The background to this dispute is rooted in years of under investment in public services and a total disregard by the employers of the vital role nursery nurses provide in early years education.

The Party of Silvio Berlusconi, Forza Italia, took a beating in yesterday’s European and provincial elections. It went from 25.2% in the European election of 1999 to 21% yesterday. But compared to its vote in the last national election in 2001, it fell by 8.5% - a disaster for any party. But, as this is Italian...

Ronald Reagan, the B-movie actor who became the 40th president of the USA (1981-88) has died aged 93. Wall Street will stay closed for Reagan‘s state funeral, a salute to the godfather of today‘s stock market bubble.

In a surprise announcement, the radical left-populist Venezuelan President, Hugo Chávez, has accepted the decision of the National electoral Commission, (CNE), and will face a recall referendum.

It is the US presidential election campaign which is governing US policy half a world away in Iraq.

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