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The new war in Dagestan

Crikey April 28, 2009

Russia's North Caucasus has been plagued with violence since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Its capital Dagestan is a hotbed for terrorism and has become a new outpost for Chechen rebels.

EU kyboshes goods that aren’t energy efficient

Crikey Intern April 27, 2009

The EU agreed to set environmental standards for household products such as windows and shower heads in a bid to reduce energy consumption. And it won't end there.

Irish opt for paper ballots over e-voting

Crikey April 27, 2009

Chalk one up for AEC-style old skool pen-and-paper voting: Ireland are scrapping their e-voting system and going back to paper ballots.

Prospects of a united Cyprus look dim

Crikey April 27, 2009

The prospects of a united Cyprus receded when a nationalist party won the parliamentary election recently.

Bludgeoned Britain slides further down the plughole

Crikey April 24, 2009

The British budget is the grisliest in history with Alistair Darling putting his name to what is fast becoming an economic basket case.

A second budget Darling? Why not.

Crikey April 23, 2009

On Wednesday, Britain’s Chancellor, Alistair Darling, delivered his second budget. A commentary round-up.

The top ten Brownies of the UK budget

Crikey April 23, 2009

This was a budget of tricks, of bogus assumptions and of huge traps for the conservatives.

The disappearing jobs of Merthyr Tydfil

Crikey April 21, 2009

By the 1970s Hoover employed more than 5000 people in Merthyr and was so dominant that the British town was dubbed “Hooverville”. But since the factory closed last month, lives have been shattered.

Sinking ships and people smugglers

Eleri Harris April 20, 2009

Meanwhile in the Mediterranean...

I like a drink. Does that make me an alcoholic?

Jane Nethercote April 20, 2009

The latest government health campaign will show how each drink is the equivalent of four fish fingers. Bonkers, writes Janet Street-Porter.