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Spaniards protest labor laws on May Day
Sun, 01 May 2011 22:46:08 GMT
Tens of thousands of Spaniards have gathered in several cities to protest against the government's labor law reforms during a May Day rally.

Writer who linked Gaddafi, Italy PM killed
Sun, 01 May 2011 17:44:33 GMT
Italian author Fausto Biefini Olevano, known for his recent book on Imam Moussa al-Sadr's disappearance, was found dead at his place of residence in Rome.

One million go to beatification of Pope
Sun, 01 May 2011 12:52:26 GMT
More than one million Catholic pilgrims have attended a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican to mark the beatification of late Pope John Paul II.

Belgium inches closer to burqa ban
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 21:17:11 GMT
Belgium's lower house of parliament has approved a bill that would ban all clothing that covers or partially covers the face and that would prohibit Muslim women from wearing the burqa and the niqab in public.

Forest fire spreads across Switzerland
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 06:11:47 GMT
A fire has broken out in south Switzerland, spreading over 100 hectares of woodland and endangering residential areas on the outskirts of the town of Viege.

Ukraine marks Chernobyl anniversary
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:05:27 GMT
Ukraine has held ceremonies to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl power station explosion -- the world's worst nuclear accident which harmed thousands in Europe.

Greek PM upbeat about financial crisis
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 22:51:30 GMT
Greek Prime Minister Georges Papandreou says the financial crisis will be surmounted "despite the difficulties" one year after the country took a bailout.

Italians call for pensioners' rights
Wed, 20 Apr 2011 20:41:11 GMT
Italy's largest labor union has staged a protest to defend the rights of pensioners, blaming the government for failing to acknowledge the hardships of the people.

Hungaria constitution provokes criticism
Wed, 20 Apr 2011 20:10:47 GMT
Hungary's new constitution passed by the parliament has been criticized as solely reinforcing traditional values rather than promoting the country's economic and moral growth.

Croatian cleric slams France burqa ban
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 01:43:06 GMT
The head of Croatia's Islamic Society has criticized France's banning of the burqa, saying the move can be construed as a proof of France's enmity towards Muslims.

National Coalition wins Finland vote
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 01:24:09 GMT
The conservative National Coalition has scored a narrow victory in Finland's parliamentary elections, marked by a stunning performance by the anti-euro nationalist True Finns party.

Serbians protest economic hardship
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 00:54:32 GMT
Tens of thousands of Serbian opposition supporters have demonstrated in Belgrade against economic hardship, urging President Boris Tadic to call early elections.

Finland parliamentary elections begin
Sun, 17 Apr 2011 14:35:06 GMT
In Finland, voters are casting their ballots in the country's parliamentary elections, with the nationalist True Finns Party likely to make strong gains.

Croatian generals guilty of war crimes
Sat, 16 Apr 2011 02:26:55 GMT
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague has convicted two former Croatian generals of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

3 nabbed over Belarus metro blast
Thu, 14 Apr 2011 01:59:25 GMT
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says three detained suspects have confessed to their involvement in a metro bombing in the capital Minsk that killed a dozen people on Monday.

Metro blast kills 11 in Belarus capital
Tue, 12 Apr 2011 07:28:17 GMT
At least 11 people have been killed and more than 100 injured by an explosion in a subway station near Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's office in Minsk.

Berlusconi walks out of fraud court
Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:57:44 GMT
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has walked out of a court room during his tax fraud trial, saying the hearing was “a waste of time.”

Berlusconi due in court for tax fraud
Mon, 11 Apr 2011 08:33:44 GMT
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is expected to be in court on Monday to face the latest in a series of trials over the coming weeks on charges ranging from tax fraud to paying for sex with a minor.

EU, IMF to discuss Portugal bailout
Sun, 10 Apr 2011 23:05:31 GMT
A group of European experts are set to meet in Lisbon for talks aimed at granting the debt-laden Portugal an 80 billion euro bailout.

Spaniards protest against ETA in Madrid
Sun, 10 Apr 2011 21:30:00 GMT
Tens of thousands of protesters have staged a rally in Madrid to show their anger at the Spanish government's "submission" to the Basque separatist group ETA.

Iceland rejects debt repayment plan
Sun, 10 Apr 2011 16:40:01 GMT
Voters in Iceland have rejected the latest plan to repay EUR 3.9 billion (USD 5.6 billion) worth of deposits in a failed online bank to The Netherlands and UK.

Gunman kills 7 at mall in the Netherlands
Sat, 09 Apr 2011 23:16:12 GMT
A gunman has opened fire inside a crowded shopping mall near Amsterdam, killing at least seven people and wounding 15 others.

Czech PM urges more ministers to resign
Sat, 09 Apr 2011 03:44:59 GMT
Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas has demanded the resignation of two more ministers in his own government after the country's Transport Minister Vit Barta quit amid allegations of corruption.

Spain youth rally against unemployment
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 01:45:41 GMT
Thousands of people have marched through the streets of the Spanish capital Madrid to protest the country's poor economic situation which continues to plague the unemployed, particularly its youth.

Kosovo's new pres. sworn in
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 00:25:35 GMT
Kosovo's former deputy police chief, Atifete Jah-jaga, has been sworn in as the country's new president in what is seen as a breakthrough in resolving weeks of political standoff.

