France’s Hollande warns Mosul’s IS group fighters could flee to Raqqa

France’s Hollande warns Mosul’s IS group fighters could flee to Raqqa

French President Francois Hollande warned Thursday that Islamic State jihadists under attack in the Iraqi city of Mosul are already fleeing to Raqa, their stronghold in neighbouring Syria. “We can’t afford mistakes in the pursuit of the terrorists who are already leaving Mosul for Raqa,” Hollande told an international conference in Paris.

Belgian region refuses to back down over EU-Canada trade deal

Belgian region refuses to back down over EU-Canada trade deal

The day before EU leaders are due to meet in Brussels, the small French-speaking Wallonia region of Belgium said there was “no chance” it would back down on its opposition to a landmark Canada-EU trade treaty that was due to be signed this week. Nearly all EU governments – including Belgium’s – say they are […]

French minister appeals directly to UK public over Calais child migrants

French minister appeals directly to UK public over Calais child migrants

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has penned an opinion piece in the UK press urging Britain to step up its efforts to identify and resettle unaccompanied child migrants stranded in the Calais “Jungle” camp. Cazeneuve’s article, published in The Guardian newspaper on Tuesday, comes just a day after more than a dozen teenagers were transferred […]

Germans outraged over terror suspect’s prison suicide ‘fiasco’

Germans outraged over terror suspect’s prison suicide ‘fiasco’

A Syrian bomb plot suspect found hanged in his cell had not been deemed an “acute” suicide risk, German officials said Thursday as outrage grew over the judicial “fiasco”. The death in custody follows an initially botched attempt to arrest Jaber al-Bakr last Saturday, which sparked a nationwide manhunt that ended only when three other […]

Syrian suspect in Germany bomb plot commits suicide

Syrian suspect in Germany bomb plot commits suicide

A Syrian migrant suspected of planning a bomb attack on a Berlin airport has committed suicide in a detention centre in Leipzig, the Justice Ministry for the state of Saxony said on Wednesday. Investigators believe Jaber Albakr, 22, who arrived in Germany last year, was close to staging an attack comparable to those that killed […]

UK has ‘moral duty’ to take in more Calais migrant children, says French minister

UK has ‘moral duty’ to take in more Calais migrant children, says French minister

Paris demanded on Monday that Britain honour promises to take in migrant children from the notorious Jungle camp in the French port city of Calais, adding to pressure following accusations by the Red Cross that London is dragging its heels. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he would press the case at a lunchtime meeting in […]

German police hunt Syrian man over suspected bomb plot

German police hunt Syrian man over suspected bomb plot

German police were carrying out a huge manhunt Saturday for a 22-year-old Syrian suspected of planning a bomb attack, after finding “highly explosive” materials in his apartment. Security has been boosted at Berlin’s two airports and at train stations in the capital. The suspect, Jaber Albakr, could have had “an Islamist motive”, police sources told […]

Sauvage, Stoddart and Feringa win chemistry Nobel for molecular machines

Sauvage, Stoddart and Feringa win chemistry Nobel for molecular machines

Frenchman Jean-Pierre Sauvage, British-born J. Fraser Stoddart and Dutch scientist Bernard Feringa on Wednesday won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing molecular machines. The laureates share the 8 million kronor ($930,000) prize for the “design and synthesis” of molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy is added, the Royal Swedish […]

EU parliament gives green light to critical Paris climate deal

EU parliament gives green light to critical Paris climate deal

The European Parliament Tuesday overwhelmingly backed the ratification of the Paris climate deal, in a vote attended by UN chief Ban Ki-moon that paves the way for the landmark pact to come into force globally. The vote of 610 for, 38 against and 31 abstentions puts the European Union on track to hand over its […]

Britain to start EU exit process by the end of March

Britain to start EU exit process by the end of March

Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday that Britain would start the formal process for leaving the European Union by the end of March 2017. Before now May has only said that Britain would not trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty — which sets a maximum two-year clock ticking until a country’s departure from […]

Two Van Gogh paintings recovered by Italian anti-Mafia police

Two Van Gogh paintings recovered by Italian anti-Mafia police

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam says anti-Mafia police in Naples have recovered two Van Gogh paintings stolen in 2002. The museum in a statement on its website Friday said the paintings are in “relatively good condition.” It said the two paintings are the 1882 work “Seascape at Scheveningen” and a later work, “Congregation leaving […]

Twin blasts hit mosque, congress centre in Dresden

Twin blasts hit mosque, congress centre in Dresden

Two improvised bombs exploded in the eastern German city of Dresden on Monday evening – one at a mosque and one at an international conference centre – but no one was injured, police said on Tuesday. “Even if we so far have no claim of responsibility, we must go on the basis that the motive […]

