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11th Aug 2013

Sicily: Bodies of six migrants found on the beach, dozens rescued

Six migrants have drowned off Sicily after the boat carrying them from Africa to Europe ran aground, while more than 100 others were saved. The incident comes as the number of people trying to make the passage grows. The bodies … Continued

Sweden: Hague and Bildt book meeting via Twitter
10th Aug 2013

Sweden: Hague and Bildt book meeting via Twitter

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and his UK counterpart William Hague took to Twitter to book a meeting in Stockholm later this month. Bildt, a strong advocate of “Twitter-diplomacy” whose @carlbildt account boasts more than 220,000 Twitter followers, took to … Continued

8th Aug 2013

France’s universities’ heads dismiss ban on wearing of religious symbols

  By Rance Leroy French Tribune:  It was in 2001 that France has come up with a law as per which full-face covering Islamic veil got banned in the public. The ban became a matter of controversy and again, a … Continued

7th Aug 2013

France: Call for hijab ban in French universities

France could be set to go a step further in its ban on the wearing of religious symbols in state schools. A new report has recommended banning the Islamic headscarf and other religious symbols in the country’s universities, a French … Continued

7th Aug 2013

Germany: Right wing terrorist trial adjourns for summer with many unanswered questions

The trial of four suspects, accused of aiding a neo-Nazi terrorist cell, has adjourned for a month-long summer break after being in session for 32 days. So far, the accused have largely refused to answer questions. Judge Manfred Götzl on … Continued

4th Aug 2013

German prosecutors looking into US, UK snooping allegations

Revelations about the surveillance activities of US and British intelligence agencies in Germany could be about to spark a federal investigation. Prosecutors aren’t yet sure whether there is enough evidence for a case. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office has issued an … Continued

3rd Aug 2013

Germany cancels Cold War-era surveillance pact in wake of spying revelations

Germany has cancelled a Cold War-era surveillance pact with the US and Britain. The largely symbolic move comes as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government faces mounting criticism for its complicity in spying programs. “The cancellation of the administrative agreements, which we … Continued

2nd Aug 2013

Germany: Kohl wanted to reduce Germany’s Turkish population by one half

Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl sought to deport half of Germany’s Turkish population in four years. The revelation comes from declassified British documents. In an October 1982 meeting in Bonn, Chancellor Kohl told British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that Germany would … Continued

2nd Aug 2013

Italy: Berlusconi tax fraud conviction upheld

Italy’s highest court has upheld a tax fraud conviction against former PM Silvio Berlusconi, and ordered a review of a ban on him serving in public office. The court confirmed a four-year jail sentence by a lower court. Thursday’s decision … Continued

31st Jul 2013

Spain: Court says Spain train driver on phone at time of crash

The driver of the train that derailed in Spain killing 79 people was talking on the phone at the time of the accident, according to black box data. The train was also traveling at 95 mph (153 kph) when it … Continued

30th Jul 2013

Greece: IMF approves next tranche of bailout funds for Greece

The IMF has announced that it plans to release the next installment of bailout funds to Greece. Athens passed its latest review, but the IMF warned it must do more to implement reforms in light of looming shortfalls. The International … Continued

Italy: Coach crash kills 38 in southern Italy
29th Jul 2013

Italy: Coach crash kills 38 in southern Italy

[A tourist bus crashed through a highway guardrail in southern Italy near the city of Avellino in Campania region. (] ROME, (Xinhua): A tourist bus crashed through a highway guardrail in southern Italy Sunday night, killing 38 people and putting at … Continued

29th Jul 2013

French police say $53 million worth of jewels stolen in armed heist in Cannes

Jewels and diamonds worth $53 million have been stolen from a hotel in Cannes, France. The heist was one of the biggest in Europe in recent years. French police estimate that $53 million (40 million euros) worth of jewels has … Continued

28th Jul 2013

Germany: Demonstrations against NSA spying as Berlin appoints cyber commissioner

People have taken to the streets across Germany to protest against NSA spying. Berlin, meanwhile, has appointed a diplomat to defend Germany’s interests in cyberspace in the face of the NSA scandal. Thousands of people took to the streets of … Continued

Spain: Questions raised as death toll climbs to 80 in train crash
26th Jul 2013

Spain: Questions raised as death toll climbs to 80 in train crash

  [A video of the accident shown on Spanish TV and posted on virtually every news website in the country shows in graphic detail how the carriages are hurled off the tracks as a result of the excessive speed, with … Continued

26th Jul 2013

Germany: Merkel’s top aide plays down allegations of bulk US spying on Germans

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief aide has tried to play down allegations of US bulk spying on German citizens. Recent revelations have fueled concern over US-German surveillance collaboration. Chancellory Chief of Staff Ronald Pofalla appeared before a three-hour-long hearing of … Continued

Spain: Train crash leaves over 70 dead
25th Jul 2013

Spain: Train crash leaves over 70 dead

[Photo: Picture Alliance/dpa]   A train has derailed in northwest Spain leaving dozens of people dead, a local official has reported. The cause of the accident remains unclear. At least 77 people were killed and more than 140 injured when … Continued

France forced to defend ban on niqab
23rd Jul 2013

France forced to defend ban on niqab

France’s so-called “Burqa-ban” has once again been making headlines across the globe in recent days after riots were sparked in a Paris suburb when a Muslim woman was stopped by police. On Monday the French government defended the controversial law. … Continued

23rd Jul 2013

Eurozone debt rising despite austerity

Government debt across the eurozone hit an all-time high in the first quarter of 2013 in spite of massive spending cuts. Recent figures show the situation to be worsening in countries that are already deep in the red. The total … Continued

23rd Jul 2013

EU blacklists Hizbullah under US, Israeli pressure

The European Union’s 28-member bloc agreed on Monday to blacklist Hezbollah’s military organization as a terrorist group following years of relentless US and Israeli pressure. The EU cited accusations that the powerful Lebanese Shia movement was behind a bus bombing … Continued

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