Europe

‘Allies owe each other respect,’ Macron says of Trump tweets

PARIS, France (AFP) — President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that “allies owe each other respect,” after he was assailed on Twitter by US President Donald Trump after his visit to France for World War I commemorations. “I think he’s doing this for American politics,” Macron said in a televised interview on board France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea. “At every crucial moment in our history, we have been allies,” he said […]

UK’s Hunt visits Gulf for Khashoggi, Yemen talks

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will visit Saudi Arabia on Monday where he will press King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. During a trip to the region that includes a visit to the United Arab Emirates, Hunt will also seek to build support for UN efforts to end the conflict in Yemen, the Foreign Office said. His visit comes amid an […]

Macron snubs US arms in defence spat with Trump

PARIS, France (AFP) — Europe should not spend higher defense budgets on US-made weapons, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview due to air Sunday, after a defense row with President Donald Trump. One of dozens of world leaders attending World War I commemorations in France this weekend, Trump tweeted after landing in Paris that Macron’s call for a “real European army” was “insulting”. In an interview recorded on Saturday with CNN after talks […]

Anger grows after deadly French building collapse

by Estelle EMONET / Julie Pacorel Agence France Presse MARSEILLE, France (AFP) — A sixth body was found Wednesday in the rubble of two dilapidated buildings that collapsed in the French city of Marseille, where furious residents have accused authorities of ignoring warnings about the state of housing for the poorest. As many as eight people are feared to have been killed when the buildings crumbled in a matter of seconds on Monday morning in […]

Italy Senate passes government’s anti-migrant decree

  ROME, Italy (AFP) — The Italian Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for far-right leader Matteo Salvini’s tough anti-migrant and security decree to become law following a confidence vote. The populist government of Salvini’s League and Luigi Di Maio’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) won the vote with 163 senators for, 59 against and 19 abstentions, including five M5S members opposed to the stringent decree. The lower house of parliament now has until the […]

Anger in France as six killed in Marseille building collapse

  by Estelle EMONET / Julie Pacorel Agence France Presse MARSEILLES, France (AFP) — A sixth body was found Wednesday in the wreckage of two dilapidated buildings that collapsed in the French city of Marseille, where furious residents have accused authorities of ignoring warnings about the state of housing for the poorest. Officials have vowed to inspect all buildings in the southern city deemed “unsuitable” for habitation, two days after the apartment blocks collapsed in […]

Up to eight feared dead in Marseille building collapse

by Olivier LUCAZEAU / Julie Pacorel Agence France-Presse MARSEILLE, France (AFP) — As many as eight people might have died in the southern French city of Marseille in two building collapses, officials said Tuesday after the first body was pulled out from the wreckage. Rescuers worked throughout the night to look for victims in the rubble of two dilapidated apartment blocks which collapsed suddenly on Monday morning not far from the center of the Mediterranean […]

Rescuers search for victims after buildings collapse in Marseille

by Francois BECKER / Estelle EMONET Agence France Presse MARSEILLE, France (AFP) — French rescue workers were searching into the night Monday for possible victims under the wreckage of two dilapidated buildings that suddenly collapsed in the center of Marseille. Officials in the southern port city warned there were likely casualties after the two adjoining buildings collapsed around 9.00 am (0800 GMT), blocking the street with massive piles of rubble in a scene resembling the […]

Over 30 dead in Italy storms

by Alessandro FUCARINI with Catherine Marcinao in Rome Agence France Presse CASTELDACCIA, Italy (AFP) — Floods killed 12 people on the island of Sicily, including nine members of a single family, pushing Italy’s week-long storm toll beyond 30, rescuers said Sunday. After a river burst its banks, the bodies of the family including children aged one, three and 15 were discovered in the town of Casteldaccia in the Palerno region. Their house was near a […]

Merkel says planned exit won’t hurt her influence abroad

by Hui Min NEO Agence France Presse BERLIN, Germany (AFP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she does not expect her global influence to be diminished in the run-up to her planned exit from politics in 2021, even as the race to succeed her gathers pace. Merkel said Monday she would not stand for re-election in December as leader of her center-right CDU party, but that she planned to see out her fourth term […]

11 dead in Italy storms as wild weather sweeps Europe

ROME, Italy (AFP) — The death toll from fierce storms battering Italy has risen to 11, civil protection authorities said Tuesday, as wild weather swept parts of Europe, leaving motorists and tourists stranded. Road were blocked and thousands of people were left without power in southern and central Europe, as rains and violent winds sparked flooding and tore trees from their roots. Thick snow has also cloaked French and Italian mountain regions, trapping hundreds of […]

Nine dead in Italy storms as wild weather sweeps Europe

  ROME, Italy (AFP) — The death toll from fierce storms battering Italy has risen to nine, civil protection authorities said Tuesday, as wild weather swept parts of Europe, leaving motorists and tourists stranded. Road were blocked and thousands of people were left without power in southern and central Europe, as rains and violent winds sparked flooding, tore trees from their roots and whipped debris into the air. Thick snow has also cloaked French and […]