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Belarus protests: Opposition icon Nina Bahinskaya, 73, bundled into van
on 2020-09-26 at 19:52
Nina Bahinskaya was again among dozens of women detained at a rally against Belarus’s president.
Coronavirus: Protesters clash with police at London anti-lockdown demo
on 2020-09-26 at 19:27
Scuffles have broken out between police and people protesting coronavirus restrictions in London. Officers said they ordered the crowd to disperse after demonstrators failed to follow social distancing rules.
Belarus police detain dozens of women at anti-Lukashenko protest
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-26 at 18:09
Hundreds of women calling for the authoritarian president to step down protested in Belarus’ capital on Saturday, continuing the large demonstrations that have rocked the country since early August.
Coronavirus: Madrid at serious risk without tougher rules, minister warns
on 2020-09-26 at 17:56
Spain’s health minister urges more restrictions in Madrid, stoking a political row as cases spike.
Road World Championships: Anna van der Breggen wins women’s road race for rare double
on 2020-09-26 at 15:39
Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen becomes a double world champion by winning the women’s road race at the Road World Championships.
Charlie Hebdo: Suspect in Paris knife attack confesses
on 2020-09-26 at 15:23
The suspected assailant told French police he wanted to target Charlie Hebdo to avenge the publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoons. Two people were wounded in the knife attack, and seven suspects are in custody.
Charlie Hebdo: Stabbings suspect ‘was trying to target magazine’
on 2020-09-26 at 15:13
Two people were seriously injured in the attack near the Paris ex-offices of the satirical magazine.
Opinion: EU migration pact has already failed
on 2020-09-26 at 14:31
A group of eastern EU leaders has rejected the EU Commission’s new migration policy proposals. The carefully constructed plans to deal with asylum-seekers have collapsed before even being built, says Bernd Riegert.
New camp for refugees in Greece ‘worse than Moria’
on 2020-09-26 at 11:56
As EU member states attempt to agree on a new migration pact, refugees in Lesbos have been moved to a new site that they say is abysmal. From Lesbos, Marianna Karakoulaki reports on conditions at the camp.
Ukraine military plane crash: Cadets among 26 people killed
on 2020-09-26 at 10:59
The aircraft, carrying air force cadets, was on a training flight when it came down near Kharkiv.
The Russian oligarchs of the FinCEN Files
on 2020-09-26 at 10:39
Names of powerful Russians often feature in revelations about secret payments. The FinCEN Files are no exception — some of them are President Vladimir Putin’s closest friends.
Coronavirus deaths could reach 2 million, WHO warns
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-26 at 05:46
The global death toll from COVID-19 could double to 2 million before a successful vaccine is widely used and could be even higher without concerted action to curb the pandemic, an official at the World Health Organization said on Friday.
Russia accuses Germany of obstructing probe in Navalny case
on 2020-09-26 at 00:47
Russia has claimed that Germany is obstructing a probe into the case of poisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The 44-year-old lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner continues to recover in Berlin.
Military plane carrying 27 crashes in Ukraine, killing most on board
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-26 at 00:28
A military transport plane carrying air force cadets crashed and burst into flames near a highway in northeastern Ukraine on Friday evening, killing at least 22 people on board, officials said.
Rimbaud and Verlaine: France agonises over digging up gay poets
on 2020-09-26 at 00:22
There is mounting pressure to have two of France’s best-loved poets reinterred in the Paris Pantheon.
Barga: How Italy’s most Scottish town coped without its annual ‘invasion’
on 2020-09-25 at 23:44
The population of Barga in Tuscany is usually swelled by visits from Scottish Italians every summer.
Brexit: EU’s Charles Michel lashes out at UK over withdrawal treaty
on 2020-09-25 at 23:35
The EU has said respect for international law is "not optional," referring to UK threats to renege on parts of the withdrawal agreement. The UK has recognized it would be breaking international law by altering the deal.
Coronavirus: ‘Avoid all but necessary travel across NI-Donegal border’
on 2020-09-25 at 22:34
The chief medical officers met to discuss the rise in coronavirus cases in Donegal and the north west.
Military plane crashes in Ukraine, several dead
on 2020-09-25 at 21:08
A Ukrainian military plane carrying aviation school students burst into flames after crashing, killing 26 people on board. The cause of the crash is not yet known.
Cardinal Becciu: Vatican official forced out in rare resignation
on 2020-09-25 at 20:47
Cardinal Becciu managed a controversial deal to buy a luxury London property with church funds.
Paris: Knife attack near former Charlie Hebdo office ‘clearly’ act of terrorism
on 2020-09-25 at 19:19
The French interior minister said the attack wounding two people was "clearly an act of Islamist terrorism." It coincided with the start of a trial for the alleged accomplices in a 2015 attack on the magazine’s offices.
