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EU plans new rules to check big tech

The European Union is set to propose new laws to rein in the power of big tech companies, the blocs digital and antitrust chief said on Thursday. Executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager outlined two draft laws that the EUs executive commission plans to introduce in December.

30 Oct 2020 9:35 am
French prosecutor: Nice killer Tunisian, entered from Italy

France's anti-terrorism prosecutor says the man who killed three in a Nice church was a Tunisian who entered France from Italy.

30 Oct 2020 5:35 am
Attacker in Nice a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant: Inquiry sources

The man suspected of killing three people at a church in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday is a 21-year-old Tunisian who arrived in Europe just a few weeks ago, sources close to the inquiry said. The suspect, identified as Brahim Aoussaoui, landed in late September on the Italian island of Lampedusa, where he was placed in virus quarantine by authorities before being released with an order to quit Italian territory.

30 Oct 2020 1:31 am
BBC clamps down on staff social media and paid speeches

Staff, contractors and freelancers could face dismissal for serious breaches of the guidelines, according to the broadcaster, which has been coming under pressure from the ruling Conservatives over its funding and the politics of some personnel.

29 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
UK's Labour suspends Corbyn after 'day of shame' over anti-Semitism

The shock development came after Corbyn said he refused to accept all the findings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report, in defiance of the party's new leadership under Keir Starmer. In the light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation, a spokesman said.

29 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
Pope prays for Nice church attack, end to terror

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni says Francis was informed about Thursday's attack at the Notre Dame Basilica and expressed his solidarity with the Catholic community in France.

29 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
France knife attack: Church sexton had throat slit while preparing for Mass

In video footage obtained by Reuters, shot from a balcony across the street from the church, police officers with guns and Tasers raised, could be seen in the side entrance of the church, looking inside. Gunshots could be heard. It was not clear from the footage what they were shooting at.

29 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
Stepping up deployment of soldiers after Nice attack: Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that he would be stepping up the deployment of soldiers to protect key French sites, such as places of worship and schools, following the fatal knife attack in Nice earlier in the day.

29 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
France raises its alert level to maximum after a Nice attack

Other confrontations and attacks were reported on Thursday in the southern city of Avignon and in the Saudi city of Jeddah, but it was not immediately clear if they were linked to the attack in Nice. Thursday's assailant in Nice was wounded by police and hospitalized after the killings at the Notre Dame Basilica, less than a kilometer (half-mile) from the site in 2016 where another attacker plowed a truck into a Bastille Day crowd, killing dozens of people.

29 Oct 2020 9:33 pm
Putin says no plans for lockdown despite record cases

We clearly understand how to act and therefore we are not planning to introduce sweeping restrictive measures, to launch a so-called nationwide lockdown, when the economy and business operations practically stop, he told an investment forum.

29 Oct 2020 9:31 pm
EU slams 'barbarity and fanaticism' after Nice attack

I condemn the odious and brutal attack that has just taken place in Nice and I am with France with all my heart, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen tweeted.

29 Oct 2020 8:53 pm
Three dead as woman beheaded in France, gunman killed in second incident

A knife-wielding attacker beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist attack at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, police said. Nice's mayor, Christian Estrosi, who described the attack as terrorism, said on Twitter it had happened in or near the city's Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker.

29 Oct 2020 5:50 pm
Merkel decries populists who say coronavirus is harmless

It is only with solidarity and transparency that we will be able to confront the pandemic, she told the Bundestag lower house of parliament, adding the pandemic was a challenge to the democratic system.

29 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
France's litany of deadly attacks: Timeline

The incident, which the Mediterranean city's mayor described as terrorism, took place less than two weeks after the beheading of middle school teacher Samuel Paty by a man of Chechen origin.

29 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
Knife attacker in French city of Nice shouted 'Allahu Akbar': Mayor

The man suspected of carrying out a fatal knife attack at a church in the southern French city of Nice kept shouting Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest) even after he had been arrested by police, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi told reporters.

29 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
Kremlin, after French attacks, says wrong to kill but wrong to insult religion too

The Kremlin was commenting after a knife-wielding attacker shouting Allahu Akbar beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist attack at a church in the French city of Nice.

29 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
New French Covid lockdown may have to go beyond December 1

France's new national lockdown, aimed at curbing the resurgence of COVID-19, may have to be extended beyond its initial deadline of Dec. 1, government scentific adviser Professor Jean-Franois Delfraissy said on Thursday.

