The Daily Star - Europe

Europe must brace for refugee wave: Greek PM

Europe must be ready for the possibility of a new refugee influx, Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said yesterday, as an unfolding Turkish offensive in Syria could see more people flee the conflict-ridden region.

Overeating is ‘personal destruction’: Pope

The pope yesterday contrasted the world’s 820 million hungry people with those who turn food into “an avenue of personal destruction” through overeating, in comments to mark World Food Day.

‘Brexit-free’ TV channel!

A British broadcaster will launch a new “pop-up channel” dedicated to Brexit-free coverage, in a bid to attract viewers tired of hearing about the divisive issue.

2nd French academic detained in Iran

A prominent French academic has been in detention in Iran since June, when he was arrested with his Franco-Iranian colleague, a researchers’ group announced yesterday.

Mass raids target Russian opposition leaders

Russian investigators raided opposition offices across the country yesterday, in the latest move to increase pressure on top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his allies.

Third of kids obese or malnourished

A third of the world’s nearly 700 million children under five years old are undernourished or overweight and face lifelong health problems as a consequence, according to a grim UN assessment of childhood nutrition released yesterday.

More unrest feared in Spain over Catalan sentence

Catalonia geared up for more upheaval yesterday a day after thousands of pro-independence activists stormed Barcelona airport in an angry response to Spain’s jailing of nine of its leaders following a failed secession bid.

14 police killed in attack in Mexico

Gunmen killed 14 police Monday in an ambush in the state of Michoacan in western Mexico, authorities said. Local media reports said the state police were executing a warrant on the city outskirts when gunmen in armored four-by-four trucks opened fire.

‘Hours left’ to secure deal

The European Union gave Britain until the end of Tuesday to work out a Brexit deal that can be approved at a leaders’ summit this week but said a delay to the Oct 31 scheduled departure date and a breakdown of talks were also still on the cards.

French police hold 5 over knife attack

French police yesterday detained five people linked to a radicalised employee at the Paris police headquarters who killed four colleagues

Poland’s nationalists win majority in parliament

Poland’s nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party secured a second term in power in Sunday’s parliamentary election, partial results showed yesterday, but fell short of the landslide victory it needs to overhaul the constitution.

Russia bombed 4 Syria hospitals in 12 hours

Russian warplanes bombed four hospitals in rebel-held territory in Syria over a period of just 12 hours earlier this year, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

Two men stabbed at London shop

Two men have been stabbed in broad daylight and a third assaulted at a butcher’s shop in north London.

Tunisians vote in presidential runoff

Tunisians voted yesterday in a presidential runoff pitting a conservative academic against a media magnate fresh out of jail, reflecting a shift in the country’s post-revolution political landscape.

EU members give go-ahead for more intense Brexit talks

EU member states yesterday gave Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier the go-ahead for more intense talks with Britain over the weekend, just days before a key European summit.

UK launches terror probe; 5 injured

Counter-terror police were yesterday probing a mass stabbing at a shopping centre in northwest England that left several people injured and needing hospital treatment.

Romania govt collapses in no-confidence vote

Romania’s beleaguered left-wing government collapsed in a no-confidence vote yesterday, paving the way for the president to appoint a new prime minister.

EU removes Swiss, UAE from tax-haven list

The EU removed Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates from its list of tax havens yesterday, giving two global hubs for multinational tax schemes the all clear.

British, Irish PMs say could see ‘pathway’ to Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar said they could see a route towards striking a possible Brexit divorce deal, following a crunch meeting yesterday.

At least 2 killed in Germany

At least two people were shot dead on a street in the German city of Halle yesterday, police said, with witnesses saying that a synagogue was among the gunmen’s targets as Jews marked the holy day of Yom Kippur.

Kremlin critic’s group declared ‘foreign agent’

Russian authorities yesterday declared the organisation run by opposition leader Alexei Navalny a “foreign agent”, the justice ministry said on its website.

Ecuador protesters break into Congress

Ecuadoran protesters broke into the country’s Congress building on Monday as demonstrations over a fuel hike introduced by President Lenin Moreno’s government intensified.

Brexit ball is in your court now

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday told the European Union that the Brexit ball was in its court and that the bloc should now urgently discuss in detail his proposal for breaking the deadlock ahead of Britain’s scheduled departure on October 31.