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2012-05-08

Business

Shareholder Spring shakes Aviva

Aviva, Britain’s second biggest insurance company, is the latest to be shaken up by the so-called Shareholder Spring. Andrew Moss, its chief

Aviva, Britain’s second biggest insurance company, is the latest to be shaken up by the so-called Shareholder Spring. Andrew Moss, its chief

Europe

EU warns Greece to stick to austerity plan

Brussels has warned Athens it has no choice but to stick to the tough budget discipline set out in its recently negotiated bailout deal. Speaking

Brussels has warned Athens it has no choice but to stick to the tough budget discipline set out in its recently negotiated bailout deal. Speaking

News

Greece extremes unlikely to meet

Alexis Tsipras puts a face on Greece’s ascendant new leftists. The leader of the SYRIZA Coalition of the Radical Left campaigned on the wave of

Alexis Tsipras puts a face on Greece’s ascendant new leftists. The leader of the SYRIZA Coalition of the Radical Left campaigned on the wave of

News

Ukraine's Tymoshenko to end hunger strike

Jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko will call off her hunger strike on Wednesday as a row deepens between Kyiv and the EU over

Jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko will call off her hunger strike on Wednesday as a row deepens between Kyiv and the EU over

Business

Athens still able to borrow despite political uncertainty

Uncertainty over Greece’s political future had only a limited effect on Athen’s ability to borrow money. The amount of interest it had to offer on

Uncertainty over Greece’s political future had only a limited effect on Athen’s ability to borrow money. The amount of interest it had to offer on

News

Greek left to try and form new government

The Greek political spotlight has now fallen on the 37 year-old leader of the radical left coalition party Syriza, who has been given three days to

The Greek political spotlight has now fallen on the 37 year-old leader of the radical left coalition party Syriza, who has been given three days to

News

Netanyahu surprises Israel with unity government

Benjamin Netanyahu has stunned Israel by forming a unity government that could give him a freer hand to seek peace with the Palestinians and attack

Benjamin Netanyahu has stunned Israel by forming a unity government that could give him a freer hand to seek peace with the Palestinians and attack

News

'Where The Wild Things' author Sendak dead at 83

Children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak has died at the age of 83. The Brooklyn-born writer was best known for his fantasy tale “Where

Children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak has died at the age of 83. The Brooklyn-born writer was best known for his fantasy tale “Where

News

Red Cross calls for Palestinian prisoner transfer

The International Commitee of the Red Cross on Tuesday called on Israel to transfer six hunger striking Palestinians and allow visit from their

The International Commitee of the Red Cross on Tuesday called on Israel to transfer six hunger striking Palestinians and allow visit from their

News

Medvedev back as Russian prime minister

Dmitry Medvedev has been re-appointed as Russian prime minister after winning approval from parliament. Medvedev has served as president over the

Dmitry Medvedev has been re-appointed as Russian prime minister after winning approval from parliament. Medvedev has served as president over the

News

Syria awaits poll results as violence rages

At first glimpse, Damascus does not look like the capital of a country on the brink of civil war. Mothers walk home with their shopping, children

At first glimpse, Damascus does not look like the capital of a country on the brink of civil war. Mothers walk home with their shopping, children

News

Sarkozy leads final Armistice day celebrations

May is a month of public holidays in France, and the eighth is the day the country celebrates the 1945 armistice ending the Second World War in

May is a month of public holidays in France, and the eighth is the day the country celebrates the 1945 armistice ending the Second World War in

News

Netanyahu seems unassailable

Cancelling an early election date like flicking a switch Benjamin Netanyahu justifies as a move to help Israel face its challenges. The unity

Cancelling an early election date like flicking a switch Benjamin Netanyahu justifies as a move to help Israel face its challenges. The unity

News

Interpol steps in to help locate Iraqi Vice-President

Interpol has issued a “red notice” in a bid to locate Iraqi Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi. He is accused of running Sunni armed groups to target

Interpol has issued a “red notice” in a bid to locate Iraqi Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi. He is accused of running Sunni armed groups to target

News

Air India sacks pilots amid row over training

Further travel misery is on the cards for Air India passengers. The airline has sacked 10 pilots, amid a dispute over the allocation of training

