politics

Croatian PM: Government's aim is Agrokor's long-term sustainability

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Saturday that the government's aim was for the Agrokor food company to ensure, if possible, liquidity and a restructuring plan on its own as well as long-term sustainability.

East African countries pledge to integrate Somali refugees

East African leaders on Saturday pledged to facilitate the free movement of Somali refugees in their countries, calling for alternatives to camps for the refugees, whose number stands at about 900,000 in the region as well as Yemen and Egypt.

Demonstrations erupt at funeral procession in Bahrain

Dozens of protesters marched on Saturday in northern Bahrain at a funeral procession for an 18-year-old, who died after he was shot during a raid by security forces.

Rights group: Hundreds arrested in Belarus anti-government rallies

Hundreds of people including dozens of journalists were arrested across Belarus on Saturday as the country staged its annual anti-government rallies, human rights group Viasna said.

Iraq, US to investigate Mosul civilian killings

The United States and Iraq said on Saturday they would investigate reports that hundreds of civilians have been killed during the fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State extremist group.

Rallies across US as Trump licks wounds from healthcare defeat

Supporters of US President Donald Trump planned marches of varying sizes in cities across the country on Saturday.

Erdogan says he accepts that death penalty could block Turkey from EU

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he accepted that reintroducing the death penalty could put an end to his country's bid to join the EU, as he continues to campaign for a referendum on expanding his powers.

Militiamen execute 42 police officers in central Congo

Militia fighters in central Congo have killed 42 police officers and abducted six others in an ambush, a provincial parliamentary officer said Saturday.

UKIP's only lawmaker in the British parliament quits party

The UK Independence Party's only lawmaker in the British parliament announced Saturday he was quitting the party to sit as an independent.

SDP official says Agrokor case result of bad privatisation

A member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Presidency and member of Parliament, Sinisa Hajdas Doncic, said on Saturday that the current situation in the Agrokor food and retail concern was due to "crony capitalism dating from the time of ownership transformation."

Medulin investment conference: Croatia needs new economic model

Croatia needs a new economic model to become an export-oriented economy, and this goal can be achieved by greenfield and brownfield investments, a conference entitled "Greenfield investments

Bangladesh army raids Islamic State militants' hideout in north east

Army commandos have launched an operation at a residential building in a city in north-eastern Bangladesh, where suspected Islamist militants are believed to have been holed up, officials said on Saturday.

Mogadishu official and bodyguards killed in drive-by shooting

A Mogadishu city official and his two bodyguards were killed in a drive-by shooting in the Somali capital on Saturday, police and witnesses said.

Thousands of Berliners take to the streets in celebration of EU

The European Union's star-studded blue flag was omnipresent on t-shirts, balloons and banners as thousands rallied in Berlin on Saturday at the spot where the city was once divided to celebrate the EU's 60th anniversary.

'We want Europe': Thousands rally in Rome to cheer on the EU at 60

Thousands of European Union supporters marched Saturday in Rome to mark the bloc's 60th anniversary, with members of older generations growing emotional when asked about what the EU means to them.

London attacker attracted no attention during stints in Saudi Arabia

London attacker Khalid Masood spent time in Saudi Arabia between 2005 and 2015 but was not on the radar of the country's security services, the Saudi embassy in the British capital said.

Leaders of 27 EU countries sign Rome declaration pledging unity

Leaders of 27 EU member-countries confirmed, by signing in Rome on Saturday a declaration on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, that they would continue building the EU together after Great Britain's decision to leave the bloc.

Germany demands US acknowledge Berlin's NATO contributions

Germany's defence minister has demanded the US recognize and show appreciation for Germany's engagement with the NATO military alliance.

Watchdog: At least 32 killed in airstrikes on rebel areas in Syria

Eight children were among at least 32 people killed in airstrikes on two different rebel-held areas in Syria, a monitoring group reported Saturday.

