Thursday, March 30, 2017

UNHCR: Number of Syrian Refugees Tops 5 Million Mark

The UN's refugee agency says the number of Syrians who have fled their country after six years of war has topped the 5 million mark.

Spanish FM Vows to Protect Interests in Contested Gibraltar After Brexit

Madrid will not accept Brexit terms that put its interests at risk in Gibraltar, a tiny UK territory in Spain’s south, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told the parliament on Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Europe undergoing "existential crisis": former Spanish PM

Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar said here on Tuesday that the European Union (EU) was undergoing an "existential crisis" following Brexit, saying there was a risk that the desire to leave the EU would spread to other countries.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Asylum-seekers entering Hungary to be detained in shipping containers

Asylum-seekers entering Hungary, as well as those currently in the country, are to be confined in camps composed of converted shipping containers while their applications are processed.

Children paying heaviest price as conflict in Yemen enters 3rd year, says UN

As the escalation of the conflict in Yemen enters its third year this week, the top UN humanitarian official has called on the parties to the conflict to commit to political dialogue and resolve the situation or risk an unending manmade crisis.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Israel 'Surprised' by Trump Administration's Demand to Limit Settlements

The Trump administration is pushing a hard bargain with Israel to limit its settlement activity because it knows that Palestinians and the Arab states won't support a peace process without that concession, analyst and former Israeli civil servant Dan Arbell told Radio Sputnik.

Israeli PM says he hopes to conclude settlements deal with US soon

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that efforts are still ongoing to reach an agreement with the Trump administration over the expansion of settlements in the West Bank.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Egyptian Court Jails 56 over Migrant Boat Shipwreck

An Egyptian court sentenced 56 people to prison on Sunday over the capsizing of a migrant boat that left over 200 people dead last year, judicial sources said.

Turkey may hold referendum on EU accession process: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey may have a Brexit-style referendum on whether to continue European Union membership process after the April 16 constitutional referendum.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bulgarian activists erect border fence to deter Turkish ‘election provocations’

Bulgarian volunteers have begun erecting a fence on the country’s border with Turkey without authorization from the government to “prevent Turkish provocations" during elections, RIA Novosti reports.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Japan suicides costing country $4.1 billion annually

Japan's high suicide rate is costing the country.

Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid

Dozens of residents were buried in collapsed buildings in the Iraqi city of Mosul after an air strike against ISIS triggered a massive explosion last week and rescuers are still recovering bodies, civil defence agency officials and locals said on Thursday.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

EU Commission Summons Turkish Envoy Over Erdogan’s Remark on Safety of Europeans

The European Commission has summoned Turkey’s EU ambassador, Selim Yenel, to get an explanation over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments on safety of Europeans, its spokeswoman said Thursday.

"Multi-speed Europe" realistic scenario for EU: experts

"Multi-speed Europe" is the most realistic scenario for the European Union (EU) if the bloc wants to demonstrate the benefits of integration and thus regain citizens' trust in EU institutions, experts told Xinhua in the run-up to the 60th anniversary of the EU's founding treaty.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Red Cross Warns on Mass Hunger in Yemen, Somalia

The world has got just three to four months to save millions of people in Yemen and Somalia from starvation, as drought and war wreck crops and block aid across the region, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday.

Ancient Greek artifact unearthed at Crimean bridge construction site

A part of a unique terracotta statue has been found at the Crimean bridge construction site during underwater diggings near the Ak-Burun Cape, Sergei Olkhovsky, head of the underwater unit of Russia’s Academy of Sciences, said on Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Merkel ally says Turkey's Erdogan 'not welcome' in Germany

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has crossed a line by comparing Berlin's government to the Nazis and is no longer welcome in Germany, a senior ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday.

Trust in news stories on Facebook depends more on who they're shared by, not who wrote them : study

Social media users are becoming increasingly skeptical about news outlets, and now decide whether to believe a story based on whether a person they trust has shared it, not where it came from, says a landmark US study.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Duterte calls EU parliamentarians crazy for criticizing drug war

The president of the Philippines called members of the European Parliament crazy for criticizing his war on drugs and urged them to stop meddling in the country's affairs, according to media reports Monday.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Austrian foreign minister says EU should restrict social benefits for migrants

EU countries should restrict social benefits for migrants from other member states to 'prevent the abuse of welfare systems', Austrian Foreign and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz said Sunday.

Turkey detains 740 PKK suspects in operations

A total of 740 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) suspects were detained in last three days' 36 simultaneous operations, Turkey's Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Erdogan Expects Parliament to Restore Capital Punishment

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Saturday said he expected parliament to approve restoring capital punishment after the April 16 referendum on expanding its powers, a move that could end Ankara's bid to join the EU.

The future of Europe: Erdogan urges Turks in EU to have at least 5 kids

Turkish President Recep Erdogan has urged all Turks living in Europe to have at least five children, saying they are the future of the continent and that it would be the best response to the “injustices” imposed on expatriates there.

Friday, March 17, 2017

U.S. denies bombing Syrian mosque where dozens died

The U.S. military said it carried out an attack on a building where al-Qaida militants were meeting in Syria, not on a mosque next door where activists say 46 civilians were killed in a bombing.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Turkish sanctions only apply to Dutch leadership : Ankara’s Minister for EU Affairs

Turkey's Minister of European Union Affairs, Omer Celik, has said that individuals who are not linked to the Netherlands’ government agencies will not be affected by the sanctions imposed by Ankara.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Thousands of Twitter accounts hacked by Erdogan supporters post Nazi imagery

Several thousand Twitter accounts were hacked on Wednesday by supporters of the Turkish President who flooded feeds with messages against Germany and the Netherlands.

