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2012-05-15

News

UN observers' car hit by blast in Syria

A car belonging to UN monitors in Syria has been damaged by an explosion in the central town of Khan Sheikhoun. None of the observer team was hurt

A car belonging to UN monitors in Syria has been damaged by an explosion in the central town of Khan Sheikhoun. None of the observer team was hurt

Business

Thyssenkrupp gets a lift

Thyssenkrupp seemed set to be the big loser on the Dax in Frankfurt on Tuesday, but it ended up the second biggest winner. The reason for that

Thyssenkrupp seemed set to be the big loser on the Dax in Frankfurt on Tuesday, but it ended up the second biggest winner. The reason for that

News

'Nuits Sonores' festival: Lyon dances all day and night until Sunday

Nuits Sonores, the biggest festival of French contemporary music, opens on Wednesday in Lyon.   The festival is one of the key cultural attractions

Nuits Sonores, the biggest festival of French contemporary music, opens on Wednesday in Lyon.   The festival is one of the key cultural attractions

Europe

EU finance chiefs agree tougher bank rules

EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed tougher capital rules for banks, resolving years of sparring between Britain and the rest of the

EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed tougher capital rules for banks, resolving years of sparring between Britain and the rest of the

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Iran executes 'Mossad agent' for murder of nuclear scientist

Iran has hanged a man it claims was an Israeli agent, who was convicted of the murder of an Iranian nuclear scientist. Majid Jamali Fashi was found

Iran has hanged a man it claims was an Israeli agent, who was convicted of the murder of an Iranian nuclear scientist. Majid Jamali Fashi was found

Business

Uneasy axis for Paris and Berlin

The background to the austerity versus growth meeting between the leaders of the eurozone’s two biggest economies – Francois Hollande and Angela

The background to the austerity versus growth meeting between the leaders of the eurozone’s two biggest economies – Francois Hollande and Angela

News

Deficit-busting plan approved in Slovakia

Slovakia’s parliament has approved plans to curb the country’s financial deficit. The four-year programme includes higher taxes on the rich. State

Slovakia’s parliament has approved plans to curb the country’s financial deficit. The four-year programme includes higher taxes on the rich. State

News

Demonstrators arrested in Baku

Eighteen opposition protesters have been arrested and later released, after taking part in a demonstration in the Azerbajani capital

Eighteen opposition protesters have been arrested and later released, after taking part in a demonstration in the Azerbajani capital

News

Breivik trial: man sets himself on fire outside courthouse

A man has set himself on fire outside the Oslo courthouse where Anders Behring Breivik is on trial for killing 77 people. The man, who appeared to

A man has set himself on fire outside the Oslo courthouse where Anders Behring Breivik is on trial for killing 77 people. The man, who appeared to

Culture

Lagerfeld presents Chanel cruise collection

Chanel chief Karl Lagerfeld is not one to shy away from the spectacular. He presented his cruise collection in the splendour of the gardens of

Chanel chief Karl Lagerfeld is not one to shy away from the spectacular. He presented his cruise collection in the splendour of the gardens of

Europe

Brussels warns Ukraine to improve rule of law

The EU Commission has told Ukraine it must drastically improve its rule of law before harbouring any hopes of closer ties with the 27 member bloc

The EU Commission has told Ukraine it must drastically improve its rule of law before harbouring any hopes of closer ties with the 27 member bloc

News

Greece to hold fresh elections after talks fail

Greeks are heading back to the polls. Negotiations to try to form a coalition government have broken down after an inconclusive vote on May

Greeks are heading back to the polls. Negotiations to try to form a coalition government have broken down after an inconclusive vote on May

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Sarkozy, how golden the handshake?

