07 February 2008 06:00 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON(ICIS news)--These were the top stories at 06:00 GMT in the following European newspapers’ online versions on Thursday. ICIS has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. To go to the individual websites, click the links below:
Khodorkovsky still defiant
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed Russian oligarch, voiced doubts on Wednesday that Dmitry Medvedev, ?xml:namespace>
Companies and markets
S&P unveils ratings overhaul
Standard & Poor’s will on Thursday unveil a wave of business reforms in an effort to quell mounting regulatory pressure and investor anger about the failure of credit ratings agencies to foresee subprime housing losses.
Credit gloom drives up cost of debt risk
The perceived riskiness of corporate debt shot up on Wednesday as credit market investors grew increasingly pessimistic about companies’ ability to withstand the bursting credit bubble and a possible recession.
Captured Qaeda video shows boys training to fight, US says
Masked boys, wearing black T-shirts and trousers and carrying AK-47s and pistols rush toward an apparently unarmed man on a bicycle; in an instant they have surrounded him, shouting in the high voices of boys who are not yet men: "Put your hands behind your back!"
In close race, US Democrats brace for the long haul
With no breakout winner in Tuesday's Democratic primaries, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama on Wednesday began fortifying for a drawn-out nomination fight, with
Rio Tinto's board on Wednesday unanimously rejected an improved takeover offer by BHP Billiton of about $147bn (€100bn), saying it still "significantly" undervalued the iron-ore producer, putting pressure on BHP to raise the price further.
Companies in pet food scandal are indicted in the
Two Chinese companies and an American importer were indicted Wednesday on charges of intentionally defrauding and misleading American manufacturers about poisonous ingredients used in pet food last year.
From legal eagle to dying in a cage
A Harvard-trained lawyer, Vasily Aleksanyan was once a high roller who drove around
Trial stops but judges won't free
BoNY says customs falsified document
The Federal Customs Service's $22.5bn (€15.3bn) money-laundering lawsuit against the Bank of New York Mellon hit a new snag Wednesday after the bank's lawyer accused customs service representatives of using a falsified document in the case.
Karimov stresses partnership on visit
In his first official visit abroad since being re-elected in December, Uzbek President Islam Karimov was joined Wednesday by President Vladimir Putin in pledging to intensify and improve economic ties between their countries.
Barack Obama has powerful allies. The Kennedy Clan has lent him its halo. The media are banging his drum. Young people have lifted him to cult status with their applause. But Barack Obama also has a powerful opponent he has so far been unable to beat: the middle ground of American society.
A nightmare opponent for the Democrats
John McCain's supporters are celebrating like crazy, and their rejoicing is drowning out the loudspeaker announcements. Calm only ensues when the candidate steps up to the microphone for the first time at about 10:30 pm local time. But, in the moment of his great victory, he looks reserved.
Mystery fires blaze on in
Memories of the tragic “
A Turkish immigrant made the opening speech at a meeting late Monday in the headquarters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) where the guest of honor, German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble, raised the issue of integration of nearly 2.5m Turks in
Business and finance
Foreigners gain $26.7bn from stock market
Annual income of foreign investors in
Draft dodger lets lose a few screws
A draft recruit from
Polish-German relations ease with museum talks
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