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21st Nov 2013

Russia is ‘hopeful’ Iranian nuclear talks will reach a deal soon

World powers aim to reach a preliminary deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in politically charged talks resuming in Geneva on Wednesday. Seeking to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider Middle East war, the … Continued

19th Nov 2013

Germany: Merkel says U.S. spying claims threaten transatlantic ties

BERLIN, (Xinhua): German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that transatlantic ties, including the negotiations on a free trade deal, are being tested by the alleged extensive U.S. spying in Germany and Europe. “The transatlantic relationship and also the negotiations for … Continued

18th Nov 2013

France: Gun attacks hit two Paris locations, injures one

PARIS, (Xinhua): Gun attacks took place at the headquarters of French newspaper Liberation and outside the suburban headquarters of the bank Societe Generale in Paris on Monday, injuring one person, local media reported. The wounded person was shot in the chest before … Continued

17th Nov 2013

Greek leftist group claims Golden Dawn assassinations

An obscure leftist group has claimed responsibility for the shooting deaths of two members of the far-right Golden Dawn party. Counterterrorism officials are investigating the authenticity of the group’s claim. The People’s Struggling Revolutionary Powers, a group previously unknown to … Continued

14th Nov 2013

‘Pink Star’ diamond fetches record price at Geneva auction

A diamond known as the “Pink Star” has sold for a record 68 million Swiss francs (roughly 61 million euros) at an auction in Geneva. It was the highest price ever paid for a gemstone at auction, Sotherby’s reported.  The … Continued

12th Nov 2013

Poland: Polish far-right groups turn violent at national independence day march

Police in Poland have clashed with far-right youths during a march marking national independence day. It is the third year in a row the march has turned violent. Police in Warsaw used rubber bullets and tear gas on Monday to … Continued

12th Nov 2013

UN nuclear watchdog signs ‘roadmap’ deal with Iran

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has reached an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. US Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, has said world powers agreed on a deal at the Geneva talks before Tehran backed out. The “roadmap” agreement … Continued

12th Nov 2013

Kerry seeks Iran nuclear deal to “protect Israel”

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday defended moves to strike a nuclear deal with Iran that would “protect” Israel and Western-backed Gulf monarchies. His comments came as France said world powers were close to an agreement with Iran … Continued

11th Nov 2013

Germany: Telecoms plan shielded European Internet

Deutsche Telekom says the scandal over US and British eavesdropping has prompted German providers to contemplate an inner-German or inner-European Internet. Data would no longer be routed and stored via other continents. Germany’s state-backed Telekom confirmed on Sunday that German … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Iranian businessmen mulling reduction of trade cooperation with France

        Tehran, (IRNA): Iranian businessmen have decided to reconsider their trade relations with France following the “dishonest policies” adopted by Paris during the newly-ended nuclear talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 in Geneva. The 3-day talks were held from … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Switzerland: World powers, Iran to hold another round of talks on Nov. 20

GENEVA, (Xinhua): European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said early Sunday that world powers would reconvene talks with Iran over its controversial nuclear program on Nov. 20. Talks between the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council … Continued

9th Nov 2013

France: Several injured in explosion during rehearsal at Paris theater

More than a dozen people have been injured in an accidental explosion during a rehearsal for a musical in Paris. It wasn’t immediately clear what sparked the blast. Police sources said around 15 people had been injured, five of them … Continued

9th Nov 2013

Kerry says no deal yet in Iran nuclear talks

World powers and Iran have yet to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear program but are working hard to do so, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. “There is not an agreement at this point,” Kerry said shortly … Continued

7th Nov 2013

Switzerland: ‘Moderate’ evidence points to Arafat polonium poisoning

Swiss scientists have found evidence that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with polonium, according to a publication of their findings. A text of the scientists’ findings published by the television channel Al-Jazeera on Wednesday served to fuel … Continued

5th Nov 2013

Norway: Man with knife kills three people on bus in western Norway

An attack on a bus in western Norway by a man wielding a knife has left three people dead, including the driver. The motive of the attacker was not immediately clear. The incident occurred on a remote mountain road on … Continued

3rd Nov 2013

Germany admits Europe’s spy agencies cooperate on surveillance

  Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has confirmed it swaps information with European counterparts that carry out mass surveillance. However, it denied that it was working with the British to change and circumvent laws.  The Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday that … Continued

2nd Nov 2013

Greece: Greek far-right Golden Dawn party members shot dead

The Greek far-right party facing a police crackdown says two of its members have been shot dead outside its office by a gunman on a motorcycle. Parliamentarians described the killings as a “blow to democracy.” Two members of Greece’s Nazi-inspired … Continued

29th Oct 2013

Deadly storms cause disruption across northern Europe

More than a dozen people have been killed as a result of storms that hit parts of northern Europe. The windy weather also caused major disruptions to transportation and left many without electricity. At least 14 people were killed across … Continued

28th Oct 2013

Ethnic Hungarians march for autonomy in Romania

Ethnic Hungarians are demanding autonomy in Romanian communities. Transylvania was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until after World War I, when the ethnic Romanian majority created their own country. About 10,000 people held protests on Sunday in Hungary and Romania … Continued

27th Oct 2013

Czech voters opt for leftist Social Democrats and novice populist

Czech voters angered by years of political graft and budget cuts have handed the opposition Social Democrats a weak mandate to form a government. A media magnate who heads a new centrist party has emerged as kingmaker. Preliminary counts put … Continued

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