3rd Dec 2013

Ukraine: Opposition on offensive in protests against President Yanukovych

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have dug in their heels in the capital, occupying Kyiv city hall and blockading the main government building. Ukraine’s prime minister has compared recent protests to a “coup.” Thousands blockaded government buildings Monday and camped … Continued

Italy: Deadly fire at Chinese-owned garment factory kills seven people
2nd Dec 2013

Italy: Deadly fire at Chinese-owned garment factory kills seven people

  At least seven people died and three were injured when a Chinese-owned clothing factory in an industrial zone in the Italian town of Prato, Tuscany, burned down on Sunday, killing workers trapped in an improvised dormitory built onsite. The blaze, … Continued

30th Nov 2013

Sweden: Archbishop speaks out after anti-Islam attacks

  The Local: Sweden’s newly elected archbishop Antje Jackelén has admitted she wasn’t prepared for the online abuse she has received from anti-Islamists labelling the attacks as “spiteful.” Jackelén became the first female archbishop of the Church of Sweden in … Continued

30th Nov 2013

Ukraine police crack down on anti-government protests in Kyiv

Police in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, have used force to break up a large anti-government demonstration in the city center. The protesters voiced anger over the country’s move away from EU integration towards Russia. Witnesses said riot police used truncheons, … Continued

28th Nov 2013

EU court reviews French burqa ban

At the European Court of Human Rights, France’s ‘burqa ban’ that prohibits full-face veils is under review. Critics of the ban see it as a violation of religious freedom. The court in Strasbourg began its review of the French burqa … Continued

28th Nov 2013

Italian Senate expels former PM Berlusconi

The Italian Senate has expelled former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as a result of his tax fraud conviction, upheld on appeal at Italy’s highest court in August. The former premier spoke of a “bitter day.” Italian Senate votes to expell … Continued

27th Nov 2013

Germany: Christian and Social Democrats agree on grand coalition government

Leaders from Germany’s two largest parties have reached a provisional deal on forming a coalition government after all-night talks in Berlin. This concludes weeks of negotiations following September elections. The last negotiating session lasted some 17 hours in Berlin, concluding … Continued

Switzerland: New round of Iran nuclear talks conclude with an histrical agreement
24th Nov 2013

Switzerland: New round of Iran nuclear talks conclude with an histrical agreement

  [EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (2nd L) delivers a statement in Geneva. (Xinhua/Wang Siwei)]   GENEVA, (Xinhua): After intensive negotiations, the P5+1 group and Iran have reached a first-step agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, EU foreign policy chief Catherine … Continued

23rd Nov 2013

Switzerland: P5+1 foreign ministers hopeful of Iran nuclear talks breakthrough

    Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is set to join his US counterpart, John Kerry and other world powers in Geneva for talks on Iran’s nuclear program. It is hoped a breakthrough is imminent. Along with Westerwelle and Kerry, … Continued

23rd Nov 2013

Switzerland: Iran nuclear talks enter third day in Geneva II tallks

Iran and world powers haggled Friday over a breakthrough nuclear accord on the third day of talks in Geneva, with Tehran complaining of “no progress.” This third and crucial meeting since President Hassan Rohani was elected in June is seen … Continued

Latvia: 25 killed in Riga’s supermarket roof collapse
22nd Nov 2013

Latvia: 25 killed in Riga’s supermarket roof collapse

RIGA, (Xinhua): The death toll has risen to 25 early Friday with dozens still trapped in the debris after the roof of a supermarket collapsed in a suburb of Riga, the Latvian capital, officials said. Three of the 17 people killed … Continued

22nd Nov 2013

Ukraine scraps plan to sign historic pact with European Union

Ukraine has said it is suspending preparations to sign a landmark trade and political pact with the European Union. It comes after parliament rejected legislation to free jailed ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov issued a decree … Continued

22nd Nov 2013

Switzerland: Iran says “lack of trust” slowing down nuclear talks

Iran’s chief negotiator warned Thursday of a lingering “lack of trust” and “major differences” at nuclear talks with world powers in Geneva, saying it was hampering progress over a deal. Abbas Araqchi, a deputy foreign minister, said Iran would not … Continued

21st Nov 2013

Russia is ‘hopeful’ Iranian nuclear talks will reach a deal soon

World powers aim to reach a preliminary deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in politically charged talks resuming in Geneva on Wednesday. Seeking to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider Middle East war, the … Continued

19th Nov 2013

Germany: Merkel says U.S. spying claims threaten transatlantic ties

BERLIN, (Xinhua): German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that transatlantic ties, including the negotiations on a free trade deal, are being tested by the alleged extensive U.S. spying in Germany and Europe. “The transatlantic relationship and also the negotiations for … Continued

18th Nov 2013

France: Gun attacks hit two Paris locations, injures one

PARIS, (Xinhua): Gun attacks took place at the headquarters of French newspaper Liberation and outside the suburban headquarters of the bank Societe Generale in Paris on Monday, injuring one person, local media reported. The wounded person was shot in the chest before … Continued

17th Nov 2013

Greek leftist group claims Golden Dawn assassinations

An obscure leftist group has claimed responsibility for the shooting deaths of two members of the far-right Golden Dawn party. Counterterrorism officials are investigating the authenticity of the group’s claim. The People’s Struggling Revolutionary Powers, a group previously unknown to … Continued

14th Nov 2013

‘Pink Star’ diamond fetches record price at Geneva auction

A diamond known as the “Pink Star” has sold for a record 68 million Swiss francs (roughly 61 million euros) at an auction in Geneva. It was the highest price ever paid for a gemstone at auction, Sotherby’s reported.  The … Continued

12th Nov 2013

Poland: Polish far-right groups turn violent at national independence day march

Police in Poland have clashed with far-right youths during a march marking national independence day. It is the third year in a row the march has turned violent. Police in Warsaw used rubber bullets and tear gas on Monday to … Continued

12th Nov 2013

UN nuclear watchdog signs ‘roadmap’ deal with Iran

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has reached an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. US Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, has said world powers agreed on a deal at the Geneva talks before Tehran backed out. The “roadmap” agreement … Continued

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