Articles by Raf Casert



EU Lifts Ban on Lukashenko

  • 14 October 08
  • The Associated Press
The European Union temporarily lifted a travel ban on Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday as relations with the country started to thaw, diplomats said.

Putin Touts Rising Economic Muscle

  • 25 May 07
  • The Associated Press
Russia's growing economic power has made it less vulnerable to outside pressure, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday after competing a short European tour in which he signed economic and trade accords with Austria and Luxembourg.

EU Agrees on Major Climate Change Plan

  • 12 March 07
  • The Associated Press
The initiative seeks to lower greenhouse gas emissions with windmills and other renewable energy sources.

EU, Kazakhs Build Energy Ties

  • 05 December 06
  • The Associated Press
The European Union on Monday agreed to improve its ties with Kazakhstan in a move seen as a bid to reduce its growing dependence on Russian and Middle Eastern gas supplies.

Childbirth Leads to a Skater's Renaissance

  • 06 February 06
  • The Associated Press
Motherhood is more often the death knell of a sporting career than a harbinger of Olympic medals. Not for Svetlana Zhurova.

EU Targets Creative Accounting

  • 03 March 05
  • The Associated Press
After two scandals of budget deficit misreporting, the European Union's head office wants to set up a squad of accountants and statisticians who could fly into any EU capital for an in depth look at the books.

Borders Persist Among EU Members

  • 07 May 04
  • The Associated Press
Imagine bellying up to the bar in one country and excusing yourself to use the toilet in another. Or chalking up a pool cue and crossing a border to sink the 8-ball.

Awesome Display By Russia At Worlds

  • 10 March 04
  • The Associated Press
By the time Natalya Nazarova pushed up her chin and stood to attention for yet another rendition of the national anthem on Sunday, Russia was already celebrating an awesome pre-Olympic morale booster.

France Alarms Belgium With Beer Tax

  • 23 January 03
  • The Associated Press
Father Omer lifted his head from the huge vat where his beloved Trappist ale was brewing to address an issue which is vexing producers of Belgium's great beers.

EU Votes to Stub Out Tobacco Advertising

  • 03 December 02
  • The Associated Press
The European Union voted Monday to outlaw tobacco ads in newspapers and magazines, on the Internet and at international sports events in the 15-nation bloc starting in 2005.

Drug Scandals Overshadow Great Day for Russia

  • 27 September 00
  • The Associated Press
Drug scandals dominated the Olympics on Tuesday, but it was a big day for Russia, winning three golds.

Tarasov Vaults Past Bubka for New Mark

EU Orders Destruction of Belgian Poultry

Total Agrees to Acquire Petrofina

Thousands Call for Jobs As EU Summit Begins

Empty Stadium Shames Host City

11 Cities Tour Comes To Iced Dutch Canals

EU Debates Assigning Mideast Envoy

Court Ousts 'Hero' Judge in Child Sex Case

Portuguese Send Turks Tumbling

Hormones, Health Fuel U.S.-Europe Beef War

Transfer System Shot Down in Court

Claes Pleads Case Before Belgian Parliament

EU Summit Shadowed By Member Disputes

EU Summit Shadowed By Member Disputes

Schumacher, Hill Duel in Rainy Prix

Dutch Flee Lowlands As Dikes Grow Weak

NATO Warns Serbs: More Raids Possible

Tennis: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Schumacher Loses Grand Prix Victory