Category Archives: Europe

Scottish lawmakers to hold independence vote on eve of Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s parliament is poised to call for an independence referendum Tuesday, another headache for Prime Minister Theresa May as she battles to keep the country united just a day before triggering Brexit. Lawmakers in Edinburgh are expected to vote in

On Brexit eve, Barnier pledges to defend expats’ rights

Michel Barnier

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said he would defend the rights of expatriates once Prime Minister Theresa May triggers Britain’s withdrawal from the EU on Wednesday. “Brexit made EU citizens worry about their future in EU27 and

Britain’s new pound coin enters circulation

Britain’s new £1 coin with the symbols of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland goes into circulation from Tuesday on the eve of the launch of a Brexit process that has put national unity in doubt. The 12-sided coin is

S. Africa’s Gordhan ordered home from London

Pravin Gordhan

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is set to return to South Africa early on Tuesday after being ordered home from London by President Jacob Zuma, hours before a court hearing over the closure of accounts belonging to friends of the president.

Qatar Airways chief says laptop ban not designed to hurt Gulf carriers

Qatar Airways’ chief executive said on Monday he did not believe the ban on carrying most electronics in the cabins of passenger flights to the United States from eight Muslim majority countries was designed to hurt Gulf airlines. The US

From Syria to Detroit, we are all migrants, sings bluesman Bibb

Eric Bibb

“Migration Blues,” a new album from veteran bluesman Eric Bibb, uses the sounds of the American South to tell the tale of everyone from 1920s farmers fleeing the Dust Bowl for California to refugees crossing the Mediterranean to Europe in

London attacker ‘interested in extremism’ but no evidence of ISIS link

Khalid Masood

British police said on Monday they had found no evidence that Khalid Masood, who killed four people in an attack on Britain’s parliament last week, had any association with ISIS or al-Qaeda, but he was clearly interested in militant extremism.

First warning signs appear for UK’s resilient economy

Britain’s economy has for months defied the cataclysmic predictions made by campaigners for staying in the EU ahead of last year’s referendum but its smooth run shows signs of hitting the skids. As Britain begins the delicate process of extracting

Massive gold coin worth millions stolen from German museum

Thieves broke into the German capital’s Bode Museum before dawn Monday and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions of dollars, police said. Police spokesman Stefen Petersen said thieves apparently entered through a window about 3:30

Is this the end? Adele hints she won’t ever tour again

Adele

As Grammy-winning superstar Adele wraps up her world tour, many fans have wondered whether this could be the 28-year-old’s last. Speaking at her final concert in New Zealand, Adele told a rain-soaked crowd that this could be her last such

Muslim women form human chain across London’s Westminster Bridge

A group of Muslim women formed a human chain across London’s Westminster Bridge on Sunday, the scene of the UK’s recent terror attack, as a show of solidarity with victims. The event, organized by Women’s March on London, saw the

UK police still think Westminster attacker acted alone

British police investigating an assault on Parliament that claimed four victims and wounded dozens say they still believe the assailant acted alone. Police said late Saturday there is no information indicating that further attacks are planned. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil

German state votes in election-year test for Merkel

Anke Rehlinger

German voters went to the polls on Sunday in tiny Saarland state where a resurgent center-left hopes to strike a first blow in their battle to topple Chancellor Angela Merkel this year. Although the state bordering France is home to

Le Pen’s plan to jettison euro spooks French business

Marine Le Pen

The euro — and her fervent wish to withdraw from it — is a central theme of every stump speech by French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. Le Pen calls the single European currency “a knife that you stick

Merkel’s party easily beats center-left in state poll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party easily won a regional election Sunday, dealing an early blow to center-left hopes of ending her more than decade-long reign. In the Saarland state vote held six months before a general election, Merkel’s Christian Democrats

No ‘Love Actually’ when Trump asked Emma for date

Emma Thompson

British actress Emma Thompson said President Donald Trump once called her out of the blue years ago and asked her for a date. The “Love Actually” star turned him down. Thompson told a Swedish television talk show that the bizarre

Antonio Banderas says he’s recovered from a heart attack

Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has recovered from a heart attack that he had in January. The 56-year-old Banderas tells Spanish media that “I suffered a heart attack on Jan. 26, but it wasn’t serious and hasn’t caused

Prince George, 3, to start school in September

Prince George

Prince George, Britain’s third in line to the throne, is to start school in southwest London in September, Kensington Palace announced on Friday. Three-year-old George, the elder child of Prince William and his wife Kate, will attend the private Thomas’s

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