Category Archives: Europe

Eurovision song contest 2015: Sweden celebrates victory – video

Fans in Stockholm and Vienna celebrate as Sweden wins the 2015 Eurovision song contest on Saturday. Sweden’s entry, Mans Zelmerlow’s ‘Heroes’, beat Russia and Italy in the world’s biggest international music show. Australia was given a wild card entry …
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Kingdom of Enclava: new micro-nation settles for spot on Croat-Serb border

After its preferred location turned out to be in Slovenia, founders hope to establish themselves on a 100 square metre strip of unclaimed land

The world’s youngest micronation, the self-proclaimed Kingdom of Enclava, has announced it will settle on a new spot along the Croatian-Serbian border after learning that its initial chosen location was on Slovenian territory.

“We cease all activities related to the establishment of the new state on a strip of land on the Croatia-Slovenia border,” Piotr Wawrzynkiewicz , one of the founders of Enclava, said in a statement sent to AFP.

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Separatist commander killed in Ukraine

Leader of rebel Prizrak brigade Alexey Mozgovoy among those killed in attack in eastern Ukraine A separatist commander in eastern Ukraine was killed along with several other fighters after their car came under attack on Saturday, rebel authorities have…
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Sweden defeats Russia to grasp Eurovision song contest victory

Scandinavian nation picks up coveted trophy for sixth time after popular performance by Måns Zelmerlöw

Well, it wasn’t THAT bad, in the end, was it? Not quite, yet, Eurogeddon: that’s always threatening, of course, and seldom more so than last night, with hosts Austria, and their cloyingly sweet theme of “Building Bridges” – Vienna even changed its pedestrian traffic-lights to feature same-sex couples – threatening to turn every over-saccharined Eurocitizen into an instant and justifiably rabid xenophobe.

But that doesn’t really have to happen, does it, not with the current situation in Russia.

Related: Eurovision song contest 2015 – in pictures

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German woman aged 65 gives birth to quadruplets after IVF treatment

Three boys and one girl are born prematurely at 26 weeks but chances of survival are good, says TV channel following Annegret Raunigk’s pregnancy

A 65-year-old German woman has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, it was revealed on Saturday. The woman, Annegret Raunigk, already has 13 children.

The quadruplets – three boys and a girl – were born prematurely at 26 weeks in a Berlin hospital but have “good chances of surviving”, according to the entertainment channel RTL, which has negotiated exclusive rights to the woman’s story.

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Germany silent on report that leak has made US review spying cooperation

Bild reported intelligence director James Clapper had ordered reviewSecret documents allegedly leaked to media from parliamentary committee Continue reading…
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Ireland’s equality minister expresses pride at expected landslide victory for gay marriage – video

Ireland’s justice and equality minister, Aodhan O’Riordain, says he is proud to be Irish on Saturday after early results from the country’s referendum on same-sex marriage point to a ‘yes landslide’ with predictions of a margin of around two-to-one. O’…
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Ireland on course to be first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote

Although final result in historic vote on marriage equality is not expected until Saturday afternoon, voters are thought to have strongly backed change in law Ireland is on course to become the first nation in the world to legalise gay marriage by popu…
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Labour urges Osborne to reveal what he knew about Bank’s ‘Brexit’ taskforce

Labour asks whether chancellor was ‘in on the secret’ of Bank of England’s ‘Project Bookend’ which is assessing economic risks of UK leaving EU

The shadow chancellor has called on George Osborne to reveal what he knew about the Bank of England’s secret project to assess the economic risks if Britain votes to leave the European Union.

Chris Leslie questioned why the Bank had been trying to keep the project under wraps.

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Amazon to begin paying corporation tax on UK retail sales

From the start of this month the online retailer has started booking its sales through the UK, meaning resulting profits will be taxed by HMRCAmazon has become the first technology company to abandon controversial corporate structures that divert sales…
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