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The markets delivered a swift and brutal judgment on Berlin early yesterday, hammering the euro and slamming share values after its decision to ban speculators from German markets.
One of Asia’s largest investment funds is poised to deliver a major blow to the euro as financial institutions across the region lay large bets against the faltering currency.
When the head of the German government stands up and warns that the survival of the euro is in danger, you know that Europe’s attempt at a single currency is in real trouble. But Angela Merkel, in warning that the eurozone could come apart, has only said publicly what bankers and lawyers close to leading EU governments have been speculating about privately for weeks.
Few albums are as soaked in the mythology of rock’n’roll excess as Exile on Main St by the Rolling Stones. Although its woozy, raw sound led it to be hailed as the one of the greatest records, the music has often been overshadowed by the tales of Bacchanalian excess that accompanied its creation.
Iran has again accused three American hikers imprisoned in Tehran of being spies, hours before their mothers arrived in the country to plead for their release after almost a year behind bars.
Long the subject of allegations of criminality, a half-brother of President Karzai has for the first time faced public accusation from within the Afghan Government.
A young Iranian actress named Kiana Firouz will attend the London premiere tonight of a film in which she plays a lesbian seeking asylum in Britain because the Iranian authorities are pursuing her. The Home Office rejects her application and sends her back to the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is a crime punishable by death.
America’s political establishment was left reeling yesterday after a gripping night of primary races delivered victory to activist insurgents riding a wave of anti-Washington fervour.
Zimbabwe is to send pairs of endangered wildlife, including baby elephants, to a zoo in North Korea, in a bizarre version of Noah’s Ark condemned yesterday by conservationists.
It is one of the greatest mysteries of physics and cosmology: why, when the Big Bang is supposed to have produced equal amounts of matter and antimatter, did the two not annihilate each other, leaving nothing to form the Universe?
Carlos the Jackal, one of the most feared international terrorists of the 1970s, took to the airwaves from his French prison yesterday to vent his wrath. His target was not an imperialist plot of the type that the self-styled revolutionary used to combat. He was just upset over his portrayal in a movie biography that was screened at the Cannes festival.
News that Germany had banned “naked shorts” sent a chill wind through Europe’s financial markets yesterday. In these days of crisis, where Germany leads the rest of Europe has little choice but to follow.
Shell-shocked European ministers are preparing for crisis talks to shore up the single currency after markets were plunged into turmoil by panic measures in Germany.
Buildings were burning across Bangkok last night as anti-government Red Shirt demonstrators rioted after the collapse of their protest campaign and the surrender of their leaders.
Before he became Prime Minister 18 months ago, the Thai Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, was known for his good manners, expensive British education and general air of well bred affability. In the past few weeks, he has emerged as a hard-nosed and determined, even ruthless, political survivor.
A Pakistani court ordered the Government to block Facebook today because of a page on the site advertising a competition to draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, according to lawyers involved in the case.
The official inquiry into the fatal sinking of a South Korean warship has turned-up “smoking gun” evidence that the vessel was torpedoed by a North Korean missile, according to leaks.
Establishment figures from both parties were routed in Senate primary races last night as an anti-Washington mood swept through American politics.
Taleban suicide bombers supported by gunmen attacked one of the largest Nato bases in Afghanistan early this morning, leaving six foreign troops injured and seven guerillas dead.
Until yesterday Richard Blumenthal was best known as the front-runner to become the next Democratic senator of Connecticut, although outside his home state he was hardly known.