Friday, June 30, 2017

Bundestag passes law to fine social media companies for not deleting hate speech

German lawmakers have approved a controversial law that would impose high fines on social media companies like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube for failing to swiftly delete posts deemed to exhibit hate speech.

France's Macron sees slowdown in approval rating: poll

A poll released Thursday showed that the popularity of President Emmanuel Macron, France's youngest head of state, suffered a slowdown a month after he occupied the Elysee Palace.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Turkish Foreign Ministry condemns Schulz’s remarks on Erdoğan rally in Germany

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on June 29 condemned remarks by Martin Schulz, the leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), over a potential rally by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who will visit the country as a part of the G-20 summit in Hamburg next week.

Chinese Spend 3 Hours a Day on Their Smartphones, Rank 2nd in the World : Survey

Chinese nationals spend an average of three hours a day on their smartphones, ranking second in the world after Brazilians who spend two additional hours on their phones, according to a survey by a German internet company.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

UK activists demand end to Saudi Arabia, UAE arms sales

Campaign groups and legal experts have called on the UK to end arm sales to Saudi Arabia and its allies, warning that continuing to do so may be in violation of international law.

Colombia FARC rebels complete handing over of weapons

The municipality of Mesetas in the department of Meta saw the final act on Tuesday of the disarmament of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), formerly Colombia's largest guerrilla group.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

European Commission fines Google $2.7B in antitrust ruling

The European Commission fined Google Inc. a record $2.7 billion on Tuesday for breaching antitrust rules in favoring its own search services over its competitors.

Appeals court says Dutch partially liable for Srebrenica deaths

A Dutch appeals court has confirmed that the Netherlands was partly liable for the deaths of about 300 Muslims who were expelled from a Dutch UN base after the surrounding area was overrun by Bosnian Serb troops.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Italy arrests female "foreign fighter" suspect

An Italian woman has been arrested on suspicion of being a foreign fighter for the so-called Islamic State (IS) extremist group, local media reported Saturday.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

15 Officers Injured as Mob of 150 People Goes on Rampage in Germany

A mob of about 150 people, some “rather drunk and aggressive young people,” went on a rampage in the city of Magdeburg in Eastern Germany. The crowd threw bottles and stones in “a massive and targeted attack” that injured fifteen officers.

US-led strikes in Syria 'kill 472 civilians in a month'

At least 472 civilians, including 137 children, have been killed during the past month of US-led coalition air raids in Syria, a monitoring group said.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Saudi Arabia & allies demand Qatar close Turkish base, shut Al Jazeera & more within 10 days

The Arab states which have imposed an economic blockade on Qatar over its alleged financing of terrorism have issued a severe list of demands, which includes giving Doha 10 days to cut ties with Iran, shutting down Al Jazeera, closing a Turkish military base and paying a fine.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Putin lays wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in a wreath-laying ceremony on Thursday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow in memory of the country’s defenders who perished in the battles against fascists.

Poland passes law on demolishing Red Army monuments

The lower house of Poland’s parliament, the Sejm, voted on Thursday to introduce amendments to the country’s de-communization law, envisaging the demolition of Soviet-era monuments, including memorials in honor of the Red Army.

ISIS/ISIL blow up Mosul's historical al-Nuri mosque

The extremist Islamic State (IS) militants have blown up Mosul's historical al-Nuri mosque and its leaning minaret, as Iraqi forces are pushing near the Mosque area in the western side of Mosul, the Iraqi military said.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Four on trial in Hungary over murder of 71 refugees

Four men have gone on trial in Hungary charged with murdering 71 refugees found suffocated to death in the back of a lorry at the height of Europe's migrant crisis in 2015.

UN chief asked developed countries to shelter more refugees

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday asked developed countries to provide shelter for more refugees and to share the responsibility with developing countries that are hosting 80 percent of the world refugees.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Building of new West Bank settlement begins

Construction began Tuesday on a West Bank settlement for Israelis to replace one demolished earlier this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced.

Euro MPs urge scrapping Turkey accession talks over Erdogan's sweeping powers

The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs have adopted a resolution urging Brussels to formally suspend EU accession talks with Turkey, if a constitutional change granting President Erdogan sweeping powers goes ahead.

Google vows to step up fight against online extremism

Google has vowed to intensify its fight against online extremism, acknowledging that "more needs to be done." The tech giant pledged to take four additional steps which it believes will help combat terrorist content.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tension persists in West Bank after Jerusalem attacks

Tension persists in West Bank after Jerusalem attacks
The situation remained tense in Israel-occupied West Bank on Saturday, one day after three Palestinians and an Israeli policewoman were killed in attacks in East Jerusalem.

