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Putin's 'secret plot' to rule Europe exposed

Putin's 'secret plot' to rule Europe exposed

Smarting and isolated due to international sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, Germany's biggest newspaper today published details of the Kremlin plot in which Putin seeks to hold sway over a continent currently aligned against him, reports express.com. German intelligence sources claim the country's only mildly-eurosceptic party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), is being wooed by...

EU urges two-state capital in Jerusalem

Europe's top diplomatcalled for a Palestinian state sharing Jerusalem as its capital with Israel as Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas' Fatah movement yesterday cancelled this week's Gaza ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death due to security concerns. "I think Jerusalem can be and should be the capital of two states," the new EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. The status of Jerusalem is a sensitive issue that has blocked...

Global finance leaders pledge bold efforts

Global finance leaders pledge bold efforts

World financial leaders on Saturday promised "bold and ambitious" action to boost a global recovery that has shown recent disturbing signs of weakness. That pledge from the International Monetary Fund's policy-setting committee comes after a week of stomach-churning swings in the financial markets triggered by growing fears that parts of Europe could be in...

Europe breathes sigh of relief

Europe breathes sigh of relief

Europe breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after Scotland voted to reject independence from Britain, easing fears of a separatist domino effect on the continent and the risk of a British exit from the EU. Many European capitals had the jitters before the vote, worrying how they would deal with an independent Scotland's place...

Tensions sink German sentiment for ninth straight month

Tensions sink German sentiment for ninth straight month

Investor sentiment in Germany fell for the ninth month in a row in September amid jitters about the economic fallout from global crises, a survey indicated on Tuesday. The widely watched investor confidence index for Europe's top economy calculated by the ZEW economic institute fell by 1.7 points to 6.9 points in September, it...

Scores of migrants 'drown off Libya'

Scores of migrants 'drown off Libya'

Many migrants have drowned while trying to reach Europe after their boat sank off Libya, the Libyan navy says. Navy spokesman Ayub Qassem said 36 people had been rescued after the vessel - which carried 250 - went down near Tajoura, east of Tripoli. "There are so many dead bodies floating in the sea," Qassem...

Russian aid convoy crosses border into Ukraine: reports

Russian aid convoy crosses border into Ukraine: reports

A convoy of more than 200 trucks that Russia says is carrying humanitarian aid has crossed the border into Ukraine without permission, a senior Ukrainian Border Service official said yesterday. Col Serhiy Astahov, assistant to the Ukrainian Border Service chief, told CNN that 217 trucks have crossed the Ukrainian border. Ukrainian border guards and customs...

Russia 'to alter military doctrine towards Nato'

Russia 'to alter military doctrine towards Nato'

Russia is to alter its military doctrine as a result of the Ukraine crisis and Nato's presence in eastern Europe, a top Russian official says. Mikhail Popov, a Kremlin adviser, said that deteriorating relations with the US and Nato would be reflected in the updated military strategy. Nato said on Monday it would boost its...

The silence of the BRICS

The world, it seems, is in the grip of geopolitical anomie. No leader, group of leaders, or institution commands sufficient authority to restore any semblance of international order and peace. For many, this global rudderlessness recalls Europe's sleepwalk into catastrophe 100 years ago. There are certainly some uncanny similarities between current events and that fateful time. The downing in eastern Ukraine of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 echoed the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in its recklessness, not to mention...

Emirates reduces fares for travellers from Bangladesh

Emirates has announced special return fares for both business and economy class travellers from Bangladesh to select destinations in the USA, Europe, Africa and Middle East, the airline said in a statement yesterday. Passengers travelling from Dhaka can book their return journey to North America starting at $1,278 for economy class and $3,392 for business class, as well as other destinations across the carrier's global network for travel between September 11 and December this year, it said. For Europe, the return...

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