rapid deployment of fresh US troops in Afghanistan. The President announced on Tuesday

News

Iran says it will enrich uranium to higher levels

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Iran will enrich uranium to higher levels despite pressure to stop. He declared the recent

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Iran will enrich uranium to higher levels despite pressure to stop. He declared the recent

News

Berlusconi's friends challenge ally over criticism

Silvio Berlusconi’s main political ally has been called upon to explain comments he made criticising the Italian prime minister. “Fini wants to

Silvio Berlusconi’s main political ally has been called upon to explain comments he made criticising the Italian prime minister. “Fini wants to

News

Jewish settlers defy building freeze

Israeli settlers are defying moves to impose a partial freeze on new building. Israel made the gesture under pressure from key ally, the United

Israeli settlers are defying moves to impose a partial freeze on new building. Israel made the gesture under pressure from key ally, the United

News

Obama's Afghan strategy aims for fresh start

The long-awaited decision by President Obama to escalate US troop numbers in Afghanistan aims to isolate the Taliban and create the space needed to

The long-awaited decision by President Obama to escalate US troop numbers in Afghanistan aims to isolate the Taliban and create the space needed to

Science_technology

Advancing on hydrogen

Francisco Muñoz Tierno is 89 years old. A few months ago he retired from his farm to live in the calm and quiet of a care home in Soria, a Spanish

Francisco Muñoz Tierno is 89 years old. A few months ago he retired from his farm to live in the calm and quiet of a care home in Soria, a Spanish

Culture

Grooving with French DJ Sinclar

Born Christophe Le Friant, he kicked off his career under the name Mighty Bob then Chris the French kiss but it is as Bob Sinclar he is best known on

Born Christophe Le Friant, he kicked off his career under the name Mighty Bob then Chris the French kiss but it is as Bob Sinclar he is best known on

Culture

Jordan Scott debuts with Cracks

Set in an isolated British girl’s boarding school in the 1930s, Cracks is a story of obsession and misguided love, starring Eva Green as Sapphic

Set in an isolated British girl’s boarding school in the 1930s, Cracks is a story of obsession and misguided love, starring Eva Green as Sapphic

Science_technology

Drive is on to make cheaper hydrogen cars

Work continues to develop an economically-viable car that is powered by hydrogen. Hydrogen fuel cells produce electricity by combining hydrogen fuel

Work continues to develop an economically-viable car that is powered by hydrogen. Hydrogen fuel cells produce electricity by combining hydrogen fuel

News

Islamist group claim Russian train bomb attack

An Islamist militant group has reportedly said it carried out last week’s bomb attack on a Russian train – on the orders of Doku Umarov, leader of

An Islamist militant group has reportedly said it carried out last week’s bomb attack on a Russian train – on the orders of Doku Umarov, leader of

News

US allies urged to respond to Obama troops pledge

President Obama’s announcement of an extra thirty thousand US troops for Afghanistan has put pressure on America’s allies to follow suit. Pentagon

President Obama’s announcement of an extra thirty thousand US troops for Afghanistan has put pressure on America’s allies to follow suit. Pentagon

News

Mixed reaction in Afghanistan to US plan

Reactions in Afghanistan to the US plan of a troop surge are mixed. While the Afghan President Hamid Karzai supports the extra soldiers, he said

Reactions in Afghanistan to the US plan of a troop surge are mixed. While the Afghan President Hamid Karzai supports the extra soldiers, he said

News

British yachtsmen, arrested in Iran, released

Five British yachtsmen arrested by Iran have been released. They were detained in the Gulf after their yacht apparently strayed into Iranian

Five British yachtsmen arrested by Iran have been released. They were detained in the Gulf after their yacht apparently strayed into Iranian

Business

GM sacks CEO, may close Saab

The ailing US car giant General Motors has made changes at the top as it searches for a route back to health. Fritz Henderson spent his whole career

The ailing US car giant General Motors has made changes at the top as it searches for a route back to health. Fritz Henderson spent his whole career

News

Turkey joins Swiss minaret row

Turkey has waded into the row over Switzerland’s ban on mosque minarets, saying the decision highlights the resurgence of racism in Europe. The

Turkey has waded into the row over Switzerland’s ban on mosque minarets, saying the decision highlights the resurgence of racism in Europe. The

News

Iran says it can go it alone in its nuclear bid

The Iranian president has continued his defiant rhetoric despite growing international condemnation of his country’s nuclear program. Mahmoud

The Iranian president has continued his defiant rhetoric despite growing international condemnation of his country’s nuclear program. Mahmoud

News

Obama defends Afghan surge and early exit plan

There will be 30,000 more American troops in Afghanistan by next summer and the US contingent will start to withdraw from the conflict in 18 months

There will be 30,000 more American troops in Afghanistan by next summer and the US contingent will start to withdraw from the conflict in 18 months