Europe

UK planning broad online domestic spying regime

AFP Photo / Rainier Ehrhardt UK officials plan to monitor Britons’ online activities by placing surveillance devices on the country’s telecom networks, a Parliamentary report says. The program would keep tabs on which websites were visited as well as who contacted whom. On Tuesday the British Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee published the report outlining a massive, national surveillance program… Read more →

Mali conflict: ‘First suicide bombing’ in Gao

A suicide bomber has blown himself up in the northern Mali town of Gao – the country’s first such case, sources say. The attacker approached a group of soldiers on a motorbike before detonating an explosive belt, injuring one of them, a Malian officer told AFP. Gao is the most populous city in northern Mali, where French-led troops have ousted… Read more →

Greek Extremists: ‘Golden Dawn’ Fosters Ties with German Neo-Nazis

Photo Credit: REUTERS The Greek right-wing extremist party Golden Dawn has established contacts with German neo-Nazis in Bavaria. The group, which is represented in Greek parliament, is also attempting to set up a cell in the southern German state. The Greek right-wing extremist party Golden Dawn is establishing close contacts with Bavarian neo-Nazis and began setting up a cell in Nuremberg last… Read more →

Israel must remove all Jewish settlers from occupied West Bank – UN inquiry

A UN human rights inquiry has called on Israel to remove all Jewish settlers from the West Bank and cease expansion. The report said the settlements violate international law, and are an attempt to drive out Palestinians through intimidation. “Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions,” the report read, adding… Read more →

EU says pesticides linked to bee decline should be restricted

The European Commission has proposed that member states restrict the use of certain classes of pesticide that are believed to be harmful to bees. Sprays that use neonicotinoid chemicals should only be used on crops that are not attractive to the insects they said. The sale of seeds treated with these chemicals should also be prohibited. Bayer, one of the… Read more →

Al-Qaeda threatens US and Europe, promises ‘earth-shattering’ attack

French troops patrol on January 30, 2013 along the Niger river in the northern city of Gao. (AFP Photo / Sia Kambou) A message posted on a jihadist website on Sunday promised that “terrible” attacks will soon strike the US, France, Denmark and other European countries. “Where will the next strike by Al-Qaeda be?” a message on the Ansar al-Mujahidin… Read more →

Britain to send forces to Mali as part of EU mission

Downing Street has said that the British government will dispatch 350 troops to Mali to aid French troops stationed in the country’s north, as part of a UK mission to train local forces and engage in “force protection.” British representatives are attending a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the provision of troops as part of an EU mission… Read more →

France ‘totally bankrupt’, says labour minister Michel Sapin

Photo: AFP Michel Sapin made the gaffe in a radio interview, which left French President Francois Hollande battling to undo the potential reputational damage. “There is a state but it is a totally bankrupt state,” Mr Sapin said. “That is why we had to put a deficit reduction plan in place, and nothing should make us turn away from that… Read more →