Europe News

  • AP Interview: Top UN official says Europe must open borders

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, to help ease the burden of Middle Eastern countries that have absorbed close to 4 million Syrian refugees, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Saturday.

    Associated Press19 mins ago
  • Irish voters back gay marriage in 'social revolution'

    By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday. Final results were not expected…

    Reuters34 mins ago
  • Five Tunisian migrants die in shipwreck

    At least five Tunisian migrants died on Saturday when their boat sailing to Italy capsized off the Tunisian coast, officials said. "A migrant boat carrying dozens capsized on Saturday off the coast of Monastir ... Naval forces rescued 49 Tunisian migrants and recovered five bodies of Tunisian…

    Reuters54 mins ago
  • One Ukrainian serviceman killed in separatist east - Kiev military

    One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and five wounded in clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists over the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire, Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Saturday. Violence has lessened significantly in Ukraine's east since the…

    Reuters
  • Ireland expected to allow gay marriage after historic vote

    Ireland appeared to have voted to allow gay marriage Saturday in a historic referendum which would see the largely Catholic country become the world's first to make the change after a popular vote. As the count took place, a leading "No" campaigner conceded defeat while two government ministers…

    AFP
  • Suriname president looks to consolidate power in vote

    Desi Bouterse, the colorful dictator-turned-president who has ruled Suriname on and off since 1980, is looking to consolidate power when the small South American country holds general elections on Monday. A convicted drug trafficker who has been a coup leader and an international fugitive,…

    AFP
  • Activists denounce Africa's silence over migrant drownings

    Despite cries of alarm from European politicians over the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean, African leaders have been silent over an issue they fear underlines their weak governance, say campaigners. For years Libya has been a stepping stone for Africans seeking to get to Europe, fleeing…

    AFP
  • High turnout seen favoring Yes in Irish gay marriage vote

    By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish voters turned out in droves to cast ballots in a gay marriage referendum on Friday, with the high turnout likely to favor the Yes side seeking equality just two decades after the country decriminalized homosexuality. With the once…

    Reuters
  • Ireland turns out for historic vote on gay marriage

    Irish voters turned out in force Friday for a historic referendum on whether same-sex marriage should become legal, after a campaign that has exposed divisions in the traditionally Catholic nation. After 15 hours of voting, the ballot boxes were sealed at 10:00pm (2100 GMT) across the republic,…

    AFP
  • Greenaway to shoot Russia film backed by sanction-hit Putin ally

    British director Peter Greenaway is to direct a film about Russia backed by a billionaire businessman and ally of President Vladimir Putin who has come under US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. The movie with the working title "Volga" will "look at the past and future of Russia, a country on the…

    AFP
  • Ukraine court orders arrest of two 'Russian soldiers'

    A Kiev court on Friday ordered two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured by Ukrainian troops in the separatist east to be placed in pre-trial detention until July 19. Ukraine has charged Captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Sergeant Aleksander Aleksandrov with involvement in "terrorist activity"…

    AFP
  • Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday.

    Associated Press
  • Obama tells people of Israel: America has your back

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he "forcefully" objects to suggestions that policy differences between his administration and the Israeli government signal his lack of support for the longtime U.S. ally.

    Associated Press
  • Eiffel Tower reopens after staff walk out over pickpockets

    Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists for several hours on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument. The closure of one of the busiest tourist attractions in the French capital ahead of a long holiday weekend recalled a…

    AFP
  • Israel appeals to Platini to sway FIFA from Palestinian suspension bid

    The Israel Football Association appealed to UEFA president Michel Platini on Friday to speak out "loud and clear" against the Palestinian bid to vote the IFA out of FIFA next week. The annual FIFA Congress, which begins on May 28, includes the Palestinian Football Association's proposal to suspend…

    AFP
  • Turkey arrests French citizen bound for Syria: official

    Turkish authorities have detained and then deported a French national who arrived in the country seeking to join jihadists in Syria, an official said Friday. The man, identified only as B.T., had landed Thursday night at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul on a flight from Milan, the Turkish…

    AFP
  • Accused arms smuggler left Tunisia for Italy before museum attack: official

    By Tarek Amara and Emilio Parodi TUNIS/MILAN (Reuters) - A Moroccan man supplied arms for a March attack on Tunisia's Bardo Museum and then boarded a migrant boat for Italy, where he is now held, a Tunisian government official said on Friday. Tunisian authorities have not yet formally notified…

    Reuters