Europe

Prisoner has right to internet – European Court

A Lithuanian man in jail was unjustly denied access to the internet by authorities, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found. The court said he had a right to freedom of expression, enshrined in the European Convention on

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European vegetables: ‘Perfect storm’ raises prices

Bad weather in Italy and Spain is likely to significantly increase the price of vegetables across northern Europe, food suppliers and supermarkets have told . One supplier said that a combination of flooding, cold weather and poor light levels had

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Europe sees UK set for ‘hard’ Brexit after May speech

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit speech is being seen in Europe as the “hard” option of full UK withdrawal – and there is some relief that the British position is clearer now. “Finally we have a little more clarity re

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Russia’s Putin calls leaked Trump memos ‘utter nonsense’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described allegations his country holds compromising material on US President-elect Donald Trump as “utter nonsense”. Mr Putin questioned what reason Russian intelligence would have had to spy on Mr Trump before he entered politics. He

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Mahmoud Abbas: US embassy move to Jerusalem would hurt peace

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has warned that peace could suffer if President-elect Donald Trump carries out plans to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He spoke at the inauguration of the Palestinian embassy to the

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Icy storm lashes France and Germany causing hardship

An icy storm has been lashing parts of western Europe, causing power cuts in many homes, felling trees and disrupting some rail services. In France power cuts affected more than 237,000 homes as the storm swept across Normandy and regions

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Cyprus talks: Erdogan dismisses full Turkish troop withdrawal

Turkey’s president says a full withdrawal of its troops from divided Cyprus is “out of the question”. Hopes of reunification have been raised after talks between Turkish and Greek Cypriots in Geneva this week. But a number of stumbling blocks

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Cyprus peace deal close, says UN chief after Geneva talks

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says a deal on reunifying Cyprus is “very close”, but cautioned against hopes of a “quick fix”. Speaking after the first round of peace talks in Geneva, he said a settlement was within reach if

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US tanks and troops in Poland a threat, Russia says

Russia says it views the arrival of more than 3,000 US soldiers in Poland as a threat to its own security. The troops are part of President Barack Obama’s response to reassure Nato allies concerned about a more aggressive Russia.

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Knights of Malta challenge Pope Francis’s authority over condom row

London [UK], Jan. 12 : Pope Francis is facing an extraordinary challenge to his authority from an ancient Catholic order, the Knights of Malta, that is refusing to cooperate with a Vatican investigation into the sacking of a top official

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Austria to ask EU for right to hire locals ahead of other EU workers

Austria’s centre-left chancellor has said he will ask the EU to let local employers hire Austrians before other EU citizens, unless there are no suitable candidates. Christian Kern made the pledge at the launch of a 10-year economic plan focussing

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Soaring childlessness among southern European women – report

Women in Europe are having fewer children, particularly in southern Europe, a French report has found. More than a fifth of women born in the 1970s may remain childless, compared to an average of 15% in northern Europe and 18%

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Iran finally receives Haj invite from Saudi Arabia

London [UK], Jan. 11 : Iran has said that it has finally received an official invitation from Saudi Arabia for its pilgrims to attend this year’s Haj. There was no official Iranian delegation at last year’s Haj after Saudi Arabia

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Germany names its ‘ugliest’ word of the year: ‘People’s traitor’

Germany’s ugliest word of the year is “traitor of the people” – or Volksverraeter, a panel has decided. The word is seen by many as having Nazi overtones and has been used recently by right-wing groups. The decision was taken

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Serbian ‘miracle man’ survives -20C ordeal in well

A Serbian man is being hailed a miracle survivor after he spent two-and-a-half days stuck down a well in temperatures well below freezing. Jezdimir Milic left home on Friday morning to buy groceries ahead of Orthodox Christmas the next day,

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