The Volga diary

Denis Loktev, Moscow-Nizhniy Novgorod, 2-5 June 2011   The Volga has always been Russia’s national river – a real emblem of the country’s might and


Voyage on the Volga

The Volga is Europe’s longest river. It is even longer than the road from Moscow to Madrid. And in Russia, for centuries it has been known as Mother


Euro zone sales up, UK down

Euro zone retail sales were stronger than forecast in April, rebounding from a slump in March – up 0.9 percent month-on-month and up 1.1 percent


Sex tapes taint Turkish vote

The full impact of a sex, lies and videotape scandal that hit Turkish politics just weeks before the June 12 general election remains to be


Apple takes to the clouds

Apple, the world’s largest technology firm, is taking on the top internet search engine Google with its version of ‘cloud computing’ which it sees as


Europe's deadly E.coli mystery

Germany raised the E. coli alarm on May 24 after three deaths thought to be linked to the outbreak and with infections multiplying.   Centred on the