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At least 22 people injured in Macedonia riots

At least 22 people injured in Macedonia riots

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Violent ethnic riots rattled Macedonia’s capital, culminating on Saturday with hundreds raging through the city center, clashing with police, overturning cars and attacking a bus station. At least 22 people were injured, 13 of them police officers. Ethnic Macedonians kicked off the protests in Skopje on Friday, angry at the appointment […]

March 3, 2013 | By More
Swiss vote on bosses’ pay could hit offshore firms

Swiss vote on bosses’ pay could hit offshore firms

BERLIN — Foreign executives who moved their company headquarters to Switzerland to get better tax deals for their firms may find themselves paying the price for it this weekend. A plan to crack down on excessive corporate pay packages is predicted to pass at the ballot box Sunday. If the “Rip-off Initiative” succeeds, shareholders will […]

March 2, 2013 | By More
Rise of UKIP spooks Britain’s Conservatives

Rise of UKIP spooks Britain’s Conservatives

London: Once a marginal group of anti-Europeans, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) is now a force to be reckoned with after its best-ever national election result spooked Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives. UKIP took 28 per cent of the vote in Thursday’s by-election in the southern English seat of Eastleigh, coming second behind junior coalition […]

March 2, 2013 | By More
Sick British queen cancels Wales visit

Sick British queen cancels Wales visit

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has cancelled a planned visit to Wales on Saturday due to a bout of gastroenteritis, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said. The 86-year-old monarch had been due to attend a military celebration in the city of Swansea to mark St. David’s Day, the national day of Wales. “The queen will no longer […]

March 2, 2013 | By More
Cameron humiliated in election rout

Cameron humiliated in election rout

EASTLEIGH, United Kingdom — British Prime Minister David Cameron was under pressure Friday after his Conservatives were beaten into third place in a key election by his scandal-hit coalition partners and a eurosceptic party. Cameron admitted it was a “disappointing” night for his party after the Liberal Democrats held the parliamentary seat of Eastleigh in […]

March 2, 2013 | By More
UN appeals court acquits ex-Serb military chief

UN appeals court acquits ex-Serb military chief

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a stunning reversal, U.N. appeals judges on Thursday acquitted the former chief of the Yugoslav National Army of aiding and abetting atrocities by rebel Serbs, including the Srebrenica massacre, by providing them with military aid during the Balkan wars. Gen. Momcilo Perisic, a former close ally of ex-Yugoslav President […]

March 1, 2013 | By More
Polls open in crucial British by-election

Polls open in crucial British by-election

London: Voters in the southern English town of Eastleigh went to the polls on Thursday to elect a new member of parliament in a contest that threatens serious repercussions for Britain’s main parties. The election pits prime minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party against its junior coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, while the anti-European Union UK […]

March 1, 2013 | By More
3 dead in Swiss workplace shooting

3 dead in Swiss workplace shooting

MENZNAU, Switzerland (AP) — A longtime employee opened fire at a wood-processing company in central Switzerland on Wednesday, leaving three people dead, including the assailant, in the country’s second multiple-fatality shooting in two months, police said. Seven other people were wounded, six of them seriously, in the shooting at the premises of the company Kronospan, […]

February 27, 2013 | By More
Italy gridlock deepens, Europe nervous

Italy gridlock deepens, Europe nervous

Italy’s political gridlock deepened on Wednesday with bickering between the main leftist party and a new anti-establishment party putting off the prospect of a new government any time soon. Comedian turned populist firebrand Beppe Grillo said his Five Star Movement (M5S) would not endorse the Democratic Party (PD), which won the most votes in the […]

February 27, 2013 | By More
Merkel backs ‘open-ended’ Turkey’s EU talks

Merkel backs ‘open-ended’ Turkey’s EU talks

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday the European Union should move forward with its talks with Turkey about joining the bloc, but that she remains skeptical about the nation becoming a full member. Merkel was speaking at a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid a growing […]

February 26, 2013 | By More