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France in the Human Rights dock over face veil ban

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has begun hearing a case brought against France challenging its ban on a full-face veil in public. The case is being brought by a French woman<br>who says the ban violates her rights. The French argue the 2011 law is “to protect the conditions of common …

South Korea says 'no' to some Japanese seafood

Sales of seafood have plummeted in South Korea with consumers fearing its contamination following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.<p>Crippled by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima plant has had a series of problems in recent months, including radioactive water leaks from …

Palestinian-Syrians held longer in Lampedusa, Europe's first refugee landfall centre

Several Palestinian-Syrian refugees are two days into a hunger strike in protest over not being allowed to leave the migrant reception centre on the Italian island of Lampedusa. Here since October, they complain that others who arrived after them have been able to move on. Saying they were former …

EU commissioner faces tax fraud allegations

A tax dispute involving EU trade commissioner Karel de Gucht is set to be heard in court on November 25.<p>Belgian authorities claim he owes them 900,000 euros. He denies wrongdoing.<p>De Gucht is being investigated for gains made from the sale of shares and the purchase of a house in Italy.<p>His employer …

Greenpeace climb Barcelona's Sagradia Familia in Arctic Sunrise protest

Greenpeace activists have scaled the heights of Barcelona’s famous Sagradia Familia cathedral to demand the release of 30 colleagues detained in Russia. Several members, suspended on ropes, unfurled pictures of their fellow-campaigners on the 50th day since their arrest.<p>In a similarly eye-catching …

Russian report says no support for Arafat poisoning claim

The Russian forensic report into samples taken from the body of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is being much more prudent about the presence of polonium 210.<p>On Wednesday Arafat’s widow went to the media to claim her husband had been poisoned. One broadcaster published what it claimed was …

Who's in control of Libya? Anger as militia battle brings terror to Tripoli

After Tripoli was transformed into a war zone for several hours on Thursday night people in Libya are accusing the government of having no control over the country.<p>At least two people were killed as rival militia groups fired on each other with heavy machine guns and grenades in the heart of the …

DR Congo peace deal with M23 'to be signed on Monday'

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says it will sign a peace deal on Monday, November 10 with the M23 rebel group, which abandoned its armed struggle this week.<p>Uganda says the signing ceremony will take place in its capital Kampala in the presence of officials from the African Union and the …

Lampedusa migrants 'raped and tortured' by people traffickers

A Somali gang leader has been arrested on the Italian island Lampedusa, accused of kidnap, rape and torture.<p>Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin’s is accused of abusing African migrants who had paid to be taken across the Sahara to then journey to Europe. Their boat later capsized off Lampedusa on October 3 with …

Spain releases more convicted ETA terrorists

Spain has been forced to release nine more ETA prisoners including one involved in the Basque terrorists’ deadliest -ever attack and who was sentenced to over 1000 years in jail for his role in the deaths of 21 people.<p>The releases were triggered by a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the …

At least 100 dead as typhoon Haiyan leaves trail of destruction in Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan has killed at least 100 people in the Philippines with the final number of casualties feared to be much higher.<p>The category five storm left a trail of destruction, flattening houses, triggering landslides and floods and bringing down power lines. In the central Philippines, it sent …

Chile: Neruda 'not poisoned' forensics team concludes

A Chilean forensics team has found no evidence that Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda was poisoned.<p>The poet’s body was exhumed and tested following accusations that he was murdered at the orders of dictator Augusto Pinochet.<p>Neruda, famed for his passionate love poems and staunch communist views, died in …

Madagascar to hold presidential run-off vote

Madagascar’s Hery Rajaonarimampianina and Jean Louis Robinson are looking at a head-to-head battle for the presidency.<p>A run-off vote will be held in December after last month’s presidential election failed to deliver an outright winner.<p>Rajaonarimampianina is backed by outgoing leader Andry …