Europe

Spain Votes to Break Political Deadlock, Far Left Set to Rise

By Julien Toyer and Emma Pinedo MADRID, June 26 – Spaniards voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election in which the anti-austerity party Podemos is expected to make big gains, potentially delivering a fresh jolt to Europe’s political mainstream after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The last election, in December, broke the mould

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EU Budget Lost Nearly Billion Dollars to Fraud Last Year

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS, May 31 – Nearly $1 billion of European Union funds were given out to fraudulent claimants last year, with the biggest concentrations of suspected false claims in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, data from EU investigators shows. In an annual report published on Tuesday, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) concluded that 888

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Middle East Refugees Help Europe Prosecute War Crimes

By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE, May 27 – European authorities are seeking testimony from some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing Middle East violence as they try to build war crimes cases linked to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. As witnesses to atrocities, they are invaluable to prosecutors preparing trials in European

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Brother of Brussels Suicide Bomber Set for Rio Olympics

BRUSSELS, May 21 – Mourad Laachraoui, the brother of one of the Brussels suicide bombers, has won gold at the European Taekwondo Championships and is now set to compete for Belgium at the Olympic Games in Brazil. Older brother Najim, 24, was one of two suicide bombers who blew himself up at Brussels Airport on

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Turkey Says it Has Met EU Visa Deal Criteria, Delay Unacceptable

By Ece Toksabay ANKARA, May 12 – Turkey has fulfilled the required criteria for visa-free travel to Europe, Ankara’s minister for EU affairs said on Thursday, adding that postponing the deal unfairly was unacceptable – comments which could threaten a wider agreement on migrants. The minister, Volkan Bozkir, said Turkey would not change its counter-terrorism

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Italy Arrests Two People Suspected of Planning Attacks in Rome, London

BARI, Italy, May 10 – Italian police on Tuesday arrested two people as part of an investigation into a militant cell suspected of planning attacks in Rome and London, an investigative source said on Tuesday. The cell had been established in Puglia, in southeastern Italy, “to carry out violent attacks with the purpose of international

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Pope Returns With 12 Refugees After Visit to Greek Island

By Philip Pullella and Karolina Tagaris LESVOS, Greece April 16 – Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday after visiting the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help. At a sprawling fenced complex

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German Spy Chief Says Daesh Wants to Attack But No Firm Plan Known

BERLIN, April 10 – Daesh wants to carry out attacks in Germany and the security situation is “very serious”, the head of the country’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV) told a Sunday newspaper, adding that he knew of no concrete plot to strike. The militant group released a video on Tuesday suggesting it may carry out further

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Pope Francis to Visit Greek Migrant Island of Lesvos on April 16

VATICAN CITY, April 7 – Pope Francis will make a lightning trip to the Greek island of Lesvos on April 16, the Vatican said on Thursday, in a visit aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the front line of Europe’s migrant crisis. Hundreds of thousands of refugees, many fleeing the war in Syria,

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Anger Simmers as Greek Islands Adapt to Migrant Deal

By Karolina Tagaris and Renee Maltezou ATHENS/LESBOS, Greece, April 6 – A day after Greece deported hundreds of migrants to Turkey under an EU deal meant to discourage others from making the same perilous journey to Europe, anger was simmering on Greek islands and asylum applications were piling up. Under the pact, Ankara will take

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