International  August 03, 2015
French beach returns to public after Saudi royal take-over
The villa of the Saudi king in Vallauris Golfe-Juan, southeastern France, on July 26, 2015Workers were busily returning a beach in southern France to its previous condition on Monday after the premature departure of Saudi King Salman, whose commandeering of the coastline had caused uproar among locals.A few sun-lovers were replanting their parasols while the workers were dismantling controversial constructions, including an elevator fro...  Full Story
From Moscow, exiled ex-PM launches committee to 'save' Ukraine
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov during a press conference of the newly created "Committee for the Salvation of Ukraine" in Moscow on August 3, 2015An exiled former top ally of ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych on Monday launched a shadowy committee to "save" the war-torn country, pledging to bring down the current pro-Western government.Ex-prime minister Mykola Azarov, wanted for corruption by Kiev after fleeing during last year's protests that toppled Yanukovych, called for public de...  Full Story
Catalonia poised to call early poll as proxy independence vote
Parties seeking independence for Catalonia have agreed to run on a joint ticket in regional polls, called "Together for yes", including Catalan president Artur MasCatalonia was poised on Monday to call an early regional election that will serve as a proxy vote on independence from Spain, raising tensions with the central government in Madrid.Catalan president Artur Mas will on Monday night sign a decree setting September 27 as the date for the vote in the wealthy northeastern region, home to 7.5 million peop...  Full Story
Greek stocks take historic beating as bourse reopens
GreeceGreece's stock exchange took a historic beating Monday as trading resumed after a five-week shutdown forced by capital controls, with the main index registering its greatest-ever drop drop of 16.23 percent and bank shares particularly hard hit.The ATHEX index plunged to 668.06 points on its worst fall in nearly 30 years amid a worsening economic cl...  Full Story
Swedish diplomat expelled from Moscow: Swedish foreign ministry
A Swedish diplomat has been expelled from Moscow in a tit-for-tat move after the Scandinavian country recently kicked out a Russian diplomat, Sweden's foreign ministry said on Monday."Russian authorities have informed us that a diplomat at the Swedish embassy has to leave the country ... Russia has made it clear it considers this to be a response t...  Full Story
Boko Haram 'under siege' as Nigeria rescues 178 hostages
Nigeria's military said Monday it had "besieged" Boko Haram positions in the Islamist militant group's northeastern heartland after setting free 178 hostages, mainly women and children.The ongoing operation has led to the capture of a Boko Haram commander, according to the army, while a "large number" of the extremists have been killed in air strik...  Full Story
Hundreds dead, millions displaced as monsoon heaps misery on Asia
Flood-affected residents use a make-shift raft to travel through floodwaters in Kalay, upper MyanmarMonsoon rains have claimed hundreds of lives across Asia, authorities reported Monday, as rescuers scrambled to reach remote areas of India, Pakistan and Myanmar after flash floods and landslides. Authorities in India say more than 120 people have died across the country in recent days, while more than a million have been displaced by rains worsene...  Full Story
Italy cracks Mafia sheep code to arrest Godfather's henchmen
Italian police on Monday arrested 11 suspects linked to the fugitive head of the Sicilian Mafia, including a former boss who ran a secret message system for the mobster using a sheep-based code.Matteo Messina Denaro, 53, who has been on the run since 1993, used a farm in Mazara del Vallo to communicate with his henchmen via the aged-old method of "...  Full Story