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Growing European backlash over spying threatens billions in US trade

Growing European backlash over spying threatens billions in US trade

Oct 31, BRUSSELS — The backlash in Europe over U.S. spying is threatening an agreement that generates tens of billions of dollars in trans-Atlantic business every year — and negotiations on another pact worth many times more. A growing number of European officials are calling for the suspension of the “Safe Harbor” agreement that lets […]

October 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
Costa Concordia captain had lover on bridge when ship crashed

Costa Concordia captain had lover on bridge when ship crashed

Oct 29, GROSSETO, Italy — A Moldovan dancer who had been on the bridge of the Costa Concordia cruise ship when it crashed into a reef off Italy electrified the captain’s manslaughter trial Tuesday by testifying reluctantly that the two were lovers. Domnica Cemortan, 26, only made the admission after being warned by the judge […]

October 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Protesters clash with riot police in Ankara after court ruling

Protesters clash with riot police in Ankara after court ruling

Oct 29, – Demonstrators have clashed with police outside of a Turkish courthouse after it declined to order the arrest of a policeman accused of killing an anti-government protester. The accused claims he acted in self-defense. Police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside of the court […]

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At least 13 dead as huge storm sweeps across Europe

At least 13 dead as huge storm sweeps across Europe

Oct 29, – More than a dozen people have been killed as a result of storms that hit parts of northern Europe. The windy weather also caused major disruptions to transportation and left many without electricity. At least 14 people were killed across northern Europe in the storms, which hit the region late on Sunday, […]

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Report claims US monitored 60 million calls in Spain

Report claims US monitored 60 million calls in Spain

Oct 28, MADRID — A Spanish newspaper published a document Monday that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone — the latest revelation about alleged massive U.S. spying on allies. The El Mundo newspaper report came as Spain summoned the […]

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Storm batters southern Britain, disrupting flights, trains

Storm batters southern Britain, disrupting flights, trains

Oct 28, – Rail services across much of southern Britain have been cancelled for the morning rush hour as a storm continues to batter parts of England and Wales. UK Power Networks says 40,000 homes are without power. The M4 Second Severn crossing has reopened but the M48 Severn Bridge is still closed, while 130 […]

October 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Austrian police seize half-ton of cannabis

Austrian police seize half-ton of cannabis

Oct 27, – Police in Carinthia province said the drugs – divided into 500 packages were hidden inside the roof of the vehicle, which was stopped Saturday afternoon by a patrol on a highway. A sniffer dog alerted officers to the stash, and the van was taken to a nearby police station and searched. Authorities […]

October 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Human Rights Observers: Iceland most advanced in gender equality

Human Rights Observers: Iceland most advanced in gender equality

Oct 26, – According to a newly released report from the World Economic Forum, Iceland is the No. 1 country in the world for gender equality, for the fifth year in a row. And that equality is helping propel Iceland and its fellow Nordic nations to new economic heights. Turns out, the smaller the gender […]

October 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Portugal reopens case on missing Maddie

Portugal reopens case on missing Maddie

Oct 24, – The parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann have said they are “very pleased” Portuguese police have reopened the investigation into their daughter’s disappearance. The British toddler vanished in May 2007. The publishing of computer-generated images by British detectives last week revived hopes the fate of Madeleine could perhaps become known. Portuguese police […]

October 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
German court rules brothel not allowed to enjoy reduced VAT

German court rules brothel not allowed to enjoy reduced VAT

Oct 23, – A federal German court has ruled that owners of brothels should not profit from a reduced VAT rate for the hotel sector that was introduced in 2010. The judges said such places were not established to foster tourism. Renting out rooms to prostitutes for them to pursue the oldest profession in the […]

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