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Guaranteed daycare for under-threes starts in Germany

Guaranteed daycare for under-threes starts in Germany

August 1, Family Minister Kristina Schröder said on Wednesday that there are “nearly enough places” available throughout Germany. “The regional and local administrations have made a tremendous effort to meet the deadline,” she said. Children in Germany aged one to three are guaranteed a spot in daycare. But there is a shortage of places, especially […]

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Boat carrying illegal immigrants sinks off Turkey, 24 dead

Boat carrying illegal immigrants sinks off Turkey, 24 dead

Aug 01, – At least 24 people drowned early Wednesday after a boat carrying illegal immigrants trying to reach Europe capsized off western Turkey, local media reported. The boat’s captain told the coastguard at 2am local time (2300 GMT): “We are sinking. There are 30 people in the boat,” before contact was cut off, according […]

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Berlusconi’s political future at risk as high court challenge enters 2nd day

Berlusconi’s political future at risk as high court challenge enters 2nd day

July 31, ROME — Silvio Berlsuconi’s 20-year political career risks coming to an abrupt halt as his challenge to a fraud conviction enters a second day. Berlusconi and three others were convicted in October of tax fraud in the purchase of TV rights for Berlusconi’s Mediaset network. The three-time former premier was sentenced to four […]

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Investigators: Spain train driver was on phone when it crashed

Investigators: Spain train driver was on phone when it crashed

July 31, MADRID — The driver was on the phone with a colleague and apparently looking at a document as his train barreled ahead at 95 mph (153 kph) — almost twice the speed limit. Suddenly, a notorious curve was upon him. He hit the brakes too late. The train, carrying 218 passengers in eight […]

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Turkey Pregnant women gather to protest Sufi thinker

Turkey Pregnant women gather to protest Sufi thinker

July 30, – A new round appears to have opened in the fight between religious and secular interests in Turkey. Turkish citizens took to the streets after an Islamic pundit described appearing heavily pregnant in public as immoral. “It’s my body. It’s my decision.” Under this motto, hundreds of women – many of them very […]

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Two Swiss trains collide, 44 injured, driver feared dead

Two Swiss trains collide, 44 injured, driver feared dead

July 30, – The crash happened in Granges-pres-Marnand in Vaud canton, about 50km (30 miles) south-west of the capital, Bern. At least 35 people have been injured, five of them seriously, in a collision between two trains in western Switzerland. The regional trains collided head-on in the early evening. The driver of one of the […]

July 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
France struggles to separate Islam and the state

France struggles to separate Islam and the state

July 29, TRAPPES, France — Riots broke out over a full-face Islamic veil. A woman may have lost her unborn baby in another confrontation over her face covering. Tensions flared over a supermarket chain’s ad for the end-of-day feast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. France’s enforcement of its prized secularism is inscribed in […]

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Cannes thief walks off with $53 million worth of jewels in midday heist

Cannes thief walks off with $53 million worth of jewels in midday heist

July 28, PARIS  — A staggering 40 million euro ($53 million) worth of diamonds and other jewels were stolen Sunday from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, in one of Europe’s biggest jewelry heists in recent years, police said. One expert noted the crime follows recent jail escapes by members of the notorious “Pink Panther” […]

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BBC presenter Stuart Hall sentenced for sex attacks on girls

BBC presenter Stuart Hall sentenced for sex attacks on girls

July 28, London – Disgraced BBC presenter Stuart Hall had his prison sentence for a series of sex assaults on girls doubled yesterday. Three Appeal Court judges ruled that his original 15-month term was “inadequate” and should be increased to 30 months. The former It’s A Knockout host, 83, was told that he will not […]

July 27, 2013 | By More
Turkish PM Erdogan threatens to sue UK’s Times

Turkish PM Erdogan threatens to sue UK’s Times

July 27, – Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Times of “renting out its pages for money”. Turkey’s prime minister has threatened legal action against a UK newspaper for publishing an open letter criticising his handling of recent protests. Hollywood celebrities and academics were among those who signed the letter this week accusing Turkey’s government of […]

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