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6th Oct 2013

Italy: Anger grows over Italy’s Lampedusa shipwreck tragedy as survivors mourn dead

France has called for an urgent meeting of EU countries following a shipwreck tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa, in which hundreds are feared dead. Italy’s coastguard has denied it was too slow to help. On Saturday, French prime … Continued

5th Oct 2013

French mosque shooting leaves three wounded

 By Ben McPartland The Local: Three people were wounded in a shooting at a mosque in France on Friday. Initial reports say the three men, believed to be a father and his two sons, were shot at as they left … Continued

4th Oct 2013

Germany: Mosques open doors to non-Muslims

The Local: Over a thousand mosques welcomed visitors on Thursday as part of an annual event celebrating the integration of Germany’s four million Muslims into society. Organisers said they expected over a hundred thousand visitors – 80 percent of them … Continued

Italy: Hundreds feared dead off Lampedusa
4th Oct 2013

Italy: Hundreds feared dead off Lampedusa

Searchers continue to find bodies off Italy’s Lampedusa island after the sinking of a migrant boat. The toll stands at at least 110, but it’s feared 300 people may have died in one of Europe’s worst recent sea disasters.  The … Continued

3rd Oct 2013

ICC issues arrest warrant for Kenyan journalist for ‘influencing’ witnesses

The International Criminal Court has called for the arrest of a Kenyan journalist who allegedly bribed witnesses. The court has never before issued a warrant on suspicion of interference with justice.  A high-profile international trial linked to post-election violence in … Continued

3rd Oct 2013

Italy’s Letta praised after Berlusconi U-turn

Two confidence votes won by Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta have drawn praise from President Giorgio Napolitano for “standing the test.” The European Commission says Italy’s votes are “vital” for the EU as a whole. Former premier Silvio Berlusconi was … Continued

3rd Oct 2013

Iran: Western governments considering easing nuclear demands on Iran: EU

Western governments are considering allowing Iran to continue some uranium enrichment, as part of a possible deal to resolve a decade-old dispute that Tehran says it wants to reach within six months, a senior EU diplomat said. The new stance … Continued

23rd Sep 2013

Germany: Official German election results confirm Merkel’s victory

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have won Germany’s general election, but her preferred coalition partners are out of parliament. The official results saw the Christian Democrats fall just short of a majority. The preliminary official results released by the Federal Returning … Continued

21st Sep 2013

France: Jail for mother over son’s ‘I am a bomb’ 9/11 top

[Bouchra Bagour, (left) the mother of Jihad  leaves Avignon's courthouse on December 19, 2012 with her lawyer Gaelle Guenoum (right). Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AF]   A mother who sent her three-year-old son Jihad to school wearing a sweater with the words … Continued

13th Sep 2013

EU parliament votes in favour of central bank oversight

The European parliament has voted in favor of centralized oversight for Europe’s largest banks. The supervisory authority is to begin operations late next year. European lawmakers in Strasbourg have voted with a large majority to allow the European Central Bank … Continued

12th Sep 2013

Germany: Burkini swimsuit is ‘compromise,’ says German court

  A teenage Muslim girl adverse to swimming lessons with boys has lost her appeal before Germany’s top administrative court. Judges have ruled that the wearing of a full-length “burkini” swimsuit satisfies Muslim norms.   A top German appeals court … Continued

10th Sep 2013

Norway’s center-right claims election victory, ousts Labour government

Norway’s center-right alliance, led by Conservative Erna Solberg, has claimed victory in the national election. Incumbent Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has conceded defeat after eight years in office. Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg looked set to become Norway’s next prime … Continued

8th Sep 2013

German Muslims increasingly going to Syria

Germany’s domestic security agency has recorded what experts regard as an alarming trend. A growing number of young Germans are traveling to Syria to aid the opposition, potentially getting radicalized along the way. As the international community weighs its response … Continued

8th Sep 2013

Syria: EU foreign ministers suspect Assad regime in chemical weapons attack, await UN

The EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says EU foreign ministers believe the Assad regime was probably behind last month’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria but stopped short of immediate military action. EU foreign ministers who consulted over Syria … Continued

3rd Sep 2013

Germany: Bundestag slams failure to trace NSU neo-Nazi cell

Germany’s Bundestag has adopted a report slating law enforcers’ handling of neo-Nazi murders of mostly Turkish immigrants. Inquiry head Sebastian Edathy said Germany should “never again” underestimate the far-right. The failure of German police and intelligence services to trace a … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

Swedish MP’s father arrested in Iraq

The father of a Swedish member of parliament was arrested in Baghdad at the weekend with Swedish foreign ministry officials as yet unable to determine why the man, who is also a politician in Iraq, was detained. <iframe id=”4fb36f8e4417f” name=”4fb36f8e4417f” … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

French foreign ministry tapped by NSA, says German magazine

A German magazine has said that the NSA spied on the electronic communications of the French foreign ministry. This comes as France looks to be the most likely ally to join the US in a military strike against Syria. A … Continued

1st Sep 2013

France set to become main US ally in Syria

French President Francois Hollande has made clear his wish to take military action alongside the US against the Syrian regime, making Paris Washington’s main ally in the Syria crisis after Britain backed out of any strikes. French President Francois Hollande … Continued

23rd Aug 2013

Germany: Bundestag report slams law enforcement for right wing terror probe fiasco

A German parliamentary report blames police incompetence for failing to link a series of murders allegedly committed by a neo-nazi gang. Critics fault the report for not addressing claims of institutional racism. After a year and a half of hearings, … Continued

21st Aug 2013

Sweden: Hijab activists demand minister take action

  “We tried to say that there is structural discrimination…but (Justice Minister Beatrice Ask) kept referring to individual responsibilities,” Foujan Rouzbeh, one of the organisers, said at a press conference after the meeting. “I also said that under this government, … Continued

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