Kazakh man shoots dead 5 in Almaty over forced eviction

AKazakh man shot five people dead, including two policemen when police and bailiffs tried to evict him from his house in Almaty on Monday, police said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. The statement said that the man, who had been served an eviction notice, "showed aggression and o

Greece begins moving migrants to new ‘closed’ camp

Greece on Monday began moving asylum seekers to the first of several new EU-funded “closed” camps on its islands, despite activists complaining that controls on access are too harsh.A double barbed-wire fence surrounds the camp on Samos island, a facility for 3,000 people that also has

Azerbaijan to sue Armenia over rights abuses

Baku announced on Thursday it would hold Armenia accountable for its “systematic violations” of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). In a written statement, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Leyla Abdullayeva sai

Albania approves PM Edi Rama’s female-dominated Cabinet

Albania’s Assembly, or Parliament, on Friday approved a Cabinet dominated by women, aiming to bring the country back to economic growth focusing on tourism and agriculture, infrastructure and energy. Following a 20-hour debate, the 140-seat Parliament voted 77-53 for Prime Minister Edi Rama

Italy set to make COVID 'Green Pass' obligatory for all employees

With the winter flu season approaching and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Italy on Thursday was set to make the country's "Green Pass" – a document showing proof of immunity – obligatory for all employees. The law, which would penalize workers who are unvaccinated or do not have proof

Spain PM Sanchez, Catalonia leader restart secession crisis talks

The Spanish government and the leaders of Catalonia on Wednesday restarted negotiations to resolve the continuing crisis caused by the autonomous region’s separatist movement. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez sat down with regional President Pere Aragones at the seat of the Catalan government i

Norway's center-left opposition expected to beat conservatives

Norway voted Monday on the final day of a parliamentary election dominated by climate change and economic inequality, with the center-left opposition widely expected to replace a Conservative government led by Prime Minister Erna Solberg that has ruled for eight years. Polling suggests that the s

Glimmer of hope as light rain keeps 'monster' fire at bay in Spain

Firefighters battling a "monster" wildfire in southern Spain were given a breather when light rain sprinkled the region. While the small showers won't entirely extinguish the fire, they will allow crews to better concentrate their firefighting efforts. Around 500 firefighters and 51 water-droppin

Turkey, Greece on same page about irregular migration: Mitstotakis

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has vowed to “break and smash” human traffickers who smuggle irregular migrants across the border from Turkey, as he said Ankara is on the same page regarding the matter. Mitsotakis, in a news conference Sunday following his Saturday keynote sp

Anti-Covid vaccine protesters clash with police in Greece

Greek police fired tear gas and water canon on Saturday to break up a demonstration of thousands of people protesting against mandatory coronavirus vaccinations. Authorities said protesters hurled flares at police in Greece's second-biggest city of Thessaloniki, who blocked them from trying

2 dead, cars swept up after tornado hits Italian island

Two people were killed and nine others were injured Friday after a tornado hit Pantelleria, a small Italian island in the Mediterranean, sweeping up cars and whipping down coastal roads, authorities said. In a tweet, the firefighters said the twister struck on Pantelleria, which is south of Sicil

Bulgaria to hold snap polls amid political deadlock

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said his country would hold early elections on Nov. 14 to resolve a political crisis. Bulgarians had voted in April and July, but both polls resulted in fragmented legislatures. No party has been able to form a government to succeed the almost ten-year tenure

Denmark becomes only European country with no COVID-19 curbs

Denmark on Friday became the only European nation with no Covid curbs, losing a requirement to show vaccine passports to enter nightclubs as it cautiously embraces a return to normal.New infections have eased off in Denmark as vaccine rates have climbed, reaching over 70 percent of the overall pop

‘A hungry monster’: Strong winds power wildfire in Spain

A major wildfire in southeast Spain prevailed over firefighting efforts by 38 water-dropping aircraft on Friday. It tore through an area of hilly woodland for a second day, with one official describing it as “a hungry monster.”The Andalusia region’s agency in charge of firefighti

Spain arrests former Venezuelan spymaster wanted on US drug charges

Police in Madrid on Thursday arrested a former Venezuelan spymaster wanted on US narcoterrorism charges, capturing him in a hideout apartment nearly two years after he defied a Spanish extradition order and disappeared.Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for over a decade was late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chave

COVID-19 hospital fire kills 14 people in North Macedonia

Afire at a hospital for COVID-19 patients killed at least 14 people in North Macedonia, authorities said Thursday. The fire broke out late Wednesday following an explosion in the coronavirus clinic in Tetovo in the northwest of the Balkan country, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who immediately h

Italian police raid anti-vaccine campaigners 'planning attacks'

Police in Italy were investigating several suspects for incitement to crime after anti-vaccine activists called for armed attacks during planned anti-government protests this weekend A police statement said Thursday that searches had been conducted in six Italian provinces, including Milan, Rome

COVID-19 slashes Italy's life expectancy by 1.2 years

Average life expectancy in Italy fell 1.2 years in 2020 due to COVID-19, official statistics revealed Monday, with the drop over four years in the regions hit hardest by the pandemic. Life expectancy at birth last year stood at 82 years, compared to 83.2 years in 2019, the Istat national statisti