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2012-02-16

News

Cold snap continues to bite in eastern Europe

There have been over 650 deaths across eastern Europe since the unusually cold weather began at the end of January. Romania has seen its heaviest

There have been over 650 deaths across eastern Europe since the unusually cold weather began at the end of January. Romania has seen its heaviest

News

Where now for Iran and the West?

Israel has wasted little time accusing Iran of being behind this week’s bombing in Thailand, and other blasts in India and Georgia. Tehran strongly

Israel has wasted little time accusing Iran of being behind this week’s bombing in Thailand, and other blasts in India and Georgia. Tehran strongly

Europe

Trade barriers set to fall between Morocco and EU

The European Parliament has adopted an agreement to liberalise Morocco-EU trade in agricultural and fisheries products. The deal will bring to an

The European Parliament has adopted an agreement to liberalise Morocco-EU trade in agricultural and fisheries products. The deal will bring to an

News

Frankfurt Airport set for second day of strike woes

There are likely to more delays at Frankfurt Airport on Friday as a walkout over pay by air traffic employees enters its second day. Unions

There are likely to more delays at Frankfurt Airport on Friday as a walkout over pay by air traffic employees enters its second day. Unions

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Bangkok bombings: charges underway

Thai authorities have begun proceedings to charge those suspected of this week’s Bangkok bombings. Mohammad Hazaei appeared before immigration

Thai authorities have begun proceedings to charge those suspected of this week’s Bangkok bombings. Mohammad Hazaei appeared before immigration

News

Spacewalk for ISS cosmonauts

Two Russian cosmonauts based on the International Space Station have ventured out to perform vital work on the structure. The six-hour spacewalk

Two Russian cosmonauts based on the International Space Station have ventured out to perform vital work on the structure. The six-hour spacewalk

News

'Let's Stick Together' UK PM pleads with Scotland

The British Prime Minister has made an emotional plea to Scottish voters, saying more powers could be devolved to Edinburgh in exchange for their

The British Prime Minister has made an emotional plea to Scottish voters, saying more powers could be devolved to Edinburgh in exchange for their

Business

World Bank battle looms - maybe

News that the World Bank’s president, Robert Zoellick, is to step down has the governments of developing nations calling for a change to the system

News that the World Bank’s president, Robert Zoellick, is to step down has the governments of developing nations calling for a change to the system

Special_reports

Scotland debates its national destiny

Scotland is heading towards a referendum on independence. Five million Scots will have to decide if they want to say ‘goodbye’ to the United Kingdom

Scotland is heading towards a referendum on independence. Five million Scots will have to decide if they want to say ‘goodbye’ to the United Kingdom

Business

Europe holds back GM's profit

There was mixed profit news from General Motors as the US carmaker made far more money in its home market than industry watchers had

There was mixed profit news from General Motors as the US carmaker made far more money in its home market than industry watchers had

News

UN set to vote on Syria resolution

Western and Arab powers plan to step up the pressure on Syrian president Bashar Assad with a vote in the UN General Assembly tonight. Assad’s

Western and Arab powers plan to step up the pressure on Syrian president Bashar Assad with a vote in the UN General Assembly tonight. Assad’s

News

Congolese protesters in London urge Kabila to go

Scores of activists marched down central London to stage a sit-in protest across from the Downing Street and call on the British government to drop

Scores of activists marched down central London to stage a sit-in protest across from the Downing Street and call on the British government to drop

News

Honduras officials move hundreds of dead after prison fire

More than 350 bodies are being removed from a jail in Honduras after one of the deadliest prison fires in history. Police and soldiers are

More than 350 bodies are being removed from a jail in Honduras after one of the deadliest prison fires in history. Police and soldiers are

News

Back in the Day: Madame Butterfly's disastrous debut

February 17, 1904. Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly (Italian: Madama Butterfly) is performed for the first time at La Scala in Milan. Set in

February 17, 1904. Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly (Italian: Madama Butterfly) is performed for the first time at La Scala in Milan. Set in

Special_reports

Russian election: middle class call for change

On the streets of Moscow, a blanket of snow hides a political storm slowly brewing in Russia. The boiling point was last December’s parliamentary

