Pfizer buying King Pharma

The world’s biggest drugmaker, Pfizer, continues to expand. It has agreed to buy King Pharmaceuticals for the equivalent of 2.6 billion euros in


Milos Forman honoured

The real star of this year’s Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon was Czech-born director Milos Forman, who received the Lumiere Award for his life-time


French retirement strikes swell

Angry marches by French workers against later retirement have grown, shutting down public services across the country, by some accounts even more


Chinese get off their bikes

They are no longer a nation of cyclists as 1.2 million cars were shipped to Chinese dealers in September. The China Association of Automobile

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Catalonia under water

Parts of the south of Spain flooded by torrential rain. Roads and highways had to be closed. The Anoia river overflowed and damaged nearby villages.