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Bellamy struggles for Welsh reasons to be positive

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During the summer, the number of people out of work across all 27 European Union countries rose to nearly 22 million, or nine per cent of the workforce – the worst monthly figure for almost ten years.

Birmingham secure Tainio loan deal

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I had never imagined the Eucharist in German would be so easy to understand. "Das ist mein Blut..." said the Archbishop of Liechtenstein as he continued his liturgies from the open marquee. Meanwhile, I wondered what I was doing at 9.30am, in heavy rain, sheltering under some dripping alders in the fourth-smallest country in Europe.

James Moore: Take a look at tax havens closer to home

Outlook: And so Liechtenstein has surrendered. Following on from the tax information exchange deal with the US comes a similar one with the UK. There will be an amnesty for around 5,000 account holders who could have stashed up to £3bn in the tiny principality, together with a tacit assurance that they won't be prosecuted if they agree to assume the position and pay up. They'd be well advised to do so because it is more than people in other tax havens may be offered.

Ronaldo pulls out of Portugal squad suffering from flu

Cristiano Ronaldo is suffering from flu picked up on Real Madrid's U.S. tour and has failed to link up with the Portugal squad for their friendly in Liechtenstein, the club said on its website.

Vladimir Spidla: No one's 'stealing jobs'. Mobile labour forces benefit everybody

For European workers, 2009 does not look like a good year. Europe's overall unemployment rate is nearly 8.5 per cent at the moment, and much higher in some countries. It looks set to rise over the coming months, youth unemployment especially.

Fayed denied stake in oil millions below his own home

Court rules Harrods boss has no claim on oilfield profits and awards him just £1,000

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