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Russian court rejects parole for jailed Pussy Riot member

Russian court rejects parole for jailed Pussy Riot member

July 27, – A court denied parole for a jailed member of Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot on Friday, state media reported. The Supreme Court of the Mordovia region upheld an earlier decision to deny Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s parole, the official RIA Novosti news agency said. Tolokonnikova was given a 2-year sentence for hooliganism after […]

July 26, 2013 | By More
Spain train crash: Police detain driver as suspect

Spain train crash: Police detain driver as suspect

July 26, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — Spanish police said Friday they arrested the driver of the train that blazed far over the speed limit into a curve and toppled over, killing 78 people, and planned to question him as a suspect for “recklessness.” As suspicion increasingly fell on the driver in Spain’s worst train […]

July 26, 2013 | By More
Spain mourns train crash victims as it hunts for clues

Spain mourns train crash victims as it hunts for clues

July 26, – Spain is in mourning after the country’s worst train crash in decades, which left at least 80 people dead. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but security video footage shows the train derailing on a curve. Since the crash, there has been widespread speculation about the possible cause, with […]

July 26, 2013 | By More
Death toll rises to 77 in Spanish train crash – observers

Death toll rises to 77 in Spanish train crash – observers

July 25, – A train has derailed in north-western Spain, killing at least 77 of its 218 passengers and injuring more than 100, officials in the Galicia region say.   All eight carriages of the Madrid to Ferrol train came off the tracks near the city of Santiago de Compostela. Media reports say the train […]

July 25, 2013 | By More
News update: Deadly train crash in Spain leaves 35 people dead

News update: Deadly train crash in Spain leaves 35 people dead

July 25, Galicia – A train has derailed in north-western Spain, killing at least 35 people and injuring many more, officials in Galicia region have said. All 13 carriages of the train, which was travelling from Madrid to Ferrol, came off the tracks near the city of Santiago de Compostela. Images from the scene showed […]

July 24, 2013 | By More
Casualties reported as Spanish train derails in Galicia

Casualties reported as Spanish train derails in Galicia

July 25, – A train has derailed in north-western Spain, with casualties reported. A high-speed train travelling from Madrid to Ferrol has crashed just outside Santiago de Compostela in the north-western region of Galicia. Sources indicate the train derailed near the station at quarter to nine Spanish time. An emergency response team is on site. […]

July 24, 2013 | By More
Beach smoking ban sparks debate in France

Beach smoking ban sparks debate in France

July 23, – Marisol Touraine told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper she wanted to see more tobacco-free zones, to protect children’s health. A call by France’s health minister for local authorities to ban smoking in parks and on beaches has sparked debate as a heat wave grips the country. The Socialist minister said she hoped […]

July 23, 2013 | By More
UK seeks to automatically block online porn sites

UK seeks to automatically block online porn sites

July 23, London – Internet service providers in Britain will be asked to automatically block access to pornography sites unless customers opt in, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Monday. Cameron announced the move as part of measures to stop extreme sexual images he said were “corroding childhood.” In a speech to a children’s charity, […]

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Philippe becomes Belgium’s 7th King as Albert II abdicates

Philippe becomes Belgium’s 7th King as Albert II abdicates

July 22, – BRUSSELS —  In his first speech as king shortly after his father King Albert II abdicated, Philippe made no attempt to paper over those cracks, instead casting the country’s division between its 6 million Dutch-speaking Flemings and 4.5 million Francophones as one of its strengths. Belgians shouted “Long live the king” Sunday […]

July 21, 2013 | By More
Students with immigrant backgrounds remain isolated in Germany

Students with immigrant backgrounds remain isolated in Germany

July 22, – It’s a trend that has been growing in Germany over the years – despite the country’s attempts at integration: ‘segregated education’ is on the rise – in particular in poorer neighborhoods in the country’s big cities like Cologne, Frankfurt and Berlin, which have large immigrant populations. The choice of school for children […]

July 21, 2013 | By More