Merkel: Europe must find a joint solution to refugee crisis

Europe must find a joint solution to the refugee crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with Italian news programme Tg1 broadcast on Friday evening.

Hamas claims Israel assassinated one of its leaders in Gaza

Senior Hamas movement officials accused Israel on Friday of assassinating of one of its leaders in the Gaza Strip.

US Congress halts health care reforms in blow to Trump agenda

US President Donald Trump's health care plan failed Friday in the House of Representatives, as his own conservative Republican Party was too divided to pass the measure.

Syrian army retakes parts of East Damascus as Geneva talks continue

The Syrian army said on Friday that its units had managed to retake all positions in eastern Damascus that had been infiltrated by opposition fighters earlier this week.

Trump campaign manager Manafort to testify in House committee

Donald Trump's former campaign manager has agreed to testify in a congressional investigation of the new president's claim that the Obama administration spied on his campaign, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Friday.

Fillon substitute latest to come under investigation

A lawmaker who stood in for scandal-hit French presidential candidate Francois Fillon while the latter was prime minister has been placed under formal investigation by judges, a source close to the case told dpa on Friday.

Two killed in explosion near Bangladesh militant hideout

A suspected bomber was killed in an explosion outside a security post near Bangladesh's main airport in the capital city of Dhaka, police said on Friday.

Dalic: Bill being drafted on how to bail out companies vital for Croatia's economy

Croatia's Economy and SMEs Minister Martina Dalic said on Friday that the government was preparing a legislative and institutional framework to offer assistance to companies important for the the country's economy that are unable to duly service their obligations, with the aim of maintaining the stability of the national economy.

Islamic State claims killing of six Russian servicemen in Chechnya

The extremist militia organization Islamic State claimed responsibility on Friday for killing six Russian servicemen in the southern Russian region of Chechnya.

Bulgarian police remove border barricade blocking Turkish voters

Bulgarian police on Friday removed barricades that nationalists placed at border crossings with Turkey promising to stop Turks with dual citizenship and what they call "tourism voting" in snap parliamentary elections at the weekend.

Erdogan: If you call me dictator, I will call you Nazis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday pledged to keep up his tough rhetoric on Europe, despite calls from EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to tone down the insults.

Kenya urges Europe to 'share burden' in Somali refugee crisis

Kenya on Friday launched an appeal to Europe to take in more Somali refugees as East African and Yemeni ministers discussed how to accelerate the voluntary repatriation of about 900,000 Somalis hosted by their countries.

Over 3,000 civilians killed in Mosul fight, source says

More than 3,000 civilians have been killed in Mosul since Iraq started a US-led campaign to retake the northern city from the Islamic State extremist militia more than a month ago, an official source said Friday.

UN collects evidence of North Korean crimes against humanity

The United Nations will take concrete steps to collect evidence of grave human rights violations in North Korea to prepare the ground for trials in the future, the UN Human Rights Council decided Friday in Geneva.

Ousted by 2011 revolt, Egypt's Mubarak freed after 6 years' detention

Hosny Mubarak, the long-time Egyptian president who was toppled in the 2011 revolution against his rule, was released Friday from detention after nearly six years, his lawyer said.

Putin meets with French presidential hopeful Le Pen in Russia

Russian leader Vladimir Putin met with French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Moscow on Friday and said his government does not want to interfere in next month's election.

French defence minister: Battle for al-Raqqa to start in days

A military offensive aimed at dislodging Islamic State from its Syrian stronghold of al-Raqqa is to begin "in the coming days," French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.

British police arrest 2 more following London terrorist attack

Two more people have been arrested in connection with a terrorist attack in central London this week that left five dead, police said.

Malaysia arrests nine men over suspected Islamic State links

Nine Malaysian men have been arrested on suspicion of being linked to the Islamic State extremist group, police said Friday.

Australia does not have to choose between US and China, Turnbull says

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday Australia does not have to choose between its strategic ally, the United States, and its economic partner, China.

