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Albania earthquake: Arrests over deaths in collapsed buildings
on 2019-12-14 at 23:45
Nine people are arrested on suspicion of murder and abuse of power after last month’s deadly tremor.
France: Winds, flooding leave thousands of homes without power
on 2019-12-14 at 21:42
Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes due to strong wind and flooding in France, with at least one man losing his life. The authorities were working to restore electricity to tens of thousands of homes.
Scotland’s campaign for a new independence referendum begins
by Sophie GORMAN on 2019-12-14 at 18:20
Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish National Party (SNP) will start their campaign next week for a second independence referendum – whether Westminster likes it or not. The SNP will be hoping the economic consequences of Brexit will fuel the movement for independence.
Romania’s Klaus Iohannis wins 2020 Charlemagne Prize
on 2019-12-14 at 17:06
Klaus Iohannis is being recognized as "an outstanding champion of European values." The judges described him as an important "bridge-builder" between Europe’s east and west at a divisive time for the continent.
‘Sardines’ stage biggest anti-Salvini rally yet in Rome
on 2019-12-14 at 16:21
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Rome for a rally organized by the "Sardines." The movement denounces Italy’s far-right leader Matteo Salvini and his anti-immigration policies.
In England’s north, UK’s Johnson visits ex-Labour strongholds that voted Tory
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-14 at 16:03
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Saturday to repay the trust of voters in the working-class heartland of northern England who rejected the Labour Party and helped give him an 80-seat majority in this week’s election.
Matteo Salvini: ‘Sardines’ pack in for Rome protest
on 2019-12-14 at 14:49
Tens of thousands rally against the right-wing League party of Matteo Salvini, using sardines as their symbol.
Italy’s ‘Sardines’ to bring protest movement against far right to Rome
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-14 at 14:08
Tens of thousands of members of Italy’s youth-driven Sardine Movement are due to rally in Rome on Saturday, in their bid to further shake up the country’s politics and battle xenophobia.
UK PM to visit north after election gains
on 2019-12-14 at 13:46
Boris Johnson visits Sedgefield in north-east England, which has returned its first Conservative MP for 84 years, following the party’s general election victory.
Swedish town to integrate refugees by housing them with pensioners
on 2019-12-14 at 08:54
The first residents have moved into a new housing scheme that mixes seniors, young people and foreigners who came to Sweden as unaccompanied minors seeking asylum. They are required to socialize with each other.
Austria’s far-right party expels former leader over scandal
on 2019-12-14 at 08:37
The far-right Freedom Party has removed former party leader Heinz-Christian Strache from its ranks. The former vice chancellor already has a political comeback in the works despite the lingering "Ibiza" scandal.
Germany: Police presence on migrant deportation flights nearly doubles
on 2019-12-14 at 07:50
The number of police officers escorting deported migrants from Germany has risen sharply over the past four years. Security staff are feeling the strain over safety concerns and distant destinations.
Victorious Johnson pledges to heal Brexit divisions
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-12-14 at 06:13
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Britons to put years of bitter divisions over the country’s EU membership behind them as he vowed to use his resounding election victory to finally deliver Brexit next month.
UNESCO removes Belgian carnival from heritage list due to anti-Semitic float
on 2019-12-14 at 00:56
The UN’s cultural agency has removed a much-criticized carnival celebration in Belgium’s Aalst from a world heritage list. The party featured a float with caricatures of Orthodox Jews with hooked noses on bags of money.
Vladimir Putin: 20 years in 20 photos
on 2019-12-14 at 00:38
We look at 20 photographs of the former KGB agent, who became Russia’s president in 1999.
John Lennon’s sunglasses sell at auction for almost $200,000
on 2019-12-13 at 23:23
London auctioneers Sotheby’s described the spectacles as "the most iconic in rock and roll history." Other Beatles-related items have also been sold, including a hippy necklace with cowbells worn by George Harrison.
Opinion: Germany’s climate policy doesn’t suit the EU
on 2019-12-13 at 22:35
They all agree, but they won’t all agree to participate. The hypocritical deal on climate neutrality by 2050 reached at the EU summit demonstrates how isolated Germany is on this issue, says DW’s Christoph Hasselbach.
