U.S., EU, Britain and Canada impose new sanctions on Belarus

The United States and its allies, including the European Union, on Thursday imposed sanctions against dozens of individuals and entities in Belarus in a coordinated move to escalate punitive action against President Alexander Lukashenko and his government. The latest round of sanctions aim to significantly increase pressure on Lukashenko, who is accused of rigging the… Read More U.S., EU, Britain and Canada impose new sanctions on Belarus

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg to step down

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said on Thursday he will step down once his conservative People’s Party agrees on its next leader after Sebastian Kurz announced he was quitting the position earlier the same day. “I firmly believe that both positions – head of government and leader of the Austrian party with the most votes –… Read More Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg to step down

Four injured following explosion of WWII aircraft bomb in Germany

Four people were injured when an old aircraft bomb exploded at a bridge near Munich’s busy main train station on Wednesday, police said on Twitter, raising the number of wounded from three earlier. The Munich fire brigade said one of the people was seriously injured. More than 2,000 tonnes of live bombs and munitions are… Read More Four injured following explosion of WWII aircraft bomb in Germany

Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson appoints new ministers following re-election

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson picked Social Democrat veteran Mikael Damberg as finance minister in her minority government on Tuesday as she pledged to fight climate change and gang crime, and strengthen the welfare system. Damberg has been minister of the interior, where he has been the face of the government’s efforts to fight gang… Read More Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson appoints new ministers following re-election

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa vetoes euthanasia bill again

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has vetoed for the second time a law allowing terminally ill people to seek assistance from a doctor to end their lives, effectively postponing the legislation until a new parliament is elected. The veto, announced late on Monday, cited language used in the bill to describe terminal conditions that… Read More Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa vetoes euthanasia bill again

Barbados becomes a republic, removes Queen Elizabeth as leader

Barbados ditched Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as head of state, forging a new republic on Tuesday with its first-ever president and severing its last remaining colonial bonds nearly 400 years after the first English ships arrived at the Caribbean island. At the strike of midnight, the new republic was born to the cheers of hundreds of… Read More Barbados becomes a republic, removes Queen Elizabeth as leader

Italy fines Google, Apple €10million over data use

Italy’s antitrust regulator has fined Alphabet’s Google and iPhone maker Apple 10 million euros (an equivalent of $11.2 million) each for “aggressive practices” linked to the commercial use of user data. The authority said in statement the two tech groups did not provide “clear and immediate information” on how they collect and use the data… Read More Italy fines Google, Apple €10million over data use

Russia fines Google 3 million roubles over failure to delete banned content

A Moscow court fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google 3 million roubles (an equivalent of $40,400) on Monday for not deleting content that it deemed illegal, part of a wider dispute between Russia and the U.S. tech giant. Russia in October threatened to fine Google a percentage of its annual Russian turnover for repeatedly failing to delete… Read More Russia fines Google 3 million roubles over failure to delete banned content