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10th Nov 2013

Switzerland: World powers, Iran to hold another round of talks on Nov. 20

GENEVA, (Xinhua): European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said early Sunday that world powers would reconvene talks with Iran over its controversial nuclear program on Nov. 20. Talks between the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council … Continued

9th Nov 2013

France: Several injured in explosion during rehearsal at Paris theater

More than a dozen people have been injured in an accidental explosion during a rehearsal for a musical in Paris. It wasn’t immediately clear what sparked the blast. Police sources said around 15 people had been injured, five of them … Continued

9th Nov 2013

Kerry says no deal yet in Iran nuclear talks

World powers and Iran have yet to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear program but are working hard to do so, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. “There is not an agreement at this point,” Kerry said shortly … Continued

7th Nov 2013

Switzerland: ‘Moderate’ evidence points to Arafat polonium poisoning

Swiss scientists have found evidence that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with polonium, according to a publication of their findings. A text of the scientists’ findings published by the television channel Al-Jazeera on Wednesday served to fuel … Continued

5th Nov 2013

Norway: Man with knife kills three people on bus in western Norway

An attack on a bus in western Norway by a man wielding a knife has left three people dead, including the driver. The motive of the attacker was not immediately clear. The incident occurred on a remote mountain road on … Continued

3rd Nov 2013

Germany admits Europe’s spy agencies cooperate on surveillance

  Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has confirmed it swaps information with European counterparts that carry out mass surveillance. However, it denied that it was working with the British to change and circumvent laws.  The Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday that … Continued

2nd Nov 2013

Greece: Greek far-right Golden Dawn party members shot dead

The Greek far-right party facing a police crackdown says two of its members have been shot dead outside its office by a gunman on a motorcycle. Parliamentarians described the killings as a “blow to democracy.” Two members of Greece’s Nazi-inspired … Continued

29th Oct 2013

Deadly storms cause disruption across northern Europe

More than a dozen people have been killed as a result of storms that hit parts of northern Europe. The windy weather also caused major disruptions to transportation and left many without electricity. At least 14 people were killed across … Continued

28th Oct 2013

Ethnic Hungarians march for autonomy in Romania

Ethnic Hungarians are demanding autonomy in Romanian communities. Transylvania was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until after World War I, when the ethnic Romanian majority created their own country. About 10,000 people held protests on Sunday in Hungary and Romania … Continued

27th Oct 2013

Czech voters opt for leftist Social Democrats and novice populist

Czech voters angered by years of political graft and budget cuts have handed the opposition Social Democrats a weak mandate to form a government. A media magnate who heads a new centrist party has emerged as kingmaker. Preliminary counts put … Continued

27th Oct 2013

Media reports suggest Obama knew NSA spied on Merkel

There are new questions over how much President Obama knew about US spying on Angela Merkel. A newspaper report says that the US leader has been aware of NSA eavesdropping on the German chancellor since 2010. On Saturday, Spiegel magazine … Continued

25th Oct 2013

Germany and France call for talks over US spying allegations

France and Germany have called for talks to agree on new rules for intelligence relations with Washington. The call follows allegations that the US spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone. Following the first night of European Union summit talks, … Continued

24th Oct 2013

EU lawmakers urge block on US access to SWIFT bank data

European lawmakers have approved a resolution that calls for US anti-terrorism investigators to be denied access to the global banking database, SWIFT. The decision followed revelations about American spying activities. Lawmakers in the Brussels parliament voted by 280 to 254 … Continued

23rd Oct 2013

Germany accused of aiding US drone strikes

    Amnesty International raises a serious accusation, saying deadly US drone attacks in Pakistan are conducted with German help. Experts fear things are actually a lot worse.   The US defends its drone attacks as “precise and effective.” But … Continued

22nd Oct 2013

France in the NSA’s crosshair : phone networks under surveillance

Le Monde: The future will perhaps tell us one day why France has remained so discreet in comparison with Germany or Brazil, for example, after the first revelations about the extent of the American electronic espionage programmes in the world … Continued

20th Oct 2013

Belgium: Multiple deaths in Belgian plane crash

Eleven people have died in a plane crash in southern Belgium. The aircraft, which came down shortly after takeoff, had been carrying a group of parachutists – none of whom survived. The small airplane had reportedly lost its right wing … Continued

20th Oct 2013

Austerity protests draw tens of thousands in Italy, Portugal

Tens of thousands of people have protested austerity in Italy. And Portugal saw its first major street mobilization since the government unveiled its budget plans on Tuesday. Police detained several people during the protest in Rome after about 100 people … Continued

14th Oct 2013

Sweden: Angry parents spark halal school lunch spat

Parents in Svedala in southern Sweden have reported a school to the Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) for serving halal chicken arguing that the practice breaches the non-denominational praxis of the Swedish education system. The issue was discussed in the municipal council … Continued

14th Oct 2013

France far-right National Front candidate Laurent Lopez wins competitive by-election

France’s far-right National Front Party has won a local by-election. The result reflects the rising popularity of the anti-immigrant, anti-EU party ahead of next year’s municipal and European elections.  National Front (FN) candidate Laurent Lopez has won the cantonal by-election … Continued

12th Oct 2013

Norway: Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW wins Nobel Peace Prize

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. The OPCW, tasked with dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons cache, beat out a field containing 258 other nominations. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize as been … Continued

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