Europe

Dutch flags on half-mast following deadly tram shooting that killed three people

(Eagle News) — Dutch flags on government buildings were flown at half-mast Tuesday, March 19, following the shooting on a tram in Utrecht on Monday, March 18, that left three people dead in what officials said was a possible terror attack. Prime Minister Rutte announced at a press conference how Monday’s attack in Utrecht was an “attack in the heart of our country.” “This is an attack in the heart of our country. Innocent people […]

Paris police chief sacked after Champs-Elysees rioting

by Marc Preel and Joseph Schmid PARIS, France (AFP) — The French government sacked the top police official in Paris on Monday following another weekend of rioting in the capital during “yellow vest” protests which have put President Emmanuel Macron on the defensive. The police’s failure to keep the Paris protests from spiralling out of control over the weekend again cast a harsh spotlight on their tactics. About 5,000 police were deployed in the capital […]

Turkey probing Utrecht attack: Erdogan

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AFP) — Turkish intelligence services are investigating the gun attack in the Netherlands to determine whether it was a terror attack or a possible family dispute, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. Dutch police arrested a Turkish-born suspect over the attack on a tram in the city of Utrecht that left three people dead and five wounded earlier in the day. Dutch authorities said they were investigating a likely terrorist motive but “cannot […]

Dutch police arrest tram attack suspect after huge manhunt

by Jan Hennop with Danny Kemp in The Hague UTRECHT, Netherlands (AFP) — Dutch police on Monday arrested a Turkish-born suspect over a possible terror attack on a tram in the city of Utrecht that left three people dead and five wounded. Police had earlier launched a huge manhunt for Gokmen Tanis, 37, issuing a picture of him on the tram and warning the public not to approach him. Heavily armed officers later surrounded a […]

Just in: One dead in possible terror attack on Dutch tram

  by Danny KEMP Agence France Presse THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) — A gunman opened fire on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday, killing at least one person and wounding several in what officials said was a possible terrorist incident. A body covered in a sheet was reportedly seen on the tracks as armed police and emergency services swarmed around the scene in one of the largest cities in the Netherlands. […]

Convicted French cardinal Barbarin to tender resignation to pope

  by Catherine MARCIANO Agence France Presse VATICAN CITY (AFP) — French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who received a six-month suspended jail sentence for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his authority, is to meet the Catholic Church’s Pope Francis at the Vatican to tender his resignation on Monday. The private meeting is expected to take place around 0900 GMT, according to his diocese, with the pontiff to decide within weeks whether to […]

Farage leads march on London against Brexit ‘betrayal’

by Clara Wright SUNDERLAND, United Kingdom (AFP) — Arch eurosceptic Nigel Farage led a hundred anxious Brexit backers Saturday through the mud of England’s industrial northeast towards London, demanding certainty that Britain leaves the EU this month. The 270-mile (435-kilometre) march from Sunderland to the capital’s parliament will conclude on March 29 — the date Britain was scheduled to pull out of the European Union after nearly half a century. But lawmakers’ refusal to back […]

New Zealand mosque attack suspect visited Greece: ministry

ATHENS, Greece (AFP) — Greek officials said Sunday that the man suspected of carrying out the deadly shooting spree in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, visited Greece briefly in 2016. The news came after neighbouring Bulgaria and Turkey each announced investigations into visits that Brenton Tarrant had reportedly made to the Balkan region. Tarrant visited the Greek island of Crete, and Santorini — a nearby island in the southern Aegean — in March 2016, […]

British MPs vote to ask for Brexit delay

by Dmitry ZAKS and Alice RITCHIE LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain’s parliament on Thursday voted to ask the European Union to delay Brexit until at least June and head off a potentially calamitous end to their 46-year partnership in two weeks. MPs, however, also voted against a proposal to hold a second referendum during the delay, dealing a blow to the hopes of pro-EU campaigners. Britain is barrelling towards the March 29 Brexit deadline […]

Shiffrin wins first World Cup Super-G globe she ‘dreamed of’

By Peter BERLIN Agence France-Presse (AFP) — Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup Super-G crystal globe for the first time Thursday, adding it to the overall title and the slalom globe she has already won this ski season. The American, who turned 24 on Wednesday, clinched the title when she tied for fourth with Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofer, 0.44sec behind winner Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany in Soldeu, Andorra. It was enough to ensure that her only […]

British MPs vote to reject no-deal Brexit

by Alice RITCHIE LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British MPs voted to reject a no-deal Brexit on Wednesday, prompting Prime Minister Theresa May to announce she will put her EU divorce plan to parliament for a third time in the coming days. britain May warned that if MPs did not adopt the deal there could have to be a lengthy delay to Brexit that would see Britain elect members to the European Parliament in elections […]

Brexit defeat leaves May’s authority in tatters

by Alice RITCHIE LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May staked everything on getting her Brexit deal, and its rejection on Tuesday has left her authority severely damaged. The Conservative leader had already sparked anger and frustration at home and in Brussels for taking the Brexit talks down to the wire. These have now been shown to have failed, with dozens of her own MPs voting for a second time to reject […]