Italy holds mass state funeral for earthquake victims

Italy holds mass state funeral for earthquake victims

Weeping relatives hugged each other and reached out to touch the simple wooden coffins at a state funeral held in the Italian town of Ascoli Piceno on Saturday for some of the 290 people killed in last Wednesday’s earthquake. Among the 35 coffins laid out in a sports hall were small caskets holding the bodies […]

Italy quake death toll rises steeply as rescuers race to find survivors

Italy quake death toll rises steeply as rescuers race to find survivors

The death toll from a powerful earthquake that shook central Italy rose to 247 on Thursday, officials said, as rescuers desperately searched for survivors in the rubble of devastated mountain villages. Hundreds of others were injured, some critically, and an unknown number were trapped under the ruins of collapsed buildings after Wednesday’s pre-dawn quake. Amid […]

India investigates damage caused by French submarine data leak

India investigates damage caused by French submarine data leak

India is investigating the extent to which secrets about French Scorpene submarines being built in the country have been compromised, its defence ministry said on Wednesday, after a leak of documents relating to its combat capabilities. The leak, which was first reported in The Australian newspaper, contains more than 22,000 pages outlining the secret capabilities […]

Turkey transgender activist’s death highlights rise in hate crimes

Turkey transgender activist’s death highlights rise in hate crimes

A widespread crackdown on dissent is fuelling tension across Turkey, which has seen a rise in hate crimes against minorities – including a recently reported attack against a well-known transgender activist in Istanbul. Turkey’s Daily Sabah reported that the badly burnt and mutilated body of Hande Kader, a 22-year-old LGBT activist and sex worker, was […]

Turkey to release 38,000 from prison, frees space for coup plotters

Turkey to release 38,000 from prison, frees space for coup plotters

Turkey will grant early release to some 38,000 prisoners who committed crimes before July 1, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Wednesday, amid reports of prison overcrowding after the failed coup. Bozdag said in a series of messages on Twitter that the move was “not an amnesty” and the convicts were not being pardoned but released […]

Man injures six in knife attack on Switzerland train

Man injures six in knife attack on Switzerland train

A man set a train carriage in Switzerland on fire using a flammable liquid and stabbed passengers on Saturday, injuring six people, including a six-year-old child, police said. The man, a 27-year-old Swiss citizen, carried out the attack on a train travelling in Switzerland’s far east, along its border with Liechtenstein, and was also injured, […]

France sells military helicopters to Kuwait in €1 billion deal

France sells military helicopters to Kuwait in €1 billion deal

France will supply 30 military helicopters to Kuwait in a deal worth over one billion euros ($1.1 billion) that French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian signed in the Gulf state on Tuesday. The agreement to buy the versatile Airbus Caracal helicopters is part of a 2.5 billion euro package of deals that the two countries […]

Police officers injured in Belgium machete attack

Police officers injured in Belgium machete attack

A machete-wielding man yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is greatest) injured two female police officers before being fatally shot in the Belgian city of Charleroi on Saturday, in what the prime minister said appeared to be a terrorist act. The attacker was shot by a third officer and subsequently died of his wounds, but the police […]

Pope Francis appoints panel to study ordaining women as deacons

Pope Francis appoints panel to study ordaining women as deacons

Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed a special commission to examine the role of female deacons in the Church, in a potentially historic opening on the possibility of women joining the clergy. The 13-member commission, made up of seven men and six women, will study the question of female deacons with a particular focus on the […]

Belgium charges man with planning terror attack, releases brother

Belgium charges man with planning terror attack, releases brother

Belgium charged a man with planning to commit murder in a terrorist attack and released his brother after a series of house searches on Friday evening, federal prosecutors said. For the time being, there was no connection with the attacks at Brussels airport and the metro on March 22, in which 32 people were killed, […]

Turkey issues arrest warrants for 42 journalists, local media say

Turkey issues arrest warrants for 42 journalists, local media say

Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists as part of the investigation into the failed coup aimed at toppling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, television news channels said Monday. Among those targeted by the warrants was prominent journalist Nazli Ilicak, who was fired from the pro-government Sabah daily in 2013 for criticising ministers caught […]

Russian adventurer ‘breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record’

Russian adventurer ‘breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record’

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has broken the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said Saturday, surviving a gruelling endurance test of storms and freezing temperatures. Flight coordinator John Wallington said Konyukhov, who took off from Western Australia on July 12, had successfully flown the route by Saturday afternoon. […]

