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French architect Jean Nouvel sues Paris’s Philharmonie concert hall
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-10-21 at 08:11
Top architect Jean Nouvel is suing one of his former clients, the Philharmonie concert hall in Paris, in a dispute over the cost of building the venue, which opened in 2015.
Spain set to exhume ex-dictator Franco’s remains
on 2019-10-21 at 08:10
Following a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court last month, Spain has set a date to remove the remains of former far-right authoritarian dictator Francisco Franco from a state mausoleum.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, says friends told her not to marry Prince Harry
on 2019-10-21 at 08:08
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex speak to ITV about the pressure of living in the media’s spotlight.
Johnson to push again for Brexit deal vote
on 2019-10-21 at 07:57
The PM wants “a straight up-and-down vote” as the Commons returns after its rare Saturday sitting.
Pound slips in early trading after delay on Brexit vote
on 2019-10-21 at 07:03
The pound eases in Asia trading but could see a stronger move when parliament votes on the Brexit deal.
Russian hackers cloak attacks using Iranian group
on 2019-10-21 at 04:00
Russian hackers used access to a rival group in Iran to hide attacks, say intelligence agencies.
Romania forest murder as battle over logging turns violent
on 2019-10-20 at 23:55
Liviu Pop died last week, the second forest ranger killed in the past month.
Franco exhumation: Why is Spain moving dictator’s remains?
on 2019-10-20 at 23:51
Franco’s burial site has long been the subject of debate. Here’s why the saga could end this week.
Greens surge in Swiss elections as voters’ climate concerns grow
on 2019-10-20 at 23:18
Switzerland’s Green opposition parties have made historic gains, while the anti-immigration People’s Party saw a drop in support. But political tradition might keep the Greens out of the cabinet.
Top fund manager forced to resign after BBC investigation
on 2019-10-20 at 23:02
Mark Denning, who managed billions of dollars of investors’ money, broke investment rules, the BBC finds.
Spain’s Sanchez under pressure over Catalan protests amid unionist rally
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-10-20 at 17:54
Ahead of next month’s general election, Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez faced sharp criticism Sunday for his handling of violent Catalan separatist protests even as calm returned to Barcelona and other cities.
Swiss election: Green parties ‘make historic gains’
on 2019-10-20 at 17:15
Greens make major election gains as the anti-immigration SVP suffers a setback, projections show.
Madrid taken over by hundreds of sheep for annual festival
on 2019-10-20 at 14:59
More than 2,000 animals parade through the Spanish capital for a traditional festival.
Russia arrests 3 over gold mine dam collapse
on 2019-10-20 at 14:55
After a dam burst triggered a deadly flood in a Siberian gold mine, Russian authorities detained the head of the small mining company and two other people. The firm allegedly built several dams without authorization.
Italy: Thousands evacuated for World War II bomb disposal
on 2019-10-20 at 14:18
Experts in the northern city of Bolzano were able to remove the bomb and carry out a controlled explosion. The incident forced 4,000 people to leave their homes and shut down part of one of Europe’s key highways.
Wales into last four with thrilling win over France
on 2019-10-20 at 12:48
A dramatic late Ross Moriarty try books Wales a World Cup semi-final place as Warren Gatland’s side come from behind to beat France 20-19.
Europe’s papers weigh prospects for Brexit deal
on 2019-10-20 at 11:35
Papers agree: ‘Just when you think it cannot get any crazier…’
Northern Ireland faces decriminalization of abortion
on 2019-10-20 at 11:27
The UK region’s strict abortion law is set to change after politicians in London stepped in to legislate to end decades of discrimination against British and Irish women there. The legislation dates back to 1861.
Strikes at Lufthansa subsidiary airlines cause cancellations
on 2019-10-20 at 08:13
Flight attendants working for smaller divisions of airline group Lufthansa are striking over pay and pensions. The UFO union’s extended strike has led to cancellations at airports in Germany.
Swiss elections: What you need to know
on 2019-10-20 at 06:03
With climate crisis concerns high in the minds of Swiss voters, upcoming federal elections could see a shift to the left in a parliament that has been dominated by right-wing populists. DW breaks down what’s at stake.
Spain rejects talks with Catalan separatists after days of unrest
on 2019-10-19 at 23:39
Madrid is taking a tough stance against protests triggered by the jailing of Catalan separatist leaders. Police expect the often violent protests to continue.
