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  • The ride of their lives

    2013-07-19 20:01

    In the east London area of Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived parts of the city according to government statistics, a trend has arisen which sees many 16-year-olds at local schools spending large sums of money to rent increasingly flashy cars for their National Record of Achievement (NRA) ceremony.

  • John Lewis blames Murray, Ashes for sales slump

    2013-07-19 16:28

    John Lewis, Britain's biggest department store firm, has blamed Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph, the first Ashes test in cricket and a heat wave for keeping shoppers out of its stores last week.

  • Russia jails opposition leader

    2013-07-19 10:49

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to five years in jail for theft on Thursday, an unexpectedly tough punishment which supporters said proved President Vladimir Putin was a dictator ruling by repression.

  • Snowden may apply for Russian citizenship

    2013-07-18 15:55

    Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden may apply for Russian citizenship and does not want to leave Russia until he is granted temporary asylum, a lawyer said Wednesday.

  • Gay marriage: Britain, France in surprise contrast

    2013-07-18 10:09

    The French like to make fun of the British, joking about their repressed ways in matters of the heart. But when it came time to debate same-sex marriage, it was France that betrayed a deep conservative streak in sometimes violent protests - while the British showed themselves to be modern and tolerant.

  • Putin puts US ties above Snowden

    2013-07-18 08:05

    Putin signalled clearly on Wednesday that he did not want a dispute over the fate of former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden to derail Russia's relations with the United States.

  • French president pledges to restore competitiveness

    2012-10-26 06:17

    French president Francois Hollande on Oct 29 pledged to restore the competitiveness of the French economy in the world market in order to fight the current economic crisis.

  • Russia has no legal grounds to extradite Snowden: lawyer

    2013-07-17 21:35

    Russia has no legal grounds to extradite fugitive US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden, said a lawyer on Wednesday.

  • Russia-US ties more important than Snowden: Putin

    2013-07-17 20:43

    The relationship between Russia and the United States is more important than any intelligence scandal, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
    Snowden has no plans to leave Russia soon-lawyer

  • Snowden has no plans to leave Russia soon-lawyer

    2013-07-17 20:43

    Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has no plans to leave Russia soon and does not rule out eventually applying for citizenship, a lawyer helping the American with his bid for temporary asylum in Russia said on Wednesday.

  • Support for gay marriage high in developed nations

    2013-06-19 16:07

    Most adults in developed countries favor gay marriage or some type of legal recognition for same-sex couples and think they should be able to adopt children, according to an international poll released on Tuesday.

  • Hollande signs gay marriage bill into law

    2013-05-19 15:44

    French President Francois Hollande has signed into law a bill allowing same-sex marriage, making France the 14th country to legalise gay weddings.

  • Group a building block for Africa

    An unusually heavy downpour hit Durban for two days before the BRICS summit's debut on African soil, but interest for a better platform for emerging markets were still sparked at the summit.