Iranian ships to re-enter Suez

Two Iranian warships that passed through the Suez Canal last month en route to Syria are due to make the return journey in the next few hours. The


ECB flags up April rate rise

As the European Central Bank kept euro zone interest rates unchanged, despite rising inflation fears, ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet said the


Food prices hit fresh record

Global food prices hit a record high in February – not helped by fresh oil price spikes and stockpiling in some countries. The United Nations Food


Egyptian PM steps down

Egypt’s Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigned from his post on Thursday to be replaced by Essam Sharraf, the former transport minister. Shafiq was


The Venice Carnival masks

The Venice Carnival is one of the major the highlights of the Italian social calendar. This spectacular and colourful revival of traditional masked


Egyptian PM Shafiq steps down

Egypt’s Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has resigned and been replaced by the former Transport Minister Essam Sharraf. Shafiq was appointed by deposed


Refugees flee Libyan unrest

Refugees who have fled the unrest in Libya are now staying in makeshift camps across the border in neighbouring Tunisia. They have their identity