Category: <span>Europe</span>

Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row
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Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row

France has said it is recalling its ambassadors in the US and Australia for consultations, in protest at a security deal which also includes the UK. The French foreign minister said the “exceptional decision” was justified by the situation’s “exceptional gravity”. The alliance, known as Aukus, will see Australia being given the technology to build...

Spanish woman sues after DNA test reveals birth swap error
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Spanish woman sues after DNA test reveals birth swap error

A woman has demanded compensation from health authorities in northern Spain after discovering she was mistakenly swapped at birth with another baby 19 years ago, local reports say. The woman was mixed up with a baby who was born on the same day in 2002 at a hospital in Logroño, south of Bilbao. Both babies...

Jewellery worth €10m stolen in heist at Bulgari store in Paris
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Jewellery worth €10m stolen in heist at Bulgari store in Paris

A group of thieves have struck the Bulgari store on the Place Vendôme in Paris, making off with about €10m (£8.6m) in jewellery. They then led police on a high-speed chase during which two of the suspects were captured, sources have told AFP. Three individuals, wearing sharp suits and armed with guns, robbed the recently revamped...

Daphne Caruana Galizia murder: life term sought for alleged mastermind
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Daphne Caruana Galizia murder: life term sought for alleged mastermind

Malta’s attorney general has called for a life sentence for the businessman Yorgen Fenech for allegedly masterminding the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, which rocked the country four years ago. The attorney general, Victoria Buttigieg, laid formal charges against Fenech, who was arrested in November 2019 trying to leave Malta on his yacht, accused of complicity...

German election frontrunners fail to impress with flood response
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German election frontrunners fail to impress with flood response

Germany is bracing itself for complex coalition negotiations following September’s national elections, after the leaders of the two strongest parties failed to impress voters with their response to last month’s devastating floods and boosted the confidence of smaller parties. A two-way coalition between the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of the outgoing chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the...

Belarus sprinter leaves Tokyo on flight to Vienna after seeking refuge
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Belarus sprinter leaves Tokyo on flight to Vienna after seeking refuge

The Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya has left Japan on a Vienna-bound plane after refusing to return to Belarus because she feared she would face punishment for publicly criticising her coaches for their “negligence”. Tsimanouskaya has received a humanitarian visa from Poland after she said Belarus officials attempted to bundle her on a plane. She requested police protection at Haneda...

Lucia Mantione: murdered Sicilian girl finally given funeral after 66 years
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Lucia Mantione: murdered Sicilian girl finally given funeral after 66 years

There had never been so many people at a funeral in the history of Montedoro, a village suspended in time among wheat fields and abandoned sulphur mines in central Sicily. Its 1,500 inhabitants had waited for this moment for more than half a century, and on Wednesday gathered in hundreds in solemn prayer in the...

Europe’s unluckiest train station gets new lease of life as hotel
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Europe’s unluckiest train station gets new lease of life as hotel

It earned the nickname “Titanic of the mountains”, but now the monumental and ill-fated train station at Canfranc is to get a new life as a five-star hotel, 51 years after the international rail link across the Pyrenees closed. The story of Canfranc, a village more than 1,000 metres (3,280ft) above sea level on the...

France reports rush for vaccines after Macron tightens Covid rules
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France reports rush for vaccines after Macron tightens Covid rules

More than 20,000 French people a minute booked vaccine appointments in the hours after Emmanuel Macron announced that cafes, restaurants, shopping malls and trains would be out of bounds for unvaccinated customers from next month. “We’ve broken all records since the start of the vaccination campaign, and it’s continued during the night and into this morning,” Stanislas...