Lone gunman kills nine in German shopping mall

Lone gunman kills nine in German shopping mall

An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman who apparently acted alone opened fire near a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening, killing at least nine people in the third attack on civilians in Western Europe in eight days. The pistol-wielding attacker, identified by Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae as a dual national from Munich, was later […]

Merkel backs May’s decision to delay triggering Brexit

Merkel backs May’s decision to delay triggering Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to wait until 2017 before starting the formal process of leaving the EU, a day before the British leader was to meet with French President François Hollande on Thursday. Yet while Merkel ceded that the UK needed time to put together a negotiating stance […]

Islamic State group claims responsibility for train attack in Germany

Islamic State group claims responsibility for train attack in Germany

The Islamic State group said on Tuesday that an Afghan refugee who carried out an axe and knife attack near Wuerzburg in Germany was one of its “fighters”, an IS-linked news agency said. “The perpetrator of the stabbing attack in Germany was one of the fighters of the Islamic State,” the Amaq news agency said, […]

Thousands rally in support of Turkish President Erdogan after foiled coup

Thousands rally in support of Turkish President Erdogan after foiled coup

Thousands took to the streets of Turkey Saturday in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after authorities crushed a military coup that claimed at least 265 lives. After facing down the bloodiest challenge to his 13-year rule, Erdogan triumphantly addressed flag-waving supporters in Istanbul following Friday’s chaos in the strategic NATO member of 80 million […]

Theresa May formally appointed British prime minister by the Queen

Theresa May formally appointed British prime minister by the Queen

Theresa May became Britain’s prime minister on Wednesday with the task of leading it out of the European Union, and quickly named leading ‘Brexit’ supporters including former London mayor Boris Johnson to key positions in her new government. The former Conservative interior minister, 59, said after being appointed by Queen Elizabeth that she would champion […]

After 30-year ban, gay men in France allowed to donate blood

After 30-year ban, gay men in France allowed to donate blood

Gay men in France were officially permitted to donate blood Monday after having been banned from doing so for 30 years. LGBT rights groups welcome the move, but many remain critical of the strict conditions of celibacy imposed on gay male donors. “It’s the end of a taboo and discrimination,” France’s Health Minister Marisol Touraine […]

Spanish bullfighter gored to death in the ring

Spanish bullfighter gored to death in the ring

A Spanish bullfighter was gored to death in front of horrified spectators at a corrida Saturday, the first to be killed in the ring in more than three decades. Victor Barrio, 29, was struck in the chest by the massive bull who tossed him in the air before he fell to the ground, where he […]

Pro-Brexit MEP Nigel Farage resigns as UKIP leader

Pro-Brexit MEP Nigel Farage resigns as UKIP leader

The leader of Britain’s insurgent right-wing populist UK Independence Party said on Monday he was stepping down after realising his ambition to win a vote for Britain to leave the EU, punching another hole in the country’s chaotic politics. The departure of brash former commodities trader Nigel Farage would sideline one of the most outspoken […]

Former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard dies

Former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard dies

Former French Socialist prime minister Michel Rocard, hailed as a “visionary statesman”, died Saturday aged 85 his son Francis told AFP. Rocard served as prime minister for three years from mid-1988 under Francois Mitterrand, a two-term Socialist president who led the country from 1981 to 1995. Mitterrand appointed Rocard to succeed future centre right president […]

Gove in surprise challenge to May for UK Conservative leadership

Gove in surprise challenge to May for UK Conservative leadership

British Home Secretary Theresa May and Justice Secretary Michael Gove formally announced their candidacies on Thursday to succeed David Cameron as prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party. It was common knowledge in political circiles that May, a Tory party heavyweight, would throw her hat into the ring, but Gove was widely expected to […]

Paris, London mayors pledge to work ‘closer than ever’ despite Brexit

Paris, London mayors pledge to work ‘closer than ever’ despite Brexit

EU leaders will press the British prime minister to waste no time triggering his country’s divorce from the bloc at a tense summit on Tuesday, seeking to stave off the threat of prolonged instability in the wake of last week’s Brexit vote. The leaders of Germany, France and Italy agreed on the eve of the […]

Poll shows Scots against second independence vote despite Brexit threat

Poll shows Scots against second independence vote despite Brexit threat

The Scots do not think there should be a second independence referendum, a poll showed on Sunday, days after Britain voted to leave the European Union despite strong Scottish support for remaining a member of the bloc. The Survation poll showed 44.7 percent of people think Scotland should not conduct a second independence referendum, compared […]

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