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2009-12-15

Environment

People power: behind the scenes at a climate demo

Massive demonstrations like those seen in Copenhagen have helped put climate change on the news agenda – and keep it there. Tens of thousands of

Massive demonstrations like those seen in Copenhagen have helped put climate change on the news agenda – and keep it there. Tens of thousands of

Business

UK and French inflation rise

A sharp rise in fuel prices in Britain last month, compared with a fall in November last year, meant that inflation increased there last month at its

A sharp rise in fuel prices in Britain last month, compared with a fall in November last year, meant that inflation increased there last month at its

Europe

Memorial honoured for dangerous human rights work

The Russian human rights defence organisation Memorial and its three leading representatives are being awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov

The Russian human rights defence organisation Memorial and its three leading representatives are being awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov

Europe

Banana peace declared, EU to lower tariffs

Sixteen years of transatlantic banana tariff-splitting draws to a close. The EU, the US (with major distributor interest) and Latin American, African

Sixteen years of transatlantic banana tariff-splitting draws to a close. The EU, the US (with major distributor interest) and Latin American, African

Business

Negative response to Greek debt measures

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s proposed measures to slash the country’s debt have drawn an angry response from some workers, scepticism

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s proposed measures to slash the country’s debt have drawn an angry response from some workers, scepticism

Business

Markets: 15th December

European shares ended lower on Tuesday breaking a three-day winning streak. The financial sector performed worst, particularly Greek

European shares ended lower on Tuesday breaking a three-day winning streak. The financial sector performed worst, particularly Greek

Business

Scrappage schemes boost November car sales

Sales of new cars in Europe rose 26.6 percent last month, the figure boosted by a sales slump in the same month last year. At that time the

Sales of new cars in Europe rose 26.6 percent last month, the figure boosted by a sales slump in the same month last year. At that time the

Business

Airlines to lose billions more in 2010

The world’s airlines are likely to lose 3.8 billion euros next year, more than previously estimated, according to the latest forecast from industry

The world’s airlines are likely to lose 3.8 billion euros next year, more than previously estimated, according to the latest forecast from industry

Business

VW to takeover MAN?

Shares in German lorry maker MAN shot up on a newspaper report that Volkswagen is poised to make a full takeover bid for it. VW owns a 29.9 stake

Shares in German lorry maker MAN shot up on a newspaper report that Volkswagen is poised to make a full takeover bid for it. VW owns a 29.9 stake

Environment

What will replace fossil fuels?

Talk Planet has looked at the effects of climate change, now it is time to talk about possible solutions. We asked Steve Sawyer, Secretary General

Talk Planet has looked at the effects of climate change, now it is time to talk about possible solutions. We asked Steve Sawyer, Secretary General

Science_technology

Learning with laughs

Serious games are a new type of video application. Developed along the same lines as a regular console game, serious games – as the name suggests –

Serious games are a new type of video application. Developed along the same lines as a regular console game, serious games – as the name suggests –

News

"Up In The Air" wins six Golden Globe nominations

Hollywood’s award season is getting down to business. The nominations for the Golden Globe awards have been announced in Los Angeles. The prizes

Hollywood’s award season is getting down to business. The nominations for the Golden Globe awards have been announced in Los Angeles. The prizes

Environment

'World is watching' climate change finale

The UN climate summit is entering its final phase with a high level session getting underway on Tuesday night. Delegates have been studying a new

The UN climate summit is entering its final phase with a high level session getting underway on Tuesday night. Delegates have been studying a new

News

Hunger strike puts Western Sahara back in spotlight

A woman dubbed the “Ghandi of Western Sahara” is on day 30 of a hunger strike. Forty-two-year-old Aminatou Haidar is resisting pressure from Spain

A woman dubbed the “Ghandi of Western Sahara” is on day 30 of a hunger strike. Forty-two-year-old Aminatou Haidar is resisting pressure from Spain