UK PM Johnson sends conflicting messages to EU on Brexit delay request
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-10-19 at 22:30
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union on Saturday requesting a delay to Brexit but he also sent another message in which he stated he did not want the extension, a government source said.
UK sends letters to EU for, and against, Brexit extension
on 2019-10-19 at 21:33
Johnson sent a trio of letters to the EU: one unsigned, requesting a Brexit extension, a copy of the law requiring him to request an extension and one arguing against an extension. The EU is now considering his request.
Boris Johnson ‘to send Brexit delay request’ after setback in UK parliament
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-10-19 at 20:14
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the president of the European Council Donald Tusk on Saturday that he would send him a letter within the day to ask for a delay to Brexit.
Italy’s far-right leader Salvini pledges return to power at Rome rally
on 2019-10-19 at 19:25
A massive right-wing protest in Rome saw the leader of the League party, Matteo Salvini, say he would "soon" return to power. Ex-PM Berlusconi slammed the current government as "the most leftist" in Italy’s history.
Croatians protest over release of teen’s alleged rapists
on 2019-10-19 at 19:20
The protests, held in cities across Croatia, were against the release of five men accused of rape.
Russia, Serbia show strong relations with Medvedev’s visit
on 2019-10-19 at 16:40
While Brussels is reluctant to draw western Balkan countries closer to the EU, the Kremlin is taking action to foster relations in the region, particularly with its longtime ally Serbia.
Catalan leaders call for Madrid talks after violent clashes
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-10-19 at 16:21
Separatist Catalan leaders on Saturday called on the Spanish government to enter into talks as Barcelona braced for fresh violence after days of clashes between police and protesters.
Brexit: ‘Final say’ rally draws thousands to central London
on 2019-10-19 at 15:25
As UK lawmakers passed an amendment delaying a key Brexit vote, pro-EU protesters marched through London demanding a second referendum. Organizers say the revised divorce plan must be put back to the British electorate.
British MPs decide to postpone crucial Brexit vote
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-10-19 at 14:14
In a major blow to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.K. lawmakers voted Saturday to postpone a decision on whether to back his Brexit deal with the European Union, throwing a wrench into government plans to leave the bloc at the end of this month.
British MPs approve delay to Brexit deal decision
on 2019-10-19 at 13:50
The vote on the Brexit deal has been postponed as the UK Parliament effectively forced PM Boris Johnson to request yet another extension from the EU. Johnson is expected to write to EU’s Donald Tusk within hours.
Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal mostly ‘cut and pasted’ from May’s
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-10-19 at 13:07
Prime Minister Boris Johnson still faces an uphill battle getting his Brexit deal approved by the UK parliament. But except for replacing the contentious “backstop” with proposals to ensure an open border in Ireland, his agreement is similar to that of his predecessor – which was rejected by legislators three times.
North Macedonia calls snap election after EU talks setback
on 2019-10-19 at 12:37
France led opposition to opening membership talks with North Macedonia in what many called a mistake.
North Macedonia: Prime minister calls for snap elections
on 2019-10-19 at 11:44
North Macedonia’s prime minister wants new elections after the EU passed on beginning membership talks. Now, the citizens should decide what’s next for the Balkan state, he says.
Several missing after deadly dam collapse at Russian gold mine
on 2019-10-19 at 10:04
Several cabins at the mine flooded when a dam burst, leaving at least 15 people dead and about a dozen missing. Weak safety rules and Soviet-era infrastructure are being blamed for the tragedy.
Violence rocks Barcelona for a fifth day after half a million separatists rally
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-10-19 at 06:50
Violent clashes escalated in Barcelona late Friday, as radical Catalan separatists hurled rocks and fireworks at police, who responded with teargas and rubber bullets, turning the city centre into a chaotic battleground.
British MPs delay crucial vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-10-19 at 06:15
British MPs gathered for an extraordinary session of parliament on Saturday to vote on the Brexit deal Prime Minister Boris Johnson made with the EU have delayed their decision on the agreement until next week.
European leaders step in to block Facebook’s digital currency
on 2019-10-19 at 00:35
Facebook’s Libra, billed as an alternative to traditional banking, has sparked concerns from central bankers and regulators around the world. The currency has been criticized as a threat to sovereignty and stability.
Barcelona rocked by violence as Catalan protesters clash with police
on 2019-10-19 at 00:11
Masked protesters barricaded streets and set bins on fire in the heart of Barcelona and police responded with tear gas and foam bullets. The clashes came after hundreds of thousands peacefully demonstrated in the region.
