Turkey and Greece are 'playing with fire', Germany FM warns

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas yesterday urged Greek and Turkish goverments to solve their dispute over overlapping resource claims in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, warning that this could spark a disaster, Euronews reported. During a joint press conference with his Greek counterpa

Switzerland considers banning Hezbollah

Switzerland is considering banning the Iranian-backed Shia group, Hezbollah, after the country’s federal council agreed last week to review a report investigating the group’s activities within its borders. The application was submitted by Marianne Binder, a politician in the Chri

Russia, Turkey sign deal for supply of S-400 missile systems to Ankara

Moscow has signed a contract to supply Ankara with a second batch of S-400 missile systems, Russia Today reported on its Arabic website, citing the director general of Russian state-run arms trader Rosoboronexport. “The contract has been signed, and we are currently discussing wit

Austria arrests Syrian over attacks on Jewish leader, synagogue

Austria has arrested a 31-year-old Syrian refugee suspected of carrying out attacks last week on a Jewish community leader and a synagogue in Austria’s second city Graz, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said on Monday. The leader of Graz’s Jewish community association, Elie Rosen, was

Engine-room blast on Greek ferry injures 4 crew members

Authorities in Greece say four crew members have been injured in an engine-room explosion on a ferry at Iraklio port on the island of Crete. There were no passengers on board when the blast happened on the 33-year-old Blue Horizon ferry, which is used to service the route between Crete’s ma

Irish prime minister and deputy call on EU trade chief Hogan to quit

Ireland’s prime minister and his deputy have asked European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan, Ireland’s representative to the EU, to consider his position over his attendance at an event being investigated for breaching Covid-19 restrictions. The Irish agriculture minister, Dara Calleary

Irish Minister Quits for 'Damaging National Effort' on COVID-19

Ireland's agriculture minister resigned on Friday after he said he had damaged the national effort in fighting COVID-19 by attending a social event police are investigating for an alleged breach of health regulations. Dara Calleary was among more than 80 guests at a hotel dinner hosted by the Iri

Greece Denies Refugee Pushback Claims, Slams Turkey

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis has denied renewed claims of illegal pushbacks of asylum-seekers at sea and accused Turkey of peddling "misinformation" about his country's border management. "If there's any incident that needs to be explored, if there's any exaggeration at any given point, I'm going

Belarus opens criminal case against opposition leaders

The Belarus chief prosecutor has launched a criminal case against opposition leaders, accusing them of trying to seize power. The indictment from Alexander Konyuk says the "creation and activity of the [opposition] Coordination Council are aimed at seizure of state power, and at harming national

Belarus unrest: Lukashenko steps up efforts to reassert control

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has stepped up efforts to reassert his control after 10 days of street protests and strikes triggered by disputed elections. The official result gave him 80% of the vote but the opposition has denounced the poll as fraudulent. Mr Lukashenko says he has g

Greek Sailor Dead in Arabian Sea Freighter Fire

A Greek sailor died and another was injured in a fire that broke out aboard a freighter in the Arabian Sea, the Greek coastguard said Wednesday. The fire aboard the Greek-flagged bulk carrier Faneromeni off the western coast of India claimed the life of its 55-year-old second engineer, a coastgua

Discos and tourism fuelling Europe's second coronavirus wave

European governments are rushing to clamp down on public life again amid concerns that summer revelry has reignited the spread of the coronavirus and brought on a second wave of severe outbreaks.The World Health Organisation has warned the spread of the virus is increasingly being driven by people

Ireland at 'tipping point' as Covid-19 cases rise

The Republic of Ireland's cabinet has reversed some of its lockdown relaxation measures as it attempts to deal with rising Covid-19 case numbers. Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said: "We are at a tipping point." He added that a few weeks ago there were just 61 new reported cases for

Belarus engulfed in ninth night of protests as Lukashenko heckled

Demonstrators descended on the Belarusian capital on Monday for a ninth night of protests against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko, who was heckled by factory workers as pressure grows on him to step down.Several thousand protesters gathered at Independence Square in central Minsk, waving the

Juan Carlos: Spain's former king confirmed to be in UAE

Spain's former king Juan Carlos has been living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 3 August, the Spanish royal palace has confirmed, putting an end to speculation over his whereabouts. On 3 August, the ex-king made the shock announcement that he was leaving Spain amid a corruption

Putin Says Ready to Help Belarus President Militarily if Necessary

Russia said on Sunday it had told Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko it was ready to offer military assistance if necessary as demonstrators gathered for what was expected to be one of the biggest protests against Lukashenko’s re-election. A least two protesters have been killed and tho

Belarus: Mass protest eclipses defiant Belarus leader's rally

Tens of thousands of opponents of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko have gathered in Minsk to protest against disputed elections. The "March for Freedom" in the centre of the capital comes amid growing anger over alleged poll-rigging and police violence at subsequent protests. Meanwhile,

Hague Police Arrest 27 Amid Third Night of Rioting

Police in The Hague arrested 27 people as rioting broke out in a low-income neighborhood for the third night, with youths torching a storage building and throwing stones and fireworks at police Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday. Unrest also spread to a second city, with arrests in

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