Energy 28-01-2022

Cyprus, Greece, Israel electricity link gets EU funding

Cyprus welcomed Thursday (27 January) a "landmark" European Union decision to approve a 657-million-euro ($733 million) grant for the construction of a subsea electricity cable integrating it with Greece and Israel.
Brexit 27-01-2022

Fifty years on ‘Bloody Sunday’ pain endures

Fifty years after "Bloody Sunday", Northern Ireland this weekend commemorates one of the most painful episodes during more than three decades of violence between Catholic nationalists and Protestant unionists.
Coronavirus 26-01-2022

Italy eases border rules for EU arrivals

Italy will ease coronavirus restrictions for arrivals from the rest of the EU from February, with passengers required to show proof of vaccination, recent recovery or a negative test, but not quarantine.

Russia adds Kremlin critic Navalny to ‘terrorists’ list

Russia on Tuesday (25 January). added jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and a number of his allies to a list of "terrorists and extremists", as authorities further clamp down on the opposition.
Global Europe 25-01-2022

West links Afghan humanitarian aid to human rights

Western diplomats Tuesday (26 January) linked humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to an improvement in human rights after meeting a Taliban delegation on a landmark visit to Europe.
Global Europe 25-01-2022

EU-Egypt counter-terror forum bid ‘affront’ to rights: watchdog

An international rights watchdog Tuesday urged the European Union not to launch a proposed joint bid with Egypt to lead a global counter-terrorism body, deploring the North African nation's treatment of critics.
Eastern Europe 25-01-2022

Poland begins work on new EU-Belarus border wall

Polish contractors began work on Tuesday ( 25 January) on a 353-million euro wall along the Belarus border aimed at deterring migrant crossings following a crisis in the area last year.
Global Europe 25-01-2022

Court orders Turkey to pay damages to German reporter

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday (25 January) ordered Turkey to pay damages in excess of €12,300 to a German-Turkish journalist, ruling that his rights were violated by a year-long detention.
Elections 25-01-2022

Portugal’s flourishing far right target Roma ahead of vote

Portugal's far-right Chega party has adopted a harsh line against the country's Roma population ahead of Sunday's snap election, accusing the community of welfare benefits abuse and crime.
EU-Africa 24-01-2022

Burkina president ‘survives assassination attempt’

Burkina Faso's president has survived an assassination attempt, his party said Monday, with his whereabouts unclear following a mutiny by soldiers that African powers condemned as a "coup attempt".
Politics 24-01-2022

Taliban, Western officials meet for talks in Oslo

Taliban and Western diplomats meet in Oslo on Monday for talks on Afghanistan's humanitarian crisis and human rights, especially those of women whose freedoms have been curbed by the hardline Islamists.
Coronavirus 23-01-2022

Europe could be headed for pandemic ‘endgame’: WHO

The Omicron variant has moved the COVID-19 pandemic into a new phase and could bring it to an end in Europe, the WHO Europe director said Sunday (23 January). “It’s plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of...
Politics 23-01-2022

Turkish Cypriots vote under shadow of economic crisis

Turkish Cypriots cast their ballots on Sunday (23 January) in a snap legislative election in the northern third of the Mediterranean island after a campaign dominated by an economic crisis.
Global Europe 21-01-2022

China incensed by French parliament’s genocide declaration

China condemned a French parliament resolution on Friday that accuses Beijing of carrying out a genocide against its Uyghur Muslim population, a move that has strained ties two weeks before the Winter Olympics.
Global Europe 19-01-2022

Poland’s top court slams media ban at Belarus border

Poland's Supreme Court has said that a ban on media access to the border with Belarus is "incompatible" with the law, a ruling that could allow journalists to challenge the restriction.
Politics 18-01-2022

Austria raises alarm about ‘dramatic’ femicide plague

Painted in blood red on an improvised memorial in Vienna, the number 31 is a stark reminder of a grim toll: the women killed by men in Austria last year. After several particularly horrific cases among the killings were widely...
Global Europe 17-01-2022

A year after arrest, Navalny says no ‘regret’ about return to Russia

The Kremlin’s most prominent critic Alexei Navalny said Monday (17 January) he did not regret returning to Russia a year ago, despite his jailing and a historic crackdown on the opposition. Navalny was detained in a Moscow airport on his...
Coronavirus 13-01-2022

Short shelf lives see poor nations decline millions of Covid jabs: UN

Lower-income countries refused to take around 100 million donated COVID-19 vaccine doses in December alone, chiefly due to their short shelf life, the United Nations said Thursday (13 January).
Transport 12-01-2022

Swiss slam brakes on subsidies for ‘con’ hybrid cars

A Swiss region has pulled subsidies for hybrid cars, citing a report which found they offered negligible emissions and fuel consumption advantages when tested on Alpine Switzerland's roads.
Energy 12-01-2022

France’s new-generation nuclear plant delayed again

Electricity giant EDF on Wednesday (12 January) announced a further delay and cost overruns for France's flagship new-generation nuclear plant in a blow to President Emmanuel Macron's strategy of making atomic power a cornerstone of energy policy.
EU-Africa 12-01-2022

France, US, Algeria pile pressure on sanctions-hit Mali

Pressure on Mali's junta increased Tuesday as France and the United States underlined their support for the West African bloc ECOWAS, which has slapped sanctions on the country over delayed elections following two coups.
Global Europe 11-01-2022

Italy blocks migrant rescue ship after inspection

Authorities in the Sicilian port of Trapani detained the Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship following an 11-hour inspection, the group that operates the vessel said Tuesday.
Transport 06-01-2022

Pandemic, semiconductor shortage sees 2021 car production idle

Car manufacturing in the UK stalled last year due to pandemic woes, including a global semiconductor shortage, despite demand for greener electric vehicles soaring, industry data showed Thursday (6 January).
Health 05-01-2022

Austrian police raid suspected vaccine pass forgers

Austrian police said they had raided two dozen homes Wednesday, seizing equipment and placing 22 people under investigation on suspicion of forging vaccine certificates, weeks before Covid vaccines become mandatory.