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Severe flooding kills 3 people in France, Italy and Balkan Peninsula

Severe flooding kills 3 people in France, Italy and Balkan Peninsula

Jan 21, – Torrential rainfall has flooded the French Riviera, leaving two people dead and one missing. Officials said 4,000 homes in the department of Var in the southest of France have been left without power, and 150 people were airlifted to safety. Local official Laurent Cayrel said one of the victims, a 73-year-old man, […]

January 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ukraine president warns Kiev protesters as fighting rages

Ukraine president warns Kiev protesters as fighting rages

Jan 20, – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich named a top aide to organize peace talks with the opposition after violent clashes between police and protesters in Kiev, but the opposition warned him on Monday not to play for time. Yanukovich, facing unrest which seriously threatens his re-election chances in 2015, agreed to open a dialogue […]

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Protesters clash with police in centre of Ukraine’s capital

Protesters clash with police in centre of Ukraine’s capital

Jan 19, – Thousands of anti-government demonstrators clashed for hours with riot police in Ukraine’s capital Sunday, attacking officers with sticks, stones and flares after new laws were passed to stifle protests. Dozens of people, including more than 20 police, were injured. The protesters, many wearing hard hats and gas masks in defiance of the […]

January 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ukrainian protesters rally against anti-dissent legislation

Ukrainian protesters rally against anti-dissent legislation

Jan 19, – Tens of thousands of Ukrainians are rallying in the center of Kiev, in defiance of recent legislation that significantly curbs their rights to protest. Last week President Viktor Yanukovych caused an uproar at home and abroad when he approved a number of laws that limit Ukrainians’ rights to protest, civic activism and […]

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Turkey: Protesters clash with police against internet censorship law

Turkey: Protesters clash with police against internet censorship law

Jan 19, – Turkish riot police fired tear gas, plastic bullets and water cannons in the streets of Istanbul on Saturday to break up hundreds of people protesting against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Police took action after some demonstrators threw firebombs at officers. While some arrests were reported there have been […]

January 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Nun Gives Birth in Italy, Claims She Was Unaware of Pregnancy

Nun Gives Birth in Italy, Claims She Was Unaware of Pregnancy

Jan 18, – The 31-year-old was rushed to hospital with abdominal pains, which she thought were stomach cramps. The young mother, who is originally from El Salvador, reportedly named her newborn Francis after the current Pope. The mayor of Rieti, Simone Petrangeli has appealed to the public and media to respect the woman’s privacy. The […]

January 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ukraine’s anti-protest laws anti-democratic: John Kerry

Ukraine’s anti-protest laws anti-democratic: John Kerry

Jan 18, Kiev – The European Union and the United States expressed alarm Friday after the Ukrainian parliament approved strict curbs on protests that the opposition branded as a brazen power grab. US Secretary of State John Kerry called the parliament’s decision anti-democratic and wrong, while EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said such actions […]

January 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tensions rise in Ukraine after PM pass protest-busting bill

Tensions rise in Ukraine after PM pass protest-busting bill

Jan 17, – Tensions heightened overnight in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, after supporters of President Viktor Yanukovych introduced and passed sweeping legislation through parliament late on Thursday. The move sparked outcry among opposition lawmakers who accused them of illegally trying to curb anti-government protests. The pro-government lawmakers reportedly passed the bill 235-450, taking the vote […]

January 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Actress Gayet sues magazine over French President’s affair allegations

Actress Gayet sues magazine over French President’s affair allegations

Jan 17, – Actress Julie Gayet is suing Closer, the magazine that reported she had an affair with French President Francois Hollande. The move, under France’s strict privacy legislation, came as concern mounted over the well-being of First Lady Valerie Trierweiler, who was hospitalised last Friday, hours after the magazine revealed her partner’s liaison with […]

January 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
11 hurt as Spanish protesters clash with police in Madrid

11 hurt as Spanish protesters clash with police in Madrid

Jan 16, – Protesters in the Spanish capital Madrid clashed with police on Wednesday night. Rallies also took place in the northern city of Burgos, where residents were angered over a planned EUR 8 M building project, reports Euronews. Activists in Burgos accused local police there of over reacting by detaining 46 demonstrators over the […]

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