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German MPs to vote on Greek bailout : Europe

Greece bailout: Merkel faces test as German MPs vote on deal 19 August 2015 From the section Europe A majority of German MPs are expected to vote in favour of the controversial third Greek bailout later on Wednesday. But the vote threatens to be overshadowed by an expected rebellion in Chancellor...

Former 'troll' wins Russian damages : Europe

Ex-Russian 'troll' wins lawsuit against propaganda 'factory' 18 August 2015 From the section Europe A former Russian internet "troll" has been awarded one rouble ($0.01) in damages after she sued her ex-employer to expose it as a propaganda...

Paris survivor sues French media : Europe

Paris shootings survivor sues French media 18 August 2015 From the section Europe A man who hid from the Charlie Hebdo gunmen is suing French media who revealed his whereabouts.Lilian Lepere stayed under a sink for eight hours after the gunmen began a siege at the printing shop in which he worked...

Spanish woman faces 'gag law' fine : Europe

'Gag law': Spaniard who photographed police faces fine 18 August 2015 From the section Europe Spanish police are looking to fine a woman who photographed officers parking in a disabled spot under a controversial new "gag law".New public security laws were introduced in July and...

Calais centre to target traffickers : Europe

Calais migrant crisis: UK-French centre to fight people smugglers 20 August 2015 From the section UK British police are to work with French officers and the UK Border Force at a new "command and control centre" in Calais, the UK government says. The centre will target the criminals who...

Turkish PM abandons coalition bid : Europe

Turkey PM Davutoglu abandons MHP coalition bid 18 August 2015 From the section Europe Turkey's prime minister has said he has exhausted all options to form a coalition government after talks with the nationalist MHP failed, pushing the country closer to fresh elections.Ahmet Davutoglu was...

Is France’s supermarket waste law heading for Europe? : Europe

Is France’s supermarket waste law heading for Europe? 18 August 2015 From the section Magazine A French law that bans supermarkets from destroying unsold food and obliges them to give it to charity is irritating retailers who say they already make a big effort to fight waste.Under the law,...

Church lends weight to Putin patriotism : Europe

Russian Orthodox Church lends weight to Putin patriotism 21 August 2015 From the section Europe A raid by Russian Orthodox vigilantes on "blasphemous" artworks in central Moscow has highlighted the influence of traditional, ultra-conservative values in President Vladimir Putin's...

Nazi gold train 'found in Poland' : Europe

Nazi gold train 'found in Poland' 19 August 2015 From the section Europe Two people in Poland say they may have found a Nazi train rumoured to be full of gold, gems and guns that disappeared in World War Two, Polish media say.The train is believed to have gone missing near what is now...

Turkish troops killed in bomb attack : Europe

Turkish troops killed in bomb attack in Siirt province 19 August 2015 From the section Europe Eight Turkish soldiers have been killed in a bomb attack in the south-eastern province of Siirt, the army says.The bomb exploded on a highway as a military vehicle was passing. Seven more soldiers were...

Row over Rachmaninoff reburial bid : Europe

Russia: Rachmaninoff reburial bid riles composer's family 19 August 2015 Share Email Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin A row has broken out between Russia's controversial culture minister and the family of the great composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, who died in exile in the United States in...

Spanish festival drops Jewish singer : Europe

Jewish groups protest as Spain festival drops US singer 18 August 2015 From the section Europe Jewish groups have criticised a Spanish festival for cancelling an appearance by a Jewish-American singer because he refused to air his political views.Matisyahu, a reggae singer, had been due to appear...

Festival invites Jewish singer back : Europe

Matisyahu row: Jewish singer invited back to festival 19 August 2015 From the section Europe A Jewish-American singer whose concert in Spain was cancelled after he refused to share his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been invited back to perform.Rap and reggae singer Matisyahu had...

Russian vandal raid angers art chiefs : Europe

Russian art chiefs condemn 'Orthodox' raid on Sidur works 20 August 2015 From the section Europe Top art gallery directors in Russia have denounced vandalism by Orthodox Christian activists who attacked a Moscow art exhibition last week.In an open letter the gallery chiefs condemned the...

Are modern blocks of flats modelled on Roman insulae? : Europe

Are modern blocks of flats modelled on Roman insulae? 20 August 2015 From the section Magazine Today the world is looking again towards high-rise living to deal with housing its burgeoning population. The Romans got there first, writes Prof Andrew Wallace-Hadrill. When London's population...

