Category: Europe

FRANCE – PM Édouard Philippe seeks ‘unity’ after unrest

BBC – French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has vowed to “restore national unity” after violence broke out during a fourth consecutive weekend of protests. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday – the latest day of “yellow vest” demonstrations against fuel tax rises and high living costs. More than 1,700 people were arrested, […]

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WORLD – European MPs spend night on migrant ship in desperate bid to secure dock

A group of five European politicians spent Sunday night on a rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean with hundreds of migrants on board, in a desperate bid to secure a port for the vessel to dock. The lawmakers — three Germans, one Portuguese and one Spaniard — spent four hours on board the rescue ship […]

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SPAIN – Thousands protest over rape ruling

MADRID – A Spanish court has jailed five men for sexually abusing a young woman during the famous San Fermin bull-running festival but acquitted them of rape. All five were sentenced to nine years in prison for their part in the attack, which they filmed, during the festival in Pamplona in July 2016. The 18-year-old […]

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EUROPE – Man dies after trying to throw grenade over US Embassy walls

PODGORICA – A man died after attempting to throw a grenade over the wall of the US Embassy early Thursday in Montenegro’s capital of Podgorica, authorities said. A grenade appeared to have gone off as it was thrown into the air, and the man detonated a second device that killed him, police said, calling the […]

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WORLD – Bodies pulled from sea off Morocco

The bodies of 16 people have been pulled from the sea off the coast of Melilla, a small Spanish territory bordering Morocco. Moroccan rescue services recovered the corpses after the crew of a Spanish ship spotted them in the water. A medical official told AFP news agency all the dead were from sub-Saharan Africa, apart […]

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Macron abandons plans for official first lady

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron is to abandon plans to create an official role of first lady for his wife Brigitte, according to reports. During his campaign, Macron had said he wanted to create “a real status” for his wife. But an online petition against the move has gained almost 290,000 signatures. French media […]

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Sweltering temperatures in Europe

Parts of Europe are experiencing their most extreme heat in more than a decade as temperatures hit 44ºC (111F). Several countries have issued health warnings as this week’s record-breaking weather conditions continue to affect swathes of the continent. Sweltering temperatures in Italy have sparked wildfires, and dozens of towns and cities are on the health […]

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GERMANY – One killed after stabbing spree in Hamburg

HAMBURG –– A 26-year-old man went on a stabbing spree with a kitchen knife in the northern German city of Hamburg on Friday, killing one 50-year-old man and wounding six others, police said. Passersby tackled the attacker as he fled the scene, enabling plain clothes police officers to take him into custody, the police said. […]

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SWEDEN – Swedish ministers quit amid IT scandal

STOCKHOLM – An IT scandal forced Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to reshuffle his government on Thursday as two top ministers resigned, CNN affiliate Expressen reported. The security breach occurred in March 2015, when the Swedish Transport Agency outsourced the handling of its IT system to IBM, whose staff in Eastern Europe oversaw the operation. […]

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FRANCE – Developing education

Rihanna (right) met with French President Emmanuel Macron Wednesday at his Paris palace to ask him to contribute to her education fund for children in developing countries. The Barbados-born pop singer spoke with Macron and his wife Brigitte about helping fund education for millions of children in developing countries who don’t have access to schooling […]

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Thousands flee French wildfires

PARIS – Parts of the French Riviera were evacuated late Tuesday and into Wednesday as forest fires burned swathes of land and threatened thousands of people, according to local police. More than 10,000 residents and tourists were moved after a forest fire started near the coastal commune of Bormes-les-Mimosas, around 40 km (nearly 25 miles) […]

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GREECE/TURKEY – Quake kills two

KOS –– A 6.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the Greek Island of Kos early Friday, killing at least two people and injuring scores more, officials say. Mayor George Kyritsis told CNN Greece that at least two people –– a Swedish and a Turkish national –– have died. The quake’s epicenter was just 16.2 kilometres east-northeast of Kos, […]

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ITALY – Woman dragged along platform by train

ROME – Footage of a woman being dragged along a platform by a train, after her bag got trapped in the door, has raised safety questions about Rome’s metro. Natalya Garkovich, 43, was left in intensive care after sensors failed to register the strap and emergency brakes did not stop the train’s advance. The footage […]

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SPAIN – Dozens arrested in Europe-wide horsemeat scam

MADRID – Spanish police have arrested and charged 65 individuals over a continent-wide ring that traded in horsemeat from animals “in bad shape, too old or simply labelled as ‘not suitable for consumption,’”according to a statement released by Europol. Spain’s Guardia Civil, in coordination with Europol, the European police agency, charged the individuals with crimes […]

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‘Zero happened’

PARIS – President Donald Trump offered a staunch defense of his eldest son Thursday, saying Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer was a standard session that any political operative would have taken. “My son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a […]

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GERMANY – G20 violence

HAMBURG – German police clashed with violent protesters Thursday in Hamburg a day ahead of the Group of 20 summit, using water cannons, pepper spray and batons to disperse marchers after some attacked them with bottles and other objects. The skirmishes came hours before the two-day gathering of the world’s top economic powers gets under […]

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FRANCE – Macron seeks to cut MPs

PARIS – Speaking at the historic Palace of Versailles, Macron said he planned to cut the number of lawmakers by a third. Doing so would produce a more efficient government and put France on a “radically new path”, said Macron. The French president says he has a broad mandate after sweeping wins in presidential and […]

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