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Pope declares sainthood of two Indians, four Italians

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis conferred sainthood on two Indians and four Italians yesterday, praising their “creative” commitment to helping the poor. Francis added to the roster of Catholic saints a…

US briefs Kuwait, Gulf on Iran nuclear talks – ‘Big gaps’ remain * ‘Moment of truth’ nears

VIENNA: US Secretary of State John Kerry held telephone discussions with Gulf states and other allies yesterday, US officials said, as efforts intensified to reach a deal with Iran on…

Russia ‘has 7,500′ troops in Ukraine – 4 Ukrainian soldiers killed in the east

KIEV: Ukraine said Russia has thousands of troops in its conflict-ravaged east and vowed to boost its own military capacity, ratcheting up tensions yesterday after Kiev’s new coalition pledged to…

Anti-EU party takes second seat in a blow for Cameron

ROCHESTER: Britain’s UK Independence Party (UKIP) celebrated winning its second parliament seat in a blow for the government that further fragments the political landscape ahead of next year’s general election.…

French jihadists call for attacks on homeland – IS video shows Frenchmen burning their passports

PARIS: A horrified France was grappling with a new reality yesterday in which hundreds of its citizens are openly joining jihadist groups and directly calling for attacks on their homeland.…

Metrosexuals be gone: Europe is agog for beards

Jakub Marczewski grew a beard six years ago because he was too lazy to shave. Now he finds himself in the middle of a global trend. The 21-year-old got his…

Second French citizen in IS execution video identified

PARIS: A second Frenchman was identified yesterday after appearing unmasked in a grisly execution video among Islamic State jihadists, many of whom are believed to be Western fighters. Several European…

German FM jets to Kiev, Moscow to revive Ukraine peace plan

KIEV: Germany’s foreign minister jetted to Kiev and Moscow yesterday in a bid to revive a failing peace plan in east Ukraine, as deadly fighting pushed EU-Russia relations to breaking…

Europe olive harvest hit by bad weather, blights – Olive oil – big business in southern EU countries

BEJA: If your favorite bottle of Mediterranean olive oil starts costing more, blame unseasonable European weather – and tiny insects. High spring temperatures, a cool summer and abundant rain are…

35.8 million still trapped in modern-day slavery – 20% more enslaved than originally thought

PARIS: Forced to pick cotton, grow cannabis, prostitute themselves, fight wars or clean up after the wealthy-some 35.8 million people are currently trapped in modern-day slavery, a new report said…

In tit-for-tat, Russia expels several Polish diplomats – EU set for new Ukraine sanctions

MOSCOW: Russia expelled several Polish diplomats for spying yesterday, deepening the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War as the EU eyed fresh sanctions against Moscow over the violence in…

Mudslides kill 4 along Swiss-Italian border

GENEVA: At least four people were killed as landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into houses and buildings on either side of the Swiss Italian border yesterday, police and media…

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