German refugee riot leaves 17 hurt : Europe

Germany refugee riot over torn Koran leaves 17 hurt 20 August 2015 From the section Europe An argument over a Koran that erupted at a shelter in central Germany has led to violence in which 11 refugees and six police were injured.Twenty people tried to lynch an Afghan man of 25 after he tore pages...

Germany 'will cope with migrants' : Europe

Europe migrant crisis: Germany 'will cope with surge' 19 August 2015 From the section Europe The German government has insisted that it will not be overwhelmed by a substantial increase in the number of migrants heading for the country.Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that his...

Russia to show mega H-bomb replica : Europe

Russia to display mega H-bomb copy in Moscow 18 August 2015 From the section Europe Russia will display a replica of the most powerful nuclear device ever to be exploded - the Soviet "Tsar Bomba" - near the Kremlin in Moscow next month.The AN-602 hydrogen bomb casings will be the main...

Norway jails whisky-drinking co-pilot : Europe

Norway jails Latvian whisky-drinking airBaltic co-pilot 18 August 2015 From the section Europe A Latvian co-pilot who admitted drinking whisky and beer hours before an airBaltic flight from Norway to Crete has been jailed for six months.Two flight attendants were also given prison sentences of 45...

Slovakia 'to refuse Muslim migrants' : Europe

Migrants crisis: Slovakia 'will only accept Christians' 19 August 2015 From the section Europe Slovakia says it will only accept Christians when it takes in Syrian refugees under a EU relocation scheme. The country is due to receive 200 people from camps in Turkey, Italy and Greece under...

Thousands flock to see bee-eaters : Europe

Rare bee-eater birds at Cumbrian quarry attract thousands 17 August 2015 From the section Cumbria Visitors have flocked to Cumbria to see two pairs of rare bee-eater birds which set up their home at a quarry.The birds, which are native to southern Europe, set up nests by burrowing tunnels in the...

Myth-busting the 'Nazi gold train' : Europe

Poland's 'Nazi gold train' find: Myth and reality 20 August 2015 From the section Europe The Silesian Nazi gold train legend has intrigued Poles for decades and caused many treasure hunts. The legend goes that in late 1944 or early 1945, as the Red Army advanced further westwards...

Russians bust illicit cheese gang : Europe

Russia sanctions: Contraband cheese gang rounded up 18 August 2015 From the section Europe Russian police say they have smashed a gang producing millions of dollars worth of contraband cheese. Six people were detained accused of making cheese worth $30m (£19m) using ingredients from the West....

Hungary police to 'defend' border : Europe

Hungary sends police to deter migrants on Serbia border 18 August 2015 From the section Europe Hungary says it will send thousands of police officers to its southern border with Serbia in its latest step to stem the flow of migrants.Prime ministerial spokesman Janos Lazar said "increasingly...

Lightning strikes Google data centre : Europe

Google loses data as lightning strikes 19 August 2015 From the section Technology Google says data has been wiped from discs at one of its data centres in Belgium - after it was struck by lightning four times.Some people have permanently lost access to their files as a result.A number of disks...

Carlsberg cuts profit forecast : Europe

Carlsberg shares fall after brewer cuts profit forecast 19 August 2015 From the section Business Shares of Danish brewer Carlsberg are falling sharply, after the company lowered its annual profit forecast.The company blamed the "market decline in Eastern Europe" for offsetting strength...

Russia jails seized Estonian 'spy' : Europe

Estonia border guard: Russia jails Eston Kohver 19 August 2015 From the section Europe A court in Russia has sentenced Estonian security official Eston Kohver to 15 years in prison for espionage and other charges.Kohver was detained at the Russian border on last September in a case that provoked a...

Dementia levels 'are stabilising' : Europe

Dementia levels 'are stabilising' 21 August 2015 From the section Health The proportion of people living with dementia is levelling-off in parts of western Europe, a report says. The University of Cambridge study shows the proportion of elderly people with the condition in the UK has...

Gabon leader in inheritance pledge : Europe

Gabon's President Bongo 'to give away father's inheritance' 18 August 2015 From the section Africa Gabon's President Ali Bongo has pledged to give away all the money he inherits from his father, to set up a foundation for the country's youth."In my eyes we are...

Bundesbank sees 'solid' German growth : Europe

Bundesbank predicts 'solid' German economic growth 17 August 2015 From the section Business Economic growth in Germany is set to be "solid" in the second half of the year, the country's central bank has said.The Bundesbank said growth in the country would be boosted by...

Finland considers basic income reform : Europe

Finland considers basic income to reform welfare system 20 August 2015 From the section Europe The Finnish government is considering a pilot project that would see the state pay people a basic income regardless of whether they work. The details of how much the basic income might be and who would...

