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Nine dead as huge storms batter Europe

Nine dead as huge storms batter Europe

Berlin – Nine people including two firefighters were killed yesterday as violent gales battered northern Europe, snapping air and train links. Germany halted all long-distance rail traffic for at least a day, while numerous domestic flights were scrapped as hurricane-force winds lashed the country. The storm claimed six lives in Germany, including two firefighters deployed […]

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Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests

Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests

Israel’s leader faces renewed pressure from Europe on Monday to reboot the Middle East’s moribund peace process following widespread criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Brussels for an informal breakfast with EU foreign ministers who will urge him to “resume meaningful […]

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Storm kills at least six in Europe, freighter runs aground

Storm kills at least six in Europe, freighter runs aground

Berlin – Strong winds battered northern and central Europe yesterday, killing at least six people in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, with authorities watching for oil leaks from a huge freighter that ran aground in the North Sea. Four victims in Poland and the Czech Republic were killed by falling trees. The storm also […]

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Messi joins 100-goal club in Europe in Barca stroll

Messi joins 100-goal club in Europe in Barca stroll

Barcelona – Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition as Barcelona moved close to qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages by outclassing Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday despite playing the second half with 10 men. Gerard Pique was sent off two minutes before halftime for two bookings, one for tugging an opponent’s shirt […]

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Chelsea crush debutants Qarabag on return to Europe

Chelsea crush debutants Qarabag on return to Europe

Chelsea enjoyed a triumphant return to the Champions League after a year out on Tuesday, thumping the competition’s debutants Qarabag 6-0, including a stunning, if miscued, strike from new signing Davide Zappacosta. The Italian was joined on the scoresheet by another new Chelsea arrival Frenchman Tiemoue Bakayoko on a satisfying night for manager Antonio Conte […]

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Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

Brussels – A scandal involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland and as far away as Hong Kong on Friday as the European Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis. Ministers and food safety chiefs from around the European Union are set to meet on September 26 in […]

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6 suspected IS jihadists arrested in Europe

6 suspected IS jihadists arrested in Europe

Six suspected members of the Islamic State group were arrested in Spain, Britain and Germany on Wednesday in an operation led by Spanish authorities investigating a jihadist recruiting network, the Spanish interior ministry said. Raids were continuing Wednesday morning targeting the group, based on the island of Majorca and led by an Islamist imam, who […]

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Europe okays project to seek alien life

Europe okays project to seek alien life

Europe has approved the launch of a deep-space observatory to sniff out habitable planets in other star systems, along with any life forms they may host. “The PLATO mission will address fundamental questions such as ‘how common are Earth-like planets?’ and ‘is our solar system unusual or even unique?’,” the University of Warwick, whose scientists […]

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US says no laptop ban on board flights from Europe for now

US says no laptop ban on board flights from Europe for now

Washington – US aviation security officials stepped back Tuesday from imposing a ban on carry-on computers on flights coming from Europe, which had been proposed to guard against possible bomb-laden electronics from the Islamic State group. But the Department of Homeland Security said a ban, already in place for US-bound flights from the Middle East, […]

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Manchester United rated as Europe’s most valuable club

Manchester United rated as Europe’s most valuable club

London – Manchester United have been rated as Europe’s most valuable club by a new report into the financial muscle of the continent’s top teams. The report by professional services firm KPMG looked at the finances of 39 clubs based on their popularity on social media channels, revenues for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, and […]

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