European committee criticizes prison conditions in Turkey

 Prison conditions and police brutality in Turkey have been criticized by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).Overcrowding in prisons prompted the Turkish government to adopt an amnesty law in April that led to the release of 90,000 inmates — incl


US ‘cloud’ supremacy has Europe worried about data

Europe is sitting on a wealth of data that is the 21st century equivalent of a precious metal mine during the gold rush.But instead of exploiting it themselves Europeans may be allowing American tech giants to gain control of all the excavation equipment, some experts say, pointing to a flurry of Eu


New bridge in Genoa to be inaugurated two years after tragedy

Anew bridge will be inaugurated in the Italian city of Genoa on Monday, two years after 43 people died when the previous structure collapsed. The Genoa San Giorgio Bridge was built in just 15 months and will replace the Morandi Bridge, which was one of the city's main arteries before it collapsed


Swiss mountains light up in a national day celebration to suit COVID-19 era

A section of the Alps turned amber on Friday night in a massive pyrotechnic display as Switzerland marked its national day with an event suited to COVID-19 and social distancing rules.The mountain chains of Veisivi and Dent de Perroc, which tower nearly 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) in the southern can


UK worried about 2nd wave in Europe, won’t hesitate to act on quarantine

Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday he was worried about a second wave of coronavirus infections in Europe and that the government would not hesitate to act to bring back quarantine measures if necessary to keep Britain safe.“I am worried about a second wave. I think


Europe Virus Infections Soar Past Three Million

Europe on Thursday recorded more than three million coronavirus cases, as EU lawmakers examined a massive aid package for their pandemic-ravaged economies and the UN called for a basic income for the world's poorest to help slow the spread. The continent now accounts for a fifth of the world's to


Greek navy on ‘heightened readiness’ over Turkish activities: official

Greece's navy has deployed ships in the Aegean in "heightened readiness" over Turkish energy exploration activities, a navy source said Wednesday.The move came after the Greek foreign ministry on Tuesday formally protested to Ankara following the announcement that a Turkish drilling ship would condu


Shots fired as bus passengers taken hostage in western Ukraine

Ukrainian police were holding tense negotiations Tuesday with a former convict armed with explosives who took 20 people hostage in a bus and claimed to have planted a remote-controlled device in the western city of Lutsk. Police cordoned off the centre of Lutsk, 400km (250 miles) from the capital K


Barcelona back under lockdown as virus cases surge

Barcelona’s streets were largely empty on Saturday, with millions of people instructed to stay at home as new coronavirus restrictions came into effect following a spike in the number of infections in the region over the past week.“It’s a disaster,” wails Maria Quintana, look


New clashes dash hopes of end to fighting on Azerbaijan-Armenia border

 New clashes erupted Thursday on the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia following a day-long lull, dashing hopes of a rapid end to a flare-up in fighting.At least 16 people on both sides have been killed since clashes erupted on Sunday between the ex-Soviet republics, who have been locked fo


UK, US, Canada accuse Russia of hacking virus vaccine trials

Britain, the United States and Canada accused Russia on Thursday of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine. The three nations alleged that hacking group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and said to be part of the Russian intelligence service, is attacking academic and


Merkel presents EU council presidency plans, calls for more unity

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeals for unity and solidarity within the European Union to tackle the coronavirus pandemic as she presents her country's European Council presidency plans. Speaking to the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, Merkel called for support for the disputed EU-


EU Says Time Inappropriate to Discuss Turkey’s Membership

Ankara- Saeed Abdulrazek - Tension has dominated the discussions between the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a joint press conference in Ankara on Monday. The current situation is not ideal for


Micheál Martin becomes new Irish PM after historic coalition deal

The 59-year-old Cork native has been the leader of the Fianna Fáil party since 2011. He will lead a three-party coalition consisting of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party. It is the first time in history that former Civil War rivals Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have gover


Coronavirus delays Athens mosque opening

A long-delayed mosque in Athens will open later this year as the coronavirus pandemic impeded preparations, officials said this week.The mosque project began in 2007 in the face of strong opposition from the influential Orthodox Church of Greece and nationalist sentiment against neighbouring majorit


EU split on reopening Europe to countries with virus

EU member states are divided over whether to continue to exclude travelers from countries struggling with the coronavirus, such as the United States, when reopening Europe’s borders on July 1.On Friday, diplomats were still locked in a days-long series of talks on drawing up criteria for reope


Spain to allow Britons to visit from Sunday without need for quarantine

Spain said on Saturday it would open its doors to British tourists from Sunday without requiring them to spend two weeks in quarantine, opening up to one of its largest tourism markets after the hit from the coronavirus pandemic.“We will allow British visitors to enter Spain just like the rest


Europe’s borders reopen but long road for tourism to recover

Mallorca’s first tourists in 93 days touched down Monday, saying they feel safe in the popular Spanish island and ready to make the most of the beach and sunny weather without the hordes of visitors found there in normal times. As borders opened up across Europe three months after closures th





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