China news round-up: Investments in Europe soar, another Tibetan self-immolates

A Tibetan farmer sows seeds in Aba, Sichuan, March 19, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

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Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

US mulls dropping missile defence system in Europe; Russia pleased

US may drop part of its European missile defence system.

A plan by the United States to possibly abandon the final phase of its European missile defence system could revive arms-control talks with Russia. As part of plans announced on Friday to deploy more anti-missile batteries in Alaska to thwart potential strikes from North Korea, the United States intends to "restructure" its missile defence program in Europe, an administration official said.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:05am

Toyota to ramp up production in Europe to beat exchange rates

Toyota to ramp up production in Europe to beat exchange rates

Toyota Motor said it planned to expand production in Europe to reduce currency risk.

The carmaker's goal is to produce 75 per cent of European sales in the region within two years, up from 63 per cent to 64 per cent. Its luxury Lexus brand is entirely produced in Japan.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:44am

US signals revived interest in economic ties with Europe

John Kerry

Barack Obama, who has billed himself as "America's first Pacific president", seems to have taken a fresh look at the continent during his second term by launching negotiations on a transatlantic free trade deal.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:24am

Dealers see opportunity for Hong Kong in European gold shift

Golden prospects for Hong Kong

With Germany and other European countries planning to repatriate their gold reserves from the United States, dealers believe this might open up business opportunities for the gold depository at the Hong Kong airport.

28 Jan 2013 - 4:37am

Trains, planes and automobiles come to a halt as blizzards blanket Europe

Skiers on snow-covered Montmartre near the Sacré Coeur Basilica enjoyed some of the most efficient transport in Paris yesterday. Photo: AP

Air, road and rail traffic across much of Europe suffered major disruptions yesterday as heavy snow and freezing weather gripped the continent.

22 Jan 2013 - 6:49am

US and Europe to embark on joint space mission around the moon

An artist's rendering of the Orion capsule and the service module in Earth orbit. Photo: AFP

The US and European space agencies have announced a new partnership pairing a European cargo module with Nasa's Orion space capsule, which aims to take astronauts into deep space.

The agreement covers Orion's first planned mission, set for 2017, which will take the space-craft on an unmanned fly-by around the moon.

18 Jan 2013 - 6:29am

Briefs, November 17, 2012

Milan’s cash-strapped cathedral, the Duomo. Photo: AFP

Two dead in oil rig fire in Gulf of Mexico

17 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

Darkest before the dawn

Far-right extremist group Golden Dawn. Photos: AFP; AP; The New York Times; Reuters; Eirini Vourloumis/Guardian News & Media

As austerity chokes the Greek economy, a neo-Nazi party is gaining power, terrorising immigrants with the tacit approval of the police and winning voters among an electorate exhausted of hope, writes Maria Margaronis.

17 Nov 2012 - 11:13pm

Britain’s former Europe minister quits over expenses fraud

Denis MacShane. Photo: AFP

Britain’s former Europe minister Denis MacShane resigned from parliament on Friday after a watchdog found that he had cheated on his expenses, including for travel to the continent.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:59pm

Jobless figures reinforce EU's north-south gap

Europe's economic gloom has deepened on the back of news that unemployment in the 17-nation euro zone hit another record high in September as the region's debt crisis continued to sap the confidence of business owners, investors and consumers alike.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:03am

Cameron's authority dented by Commons defeat on EU budget

British Prime Minister David Cameron doesn't see eye to eye with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on the EU. Photo: Reuters

British Prime Minister David Cameron was battling to reclaim his authority yesterday after rebels in his Conservative party delivered his first major parliamentary defeat by defying him over the EU budget.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:03am

'Oldest town' in Europe was a settlement worth its salt

The ruins of the settlement. Photo: AFP

Archaeologists in eastern Bulgaria say they have unearthed the oldest prehistoric town ever found in Europe and an ancient salt production site that may explain massive riches discovered in the region.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:03am

European newspaper publishers want a share of Google's revenue

European newspaper and magazine publishers say the internet search engine should be paying them for the links it makes a fortune from. Photo: AFP

Google got rich by selling a simple proposition - the links it provides to other websites are worth a lot of money, so much so that millions of advertisers are willing to pay the company billions of dollars for them.

1 Nov 2012 - 4:02am

BBC satellite news disrupted in Mideast, Europe

The British Broadcasting Corporation says someone is deliberately disrupting its broadcasts in the Middle East and Europe - interference that follows previous accusations that Iran has attempted to jam the broadcaster’s transmissions.

19 Oct 2012 - 3:11pm