Category: <span>Europe</span>

Three letter bombs sent to German firms may be linked, say investigators
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Three letter bombs sent to German firms may be linked, say investigators

Prosecutors in Germany are investigating a possible link between three recent letter bomb attacks on German food retail companies. “We assume there is a connection,” state prosecutors in Heidelberg said on Friday after attacks on a supermarket chain, a drinks company and a baby food producer this week. They said further attacks were not likely but could...

NGOs seek to convict French state of failing to tackle climate crisis
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NGOs seek to convict French state of failing to tackle climate crisis

A Paris court has been asked to convict the French state for its alleged failure to act to halt the climate crisis. The historic legal case, being brought by four environmental groups after a petition signed by more than 2 million citizens, seeks to hold the country responsible for ecological damage and its subsequent detrimental...

Madrid hospital staff walk for hours to relieve colleagues after snow storm
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Madrid hospital staff walk for hours to relieve colleagues after snow storm

Healthcare workers in Madrid have gone to extreme lengths – some walking for hours – to relieve their exhausted colleagues as Spain grapples with the double whammy of a deadly storm and the coronavirus pandemic. Storm Filomena hit Spain on Friday, blanketing large parts of the country in snow and bringing Madrid to a standstill as the city...

Angela Merkel breaks silence on most difficult year in emotional coronavirus confession
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Angela Merkel breaks silence on most difficult year in emotional coronavirus confession

The centre-right politician became Chancellor of Germans 15 years ago in 2005. During the pandemic Germany has recorded 1.35m coronavirus cases and 33,230 fatalities. Ms Merkel typically delivers an annual televised address to the German people to mark the new year. She commented: “In nine months, a parliamentary election will take place and I won’t be...

Navalny says Russian officer admits putting poison in underwear
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Navalny says Russian officer admits putting poison in underwear

One of the operatives allegedly involved in the attempt to kill Alexei Navalny has confessed to his role in the plot, and has revealed that the Russian opposition leader was apparently poisoned via his underwear. Navalny phoned two members of the team from Russia’s FSB spy agency, which allegedly tried to murder him. One recognised him immediately...

Germany enters stricter lockdown as Covid deaths hit new high
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Germany enters stricter lockdown as Covid deaths hit new high

Germany hit a new record level of coronavirus deaths as it entered a harder lockdown Wednesday, closing shops and schools to try to bring down stubbornly high new cases The country recorded 179.8 deaths of new infections per 100,000 residents over the last seven days, a new high and significantly more than the 149 per 100,000 reported a week ago by...

Fish could still sink Brexit deal, says EU’s Ursula von der Leyen
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Fish could still sink Brexit deal, says EU’s Ursula von der Leyen

A clash over EU access to British fishing waters could still sink hopes of a post-Brexit trade deal, Ursula von der Leyen has said, with agreement said to be “so close but yet … so far away”. In an address to the European parliament, the European commission president said the issue of domestic subsidies, so long a...