Norway, Gaddafi, and high speed trains in China

In this week’s podcast: Terror in Norway: a lone attack or a signal that the far right is rising? Libya – what next for Gaddafi? And, China’s ambitions for high speed rail are dealt a blow. Read more

Gideon sent this picture from Athens, where there is a taxi strike and the city centre is blocked off.  Read more

Murdoch, Italy, India

In this week’s podcast: The Murdoch scandal goes international; the euro debt crisis reaches Italy; and, bombings in Mumbai – is the stage set for Rahul Gandhi to step up as prime minister? Read more

Syria, DSK, Yingluck Shinawatra
In this week’s podcast: Are there signs that the crisis in Syria is coming to an end? Can former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn really make a political comeback in France? And, Thailand’s first female prime minister – what challenges will she face?

Presented by Gideon Rachman with David Gardner, Ben Hall and Serena Tarling in London and Tim Johnston in Bangkok. Read more

By Kerin Hope and Ralph Atkins in Athens, and Esther Bintliff in London

18.45pm (Athens time): We’re wrapping up the live blog here. Here’s a quick recap of events today:

  • Greece’s 300-member parliament approved the austerity bill by 155 votes to 138 votes
  • Protests continued throughout the day, with police firing tear gas and demonstrators hurling stones and other debris, as well as setting fire to rubbish bins. As evening fell in Athens, demonstrations began spreading beyond Syntagma square.
  • 26 police and 15 protesters have been injured and transferred to hospitals, according to AP
  • Angela Merkel, German chancellor, said the austerity package was “a really good piece of news”
  • José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, and Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, praised the Greek decision – but also reminded everyone that there is another vote tomorrow
  • Markets, which had risen on Wednesday morning in anticipation of the vote, came off their highs once the “Yes” vote was confirmed – providing a lesson in an old saying that it’s ‘better to travel with hope than arrive’. Wall Street was looking at another session of healthy gains, with the S&P 500 lifted by the Athens news

Thankyou all for reading, and for more Greece coverage, go to Read more

Audio Iran, Opec, US
In this week’s podcast: Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad’s role as Iran’s president is looking uncertain; Oil cartel Opec meeting descends into acrimony; And, we end the show in the US with the fiscal debate over raising the country’s debt ceiling. Presented by Gideon Rachman with Clive Crook and David Blair in the studio in London and Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran

In this week’s podcast: The race for the Republican nomination heats up in the US; Yemen on the brink of collapse; the E.coli outbreak in Europe causes rift between Spain and Germany.
Presented by Gideon Rachman with Clive Crook in the studio in London, Abigail Fielding-Smith in Beirut and Quentin Peel in Berlin. Read more

James Blitz, diplomatic editor, tells the FT’s Daniel Garrahan that for intelligence agencies fighting terrorism around the world, the significance of Osama bin Laden’s killing is limited and the capture of Anwar al-Awlaki would hurt al-Qaeda more. Read more

In this week’s podcast: The threat to Yemen’s president; refugees and the Libyan crisis; and, shutting down the government in Washington Read more

In this week’s podcast: Oil prices hit $120 a barrel; UK government tax hike causes Norwegian group Statoil to reconsider projects in the North Sea; Statoil makes a significant oil discovery in Norway; and your comments on Energy Source Read more

In this week’s podcast: Seven days into the allied military action, Colonel Gaddafi holds on; we ask, is Portugal about to succumb to Eurozone fever?; terrorism returns to Jerusalem – is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict about to turn violent again?  Read more

As events unfold in Libya and across the wider region, the FT is running live coverage on Gideon Rachman’s blog. This post will update automatically. Read more

In this week’s show: Japan – the aftermath of the quake and the desperate efforts to avert a meltdown at nuclear plant Fukushima, with Mure Dickie and Stefan Wagstyl, and the continuing unrest in the Middle East with David Gardner, Robin Wigglesworth and Simeon Kerr. Presented by James Blitz. Produced by LJ Filotrani Read more

We are borrowing Gideon’s blog to cover Japan’s earthquake. Please keep your comments coming, and please send us any images you have to if you are in Japan.

For rolling coverage of global market reaction to events in Japan, follow Jamie Chisholm here.

All times are London time, Japan is 9 hours ahead. By Josh Noble and Kanupriya Kapoor in Hong Kong, Leyla Boulton in London, Johanna Kassel and Anora Mahmudova in New York.

2040 - For more on the market reaction to the crisis in Japan, we turn to our colleagues on FT Alphaville for the financial perspective and fascinating commentary on the markets. Some of their Japanese offerings today:

And join the US Alphaville team for US markets live at 10 am EST on Friday for a lively discussion of the week’s events, including Japan, and how they influenced the market. Read more

We are borrowing Gideon’s blog to cover Japan’s earthquake. We are tapping our correspondents around the world. Please keep your comments coming, and please send us any images you have to if you are in Japan. Read more

Mure Dickie reports from Tokyo on the devastating earthquake. In the studio, James Blitz examines the options for intervention in Libya, and Richard Milne looks at eurozone debt – are defaults on the cards? We also hear from Jamil Anderlini in Beijing on the Dalai Lama retiring from politics. Read more

FT map is estimated times Japan tsunami will take to reach other countriesWe are borrowing Gideon’s blog to cover Japan’s earthquake. I am Shannon Bond in New York and I have taken over from Alan Rappeport and, earlier, Leyla Boulton in London. We are tapping our correspondents around the world.  Please keep your comments coming. All times are London time.


2330 – We’re suspending rolling coverage until our colleagues in Asia are able to join us once again. Stay tuned.

2328 – More from Michiyo Nakamoto in Tokyo, who has spoken to sources at Tepco: Pressure in units 1,2,3 at Fukushima Nuclear power plant Number 1 has risen in the primary containment vessel but unable to confirm the level. All units almost completely sealed. The government has ordered Tepco to release the pressure and Tepco is preparing to do so. There is no electricity so unable to cool. All units at Fukushima Number 2 power plant shut down but all units apart from those that had been under maintenance are still functioning.

2319 - Reuters quotes a Tepco spokesman saying that pressure is stable inside the reactors but rising in the containment vessels. He said he did not know if there would be a need to release pressure – and radiation – at the plant at this point. Read more

In this week’s podcast: Civil war beckoning in Libya; political jostling across the Middle East; and, trouble in Europe with high profile resignations in Germany and France. Read more

Colonel Gaddafi’s regime in Libya is under pressure after security forces clashed with protestors. James Blitz, diplomatic editor, tells Daniel Garrahan that this revolt will be met by extreme violence from the Gaddafi leadership and there are now big questions to be asked of the oil majors investing in the country. Read more

In this week’s podcast: As southern Sudan votes in a referendum on independence we hear from our correspondent in the region, Katrina Manson, about the huge exodus of people from the North to the South in anticipation of the a country being created. Over 300,000 people died in Haiti in 2010 in a devastating earthquake. One year on, what has happened to the reconstruction effort? Andrew Jack reports from Port-au-Prince on a nation struggling to rebuild. And in the US, the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has shocked the nation, and prompted questions about incendiary political debate. Is it acceptable to “target” the opposition? Read more