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2012-02-29

News

High hopes - a Spanish town's quest for a pot of gold

Desperate times, desperate measures. A Spanish town is planning to rent out municipal land for the cultivation of marijuana to help clear 1.3 million

Desperate times, desperate measures. A Spanish town is planning to rent out municipal land for the cultivation of marijuana to help clear 1.3 million

News

Fears heighten in Syria for rebel stronghold

Fighting continued is several Syrian cities yesterday, while overnight rebels said they were facing at least 7,000 Assad troops in Homs. One diplomat

Fighting continued is several Syrian cities yesterday, while overnight rebels said they were facing at least 7,000 Assad troops in Homs. One diplomat

Europe

The EU's discipline dilemma: austerity or growth

Three months after it was conceived the so called ‘Fiscal Compact’ is ready to sign. 25 out of 27 EU countries have agreed to adopt the treaty aimed

Three months after it was conceived the so called ‘Fiscal Compact’ is ready to sign. 25 out of 27 EU countries have agreed to adopt the treaty aimed

News

Costa odyssey lengthens for passengers

Passengers aboard the Costa Allegra face a further delay before disembarking after a row over which vessels will take it into port. The French

Passengers aboard the Costa Allegra face a further delay before disembarking after a row over which vessels will take it into port. The French

Business

Peugeot GM alliance targets savings

PSA Peugeot Citroen has agreed to form an alliance with General Motors. GM will take a seven percent stake in the French carmaker which will issue

PSA Peugeot Citroen has agreed to form an alliance with General Motors. GM will take a seven percent stake in the French carmaker which will issue

Business

German jobless rate stable

Germany’s employment situation remains encouragingly stable. The jobless totals for February — not adjusted for seasonal factors, which is the

Germany’s employment situation remains encouragingly stable. The jobless totals for February — not adjusted for seasonal factors, which is the

News

Greece anger at EU simmers in protests

On the streets of Athens there was anger brimming during protests against the EU. Members of the main civil servants union were among those who

On the streets of Athens there was anger brimming during protests against the EU. Members of the main civil servants union were among those who

News

Austerity anger on Europe's streets

Widespread protests in Europe reflected the impact and pain of austerity measures around the European Union. Students led demonstrations in several

Widespread protests in Europe reflected the impact and pain of austerity measures around the European Union. Students led demonstrations in several

Culture

Cindy Sherman - self-modelling photographer in the spotlight

New York’s Museum of Modern Art is currently showing a retrospective of American photographer Cindy Sherman’s most treasured images, some of which

New York’s Museum of Modern Art is currently showing a retrospective of American photographer Cindy Sherman’s most treasured images, some of which

Culture

British film reveals India retirement mayhem

Brit flick The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the story of a group of UK pensioners, who rather than retire to a Mediterranean beach resort, decide to

Brit flick The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the story of a group of UK pensioners, who rather than retire to a Mediterranean beach resort, decide to

Culture

Portuguese designer Fátima Lopes opens Paris Fashion Week

Lopes picked the French Army Museum at the ‘Hotel des Invalides’ to showcase her latest designs, dedicated to morphology – the biological study of

Lopes picked the French Army Museum at the ‘Hotel des Invalides’ to showcase her latest designs, dedicated to morphology – the biological study of

News

German court rules Frankfurt Airport strike illegal

Striking ground workers at Frankfurt Airport have been ordered back to work by a German court. Industrial action over pay and conditions has caused

Striking ground workers at Frankfurt Airport have been ordered back to work by a German court. Industrial action over pay and conditions has caused

News

French weekly accuses Ikea of snooping on staff

A French satirical weekly has accused Swedish furniture giant Ikea of paying for illegal access to police files on employees and clients. Le Canard

A French satirical weekly has accused Swedish furniture giant Ikea of paying for illegal access to police files on employees and clients. Le Canard

News

12 dead in China violence, Xinhua reports

The Xinhua news agency said 12 people have died in riots near the north-western city of Kashgar in Xinjiang province. The agency said rioters

The Xinhua news agency said 12 people have died in riots near the north-western city of Kashgar in Xinjiang province. The agency said rioters

