French court refuses to extradite ex-Kosovo PM Haradinaj to Serbia
A French court on Thursday rejected a request by Serbia to extradite former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, who Belgrade accuses of committing war crimes during the 1998-1999 war in the Serbian Kosovo.
Russian citizen of Kyrgyz origin ‘possibly behind’ St. Petersburg bombing – Kyrgyz security official
A Russian citizen of Kyrgyz origin may be behind Monday’s blast in the St. Petersburg Metro that left at least 14 people dead, Rahat Sulaimanov, a spokesman for Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security (GKNB), said.
EU 'will not be intimidated by threats' on Brexit: Tusk
The European Union will not bow to "threats" from Britain that it is prepared to walk away from Brexit talks without a deal, the bloc's president, Donald Tusk, said Wednesday.
Dutch head to polls amid tense immigration policy debate
Up to 13 million Dutch voters are heading to the polls on Wednesday to elect 150 members of the lower house of parliament in a symbolic Euroscepticism showdown that seems to have split society along the immigration policy divide.
Employers can ban wearing of visible religious symbols – top EU court
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that employers can ban staff from wearing visible religious symbols at work in the first case of its kind before the EU’s top court.
‘You’re Erdogan’s hostage, close borders,’ far-right populist Wilders tells Dutch PM
The war of words between Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and far-right populist Geert Wilders exploded in a face to face debate on Monday as Wilders called on Rutte to close the Netherlands’ borders.
Moscow accuses Ukraine of misleading intl court, denies terrorism & racial discrimination claims
Russia has rejected accusations of financing terrorism and discriminating against Ukrainians and Tatars in Crimea during hearings in a lawsuit brought by Ukraine in The Hague. Moscow says Kiev is twisting facts and using the trial for political gain.
Lavrov dismisses allegations that Russia plotted Montenegro coup as ‘unsubstantiated’
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov slammed recent allegations that Russian authorities were involved in last year's coup attempt in Montenegro as unsubstantiated.
Spain’s Princess Cristina acquitted in fraud case, husband jailed for 6 years
The sister of the Spanish king has been acquitted of being an accessory to tax fraud at the end of a landmark trial which saw Princess Cristina’s husband sentenced to over six years in prison on charges including fraud, tax evasion and embezzlement.
Riots & clashes erupt in Paris suburb after man ‘raped with baton’ by police (VIDEOS)
The Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis was gripped by a night of protests and rioting amid the outrage at the sexual assault a 22-year-old black man allegedly suffered there at the hands of four police officers during a routine ID check.
Soldier shoots knife attacker near Louvre in Paris: police sources
A soldier shot and seriously injured a man who tried to attack him with a knife on Friday near the Louvre museum in Paris, police sources told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Survivors found in avalanche-hit hotel in Italy
At least six people have been found alive by rescuers following a devastating avalanche that buried an Italian mountain hotel, according to emergency responders and local media.
Many people feared dead in Italian hotel hit by avalanche after quake - reports
Up to 30 people are feared dead, after an Italian hotel was struck by an avalanche following a series of earthquakes, according to media reports.
Rome metro suspended as earthquake hits central Italy
A 5.3 magnitude earthquake has struck central Italy, with tremors reportedly felt across the regions of Abruzzo, Marche and Lazio, including the city of Rome.
Italian conservative Tajani wins race to head European Parliament
Centre-right politician Antonio Tajani was elected the new president of the European Parliament on Tuesday after defeating his socialist rival, a fellow Italian, in a daylong series of votes.
Istanbul nightclub attack suspect confesses
A 34-year-old Uzbek man suspected of mowing down 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve confessed on Tuesday to the massacre, Turkish authorities said.
Turkish cargo plane crashes into Kyrgyzstan village, dozens dead
A Turkish cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport on Monday, killing at least 37 people, most of them residents of a village struck by the Boeing 747 as it tried to land in dense fog, Kyrgyz officials said.
MPs back new Turkey constitution cementing Erdogan's power
The Turkish parliament on Sunday passed in a first reading a controversial bill bolstering the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan that critics claim will lead to one-man rule.
What changes under Turkey's new constitution plan?
Turkey's parliament has passed in a first reading a controversial new draft constitution aimed at expanding the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Belgium charges two new suspects over Paris attacks: prosecutor
Belgium has charged two new suspects in connection with the attacks in Paris in November 2015, claimed by the Islamic State group, which killed 130 people, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Dutch journalists criticize MH17 probe results after finding ‘many pieces’ still at crash site
Two Dutch journalists proved it is not “too dangerous” to collect evidence at the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine when one visited the area, but Dutch police confiscated everything the reporters collected there, along with their cellphones and laptops.
