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2009-12-09

News

Mass rally in Jerusalem at settlement freeze

Thousands of Israeli settlers and their supporters have held a mass rally in Jerusalem, furious at curbs to Jewish settlement building in the West

Thousands of Israeli settlers and their supporters have held a mass rally in Jerusalem, furious at curbs to Jewish settlement building in the West

Europe

Test time for EU's new Lisbon figures

The first EU leaders’ Council summit to be held under the newly-approved Lisbon reform Treaty means adjusting to new ways of doing things. Finland’s

The first EU leaders’ Council summit to be held under the newly-approved Lisbon reform Treaty means adjusting to new ways of doing things. Finland’s

Europe

Corruption national worry for 78 percent of Europeans

Europeans believe their institutions are rife with corruption — national, regional, local and EU, roughly in that order. Eurobarometer reports that

Europeans believe their institutions are rife with corruption — national, regional, local and EU, roughly in that order. Eurobarometer reports that

Europe

EU police and justice evolution with Lisbon Treaty

There are sensitive policy areas over which many EU member states are loath to cede individual sovereignty, notably police and justice. Yet the

There are sensitive policy areas over which many EU member states are loath to cede individual sovereignty, notably police and justice. Yet the

Business

Markets: 9th December

European stocks finished the day lower for a third day running with investors moving into safe-haven government bonds. Madrid was the worst

European stocks finished the day lower for a third day running with investors moving into safe-haven government bonds. Madrid was the worst

Business

VW allies with Suzuki

Germany’s Volkswagen is to buy almost 20 percent of Suzuki for 1.7 billion euros. VW Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn sealed the deal in Tokyo

Germany’s Volkswagen is to buy almost 20 percent of Suzuki for 1.7 billion euros. VW Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn sealed the deal in Tokyo

Business

Greece vows to cut deficit

Greece’s prime minister George Papandreou has vowed to do whatever it takes to reduce the country’s vast deficit as European partners increased

Greece’s prime minister George Papandreou has vowed to do whatever it takes to reduce the country’s vast deficit as European partners increased

Business

UK's Darling promises deficit reduction

The man in charge of Britain’s finances has unveiled his recovery plan for the UK economy. In his pre-Budget report Alistair Darling admitted the

The man in charge of Britain’s finances has unveiled his recovery plan for the UK economy. In his pre-Budget report Alistair Darling admitted the

Business

Japanese Q3 growth less than first thought

Revised figures show Japan’s economy grew at a far slower pace in the third quarter than previously thought as capital spending fell. Gross

Revised figures show Japan’s economy grew at a far slower pace in the third quarter than previously thought as capital spending fell. Gross

Environment

Division over Arctic climate change

In Greenland, the changes in the climate over the years are evident: icebergs are getting smaller, the winters are shorter. But not everyone is

In Greenland, the changes in the climate over the years are evident: icebergs are getting smaller, the winters are shorter. But not everyone is

News

Albanians rally for EU membership

Albania is stepping up its campaign to join the European Union. The drive behind the effort was evident at a massive rally in Tirana yesterday

Albania is stepping up its campaign to join the European Union. The drive behind the effort was evident at a massive rally in Tirana yesterday

Environment

China calls for tougher CO2 cuts offer from US

The message was loud and clear from eco protesters in Copenhagen – if global temperatures rise by two degrees, people will die. Delegates wheeled

The message was loud and clear from eco protesters in Copenhagen – if global temperatures rise by two degrees, people will die. Delegates wheeled

News

France denies paying for stolen data

France has denied that it paid for what is claimed to be stolen information on suspected tax evaders with Swiss bank accounts. It comes after

France has denied that it paid for what is claimed to be stolen information on suspected tax evaders with Swiss bank accounts. It comes after

Environment

Satellite aims to answer ice cap question

With the aim of determining whether and how quickly polar ice caps are shrinking, the European Space Agency will launch CryoSat-2. It is a special

With the aim of determining whether and how quickly polar ice caps are shrinking, the European Space Agency will launch CryoSat-2. It is a special

Environment

Bringing good food to the people

Martin is a man on a mission – to bring the fresh produce of the countryside into the heart of the city. Four years ago this agricultural engineer

