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France kicks off presidential election in Its overseas territories

Posted by AP on Saturday, April 22, 2017, In : Europe 
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Polling stations opened Saturday in France's far-flung overseas territories for the country's unpredictable presidential election as the 11 candidates in the race observed a ban on campaigning.

With voting beginning Sunday on the French mainland, the government has mobilized more than 50,000 police and gendarmes to protect 70,000 polling stations, with an additional 7,000 soldiers on patrol.

France's 10 percent unemployment and its lackluster economy top voters' concerns as first-round ballots ...

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"It all looks as if the world is preparing for war," said Gorbachev

Posted by CNBC on Friday, January 27, 2017, In : Europe 


Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin must unite to spearhead a new resolution banning nuclear war, Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, has urged. 

"Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous. Commentators and TV personalities are joining the bellicose chorus. It all looks as if the world is preparing for war," Gorbachev stated in an opinion piece in Time magazine on Thursday. He added that the most pressing ch...

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French presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron, gains momentum

Posted by AP on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, In : Europe 
 The real winner of France’s left-wing presidential primary may be a man who demonstrably shunned it: Emmanuel Macron.

The 39-year-old former investment banker and ex-economy minister with pro-free market, pro-European views has chosen not to take part in the Socialist primary. Instead, in recent days he has been drawing attention away from the campaign by traveling to the Mideast and pushing like-minded lawmakers to abandon the once-powerful, now-troubled Socialists and join his centrist mo...

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Italian Catholic priest accused of organizing orgies in church and pimping out 15 women

Posted by NYDailynews on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, In : Europe 
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An Italian Catholic priest is under investigation for allegedly organizing orgies in his church’s rectory and acting as a pimp for up to 15 women.

Authorities are investigating Father Andrea Contin, a 48-year-old parish priest at the Church of San Lazzaro in Padua, for living off immoral earnings and psychological violence following complaints from three female parishioners, The Times reported.

A variety of sex toys, pornography obscured with covers featuring the names of past popes, and vide...

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UK's envoy to the EU resigns before Brexit vote

Posted by AP on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, In : Europe 
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Underscoring the hectic preparations for Britain's divorce proceedings from the European Union, London's envoy to the EU has unexpectedly resigned only months before the negotiations are due to start and on the heels of a nasty controversy.

Ivan Rogers decided to leave now so that a successor could be in place ahead of the official triggering of the exit talks set for the end of March, the British government said. Rogers was named to the Brussels post of permanent representative in 2013 and wa...

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Germany announces new security measures after Berlin truck attack

Posted by AFP on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, In : Europe 

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Germany's interior minister on Tuesday outlined plans for a security services overhaul, seeking greater federal powers on domestic intelligence and quicker expulsions of illegal migrants following the Berlin truck attack.

Thomas de Maiziere also called for giving federal police wider oversight across the country's 16 states, and for a new national crisis management centre to be set up.

"We don't have federal jurisdiction to deal with national catastrophes. The jurisdiction for the fight against...

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Killer of Russian Ambassador in Ankara, Turkey, invoked Syria during assassination

Posted by Associated Press on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, In : Europe 
An unnamed gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. The Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said he was hospitalized with a gunshot wound.
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A Turkish policeman fatally shot Russia's ambassador to Turkey on Monday in front of a shocked gathering at a photo exhibit and then, pacing near the body of his victim, appeared to condemn Russia's military role in Syria, shouting: "Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!"

The leaders of Turkey and Russia said the attack in Ankara, the Turkish capital, was an attempt to disrupt efforts to repair ties between their countries, which have backed opposing sides in t...

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Breaking News: Russian Ambassador to Turkey assassinated

Posted by NYTimes on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, In : Europe 
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 Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was assassinated at an Ankara art exhibit on Monday evening by a lone Turkish gunman shouting “God is great!” and “don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” in what the leaders of Turkey and Russia called a provocative terrorist attack.

The gunman, described by Turkish officials as a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, also wounded at least three others in the assault o...

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European Union to extend sanctions on Russia after December 15 meeting

Posted by Reuters on Friday, December 9, 2016, In : Europe 
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The European Union will extend by six months its main economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine after the bloc's leaders meet in Brussels on Dec. 15, diplomatic sources and officials said on Friday.

The sanctions include restrictions access to international financing, and curbs on defence and energy cooperation with Russia, which annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Kiev in March, 2014, and went on to back a rebellion in east Ukraine.

The conflict in Ukraine's industri...

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Dutch terror police arrests terror suspect with gun and fireworks

Posted by AFP on Friday, December 9, 2016, In : Europe 
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Rotterdam police have arrested a Dutchman found with a loaded AK-47 Kalashnikov and illegal fireworks who is "suspected of preparing a terrorist crime," prosecutors said Friday.

The 30-year-old was detained on Wednesday after police raided his apartment following a tip-off from the Dutch intelligence services.

Police found the gun, two loaded magazines and four boxes of illegal fireworks during the raid, prosecution spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP.

"He's suspected of preparing such a terrorism c...