US Citizens Spend $640Mln Annually to Improve Memory

US citizens are spending $643 million per year on dietary supplements to improve their memory, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report.

‘Not in a position to lecture’: Cuba fires back at Trump, says blockade ‘destined to fail’

Havana has blasted US President Donald Trump’s decision Friday to roll back much of Barack Obama’s policy of rapprochement and imposing new restrictions on Cuba using the pretext of human rights concerns, calling it a case of double standards.

Friday, June 16, 2017

North Korea ready to open up to international tourists: ambassador

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) presented its tourist attractions in Madrid on Thursday, at an event organized by the DPRK Embassy in the Spanish capital in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (WTO).

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

US-led coalition admits use of white phosphorus in Mosul amid mounting criticism

A New Zealand general has confirmed that the US-led coalition fighting in Mosul has used munitions loaded with white phosphorus. It comes amid mounting criticism over the use of the multipurpose weapon, which can be extremely dangerous to civilians.

EU launches infringement procedures against Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic over migration

The European Union (EU) on Tuesday decided to launch infringement procedures against Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic over refugee sharing, after the bloc's repeated warning fell on deaf ears.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rome's 5-Star mayor calls to halt migrants' flow into city

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi, a prominent member of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, has asked the government not to send any more asylum seekers to the capital, saying it is already groaning under the strain.

27 arrested for robbing watches from tourists in Barcelona

Twenty-seven thieves were arrested by police on Monday for stealing and robbing luxury watches from tourists in the city of Barcelona, Spain.

Monday, June 12, 2017

EU, UK Citizens' Status First on Brexit Talks Agenda: Brexit Secretary

The status of UK citizens in the European Union and EU citizens in the United Kingdom will be tackled first in Brexit talks, UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis said Monday, confirming that the negotiations are still set for June 19.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Serbia's Idea to Sue NATO for 1999 Bombings 'Viable' : Lawyer

Serbia has formed an international legal team to file charges against NATO for using depleted uranium munitions during the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia.

Erdogan Vows to Stand by 'Qatari Brothers' amid Crisis

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has requested the full removal of a Saudi-led blockade of Qatar after approving the deployment of Turkish troops there, saying Riyadh needed to put brotherhood ahead of animosity.

US white phosphorus attack on Raqqa kills tens of civilians

Tens of civilians were killed on Thursday when the U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syria's northern city of Raqqa with white phosphorus, pro-government Sham FM radio reported.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Catalonia sets date for landmark vote on independence from Spain

The autonomous region of Catalonia will have the decisive referendum on secession from Spain on October 1, the regional government announced on Friday. The move comes after a months-long standoff with Madrid, which decries the vote as illegal.

Japan's Diet enacts law allowing emperor to abdicate

Japan's parliament passed a law Friday allowing Emperor Akihoto to become the first monarch to abdicate the throne in 200 years.

Germany sounds warning on Iraqi Kurds' independence vote

Germany's foreign minister has warned that plans for a referendum on Kurdish independence could worsen tensions in Iraq.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Polish president voices support for referendum on refugees

Poland’s president says he supports holding a referendum asking Poles if they want to accept refugees, but he says the vote should be held only in 2019 if the matter is still a “problem” then.

‘Oldest ever' 300,000yo human fossils unearthed in Morocco

The oldest human fossils ever discovered have been unearthed in Morocco in a finding hailed as a significant step in the research of human ancestry and origins. The fossils are about 100,000 years older than any previously known human remains.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tehran Terrorist Attacks Kill 12

Two terrorist attacks claimed by the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Iran’s capital of Tehran killed 12 people and wounded more than 40 others on Wednesday, medics said.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Chile judge sentences 106 intelligence agents for kidnappings

A judge in Chile sentenced 106 former intelligence agents for their role in the kidnapping and murder of 16 leftist activists during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

UN Security Council agrees to blacklist DPRK individuals, entities

The UN Security Council on Friday agreed to add more individuals and entities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to its sanction list in response to the country's repeated ballistic launches.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Morocco king boycotts West Africa summit to avoid Netanyahu

Morocco's king has cancelled plans to attend a West Africa summit this weekend in Liberia due to the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the foreign ministry has said.

Over Half of French Have Confidence in President Macron

Fifty-seven percent of the French trust recently elected President Emmanuel Macron either completely or mostly, while Prime Minister Edouard enjoys the trust of 49 percent of respondents, a poll showed Thursday.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Trump decides to not move US Embassy to Jerusalem

President Donald Trump decided Thursday to leave the US Embassy to Israel in Tel Aviv and not move it to Jerusalem, going back on a campaign promise, the White House said.

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.