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Italy Senate expels 3-time ex-Premier Berlusconi

Italy Senate expels 3-time ex-Premier Berlusconi

Nov 28, – The Italian Senate has expelled former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as a result of his tax fraud conviction, upheld on appeal at Italy’s highest court in August. The former premier spoke of a “bitter day.” Even before the Senate’s decision to expel him on Wednesday, Berlusconi had anticipated the decision and delivered […]

November 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Islamic scarf controversy Muslims challenge French “veil” law

Islamic scarf controversy Muslims challenge French “veil” law

Nov 27, – A leading French feminist group has urged the ECHR to uphold the ban, arguing that it liberates women. “The full-face veil, by literally burying the body and the face, constitutes a true deletion of the woman as an individual in public,” the head of the International League for Women’s Rights, Annie Sugier, […]

November 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
German Coalition Talks Enter Final Stage

German Coalition Talks Enter Final Stage

Nov 26, – German politicians from parliament’s two main parties are in the final stages of establishing a “grand coalition” government. Another set of late-night talks are expected, along with a raft of unresolved issues. Key coalition negotiators from the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats met on Tuesday, and were again likely to stay in […]

November 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Prostitution: France wants to punish clients

Prostitution: France wants to punish clients

Nov 26, – Paris France’s government is pushing one of Europe’s toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, and other countries are watching closely. Advocates hope that a draft French law going to parliament Wednesday will help change long-held attitudes toward the world’s oldest profession — by punishing the customer and protecting the prostitute. The […]

November 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Sexual violence in parts of UK ‘as bad as in warzones’

Sexual violence in parts of UK ‘as bad as in warzones’

Nov 26, – London: The level of sexual violence in gang-afflicted neighbourhoods is comparable to that seen in war zones, according to the author of a new report. “In some areas the level of sexual violence and the types of violence inflicted are comparable to how sexual violence is used in war-torn territories,” said Professor […]

November 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Tear gas used against pro-European protesters in Ukraine

Tear gas used against pro-European protesters in Ukraine

Nov 25, – In a second day of major protests in Ukraine, police have used tear gas on protesters. The demonstrations, the biggest since the Orange Revolution, were sparked by a government decision to scrap a key pact with the EU. The ongoing pro-European protests in Ukraine threatened to turn violent on Monday when police […]

November 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
Italy’s Mount Etna erupts, showers volcanic ash on towns

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts, showers volcanic ash on towns

Nov 24, MILAN — Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has erupted again, showering volcanic ash on towns dotting the mountain’s slopes and nearby Taormina. The eruption Saturday did not force any evacuations, but a highway was closed for half an hour as a precaution. Authorities also briefly closed two of four air corridors serving […]

November 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
Latvia president describes supermarket collapse as ‘murder’

Latvia president describes supermarket collapse as ‘murder’

Nov 23, – Fifty-four people have died since part of the roof collapsed on Thursday, and at least seven people remain missing. The Latvian president has described the collapse of a supermarket in the capital Riga as “murder”. Andris Berzins said many defenceless people had been killed in “our own made disaster”, and called for […]

November 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
Supermarket horror in Latvia as death toll rises to 33

Supermarket horror in Latvia as death toll rises to 33

Nov 22, – At least 33 people have died after the roof of a supermarket collapsed in the Latvian capital Riga. Rescue efforts continued through the night and police have launched a criminal investigation. Three of those killed were emergency workers who were helping people trapped when more of the roof came down. The number […]

November 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
At least 17 dead, dozens feared trapped after Latvia mall collapse

At least 17 dead, dozens feared trapped after Latvia mall collapse

Nov 22, RIGA, Latvia — At least 17 people died, including three firefighters, after large sections of roof collapsed at a Latvian supermarket during the evening shopping rush-hour, the country’s rescue service said early Friday. The reason for the collapse on Thursday was still not known but appeared to have been caused by workers building […]

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