Trump issues ultimatum to Republicans over Obamacare

US President Donald Trump on Thursday told Republicans to back his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare or lose all opportunity of reforming it, US media reported.

Embattled Fillon accuses Hollande of leaking to media

The embattled French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon late Thursday accused President Francois Hollande of plotting to derail his campaign by leaking information about an ongoing investigation against him to the media.

US House postpones health care vote in blow to Trump's agenda

The US House of Representatives cancelled a Thursday vote on legislation to overhaul the US health care system after around two dozen conservatives refused to back President Donald Trump's first major legislative push, Republican lawmakers said.

More lone attacks using vehicles likely in Britain, experts warn

Despite the deployment of extra armed police on Britain's streets following Wednesday's vehicle attack on pedestrians and knife attack on police, analysts say more such attacks should be expected.

Italy police grants asylum seeker humanitarian residency after attack

An Italian police commissioner on Thursday granted a humanitarian residency permit to a Nigerian asylum seeker after he barely survived a racially motivated attack.

Erdogan accuses Bulgaria of pressuring ethnic Turks ahead of vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Bulgaria of putting pressure on its ethnic Turks ahead of this weekend's Bulgarian elections, as relations between Ankara and European nations show no signs of improving.

Police name British-born Khalid Masood as London attacker

British-born Khalid Masood, 52, is the man authorities believe carried out terrorist attack in London, the Metropolitan Police said Thursday.

More than 100 civilians killed in Mosul blast

More than 100 civilians were killed in a powerful explosion in a residential area of Mosul, where Iraq is battling to drive out Islamic State from its last key stronghold in the country, an army officer and an activist said Thursday.

France's Marine Le Pen to visit Russian parliament

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is expected to visit Moscow on Friday to meet with Russian lawmakers, a high-ranking member of the Russian parliament announced.

EU calls on Turkish ambassador to explain Erdogan comments

The European Union has called on Turkey's ambassador to the EU to explain apparently threatening remarks made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan towards the bloc, a spokeswoman for the EU's foreign affairs service said Thursday.

Host of EU summit Rome tightens security after London attack

Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti met with intelligence and anti-terrorism officials Thursday to assess threat levels after the London attack and ahead of an EU summit in Rome.

Austrian minister balks at refugee relocations from Italy

Austria should not admit any asylum seekers from Italy under the EU relocation programme, Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said Thursday, pointing to the large number that his country has already taken in.

Islamic State claims London attacker as its 'soldier'

The Islamic State extremist group claims that the attacker who rammed pedestrians and stabbed a police officer in central London was one of its "soldiers."

Four terrorist cell suspects arrested in Italy

Italian police have arrested four suspected members of a terrorist cell that spread propaganda on social media, police tweeted Thursday.

28 migrants escape unharmed after truck smuggling them catches fire

Twenty-eight migrants had to be rescued when a truck smuggling them into Bulgaria from Turkey caught fire, the Focus news agency reported on Thursday, quoting police.

Greek foreign minister calls on EU to boost help for refugee crisis

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias called on the European Union on Thursday to boost its support to help Athens handle the refugee crisis ahead of a meeting with his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel.

UN: 400,000 people trapped in Mosul's old city

Some 400,000 people are unable to leave the old city of Mosul as the Iraqi army tries to capture the area that is still under control of Islamic State extremists, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Thursday.

Ex-Russian lawmaker, a Kremlin critic, shot dead in central Kiev

Former Russian parliament member Denis Voronenkov was shot dead on Thursday outside the Premier Palace Hotel in central Kiev, state media reported.

Turkey calls in Russian envoy over Kurdish enclave in Syria

Turkey's Foreign Ministry has called in the Russian chargé d'affaires, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Thursday.

10 Egyptian army personnel killed in Sinai bombings

Ten Egyptian army personnel were killed in two roadside bombings during a raid on suspected militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a military official said on Thursday.

