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Malta: Shipwreck survivors say traffickers “laughed” as hundreds drowned
17th Sep 2014

Malta: Shipwreck survivors say traffickers “laughed” as hundreds drowned

    Survivors of the most deadly migrant shipwreck in years have described the horrifying moment traffickers capsized their boat and left them to drown, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday. “After they hit our boat they waited … Continued

Sweden: Center-left celebrates as Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt concedes
15th Sep 2014

Sweden: Center-left celebrates as Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt concedes

  Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has conceded defeat following the country’s general election. A left-leaning coalition is expected to win the most seats in parliament, but without an absolute majority. Reinfeldt admitted on Sunday that his government, a grouping … Continued

France: US seeks allies in Paris conference on ISIS, Iran not invited
15th Sep 2014

France: US seeks allies in Paris conference on ISIS, Iran not invited

  Diplomats are gathering in the French capital to discuss ways to overcome the threat posed by “Islamic State” militants. The United States is calling on its allies to show solidarity in the fight against the terrorists. However, Iran and … Continued

EU finalizes new sanctions against Russia
6th Sep 2014

EU finalizes new sanctions against Russia

    European Union ambassadors have finalized stronger sanctions on Russia because of its involvement with the war in Ukraine. The ban could be suspended if the truce between Ukraine and the rebels holds. European Union diplomats have decided to … Continued

Bosnia arrests 16 suspected extremists
4th Sep 2014

Bosnia arrests 16 suspected extremists

      Bosnian police arrested 16 people Wednesday on charges of joining European-based Islamists and helping them travel to fight in Syria and Iraq. “Sixteen people were arrested” in an operation across the capital Sarajevo and several other Bosnian … Continued

Estonia: Obama arrives in Estonia to reassure Baltic leaders
3rd Sep 2014

Estonia: Obama arrives in Estonia to reassure Baltic leaders

  [US President Obama (R) greets Estonia President Toomas Hendrik before a dinner at the US Ambassador's residence in Prague on April 8, 2010.]   US President Barack Obama has touched down in Estonia. He is holding talks with Baltic leaders … Continued

European Union to prepare new sanctions against Russia
31st Aug 2014

European Union to prepare new sanctions against Russia

  EU leaders have agreed to prepare tougher sanctions that could be imposed on Russia within days. The concensus emerged after several hours of talks to decide how to respond to the deepening crisis in eastern Ukraine. The outgoing president … Continued

French PM Valls submits government resignation
25th Aug 2014

French PM Valls submits government resignation

  Manuel Valls has presented the French government’s resignation to President Francois Hollande (right). Hollande accepted, and charged Valls with forming a new government. The presidential Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday announced that Prime Minister Manuel Valls had offered … Continued

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Bosnians bury ethnically cleansed victims
21st Jul 2014

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Bosnians bury ethnically cleansed victims

    Thousands of Bosnians have gathered for a mass funeral for their loved ones more than 20 years after they were killed in the country’s civil war. Many of the bodies were only discovered recently in a nearby mass … Continued

Iran and P5+1 nuclear talks extended till November 24
19th Jul 2014

Iran and P5+1 nuclear talks extended till November 24

    World powers and Iran have agreed to extend their talks on Tehran’s nuclear program by four months. The deadline for the deal, struck last year in November, was set to expire on Sunday. After failing to close major … Continued

France ups security after synagogues stormed
15th Jul 2014

France ups security after synagogues stormed

  France has stepped up security this week with the president calling for a zero tolerance approach after a series of protests against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. In one incident anti-Israel demonstrators tried to storm two Paris synagogues. President François … Continued

In Vienna, P5+1 talks make no progress on Iran nukes
14th Jul 2014

In Vienna, P5+1 talks make no progress on Iran nukes

  Foreign ministers meeting in Vienna to discuss Iran’s nuclear program have failed to advance the faltering talks. The target date for a deal is now only a week away.   Seven days before the July 20 deadline to strike … Continued

Germany: More than a dozen US spies infiltrate German ministries
13th Jul 2014

Germany: More than a dozen US spies infiltrate German ministries

  The CIA has recruited more than a dozen spies in several German government ministries, according to the Bild am Sonntag tabloid paper. Earlier, Chancellor Merkel said she doubts the US will end its aggressive espionage.   The alleged spies … Continued

Ukraine: Rebel rocket attack kills dozens of government troops
12th Jul 2014

Ukraine: Rebel rocket attack kills dozens of government troops

  Pro-Russia insurgents have fired rockets at a border post in Ukraine, killing dozens of government troops, according to a Ukrainian official. Meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Kyiv to exercise restraint.   Using a “Grad” multiple rocket launcher, … Continued

Germany: After Germany expels spy chief, US remains tight-lipped
11th Jul 2014

Germany: After Germany expels spy chief, US remains tight-lipped

Germany has expelled the US’ top foreign intelligence chief from Berlin, but Washington has said little on the matter. Spying allegations threaten to fray ties between the allies, a possibility neither wants. The White House declined to issue a statement … Continued

Germany: Berlin demands US ambassador explains snooping on German parliament
5th Jul 2014

Germany: Berlin demands US ambassador explains snooping on German parliament

  Berlin has called on the US ambassador to explain allegations that Washington spied on a parliamentary committee investigating NSA surveillance in Germany. A double agent reportedly sold the US sensitive documents. On Friday, the German Foreign Ministry called on … Continued

France: Sarkozy denies wrongdoing, says case against him ‘political’
3rd Jul 2014

France: Sarkozy denies wrongdoing, says case against him ‘political’

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has denied that he broke the law after being charged with corruption-related offences. He said the country’s legal system was being used for political purposes. Sarkozy denounced what he called the “political interference” in the … Continued

France: Former President Sarkozy charged in corruption case
2nd Jul 2014

France: Former President Sarkozy charged in corruption case

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was formally charged in the early hours of Wednesday after 15 hours of questioning by police. He is accused of influence-peddling. Sarkozy spent almost all of Tuesday 01.07.2014) being questioned by police officers in Nanterre, … Continued

Italian coastguard finds 30 dead migrants in fishing boat
30th Jun 2014

Italian coastguard finds 30 dead migrants in fishing boat

  The Italian coastguard has found the corpses of 30 migrants in a boat off the coast of Sicily. Over the weekend, authorities rescued more than 1,600 people making the perilous journey from North Africa to Europe.   Italian rescuers … Continued

EU: Jean-Claude Juncker nominated new European Commission President despite UK opposition
28th Jun 2014

EU: Jean-Claude Juncker nominated new European Commission President despite UK opposition

    European leaders have formally proposed former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission. Britain and Hungary maintained their opposition to Juncker’s appointment. The 28 leaders of the EU voted 26-2 in Juncker’s … Continued

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