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Swollen Elbe River forces mass evacuation in 10 German villages

Swollen Elbe River forces mass evacuation in 10 German villages

June 10, BERLIN (AP) — Weeks of heavy rain this spring have sent the Elbe, the Danube and other rivers such as the Vltava and the Saale overflowing their banks, causing extensive damage in central and southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. At least 22 flood-related deaths have been reported. The swollen […]

June 10, 2013 | By More
Topless spectator with flares interrupt French Open final

Topless spectator with flares interrupt French Open final

June 10, PARIS (AP) — The topless spectator wearing a white mask surged from the crowd near Nadal as the Spanish player was about to serve for the second set, leading 5-1. The man had the words “Kids right” written on his belly. A man who jumped onto the court with a fiery flare spurting […]

June 9, 2013 | By More
Switzerland votes to tighten country’s asylum law

Switzerland votes to tighten country’s asylum law

June 10, AP – The asylum law revisions passed with 79 percent support from voters on Sunday, according to the final results of a national referendum published by public broadcaster SSR. Switzerland has voted overwhelmingly in favor of tightening the country’s asylum law. The controversial decision comes with refugee applications having risen to their highest […]

June 9, 2013 | By More
Turkey’s Prime Minister climbs on bus launches verbal attack on protesters

Turkey’s Prime Minister climbs on bus launches verbal attack on protesters

June 9, ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the most inflammatory of his speeches as he arrived in the capital, Ankara. Erdogan belittled the protesters, again calling them “capulcu,” the Turkish word for looters or vandals. He made his speech in Ankara on an open-top bus, which then drove into the city in […]

June 9, 2013 | By More
Rising Elbe river force thousands to evacuate in Germany

Rising Elbe river force thousands to evacuate in Germany

June 9, BERLIN (AP) — At least 21 flood-related deaths have been reported in central Europe, as rivers such as the Danube, the Elbe and the Vlatava have overflowed after a week of heavy rains and caused extensive damage in central and southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Thousands of people have […]

June 9, 2013 | By More
Rome mayor election tests Berlusconi influence on voters

Rome mayor election tests Berlusconi influence on voters

June 9, ROME (AP) — Media mogul Berlusconi campaigned for his center-right party’s candidate in Rome, incumbent Gianni Alemanno, who is trying for a second term in a runoff against former transplant surgeon Ignazio Marino, who is backed by the center-left. Alemanno trailed in the first round two weeks ago in Italy’s capital. In his […]

June 9, 2013 | By More
Tear gas returns to Turkey as PM rules out early elections

Tear gas returns to Turkey as PM rules out early elections

June 9, AP – Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets across Turkey on Saturday, in a show of defiance against the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s call a day earlier for an immediate end to the 9-day show of unrest. Turkish police have fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands […]

June 9, 2013 | By More
Turkey’s PM convenes party as anti-government protest enter 9th day

Turkey’s PM convenes party as anti-government protest enter 9th day

June 8, ISTANBUL (AP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has said the protests must end immediately, will meet with top officials from his Justice and Development Party in Istanbul. The protests began as a sit-in at a park in Taksim Square to prevent a redevelopment project that would replace the park with replica Ottoman barracks […]

June 8, 2013 | By More
Europe-wide protection orders for victims of domestic violence becomes law

Europe-wide protection orders for victims of domestic violence becomes law

June 8, AP – European Union Ministers of Justice agreed today at the Council of the European Union to pioneer a Europe-wide protection order for survivors of violence. The new regulation complements the ‘European protection order’ adopted in December 2011, extending its application from criminal to civil matters. It will guarantee that victims and survivors […]

June 8, 2013 | By More
Rising waters from Danube continue to create havoc in Europe

Rising waters from Danube continue to create havoc in Europe

June 8, BERLIN (AP) — Twenty people reportedly have already died in the floods across central Europe after several days of heavy rains. German news agency dpa said people in Magdeburg in Saxony-Anhalt were anxiously waiting downstream as the crest of the Elbe river approached Saturday, while residents further upstream were starting to clean up […]

June 8, 2013 | By More