British police say 7 arrested after London terrorist attack

Seven people have been arrested and six addresses raided in connection with the deadly car-and-knife rampage outside the British parliament, police said Thursday.

Armed groups occupying schools prevent children's education in CAR

Armed groups in the Central African Republic have prevented children from getting an education for several years by occupying, looting and damaging school buildings, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday.

Terrorism expert on London: Everything points to an Islamist attack

Terrorism expert Peter Neumann's research at King's College in London focuses on how potential attackers become radicalized. He believes the London incident may be an Islamist attack.

London attack: What we know and don't know so far

An attacker, believed to have been "inspired by international terrorism," deliberately drove a car into pedestrians on central London's Westminster Bridge on Wednesday afternoon before stabbing a police officer to death outside the British parliament.

Five dead, 40 injured in terrorist attack near British parliament

The death toll has risen to five, with about 40 injured, after an attacker drove a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before running through an adjacent gate to the British parliament and stabbing a police officer.

Global coalition 'firmly united' in effort to defeat Islamic State

The global coalition to defeat and destroy Islamic State recommitted itself to the effort Wednesday, calling for "an integrated, multidimensional, and comprehensive approach."

Republican hard-liners say they will block Trump's health-care plan

A group of conservative legislators within the US Republican Party said Wednesday that they had enough votes to block legislation backed by President Donald Trump to replace the current health insurance system.

Trump communications may have been gathered in intelligence sweep

US President Donald Trump's communications may have been swept up as part of an intelligence operation, the head of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.

EU's Brexit negotiator: EU will be 'friendly' but 'never naive'

The European Union will aim for a successful agreement over the terms of Britain's exit from the bloc, EU chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier said Wednesday.

Scottish lawmakers delay referendum debate due to London attack

The Scottish parliament suspended its sessions on Wednesday following an apparent terrorist attack near the British parliament at Westminster.

Suspected acquaintance of Berlin attacker Amri detained

A man suspected of being involved in a violent incident in a Berlin shisha bar last year, which also involved Christmas market truck attacker Anis Amri, has been detained by police in the German capital.

Bulgarian conservatives, opposition neck-and-neck ahead of snap poll

Political stability remains elusive in Bulgaria, the EU's poorest member state. Voters go to the polls on Sunday for their third early election in four years, but forecasters see another less-than-decisive outcome on the horizon.

60 years after Treaty of Rome, EU again faces challenges

The European Union (EU) is facing a number of challenges that it can resolve through better communication with citizens and by overcoming narrow national perspectives of common problems and insisting on common values, a conference on the future of the EU heard in Zagreb on Wednesday.

US, Kurdish forces land near IS stronghold in Syria, watchdog says

US and allied Kurd-led forces landed near the Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria in a move aimed at tightening the noose around the extremist militia there, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

PM: We must not fall into the trap of multi-speed Europe

Croatia should be very careful about the idea of a multi-speed Europe and must not fall into this trap, but needs to keep it open so that the EU would not become an exclusive directory of the five most influential members which will then make decisions for everyone about everything, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday at a conference about the future of the European Union.

Erdogan threatens Europeans, hits back over detention of journalists

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europeans that they may not be safe if Europe's current approach to his country continues, in his latest salvo in a heated row between the two sides.

Israel condemns Nazi accusations against German government

Israel has condemned recent comments likening the current German government to the Nazi regime.

Police targeted in Northern Ireland bomb explosion

A bomb exploded in the town of Strabane in Northern Ireland in an apparent attempt to kill police officers, the police said on Wednesday, but no injuries were reported.

Norway grants asylum to Turkish officers after failed coup

Norway has granted political asylum to four Turkish officers and a military attache who feared reprisals after last year's failed coup in Turkey, an attorney said Wednesday.

Croatian PM says important to secure liquidity and quality restructuring plan for Agrokor

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday that the government was taking the situation in the troubled Agrokor food concern very seriously and responsibly, underscoring that the most important thing was to ensure the company's liquidity and draw up a quality restructuring plan and a plan for sustainable business activities of the concern which employs 60,000 people.

