Europe

The Irish Republic alone put Lisbon to a popular vote

European Union foreign ministers are gathering in Luxembourg for talks on how to respond to the Irish rejection of the Lisbon reform treaty.

Brian Cowen

DUBLIN (AFP) — Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen woke up to a barrage of criticism Saturday over Ireland's shock rejection of a key European Union treaty, as the bloc's other leaders vowed to press ahead despite the "no" vote.


Police arrest 20 suspects in Russian mafia operation in Spain

MADRID, June 14 (RIA Novosti) - Spanish police arrested 20 Russians suspected of being involved in organized crime and money laundering in a joint operation involving Russian, U.S., German and Swiss law enforcement bodies, Spanish media said.

Election officials count the ballots for the Lisbon Treaty referendum

DUBLIN (AFP) — Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen woke up to a barrage of criticism Saturday over Ireland's shock rejection of a key European Union treaty, as the bloc's other leaders vowed to press ahead despite the "no" vote.


Josef Fritzl case: daughter asks to attend Robbie Williams concert

Kerstin Fritzl, the 19-year-old who was born in a dungeon prison and held captive there by her father Josef, has woken from her coma and expressed a wish to attend a Robbie Williams concert and go on a boat ride.

Surgery Offers Muslim Women Illusion of Virginity

Elaine Sciolino New York Times 11.06.2008
Dr. Marc Abecassis, who does two to four hymen restorations a week, with a 23-year-old patient.  Ed Alcock for The New York Times

PARIS — The operation in the private clinic off the Champs-Élysées involved one semicircular cut, 10 dissolving stitches and a discounted fee of $2,900.


115-year-old Woman's Brain in Tip-Top Shape

A Dutch woman who reached 115 years of age and remained mentally sharp throughout life also had a healthy brain when she died, a new study finds.

Irish asked to support EU treaty to boost economy

Andras Gergely Reuters 10.06.2008
Irish asked to support EU treaty to boost economy

DUBLIN, June 10 (Reuters) - The Irish government urged voters on the last day of campaigning to back the European Union reform treaty in Thursday's referendum as the best way to shore up a faltering economy.


Bush meets with EU leaders

China View 10.06.2008
U.S. President George W. Bush arrives in Lljubljana International Airport June 9, 2008.  (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

BRDO, Slovenia, June 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President George W. Bush on Tuesday started an annual summit with European Union (EU) leaders, which will focus on issues concerning Iran, the Middle East and climate change.

Greece aftershocks expected

Canoe.ca 09.06.2008
Greece aftershocks expected

ATHENS, Greece - Seismologists warned Monday that a strong aftershock was expected in southwestern Greece a day after a powerful earthquake killed two people and injured nearly 150.


Quake strikes Greece, killing two, injuring 125

Yiorgos Karahalis Reuters 09.06.2008
Quake strikes Greece, killing two, injuring 125

KATO ACHAIA, Greece, June 8 (Reuters) - An earthquake struck southern Greece on Sunday, killing two villagers, injuring 125 people and damaging dozens of homes, authorities said.

Greek quake kills two people, injures 125

Yiorgos Karahalis Reuters 09.06.2008
Greek quake kills two people, injures 125

An earthquake struck southern Greece on Sunday, killing two villagers, injuring 125 people and damaging dozens of homes, authorities said.


Mr Mugabe and his wife, Grace, are driven away after arriving at Fiumicino Airport in Rome  (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

Western leaders expressed outrage yesterday as Robert Mugabe flew into Rome in defiance of an EU travel ban to attend a United Nations world food summit while millions of people are starving under his brutal rule in Zimbabwe.

Putin's opponents are made to vanish from TV

Clifford J. Levy IHT 03.06.2008
Only the black-panted legs and a hand, next to the man with the microphone, remained of Mikhail Delyagin after he was clumsily expunged from a talk show. (ATV)

MOSCOW: On a talk show last autumn, a prominent political analyst named Mikhail Delyagin offered some tart words about Vladimir Putin. When the program was televised, Delyagin was not.


Death and dirt collide in mafia violence

John Hooper in Rome The Guardian 03.06.2008
Death and dirt collide in mafia violence

A "super-witness" who was due to testify on the links between politicians and mafia mobsters in Naples was gunned down in the street yesterday - the fourth victim in a month of shootings directed against witnesses who turn state's evidence.

Natascha Kampusch: from darkness to limelight

Bojan Pancevski and Stefanie Marsh Times Online 02.06.2008
Natascha Kampusch: from darkness to limelight

In her first major interview she reveals that she no longer thinks of herself as a victim


Trader gestures at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/M

FRANKFURT (AFP) - The German economy ministry has finalised a draft law aimed at protecting companies from foreign takeovers, a press report said Monday.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (C) arrives at the Fiumicino airport. Photo: Reuters.

The President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has arrived in Rome for a food summit.


Police officers secure the site of shooting at a polling station in a primary school in Skopje  AFP - Robert Atanasovski

SKOPJE (AFP) - Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski claimed his centre-right party won a landslide victory in general elections Sunday that were marred by ethnic violence.

A Suicide Battalion in Russia

Almost an entire battalion of Russian soldiers committed suicide last year, the country's chief military prosecutor has said.



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