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2012-06-06

Sport

Euro 2012: Spain can cope without Villa and Puyol says Martinez

Reigning World and European champions Spain on Wednesday underwent their first training session since arriving at their Euro 2012 base in northern

Reigning World and European champions Spain on Wednesday underwent their first training session since arriving at their Euro 2012 base in northern

Culture

Plan B releases 'rap musical'

The directorial debut of musician and actor, Plan B has been released. The film is an eye opening portrait of crime on the streets of Britain, and

The directorial debut of musician and actor, Plan B has been released. The film is an eye opening portrait of crime on the streets of Britain, and

News

Report sees little hope for Spain's jobless youth

With a 50 percent youth unemployment rate, Spain’s young jobless have been dubbed ‘the screwed generation.’ A new report by a Spanish government

With a 50 percent youth unemployment rate, Spain’s young jobless have been dubbed ‘the screwed generation.’ A new report by a Spanish government

News

Russia's outcry after bill suppresses protesters rights

The Upper House in Russia has passed a law that could see protesters fined over 7000 euros for taking part in public demonstrations. In response

The Upper House in Russia has passed a law that could see protesters fined over 7000 euros for taking part in public demonstrations. In response

Business

EU, Germany explore Spanish bank rescue

German and EU officials are reportedly urgently exploring how to rescue Spain’s debt-laden banks, even though Madrid has not yet requested assistance

German and EU officials are reportedly urgently exploring how to rescue Spain’s debt-laden banks, even though Madrid has not yet requested assistance

Business

ECB tells governments 'you fix the crisis'

The European Central Bank did not cut interest rates at its monthly policy meeting on Wednesday, making it clear to eurozone governments that they

The European Central Bank did not cut interest rates at its monthly policy meeting on Wednesday, making it clear to eurozone governments that they

Business

Diageo cheers whisky demand

The alcoholic beverages industry seems to have escaped the crisis and that was shown by the world’s spirits leader, British company Diageo

The alcoholic beverages industry seems to have escaped the crisis and that was shown by the world’s spirits leader, British company Diageo

Special_reports

Iraqi women fight for their rights

With insecurity and economic hardship, Iraqis are still paying the price of years of oppression and war. And women carry a heavy burden. Hanaa Edwar

With insecurity and economic hardship, Iraqis are still paying the price of years of oppression and war. And women carry a heavy burden. Hanaa Edwar

Science_technology

Observing the transit of Venus 2012

The planet Venus put on a spectacular show on Wednesday morning as it passed in front of the face of the Sun.   The Transit of Venus is an extremely

The planet Venus put on a spectacular show on Wednesday morning as it passed in front of the face of the Sun.   The Transit of Venus is an extremely

News

Italian police nab suspected gang members

Police in Italy on Wednesday launched anti-mafia raids across the country, arresting 47 people. Those detained are suspected of belonging to the

Police in Italy on Wednesday launched anti-mafia raids across the country, arresting 47 people. Those detained are suspected of belonging to the

News

China closes Tibet to foreign visitors

The Chinese government has closed Tibet to foreign visitors, tourist agencies operating there say. The news comes ten days after two Tibetans set

The Chinese government has closed Tibet to foreign visitors, tourist agencies operating there say. The news comes ten days after two Tibetans set

News

Bonaparte's English letter goes under the hammer

A rare letter written by Napoleon Bonaparte in English will be auctioned this weekend in Paris. It is expected to fetch up to 80,000

A rare letter written by Napoleon Bonaparte in English will be auctioned this weekend in Paris. It is expected to fetch up to 80,000

Sport

Euro 2012: Azzurri visit Auschwitz

Italian players visited the infamous death camp Auschwitz on Wednesday taking time out from their Euro 2012 preparations. During their visit

Italian players visited the infamous death camp Auschwitz on Wednesday taking time out from their Euro 2012 preparations. During their visit

Europe

Does Greece have a future in the euro?