Norway court reviews Breivik's 'inhumane' prison conditions
A Norway court on Tuesday begins examining the state's appeal against a ruling that it has treated mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik "inhumanely" since he was jailed for killing 77 people in 2011.
Cold snap claims 10 more victims in Poland
Ten people have died in Poland as bitterly cold weather swept Europe, bringing the toll of hypothermia deaths in the country to 65 since November, authorities said Monday.
16 arrested over Kardashian Paris robbery: police sources
French police arrested 16 people in the Paris region early Monday over the robbery of US reality TV star Kim Kardashian in Paris last year, police sources said.
Turkey to begin debating new Erdogan powers
Turkey's parliament on Monday begins debating a controversial new draft constitution aimed at expanding the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan that is expected to be put to a referendum by the spring.
Italian populist urges abandoning UKIP in EU Parliament
The head of Italy's populist Five Star movement (M5S) said Sunday he wants to abandon a eurosceptic alliance in the European Parliament with Britain's UKIP party, which will leave the legislature after Brexit.
Police launch raids in Istanbul as hunt for nightclub gunman intensifies
Police launched a raid on an Istanbul neighbourhood late Monday in connection with the Reina nightclub attack, which left 39 people dead on New Year’s Day.
Syrian refugee who asked ISIS for €180,000 for bombings in Europe detained in Germany
A Syrian asylum seeker has been detained in Germany on suspicion of asking ISIS for money to buy and booby trap cars to kill a large number of "non-Muslim" people in “Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands,” German authorities say.
ISIS claims responsibility for Istanbul nightclub attack
The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) international terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the New Year’s Eve shooting in a crowded Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people.
Asylum seekers scam German aid program for millions by applying with ‘up to 12’ fake IDs
A special commission in the northern German city of Braunschweig will investigate over 300 cases of fraud committed by asylum applicants, who gamed the welfare system by using multiple IDs to claim benefits – and that may just be the tip of the iceberg.
‘Extremely violent, organized:’ 1,000 migrants storm Spanish enclave bordering Morocco (VIDEO)
About 1,000 migrants have tried to force their way into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta bordering Morocco by storming a wired border fence. Local officials say dozens of security forces from both Spain and Morocco have been injured.
Erdogan brands Istanbul attack ‘dirty game,’ vows to crush terrorism
President Tayyip Erdogan has dubbed the New Year’s Eve shooting spree that left 39 people dead at an Istanbul night club “dirty games,” vowing Turkey will fight to the end against all forms of terrorist attacks.
Huge manhunt in Turkey after gunman kills dozens in Istanbul nightclub
Police in Turkey's most populous city launched a huge manhunt on Sunday for a gunman who killed at least 39 people, many of them foreigners, at a nightclub packed with New Year's revellers, in an attack officials described as a terrorist act.
Shares in Berlusconi firm Mediaset jump as Vivendi eyes big stake
Shares in Mediaset surged in Milan Tuesday after French media conglomerate Vivendi said it was pushing to raise its stake in the Italian TV company.
‘Terror has no borders’: Eyewitnesses of Berlin market carnage relay horrifying details to RT
“It’s like you cannot be safe anywhere,” an eyewitness told RT following the horrifying suspected terrorist attack on a Berlin Christmas market which claimed the lives of at least nine people and injured dozens more.
‘Russian ambassador assassination is quantum jump in terrorism’
The assassination of the Russian ambassador targeted not only Moscow-Ankara relations, but envisaged the resolution of the Syrian conflict coming undone, namely the cooperation between Turkey, Russia and Iran, former Turkish ambassador to the US, Osman Faruk Logoglu told RT.
12 dead, many injured as truck plows into Christmas market in Berlin in likely terrorist attack
Germany is reeling after a truck plowed into a Christmas market in western Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more in a suspected terrorist attack.
In Fillon, conservative voters choose a clear vision for France
By overwhelmingly backing former prime minister François Fillon, voters in the primary held by France's centre-right on Sunday opted for an economically liberal, socially conservative candidate whose vision for France leaves little ambiguity.