Kosovo names neutral pres. candidate
Thu, 07 Apr 2011 02:06:02 GMT
Kosovo's governing coalition and the opposition parties have named a neutral presidential candidate in an effort to overcome the ongoing political impasse in the country.

Portugal asks EU for financial bailout
Wed, 06 Apr 2011 23:56:18 GMT
Portugal's caretaker government has called for a bailout as the euro zone country struggles to buttress its weakening economy against a backdrop of soaring debts.

Italy faces rise in alcohol addiction
Wed, 06 Apr 2011 22:04:20 GMT
Reports indicate that the consumption of alcohol on a regular basis is alarmingly on the rise among Italian people, especially among the younger generation.

IMF warns Belgium of economy failure
Wed, 06 Apr 2011 20:05:56 GMT
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned Belgium that the country's 10-month political deadlock will further harm the country's struggling economy.

IMF denies forcing Greece to cut debts
Tue, 05 Apr 2011 02:09:43 GMT
Greece, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Commission have all denied a report that said the IMF is planning to force Greece restructure its debts.

Leader of Bektashi Muslims dies at 76
Sun, 03 Apr 2011 16:20:21 GMT
The leader of the Bektashi Muslim Order Hajji Baba Reshat Bardhi has died at the age of 76 in Albania after struggling with illnesses for years.

Italy transport strike halts commuters
Fri, 01 Apr 2011 20:09:43 GMT
Italian transport workers have gone on strike to protest sector cuts and a lack of contract renewals, causing major transportation problems throughout the country.

Bulgarians protest for second day
Sun, 27 Mar 2011 16:38:30 GMT
Thousands of Bulgarians have once again staged rallies in major cities across the country to protest against high fuel prices and demand transparency in price setting.

Avalanche kills four in Switzerland
Sat, 26 Mar 2011 21:49:01 GMT
Four French skiers have lost their lives in an avalanche near the village of Bourg-St-Pierre in the Swiss Alps, police in southwestern Switzerland say.

Bulgarians hold large anti-govt. rally
Sat, 26 Mar 2011 13:15:33 GMT
Thousands of Bulgarians have held an anti-government protest in the capital, Sofia, to demand the resignation of the right-wing government.

Portuguese prime minister steps down
Thu, 24 Mar 2011 01:15:12 GMT
Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates has stepped down after the parliament voted against the latest package of austerity measures offered by his minority government.

'Portugal on brink of demanding bailout'
Tue, 22 Mar 2011 01:37:44 GMT
Portugal Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos says the country's political crisis looks increasingly likely to give it a "big push" towards an international bailout.

Portuguese take to streets over wages
Sun, 20 Mar 2011 04:56:44 GMT
Thousands of Portuguese have taken to the streets of the capital Lisbon, demanding jobs and better wages while the Socialist government is facing a political crisis.

Ukraine approves anti-corruption bill
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 23:17:52 GMT
The Ukrainian parliament has approved a long-awaited anti-corruption bill that requires the country's officials to be transparent about their personal expenditures.

IMF disburses $5.7bn to Greece
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 03:01:01 GMT
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to pay out 4.1 billion euro ($5.7 billion) to Greece in order to boost the country's economic recovery plan.

Swiss suspend approval for new N-plants
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:20:28 GMT
Following the crisis in Japan, Switzerland has suspended the approval process for three new nuclear power stations to make sure about their safety standards.

Italian police arrest 27 mafia members
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:14:51 GMT
In a sweeping operation, Italian police have arrested 27 alleged mafia members of the 'Ndrangheta criminal organization, confiscating assets worth EUR 2 million.

Report: Norway violates human rights
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:03:06 GMT
Norway has reportedly come under criticism for repeated human rights violations, particularly for discriminating against immigrants and Muslims.

'Ukrainian migrant workers on rise'
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 07:50:16 GMT
Unemployment and social vulnerability in Ukraine are on the rise as the number of Ukrainian youths leaving the country in search of jobs has reached its highest rate in years, experts say.

Spaniards demonstrate for labor rights
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:34:45 GMT
Thousands of Spanish people have protested against the government's social pact aimed at raising the retirement age from 65 to 67 and curbing labor rights.

Bulgarians protest hike in fuel prices
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:13:50 GMT
Thousands of Bulgarians have poured into the streets throughout the country to protest against a sharp increase in fuel, electricity and food prices.

Anti-Berlusconi demos held across Italy
Sun, 13 Mar 2011 03:26:01 GMT
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in towns across Italy to protest against Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's policies.

New Irish government to take power
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 11:10:55 GMT
Ireland's new coalition government is due to take power after the ruling party's heavy defeat in the general elections last month.

Estonia's center-right govt. wins poll
Sun, 06 Mar 2011 23:50:42 GMT
Estonia's center-right coalition government has secured a victory in the general elections, setting the stage for continuation of the economic recovery.

Estonia holds first post-euro poll
Sun, 06 Mar 2011 10:52:28 GMT
Poll have opened in Estonia's first post-euro parliamentary elections, with the center-right government widely expected to win a second term after steering the country's depressed economy back to growth.


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