Martin is a man on a mission – to bring the fresh produce of the countryside into the heart of the city. Four years ago this agricultural engineer

Science_technology

Waste not want not as scooter runs on car scraps

Belgium inventor Marcello Fieni has created a scooter that runs on petrol made from recycled cars. After 3 years of research, he has something to

Belgium inventor Marcello Fieni has created a scooter that runs on petrol made from recycled cars. After 3 years of research, he has something to

Culture

2009 Turner Prize as good as gold

The Turner Prize, now in its 25th year, is arguably the world’s most recognised award for contemporary art. 49 year old Richard Wright scooped the

The Turner Prize, now in its 25th year, is arguably the world’s most recognised award for contemporary art. 49 year old Richard Wright scooped the

Culture

Emir Kusturica strikes gold in Marrakesh

Star of international cinema Emir Kusturica, is a guest at this years film festival in Marrakech. Born in 1954 in Sarajevo, he is a filmmaker

Star of international cinema Emir Kusturica, is a guest at this years film festival in Marrakech. Born in 1954 in Sarajevo, he is a filmmaker

Environment

Will forests be preserved?

A “Ghost forest” has been set up next to the Danish parliament. It designed to be a stark reminder of the threat faced by rainforests, the lungs of

A “Ghost forest” has been set up next to the Danish parliament. It designed to be a stark reminder of the threat faced by rainforests, the lungs of

News

Iraqi bomb deaths fewer than first feared

Authorities in Iraq say the number of people killed from a series of bomb blasts in Baghdad on Tuesday is much lower than previously reported

Authorities in Iraq say the number of people killed from a series of bomb blasts in Baghdad on Tuesday is much lower than previously reported

Environment

Talk Planet

“Talk Planet is an exciting new concept that gives our viewers the power to ask the questions. Host Monica Pinna will be dashing around Copenhagen

“Talk Planet is an exciting new concept that gives our viewers the power to ask the questions. Host Monica Pinna will be dashing around Copenhagen

News

Deal close on Gilad Shalit release?

There are conflicting reports about whether an Israeli soldier being held by the Islamist group Hamas is about to be freed. Egypt has been trying

There are conflicting reports about whether an Israeli soldier being held by the Islamist group Hamas is about to be freed. Egypt has been trying

News

US vows no rethink on Iraq strategy

Iraq is promising to boost security; Washington said its military strategy will not be changed. Leaders in both countries have condemned a series

Iraq is promising to boost security; Washington said its military strategy will not be changed. Leaders in both countries have condemned a series

Environment

Rift between rich and poor widens at Copenhagen

The rift between rich and poor nations has widened at the climate change summit in Copenhagen, as a leaked draft document has infuriated developing

The rift between rich and poor nations has widened at the climate change summit in Copenhagen, as a leaked draft document has infuriated developing

News

Twist in Franco-Swiss tax controversy

There is a new twist in a Franco-Swiss financial controversy. A newspaper has fresh claims about a list obtained by the French government of

There is a new twist in a Franco-Swiss financial controversy. A newspaper has fresh claims about a list obtained by the French government of

News

Spain says al Qaeda kidnap claim credible

Spain says it is treating as credible an audio tape from an Islamic group which claims to have kidnapped three Spanish aid workers in Mauritania

Spain says it is treating as credible an audio tape from an Islamic group which claims to have kidnapped three Spanish aid workers in Mauritania

News

UN court to rule on legality of Kosovo independence

Russia and the US are going head to head in the Hague over Kosovo’s 2008 unilateral declaration of independence. Arguments over its legality are

Russia and the US are going head to head in the Hague over Kosovo’s 2008 unilateral declaration of independence. Arguments over its legality are

News

French city Lyon shines out in winter gloom

On December 8, the French city of Lyon’s St Jean Cathedral is dressed in light. It marks the start of a procession which lies at the heart of

On December 8, the French city of Lyon’s St Jean Cathedral is dressed in light. It marks the start of a procession which lies at the heart of

Environment

Draft text reveals rich-poor divisions at Copenhagen

There are many ways to get your message across at UN climate talks in Copenhagen. Some campaigners even dressed as trees to call for emissions rather

There are many ways to get your message across at UN climate talks in Copenhagen. Some campaigners even dressed as trees to call for emissions rather