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2012-05-03

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French presidential candidates head south for final rallies

French President Nicolas Sarkozy headed south to to the city of Toulon for a final big rally ahead of Sunday’s decisive second round

French President Nicolas Sarkozy headed south to to the city of Toulon for a final big rally ahead of Sunday’s decisive second round

Europe

EU blames Brussels press gag on China

China’s vice premier Li Keqiang was in Brussels on Thursday to talk trade, but the two day visit to the EU capital has been overshadowed by a ban on

China’s vice premier Li Keqiang was in Brussels on Thursday to talk trade, but the two day visit to the EU capital has been overshadowed by a ban on

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French presidential baiting and debating

A single showcase debate on television between the contenders for the French presidency was intended to convince people who had not yet made their

A single showcase debate on television between the contenders for the French presidency was intended to convince people who had not yet made their

News

Ex-Libyan PM backs Gaddafi's Sarkozy donation claim

Another voice, that of former Libyan prime minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, who is in prison in Tunisia, has added his support to the accusation

Another voice, that of former Libyan prime minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, who is in prison in Tunisia, has added his support to the accusation

Sport

Poland parties ahead Euro 2012

Co-hosts Poland got into the Euro 2012 groove with a massive party to announce their 26-man provisional squad for the upcoming tournament. The

Co-hosts Poland got into the Euro 2012 groove with a massive party to announce their 26-man provisional squad for the upcoming tournament. The

Business

ECB: Europe needs growth but austerity too

The European Central Bank continues to resist pressure from financial markets for it to fight the sovereign debt crisis by buying Spain’s government

The European Central Bank continues to resist pressure from financial markets for it to fight the sovereign debt crisis by buying Spain’s government

News

Euro 2012: Ukraine denounces moves to "politicise" event

After several European politicians said they intend to stay away, Ukraine has condemned what it describes as attempts to “politicize” the Euro 2012

After several European politicians said they intend to stay away, Ukraine has condemned what it describes as attempts to “politicize” the Euro 2012

News

Tunisian TV station fined over controversial film

A private Tunisian television station has been fined, after showing a film that includes a scene depicting God. Nessma broadcast the animated

A private Tunisian television station has been fined, after showing a film that includes a scene depicting God. Nessma broadcast the animated

Business

Lufthansa wants job cuts to put wind beneath its wings

Germany’s Lufthansa has announced a relaunch, but it is coming at the cost of jobs. The biggest European airline is cutting three percent of its

Germany’s Lufthansa has announced a relaunch, but it is coming at the cost of jobs. The biggest European airline is cutting three percent of its

News

Catalan students march against education cuts

University students have been marching in protest in Barcelona over cuts in education subsidies and a rise in tuition fees. The demonstration took

University students have been marching in protest in Barcelona over cuts in education subsidies and a rise in tuition fees. The demonstration took

Culture

Roma artists changing stereotypes

Generation Y goes behind the scenes with a group of young Roma artists from Slovakia at a concert in Brussels, the first time they had played outside

Generation Y goes behind the scenes with a group of young Roma artists from Slovakia at a concert in Brussels, the first time they had played outside

News

Western powers urge Iran cooperation over nuclear talks

The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council have reiterated a call for Iran to co-operate with the International Atomic Energy

The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council have reiterated a call for Iran to co-operate with the International Atomic Energy

Special_reports

Sri Lanka: Curry for breakfast and no bloody war

Spicy prawn curry, dahl and paratha washed down with a cup of sweet milky tea certainly gets the day off to a flying start. As the Sri Lankan sun

Spicy prawn curry, dahl and paratha washed down with a cup of sweet milky tea certainly gets the day off to a flying start. As the Sri Lankan sun

Special_reports

Sri Lanka: A9 to reconciliation

The Northern Sri Lankan city of Kilinochchi acted as the de-facto capital for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for more than a decade. In

The Northern Sri Lankan city of Kilinochchi acted as the de-facto capital for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for more than a decade. In

News

Violence reaches Aleppo University

Overnight violence in Aleppo continued today when security officers and students clashed at the city’s university. Opposition activists say four died