Business

Banks grab latest ECB cheap loans

The European Central Bank unleashed a second round of low-interest loans to banks on Wednesday totalling 529.5 billion euros. The massive credit

The European Central Bank unleashed a second round of low-interest loans to banks on Wednesday totalling 529.5 billion euros. The massive credit

News

Murdoch quits with dad's thanks

James Murdoch has stepped down as the executive chairman of News International, the UK newspaper business that owns the Sun and the Times

James Murdoch has stepped down as the executive chairman of News International, the UK newspaper business that owns the Sun and the Times

News

Brussels anti austerity rally calls for new approach

No more austerity! That was the demand from unions in Brussels a day before EU leaders are due to gather in the city for a summit which will be

No more austerity! That was the demand from unions in Brussels a day before EU leaders are due to gather in the city for a summit which will be

News

French cinema boom

France’s cinema industry is basking in the glory of picking up five Oscars earlier this week. After his film the Artist swept the board in Los

France’s cinema industry is basking in the glory of picking up five Oscars earlier this week. After his film the Artist swept the board in Los

Science_technology

Campaigners bid to save Mediterranean wetlands

Around half of the wetlands across the Mediterranean basin have been lost over the past century, say environmental campaigners. Recently, some 350

Around half of the wetlands across the Mediterranean basin have been lost over the past century, say environmental campaigners. Recently, some 350

News

Syria army begins ground assault on restive regions

More unverified amateur video is said to show Syrian troops driving through the streets of Daraa, as government attacks move from the air to the

More unverified amateur video is said to show Syrian troops driving through the streets of Daraa, as government attacks move from the air to the

News

Olympic storm over strike threat

The call for strike action during London 2012 Olympics has unleashed a salvo of condemnation from politicians. Len McCluskey the leader of the

The call for strike action during London 2012 Olympics has unleashed a salvo of condemnation from politicians. Len McCluskey the leader of the

Nocomment

Human mattress domino World Record falls in USA

850 people took part in a “mattress dominoes” event in New Orleans, Louisiana on Tuesday (February 28), to try and break the Guiness World Record for

850 people took part in a “mattress dominoes” event in New Orleans, Louisiana on Tuesday (February 28), to try and break the Guiness World Record for

Business

Phoning home to be cheaper

The hopes of some at the European Parliament that all mobile phone roaming charges would end in the European Union in two years time have been

The hopes of some at the European Parliament that all mobile phone roaming charges would end in the European Union in two years time have been

Business

Apple joins $500 billion club

The latest jump in the price of Apple’s shares has made the company worth a new record high of $500 billion. Only Microsoft, Cisco, Intel

The latest jump in the price of Apple’s shares has made the company worth a new record high of $500 billion. Only Microsoft, Cisco, Intel

Business

Eurozone January inflation slips

Inflation in the 17 countries using the euro was lower than first estimated in January. The EU’s statistics office Eurostat said its latest

Inflation in the 17 countries using the euro was lower than first estimated in January. The EU’s statistics office Eurostat said its latest

News

Putin set to sweep to election victory: poll

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is set for a convincing victory in Sunday’s presidential election, according to the latest voter survey.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is set for a convincing victory in Sunday’s presidential election, according to the latest voter survey.

News

Romney wins primaries as the battle heats up for Super Tuesday

Mitt Romney is a step closer to cementing his position as the Republican candidate who will take on US President Barack Obama in November’s

Mitt Romney is a step closer to cementing his position as the Republican candidate who will take on US President Barack Obama in November’s

News

Divided conservatives clash in Iranian elections

Iran’s parliamentary election on Friday will pit allies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against those loyal to Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. It

Iran’s parliamentary election on Friday will pit allies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against those loyal to Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. It

News

Syria, Russia snub UN's Human Rights Council

Syrian government forces are carrying out a ground assault on the Syrian city of Homs, targeting the Baba Amro neighbourhood, according to activists

Syrian government forces are carrying out a ground assault on the Syrian city of Homs, targeting the Baba Amro neighbourhood, according to activists