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French police station attacked after veil incident

French police station attacked after veil incident

July 21, Paris – Crowds of youths have thrown stones at French police and set fire to cars in a second night of disturbances in the Paris suburb of Trappes. The trouble was sparked by the arrest of a man whose wife was told by police on Thursday to remove an Islamic face-covering veil, banned […]

July 21, 2013 | By More
Italian court ‘jails five’ over Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster

Italian court ‘jails five’ over Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster

July 20, GROSSETO, Italy — The longest sentence went to the crisis coordinator for Costa Crociere SpA, the cruise company, who was sentenced to two years and 10 months. Concordia’s hotel director was sentenced to two years and six months while two bridge officers and a helmsman got sentences ranging from one year and eight […]

July 20, 2013 | By More
Alcohol deaths in young women rising in UK

Alcohol deaths in young women rising in UK

July 20, – Experts looked at deaths in men and women of all ages in Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester from 1980 to 2011. Deaths from alcohol-related disease in young women are rising, contrary to the overall trend, a study suggests. They said the results for women born in the 1970s should be a “warning signal” […]

July 19, 2013 | By More
Berlusconi associates guilty in sex trial

Berlusconi associates guilty in sex trial

July 19, – Three associates of former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi have been found guilty of procuring prostitutes for his controversial “bunga bunga” parties. Emilio Fede, Lele Mora and Nicole Minetti were given jail sentences of between five and seven years. Last month Mr Berlusconi was given seven years in jail for paying for sex […]

July 19, 2013 | By More
Russian opposition leader Alexie Navalny released

Russian opposition leader Alexie Navalny released

July 19, KIROV, Russia — After the decision, he emerged from the caged-off defendants’ section of the courtroom. He hugged his wife, and thanked the several thousand supporters who had protested his conviction on Manezhnaya Square next to the Kremlin, clapping hands and chanting “Freedom!” and “Putin is a thief!” A Russian court Friday freed […]

July 19, 2013 | By More
Prosecutors ask to free Russian opposition leader

Prosecutors ask to free Russian opposition leader

July 19, KIROV, Russia — A Russian court is deliberating on a surprise request by prosecutors to free opposition leader Alexei Navalny one day after he was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to five years in prison. Navalny is a registered candidate for this fall’s Moscow mayoral election. The request put Friday to the court […]

July 19, 2013 | By More
Putin says war games demonstrate high degree of combat readiness

Putin says war games demonstrate high degree of combat readiness

July 18, MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia can be proud of its military, which has shown a “high degree” of combat readiness during the nation’s biggest war games in more than two decades. “Today we can be proud of our army,” Putin said. The maneuvers, which began Friday and continue through […]

July 17, 2013 | By More
Russian Pussy Riot back in new video after members jailed

Russian Pussy Riot back in new video after members jailed

July 17, MOSCOW — Russian provocateurs Pussy Riot are back in action, releasing a new music video nearly a year after three members went to prison for a prank denouncing Vladimir Putin. The video shows band members in trademark bright-colored ski masks and short skirts, cavorting and shrieking atop an oil rig. Backed by hectic […]

July 17, 2013 | By More
Hot weather: No plans to impose a hosepipe ban

Hot weather: No plans to impose a hosepipe ban

July 16, – Water UK, which represents all major water companies, said there was no need to panic as reservoir levels were where they should be. There are no plans to impose a hosepipe ban despite the heatwave affecting much of the UK. Many parts of the country are looking parched after more than a […]

July 16, 2013 | By More
Shark kills 15-year-old French girl near Indian Ocean beach

Shark kills 15-year-old French girl near Indian Ocean beach

July 16, PARIS — Authorities on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean say a teenage girl was killed by a shark as she snorkeled just a few meters (yards) from the shore. While the French island has seen occasional attacks on surfers farther out from shore, attacks on swimmers close to shore are […]

July 16, 2013 | By More