29 Oct 2020 5:18 pm
France tells Turkey it won't give in to 'intimidation attempts'

France will never renounce its principles and values, Attal said after a cabinet meeting, underscoring a strong European unity behind its stance against Islamic violence after the beheading of a French teacher on October 16.

28 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
Poland warns of tougher action against abortion protesters

Poland has been rocked by huge demonstrations, most of them peaceful, since its top court ruled last week that abortion due to foetal abnormalities was not permissible under the constitution. The decision leaves predominantly Catholic Poland with some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe.

28 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
Heathrow says Paris now Europe's largest airport

For the first time, Paris Charles de Gaulle has overtaken Heathrow as Europe's largest airport, with Amsterdam Schiphol and Frankfurt close behind, Heathrow said in a trading update, warning that the UK has ceded commercial advantage.

28 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
Charlie Hebdo sparks Turkish fury with cartoon of Erdogan

The front-page caricature of Wednesday's edition of Charlie Hebdo, released online on Tuesday night, shows Erdogan in a t-shirt and underpants, drinking a can of beer and lifting up the skirt of a woman wearing a hijab to reveal her naked bottom.

28 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
Russia records 16,202 Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours

Russia has registered 16,202 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, down from 16,550 yesterday, taking the cumulative total to 1,563,976, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Wednesday.

28 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
Turkey vows 'legal, diplomatic actions' over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

We assure our people that necessary legal and diplomatic actions will be taken against this cartoon, the Turkish presidency said in a statement.

28 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
France braces for possible lockdown as virus deaths mount

French markets opened lower on expectations that President Emmanuel Macron will announce some kind of lockdown Wednesday, though the government has not released details amid ongoing discussions about what measures would be most effective.

28 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
Pope says 'lady' Covid must be obeyed, forgoes mask

Pope Francis on Wednesday described the Covid-19 pandemic as a tough lady taskmaster who must be obeyed, but he and most close aides did not wear masks at his general audience.At the start of the indoor audience Francis apologised to people for not coming down from the marble stage.

28 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
Merkel eyes tough new curbs to tame virus before Christmas

Schools, daycares and shops will remain open, but hotels will be allowed to offer overnight stays only for ecessary and expressedly non-tourist purposes. Bars, cafes, restaurants would have to shut, although takeaways and delivery services can keep going.

28 Oct 2020 5:13 pm
Chechen leader says Macron's stance on cartoons inspires terrorists

The leader of Russia's Muslim-majority Chechnya region said on Tuesday that French President Emmanuel Macron was inspiring terrorists by justifying cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad as protected by free speech rights.

28 Oct 2020 1:35 am
France tightens security amid fallout from teacher beheading

French diplomats are trying to quell anger in Turkey and Arab nations amid anti-France protests and calls for boycotts of French goods in response to President Emmanuel Macron's firm stance against Islamism in the wake of the October 16 beheading.

27 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
'We're working on it:' Pope's Covid advisers and the mask

Pope Francis' decision to forego wearing a mask has been noticed, with some concern, by the commission of Vatican experts he appointed to help chart the Catholic Church's path through the coronavirus pandemic and the aftermath.

27 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
Arc de Triomphe area in Paris evacuated following bomb alert

The area around the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris has been evacuated following a bomb alert, a police spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday.

27 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
A month of fighting in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh

Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway region of Azerbaijan mainly inhabited by ethnic Armenians and backed by Yerevan, has been the scene of deadly clashes for the past month.

27 Oct 2020 9:34 pm
French Muslim leader says Muslims should ignore controversial cartoons

The head of the French Council for the Muslim Faith, Mohammed Moussaoui, reminded worshippers that such caricatures were allowed under French law. The cartoons have become a focus of controversy after an 18-year-old student of Chechen origin beheaded a teacher for showing the images to his pupils as part of a civics lesson.

27 Oct 2020 9:22 pm
Merkel's party postpones December 4 congress to choose new leader

The executive committee voted unanimously in favour of a proposal by party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to decide on Jan. 16 whether it will be possible to hold the meeting with 1,001 delegates in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

26 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
Pope names 13 new cardinals, includes first Black US prelate

Pope Francis on Sunday named 13 new cardinals, including Washington DC Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black US prelate to earn the coveted red hat.

26 Oct 2020 1:35 am
Pakistan's PM Imran Khan accuses French President Macron of 'attacking Islam'

Pakistani PM Imran Khan accused French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday of attacking Islam after the European leader criticised Islamists and defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. Khan's comments follow statements Macron made last week after a French teacher was beheaded near Paris.

25 Oct 2020 9:35 pm