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2010-01-26

Business

Opel workers call for 'unified social Europe'

Opel workers union representatives converging on a threatened factory in Belgium are demanding European unity. They reject General Motors’ Europe’s

Opel workers union representatives converging on a threatened factory in Belgium are demanding European unity. They reject General Motors’ Europe’s

Business

Dutch firm Spyker snaps up Saab

Dutch sportscar maker Spyker has clinched a last-minute deal to buy Sweden’s Saab. It is an audacious bid to turn around a money-losing automobile

Dutch sportscar maker Spyker has clinched a last-minute deal to buy Sweden’s Saab. It is an audacious bid to turn around a money-losing automobile

Business

French consumers spend big in December

French consumer spending posted its biggest quarterly increase in over a decade, indicating a growth in the fourth quarter. Car sales were well up

French consumer spending posted its biggest quarterly increase in over a decade, indicating a growth in the fourth quarter. Car sales were well up

Europe

WHO rejects Council of Europe H1N1 accusations

The World Health Organization has rejected all accusations that it was unduly influenced to declare a pandemic state of emergency for the H1N1

The World Health Organization has rejected all accusations that it was unduly influenced to declare a pandemic state of emergency for the H1N1

Business

GM and the Opel-Vauxhall sale saga

On the 6th of July 2009 a US judge announced a bankruptcy plan for the car giant General Motors. GM filed for protection on June 1 and in agreeing

On the 6th of July 2009 a US judge announced a bankruptcy plan for the car giant General Motors. GM filed for protection on June 1 and in agreeing

Business

German business confidence hits 18-month high

German business confidence is at an 18-month high as economic recovery boosted the country’s exports. Rising foreign sales and big Asian demand is

German business confidence is at an 18-month high as economic recovery boosted the country’s exports. Rising foreign sales and big Asian demand is

Business

Cost cutting helps Siemens into profit

Engineering giant Siemens has announced a big hike in profits for the final three months of 2009, mainly as a result of cost cutting. Last year the

Engineering giant Siemens has announced a big hike in profits for the final three months of 2009, mainly as a result of cost cutting. Last year the

Business

UK creeps out of recession

The British economy has crept out of recession, by a lower than expected 0.1 per cent. The economy had contracted for six consecutive quarters-the

The British economy has crept out of recession, by a lower than expected 0.1 per cent. The economy had contracted for six consecutive quarters-the

News

Sri Lanka presidential poll ends amid eligibility row

Voting is over in Sri Lanka’s first peacetime presidential election in nearly three decades. But the contest between Mahinda Rajapaksa and the ally

Voting is over in Sri Lanka’s first peacetime presidential election in nearly three decades. But the contest between Mahinda Rajapaksa and the ally

News

The horror of Auschwitz 65 years on

January 27, 1945, Soviet soldiers enter Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, the biggest concentration and extermination camp of the Third Reich. 7,000 of

January 27, 1945, Soviet soldiers enter Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, the biggest concentration and extermination camp of the Third Reich. 7,000 of

News

Northern Ireland crisis talks continue

The British and Irish prime ministers are chairing a second day of crisis talks to try to save Northern Ireland’s fragile power-sharing

The British and Irish prime ministers are chairing a second day of crisis talks to try to save Northern Ireland’s fragile power-sharing

News

France reacts to burqa ban

It has been a contentious issue across France for several years as it has been in many European countries – women wearing religious veils. Today the

It has been a contentious issue across France for several years as it has been in many European countries – women wearing religious veils. Today the

Science_technology

Climate change threatens Arctic tundra

Scientists say Russia is warming at one and half times the rate of other parts of the world. This could lead to swathes of the north turning into

Scientists say Russia is warming at one and half times the rate of other parts of the world. This could lead to swathes of the north turning into

Culture

High-altitude laughs in Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps is known for its 21 hairpin bends, high-altitude skiing and, for the past 12 years, its international comedy film

Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps is known for its 21 hairpin bends, high-altitude skiing and, for the past 12 years, its international comedy film

Culture

Galliano gallops through Haute Couture show

British designer John Galliano drew on the 19th century horsewoman for inspiration for Dior’s Haute Couture show in Paris, with riding crops, jackets

British designer John Galliano drew on the 19th century horsewoman for inspiration for Dior’s Haute Couture show in Paris, with riding crops, jackets

News

Berlin boosts troop numbers in Afghanistan

Germany has announced it will send a further 500 troops to Afghanistan, with a focus on protecting civilians and training local security

Germany has announced it will send a further 500 troops to Afghanistan, with a focus on protecting civilians and training local security

News

Bomb attack near military base in Kabul

A suicide car bomber has blown himself up near a US military base in the Afghan capital. Authorities say half a dozen civilians have been

A suicide car bomber has blown himself up near a US military base in the Afghan capital. Authorities say half a dozen civilians have been

Europe

Copenhagen : An EU failure?

Chaotic, laborious and disappointing are the words some critics use to describe talks at the Copenhagen climate summit in December. Some point the

Chaotic, laborious and disappointing are the words some critics use to describe talks at the Copenhagen climate summit in December. Some point the

News

Peres meets German President before key speech

In Germany, Israeli President Shimon Peres began the second day of his state visit by meeting Horst Koehler, his German counterpart. He had travelled

In Germany, Israeli President Shimon Peres began the second day of his state visit by meeting Horst Koehler, his German counterpart. He had travelled

Europe

The Three Councils

There is the Council of the European Union, the European Council and the Council of Europe. They are completely distinct. What are they?

There is the Council of the European Union, the European Council and the Council of Europe. They are completely distinct. What are they?

News

Union leaders travel to axed Opel plant

Union representatives from across Europe have travelled to the doomed Opel plant in Belgium in a show of solidarity with workers there. The Antwerp

Union representatives from across Europe have travelled to the doomed Opel plant in Belgium in a show of solidarity with workers there. The Antwerp

News

France proposes a partial ban on religious veils

The sight of women wearing religious veils in France has divided the country’s political parties. Now a parliamentary committee has issued a 200 page

The sight of women wearing religious veils in France has divided the country’s political parties. Now a parliamentary committee has issued a 200 page

News

Haitians rebuild homes while waiting for aid

As the world decides how best to rebuild earthquake-shattered Haiti, survivors have already started reconstructing the homes they lost. Some in

As the world decides how best to rebuild earthquake-shattered Haiti, survivors have already started reconstructing the homes they lost. Some in

News

Five ETA suspects arrested in northern Spain

Five suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA have been detained in northern Spain. The crackdown comes amid fears of an

Five suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA have been detained in northern Spain. The crackdown comes amid fears of an

News

Iraq suicide blast kills at least 18

In Iraq, a suicide bomber has struck the centre of Baghdad. The attacker apparently tried to drive through a police checkpoint and blast walls

In Iraq, a suicide bomber has struck the centre of Baghdad. The attacker apparently tried to drive through a police checkpoint and blast walls

Culture

Tim Burton to head Cannes jury

Top movie director Tim Burton will head this years Cannes film festival jury. Its a break with tradition for what is arguably the worlds premier film

Top movie director Tim Burton will head this years Cannes film festival jury. Its a break with tradition for what is arguably the worlds premier film

News

Sri Lanka goes to the polls

Its an historic day in Sri Lanka. The country is staging its first national election since the end of a 25 year conflict last May. Its the first

Its an historic day in Sri Lanka. The country is staging its first national election since the end of a 25 year conflict last May. Its the first

News

Sarkozy says no more combat troops for Afghanistan

France’s President, Nicolas Sarkozy has assured French voters he will maintain the country’s generous welfare system, while vowing not to duck

France’s President, Nicolas Sarkozy has assured French voters he will maintain the country’s generous welfare system, while vowing not to duck