BREAKING NEWS

2009-12-16

Business

No change on US interest rates

Even though the Federal Reserve is becoming more upbeat about the recovery of the US economy, it has left interest rates unchanged and close to zero

Even though the Federal Reserve is becoming more upbeat about the recovery of the US economy, it has left interest rates unchanged and close to zero

Environment

What will future travel look like?

Ecofriendly vehicles are a key issue on CO2 emission reduction, and also today’s question on Talk Planet. In Copenhagen, a city famous for its

Ecofriendly vehicles are a key issue on CO2 emission reduction, and also today’s question on Talk Planet. In Copenhagen, a city famous for its

Business

UK jobless figures fall

The number of Britons claiming unemployment benefit fell in November for the first time in almost two years. The Office for National Statistics

The number of Britons claiming unemployment benefit fell in November for the first time in almost two years. The Office for National Statistics

Business

Debt laden German budget approved

The chilly financial climate means German government borrowing will hit record levels next year. The new centre-right cabinet has just approved a

The chilly financial climate means German government borrowing will hit record levels next year. The new centre-right cabinet has just approved a

Business

Markets: 16th December

European shares finished up more than one percent. Banks benefited from a report that global regulators are to given them a grace period before

European shares finished up more than one percent. Banks benefited from a report that global regulators are to given them a grace period before

Business

Euro zone's services speed up

There are more signs of recovery as the euro zone’s service sector grew at its fastest pace in over two years during the early part of this month

There are more signs of recovery as the euro zone’s service sector grew at its fastest pace in over two years during the early part of this month

Business

Swedish interest rates remain on hold

Sweden’s central bank has kept its key interest rate unchanged at a record low of a 0.25 percent. Bank policymakers repeated their view that rates

Sweden’s central bank has kept its key interest rate unchanged at a record low of a 0.25 percent. Bank policymakers repeated their view that rates

Europe

Europe honours Russian rights fighters

Deep respect has been paid the Russian human rights defence organisation Memorial, symbolic of all those who risk their safety by speaking out

Deep respect has been paid the Russian human rights defence organisation Memorial, symbolic of all those who risk their safety by speaking out

Business

Microsoft browser case dropped

The European Commission has agreed to drop its Internet browser case against Microsoft. The US software giant is getting out of a ten-year battle

The European Commission has agreed to drop its Internet browser case against Microsoft. The US software giant is getting out of a ten-year battle

News

Anniversary of Romanian revolution marked

People in Romania are remembering their country’s bloody revolution, on the 20th anniversary of the start of demonstrations and clashes that led to

People in Romania are remembering their country’s bloody revolution, on the 20th anniversary of the start of demonstrations and clashes that led to

Environment

Europe tries Copenhagen charm offensive

EU leaders are turning up in Copenhagen with various plans, but some come with conditions. They had to deal with differences within their own ranks

EU leaders are turning up in Copenhagen with various plans, but some come with conditions. They had to deal with differences within their own ranks

Environment

Violence hits climate summit as police and protestors clash

Tensions boiled over on the freezing streets of Copenhagen as police officers fired tear gas and wielded batons to beat back protestors at the

Tensions boiled over on the freezing streets of Copenhagen as police officers fired tear gas and wielded batons to beat back protestors at the

News

Berlusconi to remain in Milan hospital

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is to remain in the Milan hospital where he is recovering from an assault that left him with a broken nose

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is to remain in the Milan hospital where he is recovering from an assault that left him with a broken nose

Science_technology

Hi-tech tools help sniff out volcanic gas

Armero was once a prosperous place. Now it is an open-air graveyard and a place of bitter memories. The village in central Colombia was literally

Armero was once a prosperous place. Now it is an open-air graveyard and a place of bitter memories. The village in central Colombia was literally

Environment

Copenhagen climate talks make no progress

The chaos outside the conference hall has been matched by confusion inside with the major nations seemingly no closer to finding a common stance to

The chaos outside the conference hall has been matched by confusion inside with the major nations seemingly no closer to finding a common stance to

Environment

Hedegaard calls for world leaders to make an effort

Denmark’s Climate and Energy Minister, Connie Hedegaard, has been chairing the talks and leading efforts to reach a breakthrough ahead of the arrival

Denmark’s Climate and Energy Minister, Connie Hedegaard, has been chairing the talks and leading efforts to reach a breakthrough ahead of the arrival

News

NATO asks Russia for help in Afghanistan

NATO’s chief on his first visit to Moscow has called for closer co-operation with Russia in tackling mutual security threats. Anders Fogh Rasmussen

NATO’s chief on his first visit to Moscow has called for closer co-operation with Russia in tackling mutual security threats. Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Culture

Cinema for the Blind

For the second year running, the International film festival in Marrakech has offered blind cinema- goers the opportunity to attend screenings with

For the second year running, the International film festival in Marrakech has offered blind cinema- goers the opportunity to attend screenings with

Science_technology

Gas-filled windows act "like blanket"

In Madrid, like so many cities, the skyline is changing, skyscrapers are shooting up. They may be eye-catching but they are not particularly

In Madrid, like so many cities, the skyline is changing, skyscrapers are shooting up. They may be eye-catching but they are not particularly

Culture

Europe's Oscars play second fiddle

They may be the highlight of the year for European cinema, but sadly the rest of the world does not rate Europe’s Oscars – the European Film Awards –

They may be the highlight of the year for European cinema, but sadly the rest of the world does not rate Europe’s Oscars – the European Film Awards –

News

Memorial's Sakharov Prize ceremony in Strasbourg

The Russian human rights defence organisation Memorial and its three leaders have received the European Parliament’s 2009 Sakharov Prize for freedom

The Russian human rights defence organisation Memorial and its three leaders have received the European Parliament’s 2009 Sakharov Prize for freedom

Environment

COP 15 protest delays delegate talks

The violence outside has had serious repercussions for events inside the conference hall. Prevented from entering because of the clashes and heavy

The violence outside has had serious repercussions for events inside the conference hall. Prevented from entering because of the clashes and heavy

News

Russia's market reform architect Gaidar dies

Yegor Gaidar, the architect of Russia’s market reforms, has died. The 53-year-old suffered fatal complications as a result of a blood clot. Gaidar

Yegor Gaidar, the architect of Russia’s market reforms, has died. The 53-year-old suffered fatal complications as a result of a blood clot. Gaidar

News

Khmer Rouge leaders to face UN war crimes court

Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes court has issued genocide charges for the first time against two leaders of the brutal Khmer Rouge

Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes court has issued genocide charges for the first time against two leaders of the brutal Khmer Rouge

Europe

Learning to do business with China

Trade between China and Europe is growing. But bilateral communication is not always smooth and it is not only a question of language. That is why

Trade between China and Europe is growing. But bilateral communication is not always smooth and it is not only a question of language. That is why