Europe News

  • Trade and tension at Europe's troubled African borders

    Hassan Ibrahim, both physically and mentally disabled, staggers on his weakened legs as he pushes two huge packs of contraband goods loaded on a wheelchair. He is one of thousands of Moroccans toiling for a living in the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla -- two tiny specks of Europe at the…

    AFP
  • 10th anniversary of tsunami is marked with tears

    PERELIYA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A packed train in Sri Lanka that was swept off the tracks by waves as big as elephants. A boat patrolling off Thailand's shore hurled more than a mile inland. Streets in Indonesia turned into roaring rivers that carried people to their deaths.

    Associated Press
  • U.S.-funded radio station says Azerbaijan office raided

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Azerbaijani authorities have raided and closed the bureau of the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in an apparent attempt to silence one of the country's last independent media outlets, the station said on Friday. It said in a statement that investigators…

    Reuters
  • Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels swap hundreds of prisoners

    By Pavel Polityuk and Alessandra Prentice KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian authorities and separatists exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a spokesman for President Petro Poroshenko said, part of a 12-point plan aimed at ending the pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country. The…

    Reuters
  • In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.

    Associated Press
  • Azerbaijan police raid US-funded radio station

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A U.S. federal agency on Friday strongly condemned the raid and closure of the offices of a U.S.-funded radio station in Azerbaijan's capital by prosecutors and police as part of crackdown on independent media in the ex-Soviet Caspian Sea nation.

    Associated Press
  • Kiev and rebels swap hundreds of captives in peace push

    Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels swapped hundreds of prisoners on Friday as part of a new push for peace that came despite Kiev's decision to cut off key transport links to breakaway Crimea. The prisoner exchange on a dark and isolated stretch of a road north of the devastated eastern rebel…

    AFP
  • Turkey has 'world's freest press', Erdogan claims

    Turkey has the freest press in the world, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, brushing off accusations that media freedoms were being eroded under his rule. "Nowhere in the world is the press freer than it is in Turkey. Turkey was the world's top jailer of journalists in 2012 and 2013,…

    AFP
  • Former Belgian premier Leo Tindemans dies at 92

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Former Belgian Prime Minister Leo Tindemans, whose record support in European elections earned him the nickname "Mr. Europe", died on Friday at the age of 92. Tindemans was a Christian Democrat politician who led two Belgian governments in the 1970s. He resigned in 1978 after…

    Reuters
  • At least 1,300 migrants saved off Italy at Christmas

    The Italian Navy rescued some 1,300 migrants in several operations late on Christmas Day, among them a Nigerian woman who gave birth on board one of the rescue vessels, local media said Friday. The majority of the migrants were on boats adrift off the coast of Sicily and were expected to be…

    AFP
  • Mourinho tells Chelsea: 'Put on Christmas show'

    London (AFP) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants his players to show the world why they are currently on top of the Premier League table when they host West Ham United on Friday.

    AFP
  • Premier League braced for bumper Boxing Day

    For the first time in the 2014-15 season, all 20 English top-flight clubs will be in action on the same day, with leaders Chelsea's home game against high-flying London rivals West Ham United the stand-out match. Chelsea's professional 2-0 victory at Stoke City on Monday allowed Jose Mourinho's…

    AFP
  • Ebola expert calls for European anti-virus 'corps'

    London (AFP) - Europe will be "vulnerable" if it does not regard viruses as a "national security issue" like the United States, the microbiologist who discovered Ebola said in an interview published Friday.

    AFP
  • US company to open tuna cannery in American Samoa

    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A Washington state company is making a $70 million investment in a tuna cannery in the U.S. territory of American Samoa.

    Associated Press
  • Russia says Kiev's move to join NATO dangerous for Europe

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine's pursuit of NATO membership posed a danger to European security and that the West was using Kiev's bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine. The Kiev parliament's renunciation…

    Reuters
  • Crossing the fence: desperate migrants' paths to Europe

    Each travelled more than 2,000 miles, Abou from impoverished Ivory Coast and Mahmud from Syria after Islamist militants besieged his hometown. Each of them made it into Europe the only way he knew how: by land, past the fiercely guarded fence that closes off the Spanish city of Melilla from…

    AFP
  • Thai leader cites China as positive example in year-end message

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha cited China as a good example of economic development in a year-end speech to government officials seven months after he seized power in a military coup. Prayuth, a former army chief who led the coup, said Thais should…

    Reuters