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Germany: KMK proposal for west-east pupil exchanges meets with skepticism

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:26
The new head of the KMK German educational body says pupils from the east and the west of the country can still learn from each other. But his proposal for pupil exchanges has received a cool reception.

Turkey-US relations 'entering a risky period'

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:20
Turkey is outraged at US support for Kurdish fighters in Syria with Ankara claiming that the US is forming a "terror army." Foreign policy expert Ian Lesser warns that tensions could be inflamed further still.

Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigns

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:53
Prime Minister Tudose is forced out by his Social Democratic Party, as he loses a power struggle with party boss. Liviu Dragnea rules over the party but is barred from political office because of a criminal conviction.

Venezuela's rogue helicopter pilot in shootout with authorities outside the capital

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:29
Police officer Oscar Perez has been on the run since the summer. He made headlines last year after stealing a helicopter and launching grenades at government buildings.

Greek parliament approves bailout reforms as thousands protest

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:03
Greece's parliament has voted to approve a package of reforms demanded by the country's international lenders in return for fresh bailout funds. But many Greeks turned out to protest against the measures.

UKIP leader Henry Bolton clings to job but not girlfriend after her racist Meghan Markle comments

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:12
Henry Bolton has ended the "romantic element" of his ties to a young model after her headline-inducing comments about Meghan Markle. But the scandal surrounding the leader has opened the lid on deeper UKIP struggles.

Turkey unveils route for Istanbul canal megaproject

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:35
Turkey has revealed the planned route for a 45-kilometer (28-mile) canal through Istanbul aimed at taking the pressure off the busy Bosporus Strait. The ambitious project would include three underwater tunnels for cars.

Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies, aged 46

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:30
Dolores O'Riordan, who fronted Irish band The Cranberries, has died suddenly of unknown causes in London. The band rose to international fame in the 1990s for hits including "Zombie" and "Linger."

Facebook slammed for censoring German street artist

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:16
German social media platforms are censoring legitimate context, including an image by an award-winning artist. Critics say Germany's much-lauded "lex Facebook" law encourages "overblocking."

Philippines government under fire over decision to shutter news site

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:01
The Rappler online news site is one of several news organizations that have been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte's 'war on drugs' that has killed nearly 4,000 people, and generated critical news coverage.

Almost half of rejected asylum seekers in Germany winning on appeal

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:46
Refugees in Germany who appeal against the rejection of their asylum applications are having growing success, a report says. Critics say the high rate of wins puts German migration authorities in a bad light.

Turkish military officers in Greece: "I don’t think extradition is on the table"

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:44
Greece has suspended the asylum granted to a Turkish helicopter pilot who fled his country after the failed coup. But his case is far from over, says Nikos Alivizatos, a law professor at the University of Athens.

German diocese of Trier to pay €450,000 to church abuse victims

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:35
The Trier diocese has agreed to pay out almost half-a-million euro to abuse victims. The gesture comes eight years after the Catholic Church in Germany was rocked by reports of sexual abuse going back decades.

Sri Lanka lifts alcohol ban for women - and then quickly restores it

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:04
Women in Sri Lanka have long been banned from buying alcohol and working in bars and liquor stores. The government lifted the ban, only to be reverse its decision less than a week later.

Brussels assembles experts to tackle fake news

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:46
A 29-member expert group to tackle fake news has been launched in Brussels. Bulgarian EU commissioner Mariya Gabriel said Europe needed a joint approach that must be "carefully thought through."

Airbus may stop A380 production as orders dry up

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:38
The European aircraft maker says it must strike a new deal with Emirates Airline to secure the superjumbo's future. Launched a decade ago, the A380 program has cost billions, but only 220 have been built.

Denmark: Over 1,000 youths charged for sharing underage sex video

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:14
Danish police have charged hundreds of children and young men for sharing a video of two 15-year-olds having sex. Although 15 is the age of consent, the charges may constitute distribution of child pornography.

Russia's Sergei Lavrov slams US for ignoring 'multipolar' world

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 04:33
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has sharply criticized the US for trying to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal. Washington is still using ultimatums and failing to recognize the emerging "multipolar world," he said.

UK government contractor Carillion collapses, thousands of jobs at risk

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 03:24
British construction and outsourced services group Carillion has gone bust, putting at risk several government contracts. The firm has recently struggled to refinance €1.7 billion in debt and liabilities.

Giant 910-carat diamond found in Lesotho

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 03:20
One of the world's largest diamonds has been found in the Letseng mine in Lesotho, a small country surrounded by South Africa. The diamond was found by UK mining company Gem Diamonds and could be worth up to $40 million.