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Ancient forest found under sea

Ancient forest found under sea

A shocked diver has found an incredible 10,000-year-old pre-historic forest under the North Sea and experts believe it could have once stretched as far as Europe. Diver Dawn Watson, 45, discovered the remarkable 'lost forest' when she was diving just 300 metres off the coast of Cley next the Sea, Norfolk. She found complete oak...

Ukraine rebels in land grab, says US

Ukraine rebels in land grab, says US

US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine of a "blatant land grab". He was speaking after reports that the rebels had extended the area they control, violating a ceasefire plan. Ukraine says Russia has more than 9,000 soldiers fighting alongside the rebels, a claim it denies. Meanwhile, foreign ministers from...

Amazon creates 6,000 new permanent jobs in Europe

Amazon creates 6,000 new permanent jobs in Europe

Amazon.com Inc created 6,000 new full-time positions in Europe in 2014 to respond to booming demand, the US online retailer said on Tuesday. Amazon said in a statement it now employed 32,000 permanent staff in the European Union, with the new jobs created in logistics centres, customer service, software development, supply chain management and...

Rival German rallies over Islam

Rival German rallies over Islam

Supporters and opponents of a group campaigning against what it sees as the "Islamisation" of Europe have held rival rallies across Germany. There have been weekly protests by the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) since October. A record 18,000 people turned out on Monday at one rally in Dresden. But counter demonstrations...

Global celebrations bring in 2015

Global celebrations bring in 2015

Celebrations for the start of 2015 have taken place across Asia and Europe, with firework displays in a host of major cities. New Zealand led the way, with Sydney Harbour providing a spectacular backdrop to Australia's display. There was shock in Asia as a crush in Shanghai, China saw 35 people die marking the start...

Arctic sea ice volume holds up in 2014

Arctic sea ice volume holds up in 2014

Arctic sea ice may be more resilient than many observers recognise. While global warming seems to have set the polar north on a path to floe-free summers, the latest data from Europe's Cryosat mission suggests it may take a while yet to reach those conditions. The spacecraft observed 7,500 cu km of ice cover in...

Putin's 'secret plot' to rule Europe exposed

Putin's 'secret plot' to rule Europe exposed

Smarting and isolated due to international sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, Germany's biggest newspaper today published details of the Kremlin plot in which Putin seeks to hold sway over a continent currently aligned against him, reports express.com. German intelligence sources claim the country's only mildly-eurosceptic party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), is being wooed by...

EU urges two-state capital in Jerusalem

Europe's top diplomatcalled for a Palestinian state sharing Jerusalem as its capital with Israel as Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas' Fatah movement yesterday cancelled this week's Gaza ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death due to security concerns. "I think Jerusalem can be and should be the capital of two states," the new EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. The status of Jerusalem is a sensitive issue that has blocked...

Global finance leaders pledge bold efforts

Global finance leaders pledge bold efforts

World financial leaders on Saturday promised "bold and ambitious" action to boost a global recovery that has shown recent disturbing signs of weakness. That pledge from the International Monetary Fund's policy-setting committee comes after a week of stomach-churning swings in the financial markets triggered by growing fears that parts of Europe could be in...

Europe breathes sigh of relief

Europe breathes sigh of relief

Europe breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after Scotland voted to reject independence from Britain, easing fears of a separatist domino effect on the continent and the risk of a British exit from the EU. Many European capitals had the jitters before the vote, worrying how they would deal with an independent Scotland's place...

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