Anas Modamani rose to fame after a selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a refugee shelter in Berlin. Now, the knock-on effects of that photo, taken in 2015, have seen the Syrian refugee take Facebook to court. The 19-year-old’s post of the snap went viral. But that also led to problems, he says. It was shared by a number of anonymous accounts, some of which have falsely claimed Modamani was responsible for violent and terrorist acts such as the Brussels Airport bombing. Facebook ...
French presidential candidate and far-right Natural Front, Marine Le Pen, has kicked off her campaign in Lyon with a promise to protect voters from globalisation at a time when France is living through a period of political turmoil. “In reality, I defend the walls of our society. But, everyone is aware that all of this is called into question today. Our leaders have opted for deregulated globalisation. They wanted it to be a success, but it turned out to be awful,” she told the several-thou...
It was as if they had come to see a rock star. And with room for ‘only’ 8,000 people inside Lyon’s ‘Palais des Sports’ on Saturday, thousands more watched independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron outside on a giant screen. Explaining his appeal, one woman told Euronews: “Modernity, renewal, the chance to take the best of each party, without actually being a party. And that is exactly what his strength is.” For TV journalist Laurence Haim, back home in France to join ...
The tables are turning in the French presidential race, if the latest opinion polls are to be believed. Leader of the En Marche movement, Emmanuel Macron, ramped up his campaign at an event in Lyon. Amid controversy on the right wing, polls alternate between a victory for him and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen. “Let me reassure you, there will be no wall in my programme. But we have European borders, and that is our real security,” he told the 10,000-strong crowd. Macron, ...
Clutching banners bearing slogans such as “Theresa the Appeaser” and “Make America Think Again”, thousands of protesters have gathered outside the US Embassy, before marching through central London. US President Donald Trump’s travel ban has sparked international condemnation. A petition calling for the leader to be prevented from making an official state visit to the UK has garnered over 1.8 million signatures. An online appeal for the president to be invited has just under 300,000 ...
Customs officials in Germany have put on display the country’s biggest ever cocaine haul. More than 700 kilos of the class A drug, with a purity of 80 percent, were seized. The cocaine – smuggled from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao – is said to have been hidden under lead in a shipping container. Authorities in the Netherlands reportedly tipped off their German colleagues after criminals searching for the haul kidnapped two people, one of whom later escaped.
US defense secretary, retired General, Jim Mattis is strengthening ties with the his country’s allies in Asia. Touching down in Japan, after a visit to North Korea, Mattis seemed eager to reassure the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, that the US would honour the countries’ mutual defense treaty. A task made more difficult since Donald Trump pulled out of the Asia-Pacific trade deal, championed by Japan and hinted, during the election campaign, that Japan was benefiting from a US securi...
The suspect in the machete attack near the Louvre entered the country from Dubai on an Egyptian visa, sources close to the investigation say. Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the incident, which took place in a shopping centre under the Paris museum was “clearly terrorist in nature.” The assailant slightly wounded a soldier on security duty. Other armed guards responded with five shots, seriously wounding the attacker. The museum and its surroundings were evacuated shortly after the ...
Job growth in the United States surged more than expected in January. Employers added 227,000 workers. But the unemployment rate rose from 4.7 percent to 4.8 percent of the workforce. Wages increased only modestly, indicating there is not a shortage of available workers. The final employment figures under Barack Obama give President Trump a head start as he seeks to make good on his pledges. On January 11 he said: “We are going to create jobs. I said that I will be the greatest jobs produc...
Latest government statistics still show there are children in detention in both Australia and Nauru. Australia, we are better than this! pic.twitter.com/cFGqG2hgEU
A Tunisian asylum-seeker arrested in Germany on suspicion of planning an attack, is also wanted by Tunisia over links to an assault on the Bardo museum in Tunis. The arrest was part of a major counter-terror operation. More than 1,000 police raided 54 homes, businesses and mosques in Frankfurt and other towns in the western state of Hesse, searching for 16 suspects, including the man arrested. “The main suspect is a 36-year-old Tunisian citizen who is suspected to have worked, since August 2...
The man nominated to lead Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats into the country’s upcoming election met the press in Berlin on Monday. Martin Schulz, the small-town mayor from west Germany who rose to become president of the European Parliament, said he wants to learn “the immediate worries and needs of the people in the country”, in order “to alleviate these worries.” Members of the Social Democratic Party’s national executive agreed unanimously on Sunday to make Schulz their ...
German prosecutors have ordered postmortem examinations on the bodies of six teenagers found dead at a garden house in Bavaria. The owner of the building in Arnstein found the bodies of his son, daughter and four other men aged between 18 and 19 on Sunday morning. Police said there was no clear cause of death, but had found no evidence of a violent crime. “I think it was a birthday party of young people as it happens at any location quite often. Nothing suspicious, really, it is just a trag...
Socialists in France are choosing their candidate for this year’s presidential election. Hamon is tipped to beat Valls in the head-to-head vote. He is often compared to the leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. However, analysts say, after five years of unpoular Socialist government, he has little chance of winning the actual presidential vote. The research suggests neither candidate would get enough support to reach the presidential election run-off in May. The Socialists are cur...
French voters are choosing the socialist vote which pits former prime minister Manuel Valls against hard-left hopeful Benoit Hamon. Around 7000 polling stations across France opened early on Sunday. The run-off follows last week’s seven-way primary. A range of liberal measures, including a universal monthly income for all French citizens has seen Hamon’s popularity surge. Kicked out of Valls government in 2014 due to differences over economic policy, he has been compared to British La...
Fresh satellite imagery suggests North Korea has restarted a reactor at its main Yongbyon nuclear site. The Washington based 38 North Project, said its analysis showed a water plume emerging from the cooling water outlet at the plutonium producing plant, indicating that it was ‘‘very likely operating’‘. The US think-tank said it was impossible to estimate at what power level the reactor was running, although it warned it may be considerable. North Korea has maintained its nuclear and ...
A Japanese golf club set to host 2020 Olympic tournament said on Wednesday it would not change its membership policy that bars female players becoming regular members. Kasumigaseki Country Club lets women play Monday through Saturday but bars them from becoming full members and from playing on Sundays. But the general manager of the club, Hiroshi Imaizumi, countered: “Regarding the criticism that we’re banning women from playing on Sundays, we’re actually allowing females with weekday or...
The new US President Donald Trump has signed directives to build a wall along the border with Mexico, and to crack down on US cities shielding illegal immigrants. The president signed two executive orders during an appearance at the Department of Homeland Security. One directive dealt with building a wall along the 3,200-kilometre US-Mexican border. Earlier on Wednesday Trump repeated that Mexico would pay for its construction. The second order envisages stripping federal grant money from “...
Corruption is a growing problem in the EU because leaders have been busy dealing with other crises, it’s been claimed. Brexit, the refugee influx and terrorism have diverted attention away from fighting graft, according to Transparency International (TI). In a new set of rankings released today (Wednesday, January 25) only four EU countries have improved perceptions of public sector corruption since last year, according to the NGO. Two of the climbers, said Carl Dolan, director of TI EU, It...
Have you ever read a news story that was unbelievable, literally? As the internet and social media have clouded the distinction between traditional journalism and campaign blogging, so it has blurred the line between objective fact and partial opinion or even “alternative facts”, aka untruths. And navigating the maze of information is complicated by the shades of grey. Defining “fake” news can sometimes be a matter of opinion. Where should the line be drawn and how can traps be avoided...