EUROPE

Trump-era US Europe rift wide open at Munich security talks

Trump-era US Europe rift wide open at Munich security talks

February 16, 2019 9:21 pm

Munich: The US and European powers voiced sharply differing views on issues from Mideast security to trade Saturday, laying bare a deep trans-Atlantic rift in the era of President Donald Trump. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders at a three-day international security conference voiced dismay at a range of Trump decisions deemed hostile to America’s NATO allies. In one awkward moment […]

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Vatican defrocks former US cardinal for sex abuse of minor

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal for sex abuse of minor

February 16, 2019 4:12 pm

Vatican City: Pope Francis has defrocked a former cardinal in a first for the Catholic church over accusations American Theodore McCarrick sexually abused a teenager 50 years ago, a Vatican statement said Saturday. McCarrick, 88, who resigned from the Vatican’s College of Cardinals in July, is the first cardinal ever to be defrocked for sex abuse. He was found guilty in January by […]

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Pence demands EU allies leave Iran nuclear deal

Pence demands EU allies leave Iran nuclear deal

February 14, 2019 7:47 pm

Warsaw: US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday demanded that European Union allies leave the Iran nuclear deal and warned of further US sanctions on Tehran. Speaking at a conference in Poland attended by Israel and senior Arab leaders, Pence denounced Iran as the “greatest threat to peace and security in the Middle East” and accused the clerical regime of plotting a “new Holocaust” with its regional ambitions. Pence […]

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French 'yellow vest' boxer receives one-year sentence

French ‘yellow vest’ boxer receives one-year sentence

February 14, 2019 10:25 am

Paris: A former boxer who became a hero to some of France’s “yellow vest” protesters after beating up police officers during a demonstration was convicted on Wednesday and given a one-year prison term. Ignoring prosecution calls for a significantly heavier sentence, the judge said that Christophe Dettinger, a former national light-heavyweight champion, would have easy open prison terms which […]

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UK and Russia hold first talks in over a year

Man Utd, PSG face UEFA investigation after fan incidents

February 13, 2019 11:45 pm

Paris: UEFA on Wednesday announced that disciplinary proceedings had begun against both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain after numerous incidents involving their supporters during Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Old Trafford. Both sides face charges that their fans threw objects during the last 16, first leg, which PSG won 2-0. PSG’s former United winger Angel […]

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The European Commission on Wednesday proposed adding seven countries including Saudi Arabia

Brussels proposes adding Saudi Arabia to EU money laundering blacklist

February 13, 2019 9:29 pm

Brussels: The European Commission on Wednesday proposed adding seven countries including Saudi Arabia to the EU’s money-laundering blacklist of governments that do too little to thwart the financing of terrorism and organised crime. The move comes as tensions between Riyadh and European capitals are heightened over the murder last year of the columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The proposal must now be approved by […]

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'Fake news' on Stalin's famine still festers Polish director

‘Fake news’ on Stalin’s famine still festers: Polish director

February 11, 2019 9:30 am

Berlin: Polish director Agnieszka Holland has premiered a film about the cover-up of Stalin’s mass famine in Ukraine with the complicity of the West, arguing this early example of “fake news” was still toxic today. Holland’s “Mr Jones”, premiered Sunday at the Berlin film festival, stars James Norton as crusading Welsh journalist Gareth Jones who risked his life to expose the atrocity. Peter Sarsgaard (“The Looming Tower”) […]

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At Dubai summit, IMF chief warns Britain on Brexit challenge

At Dubai summit, IMF chief warns Britain on Brexit challenge

February 10, 2019 8:01 pm

Dubai: The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Sunday that the British exit from the European Union means it “will never be as good as it is now” for the country’s economy. Christine Lagarde spoke at the World Government Summit in Dubai, which also saw Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri make an own investment pitch for his small country, now struggling through a major economic crisis […]

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‘Hitler’ paintings fail to sell at Nuremberg auction

February 10, 2019 9:17 am

Nuremberg (Germany): Five paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler failed to find buyers at an auction Saturday held amid anger at the sale of Nazi memorabilia. High starting prices of between 19,000 and 45,000 euros ($21,000 and $50,000) and lingering suspicions about the authenticity of the artworks were thought to have scared off potential buyers. The Weidler auction house did not comment on […]

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Five 'Hitler' paintings to go under hammer in Nuremberg

Five ‘Hitler’ paintings to go under hammer in Nuremberg

February 9, 2019 10:27 am

Nuremberg: Five paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler will be auctioned off Saturday in the German city of Nuremberg, sparking anger that the Nazi memorabilia market is alive and well. Nuremberg’s mayor Ulrich Maly has condemned the upcoming sale as being “in bad taste,” speaking to Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. Among the items to go under the […]

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