Narrow win for Austria ruling bloc
Monday, 30 September 2013 17:40

Social Democrat Chancellor Werner Faymann was cheered by supporters in Vienna as the results came in

Austria's two ruling parties have won enough votes for another five-year term in a...

Erdogan announces Kurdish reforms
Monday, 30 September 2013 17:06
Erdogan announces Kurdish reforms

Turkey's PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced major political reforms, including new Kurdish rights and a reversal of the headscarf ban.

He has proposed lowering the 10% electoral threshold, which currently prevents Kurdish and other smaller parties from entering parliament.


Italy PM Letta struggles for support
Monday, 30 September 2013 15:06

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta: "If you say some prayers for Italy in the next few days, it will certainly be useful"

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta is battling to rescue his...

Popes to be declared saints in April
Monday, 30 September 2013 15:04
Popes to be declared saints in AprilJohn Paul II (left) is seen as a conservative, while John XXIII is a hero for progressive Catholics

Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be declared saints on 27 April 2014, Pope Francis has announced.

The Pope said in July that he would canonise his two predecessors,...

A raid turned violent
Thursday, 26 September 2013 16:28


A VIOLENT police raid on a Roma settlement in eastern Slovakia is drawing condemnation from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and others. Yet it is the government’s politically-charged response that should be an even greater cause for concern. In a country with some of Europe’s worst living conditions for Roma, the heavy-handed tac...

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