BREAKING NEWS

2009-12-30

World

Court rejects Sarkozy carbon tax

The French government is scrambling to save its controversial new law on carbon tax after the country’s Constitutional Court annulled it. Ministers

Business

Markets: 30th December

European shares ended the session lower, snapping a six-day winning streak, but in very thin trading with many market participants already off for

Business

Saab sale still possible

Saab has said its parent company, General Motors, will be flexible in its deadline for bids for the Swedish car marque. GM had given itself to the

Business

JAL shares plummet

Japan Airlines’ shares have fallen to a record low – slumping 24 percent in one session – amid growing concerns it could be headed for

Business

Record French public debt

France’s public sector debt was at an all time record in the third quarter – 75.8 percent of gross domestic product. The national statistics agency

Business

Euro zone lending down

Despite the fact that the European Central Bank is lending billions of euros to commercial banks it seems that money is not getting into the real

World

British hostage freed alive

British hostage Peter Moore has been released alive after two and a half years in captvity in Iraq, the Foreign Office says. The 36-year-old

World

Iran expands crackdown

At least 20 opposition figures have been arrested as Iran expands its crackdown on anti-government protestors. Eight people were killed on Sunday

World

Spain raises anti-terror alert

There is a heightened presence by police on the streets of Madrid and across Spain. The increased numbers are the visible result of the government’s