Category: Europe

France's foreign minister calls Boris Johnson a liar

PARIS –– France’s foreign minister has said his newly-appointed British counterpart, Boris Johnson, is a liar with “his back against the wall”. In comments to Europe 1 radio, Jean-Marc Ayrault said Johnson had lied to the British people during the recent EU referendum campaign and would now be under pressure “to defend his country”. He […]

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TURKEY – IS suspected

ISTANBUL –– Turkey pointed the finger at Islamic State on Wednesday for a triple suicide bombing and gun attack that killed 41 people at Istanbul’s main airport, and President Tayyip Erdogan called it a turning point in the global fight against terrorism. In the deadliest of a series of suicide bombings this year in Turkey, […]

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Manslaughter investigation opened into EgyptAir crash

PARIS — French authorities opened a manslaughter inquiry Monday into the May crash of an EgyptAir plane that killed 66 people, saying there is no evidence so far to link it to terrorism. Prosecutor’s office spokesman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said the inquiry was launched as an accident investigation, not a terrorism investigation. She said French authorities […]

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WORLD – Merkel urges caution over Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought on Saturday to temper pressure from Paris, Brussels and her own government to force Britain into negotiating a quick divorce from the EU, despite warnings that hesitation will let populism take hold. Eurosceptics in other member states applauded Britons’ decision to leave the European Union in a referendum that sent […]

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UK votes on membership in EU

Voting is under way in a historic referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union or leave. A record 46,499,537 people are entitled to take part, according to provisional figures from the Electoral Commission. Polling stations opened at 07:00 BST and will close at 22:00 BST. It is only the […]

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French police couple killed in attack

PARIS –– A Frenchman who pledged allegiance to Islamic State stabbed a police commander to death outside his home and killed his partner, who also worked for the police, in an attack the government denounced as “an abject act of terrorism”. Larossi Abballa, 25, also took the couple’s three-year-old son hostage in Monday night’s attack. […]

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FRANCE – Security prep

PARIS –– Gun attacks, remotely detonated bombs and even drones carrying explosives and chemical weapons: These are just a few of the terrorist threats French authorities are preparing for at the Euro 2016 football championship, which gets underway on Friday. Just days before the championship kicks off, Ukraine security services said they had arrested a […]

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Istanbul bomb attack kills 11

ISTANBUL –– A car bomb attack targeting a police bus has killed seven officers and four civilians in central Istanbul. It was the fourth major attack in Turkey’s largest city this year. No group has claimed it, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed to the involvement of Kurdish militants. Turkish media said four people had been […]

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FRANCE – Terror plans

PARIS — A Frenchman with an arsenal of weapons and a grudge against his government’s immigration policies was detained as he tried to leave Ukraine and launch an assault on the European Championship, Ukrainian officials said Monday, describing it as a thwarted plot for a “series of 15 terrorist attacks”. The announcement came as France […]

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GREECE – Bodies wash up

ATHENS — More than 110 bodies were found along a Libyan beach after a smuggling boat of mostly African migrants sank, while a separate search-and-rescue operation across the Mediterranean saved 340 people Friday and recovered nine bodies. The developments were the latest deadly disasters for refugees and migrants seeking a better life in Europe, and […]

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FRANCE – Rivers rising

PARIS — The rising waters of the Seine overflowed riverbanks, roads and rail tracks across Paris on Thursday, forcing authorities at the Louvre to do something they have not done in generations: hurriedly move precious artworks to higher ground. Water levels at the famous river that winds through the French capital are expected to peak […]

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ITALY – Man burns ex girlfriend alive

ROME — A Rome university student was burned alive by her ex-boyfriend after she left him, authorities said Monday — a slaying one investigator called the most atrocious crime he has seen in his career. Sara Di Pietrantonio, 22, died before dawn Sunday after Vincenzo Paduano, 27, set her car afire, prosecutor Maria Monteleone told […]

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ITALY – Migrant losses

POZZALLO — Survivor accounts have pushed to more than 700 the number of migrants feared dead in Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks over three days in the past week, even as rescue ships saved thousands of others in daring operations. The shipwrecks appear to account for the largest loss of life reported in the Mediterranean since April […]

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GERMANY – One killed in knife attack

MUNICH –– A man who killed a commuter and injured three others in a knife attack at a railway station near Munich suffered from psychological problems and drug addiction, state officials say. The man attacked four people shortly before 5 a.m. (3 a.m. GMT) on Tuesday at Grafing station. One of the victims died of his […]

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Helicopter crash in Norway kills 13

BERGEN –– Thirteen people are presumed dead after a helicopter crashed west of the Norwegian city of Bergen, rescuers say. Eleven of those on board were Norwegian, one was British and one Italian. No survivors have been found. A major rescue operation was launched but ended within hours of the crash. Meanwhile, Norway’s civil aviation authority […]

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NORWAY – Court: Mass killer’s human rights breached

OSLO –– Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has won part of his lawsuit against the state over his solitary confinement in a high-security prison, a court announced Wednesday. The Oslo district court found the 37-year-old’s treatment in prison violated Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, prohibiting “inhuman or degrading treatment”, and […]

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FRANCE – Minister under fire for ‘negro’ comment

PARIS –– France’s women’s rights minister has sparked fury by comparing Muslim women who choose to wear the headscarf to “negroes who accepted slavery”. Laurence Rossignol appeared on French TV criticizing fashion brands that market hijabs as “irresponsible”. She later said using the word “negro” had been a mistake, but insisted she had only used it […]

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