Europe

Record number of refugees opt to leave in 2016

Record number of refugees opt to leave in 2016

Nearly 55,000 migrants and refugees who were not eligible for or were likely to be denied asylum left Germany voluntarily in 2016, up by 20,000 from the number who left of their own volition in 2015, according to government officials. Germany has toughened its stance on immigration in recent months, prompted by concerns about security […]

Russia tested over 160 new weapons in Syrian operation – defense minister

Russia tested over 160 new weapons in Syrian operation – defense minister

While the primary goal of Russia’s military operation in Syria is to prevent the disintegration of the country, it has also provided a chance to field-test 162 advanced Russian weapons, Russia’s defense minister reported. “During the operation in Syria, 162 advanced and upgraded weapons have been tested in combat. They have proven to be highly […]

Muslims and Christians team up to help homeless

Muslims and Christians team up to help homeless

Muslim and Christian groups in Britain are joining forces to help the country’s homeless and other vulnerable groups during the Christmas period. Organisations including Muslim Aid, the Al-Khair Foundation, Streetlytes, and churches across the English capital of London are expanding their efforts by providing meals and shelter packs to rough sleepers. Their aim is to […]

Russia pulls out from International Criminal Court

Russia pulls out from International Criminal Court

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court (ICC), which prosecutes war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. Russia in 2000 signed the Rome treaty which established the Hague-based court, but never ratified it Putin’s decree, published on the Kremlin’s website on Wednesday, comes a day after […]

Muslims stage protest prayers near Rome’s Colosseum

Muslims stage protest prayers near Rome’s Colosseum

Organisers staged demonstrations after authorities closed down five makeshift mosques on administrative grounds Hundreds of Muslims offered Friday prayers near Rome’s Colosseum to protest at the closure of mosques and other places of worship in Italy. The prayer demonstration was staged over what they see as unfair restrictions on freedom to practise their faith in […]

Hollande: ‘France has a problem with Islam’

Hollande: ‘France has a problem with Islam’

President Francois Hollande told the authors of a book just published that France has “a problem with Islam” and there are too many immigrants arriving in the country who “shouldn’t be here”. Hollande made the controversial remarks to the authors of A President Shouldn’t Say That… in December 2015, a month after gunmen attacked Paris, killing […]

Donald Trump Worst than Voldemort: J.K. Rowling

Donald Trump Worst than Voldemort: J.K. Rowling

Trump as bad as Voldemort? That’s an insult to Voldemort: J.K. Rowling claims presidential hopeful’s call to ban Muslims from US makes him worse than the Dark Lord J.K. Rowling has waded into the controversy surrounding Donald Trump – saying the presidential hopeful is worse than Voldemort. The author took to Twitter to vent her […]

Refugees pour through Macedonia border after clashes

Refugees pour through Macedonia border after clashes

Macedonian police have fired tear gas and stun grenades to drive back refugees trying to cross the border from Greece after they spent a night stranded by an emergency decree that had effectively sealed the Macedonian frontier. Five injured refugees were taken to a hospital on the Greek side of the border on Friday, Doctors […]

MI5 spied on Doris Lessing for decades

Newly declassified documents show that Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing was spied on by British security services for more than 20 years. Previously top secret files reveal that Lessing’s phone conversations, mail and movements’ were closely controlled by MI5 and Met police special branch. Doris Lessing died in 2013 aged 94. She won the Nobel […]