Overnight violence in Aleppo continued today when security officers and students clashed at the city’s university. Opposition activists say four died

News

Serbia elections: likely results too close to call

Seven million voters are preparing to go the polls in Serbia to choose a president, a 250-seat national parliament and local councils. Tomislav

Seven million voters are preparing to go the polls in Serbia to choose a president, a 250-seat national parliament and local councils. Tomislav

Europe

Celebrating Europe

In this edition of Utalk Leah from Paris asks, “I want to know what Europe Day is on May 9 and what is the purpose and role of the Europe Direct

In this edition of Utalk Leah from Paris asks, “I want to know what Europe Day is on May 9 and what is the purpose and role of the Europe Direct

Culture

From Borat to Dictator

Sacha Baron Cohen’s has been making more personal appearances to promote his new film The Dictator, appearing in character, complete with female

Sacha Baron Cohen’s has been making more personal appearances to promote his new film The Dictator, appearing in character, complete with female

Culture

Scarlett Johansson gets star treatment

Scarlett Johansson has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She got her first break as a teenager when she starred opposite

Scarlett Johansson has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She got her first break as a teenager when she starred opposite

Culture

Jazzing it up around the world

The very first International Jazz Day was celebrated on April 30 in New Orleans, New York and Paris. UNESCO founded the International Jazz Day to

The very first International Jazz Day was celebrated on April 30 in New Orleans, New York and Paris. UNESCO founded the International Jazz Day to

Europe

To be, or not to be in the EU

In this edition of Utalk Thibault, from Lyon in France asks, “Can a member state leave the European Union and if so what are the consequences for it

In this edition of Utalk Thibault, from Lyon in France asks, “Can a member state leave the European Union and if so what are the consequences for it

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Dissident's future unclear as China-US tensions rise

After his happy reunion with relatives at a hospital in Beijing, Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng’s future remains uncertain. The blind dissident

After his happy reunion with relatives at a hospital in Beijing, Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng’s future remains uncertain. The blind dissident

Science_technology

Air cleaning for the Olympics

With less than 100 days to go before the Olympics kick off in London, pollution is a major preoccupation. Transport for London uses a system for

With less than 100 days to go before the Olympics kick off in London, pollution is a major preoccupation. Transport for London uses a system for

Europe

Issues in the French presidential run-off

In the first round of the French Presidential election there was a mixture of tactical voting and votes cast in anger. According to the pollsters

In the first round of the French Presidential election there was a mixture of tactical voting and votes cast in anger. According to the pollsters

Business

Mixed results for Societe Generale

Societe Generale’s quarterly profits were hit by the French bank’s efforts to strengthen its capital reserves. It is slashing costs, debt and jobs

Societe Generale’s quarterly profits were hit by the French bank’s efforts to strengthen its capital reserves. It is slashing costs, debt and jobs

Business

Telecoms turmoil in France

France Telecom suffered an 8.1 percent fall in operating profit and sales slipped in the first quarter of the year. It, and the other established

France Telecom suffered an 8.1 percent fall in operating profit and sales slipped in the first quarter of the year. It, and the other established

News

Voters go to polls in UK local elections

It is judgement day for Britain’s Conservative prime minister David Cameron, as millions of voters go to the polls in local authority and mayoral

It is judgement day for Britain’s Conservative prime minister David Cameron, as millions of voters go to the polls in local authority and mayoral

News

French candidates look for debate boost

Both of France’s presidential candidates are claiming victory today after their only face-to-face televised debate of the campaign. President

Both of France’s presidential candidates are claiming victory today after their only face-to-face televised debate of the campaign. President

News

Pirate Party looks to create surprise in UK local elections

It’s time for local elections in Britain and the battle is on between the usual suspects, the three main parties: Labour, the Conservatives and the

It’s time for local elections in Britain and the battle is on between the usual suspects, the three main parties: Labour, the Conservatives and the

News

No knockdown in French Presidential TV debate

Nearly 18 million French viewers followed the near- three hour debate on television between the two men who want to be their leader last night. As

Nearly 18 million French viewers followed the near- three hour debate on television between the two men who want to be their leader last night. As