Dozens injured, hundreds arrested in riot at Bulgaria refugee camp
Around 1,500 migrants have rioted in Bulgaria's largest refugee camp, triggering clashes that left two dozen police injured and prompted the arrest of hundreds of protesters, officials said.
Woman killed in attack on retirement home in France, manhunt underway
At least one person has been murdered after an armed man stormed a retirement home for monks in Montpellier, France, on Thursday evening. Special police units cleared the building, but the suspect remains at large.
1 in 3 refugee kids vanished after Calais ‘Jungle’ camp demolition – charity
After the demolition of the Calais ‘Jungle’ migrant camp, about a third of the children previously residing in the squalor who were being tracked by a UK charity have now reportedly gone missing.
Blast in southern Turkey kills two, injures 16
Two people were killed when a car exploded early Thursday outside a government building in the southern Turkish city of Adana, officials said.
‘EU betrays own principles’: RT’s editor-in-chief slams ‘free speech doublethink’
For decades the EU has been lecturing Russia and touting freedom of speech as one of its core principles, but hypocritically dismissed it as an unnecessary luxury once their narrative was challenged, RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said.
'At war with Russia’: EU Parliament approves resolution to counter Russian media ‘propaganda’
MEPs in Strasbourg have voted on a non-legislative resolution which calls for the EU to “respond to information warfare by Russia.”
‘Ridiculous & insane hysteria’: Russia placed alongside ISIS in new EU resolution debated by MEPs
The EU Parliament is debating a resolution that aims to establish measures “to tackle Russian and ISIS propaganda.” In the latest wake of anti-Russia sentiment, the British parliament will also hear a report denouncing public figures with alleged Russia links.
National security breach? French prosecutors probe Hollande’s alleged mishandling of classified docs
A scandal surrounding a book called ‘A President Shouldn’t Say That’ is seeing a new twist. French prosecutors are investigating a potential national security breach, after Francois Hollande allegedly left secret files right in front of reporters.
Turkey dismisses over 15,000 in latest coup purge
Turkey on Tuesday dismissed over 15,000 more civil servants, police officers and military personnel within the state of emergency imposed after the July failed coup, in a purge that shows no sign of slowing.
Russia accuses Ukraine of abducting two soldiers in Crimea
Russia has accused Ukraine of abducting two Russian servicemen on the annexed Crimea peninsula, but Kiev said it had merely detained two Ukrainian army deserters.
Turkey PM says withdrawing controversial child sex conviction bill
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday a controversial bill which could overturn men's convictions for child-sex assault if they married their victim would be withdrawn after a public backlash.
Asking if Hitler was worse than Israel 'inappropriate': Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said it would be "inappropriate" to ask who was the more barbarous out of Israel and Hitler, in comments likely to put renewed strain on ties with the Jewish state.
Sarkozy's comeback in tatter as he’s knocked out of French presidential primary
Nicolas Sarkozy, whose dream of a triumphant return to the French presidency was destroyed at the first hurdle Sunday, failed to shake off a reputation as one of the country's most divisive figures.
Merkel may announce bid for fourth term Sunday: party
Following weeks of speculation whether she would remain at the helm of Europe's top economic power, Merkel, 62, will address reporters at 1800 GMT Sunday after a meeting of leaders of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party.
Turkish police detain 73 academics in ongoing post-coup crackdown
Turkish police detained 73 academics in dawn raids on Friday targeting followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of orchestrating an attempted coup in July, state-run news agency Anadolu reported.
Trump looms large over French presidential race
Donald Trump's election looms large over the race for president of America's oldest ally France, where mainstream candidates all style themselves as uniquely qualified to prevent a similar upset by the far right.
Erdogan accuses Western media of sympathising with coup
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused Western media of sympathising with the failed coup aimed at ousting him from power, as he officially opened a new Ankara-backed English language news channel.
Sarkozy received suitcases full of cash from Libya’s Gaddafi, businessman says
Just days before a crucial French presidential primary, former President Nicolas Sarkozy is facing fresh allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
5 ISIS-linked terror suspects planning attacks in Moscow & southern Russia detained by FSB
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained five members of a group associated with the Islamic State terrorist group, who are believed to have been preparing to carry out terrorist attacks in Moscow and the southern Russian Republic of Ingushetia.
Massive special op against Islamists carried out in 10 federal states, 60 cities
German police have carried out a large-scale operation targeting Islamists across ten German federal states, the country’s Interior Ministry (Bundesministeriums des Innern) reported on Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier poised to be Germany's next president
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is poised to become Germany's next president, after the two main parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's grand right-left coalition agreed to back his nomination, party sources said Monday.