Top Vatican official denies fraud allegations, accuses Pope of firing him
on 2020-09-25 at 18:15
Cardinal Angelo Becciu has hit back at Pope Francis, after the Holy See announced his resignation on Thursday. The now-former head of the Vatican’s saint-making body says the pontiff pushed him out over fraud claims.
EU has ‘last chance’ to stave off Covid-19 second wave, Health Commissioner says
by Catherine NICHOLSON on 2020-09-25 at 18:06
“We’re all in this together” says the European Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides. This as she calls on EU member states to take “immediate measures” to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to avoid new full lockdowns.
Serbian pilots killed in MiG-21 crash near Bosnia
on 2020-09-25 at 16:44
A Serbian MiG-21 crashed into a village near the Bosnian border, with both pilots losing their lives and at least one local resident injured. The outdated Soviet-era jets are normally used for combat training.
Norwegian court approves French request to extradite 1982 Paris attack suspect
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-25 at 15:52
A Norwegian court on Friday approved an extradition request from France for a suspect linked to an attack in a Jewish neighbourhood in Paris in 1982.
Covid-19: New scientific model can predict virus peaks of contamination in Europe
by Sébastian SEIBT on 2020-09-25 at 15:26
A team of researchers has revealed a pioneering model that aims to predict the rate of propagation of Covid-19 in each country in Europe.
EU takes action against fake news
on 2020-09-25 at 15:13
A special committee of the European Parliament is set to detect and combat foreign cyberattacks. The EU has confirmed that targeted disinformation campaigns are on the rise — partly relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
European Commission to challenge Apple tax bill verdict
on 2020-09-25 at 13:53
EU court ruling that the tech giant does not have to pay hefty back taxes to Ireland goes back to court.
How the EU can stop Poland’s ‘LGBT-free zones’
on 2020-09-25 at 11:30
More than 100 Polish regions have declared themselves "LGBT-ideology-free zones." Pressure is mounting for European lawmakers to take concrete action — but will that make any difference for those facing discrimination?
French police detain main suspect in ‘symbolic’ attack outside Charlie Hebdo’s former office
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-09-25 at 10:53
French prosecutors have opened a terrorism investigation after two people were wounded in a knife attack in Paris on Friday near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The suspected perpetrator, as well as six other men, have been taken into custody.
Turkey issues 82 warrants over 2014 pro-Kurdish riots
on 2020-09-25 at 09:44
At least 18 of the suspects have already been detained, Anadolu Agency reported. It was not immediately clear why the warrants were issued six years after the demonstrations.
‘Elegance and finesse’: Eiffel Tower wine cellar bears fruit as merlot debuts
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-09-25 at 09:09
In 2017, winemakers Domaine de la Bouche du roi decided to plant a vineyard in the Paris suburb of Versailles. The wine project is now starting to bear fruit, helped along by a partnership with the most iconic Parisian brand of all: The Eiffel Tower.
Vatican cardinal embroiled in real estate scandal resigns unexpectedly
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-25 at 00:49
A powerful Vatican cardinal caught up in a real estate scandal resigned suddenly on Thursday and gave up his right to take part in an eventual conclave to elect a pope, in one of the most mysterious episodes to hit the Holy See in years.
The German medical students who want to learn about abortion
on 2020-09-24 at 23:07
Lack of training is restricting access to abortion in Germany, but students are trying to change that.
Coronavirus: Are the lockdown restrictions too strict?
on 2020-09-24 at 23:03
Some people, including scientists, believe the hard lockdown measures can be confusing.
Coronavirus: Helsinki airport trials sniffer dogs as Covid-19 detectors
on 2020-09-24 at 21:12
A team of 15 specially trained sniffer dogs has started work at Finland’s biggest airport.
Kremlin critic Navalny’s apartment seized while he was in coma, aide says
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-24 at 19:55
Russian authorities seized Alexei Navalny’s Moscow apartment while the opposition leader was still in a coma, Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said Thursday and linked the move to a tycoon with ties to the Kremlin.
Austria bans ‘apres-ski’ parties due to coronavirus fears
on 2020-09-24 at 19:51
Ski enthusiasts visiting Austria’s resorts would need to forego the so-called "apres-ski" parties, said Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. The country is still dealing with the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak in Ischgl.
Germany far right: Intelligence chief forced out amid criticism
on 2020-09-24 at 18:37
Christof Gramm has faced criticism for his efforts to tackle links between the army and extremism.
Belarusians are taking their children to anti-Lukashenko protests
on 2020-09-24 at 18:35
Authorities are warning parents in Belarus that they could lose custody of their children if they take them to anti-regime protests. But not everyone is deterred by this warning.