Anti-Boris Johnson protesters clash with police
on 2019-12-13 at 22:21
Several hundred people protesting against the UK election result have marched through central London. The crowd scuffled with police and chanted for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to quit.
UN climate talks near end as countries divided on emissions, funding
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-12-13 at 21:51
The COP 25 UN climate summit in Madrid was facing failure Saturday after all-night negotiations between countries left them more divided than ever over how to fight global warming and pay for its ravages.
Francesca Schiavone reveals she has overcome cancer
on 2019-12-13 at 20:10
Francesca Schiavone, the former French Open champion, reveals she has fought a successful battle with cancer.
Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon presses for independence vote
on 2019-12-13 at 19:01
Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has promised to put wheels into motion for a fresh referendum on independence from the UK. Her call for a transfer of powers was swiftly dismissed by Downing Street.
Finnish minister sorry for Instagram poll on IS women
on 2019-12-13 at 17:34
Finnish Finance Minister Katri Kulmuni deletes her poll on repatriating IS-linked women and children.
The rise of Boris Johnson: from bumbling journalist to landslide election winner
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-12-13 at 17:04
Boris Johnson’s many critics have often dismissed him as a political clown – but he’s having the last laugh now. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at his rise to the top.
Russia: Six Jehovah’s Witnesses given prison sentences
on 2019-12-13 at 16:21
One man became the second Jehovah’s Witness to receive a six year prison sentence in Russia in the last two months. Moscow has outlawed the fringe Christian group, saying they are dangerous extremists.
My Europe: For nationalists, NGOs have become the new enemy
on 2019-12-13 at 15:48
Across Eastern Europe, NGOs are accused of undermining national unity for international interests. It seems that some politicians don’t want citizens to get organized, the cultural anthropologist Ivaylo Ditchev writes.
Turkey summons US ambassador over resolution on Armenia genocide
on 2019-12-13 at 14:13
The US ambassador to Turkey has been summoned over a US Senate resolution calling the killing of Armenians during WWI a "genocide." Turkey has warned that the resolution would negatively impact relations with the US.
EU leader Michel wants close co-operation with UK
on 2019-12-13 at 12:18
EU Council President Charles Michel says Brexit negotiations should aim for close co-operation with the UK.
What happens with Brexit after Boris Johnson’s victory?
on 2019-12-13 at 12:11
Boris Johnson will command an absolute majority in the House of Commons, giving him the votes to push through his Brexit divorce deal. But this is just a first step, and the UK might still crash out of the EU.
Jürgen Klopp extends Liverpool contract until 2024
on 2019-12-13 at 11:47
German coach Jürgen Klopp has led Liverpool to Champions League glory. With his team eight points clear at the top of the Premier League, he has now put pen to paper on a new deal.
EU carbon neutrality: Leaders agree 2050 target without Poland
on 2019-12-13 at 09:42
The bloc sets a target for carbon neutrality but Poland, which relies heavily on coal, is exempted.
UK election: Boris Johnson’s Conservatives secure landslide victory
on 2019-12-13 at 08:56
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party secured a comfortable majority — meaning fewer hurdles for the UK leader to fulfill his mantra of "get Brexit done."
Spain in drive to get women into special forces
on 2019-12-13 at 08:47
More women are needed to help combat terrorism and insurgents, Spain’s defence minister says.
Who won the UK general election – and what now?
on 2019-12-13 at 08:39
Britain’s third election since 2015 was billed as one of the most unpredictable in decades.
General election 2019: The story of the night
on 2019-12-13 at 06:41
Key moments as the Conservatives win a clear majority in Parliament.
Opinion: Boris wins, but the UK loses
on 2019-12-13 at 06:24
We’re quick to bandy about words like momentous, stunning and historic. But this is such a moment. The outcome of the election will define UK politics for years to come. Is it headed for meltdown, asks Rob Mudge.
UK election: EU leaders focus on Brexit after Johnson win
on 2019-12-13 at 05:42
EU officials are welcoming the "clarity" provided by Boris Johnson’s decisive victory in Britain’s election. The bloc’s leaders now have the tough task of negotiating a trade deal with the UK after Brexit.
Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party win absolute majority in UK election
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-13 at 05:32
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that voters had given his government a “powerful new mandate” to take Britain out of the EU next month, as he headed for victory in a landmark election.