Tensions flare as Turkey heads to vote on new Erdogan powers
Turkey is heading to a referendum on granting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan new powers as early as next spring, ratcheting up tensions amid a crackdown on dissent and pro-Kurdish politicians, analysts say.
Spanish police arrest 56 men in anti-paedophile raid
Spanish police have arrested 56 men in a crackdown against internet child pornography carried out across the country, police said Thursday.
‘Trump effect’ now possible elsewhere due to Western leaders’ images – German finance minister
The Trump phenomenon is now cause for concern in the West as leaders in politics, business and society have stained reputations and lose ground to “demagogic populism,” Germany’s finance minister warns, urging established elites to heed the lesson.
Ukrainian commandos planning attacks with explosives & weapons detained in Crimea – FSB
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said it prevented a sabotage attack plotted by Ukrainian military intelligence operatives in the southern Russian city of Sevastopol, targeting local infrastructure critical for the civilian population.
Europe needs own army, can’t rely on US forever – EU Commission President
Europe should build its own army and not rely on security guarantees from Washington, the European Commission president said following the election of Donald Trump.
Grenade thrown at French embassy in Greece, policeman hurt
Assailants on a motorcycle threw a grenade at the French embassy in Athens Thursday, slighting wounding a police officer on duty outside, police said.
German police detain five 'IS recruiters'
German police on Tuesday arrested five men suspected of links to the Islamic State group, who allegedly sought to recruit fighters for the jihadists.
Investigators identify plotter of French, Belgian terrorist attacks
French investigators have identified a Syrian-based extremist with Belgian and Moroccan nationalities who is thought to have plotted the attacks in Paris and Brussels, sources close to the case told the AFP on Tuesday.
‘Unacceptable’: Moscow slams US for 'barring Russian diplomats from observing election'
Moscow has blasted the US for limiting Russian diplomats’ access to polling stations to observe the presidential election, calling the move “unacceptable.”
Germany open to receiving 'persecuted' Turks: official
Germany is open to providing protection for Turks who have been "politically persecuted" by Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government in its widening crackdown following a failed putsch, a senior German official said Tuesday.
Turkey puts 36 jihadist suspects on trial over 2015 Ankara bombing
Turkey on Monday put 36 suspects on trial over a double suicide bombing last year blamed on Islamic State jihadists that killed over 100 people in the country's deadliest attack.
Two dead as tornado strikes quake-hit Italy
An Indian national was amongst two people who died after the outskirts of Rome were hit by a tornado powerful enough to uproot trees, overturn cars and damage buildings, Italian authorities said on Monday.
Deadly car bomb blast rips through Kurdish city in Turkey
A car bomb exploded in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir Friday, killing one person and wounding at least 30 others, local officials said.
French police clear thousands of migrants living rough on streets of Paris
French police begun Friday a major operation to move thousands of migrants who have living on the streets of northeastern Paris, just over one week after thousands more were moved from a larger camp in Calais.
Opposition grows to Spain's migrant detention centres
Opposition to Spain's controversial migrant detention centres is growing, with the left-wing mayors of Madrid and Barcelona leading calls to close the facilities, which have been likened to prisons.
Turkey detains leaders of pro-Kurdish party
Turkey detained two co-leaders and nine other lawmakers of Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) early on Friday over reluctance to give testimony for crimes linked to "terrorist propaganda."
Central Italy struck by another earthquake
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck central Italy on Thursday morning in the same region hit by recent strong quakes, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Latest quake leaves Italian heritage in ruins, thousands displaced
Italy's most powerful earthquake in 36 years has left more than 15,000 people homeless, authorities said Monday as the scale of the damage done to irreplacable historic buildings became apparent.
German ex-cop in cannibalism website killing back in dock
A German ex-police officer convicted of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists goes on trial again Tuesday after the verdict against him was overturned on appeal.
Police move in on bulging Paris migrant camp
French police have begun a vast operation to check the “administrative status” of hundreds of migrants amassed in a makeshift camp in northeastern Paris, days after thousands of people were moved from a larger camp in Calais.
Editor of Turkey’s opposition paper Cumhuriyet detained
Turkish police detained the editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, state media reported Monday, while CNN Turk said 13 arrest warrants were issued for journalists and executives from the daily.
