Category: WORLD

Turkish jets violate Greek air space

Two pairs of Turkish F-4 fighter jets violated Greek air space between the eastern Aegean islands of Lesvos and Chios on Monday, Greek authorities said. The first pair flew at a low altitude of 3,000 feet over the islets of Makronisi and Anthropofagoi at 1.57 p.m., while shortly afterward a second pair flew twice over […]

Breaking: Russian Ambassador to Turkey murdered in shooting

The Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, has been shot and killed while visiting a photo gallery in the Turkish capital. Several other people were reportedly also injured in the attack, a day after protests in Turkey over Russia’s military intervention in Syria. Mr Karlov was taken to hospital to be treated, where he later […]

Russian hackers attacked US Joint Chiefs of Staff

Amid the ongoing uproar caused by the CIA’s assessment that Russian-baked hackers were responsible for the hacked DNC e-mails and their passing on to wikileaks, which influenced the elections in favour of Donald Trump, CBS news has revealed that Russian hackers struck at the heart of the U.S. military in August 2015 by seizing the […]

Finland wants EU deals with Iraq and others on migrants

Finland said on Wednesday it would push the European Union to step up efforts to curb illegal migration by negotiating agreements with Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. European leaders are due at a summit on Thursday to discuss results from their recent migration compacts with five African countries – Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal and Ethiopia. In […]

EU to reinforce Frontex presence in Greece, says German report

The European Union border control agency Frontex was reinforcing its presence in Greece, a Spiegel Online report said on Tuesday. According to the report, an increased Frontex presence pointed to the EU preparing the ground for a possible cancellation of a deal signed with Turkey regarding migrants. About 60 Frontex employees were expected to be […]

Cyprus leaders to meet ahead of January summit

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will hold talks on Tuesday ahead of an international conference in Geneva on January 12 as disagreement remains on the issue of security in an envisioned federal Cyprus. Turkish Cypriots want Turkey to retain military intervention rights and to keep troops on the island while Nicosia […]

Donald Trump named TIME Person of the Year for 2016

Donald Trump has been named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year. Trump sees off former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, the Flint whistleblowers and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Each year, the magazine selects the person who has most influenced the news and the world over the previous 12 months. Donald Trump went from reality TV star […]

Eurostat: 13.4 million Germans live below the poverty line

According to Eurostat statistics released to the Bundestag at the request of parliamentarians from the German political party The Left, 13.4 million Germans live below the poverty line. The average income among Germans threatened by poverty is 719 euros, which is 30% below the official limit of 1,033 euros. Given that in 2015 the official […]

Italy referendum: “No”-60%, “Yes”-40%

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has resigned after suffering a heavy defeat in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution. In a late-night news conference, he said he took responsibility for the outcome, and said the No camp must now make clear proposals. With most ballots counted, the No vote leads with 60% […]

Concern in Athens as MEPs vote to freeze Turkey accession talks

There were concerns in Athens Thursday over the possible repercussions of growing tensions between the European Union and Turkey after EU lawmakers called for a temporary suspension of accession talks with Ankara. The biggest fear is that the rift could lead to the collapse of a deal between Brussels and Ankara to crack down on […]

New scanners to reduce need for unpacking at airport security

Makers of scanners used in airports are testing new technology that could soon make taking liquids and laptops out of carry-on bags a thing of the past, speeding up security lines for passengers. Manufacturers such as Smiths Detection and L-3 Communications are developing and testing new scanners using computed tomography (CT) imaging, which produce more […]

Pavlopoulos: Lausanne Treaty ‘non-negotiable’

In a statement aimed at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Saturday that the 1923 Lausanne Treaty which set the boundaries between the two countries is “non-negotiable.” “There cannot be concessions or negotiations,” he said, adding, however, that Greece, which is “a window and door” for Turkey’s EU aspirations, seeks “friendship” […]

Positive Obama statement will boost chances at Eurogroup, officials hope

Greek officials are hoping to secure a public expression of support for debt relief from outgoing US President Barack Obama when he visits Athens next week, with government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos on Friday underlining the “extremely significant” role of the US in global economic developments. “A statement by President Obama is never just a statement, […]

Leonard Cohen dies at 82

Canadian singer Leonard Cohen has died aged 82, according to a statement on his official Facebook page. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the announcement said. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.” There were no details about the […]

Schulz: Working with Trump will be harder

The election of Donald Trump as the United States’ 45th president will make work “harder” for the European Union, the European Parliament President Martin Schulz said on Wednesday. “It will be hard, harder than with previous administrations but he is the freely elected president,” Schulz said on Europe 1 radio. “We must respect the future […]

Trump 45th President of the United States

Donald Trump took a dramatic win, becoming the 45th US President as he managed to win 276 electors, 7 over the 270 threshold necessary. Trump recorded crucial battleground victories in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, Alaska and Pensylvania. The victories are stunning for a candidate long seen as unlikely to win the presidency. Hillary Clinton […]

Mariano Rajoy sworn in as Spain’s PM

Mariano Rajoy has been sworn in for a second term as Spain’s prime minister after winning a confidence vote in parliament to end the country’s 10-month spell without a government. The leader of the conservative People’s party (PP) secured the necessary simple majority in Saturday’s vote but will face a battle to govern in a […]

Police officer killed in Turkey

A police officer was killed and 10 people were wounded when a car bomb exploded near a passing police vehicle in the eastern Turkish province of Bingol on Sunday, security sources said. The bomb, planted by militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), was detonated near the district governor’s office, the security sources said. […]

Hagia Sophia gets permanent imam as tensions rise in Aegean

A few months after a controversial decision by Turkish authorities to allow readings from the Quran to be broadcast from Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, reports on Friday said Turkey had decided to appoint a permanent imam for the venue. According to the Anadolu state news agency, the country’s religious affairs directorate and the mufti of […]

Renzi says won’t change 2017 budget plan even if Brussels objects

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Friday (21/10/2016) he would not change his 2017 budget plan even if the European Commission says it breaches EU rules on fiscal consolidation. Renzi last week unveiled an expansionary budget ahead of a referendum on constitutional reform that may decide his political future, hiking previously agreed targets for […]