It is the currency many Europeans love to hate, and few really love. Now a decade old, the euro has been blamed by many for higher prices and hard

It is the currency many Europeans love to hate, and few really love. Now a decade old, the euro has been blamed by many for higher prices and hard

Europe

Brussels unveils new safety plan for banks

The European Commission has published its latest plans to ensure Europe’s taxpayers will not be left carrying the can for any future financial

The European Commission has published its latest plans to ensure Europe’s taxpayers will not be left carrying the can for any future financial

News

Greece issues tourism warning

Tourism accounts for about 15 percent of Greece’s output and one in five jobs, but an industry official has said he feared that tourism income in

Tourism accounts for about 15 percent of Greece’s output and one in five jobs, but an industry official has said he feared that tourism income in

News

Hollande rolls back Sarkozy's retirement reforms

French President Francois Hollande unveiled a plan on Wednesday to lower the retirement age to 60 for some long-term workers. It partially reverses

French President Francois Hollande unveiled a plan on Wednesday to lower the retirement age to 60 for some long-term workers. It partially reverses

News

Controversial settlements law defeated in Israeli parliament

A controversial bill has been defeated in the Israeli parliament that would have retrospectively legalised all homes built on Palestinian land. The

A controversial bill has been defeated in the Israeli parliament that would have retrospectively legalised all homes built on Palestinian land. The

Europe

Corruption risks Europe's financial recovery, watchdog warns

Corruption threatens to further weaken Europe’s efforts to overcome its debt crisis Transparency International has said. Presenting its latest

Corruption threatens to further weaken Europe’s efforts to overcome its debt crisis Transparency International has said. Presenting its latest

Sport

Euro 2012: IBC officially opened

The Euro 2012 International Broadcast Centre in Warsaw was officially opened by UEFA president Michel Platini on Wednesday. It will act as the

The Euro 2012 International Broadcast Centre in Warsaw was officially opened by UEFA president Michel Platini on Wednesday. It will act as the

News

Spain's Bankia a red flag

Spain’s third-largest lender, Bankia, has become the symbol of the country’s runaway debt. The bank’s need for extremely serious amounts of cash has

Spain’s third-largest lender, Bankia, has become the symbol of the country’s runaway debt. The bank’s need for extremely serious amounts of cash has

News

Heavy loss of life in another grim day for Afghanistan

Another bloody day of NATO airstrikes and suicide bombings has left dozens dead and wounded in Afghanistan. In the airstrike just south of Kabul

Another bloody day of NATO airstrikes and suicide bombings has left dozens dead and wounded in Afghanistan. In the airstrike just south of Kabul

News

New earthquake off the coast of northern Italy

The number of people killed in the two earthquakes that hit northern Italy in late May has risen to 26, following the latest deaths of two women who

The number of people killed in the two earthquakes that hit northern Italy in late May has risen to 26, following the latest deaths of two women who

Sport

Euro 2012: Germany and Portugal prepare for battle

Joachim Loew’s Germany side were put through their paces in their second training session this week as they gear up for Euro 2012 that begins on

Joachim Loew’s Germany side were put through their paces in their second training session this week as they gear up for Euro 2012 that begins on

News

Seven dead as Syria coastal province pounded for second day

The Syrian army continued its offensive against rebel positions in the Mediterranean province of Latakia on Wednesday. For a second day

The Syrian army continued its offensive against rebel positions in the Mediterranean province of Latakia on Wednesday. For a second day

Science_technology

The lifesaving device that can smell cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the leading killers in men. One reason for this is that so few go for a preventive, but invasive, medical check up. The

Prostate cancer is one of the leading killers in men. One reason for this is that so few go for a preventive, but invasive, medical check up. The

News

Solar plane completes maiden intercontinental flight

A solar-powered plane completed the first intercontinental flight by an aircraft of its type. The Solar Impulse landed in Morocco’s capital Rabat

A solar-powered plane completed the first intercontinental flight by an aircraft of its type. The Solar Impulse landed in Morocco’s capital Rabat

News

Roth wins Asturias Literature prize

The Asturias award for Literature has gone to American writer Philip Roth.   It is the fifth of the eight annual prizes to be announced ahead of

The Asturias award for Literature has gone to American writer Philip Roth.   It is the fifth of the eight annual prizes to be announced ahead of

Business

Portugal's borrowing costs ease

Portugal was able to borrow 1.5 billion euros in its latest auction of short term treasury bills at a lower rate of interest than it had to pay one

Portugal was able to borrow 1.5 billion euros in its latest auction of short term treasury bills at a lower rate of interest than it had to pay one

Business

ECB keeps interest rates unchanged

Despite a weakening eurozone economy and Spain’s banking troubles, the European Central Bank left interest rates for the region unchanged at its

Despite a weakening eurozone economy and Spain’s banking troubles, the European Central Bank left interest rates for the region unchanged at its