Tag: Western Europe

Vatican: Willing to help mediate in Venezuela crisis

The Vatican says it is willing to help intervene diplomatically in Venezuelaโ€™s crisis but says it must study expectations and options about what role it could play. On Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accepted the idea of a good-faith facilitator after weeks of deadly unrest in the country. Clashes between protesters and loyalists have left…

Obama Attends G7 Without Russia

The G7, formerly known as the G8, is meeting in the Netherlands on Monday to work out how to punish Russia for the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. The emergency summit was called by President Obama in the hopes of continuing steps against the Putin regime, including a potential permanent expulsion of Russia from the G8.…

German athlete fails doping test, 1st case of the 2014 Olympics

An unidentified German athlete has failed a drug test in the first announced doping case of the Sochi Olympics. The German Olympic Committee has been notified and a backup sample will be analyzed today, the committee said. German officials did not name the athlete, sport or substance involved. AP

German Chancellor Merkel calls Obama after spying reports

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Barack Obama on Wednesday after finding out the US may have spied on her mobile phone. President Obama assured her during the call that the US is not monitoring her conversations. Photo: German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel arrives for a meeting in…

Nobel Prize In Medicine Awarded To 2 Americans And A German

Scientists from Yale, Stanford and UC Berkeley have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine for research into the transport system of our cells. The recipients of the prize are Americans James Rothman and Randy Schekman and German-born researcher Thomas Suedhof Photo: A screen displays photos of the winners of the 2013 Medicine Nobel…

Irish Poet Nobel Winner Seamus Heaney Dies At 74

Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s foremost poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, died Friday after a half-century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation’s soul. He was 74. Heaney’s family and publisher, Faber & Faber, said in a statement that Heaney died in a Dublin hospital. He…

Bus Crash In Southern Italy Kills 38 People

An Italian tour bus plowed through cars, crashed through the side wall of a highway bridge and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 38 people, authorities said Monday. Rescuers wielding electric saws cut through the twisted wreckage of the bus looking for survivors overnight, and state radio quoted a local police chief as saying…

Nigella Lawson’s Husband Announces Divorce Via Newspaper

Because he says his wife is no longer speaking to him, multimillionaire Charles Saatchi informed celebrity chef Nigella Lawson in a statement to the Daily Mail that he has begun divorce proceedings. Tension between the pair hit the tabloids after Saatchi was photographed with his hand around her neck in mid-June. Lawson and her children…

Commander In SS-led Unit Found Living In Minnesota

A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II, according to evidence uncovered by The Associated Press. Michael Karkoc, 94, told American authorities in…

Swedish Police Find Drugs And A Stun Gun On Justin Bieber’s Tour Bus

Swedish police have found drugs on pop sensation pop sensation Justin Bieber’s tour bus. Police spokesman Lars Bystrom revealed a small amount of drugs and a stun gun were found when officers raided the empty bus parked under the Globen concert venue in Stockholm, where Bieber was performing Wednesday. They have refused to reveal identify…

Russian Tycoon Found Dead In UK Home

Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, 67, was found dead at his home in England on Saturday. Police are treating his death as unexplained and investigating further. Berezovsky, who at one time held significant political clout, fled Russia after a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin. AP

60 Hostages Dead, Missing In Algeria Standoff

About 60 foreign hostages are still unaccounted for three days into a bloody siege with Islamic militants at a gas plant deep in the Sahara, Algeria’s state news service said Friday. The militants, meanwhile, offered to trade two American hostages for terror figures jailed in the United States, according to a statement received by a…

Amy Winehouse Inquest: Singer Drank Herself To Death

Singer Amy Winehouse died after drinking too much alcohol, a second inquest has confirmed. > Dr Shirley Radcliffe, St Pancras Coroner, recorded a verdict of misadventure, the same as the original inquest in October 2011. The hearing also heard the same evidence as the first inquest. > The hearing was told the star was more…

Depardieu, In Tax Fight, Gets Russian Citizenship

Bad news if you want to be adopted by an American couple, Gerard. Russian president Vladimir Putin announced Thursday that actor Gerard Depardieu had been given Russian citizenship. The actor moved to Belgium in December to avoid paying Franceโ€™s high tax rates, which almost went up to 75 percent for the countryโ€™s richest citizens. ITV