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EU Parliament votes to drop criminal charges and grant asylum to Snowden

The 285-281 vote was nonbinding and thus "largely symbolic" but it's a hell of a symbol.<p>The resolution passed called on member states to "drop any …

Surveillance

U.N. Says Over 218,000 Migrants Arrived in Europe By Sea in October

Muhammed Muheisen—AP<p>Zoltan Balogh—EPA<p>Filip Singer—EPA<p>Aris Messinis—AFP/Getty Images<p>Iakovos Hatzistavrou—AFP/Getty Images<p>Manu Brabo—AP<p>Manu …

Aegean Sea

The first world war is still with us. That’s why we remember | Matthew d’Ancona

The point of commemoration may be lost on Jeremy Corbyn, but it’s vital in our amnesiac age<p>When I read yesterday that Jeremy Corbyn could not see “what there is to commemorate about the first world war”, I thought at once of my great-uncle Jack Arnot. A mining engineer who joined up early in the …

Britain's counterterror strategy just got worse | Politics

It's not really clear how the British government manages to do this, but it seems that every time it brings out a new counterterror strategy, it is even more wrong-headed than the last.<p>The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act of February this year, the latest in a series of counterterrorism …

Merkel offers Turkey EU incentives over refugee crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered Turkey the prospect of support for faster progress on its bid to join the European Union in return for cooperation in stemming the flow of refugees and taking back those rejected by Europe.<p>Merkel also said on Sunday that Germany could accelerate the path …

Introducing The Balearic Islands in Spain

Spain has a lot of islands, scattered all over the world, many of them extremely popular holiday destinations. But few islands beat the when it comes …

Germany open to including Turkey on EU list of 'safe countries': official | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government is willing to support an EU proposal to put Turkey on a list of “safe countries” whose citizens have little chance of being granted asylum in Europe, a senior official in Berlin told Reuters on Wednesday.<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkey's Prime …

Monarch flight from Madeira to Birmingham intercepted by French fighter jet in mid-air drama

Military aircraft draws up so close to UK-bound flight when plane loses contact with air traffic control that 'terrified' passengers can see pilot's face<p>Passengers aboard a Birmingham-bound flight were left terrified after it was intercepted by a fighter jet in a dramatic mid-air alert.<p>The plane …

Migrants may give Europe's economy a new lease of life | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe’s aging economy may just find that the biggest refugee crisis since World War Two gives it a new lease of life - even if huge uncertainty about the future scale of immigration and how refugees are integrated cloud any long-range forecasting.<p>Migrants are silhouetted against …

Turkey bomb blasts: Islamic State and 'far-left militants' emerge as suspects

Mourners and protesters gather in Turkish capital, blaming Erdoġan’s government for twin bomb attacks in which over 100 civilians died<p>Thousands of Turkish citizens gathered in central Ankara a day after twin bombings targeted a peace rally in the city, killing over a hundred civilians in an attack …

Putin: Russian airstrikes in Syria aimed at helping al-Assad regime

<b>(CNN) —</b> Vladimir Putin just confirmed what many suspected -- that Russian airstrikes in Syria are meant to bolster President Bashar al-Assad's regime.<p>But exactly how they're doing that remains a point of contention: Are Russians really focused on pummeling ISIS, or are they targeting Syrian rebels …

Europeans struggle as migrant crush shuts down their train system

SALZBURG, Austria — In this alpine border town, the suspension of train service into neighboring Germany has been a boon to taxi drivers. Taha, who asked to use only his first name lest local tax collectors hound him about<br>his earnings, makes 300 euros ­every time he drives a stranded traveler the …

'This is not just a European crisis ... it's a global crisis'

But the Syrian refugee crisis has proved even more difficult.<p>Visiting the U.N. General Assembly in New York this past week, she told The Washington Post that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has to go — but not before he helps engineer peace in his country.<p>Edited excerpts follow.<p><b>The European Union</b> …

Flash floods in France leave a trail of death and destruction

France has been left in shock after the deaths of at least 16 people in flash floods on the Riviera coast.<p>There is a warning the death toll may rise, as a number of people are also missing.<p>Roads became rivers when 180 mm of rain fell in three hours on Saturday night. The region has had the …

Syrian refugees increasingly return to war zones in homeland

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — Growing numbers of Syrian refugees are returning to their war-ravaged homeland from Jordan because they can't …

UK government: 700 Israeli attacks on Gaza since 2014 ceasefire

Israel has opened fire on the Gaza Strip on “at least 696 occasions” since the August 2014 ceasefire, the UK government has told Parliament.<p>These …

Israel

Poland: thousands turn out for anti-immigration protests

The political far-right has organised a number of anti-immigration protests across Poland.<p>They say thousands of people took part in the rallies in several major cities including the capital, Warsaw.<p>The protests were organised in response to a decision by Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz for Poland to join …

Bolivia's parliament passes law to let Evo Morales run for another term

Bill approved in marathon overnight session by more than two-thirds of lawmakers would amend constitution, if ratified by a national referendum<p>Bolivia’s parliament passed a law on Saturday that would allow President Evo Morales to run for another term if ratified in a national referendum next …

France launches Syria anti-IS strikes

<b>France has carried out its first air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.</b><p>French planes destroyed a training camp in the eastern town of Deir al-Zour, President Francois Hollande said.<p>A US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq for more than a …

Migrant crisis: Denmark-Germany rail links suspended

<b>Denmark has suspended all rail links with Germany after police stopped hundreds of migrants at the border.</b><p>Danish police also closed a motorway between the two countries when some asylum seekers began walking north after being forced off a train.<p>They say their destination is Sweden.<p>As the EU …

Hollande’s call to action

PARIS — Citing the need to act “without calculation or delay,” French President François Hollande said Monday that Paris would accept the 24,000 …

François Hollande

Why milk is cheaper than water in Europe

Europe is drowning in milk.<p>Russia has banned imports, Chinese demand is weakening and limits on production have been removed. The result: a huge glut of milk.<p>There is so much sloshing around the European Union that milk is often cheaper than bottled water. A liter bottle of water costs around $1.50 …

Forestry

Migrant crisis: More troubles in Hungary as Austria, Germany near tipping point

<b>(CNN) —</b> A trash-strewn field along the Hungarian-Serbian border served as the latest flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis Monday as people grew weary of waiting for days in primitive conditions to resume their journey to safety.<p>The question on all their lips: "Why are they treating us like …