Europe

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 […]

Sex offences on trains, stations in UK reach record level

A newly-published report shows that the number of sex assaults recorded on trains and stations across the UK has dramatically increased. According to figures released by the British Transport Police (BTP) 1,399 sexual assault were recorded in England, Scotland and Wales in 2014-15, showing a 25% year-on-year increase. The figures cover the 12 months to […]

Migrants crisis: Slovakia ‘will only accept Christians’

Migrants crisis: Slovakia ‘will only accept Christians’

Slovakia says it will only accept Christians when it takes in Syrian refugees under a EU relocation scheme. The country is due to receive 200 people from camps in Turkey, Italy and Greece under the EU plan to resettle 40,000 new arrivals. Interior ministry spokesman Ivan Netik said Muslims would not be accepted because they […]

NATO launches massive airborne drills across Europe

NATO launches massive airborne drills across Europe

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has launched massive military drills across Europe, in what is seen as a move to deter alleged threats from Russia in the region. According to reports on Tuesday, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania are currently hosting over 5,000 soldiers from 11 NATO member states participating in the massive airborne drills called […]

How Europe turned its back on humanity

How Europe turned its back on humanity

Rachel Shabi Rachel Shabi is a journalist and author of Not the Enemy: Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands. @rachshabi When talk turns, as it often does, to the issue of defining Europe’s identity and values, its handling of the current “migration crisis” has to be one of the core concerns. For a continent that collectively […]

Bosnia’s survivors gather and grieve as the soil endlessly gives up its dead

Bosnia’s survivors gather and grieve as the soil endlessly gives up its dead

The dust has settled after being kicked up by crowds converging last month on Srebrenica, the site of Europe’s worst massacre since the Third Reich. But the unhealed pain remains and is repeated across this country as survivors and bereaved families gather, during this sweltering summer season of commemorations, at Bosnia’s hundreds of other mass […]