NASA spots more evidence of water plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa

NASA spots more evidence of water plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa

The Hubble Space Telescope has spied what appear to be water plumes on one of Jupiter’s icy moons shooting up as high as 200km. The geysers are apparently from an underground ocean that is thought to exist on Europa, considered one of the top places to search for signs of life in our solar system. […]

Swiss voters pass expanded surveillance law

Swiss voters pass expanded surveillance law

Swiss voters approved a new surveillance law on Sunday, in a victory for the government that argued the security services needed enhanced powers in an increasingly volatile world. The proposed law won 65.5 percent support across the wealthy alpine nation, final results showed. Switzerland’s police and intelligence agencies have had limited investigative tools compared to […]

Jeremy Corbyn re-elected leader of Britain’s Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn re-elected leader of Britain’s Labour Party

Veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected head of Britain’s Labour Party, defeating a challenge to his year-old leadership of the divided opposition party. Veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected head of Britain’s Labour Party on Saturday, defeating a challenge to his year-old leadership of the divided opposition party. Corbyn won almost 62 percent of […]

Rome’s new mayor refuses to back 2024 Olympics bid

Rome’s new mayor refuses to back 2024 Olympics bid

Rome’s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics was dealt a potentially fatal blow on Wednesday after the city’s new mayor refused to give her formal backing. Giovanni Malago, president of Italy’s Olympic Committee (CONI), said last week the organisation would abandon its bid to host the Games in the event Virginia Raggi said no. […]

Migrants flee burning camp on Greek island of Lesbos

Migrants flee burning camp on Greek island of Lesbos

Thousands of asylum seekers were forced to flee to safety Monday when their camp on the Greek island of Lesbos was badly damaged in a fire apparently started on purpose after a scuffle between migrants. No casualties were reported but tents at the Moria camp were “almost entirely destroyed” and containers that provide additional accommodation […]

Thousands protest in Germany against EU-US TTIP trade deal

Thousands protest in Germany against EU-US TTIP trade deal

Demonstrators took to the streets across Germany on Saturday in protest over a massive transatlantic trade deal, dealing a new blow to the disputed accord. In Berlin, as in Munich, there was a sea of flags as people flocked to join the rallies despite the rain, carrying placards and banners representing dozens of anti-globalisation groups, […]

Irish parliament backs appeal of the EU’s €13 billion Apple fine

Irish parliament backs appeal of the EU’s €13 billion Apple fine

The Irish parliament debated for 12 hours on Wednesday before voting 93-36 to appeal a European Commission ruling that ordered Apple to cough up €13 billion in unpaid taxes, with the record bill sparking concerns that investors might flee. The European Union’s demand that Ireland claw back billions in tax from Apple has hit the […]

Dozens of employees at prestigious Paris auction house jailed for theft

Dozens of employees at prestigious Paris auction house jailed for theft

A Paris court on Tuesday jailed 35 former porters from the prestigious Drouot auction house for stealing precious antiques, jewels and artworks in an insider racket thought to date back decades. The defendants, who transported and stored objects destined for sale by Drouot, were found guilty of helping themselves to treasures including diamonds and a […]

Britain jails radical Muslim preacher Choudary

Britain jails radical Muslim preacher Choudary

Anjem Choudary, Britain’s best-known Islamist preacher, was jailed on Tuesday for five years and six months for encouraging support for the Islamic State group, ending years of frustration for police who had struggled to pin charges on him. Choudary, 49, and close associate Mizanur Rahman, 33, who received the same sentence, had been convicted by […]

Italy recalls ‘Fertility Day’ campaign after social media backlash

Italy recalls ‘Fertility Day’ campaign after social media backlash

An Italian government campaign urging young couples to “get on with it” to boost the country’s flagging birthrate has been recalled after a furious backlash on social media. Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said Friday she had ordered changes to the online campaign after a series of captioned images intended to promote an upcoming Fertility Day […]

France calls for end to EU-US TTIP trade talks

France calls for end to EU-US TTIP trade talks

France cast serious doubt on Tuesday on the prospects of an EU free trade deal with the United States, adding to opposition within Germany and growing scepticism among Americans. Washington and Brussels are officially committed to sealing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) before U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office in January, but their […]

Depardieu inaugurates eponymous Russian cultural centre

Depardieu inaugurates eponymous Russian cultural centre

French-born actor Gérard Depardieu on Saturday inaugurated a cultural and film centre bearing his name in Saransk, the capital of the Russian region of Mordovia in which Depardieu is a registered resident, local media reported. The 67-year-old film icon travelled Saturday afternoon from Paris to Saransk, where he was welcomed by local leaders. Depardieu spoke […]

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