Being a swing in The Lion King
on 2019-10-18 at 23:40
Swing Debôrah Godchaser takes us behind the scenes as the show celebrates 20 years in London’s West End.
Swiss election: Why melting Alps could create a green wave
on 2019-10-18 at 23:30
Greens are hoping to come second in Sunday’s Swiss elections, eyeing a climate change opportunity.
Exarchia: How Airbnb angered Greek anarchists
on 2019-10-18 at 23:21
Home rentals site Airbnb sparked a heated debate about sustainable tourism in an Athens district known for its radical politics.
Catalonia protests: Marches and general strike paralyse Barcelona
on 2019-10-18 at 21:15
The Supreme Court decision to jail nine separatist leaders has enraged separatists in Catalonia.
Catalan protesters: ‘We want to make a point’
on 2019-10-18 at 19:08
Barcelona came to a standstill on Friday as thousands of Catalans converged on the city after a three-day march. Despite disruptions to transport and business, the protest remained peaceful. Mercedes Iniguez reports.
Organic farming ‘supersized’: An imperfect solution for the planet?
by Mairead DUNDAS on 2019-10-18 at 16:26
This week Down to Earth is in southern Spain, amidst the world’s largest greenhouse complex. In just a few years, Spain has become the undisputed leader of organic farming in Europe. But is intensive organic farming a real solution for the planet? We find out more.
EU sets out plans for budget, climate
on 2019-10-18 at 16:00
After agreeing on the terms of a new Brexit deal, EU leaders have turned their focus to other pressing issues, including climate change and the bloc’s next budget. The talks are expected to be highly divisive.
Suspect package at Whitehall in London: Police clear area
on 2019-10-18 at 15:11
London police say they have removed a suspicious package from the Whitehall area of the English capital. A road near Parliament was closed while the mysterious object was removed.
Huge rallies in Barcelona as Catalan separatists call for leaders’ release
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-10-18 at 14:25
Over half a million demonstrators waving pro-independence flags poured into Barcelona on Friday, the fifth day of sometimes violent protests over the jailing of Catalan separatist leaders.
Brits in France: Forgotten by Brexit?
by Taise PARENTE on 2019-10-18 at 11:59
There’s an estimated three hundred thousand of them, from workers to pensioners, students and unemployed people: British citizens living in France. All have one thing in common: uncertainty about how their lives could be about to change due to Brexit. FRANCE 24 has been to meet three of them.
Former Catalan separatist leader Puigdemont hands himself in to Belgian authorities
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-10-18 at 09:19
Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has handed himself over to justice authorities in Belgium, where he had been living since 2017, but avoided arrest after testifying. His move comes after Spain issued a new warrant for his arrest following the sentencing of his former colleagues.
US imposes record $7.5 billion tariffs on EU goods, targeting wine and Airbus
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-10-18 at 05:14
The United States imposed tariffs on a record $7.5 billion worth of European Union goods on Friday, despite threats of retaliation, with Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies among the high-profile targets.
Catalan separatists clash with Barcelona police ahead of general strike
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-10-18 at 03:32
Catalan separatists burned barricades and clashed with police in Barcelona on Thursday in a fourth night of violence triggered by Spain’s jailing of nine of their leaders over a failed independence bid.
Catalan protests: Why is Barcelona burning?
on 2019-10-18 at 01:50
Catalonia is set for a general strike on Friday, over the jailing of pro-independence leaders.
Ghost nets: Tackling a silent killer of the seas
on 2019-10-17 at 23:10
Ghost nets kill huge numbers of marine animals every year, but new tech might help prevent that.
Why a brainless yellow ‘blob’ that can learn is mystifying scientists
on 2019-10-17 at 15:50
A yellow organism, which looks like fungus but acts like an animal, has gone on display at a Paris zoo.
Turkey is not afraid of US sanctions threat, says FM
on 2019-10-17 at 11:47
National security was a greater priority than the threat of US sanctions, says foreign minister.
Why scientists are ‘listening’ to the Matterhorn
on 2019-10-16 at 07:00
Sparked by an unexpected rockfall, researchers placed sensors on the mountain to monitor the site.
Russia spy case: Is Paul Whelan a hostage of Russia or a spy?
on 2019-10-15 at 23:11
The British family of a man accused of spying in Moscow has called on the UK government to do more to secure his release.