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Germany: Politicians and press push for NSU court compromise
12th Apr 2013

Germany: Politicians and press push for NSU court compromise

Eight of the people the German neo-Nazi NSU cell allegedly killed were Turkish, another was Greek. No reporters from either country will attend the trial as it stands. Several key figures have called for that to change. Turkish President Abdullah … Continued

Denmark: Thousands of Danish teachers protest mass school closure
12th Apr 2013

Denmark: Thousands of Danish teachers protest mass school closure

At least 30,000 Danish teachers have taken to the streets to protest a closure of schools that has stopped over 800,000 pupils attending classes. They were shut after a dispute over working hours last week. Traffic came to a halt … Continued

Netherlands recall 50,000 tons of meat over horse link
11th Apr 2013

Netherlands recall 50,000 tons of meat over horse link

Photograph: Koen Verheijden/AFP/Getty Images The Netherlands food watchdog has recalled 50,000 tons of meat labelled as beef from companies across Europe. The meat, linked to Dutch company Selten, is suspected of containing horse. The Netherlands’ Food and Consumer Product Safety … Continued

10th Apr 2013

Serbia declares day of mourning for victims of village killing

BELGRADE, (Xinhua): The Serbian government on Tuesday declared Wednesday as a day of national mourning for the victims of a shooting rampage in a small village in central Serbia on Tuesday, local media reported A man killed 13 people in … Continued

9th Apr 2013

EU ‘regrets’ Serbia rejection of Kosovo deal

The European Union has expressed regret over Serbia’s rejection of an EU-brokered deal designed to end tensions with breakaway Kosovo. The move could threaten Serbia’s EU membership aspirations. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton voiced disapproval on Monday of … Continued

France: Air France fined for forcing non-Jewish passenger off flight to Tel Aviv
5th Apr 2013

France: Air France fined for forcing non-Jewish passenger off flight to Tel Aviv

A French court on Thursday ordered Air France to pay a 10,000 euro ($12,800) fine for having ordered a French woman off a flight to Tel Aviv because she was not Jewish. Ankour was taken off the plane in the … Continued

France: French court strikes down Georges Abdallah’s release
5th Apr 2013

France: French court strikes down Georges Abdallah’s release

(Al-Akhbar): France’s highest appeals court has struck down a decision to release Georges Abdallah, 62, jailed in French prisons for 29 years, calling the Lebanese prisoner’s request for parole “irreceivable” on legal grounds. He was granted parole on 21 November … Continued

1st Apr 2013

France: Three killed in building fire near Paris

PARIS, (Xinhua): Three people were killed and 13 were injured Saturday night in a building fire in Aubervilliers, near Paris, French newspaper Le Figaro reported Sunday. Residents reported disputes in the apartment building in Aubervilliers, Seine-Saint-Denis. The fire broke out … Continued

31st Mar 2013

France: Five children killed in northern France house fire

PARIS,  (Xinhua): Five children aged two to 10 years old died Saturday night in a house fire in northern France, local newspaper Le Parisien reported on Sunday.   The deaths were caused “likely accidentally” in the house in Saint-Quentin, Aisne, … Continued

30th Mar 2013

Italian president takes over efforts for forming Gov’t amid impasse

Italian president takes over efforts for forming Gov’t amid impasse   ROME,  (Xinhua): Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday said he would take some time to reflect following a day-long marathon of consultations with political parties to find sufficient consensus … Continued

30th Mar 2013

Bosnia Hercegovina: ‘Monster of Grbavica’ handed maximum sentence

Bosnia Hercegovina:  ‘Monster of Grbavica’ handed maximum sentence   A Sarajevo court has sentenced a former commander of a Serb paramilitary group to 45 years in jail for a series of crimes committed during the Bosnian War. It was the … Continued

30th Mar 2013

Latvia: Two hundred rescued off the ice in Gulf of Riga

Fire and rescue services in Latvia have rescued more than 200 people stranded on ice floes in the Gulf of Riga. Bad weather conditions and high waves hampered rescue efforts.   About 180 people, mostly fishermen, were rescued Friday from … Continued

28th Mar 2013

France: Kerry talks with French FM on Syria, Mali

PARIS,  (Xinhua): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed key issues of Syria and Mali with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at a breakfast meeting on Wednesday. As for Syria, the two ministers noted their concern over the risk of … Continued

Hague convicts two Serb officials of Bosnia atrocities
28th Mar 2013

Hague convicts two Serb officials of Bosnia atrocities

The Hague has sentenced two Bosnian Serbs to 22 years for their campaign to cleanse the country of Muslims and Croats in the 1992-95 Bosnian war. The trial of the two war criminals dates back to 2008. Mico Stanisic, 58, … Continued

27th Mar 2013

Belgium: European Commission says Croatia will join EU

The European Commission has announced that Croatia will join the EU on July 1 this year. The country has implemented a string of reforms requested by Brussels, the latest report pointed to some work still outstanding. Brussels decided on Tuesday … Continued

23rd Mar 2013

Germany: German spies accused of racism, Islamophobia

The Local: Germany’s domestic intelligence agency is a hotbed of “institutional racism,” where Islamophobic, racist and offensive remarks are an everyday occurrence, a newspaper reported on March 22. Germany’s security service the Verfassungsschutz is a hornet’s nest of conflict, envy, … Continued

25th Mar 2013

Cyprus and Troika come to terms on haircut

EU and IMF officials have struck a bailout deal with Cyprus. One banking chain goes to the wall, and major clients, who include many Russians, will take a giant hit. The deal received final backing at about 2 a.m. in … Continued

24th Mar 2013

German interior minister concerned by rise in right-wing crime

Germany’s interior minister has expressed concern about a rise in crime attributed to right-wing extremists. The problem has been highlighted by a series of neo-Nazi murders that has drawn worldwide attention. Speaking in an interview with the newspaper Tagesspiegel am … Continued

21st Mar 2013

France: 400 Francophone women gather at global forum promoting women’s rights

PARIS, (Xinhua): More than 400 women from international Francophone communities met Wednesday in Paris to explore ways to promote rights of women and to ensure gender equality in francophone countries. They gathered at the First Global Forum of Francophone Women … Continued

21st Mar 2013

Cyprus shuts down banks until next week

Cypriot banks are to remain closed until early next week. The decision came as officials in Cyprus scrambled to raise the money international lenders have demanded in order for the island to receive a bailout. By Wednesday evening, Cyprus announced … Continued

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