Turkish man arrested for fatally shooting three people on tram in Netherlands

Dutch police arrested a Turkish man suspected of shooting dead three people and wounding five on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday. Police said the suspect, 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis, had been taken into custody after an hours-long manhunt. The city was put into lockdown after the shooting, shortly after the morning… Read More Turkish man arrested for fatally shooting three people on tram in Netherlands

Thousands protest against tighter internet restrictions in Russia

Thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow and two other cities on Sunday to rally against tighter internet restrictions, in some of the biggest protests in the Russian capital in years. Lawmakers last month backed tighter internet controls contained in legislation they say is necessary to prevent foreign meddling in Russia’s affairs. But… Read More Thousands protest against tighter internet restrictions in Russia

Campaigns for gender equality, rights held in Europe to mark International Women’s Day

Campaigners for gender equality marked International Women’s Day on Friday with protests, discussion panels and celebrations. In one of the first protests of the day, several hundred women gathered in central Madrid around midnight to bang pots and pans and demand more rights for women in a society they say is still dominated by men.… Read More Campaigns for gender equality, rights held in Europe to mark International Women’s Day

Germany sets tougher security criteria for suppliers of telecoms network equipment

Germany set tougher criteria on Thursday for vendors supplying telecoms network equipment, stopping short of singling out China’s Huawei Technologies for special treatment and instead saying the same rules should apply to all vendors. The announcement follows months of debate over whether to side with the United States and some allies in barring Huawei, the… Read More Germany sets tougher security criteria for suppliers of telecoms network equipment

French court convicts Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for failing to act on sexual abuse allegations

A French court convicted the Roman Catholic archbishop of Lyon on Thursday of failing to act on historic allegations of sexual abuse of boy scouts in his diocese, handing Cardinal Philippe Barbarin a six-month suspended jail sentence. Barbarin is the highest-profile cleric to be caught up in the child sex abuse scandal inside the Catholic… Read More French court convicts Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for failing to act on sexual abuse allegations

Spain puts Catalan politicians on trial over failed independence bid

Twelve Catalan politicians go on trial on Tuesday for their role in Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid, putting the spotlight back on Spain’s biggest political crisis in decades which could make it flare once again. To the dismay of much of the rest of Spain, Catalonia defied a judicial ban by carrying out a referendum… Read More Spain puts Catalan politicians on trial over failed independence bid

Four soldiers dead following military helicopter crash in Istanbul

Four soldiers were killed when a military helicopter crashed in a residential neighborhood on the Asian side of Istanbul on Monday, the governor of Turkey’s biggest city said. The helicopter went down in an area of apartment buildings, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said. Television images showed smoke rising from the area and ambulances rushing to… Read More Four soldiers dead following military helicopter crash in Istanbul

Poland’s former prime minister Jan Olszewski dies at 88

Poland’s former prime minister Jan Olszewski died in a Warsaw military hospital late on Thursday, state television reported on Twitter. Olszewski was the third premier after the collapse of communism in 1989 and served as head of the government for six months from December 1991 to June 1992. Previously an attorney, Olszewski had represented democratic… Read More Poland’s former prime minister Jan Olszewski dies at 88