Category Archives: Europe

Remembering Gallipoli: honouring the bravery amid the bloody slaughter

Princes and prime ministers are in Turkey to mark 100 years since the disastrous campaign that became a cornerstone of Anzac pride Continue reading…
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Migrant deaths: EU leaders to triple funding of rescue operations

Britain, Germany and France offer ships and aircraft for Mediterranean mission at emergency summit in BrusselsEuropean leaders have pledged to triple funding of EU maritime operations in the Mediterranean in an attempt to get to grips with the epidemic…
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  1. Most migrants crossing Mediterranean ‘will be sent back’, EU leaders to agree
  2. EU leaders to restore rescue operations after migrant boat disaster
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Most migrants crossing Mediterranean ‘will be sent back’, EU leaders to agree

Exclusive: confidential draft from summit reveals that only 5,000 migrants will be allowed to resettle in Europe with at least 150,000 likely to be repatriated

Only 5,000 resettlement places across Europe are to be offered to refugees who survive the dangerous Mediterranean sea crossing under the emergency summit crisis package to be agreed by EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday.

A confidential draft summit statement seen by the Guardian indicates that the vast majority of those who survive the journey and make it to Italy – 150,000 did so last year – will be sent back as irregular migrants under a new rapid-return programme co-ordinated by the EU’s border agency, Frontex. More than 36,000 boat survivors have reached Italy, Malta and Greece so far this year.

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Posted in Africa, David Cameron, Europe, European Commission, European Union, General election 2015, Greece, Immigration and asylum, Italy, Libya, Malta, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Philip Hammond, Politics, Theresa May, UK news, World news | Comments Off

Deutsche Bank braced for Libor fine with announcement of £1bn set aside

Higher than expected provision for litigation costs raises expectations of likely penalty for manipulation, but bank says it remains profitable Continue reading…
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Does the Conservative and Unionist party secretly want to break up the UK?

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Auschwitz survivor: ‘We had no rights but a fierce determination to survive’

Eva Mozes Kor takes the stand at the trial of former SS guard Oskar Gröning to describe her ordeal at the death camp where he worked

A survivor of Auschwitz who lost 119 members of her family in the Holocaust, has confronted the former SS guard who is on trial for complicity in the murder of 300,000 Jews, appealing to him to take responsibility for his actions.

Ninety-three year old Oskar Gröning sat impassively in the courtroom as Eva Mozes Kor, from Terre Haute, Indiana, greeted him by name before launching into a dramatic account of her internment at Auschwitz extermination camp where the former SS officer worked for two years.

I made a silent pledge to ensure that I’d do everything in my power to survive and be reunited with my sister

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‘We see more and more unaccompanied children on migrant boats’

Dr Chiara Montaldo is working with Médecins Sans Frontières in Sicily, where 700 migrants have arrived in the past week, all in vessels unsafe for travel

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Cameron and Clegg admit axing search and rescue in Mediterranean has failed

UK government backed decision in October to scale back search and rescue operations arguing they encouraged migrants to board perilous boats Continue reading…
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Cher, Kim Kardashian and Andre Agassi: Armenia’s A-list diaspora

Armenians fleeing the 1915 genocide landed in countries across the world – and flourished. Here are 10 of their descendants who excelled in a variety of fields

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UN expert: rich countries must take in one million refugees to stop boat deaths

UN special rapporteur says inaction on refugees is creating a market for people smugglers, and says world needs to take in a million Syrians over next five years

Wealthy countries should agree on a comprehensive plan to take one million refugees from Syria over the next five years to end the unfolding series of boat disasters in the Mediterranean, the UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants has urged.

Related: UN’s François Crépeau on the refugee crisis: ‘Instead of resisting migration, let’s organise it’

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