Further travel misery is on the cards for Air India passengers. The airline has sacked 10 pilots, amid a dispute over the allocation of training

News

Russians take a city stroll as an act of protest

Members of Russia’s political opposition have come up with a new form of protest action – mass strolls. On Monday night several hundred people

Members of Russia’s political opposition have come up with a new form of protest action – mass strolls. On Monday night several hundred people

Culture

Street artist exhibits work at London gallery

Creations from highly regarded British street artist Stik are fresh, simple and colourful yet loaded with emotions and mature themes – which aren’t

Creations from highly regarded British street artist Stik are fresh, simple and colourful yet loaded with emotions and mature themes – which aren’t

Culture

Avengers movie breaks box office record

Hollywood’s summer movie season has started with a bang. Marvel’s ‘The Avengers Assemble’ smashed the record for the biggest US opening weekend by

Hollywood’s summer movie season has started with a bang. Marvel’s ‘The Avengers Assemble’ smashed the record for the biggest US opening weekend by

Business

Demand issues drag down oil prices

Crude prices continue to slide as economic slowdowns on both sides of the Atlantic boost fears of lower oil demand. Traders are worried by

Crude prices continue to slide as economic slowdowns on both sides of the Atlantic boost fears of lower oil demand. Traders are worried by

News

Tablets containing human flesh seized in South Korea

Authorities in South Korea are investigating a batch of pills which are said to contain human flesh. Officials believe the tablets, which are

Authorities in South Korea are investigating a batch of pills which are said to contain human flesh. Officials believe the tablets, which are

News

Tymoshenko stays in jail and consults lawyers

Jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has refused to be moved to a local hospital in Kharkiv for treatment by German doctors. She

Jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has refused to be moved to a local hospital in Kharkiv for treatment by German doctors. She

Business

HSBC top profit forecasts

HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, enjoyed better than expected underlying first-quarter profit — the equivalent of 5.2 billion euros. It credited a

HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, enjoyed better than expected underlying first-quarter profit — the equivalent of 5.2 billion euros. It credited a

Business

TUI sees brighter summer

TUI Travel has said it was on track to meet earnings expectations for the full-year and should deliver a strong performance in its key summer trading

TUI Travel has said it was on track to meet earnings expectations for the full-year and should deliver a strong performance in its key summer trading

Science_technology

The molecule that helped hepatitis B patients

Every year, half a million people around the world catch hepatitis B, a disease that affects the liver. The virus has reached epidemic proportions

Every year, half a million people around the world catch hepatitis B, a disease that affects the liver. The virus has reached epidemic proportions

News

Sarkozy leads his final Victory Day parade

May is a month of public holidays in France, and the eighth is the day the country celebrates the 1945 armistice ending the Second World War in

May is a month of public holidays in France, and the eighth is the day the country celebrates the 1945 armistice ending the Second World War in

News

Israel forms unity government in surprise move

Plans for an early election in Israel have been called off and a unity government has been formed instead. The opposition, centrist, Kadima party

Plans for an early election in Israel have been called off and a unity government has been formed instead. The opposition, centrist, Kadima party

News

Tsipras to try and form Greek government

The Greeks are without a government after the failure of the leader of the biggest party following Sunday’s election to form a coalition

The Greeks are without a government after the failure of the leader of the biggest party following Sunday’s election to form a coalition

Nocomment

Powerful tornado strikes Japanese city

A powerful tornado, which developed out of sudden gusts of wind, hit Tsukuba City in Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan, on Sunday afternoon. One person was

A powerful tornado, which developed out of sudden gusts of wind, hit Tsukuba City in Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan, on Sunday afternoon. One person was

Nocomment

Neo nazi members ask journalists to stand in front of leader

Members of the extreme-right party Golden Dawn, which for the first time succeeded in entering the Greek parliament, asked journalists attending a

Members of the extreme-right party Golden Dawn, which for the first time succeeded in entering the Greek parliament, asked journalists attending a

News

Al Jazeera closes Beijing bureau

TV broadcaster Al Jazeera has closed its English channel bureau in Beijing. The move comes after Chinese authorities refused to renew a visa for

TV broadcaster Al Jazeera has closed its English channel bureau in Beijing. The move comes after Chinese authorities refused to renew a visa for