On the streets of Moscow, a blanket of snow hides a political storm slowly brewing in Russia. The boiling point was last December’s parliamentary

News

Greek election prospects murky

Pallas Athena is antiquity’s goddess of wisdom, courage and inspiration. Where is she now? Is there a politician who can wrest this country from

Pallas Athena is antiquity’s goddess of wisdom, courage and inspiration. Where is she now? Is there a politician who can wrest this country from

Special_reports

Education and the Arab Spring

Uprisings have swept through several countries in the Arab world. From Tunisia to Libya, Egypt and others, the so-called Arab Spring has brought a

Uprisings have swept through several countries in the Arab world. From Tunisia to Libya, Egypt and others, the so-called Arab Spring has brought a

News

Political tempers frayed over Greece bailout

Another day of protest in Greece with people gathering outside the Labour Ministry in Athens. Additional austerity cuts will have to be made if

Another day of protest in Greece with people gathering outside the Labour Ministry in Athens. Additional austerity cuts will have to be made if

Culture

Erotic art

Ever wanted a bit more eroticism in museums? Well, you are not alone. A brand spanking new exhibition in Brussels has just opened but it is not for

Ever wanted a bit more eroticism in museums? Well, you are not alone. A brand spanking new exhibition in Brussels has just opened but it is not for

Culture

Premiers, a tale of two films

Two very different films premiered at the Berlin International Film festival this week. The first, combines Nazis and space, a strange mix indeed

Two very different films premiered at the Berlin International Film festival this week. The first, combines Nazis and space, a strange mix indeed

Business

Spain's economy shrinks but bond demand stays high

There was confirmation of the grim state of Spain’s economy with the release of figures showing gross domestic product shrank by 0.3 percent at the

There was confirmation of the grim state of Spain’s economy with the release of figures showing gross domestic product shrank by 0.3 percent at the

Business

Olympus fraud arrests

Japanese police have arrested the former president of Olympus, Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, and six others in connection with the massive accounting fraud at

Japanese police have arrested the former president of Olympus, Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, and six others in connection with the massive accounting fraud at

Business

Greek debt fuels more downgrade threats

Greece has said it expects to get approval from eurozone finance ministers on Monday to begin a debt swap with the private holders of its government

Greece has said it expects to get approval from eurozone finance ministers on Monday to begin a debt swap with the private holders of its government

News

Facebook denies Sarkozy support

French newspaper reports have suggested that Facebook has been ‘helping‘ President Nicolas Sarkozy to prepare his online re-election

French newspaper reports have suggested that Facebook has been ‘helping‘ President Nicolas Sarkozy to prepare his online re-election

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Palestinian children killed in West Bank bus crash

At least 10 Palestinian children have died in a crash involving their school bus and an Israeli truck. The collision happened in the West Bank on

At least 10 Palestinian children have died in a crash involving their school bus and an Israeli truck. The collision happened in the West Bank on

News

Syria's Assad 'looking for a face-saving exit'

Syrian opposition groups have rejected President al-Assad’s proposed referendum later this month on a new constitution. The draft allows for

Syrian opposition groups have rejected President al-Assad’s proposed referendum later this month on a new constitution. The draft allows for

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Sarkozy pledges a strong France in re-election bid

‘A Strong France.’ That is the slogan that Nicolas Sarkozy hopes will help him overturn the opinion polls and win a second term as French

‘A Strong France.’ That is the slogan that Nicolas Sarkozy hopes will help him overturn the opinion polls and win a second term as French

News

Arab uprisings: a varied economic impact in the region

How have the uprisings in the Arab world impacted economies across the region and what are the growth prospects of the countries in the Middle East

How have the uprisings in the Arab world impacted economies across the region and what are the growth prospects of the countries in the Middle East

News

Syrian army assault on Deraa - residents

In Syria, residents of Deraa report that government troops have launched a bombardment against rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar

In Syria, residents of Deraa report that government troops have launched a bombardment against rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar

Science_technology

Interactive window shopping

We have all heard of window shopping, noses pressed against the glass, counting down the hours till pay day but how about interactive shop displays

We have all heard of window shopping, noses pressed against the glass, counting down the hours till pay day but how about interactive shop displays