• European states to create anti-trafficking taskforce

    Switzerland, Germany and Italy are preparing to launch a joint taskforce to detect and dismantle networks smuggling refugees and migrants into Europe, Swiss authorities said on Friday. The taskforce, which has been in the planning stage for months, will begin working next month, federal police…

  • Soccer-Europa League group-stage draw

    (Adds countries) Aug 28 (Reuters) - Europa League group-stage draw made in Monaco on Friday. GROUP A Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands) Celtic (Scotland) Fenerbahce (Turkey) Molde (Norway) GROUP B Rubin Kazan (Russia) Liverpool (England) Bordeaux (France) Sion (Switzerland) GROUP C Borussia Dortmund…

  • LA Designer Charlotte Stone on How Tumblr Led to Her Eco-Friendly Vans Collab

    Following its collabs with Disney and Murakami, Vans is leaving an earth-friendly footprint with the help of local designer Charlotte Stone. Tapping her expertise from designing luxe shoes in Italy, the designer—who also creates cool furniture with her husband as Pacific Wonderland…

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  • Militants posing as migrants? Unlikely, say European experts

    By Mark Trevelyan LONDON (Reuters) - The risk that groups like Islamic State could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to security specialists with close ties to governments and intelligence agencies. By the…

  • GERD vs. Heartburn

    Nearly one-third of the U.S. often experiences heartburn. But what causes that irritating pain in the chest?

  • Israel to use crop, water technology to win friends in Africa

    Israel wants to use its cutting-edge agricultural technology to improve food production -- and win friends -- across Africa, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday. Visiting Israel's crop-themed pavilion at the World Expo in Milan, Netanyahu said cooperation with Italy in Africa would be…

  • Boat packed with migrants sinks off Libya; up to 200 feared dead

    By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died. A security official in the western town of Zuwara, from where the overcrowded boat had set off, said there had been…

  • Cycling-Road-Vuelta a Espana classification after stage 7

    Aug 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Classification from Vuelta a Espana after Stage 7 on Friday 1. Esteban Chaves (Colombia / Orica) 27:06:13" 2. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands / Giant) +10" 3. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Cannondale) +33" 4. Nicolas Roche (Ireland / Team Sky) +36" 5. Alejandro Valverde (Spain /…

  • Italy arrests ten traffickers over migrant boat deaths

    The arrests follow statements made by survivors rescued from the same boat earlier this week and taken to Palermo in Sicily. "All the statements by the migrants confirm the same version of events," Palermo prosecutor Maurizio Scalia told a press conference. A Canadian Doctors without Borders (MSF)…

  • What's in a name? The debate over labelling migrants and refugees

    Paris (AFP) - Are they "migrants" or "refugees"? "Clandestini" or "illegals"? Deciding how to label the huge numbers of people moving around the globe has proved a thorny and politically-loaded question for governments and the media.

  • Scotland in search of Italy revenge

    Scotland will be seeking to overturn their dramatic last-minute Six Nations defeat at home to Italy and restore morale at Murrayfield when they face the Azzurri in their penultimate World Cup warm-up match on Saturday. Although they notched a 16-12 win against the Italians with a shadow XV in Turin…

  • Germany just did something huge for Syrian refugees — and for the future of Europe

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel did something really good this week: Her country will now allow Syrian refugees, who normally would be deported back to wherever they first entered the European Union, to stay and apply for asylum. Thousands of Syrians who would have otherwise faced uncertainty in…
  • Italy government puts scandal-hit Rome on tight leash

    Italy's government said on Thursday it would put Rome city hall under close supervision following allegations it had fallen under the sway of organized crime, but allowed the beleaguered mayor to stay in office. A scandal dubbed "Mafia Capital" has rocked Rome this year, laying bare suspicions of…