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‘Butcher of Bosnia’ found guilty of genocide

Posted by on 22/11/2017
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‘Butcher of Bosnia’ found guilty of genocide

‘Butcher of Bosnia’ found guilty of genocide

Ex-Bosnian Serb commander gets life in prison   THE HAGUE: A UN tribunal yesterday convicted former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity for orchestrating massacres and ethnic cleansing during Bosnia’s war and sentenced him to life in prison. Mladic, 74, was hustled out of the court minutes before the […]

Portuguese cattle farmers desperately wait for rain

Posted by on 22/11/2017
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Portuguese cattle farmers desperately wait for rain

Portuguese cattle farmers desperately wait for rain

Portugal enduring ‘extreme or severe’ drought conditions   ALPALHAO: Antonio Granadeiro, a cattle farmer who has already lost 20 cows this year, surveys with sadness the fields of his ranch in Alentejo in central Portugal, which have yellowed from the lack of rain. “I have never seen a drought like this,” he says as cows […]

Six Syrians arrested for ‘planning terror attack’ in Germany

Posted by on 21/11/2017
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Six Syrians arrested for ‘planning terror attack’ in Germany

Six Syrians arrested for ‘planning terror attack’ in Germany

FRANKFURT AM MAIN: German police yesterday arrested six Syrian refugees suspected of preparing a terror attack in the name of the Islamic State jihadist group, with media reports saying their target was a Christmas market. The suspects, aged 20 to 28, were detained in dawn raids that saw some 500 police officers swoop on residences […]

As Germany sinks into crisis, president urges compromises

Posted by on 20/11/2017
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As Germany sinks into crisis, president urges compromises

As Germany sinks into crisis, president urges compromises

BERLIN: Germany’s president on Monday urged political parties to find compromises and avoid snap elections, hours after the collapse of high-stakes coalition talks plunged the EU’s top economy into crisis. President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who holds the power to call a new vote, made it clear that this was not his favored option, as he told […]

Women-only festival for Sweden after rape complaints

Posted by on 20/11/2017
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Women-only festival for Sweden after rape complaints

Women-only festival for Sweden after rape complaints

A Swedish comedian announced Sunday the launch of a women-only music festival, after the country’s largest event was cancelled following a string of sexual assault and rape complaints. Organiser Emma Knyckare said the two-day music festival called Statement will be held next summer in the western city of Gothenburg and will allow women to party […]

Germany’s coalition talks hit stumbling block – Immigration

Posted by on 19/11/2017
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Germany’s coalition talks hit stumbling block – Immigration

Germany’s coalition talks hit stumbling block – Immigration

BERLIN: Immigration policy is emerging as one of the thorniest issues dividing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and left-leaning Greens as they seek to forge a coalition government in marathon talks. Here are the three main stumbling blocks on which they will have to reach common positions to avoid snap […]

Helping the poor is a ‘Passport to Paradise,’ Pope Francis says

Posted by on 19/11/2017
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Helping the poor is a ‘Passport  to Paradise,’ Pope Francis says

Helping the poor is a ‘Passport to Paradise,’ Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis welcomed the poor, homeless and unemployed as guests of honor for a Mass and gourmet meal in the Vatican yesterday, saying that helping the needy was one way of obtaining a “passport to paradise”. Francis celebrated a Mass marking the Roman Catholic Church’s first yearly World Day of the Poor, which […]

Hariri announces return to Lebanon as crisis simmers

Posted by on 18/11/2017
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Hariri announces return to Lebanon as crisis simmers

Hariri announces return to Lebanon as crisis simmers

Outgoing PM meets Macron in Paris – Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Germany PARIS: Prime Minister Saad Hariri said he will return to Lebanon for Wednesday’s Independence Day celebrations and explain his situation, after his shock resignation announcement in Saudi Arabia sparked political turmoil. Speaking after talks in Paris yesterday with French President Emmanuel Macron, […]

Merkel warns of tough talks; clock ticks on coalition deal

Posted by on 16/11/2017
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Merkel warns of tough talks; clock ticks on coalition deal

Merkel warns of tough talks; clock ticks on coalition deal

‘Serious differences’ remain, Chancellor warns BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that “serious differences” remain between the parties hoping to form Germany’s next government but voiced hope a deal would emerge, hours before a deadline that could trigger snap polls. We have “very different positions” on some policy issues, Merkel told reporters, adding however that “I […]

Pope auctions Lamborghini

Posted by on 15/11/2017
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Pope auctions Lamborghini

Pope auctions Lamborghini

VATICAN CITY: Luxury sports car maker Lamborghini has presented Pope Francis with a brand-new, special edition Huracan that will be auctioned off with the proceeds donated to charity. Lamborghini officials presented the sleek, white car with yellow-gold detailing to Francis yesterday in front of the Vatican hotel where he lives. The pope promptly blessed it. […]

With just one mosque, Belgrade’s Muslims are forced to improvise

Posted by on 15/11/2017
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With just one mosque, Belgrade’s Muslims are forced to improvise

With just one mosque, Belgrade’s Muslims are forced to improvise

Islamic community says authorities block mosque construction – 20,000 Muslims in Belgrade served by just one mosque   BELGRADE: In the shadow of a demolished mosque, three dozen men gathered in a house in a gloomy district of northern Belgrade. The Muslim call to prayer drifted out through the open door. “This was a family […]

Barcelona protest demands freedom for Catalan leaders

Posted by on 11/11/2017
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Barcelona protest demands freedom for Catalan leaders

Barcelona protest demands freedom for Catalan leaders

BARCELONA: Tens of thousands of Catalans gathered yesterday to demand the release of regional officials who were jailed for their push for independence from Spain, which has left the country mired in a political crisis. The march kicked off in Barcelona, the Catalan capital, at 1600 GMT and come a day after the region’s parliament […]

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