Some will be sorry to see Nicolas Sarkozy go, a head of state with a certain style. In 2007, on the sixteenth of May, he crossed the Elysée Palace

Some will be sorry to see Nicolas Sarkozy go, a head of state with a certain style. In 2007, on the sixteenth of May, he crossed the Elysée Palace

News

Clashes as Palestinians mark "Nakba Day"

Palestinians have been marking the 64th anniversary of the event they call the “Nakba” or “catastrophe”, the day when hundreds of thousands were

Palestinians have been marking the 64th anniversary of the event they call the “Nakba” or “catastrophe”, the day when hundreds of thousands were

News

Ayrault named as French prime minister

France’s new president Francois Hollande has named Jean-Marc Ayrault as the country’s new prime minister. A long-time ally of Hollande, the

France’s new president Francois Hollande has named Jean-Marc Ayrault as the country’s new prime minister. A long-time ally of Hollande, the

Business

Eurozone narrowly misses double dip recession

The eurozone avoided recession in the early part of this year, but only just, and that was thanks to growth of 0.5 percent in Germany from exports

The eurozone avoided recession in the early part of this year, but only just, and that was thanks to growth of 0.5 percent in Germany from exports

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Greece: New elections ahead as government talks collapse

Greece is going back to the polls after an umpteenth round of talks failed to reach a deal to form a new government. The country has been

Greece is going back to the polls after an umpteenth round of talks failed to reach a deal to form a new government. The country has been

Sport

Cost of staying in Ukraine affects Euro 2012 ticket sales

Up to 800,000 football fans are expected in Ukraine for the Euro 2012 Championships this summer. However, not all of them will be lucky owners of

Up to 800,000 football fans are expected in Ukraine for the Euro 2012 Championships this summer. However, not all of them will be lucky owners of

Culture

Snow White and the Huntsman

Another version of the Grimm Brothers’ Snow White is about to hit the big screen, this time with Charlize Theron as the wicked queen and Kristen

Another version of the Grimm Brothers’ Snow White is about to hit the big screen, this time with Charlize Theron as the wicked queen and Kristen

News

France's new premier strong in German

Jean-Marc Ayrault is the new prime minister of France, named by a freshly-inaugurated President François Hollande. Since 1997, Ayrault has been the

Jean-Marc Ayrault is the new prime minister of France, named by a freshly-inaugurated President François Hollande. Since 1997, Ayrault has been the

News

Ex-Murdoch editor charged over phone-hacking scandal

A former tabloid newspaper editor at the centre of the British phone-hacking scandal that has shaken the political establishment has been charged

A former tabloid newspaper editor at the centre of the British phone-hacking scandal that has shaken the political establishment has been charged

Business

Downgrade increases Italian banks' woes

Italian banks have suffered another blow with a mass downgrade by rating agency Moody’s. They were already struggling with shrinking demand and

Italian banks have suffered another blow with a mass downgrade by rating agency Moody’s. They were already struggling with shrinking demand and

Business

Gloomy outlook from German steelmakers

A gloomy outlook from Germany’s two biggest steelmakers, ThyssenKrupp and Salzgitter. They are downbeat about earnings for the rest of the year

A gloomy outlook from Germany’s two biggest steelmakers, ThyssenKrupp and Salzgitter. They are downbeat about earnings for the rest of the year

Business

Iliad's mobile user numbers soar

New French mobile phone operator Iliad said it has signed up 2.6 million customers since launching its super cheap service in mid-January. The buzz

New French mobile phone operator Iliad said it has signed up 2.6 million customers since launching its super cheap service in mid-January. The buzz

News

Hollande inaugurated as French President

Francois Hollande has been officially sworn-in as France’s new president, during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris. He is the first socialist

Francois Hollande has been officially sworn-in as France’s new president, during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris. He is the first socialist

Science_technology

The father of Bluetooth

Bluetooth has changed the way we listen to music on the move, use our phones or laptops. It has joined the dots between different electronic devices

Bluetooth has changed the way we listen to music on the move, use our phones or laptops. It has joined the dots between different electronic devices

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Lebanon: Army deploys after sectarian strife

Army units have deployed in Lebanon’s northern port of Tripoli after sectarian strife in Syria spilled over the border. Clashes in the city between

Army units have deployed in Lebanon’s northern port of Tripoli after sectarian strife in Syria spilled over the border. Clashes in the city between

News

Hollande takes over French presidency

Francois Hollande has been officially sworn in as France’s new president, during a ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris. He is the first socialist

Francois Hollande has been officially sworn in as France’s new president, during a ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris. He is the first socialist

Nocomment

Hollande sworn in as French president

François Hollande has been officially sworn in as France’s new president, during a ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris. He is the first Socialist

François Hollande has been officially sworn in as France’s new president, during a ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris. He is the first Socialist