After crushing defeat, UK’s Corbyn says he will not lead Labour at next election
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-13 at 04:33
Jeremy Corbyn on Friday said he would not lead Britain’s main opposition Labour party at the next general election, after predictions of a crushing defeat at nationwide polls.
EU leaders agree to 2050 carbon neutrality deal without Poland
on 2019-12-13 at 02:00
EU leaders have backed plans to slash the bloc’s carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 — with the exception of coal-reliant Poland. The target is part of a plan to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent.
EU agrees on carbon neutrality by 2050, Poland exempt
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-13 at 00:30
European Union leaders agreed on Friday to a 2050 climate neutrality target for the bloc, after hours of haggling with Eastern European states demanding funds to support a transition away from fossil fuels and a role for nuclear power.
EU leaders extend Russia sanctions for six months over 2014 annex of Crimea
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-13 at 00:17
European Union leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday agreed to extend their main economic sanctions against Russia for six months to the end of July 2020, four diplomatic sources told Reuters.
Las Tesis feminist protest song of Chile goes global
on 2019-12-13 at 00:05
The song “The rapist is you” was created by the Chilean feminist collective Las Tesis.
Making art from rubbish
on 2019-12-13 at 00:01
Andriy Pilat makes art from discarded plastic rubbish in the Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi.
As it happened: UK’s Johnson vows to ‘get Brexit done’ after crushing election victory
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-12-12 at 15:13
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that voters had given his government a “powerful new mandate” to take Britain out of the EU next month as he secured a crushing victory in a landmark election, before calling for “closure and healing” over Brexit.
UK voters head to polls for ‘Brexit general election’
by Hervé AMORIC on 2019-12-12 at 15:00
British voters are casting ballots in what is widely known as the Brexit general election. Conservative leader Boris Johnson needs a majority of seats in the House of Commons to be able to implement his EU divorce deal and have the UK exit the bloc by January 31. Meanwhile, pro-Europeans are urging people to vote tactically to keep the Conservatives from winning a majority. FRANCE 24’s Hervé Amoric and Enda O’Looney report from Beaconsfield, some 40 kilometres northwest of London, where former Conservative cabinet minister Dominic Grieve is standing as an independent candidate.
Lagarde to make first monetary policy announcements as ECB head
by NEWS WIRES on 2019-12-12 at 03:42
New European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde makes her first monetary policy announcements Thursday, with observers hunting for clues to her leadership style and the bank’s response to stuttering eurozone growth.
How millennials are changing the perfume business
on 2019-12-12 at 00:04
Perfumers describe how they’re adapting to calls for sustainable contents and gender-neutral smells.
A ‘game changer’ for cardboard box waste?
on 2019-12-12 at 00:02
A factory in France is trialling a more efficient way of packaging orders, Emma Simpson reports.
Brexit in the balance: A look at possible outcomes of the UK vote
by FRANCE 24 on 2019-12-11 at 20:20
A national election in Britain on Thursday will bring a new Parliament to power and could lead to a change at the top if Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party does not fare well with voters.
‘Russia is a strategic adversary,’ says former NATO chief Rasmussen
by Marc PERELMAN on 2019-12-11 at 16:13
In an interview with FRANCE 24, former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed the recent NATO summit in London. He reacted to French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments about the Atlantic Alliance undergoing “brain death”, US President Donald Trump’s apparent change in vision about NATO, as well as Turkey’s recent military intervention in Syria. Rasmussen also condemned Russia for “continuing to destabilise eastern Ukraine”, saying: “Russia is not a strategic partner. Russia is a strategic adversary.”
Portrait of a Lady: Stolen Klimt mystery ‘solved’ by gardener in Italy
on 2019-12-11 at 14:48
For 22 years nothing was heard of Portrait of a Lady until ivy was cleared from a gallery wall.
Finland’s Sanna Marin sworn in as prime minister
on 2019-12-10 at 22:37
Finland’s Sanna Marin was sworn in as prime minister as part of an all-women coalition.
Sanna Marin: The rising star who leads Finland’s 5.5 million
on 2019-12-10 at 14:04
Sanna Marin, who at 34 has taken power at the head of a coalition of female leaders in Finland.
Poland’s model gingerbread village lights up for Christmas
on 2019-12-09 at 11:15
More than 30 artists and bakers in Poland create model houses, castles, people and working trains.