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News Update: Britain, France hit hard by wild pre-Christmas storms

News Update: Britain, France hit hard by wild pre-Christmas storms

Dec 25, – Flooding is causing difficulties for thousands of people in southern England after stormy weather lashed the UK. Three severe flood warnings are in place in Surrey and Dorset, with many people rescued from homes overnight. And some 50,000 homes across the UK are without electricity, the Energy Networks Association has said. Gatwick […]

December 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
Five killed as severe storms sweep across the UK, France

Five killed as severe storms sweep across the UK, France

Dec 24, Paris – Gale-force winds and pounding rain Tuesday lashed Britain and France, killing at least four people, disrupting Christmas travel and leaving tens of thousands without power. In Britain, two people died in pre-Christmas storms and there were two other deaths in car accidents linked to bad weather. A Russian sailor was also […]

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Macedonia extends anti-pollution measures

Macedonia extends anti-pollution measures

Dec 24 Skopje, Macedonia – Macedonia has extended urgent anti-pollution measures in four cities including the capital until Tuesday. The measures include a ban on trucks from city centers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and instructions to private and public sector firms to allow pregnant women and employees over 60 to stay at home. […]

December 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
Recession hit Spain holds huge Christmas lottery

Recession hit Spain holds huge Christmas lottery

Dec 23, Madrid – Champagne corks popped around Spain on Sunday as jubilant winners celebrated scooping up prizes in the country’s famed Christmas lottery, the world’s richest. One ticket-holder who slept in Sunday morning said he’d leapt up from his bed in surprise after hearing the television announce his ticket number for “El Gordo” (The […]

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Russia: Jailed members of Pussy Riot Maria, Nadezhda freed

Russia: Jailed members of Pussy Riot Maria, Nadezhda freed

Dec 23, – Maria Alyokhina and then Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were both freed from prison on Monday, after an amnesty agreement passed by the Russian parliament , the Duma, last Wednesday. Alykohina was the first to be released. “Maria Alyokhina walked out to freedom,” her lawyer Pyotr Zaikan said. “All of the documents have been completed […]

December 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
Anti government protesters clash with police in Turkey over corruption scandal

Anti government protesters clash with police in Turkey over corruption scandal

Dec 23, – Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters in Istanbul on Sunday. Thousands gathered in and around the city’s Kadikov Square, where a protest against government construction plans had been scheduled to take place, to call for the resignation of government ministers implicated in the far-reaching […]

December 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
Ukraine: Anti-government protest draws 100,000 in Kiev

Ukraine: Anti-government protest draws 100,000 in Kiev

Dec 22, Kiev, Ukraine – About 100,000 people rallied in the center of the Ukrainian capital on Sunday to demand the ouster of the president and his Cabinet as mass anti-government protests entered their second month. The rallies that have turned Kiev into a giant protest encampment were sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision last […]

December 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
More than 15,000 rally against racism in Stockholm

More than 15,000 rally against racism in Stockholm

Dec 22, KARRTORP, Sweden — Swedish police say over 15,000 people have participated in a rally against last week’s neo-Nazi attack in a Stockholm suburb. Police spokesman Kjell Lindgren says the Sunday demonstration remained peaceful. Support rallies were also held in Malmo, in southern Sweden, and Lulea in the north. The events were organized as […]

December 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
German protest over Rote Flora center turns violent

German protest over Rote Flora center turns violent

Dec 22, Berlin – Stones and bottles were thrown at police as more than 7,000 people demonstrated in Hamburg on Saturday. Officers responded with baton charges and water cannon, breaking up the protest over the eviction of the left-wing Rote Flora cultural center. “There was a mood of aggression from the outset,” said police spokesman […]

December 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
Nigella Lawson’s ex assistants acquitted of fraud

Nigella Lawson’s ex assistants acquitted of fraud

Dec 21, London – Two former assistants to Nigella Lawson and her ex-husband were acquitted of fraud Friday, ending a trial in which allegations of unauthorized employee spending on luxury goods were overshadowed by titillating glimpses into the celebrity cook’s tumultuous home life. The jury at London’s Isleworth Crown Court rejected prosecution claims that sisters […]

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