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Aer Lingus and Ryanair had contrasting days. While Aer Lingus rose by 0.6 per cent to €1.409, Ryanair closed down 2.3 per cent at €6.60 on profit taking. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks posted a gain in the first full week of 2014, as data showed US and German unemployment fell and that Ireland returned to the bond mar(...)

EU internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier said the transition period will not be extended after August 1st. Photo: Bloomberg

The introduction of a new intra-bank payments system which is supposed to speed up financial transactions across the European Union has been delayed a(...)

A banana box with packets of seized cocaine are on display at the State Office of Criminal Investigations in Berlin after employees of an ALDI discount supermarket in Berlin found packets hidden inside banana boxes from Colombia.

Aldi supermarkets in Berlin had an unusual special offer this week. While customers perused the electric blankets, lightbulbs and frying pans on Monda(...)

Syrian information minister Omran Zoabi said today the Syrian people have decided president Bashar al-Assad should be nominated for another term and would pressure him to stand in elections this year. The comments were the strongest indication yet that Dr Assad intends to extend his rule and are sure to anger opposition politicians and fighters. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Syria has moved the first batch of chemical weapon materials out of the country after transporting it from two sites to the port city of Latakia and o(...)

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer salutes  fans following their team’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle United in the  FA Cup third round. Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is closing in on his first signings as Cardiff’s manager. He has targeted the midfielders Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Dae(...)

Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, now managing Molde in his native Norway,  has emerged as the top managerial target for Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan. Photograph:  Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Cardiff City have made Ole Gunnar Solskjaer their top target to replace Malky Mackay, with Vincent Tan, the club’s owner, optimistic he can convince t(...)

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Yule and Yuletide. That old “heathen feast, later taken over by Christianity”, as it is put. Both words are Anglo-Saxon but originated in Norse. They (...)

Valerie Scott (left), one of three current and former sex workers who initiated a challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws, has her picture taken with a copy of the ruling at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa today. Photograph:  Chris Wattie/Reuters

Canada’s supreme court struck down major restrictions on prostitution today, including bans on brothels and street solicitation, declaring the laws un(...)

Minister for Fisheries Simon Coveney has defended the deal reached in Brussels last night, arguing that the overall value of fishing opportunities for fishermen next year is the same as 2013. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Coastal communities face up to 350 job losses and regulatory discards of fish will increase as a result of the deal concluded by EU fisheries minister(...)

Talks at the EU Fisheries Council in Brussels determined quotas for the Irish fleet for 2014  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister for Fisheries Simon Coveney has defended the deal reached today in Brussels on next year’s fishing quotas, arguing that the overall value (...)

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