Kremlin denies France's Fillon introduced businessman to Putin

The Kremlin denied on Wednesday that France's scandal-hit conservative presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, had arranged a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for Lebanese pipeline magnate Fouad Makhzoumi in 2015.

NATO eyes new date for meeting so Tillerson can attend

NATO is discussing moving next month's meeting of foreign ministers in order for US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend, the alliance's chief told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Seoul says North Korea missile test failed

North Korea carried out a missile test that failed on Wednesday, South Korea's Defence Ministry said.

33 civilians killed in airstrikes on IS stronghold in Syria

At least 33 civilians have been killed in airstrikes believed to have been mounted by US-led coalition planes near Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria, a monitoring group said Wednesday. 

Palestinian killed by Israeli tank fire near Gaza security fence

A Palestinian was killed near the security fence in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after the Israeli army fired at three people, a spokesman for the enclave's Health Ministry said.

Manila protests China plan to build radar station on disputed shoal

The Philippine government has filed a protest against China’s plan to construct an environmental radar station at a disputed shoal within the country’s exclusive economic zone, officials said Wednesday.

Belgium marks first anniversary of deadliest attacks in its history

Solemn commemorations were held at the Brussels international airport and one of the city's metro stations as Belgium marked the first anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attacks in its history on Wednesday.

Francisco Guterres wins East Timor's presidential election

East Timor's former parliament chief Francisco "Lu-Olo" Guterres has won the country's presidential election, according to a provisional tally.

Tillerson to skip NATO meeting in Brussels but will travel to Russia

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers next month in Brussels, the State Department confirmed Tuesday.

Ex-president Park questioned by prosecutors for 14 hours

Impeached South Korean president Park Geun Hye spent around 14 hours being interrogated by prosecutors on Tuesday, a lawyer for Park said.

Iran: nuclear deal could end if US maintains sanctions

Iran could withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal, if Washington continues to block its implementation, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency on Tuesday.

Turkey calls in German envoy, condemns Kurdish rally in Netherlands

Turkey's Foreign Ministry called in the German charge d'affaires on Tuesday over comments by the head of Germany's intelligence agency regarding last year's coup attempt.

Scotland's Sturgeon seeks approval for second independence referendum

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday asked the devolved parliament to approve her plans to hold a second referendum on Scotland's independence from Britain.

Car bomb in Somali capital leaves at least five dead

A suicide car bombing on Tuesday killed at least five people near the gates of Somalia's presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu, police officer Mohamed Dahir told dpa.

Duterte glosses over Beijing as he calls for South China Sea peace

There needs to be peace and stability in the South China Sea, called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday during a visit to Thailand. However, he shied away from making comments about China's contentious claims to the disputed region.

Lukashenko says 20 militants captured over planned attack in Belarus

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko claimed on Tuesday that authorities have captured about 20 militants planning to conduct an armed provocation to foment unrest in the country.

Syrian opposition groups agree to take part in Geneva peace talks

Syrian opposition groups have agreed to take part in the next round of peace talks in Geneva, the office of UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura confirmed on Tuesday.

Erdogan: Turkey won't be threatened by talk of EU accession process

Threats about Turkey's accession process towards EU membership

'EU open for business' leaders say, as Japan's PM pushes trade deal

"The EU is open for business," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, before heading into a meeting convened to push for a swift conclusion of a free trade agreement between Japan and the EU by the end of this year.

Almost 10 million watched French presidential debate

Some 9.8 million viewers tuned in to Monday night's French presidential debate, according to one of the television channels that broadcast it.

EU's Hahn returns to Macedonia in new bid to defuse political crisis

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn was to return to Skopje on Tuesday to press Macedonia's President Gorge Ivanov into recognizing the result of snap elections after Ivanov blocked the opposition leader from becoming prime minister.