Scientists forecast increase of senile dementia in Cuba

Nearly 160,000 people are now suffering senile dementia in Cuba, and the figure is estimated to reach 300,000 in 2040, representing 2.7 percent of the total population, the official newspaper "Granma" disclosed on Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ECJ backs religious symbol bans in headscarf ruling

The European Union's top court has ruled that employers may bar staff from wearing visible religious symbols, in its first decision on the issue of women wearing Islamic headscarves at work.

Trump gives CIA authority to carry out drone strikes, WSJ says

The president of the United States has given the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to conduct drone strikes against suspected terrorists, a role previously assigned exclusively to the Pentagon, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Monday, March 13, 2017

France under fire for authorising Turkish campaign event

France’s government came under fierce criticism on Sunday for allowing Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to campaign in the northeastern city of Metz amid tensions with Europe ahead of next month’s referendum on a new Turkish constitution.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Supporters, opponents of asylum seekers protest in Helsinki

Demonstrations of supporters and opponents of asylum seekers in downtown Helsinki went peacefully on Saturday, although police warned of possible skirmishes in advance.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

'Nazi Remnants, Fascists': Erdogan Goes Ballistic Amid This Step by Netherlands

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan labeled the Dutch authorities "Nazi remnants" and "fascists" for revoking the landing permission for Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was expected to meet with the Turkish expats in the Netherlands.

UN accuses Turkey of ‘serious’ abuses

The UN on Friday accused Turkish security forces of committing serious abuses during operations against Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey after a cease-fire collapsed in July 2015.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Seoul reviews North Korea policy as President Park Geun-hye removed

South Korea's unification ministry is maintaining "preparedness" and reviewing its North Korea policy after the removal of President Park Geun-hye from office.

Europe faces increased threat of cross border organized crime groups

More than 5,000 Organized Crime Groups (OCGs) operating on an international level are currently under investigation in the European Union (EU), Europol director Rob Wainwright said Thursday at the launch of the organization's Serious and Organized Crime Threat Assessment 2017 (SOCTA).

Thursday, March 9, 2017

ICJ rejects request for revision of Bosnia genocide ruling

The International Court of Justice has rejected a request from Bosnian Muslims for it to revise a decade-old ruling that cleared Serbia of direct blame for genocide during Bosnia's 1990s war, officials said on Thursday.

Bolivia to increase coca plant production

Bolivian President Evo Morales has signed into law a bill that nearly doubles the acres that can be used to grow the coca plant, which has medicinal uses but is also used to create cocaine.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Drugs seized in Athens destined for Middle East, linked to ISIS: Greek authorities

A large quantity of narcotics seized last week during a raid on an illegal lab in Elefsina, 17 km west of here, were destined to countries in the Middle East and with links with ISIS, Greek authorities said on Monday, according to Greek national news agency AMNA.

Monday, March 6, 2017

France’s Hollande warns of rise of anti-EU parties

French President Francois Hollande warned on Monday that far-right parties in France and other European countries constituted a real threat to the future of EU construction.

Ukrainian nationalists honor Nazi collaborator & other ‘fallen heroes’ with torch-lit march (VIDEO)

Far-right activists alongside veterans of the ultranationalist Azov battalion have held a torch-lit march commemorating a Nazi collaborator and late leader of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, as well as contemporary “heroes” who lost their lives in Ukraine's civil war.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

U.S. Soccer bans players' anthem protests

U.S. Soccer's governing body passed a new rule requiring all players to stand during the national anthem after a veteran player on the U.S. Women's National Team joined other athletes' protests by kneeling before a game last summer.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Assisted "death with dignity" divides Dutch political parties

Dutch political parties' difference in opinions on the issue of assisted suicide became clear on Friday in the aftermath of remarks made by D66 party leader Alexander Pechtold on the age limit for those wishing to end their lives.

Friday, March 3, 2017

India to host Dalai Lama in disputed territory, defying China

Indian federal government representatives will meet the Dalai Lama when he visits a sensitive border region controlled by India but claimed by China, officials said, despite a warning from Beijing that it would damage ties.

Egypt court confirms Mubarak's acquittal of killing protesters

An Egyptian top court issued a final verdict on Thursday confirming acquittal of former President Hosni Mubarak of the charges of being responsible for killing protesters who joined the 2011 uprising that ended his three-decade rule, official MENA news agency reported.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

French-Swiss Company Admits to ‘Unacceptable’ Activity in Syria

LafargeHolcim, the Swiss-French cement company, on Thursday admitted “unacceptable” measures were taken to keep its Syrian plant open, following allegations staff had dealt with armed groups during the country’s foreign-sparked war.

Number of homes in Britain with nobody working exceeds 3 mln

The number of households in Britain where working-age people are jobless has fallen, but still exceeds 3.1 million, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Exorcists strip ‘possessed’ woman naked, burn her on bonfire in Nicaragua

An exorcism ritual in the Nicaraguan village of El Cortezal resulted in death after a “possessed” woman was thrown on a bonfire, local media report.

US seeks end to U.N. rights council's "obsession" with Israel

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is reviewing its participation in the U.N. Human Rights Council, seeking reform of its agenda and an end to its "obsession with Israel", a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

Five million of our brothers: It is Turks who will shape Europe's future

Europe's future depends on the Turks who live there, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a large public rally on Thursday.