How to live with it? Europe scrambles to avoid second Covid lockdown
by François PICARD on 2020-09-24 at 18:05
Avoid hospitals from being overrun again. Avoid a second lockdown at all costs. France but also Spain, the UK and others are all asking one simple question: how to live with Covid-19? In two weeks, the number of French Covid patients in hospital has doubled. So why are citizens in some of the hardest hit areas like Marseille so angry at new restrictions that include the shutting of bars, restaurants and gyms?
Alexei Navalny has ‘bank accounts frozen and flat seized’
on 2020-09-24 at 16:46
Russia’s key opposition figure, recovering from a poisoning, has had his assets frozen, his team says.
UK set to sanction Belarus officials over ‘rigged’ election
on 2020-09-24 at 16:40
Officials who "rigged" Belarus’ election and launched a crackdown on anti-government protesters are to be sanctioned by the British government. The US and Canada are working together with London on the measures.
Italy lets migrant ship dock in Sardinia, no immediate disembarkment in sight
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-09-24 at 16:17
Italy on Thursday allowed a rescue ship with 125 migrants aboard to dock in Sardinia to escape rough seas and said the migrants could eventually disembark in Italy before being sent to other European countries.
Russian bailiffs move on Navalny’s flat, assets — spokeswoman
on 2020-09-24 at 15:59
Russian authorities imposed an "arrest order" on Alexei Navalny’s Moscow apartment and froze his bank accounts while the opposition leader was in a coma, his spokeswoman said. The move is linked with a 2019 court order.
EU warns of worrying rise in Covid-19 death tolls in seven countries
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-24 at 14:38
Seven EU countries are of “high concern” because of rising virus death rates, with worrying trends in several other countries, the EU’s disease control agency warned on Thursday.
EU migration policy: Eastern European leaders get tough on new plans
on 2020-09-24 at 14:16
Hungary’s Viktor Orban, Poland’s Mateusz Morawiecki and the Czech Republic’s Andrej Babis shot down the EU’s planned migration reform ahead of scheduled talks. The Visegrad group rejects asylum-seeker quotas.
Maya Gabeira: The extreme surfer who went back to tame a monstrous wave
on 2020-09-24 at 13:57
Record-breaking surfer Maya Gabeira on why she “wasn’t ready to give up” after almost drowning.
Alexei Navalny will return to Russia, allies say
on 2020-09-24 at 12:00
The German NGO that organized Alexei Navalny’s evacuation from Siberia to Berlin says the Russian dissident is determined to return to his home country — but that it’ll be at least another month before he’s fit to do so.
Madrid rushes to complete pandemic hospital as Covid-19 second wave takes hold
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-09-24 at 11:28
Madrid has requested urgent help to hire hundreds of foreign doctors to reinforce hospitals in the Spanish capital and police to enforce quarantines and issue fines, as the coronavirus pandemic’s second wave hits the city hard. Madrid accounts for more than a quarter of new Covid-19 cases in Spain, where the number of daily deaths and infections is now at levels not seen since May.
Belarus: Video shows protester’s ‘taxi escape’ from police
on 2020-09-24 at 11:19
Demonstrations have continued in Belarus since the president declared victory in last month’s election.
Dutch celebs face backlash over Covid rebellion
on 2020-09-24 at 11:04
Young stars have been criticised after announcing they were abandoning efforts to combat the virus.
EU refuses to acknowledge Lukashenko as Belarus’s president
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-24 at 07:32
The European Union refuses to recognise Alexander Lukashenko as Belarus president after his inauguration that lacked “democratic legitimacy” and Brussels is reviewing its relations with Minsk, the EU’s diplomatic chief said Thursday.
Brexit: Seven things changing in January and others that remain unresolved
on 2020-09-23 at 23:12
The UK’s future relationship with the EU remains uncertain – but some things will be different in 2021.
Alexei Navalny: How his team found Novichok bottle evidence in Tomsk
on 2020-09-23 at 23:01
Russia’s top opposition figure has left hospital but it was his colleagues who gathered the evidence.
Juliette Gréco: Doyenne of French singers dies at 93
on 2020-09-23 at 18:52
Her career spanned eight decades and she charmed audiences in France and beyond.
Siberia climate change: Behind the scenes reporting from Yakutia
on 2020-09-22 at 23:01
A glimpse behind the scenes of the challenges in reporting from the remote Yakutia region of Siberia.
Israeli settlers’ Chelsea boss backer
on 2020-09-21 at 16:42
An investigation by BBC News Arabic has found that Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich, controls companies that have donated $100m to an Israeli settler organisation.
Cyclone Ianos: Drone shows ‘medicane’ damage in Greece
on 2020-09-19 at 18:26
The hurricane-like storm swept across Greece trapping hundreds of people.
Belarus protests: Women try to unmask those detaining protesters
on 2020-09-17 at 23:30
Women want to hold to account the masked people picking protesters off the street in Belarus.