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Chancellor Angela Merkel reelected as leader of Germany's conservative party

Posted by AP on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, In : Europe 
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Chancellor Angela Merkel won a new two-year term Tuesday as the leader of Germany's main conservative party, gaining solid backing after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year's huge migrant influx.

Merkel, who ran unopposed, won 89.5 percent of delegates' votes at a congress of her Christian Democratic Union in the western city of Essen. That was short of the 96.7 percent she won two years ago, but still a strong mandate as she prepares to seek a fourth term as chancello...

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5 Swedish teenage boys charged with raping an Afghan boy

Posted by AP on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, In : Europe 
Swedish authorities have charged five teenagers from Afghanistan with raping another Afghan boy in an alleged assault that prosecutors say lasted for at least an hour.

An indictment filed Tuesday alleges the teens dragged the victim into a forested area in the city of Uppsala, threatened him with a knife and sexually assaulted him.

Prosecutor Johan Stromback says the five suspects are 16 and 17 years old, while the boy they allegedly assaulted is under 15. Stromback says they all arrived in Swe...

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Poland's Supreme Court rejects US extradition request of Roman Polanski

Posted by AP on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, In : Europe 
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Poland's Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that the country would refuse to detain and extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S.

The ruling upholds the decision of a lower court that was challenged by the justice minister, and closes the matter in Poland.

"Game over," said Jan Olszewski, one of Polanski's lawyers. "The case is definitively closed. We won in a fair struggle. We feel satisfaction."

Polanski, 83, is wanted in the U.S. in a case involving sex with a minor that has haunted him ...

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigns after resounding referendum defeat

Posted by Reuters on Monday, December 5, 2016, In : Europe 
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talian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed to resign after suffering a crushing defeat on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform, tipping the euro zone's third-largest economy into political turmoil.

His decision to quit after just two and a half years in office deals a blow to the European Union, already reeling from multiple crises and struggling to overcome anti-establishment forces that have battered the Western world this year.

The euro fell to 20-month lows against the dollar, wit...

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French President Francois Hollande won't seek second term in office

Posted by AFP on Thursday, December 1, 2016, In : Europe 
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French President Francois Hollande announced Thursday he would not seek re-election next year as he bowed to historically low approval ratings after a troubled five years in power.
The 62-year-old Socialist leader put a decisive end to speculation in a solemn televised statement from the Elysee Palace in Paris.

"I have decided that I will not be a candidate," Hollande said.

"In the months to come, my only duty will be to continue to lead my country."

Hollande's popularity had...

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Ukraine carried out missiles test near Russian-annexed Crimea

Posted by CNN on Thursday, December 1, 2016, In : Europe 
President Petro Poroshenko, pictured in July, said Ukraine was building its air defense capabilities.


Ukraine carried out missile launches Thursday near Crimea -- territory that Russia annexed more than two years ago -- as part of military exercises, Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform reported.

The drills involve the test firing of medium-range surface-to-air missiles, the news agency said.

"Everything goes according to the plan. There is no response from the Russian Federation. Ukrainian military are ready for any developments," Ukrinform cited military spokesman Volodymyr Kryzhanivsky as s...

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Moscow demands answers after Erdogan vows to oust 'tyrant' Assad

Posted by AFP on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, In : Europe 
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The Kremlin on Wednesday demanded an explanation after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara intervened in the Syria conflict solely to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkish forces are pressing on with a three-month operation inside Syria in support of anti-Assad forces, while Russia is the chief ally of the Syrian president in the conflict that has claimed more than 300,000 lives since 2011.

At the same time, Turkey and Russia have also been working hard to improv...

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Ukraine warns Russia of missile tests near Crimea

Posted by AFP on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, In : Europe 
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Ukraine ratcheted up tensions with Moscow on Wednesday by warning the Kremlin its army intended to hold two days of missile-launching exercises near the border with Russian-annexed Crimea.

The tests set for Thursday would almost certainly further damage relations between two former Soviet neighbours that treat each other as open foes.

Such exercises near the Crimean peninsula would be a first for Ukraine and it was not immediately clear what sparked their preparation.

Ukraine als...

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German court upholds conviction of 95 years old former Auschwitz death camp guard

Posted by AP on Monday, November 28, 2016, In : Europe 
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A German federal court said Monday that it has thrown out a 95-year-old former Auschwitz death camp guard's appeal against his conviction for being an accessory to murder.

The decision to uphold Oskar Groening's conviction sets an important precedent for German prosecutors' efforts to pursue others who allegedly served at Nazi death camps.

Groening was convicted in July 2015 of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews and sentenced by a court in Lueneburg to four years i...

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France: Officials thwarts December ISIS Terrorist Attack

Posted by Time on Saturday, November 26, 2016, In : Europe 
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French officials arrested five ISIS affiliates planning a Dec. 1 terrorist attack in the country, law enforcement officials said Friday.

The men were under the guidance of a coordinator in the Middle East and had obtained an “arsenal of weapons,” according to an NBC News report. They were arrested Sunday but officials only made the plot public on Friday using anti-terrorism rules to extend the length of time they could be held without charges.

The attempted terrorist act comes just a year a...

