European shares finished slightly lower after hitting a nine-month high the previous day.
Investors paused to assess the state of the economy and
In another indication the worst of the financial crisis might be over, BNP Paribas announced higher second-quarter profit and expressed some optimism
The world’s biggest reinsurer, Germany’s Munich Re has said it expects only a small hit from the economic crisis as it posted better than expected
The number of people out of work in Spain fell again for the third straight month, but most of the decline was linked to training programmes and
Mixed news from the car industry – Toyota and BMW have just unveiled better than expected quarterly results, but both remain cautious about the
The arrest in Australia of four men suspected of plotting suicide attacks at a Sydney army base has prompted fears that al-Qaeda and its affiliates
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told Fatah delegates that the movement seeks peace with Israel, but resistance remains an option.
To observers, Fatah is not the organisation it once was under its founder Yasser Arafat. The former Palestinian leader had complete control over the
Former US President Bill Clinton has met the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang in a bid to secure the release of two American journalists
Hundreds of women have protested in Sudan in support of a woman accused of dressing indecently. Lubna Hussein faces 40 lashes for wearing trousers in
Russia has put its troops in South Ossetia on heightened alert ahead of the first anniversary of its war with Georgia. At the same time, Tbilisi
The former US President Bill Clinton has flown to North Korea for mercy talks which may have wider implications. He’s hoping to win the release of
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said his Fatah movement continues to seek peace with Israel, but resistance remains an option. His
Despite never being attacked on home soil, Australia has felt the effects of terrorism. 95 of its people have been killed in bombings in Indonesia
Australian police have arrested four men after foiling what that say was a major terrorist plot. More than 400 officers raided 19 properties across
The Palestinian national anthem gives the impression of nationhood and unity but it belies long-running tensions between rivals Fatah and Hamas
On the day Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency was formally endorsed, footage posted on the internet purports to show fresh protests on the streets of
In a major anti-terror operation, Australian police have arrested four men they say were planning a suicide attack on an army base in the country
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will chair a congress of his Fatah movement today – the first such gathering of the group in 20 years.
It is as Scottish as bagpipes and whisky. Or is it?
In a nightmarish claim for those north of the border, Haggis is being hailed as…an English
Ferrari’s injured Formula One driver Felipe Massa has arrived home in Brazil for more treatment on the fractured skull he sustained preparing for the
Almost 2,000 holidaymakers and residents in the south of France were evacuated when forest and scrubland went up in flames.
Three campsites were