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Police prevent French yellow vests crossing into Italy

Police prevent French yellow vests crossing into Italy

Share this articleThere were more violent clashes in France on Saturday as the Yellow Vest protest movement entered its thirteenth week.The numbers were down again this weekend estimations of the participation vary from 50 to more than 100 thousand but the confrontations were intense. One protestor lost four fingers witnesses said he’d tried to handle a sting-ball grenade thrown by police.In the south of France police blocked yellow vest leader Maxime Nicolle from crossing into Italy to join forces with Italian demonstrators.“The governments of France and Italy have their differences,” he...

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By Euronews  • last updated: 10/02/2019
February 11, 2019
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China releases video it says proves reports of Uighur poet's death untrue

China releases video it says proves reports of Uighur poet's death untrue

Share this articleBy Philip WenBEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media has released a video it said proves Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit is alive, after Turkey cited reports of his death in custody in a strongly worded condemnation of "human rights violations" in Xinjiang. In the 26-second video posted online by China Radio International's Turkish language service late on Sunday, a man dressed in a grey sweater identifies himself as Heyit before declaring himself to be in "good health"."Today is February 10, 2019," he said. "I'm in the process of being investigated for allegedly...

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By Reuters• last updated: 11/02/2019
February 11, 2019
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Catalan president visits fellow independence leaders in prison

Catalan president visits fellow independence leaders in prison

Share this articleQuim Torra, the president of Spain's Catalonia region, has visited nine fellow pro-independence leaders detained in jail before their trial begins in Madrid on Tuesday.They face a series of charges related to the illegal independence referendum in October 2017, as well as declaring independence after a vote in the regional parliament in Barcelona.On Saturday Spain’s deputy prime minister announced that talks with Catalan separatist parties wouldn't continue, and there'd be no more proposals from his government.Torra however wants to continue talking."We've asked the...

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February 11, 2019
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Turkish mayor offers refugees free bus trip to the Greek border

Turkish mayor offers refugees free bus trip to the Greek border

Share this articleA town in northern Turkey has offered free bus services for migrants who want to make the 550-kilometre trip to the Greek border. It comes after Turkey, which hosts 3.6 million Syrians, said it could no longer stop those who wanted to make for the European Union.That announcement came after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in a Syrian government airstrike in Idlib province on Thursday. Experts say Turkey wants the EU to pressure Russia to stop supporting Damascus in Syria and agree to a ceasefire. Tanju Özcan, the mayor of Bolu, said he would lay on buses for as many...

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March 4, 2020
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Swiss army under effective quarantine after soldier catches COVID-19

Swiss army under effective quarantine after soldier catches COVID-19

Share this articleSwitzerland's army has been put under effective quarantine after a soldier tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.It [in French] personnel would be banned from leaving military bases across the country in a bid to contain the disease.Switzerland has compulsory military service and a high percentage of its army is made up of conscripts.As part of this conscription system, soldiers have to take annual refresher courses, which last several days.The soldier tested positive as he began a refresher course on Monday, the Swiss Army said in a statement. During checks, he...

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March 4, 2020
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Turkish people-smugglers operate in plain sight on Greek border

Turkish people-smugglers operate in plain sight on Greek border

Share this articleAs a growing number of migrants tries to cross from Turkey into the European Union, people-smugglers are working in plain sight to thwart Greek border patrols.Authorities said on Tuesday they had thwarted another 1,000 attempted border crossings overnight after several days of intensified migrant activity at sea and along the 200-kilometre (125-mile) land border between Turkey and Greece.Some 45 people were arrested on Tuesday alone, mostly from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Morocco and Bangladesh.Related: It came after a child died when a small boat capsized at sea off Greece on...

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March 4, 2020
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UN declines to declare coronavirus pandemic

UN declines to declare coronavirus pandemic

Share this articleAs cases of the coronavirus surge in Italy, Iran, South Korea, the U.S. and elsewhere, many scientists say it's plain that the world is in the grips of a pandemic — a serious global outbreak.The World Health Organization has so far resisted describing the crisis as such, saying the word “pandemic” might spook the world further and lead some countries to lose hope of containing the virus.“Unless we’re convinced it’s uncontrollable, why (would) we call it a pandemic?” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said this week.The U.N. health agency has previously...

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March 7, 2020
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EU-Turkey migration deal is 'dead,' warns Greek PM Mitsotakis

EU-Turkey migration deal is 'dead,' warns Greek PM Mitsotakis

Share this articleGreece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says the EU-Turkey migration deal is dead. In an interview with , he said Turkey has "decided to completely violate the agreement because of what happened in Syria."This comes after Turkey's decision to allow migrants to make their way towards the EU, triggering fears of another migration crisis in Europe.Amid reports of tensions between the Turkish and Greek coast guards, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan instructed the Turkish coastguard to prevent migrants from crossing to Greece on boats."Illegal migrant crossings over...

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March 7, 2020
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Packing a sustainable punch: how Europe is forming a new relationship with plastic

Packing a sustainable punch: how Europe is forming a new relationship with plastic

Share this articleToday's modern economy would not function without plastic, but the waste it generates has created a public backlash because of concerns over its environmental impact. Innovative ways of producing, reusing and recycling plastic are therefore needed if we are to change our relationship with this essential material. is a major converter and recycler of plastics. A global leader, the Austrian company is committed to developing innovative sustainable packaging systems. One of its core products is a bottle made from so-called PET, (polyethylene terephthalate) already recycled...

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March 7, 2020
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Timeline: Iran’s Islamic Revolution and the 40 years that followed

Timeline: Iran’s Islamic Revolution and the 40 years that followed

Share this articlePeople across Iran are taking to the streets today to mark the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution — an event that has gone on to define the country and its position within the world.Ten days after Islamic clerical opposition leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran from exile in Paris on a special Air France charter, the royal reign collapsed and he became the country’s supreme leader.The revolution of February 11, 1979 marked the end of decades of rule by US-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, whose authoritarian leadership, lavish lifestyle and...

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By Alice Cuddy  • last updated: 11/02/2019
February 11, 2019
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