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Russia lost seat at the UN Human Rights Council

Posted by Reuters on Saturday, October 29, 2016, In : Europe 
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Russia failed to win re-election to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, beaten out by Hungary and Croatia, following lobbying by rights groups against Moscow's candidacy because of its military support for the Syrian government.

In a secret ballot by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly, Hungary received 144 votes, followed by Croatia with 114 votes and Russia with 112 votes. Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Moscow had faced good competition.

"It was a very close vote,...

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Sweden rejects Julian Assange's arrest warrant suspension request for funeral

Posted by AFP on Saturday, October 29, 2016, In : Europe 
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The Swedish prosecutor's office on Friday said it has rejected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request to temporarily suspend an arrest warrant so he could leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London and attend a funeral.

"Julian Assange has requested that the Swedish prosecutor should grant him leave from the detention order and the European arrest warrant in order to go to a funeral," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The prosecutor dismissed Assange's request, saying that Swedish la...

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France asks Britain to take 1,500 migrant children left in Calais "Jungle"

Posted by UPI on Saturday, October 29, 2016, In : Europe 
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French President Francois Hollande called on the United Kingdom to take responsibility for some 1,500 unaccompanied children left at the Calais migrant camp.

Hollande said children left at the so-called "Jungle" camp would be "very quickly dispatched" to reception centers with the hopes they will be relocated to Britain. The camp was home to some 5,000 migrants from the Middle East until it was demolished earlier this week.

Hollande called on British Prime Minister Theresa May to take in more m...

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Poland denounced Russia's deployment of nuclear-capable warships in Baltic

Posted by AFP on Saturday, October 29, 2016, In : Europe 
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NATO member Poland on Friday denounced as "aggressive and irresponsible" Russia's fresh deployment of two warships in the Baltic Sea capable of launching long-range nuclear warheads.

NATO on Wednesday confirmed Russia had sent the two new vessels to the area.

"The deployment of ships that can also carry nuclear weapons is an aggressive and irresponsible behaviour, and an inappropriate reaction to the decisions that NATO took in July in Warsaw," Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told public ...

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Russia is preparing for a Nuclear war

Posted by Business Insider on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, In : Europe 
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Across Russia, 40 million civilians and military personnel just finished up emergency drills aimed at preparing the general population for nuclear or chemical-weapons attacks, The Wall Street Journal's Thomas Grove reports.

Video shows Russian civilians practicing along with officials and workers in hazardous-material protective suits.

But as troubling as the largest civil defense drills since the height of the Cold War have been, the steps Russia has taken to improve its offensive nuclear capa...

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Europe wants to impose new sanctions on Russia, after Aleppo bombings

Posted by WashingtonPost on Thursday, October 20, 2016, In : Europe 
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Furious over Russia’s bombardment of Aleppo, European leaders warned the Kremlin on Thursday that it could face new sanctions if it maintains its offensive against the besieged rebel-held part of the Syrian city.

The sharp new rhetoric was a substantial departure for Europe’s 28 nations, which have long been focused on when they can dial back existing sanctions on Russia, not ramp them up. Instead, Russian actions in recent weeks have upended the conversation. From the Russian-backed pumme...

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U.S., Britain may impose new sanctions on Russia and Syria

Posted by Reuters on Monday, October 17, 2016, In : Europe 
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With military options all but eliminated, the United States and Britain on Sunday said they were considering new sanctions to pressure the Syrian and Russian governments to halt an offensive against rebel-held parts of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.

While the close allies said diplomacy was their primary focus, the tone was tougher than Saturday’s message from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after he launched a new diplomatic effort to resolve the more than 5-year civil war in Syria.

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Germany: 1 dead in an explosion at BASF's Ludwigshafen site

Posted by Reuters on Monday, October 17, 2016, In : Europe 
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One person died in an explosion at BASF's Ludwigshafen site, the Ludwigshafen fire department said at a press conference on Monday, confirming an earlier report by daily Bild.

BASF said earlier that several people had been injured and some were missing after an explosion in the north harbour area of the site.

This is a developing story. The earlier version follows.

Several people were injured and some were missing on Monday after blasts at two German chemicals plants owned by BASF which forced t...

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4 Central European nations oppose Russian-German gas pipeline

Posted by AP on Saturday, October 15, 2016, In : Europe 
Deputy head of European Commision in charge of energy, Maros Sefcovic, right, and the presidents of Central European Visegrad Group: Poland's Andrzej Duda, center, Slovakia's Andrej Kiska, second right, the Czech Republic's Milos Zeman,left, and Hungary's Janos Ader,second left, address a news conference following a meeting on Europe's energy security that closed their two-day summit, in Rzeszow, Poland, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)



Four Central European nations are united in opposing a pipeline that would deliver natural gas directly from Russia to Germany because it would harm Europe's ability to create an efficient energy system, Poland's president said Saturday.

President Andrzej Duda described the Nord Stream 2 project, which would bypass traditional transit pipelines in Ukraine and Slovakia, as having "no economic justification," describing it as a political project implemented by Gazprom on behalf of Russia.

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