Denmark police hunt Rodin thieves : Europe

Denmark police hunt pair who stole Rodin bust 21 August 2015 From the section Europe Police in Denmark are hunting for two thieves who stole a small bust by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin from a museum in Copenhagen in broad daylight. The theft of the bronze sculpture happened in July but...

British embassy in Iran to reopen : Europe

UK embassy in Tehran to reopen after thaw in British-Iranian relations 20 August 2015 From the section UK Britain is to reopen its embassy in Tehran, four years after it closed.Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will visit Iran at the weekend with a delegation of business leaders, a senior...

The Britons among the Calais migrants : Europe

Calais migrant crisis: The Britons in the 'Jungle' 17 August 2015 From the section Magazine Thousands of migrants are camped in and around Calais. A handful of British people can be found there too. What are they doing?Matthew Wright grew tired of shouting at the TV."I got sick of...

Europe's challenge not just about Greece : Europe

Europe's economic challenge not just about Greece 18 August 2015 From the section Europe comments There was a moment in 2010 when I was in a lift inside the Berlaymont building in Brussels - the headquarters of the EU's executive branch.Two colleagues entered and one said to the other,...

French National Front expels founder : Europe

French National Front expels founder Jean-Marie Le Pen 20 August 2015 From the section Europe France's Jean-Marie Le Pen has been expelled from the far-right National Front (FN) following a feud with daughter and party leader Marine. Mr Le Pen, who was honorary president, was dismissed after...

Greek MPs approve bailout deal : Europe

Greece crisis: MPs back €85bn bailout in marathon debate 14 August 2015 From the section Europe comments The Greek parliament has backed a new bailout deal after an all-night debate, despite a rebellion by many MPs in the governing Syriza party.The deal requires tax rises and more tough...

Germany 'to expect 750,000 refugees' : Europe

Germany to expect 750,000 refugees in 2015 - reports 18 August 2015 From the section Europe The number of refugees seeking asylum in Germany could surge to 750,000 this year, according to reports citing official projections.The government in Berlin had earlier forecast that 450,000 asylum seekers...

Sofia grasses over tram lines : Europe

Bulgaria: Sofia goes green with grass tram lines 18 August 2015 Share Email Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin Bulgaria's capital is grassing over some of its tram lines as part of a programme to make the city greener.An initial 60m (197ft) stretch of the "green rails" has already...

Merkel faces revolt over Greek deal : Europe

Greece bailout: Merkel faces rebellion by MPs as key vote looms 18 August 2015 From the section Europe A German parliamentary vote on the controversial third Greek bailout on Wednesday has been overshadowed by an expected rebellion in Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right party.The...

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Three Western myths about Japan

Three Western myths about Japan 20 August 2015 From the section Magazine National and racial stereotypes are often hard to dispel, but in the case of Japan, argues Dr Chris Harding of Edinburgh University, people in the West seem particularly determined to cling on to a set of long-established...

Guilt trip: Is holidaying more hassle than it's worth?

Guilt trip: Is holidaying more hassle than it's worth? 21 August 2015 From the section Business For some people holidaying is not a problem. They can compartmentalise their lives and go off without a care in the world. But for the rest of us, it's not that simple. We experience a lot of...

Why is the UK still knocking down historic cinemas?

Why is the UK still knocking down historic cinemas? 21 August 2015 From the section Magazine The number of cinemas in the UK has fallen hugely since World War Two. Is enough being done to ensure historic venues are preserved?The bulldozers are waiting to smash the Futurist. For 70 years the cinema...

Wolfpack brothers let loose

Wolfpack brothers let loose 21 August 2015 From the section Entertainment & Arts They've been described as "a lost tribe" - six brothers growing up in the heart of New York City, who were rarely allowed out of their tiny apartment. Now though, the Angulo brothers have been...

How firms are fighting off spies and hackers

How firms are fighting off spies and hackers 21 August 2015 From the section Business It's two years since Edward Snowden leaked details of massive covert surveillance operations conducted by the US National Security Agency and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).It...

Is Cameron facing Lords log-jam?

Is David Cameron facing a Lords log-jam? 21 August 2015 From the section UK Politics For the first time a Conservative government does not have a majority in the Lords meaning the Upper House could block key policies. Is David Cameron facing a legislative log jam?In 1945, Clement Atlee's...

Is it worth treating everyone who might get worms?

Is it worth treating everyone who might get worms? 19 August 2015 From the section Magazine About a quarter of the world's population could have worms living in their guts. For many years experts have recommended treating large groups at risk of infection - but is this mass approach...