Environment

Logging splits countries on climate change

Forests and their link with carbon emissions are also at the heart of the Copenhagen negotiations. Forestry was excluded from the Kyoto Protocol

Forests and their link with carbon emissions are also at the heart of the Copenhagen negotiations. Forestry was excluded from the Kyoto Protocol

Culture

Viva Elvis Presley

Elvis may have left the building but he has not left the hearts of his millions of fans. To mark what would have been his 75th birthday in January

Elvis may have left the building but he has not left the hearts of his millions of fans. To mark what would have been his 75th birthday in January

News

Berlusconi attack 'pre-meditated' says government

Silvio Berlusconi, who is recovering in hospital after being attacked on Sunday, has thanked his supporters and wellwishers, saying that “love would

Silvio Berlusconi, who is recovering in hospital after being attacked on Sunday, has thanked his supporters and wellwishers, saying that “love would

News

Freezing weather strikes Europe

Please note: the temperature conversions mentioned in this video, supplied to us by a news agency, have since been corrected. The figures in celsius

Please note: the temperature conversions mentioned in this video, supplied to us by a news agency, have since been corrected. The figures in celsius

News

War crimes warrants could 'harm' UK-Israeli relations

Israel is warning that diplomatic relations with the UK could be harmed if there are any more attempts to pursue war crimes charges against Israeli

Israel is warning that diplomatic relations with the UK could be harmed if there are any more attempts to pursue war crimes charges against Israeli

News

PLO likely to extend Abbas term

The PLO’s Central Council has begun a meeting which is expected to extend the term of President Mahmoud Abbas until elections can be held. His

The PLO’s Central Council has begun a meeting which is expected to extend the term of President Mahmoud Abbas until elections can be held. His

News

Latin summit ends in attack on Obama

Venezuela and Cuba have led more strong attacks on President Obama at the end of an alternative summit of Latin American countries in Havana. The

Venezuela and Cuba have led more strong attacks on President Obama at the end of an alternative summit of Latin American countries in Havana. The

News

Pakistan bomb attack kills 20

Some 20 people have been killed in a bomb attack near the home of a Pakistani provincial government minister. At least 50 others have been wounded

Some 20 people have been killed in a bomb attack near the home of a Pakistani provincial government minister. At least 50 others have been wounded

News

Doctors order Berlusconi to take a break

Italian doctors have ordered Silvio Berlusconi not to engage in stressful public activity for at least 15 days. The 73-year-old Italian Prime

Italian doctors have ordered Silvio Berlusconi not to engage in stressful public activity for at least 15 days. The 73-year-old Italian Prime

Environment

NGOs denied access to climate summit

Non-governmental organisations at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen are complaining that many activists won’t be able to attend the final days of

Non-governmental organisations at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen are complaining that many activists won’t be able to attend the final days of

News

Kabul blast kills at least eight

A suicide car bomb attack outside a hotel in Kabul has killed at least eight people. The hotel is used by foreigners in the main diplomatic area

A suicide car bomb attack outside a hotel in Kabul has killed at least eight people. The hotel is used by foreigners in the main diplomatic area

News

BA considers legal options over strike

British Airways has hinted at the possibility of legal action over a 12-day strike called by cabin crew over the festive season. Workers will

British Airways has hinted at the possibility of legal action over a 12-day strike called by cabin crew over the festive season. Workers will

News

Post-tsunami Sri Lanka - Five years on

It was a giant wave bowling in at 200 kilometres per hour destroying everything in its path. The tsunami of the 26th December 2004 killed more than

It was a giant wave bowling in at 200 kilometres per hour destroying everything in its path. The tsunami of the 26th December 2004 killed more than

Europe

Towards a single EU patent system

To register a patent in Europe can be a lengthy, complex and expensive procedure. The EU has been working on simplifying it for over 30 years. So

To register a patent in Europe can be a lengthy, complex and expensive procedure. The EU has been working on simplifying it for over 30 years. So