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Several fatalities reported after blast at pop concert in Manchester

British police have said there have been “number of fatalities” at a pop concert venue in the northern city of Manchester<p>Witnesses described a huge blast as people were leaving the Manchester Arena following a performance by the American singer Ariana Grande.<p>Emergency services were quickly on the …

Europe

Live: At least 19 killed in Manchester concert blast

Police say at least 19 people have been killed in a reported blast at a concert venue in Manchester, UK, in what is being treated as a possible terrorist incident.<p>Here's a summary of what we know so far:<p>Police say at least 19 people have died and around 50 injured after they were called to reports …

Terrorism

No deal yet on new loans, debt relief for Greece: Eurogroup head

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Greece's international lenders failed to reach a deal on Monday on additional debt relief measures for Athens after an 8-hour meeting in Brussels, the head of the eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers said.<p>"This afternoon we had the first in-depth discussion on the topic of …

Greece

Switzerland to launch national biomonitoring study

<b>The Swiss health ministry has announced a two-phase project aimed at systematically gathering and analysing biological data from the Swiss population</b> …

Research

German government at odds with itself over Greek debt relief

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's coalition government split along party lines on Monday over the question of debt relief for Greece ahead of a crunch meeting in Brussels to tackle the thorny issue.<p>Euro zone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund are meeting to seek a deal on Greek debt …

Greece

Multiple people killed in explosion at UK’s Manchester Arena

LONDON — A number of people have been killed in a reported explosion at a pop concert in Manchester, England, police said Monday night.<p>A statement …

Europe

Cannes gets creepy with tales of bourgeois malaise horror

The Cannes Film Festival continues its exploration of bourgeois guilt and dysfunctional families with deeply disturbing films by Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos and two-time Palme d’Or winner Michael Haneke.<p>Watch out Cannes, the fascists are in town. With their patriarchs and matriarchs and that most …

Europe

End of the affair: Montenegro jilts Russia by joining NATO

BUDVA, Montenegro (Reuters) - Tiny Montenegro will take a huge step towards integrating with the West when it becomes the 29th member of NATO this week, but it risks paying a heavy price for spurning Russia.<p>For nearly a decade after Montenegro split from Serbia in 2006, Moscow cultivated close ties …

World News

DRC tops world displaced persons' league - Africa - RFI

The statistics of misery have been revealed in a report published Monday by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).<p>The number of people uprooted in their own country because of conflict outnumbers refugees by two to one but the IDMC says they are largely …

Africa

Lava spouts from Kilauea

Time-lapse video captured lava oozing from Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii on Friday (19 May). According to the film crew from Eppix Adventures Photography, the lava travelled over 6km. Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth and has been erupting on a continuous basis since 1983.<p>More news …

Europe

Germany’s Social Democrats target Merkel in Turkey airbase row

Germany’s Social Democrats increased pressure on conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (21 May), saying if she could not resolve a row with …

Turkey

Flash - China scrambles to tame bike chaos - France 24

BEIJING (AFP) -<p>A booming rental bike business has flooded China's streets with packs of cyclists, but their habit of going the wrong way and abandoning their rides anywhere is causing havoc.<p>The authorities, scrambling to catch up, are considering new regulations to curb the chaos -- from capping …

Sport (UK)

'Nothing is more precious than love'

The new priest appeared before his congregation for the first time on 1 January 1519. The faithful sat shoulder to shoulder on the benches of …

Switzerland

Demonstrator camps get green light to remain at Railway Station

Protester camps set up by pro-asylum seeker and anti-immigrant demonstrators have both been granted permission to remain at Helsinki's Central …

Europe

Chop to the top

Brad De Losa from Australia won the STIHL Timbersports Champions Trophy in Hamburg on Saturday night. After winning the trophy in 2014 and 2015, the man from Down Under completed a hat-trick of Champions Rings in front of more than 1,200 spectators in the sold-out Cruise Center Altona in Hamburg. …

Europe

Austria urges Dutch to get serious about shutting down narco labs

VIENNA (Reuters) - The Netherlands is not doing enough to shut down narco labs producing drugs such as ecstasy and crystal meth for distribution across Europe and the United States, senior Austrian officials said on Monday.<p>An Austro-German narcotics team has over the past year intercepted about …

Methamphetamine

France to Berlin, Brussels: This time we’re serious

BERLIN — France wants the world to know it’s finally ready to play by EU deficit rules — in exchange for a chance to lead Europe toward deeper …

Greece

Money causes schism in sharing economy

She argues that hosting people from around the world helped her to better her understanding of different cultures. “Each person brings something to …

Sharing Economy

Italian mafia caught pocketing aid for refugees

Italian police last Monday (15 May) arrested 70 members of the powerful ‘Ndrangheta mafia syndicate, after the gang pocketed €35 million in public …

Migration

Daily Briefing: Euro zone - untangling itself on Greece

Euro zone countries, and specifically a group of northern countries led by Germany, will try today to untangle their own position on Greece.<p>Berlin and the others insist that the IMF should be kept on board to keep the wider bailout plan credible, yet oppose any firm commitments on debt relief - the …

World News

Swiss working conditions slip

<b>While the overall health and well-being of Swiss employees is still good, a new survey shows that Switzerland has lost its place ahead of 34 other</b> …

The Workplace

France's Le Pen abandons 'Frexit' and franc pitch, Telegraph newspaper says

LONDON (Reuters) - France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen will abandon her pitch to leave the European Union and restore the French franc, the party’s chief economic strategist was quoted as saying by Britain's Telegraph newspaper.<p>Le Pen said on Friday that the far-right party would start …

France

Portugal's Douro Presidential Train: The world's tastiest rail journey

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dappled sunlight gleaming off its regal blue livery, Portugal's Presidential Train glides out of the medieval heart of Porto towards the Douro Valley on the start of a new addition to Europe's selection of luxury rail journeys -- a nine-hour gourmet excursion through one of the most …

Europe

Fatalities in suspected terror attack at concert in UK's Manchester

Nineteen people have been killed in a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in the northwest English city of Manchester, police said Tuesday.<p>There were scenes of panic as Grande's audience of youthful fans fled the 21,000-capacity venue after what eyewitnesses …

Terrorism

France's Macron told Tsipras France hopes to ease Greek debt

French President Emmanuel Macron told Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a telephone conversation that France wants to see Greece's debt burden eased over time, a source at the French president's office said on Monday.<p>"The president said he hoped to reach an agreement soon which over time, will …

World News

Merkel says euro is 'too weak' due to ECB policy

The euro is "too weak" due to the European Central Bank's monetary policy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, pointing out that this helped explain Germany's relatively high trade surplus.<p>Speaking to students at a secondary school in Berlin, Merkel said that the German trade surplus …

World News

Erdoğan back as AK Party head, pledges to fight enemies

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pledged to fight Turkey’s enemies at home and abroad yesterday (21 May) as he was elected leader of the ruling AK …

Turkey

Swiss expats back nuclear phase-out

Swiss voters living abroad gave their full support to the government's new energy law in Sunday's nationwide vote. Political scientist Thomas Milic …

Switzerland

Theresa May wobbles as she defends social care reversal

Prime minister’s working style under attack after hasty retreat

Brexit

Macron outsmarts French mainstream parties as general election campaign starts - France - RFI

Although campaigning officially started on Monday, the parties have been squaring up for the contest, which sees 6,500 candidates fighting for 577 seats in the National Assembly, since Macron's 7 June presidential victory.<p>Macron's election, LREM's creation and its subsequent tactics have placed the …

Jean-Luc Mélenchon