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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

Migrant boat capsizes south of Sicily, hundreds rescued but dozens drown
12th Oct 2013

Migrant boat capsizes south of Sicily, hundreds rescued but dozens drown

For the second time in a week, a boat smuggling migrants from Africa to Italy has sunk. A joint operation by Italian and Maltese rescuers has saved 221 people but at least 27 people are reported drowned. The boat capsized … Continued

11th Oct 2013

European Parliament approves Eurosur border surveillance

EU lawmakers have approved the Eurosur border surveillance program, aimed at monitoring the bloc’s external border. The vote comes just one week after at least 289 asylum seekers drowned off the coast of Lampedusa. The European Parliament approved the Eurosur … Continued

7th Oct 2013

Italy seeks immigration rethink as Lampedusa death toll mounts

Divers have recovered many more bodies after a migrant boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa. Italy and France are both seeking greater European cooperation on immigration. A further 83 bodies were recovered on Sunday after the tragedy in … Continued

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

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview done on 29 May 2013 and transmitted on 12 June 2013


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