BREAKING NEWS

2009-12-18

Business

Markets: 18th December

European shares closed lower though in thin year-end trade. They declined after the European Central Bank forecast more bank writedowns in the

European shares closed lower though in thin year-end trade. They declined after the European Central Bank forecast more bank writedowns in the

Business

EADS insider trading probe comes up empty

Bosses and former bosses at EADS, the parent company of planemaker Airbus, have been cleared by stock market regulators of insider trading and market

Bosses and former bosses at EADS, the parent company of planemaker Airbus, have been cleared by stock market regulators of insider trading and market

Business

Ryanair quits Boeing purchase talks

Irish airline Ryanair said it has pulled out of talks to buy as many as 200 aircraft from Boeing as they cannot agree price and contract terms

Irish airline Ryanair said it has pulled out of talks to buy as many as 200 aircraft from Boeing as they cannot agree price and contract terms

Business

End of the road for Saab

General Motors has said it will wind down operations at its loss-making Swedish unit after an attempt to sell it to small Dutch luxury carmaker

General Motors has said it will wind down operations at its loss-making Swedish unit after an attempt to sell it to small Dutch luxury carmaker

Business

Christmas cheer for German businesses

German corporate sentiment rose to its highest level in 17 months in December. Results of the monthly survey of 7,000 firms by the Ifo economic

German corporate sentiment rose to its highest level in 17 months in December. Results of the monthly survey of 7,000 firms by the Ifo economic

Business

BoJ 'won't tolerate zero inflation'

The Bank of Japan has held interest rates at 0.1 percent and said it will not tolerate zero inflation or falling prices. In a statement the central

The Bank of Japan has held interest rates at 0.1 percent and said it will not tolerate zero inflation or falling prices. In a statement the central

Environment

Climate conference tiptoes towards a deal

The faltering world climate conference has come up with a new draft text, in an attempt to break the deadlock in Copenhagen. Two weeks of talks

The faltering world climate conference has come up with a new draft text, in an attempt to break the deadlock in Copenhagen. Two weeks of talks

Environment

Cash still king at COP 15

The burning of fossil fuels produces greenhouse gases, which are the main cause of climate change. In the Danish capital it appears that is the

The burning of fossil fuels produces greenhouse gases, which are the main cause of climate change. In the Danish capital it appears that is the

Europe

Right reinforcement for bus passengers proposed

New Europe-wide rules have been proposed giving bus passengers more rights essentially on longer national and crossborder trips. They bear some

New Europe-wide rules have been proposed giving bus passengers more rights essentially on longer national and crossborder trips. They bear some

Environment

Kiribati risks drowning in higher temperatures

One of the island nations living the climate drama most keenly is tiny Kiribati — in the central Pacific Ocean. The rising of the sea level because

One of the island nations living the climate drama most keenly is tiny Kiribati — in the central Pacific Ocean. The rising of the sea level because

News

Three Balkan countries get EU visa freedom

Eighteen years of visa restrictions in the Balkans end tonight, as citizens of Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro get the right to travel freely in

Eighteen years of visa restrictions in the Balkans end tonight, as citizens of Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro get the right to travel freely in

News

Chirac facing second 'corruption' probe

Former French president Jacques Chirac has been placed under official investigation in a second corruption probe. The move is a further blow to

Former French president Jacques Chirac has been placed under official investigation in a second corruption probe. The move is a further blow to

News

Auschwitz sign stolen

One of the most poignant symbols of the Holocaust has been stolen. Overnight, the iron sign above the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp

One of the most poignant symbols of the Holocaust has been stolen. Overnight, the iron sign above the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp

News

Hopes fade for 39 missing crew

Dozens of crews members are still missing after a cargo ship carrying livestock sank in a storm off the Lebanese coast. Six bodies have been

Dozens of crews members are still missing after a cargo ship carrying livestock sank in a storm off the Lebanese coast. Six bodies have been

Environment

China "committed to reining in emissions"

China rebuffed criticism that it was partly to blame for the lack of progress in Copenhagen. Premier Wen Jiabao said Beijing is committed to meeting

China rebuffed criticism that it was partly to blame for the lack of progress in Copenhagen. Premier Wen Jiabao said Beijing is committed to meeting

Europe

National parliaments and the EU's Lisbon Treaty

The new Lisbon Treaty increases national parliaments’ involvement in the formation of European legislation. This has been hailed as a constructive

The new Lisbon Treaty increases national parliaments’ involvement in the formation of European legislation. This has been hailed as a constructive

Culture

China meets Belgium at the Bozar in Brussels

An exhibition in Brussels is bringing together the works of Chinese and Belgian contemporary artists. ‘The State of Things’ at the Bozar museum has

An exhibition in Brussels is bringing together the works of Chinese and Belgian contemporary artists. ‘The State of Things’ at the Bozar museum has

Culture

European cinema honours Huppert and Loach

The French actress Isabelle Huppert was honoured for her achievement in world cinema at the European Film Award Ceremony at Bochum in Germany. She

The French actress Isabelle Huppert was honoured for her achievement in world cinema at the European Film Award Ceremony at Bochum in Germany. She

Environment

Are the UN climate talks about science or money?

In this edition of Talk Planet we asked Ragendra Pachauri, the Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change if he thought the Copenhagen

In this edition of Talk Planet we asked Ragendra Pachauri, the Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change if he thought the Copenhagen

Environment

Brazil ready to make climate 'sacrifices'

Rich and poor nations must work together and leave the Copenhagen climate summit with heads held high the Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da

Rich and poor nations must work together and leave the Copenhagen climate summit with heads held high the Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da

Environment

Climate summit: nothing but 'hot air'

The climate change summit is being accused of producing nothing but hot air, as two weeks of talks in Copenhagen stood on the brink of failure

The climate change summit is being accused of producing nothing but hot air, as two weeks of talks in Copenhagen stood on the brink of failure

Environment

Obama Speaks at Copenhagen

The final day of the Copenhagen summit began with a morning of speeches by top politicians. However, as leader of the country with the world’s

The final day of the Copenhagen summit began with a morning of speeches by top politicians. However, as leader of the country with the world’s

News

Romania, Dec. 1989 - seeking the truth

December in Romania for those commemorating the 20th anniversary of a popular uprising is an emotional time. While few will admit regret over the

December in Romania for those commemorating the 20th anniversary of a popular uprising is an emotional time. While few will admit regret over the

Europe

EU plans assault on poverty and social exclusion

2010 is the “European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.” The key objectives are to raise awareness and renew the EU’s political

2010 is the “European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.” The key objectives are to raise awareness and renew the EU’s political

Environment

Clock ticking to strike Copenhagen climate deal

Can they make a difference? With hours to go to strike a deal on climate change, the pressure is mounting on world leaders to save the Copenhagen

Can they make a difference? With hours to go to strike a deal on climate change, the pressure is mounting on world leaders to save the Copenhagen

News

Big chill wreaks havoc in Europe

A pre-Christmas cold snap has sparked chaos in parts of Europe, with misery for motorists struggling to get from A to B. Snowfall snarled roads

A pre-Christmas cold snap has sparked chaos in parts of Europe, with misery for motorists struggling to get from A to B. Snowfall snarled roads

News

Activist heads home after ending hunger strike

The Western Sahara independence activist Aminatou Haidar has returned to her desert homeland, easing a diplomatic rift between Spain and Morocco

The Western Sahara independence activist Aminatou Haidar has returned to her desert homeland, easing a diplomatic rift between Spain and Morocco