Category: Europe

Spain saves some 440 migrants; new crackdown on rescue boat

Spain saves some 440 migrants; new crackdown on rescue boat

 Spain’s maritime rescue service said Sunday it rescued more than 400 people from 15 small boats, most of them off the country’s southern coast, while humanitarian groups lamented that the sole private rescue boat operating near the deadly central Mediterranean human trafficking route risked being put out of action by Italy’s anti-migrant leaders. While the Spaniards pulled 447 people to […]

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German government reaches deal to solve spy chief dispute

German government reaches deal to solve spy chief dispute

 Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition reached a deal Sunday to resolve a standoff over the future of the country’s domestic intelligence chief, a dispute that has further dented the image of their fractious six-month-old alliance. The center-left Social Democrats have insisted that Hans-Georg Maassen be removed as head of the BfV spy agency for appearing to downplay […]

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French rescue ship nears yacht of Indian sailor stranded off Australia

French rescue ship nears yacht of Indian sailor stranded off Australia

 A French ship heading to the rescue of an Indian sailor injured in a grueling round-the-world race is expected to reach his storm-damaged yacht off Australia’s west coast on Monday, The sailor, Abhilash Tomy, called for emergency aid on Saturday after the yacht was badly damaged in a storm about 3,500 km (2,175 miles) west of the Australian coast, leaving him […]

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Russian opposition leader Navalny detained upon jail release

Russian opposition leader Navalny detained upon jail release

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained again on Monday for allegedly violating protest laws while he was being released from a 30-day jail stint on the same charge, Navalny, who was detained by police outside his home in Moscow last month, was sentenced to jail for planning an unauthorized demonstration in the Russian capital in January that called for […]

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Support for Australian government edges higher but voter anger remains

Support for Australian government edges higher but voter anger remains

 Support for Australia’s center-right government edged higher over the past fortnight, a widely watched opinion poll showed on Monday, but voter anger over a leadership coup suggests the government still faces a heavy defeat at elections due by May. Liberal-National coalition government trails the main opposition Labor party by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent on a two-party […]

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Brazil court orders Twitter to hand over user data related to Bolsonaro attack

Brazil court orders Twitter to hand over user data related to Bolsonaro attack

A judge on Brazil’s top electoral court on Friday ordered Twitter to hand over data of 16 users who celebrated via tweets the near-fatal assassination attempt two weeks ago of far-right, poll-leading presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Judge Carlos Horbach rejected an appeal from Twitter regarding the request and gave two days for the company to hand over the data, which […]

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Ecuador attempted to give Assange diplomat post in Russia

Ecuador attempted to give Assange diplomat post in Russia

 Ecuador in 2017 gave Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a diplomatic post in Russia but rescinded it after Britain refused to give him diplomatic immunity,  The aborted effort suggests Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno had engaged Moscow to resolve the situation of Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy for six years to avoid arrest by British authorities on […]

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Romanian ruling party leader defeats dissenters who want him out

Romanian ruling party leader defeats dissenters who want him out

 The leader of Romania’s ruling Social Democrats Liviu Dragnea retained control of the party on Friday, defeating dissenters who said his criminal record had made him a liability, but his victory seems likely to heighten political infighting. A past conviction in a vote-rigging case earned him a suspended jail term which prevented him from being prime minister. And he is […]

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Merkel wants to defuse coalition crisis over spymaster this weekend

Merkel wants to defuse coalition crisis over spymaster this weekend

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday the leaders of her coalition parties would try to find a solution this weekend to a row over Germany’s scandal-tainted spymaster, seeking to defuse a problem that has plunged the government into crisis.Spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen had faced accusations of harbouring far-right views after he questioned the authenticity of video footage showing radicals hounding […]

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Russia backs Bosnia’s integrity amid Serb calls for secession

Russia backs Bosnia’s integrity amid Serb calls for secession

 Russia supports the peace accords that ended Bosnia’s war in the 1990s and the country’s territorial integrity, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, dismissing allegations about any negative influence by Russia in the Balkans. Lavrov arrived in Bosnia two weeks before Bosnia’s national election, a visit described by local media as a show of support for Bosnian Serb […]

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