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Body found in suitcase in Italian port

Body found in suitcase in Italian port

ROME – Police are investigating the discovery of an Asian woman’s body in a suitcase at the Italian port town of Rimini. The woman likely died of malnutrition and showed signs of extended physical suffering, police told Italian media. Previous reports had linked the body to a missing Dublin-based woman, who has not been seen […]

Italian train derails in Switzerland

GENEVA – An Italian train derailed in the central Swiss city of Lucerne on Wednesday and one carriage tipped over, injuring seven people on board. The train from Milan in northern Italy to the northwestern Swiss city of Basel derailed shortly before 2 p.m. as it was pulling out of Lucerne’s main train station, Swiss […]

Letter bomb at IMF’s Paris office

Letter bomb at IMF’s Paris office

PARIS – A female employee of the International Monetary Fund suffered injuries to her face and arms on Thursday when a letter bomb mailed from Greece and addressed to the world lender’s European representative blew up as she opened it, officials said. The letter, which had arrived by mail, exploded as it was opened by […]

Poland cries blackmail

Poland cries blackmail

BRUSSELS – Polish PM Beata Szydlo has accused the French president of trying to blackmail her country, in a row over Thursday’s re-election of EU leader Donald Tusk. At the end of an EU summit, she said it was unacceptable for Francois Hollande to threaten to stop funds because Poland was “not behaving properly”. Poland […]

FRANCE – 42,000 supporters say ‘Obama for president’

PARIS – An online petition urging Barack Obama to stand in the French election has attracted more than 42,000 supporters. Campaign posters reading “Oui, on peut” – a translation of the former US president’s popular 2008 campaign slogan, “Yes, we can” – have appeared around Paris. Obama is not a French citizen and is thus […]

Turkey reverses military headscarf ban

Turkey reverses military headscarf ban

ISTANBUL –– A ban on female army officers in Turkey wearing the Muslim headscarf has been lifted by the government. The military is the last Turkish institution to see the ban removed. It has long been seen as the guardian of Turkey’s secular constitution. Wearing headscarves in public institutions was banned in the 1980s. But […]

SPAIN – 64-year-old gives birth to twins

SPAIN – 64-year-old gives birth to twins

MADRID – A 64-year-old woman has successfully given birth to healthy twins – a boy and a girl – in Burgos, northern Spain. The Recoletas Hospital delivered the twins by Caesarean section, the usual method in such rare cases. The unnamed woman had undergone fertility treatment in the US, Spanish media report. The hospital has […]

Pope appears to back native tribes in Dakota Pipeline conflict

Pope appears to back native tribes in Dakota Pipeline conflict

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis appeared on Wednesday to back Native Americans seeking to halt part of the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying indigenous cultures have a right to defend “their ancestral relationship to the earth”. The Latin American pope, who has often strongly defended indigenous rights since his election in 2013, made his comments on […]

Greek city to be evacuated to diffuse buried WWII bomb

Greek city to be evacuated to diffuse buried WWII bomb

THESSALONIKI — Authorities in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki distributed fliers and put up posters Friday as part of preparations to evacuate about 75,000 people in order to defuse a 500-pound unexploded World War II bomb. Bomb disposal experts are to tackle the device, found buried beneath a gas station, on Sunday in an […]

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