Italy trembles: Over 200 aftershocks follow devastating earthquake
The danger of a major new jolt remains in Italy, as over 200 aftershocks were registered following a devastating 6.6 magnitude earthquake in central regions of the country.
Hundreds flee new earthquakes in Italy
Hundreds of people awoke in emergency shelters in Italy on Thursday after fleeing their homes following a series of strong quakes in the same region struck by a devastating tremor two months ago.
Clashes rock Turkey's Diyarbakir after arrest of Kurdish mayors
Turkish police clashed with protesters in Diyarbakir on Wednesday, using tear gas and water cannon to prevent them demonstrating against the detention of the Kurdish-majority city's co-mayors.
Freed Ukrainian pilot back in Russia for jailed compatriots
A Ukrainian pilot released from a Russian prison in May was in Moscow on Wednesday to throw her support behind two compatriots jailed in Russia, her lawyer said.
Anger in NATO, EU as Syria-bound Russian carrier group mulls stopover at Spanish port
Top NATO & EU officials expressed anger at Spain’s permit reportedly issued to a Russian aircraft carrier group to take on fuel and supplies at Ceuta, a city with unclear political status.
Dazed migrants recount ordeal after 'Jungle' blaze
Huddled under blankets, migrants in the Calais "Jungle" recounted Wednesday how they fled a fire that ripped through tents and shacks in the night after the death knell had sounded for the notorious camp.
German police carry out 13 anti-terrorism raids across 5 federal states
German police forces conducted several raids across five federal states in response to an “imminent terror threat,” according to local media. At least one arrest is reported.
Blast near Chamber of Commerce building in Antalya, Turkey, ambulances at scene (VIDEO)
An explosion has rocked the Turkish resort city of Antalya outside the Chamber of Commerce building, local media reported. The blast ripped through a parking lot.
EU fails to agree on new Russia sanctions, Tusk claims Moscow aims to ‘weaken’ bloc
EU leaders reportedly clashed on Russia during a summit Thursday, with some willing to include a threat of new sanctions over Syria in a final statement and others opposing the move. In the end, only individual leaders publicly spoke on the threat.
German cop dies of gun wound from far-right supporter
A German police officer died on Thursday of gunshot injuries sustained in a raid against a member of the shadowy far-right group "Citizens of the Reich", authorities said.
Russian student who followed IS lover to Syria faces 'terrorist' trial
Police in bullet-proof vests guard a military court for the terrorism trial of Varvara Karaulova, a slim 20-year-old with braided hair who clutches a page of handwritten notes.
Turkey seeks arrest of judges, prosecutors over 'Gulen app'
Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants on Friday for 189 judges and prosecutors over suspected links with the US-based Islamic cleric accused of ordering the failed July coup, state media reported.
Syrian suspect in Germany bomb plot commits suicide
A Syrian migrant suspected of planning a bomb attack on a Berlin airport has committed suicide in a detention centre in Leipzig, the Justice Ministry for the state of Saxony said on Wednesday.
Honour Syrian 'heroes' who captured bomb plot suspect, German govt urged
Calls grew Wednesday for Germany to honour and reward three Syrian "heroes" who captured a compatriot suspected of plotting to bomb a Berlin airport.
Lawyers say they will no longer defend Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam
Lawyers for the main suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, said that they will no longer defend him, speaking during a TV interview on Wednesday.
Europe’s prisons are turning criminals into jihadists, study finds
Prisons in Europe have turned into breeding grounds for jihadist groups, according to a major study on criminal-terrorist networks by a British think tank published Tuesday.
Putin & Erdogan talk restoring trade, Turkish Stream, Syria cooperation in Istanbul
Russia and Turkey are set to find common ground on Syria, revamp stalled energy projects and boost bilateral trade, closing a sour chapter in relations with an array of deals as President Putin and President Erdogan meet in Istanbul.
President Hollande may cancel Paris meeting with Putin after Aleppo veto
French President Francois Hollande is weighing up whether to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Paris next week after the Kremlin blocked a UN bid to end to the bombing of Aleppo, the French government said Monday.
France threatens Damascus & Moscow with ICC war crimes probe over Aleppo
France says it will ask the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Russia and Damascus in Aleppo.
Syrian refugees capture bomb plot suspect, hand him over to German police
A 22-year-old suspected of plotting a bomb attack, who was the subject of a two-day manhunt in Chemnitz, an eastern German town, was overpowered and tied up by three fellow countrymen, who turned him in to the police after discovering his identity.