International  July 01, 2016
Istanbul airport bombers 'planned hostage-taking'
Dozens of people were killed in an attack targeting TurkeyThe suicide attackers who launched the deadly Istanbul airport assault were planning to take dozens of passengers hostage, Turkish media reported Friday, as CCTV of the bombers' faces emerged.Turkish officials have pointed blame at the Islamic State jihadist group for Tuesday night's gun and bomb spree at Ataturk airport, which left 44 people dead ...  Full Story
Britain, France mark 100 years since Battle of the Somme
A ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest of the World War I, on June 30, 2016 in Albert, northern FranceBritain and France on Friday marked 100 years since their troops fought and died side by side in the Battle of the Somme, one of the defining offensives of World War I.Britain's royal family, Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande took part in the official commemoration at the Thiepval Memorial in northern France in rem...  Full Story
Rome's Colosseum gets makeover
RomeThe first phase of a multi-million-euro makeover of Rome's Colosseum was completed Friday with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledging cash would be made available to spruce up other crumbling historic sites.In a project largely funded by fashion and shoewear group Tod's, the amphitheatre where gladiators once jousted with lions has been water-sprayed...  Full Story
Austrian far-right gets election defeat annulled
Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer was narrowly defeated in the 2016 Austrian presidential electionAustria's Norbert Hofer won Friday another shot at becoming the European Union's first far-right anti-immigration president after the country's highest court dramatically annulled May's closely fought election result.The Constitutional Court found no evidence of cheating but ruled that procedural irregularities were sufficiently serious and widespr...  Full Story
Battle to lead 'Brexit' Britain gathers pace
Home Secretary Minister Theresa May is now leading five candidates vying to replace Prime Minister David Cameron, who resigned after losing the referendum on EU membershipBritain's interior minister Theresa May built up support Friday for her campaign to be the prime minister who will lead the country out of the EU following Boris Johnson's shock withdrawal from the race on a day of high political drama.Dozens of Conservative MPs have backed her bid to take over from David Cameron, who announced his resignation aft...  Full Story
EU extends Russia sanctions to January 2017
Nearly 9,400 people have been killed since a Moscow-backed insurgency erupted in eastern Ukraine in April 2014The European Union on Friday formally extended damaging economic sanctions against Russia by six months due to a lack of progress in resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine.The measures target the oil, financial and defence sectors of the Russian economy and were first imposed after the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July 2014,...  Full Story
Russian and Turkish FMs hold first meeting since ties repaired
Talks between the Russian and Turkish foreign ministers are expected to help pave the way for a meeting between leaders Vladimir Putin (left) and Recep Tayyip ErdoganRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday for the first time since Moscow and Ankara mended ties shattered last year by the downing of a Russian jet.Lavrov said both sides wanted to "set the right tone for the normalisation of relations" at the meeting on the sidelines of a regional economic coope...  Full Story
Paris bans old cars from streets in pollution crackdown
Authorities in Paris are making efforts to clean up the cityParis cracked down Friday on ageing polluting cars, with vehicles registered before 1997 no longer allowed on the streets from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekdays.Dozens of police were on duty to warn motorists that driving their old cars would soon land them with a fine of 35 euros ($39).The move is a part of efforts by Paris city hall to clean up its ...  Full Story