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French reshuffle may loom after Hollande’s Socialists routed in local elections

Reuters, By Mark John, March 30

Paris – President Francois Hollande will take soundings on a possible cabinet reshuffle on Monday after the drubbing of his Socialists in local elections handed the far-right National Front victory in a record number of towns.

Provisional results from Sunday’s voting showed the protectionist, anti-EU party of Marine Le [...]

Russia reinforces military presence in Crimea

AP, By Yuras Karmanau & Dalton Bennett, March 8

Sevastopol – Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea’s rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow’s foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine’s new authorities, whom he dismissed as the [...]

Canada pulls ambassador from Moscow over Ukraine

AP, March 1

Canada says it is pulling its ambassador from Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

A statement issued by Prime Minister Stephen Harper after an emergency Cabinet meeting says Canada also will boycott meetings leading up to the Group of Eight international economic summit being chaired by Russia in June.

CBC: Ukraine crisis: [...]

U.N. meets on impending Russia-Ukraine conflict

Lawmakers also recommended Putin recall the Russian ambassador to the U.S

USA Today, By Anna Arutunyan & Jacob Resneck, March 1

Moscow — The United Nations met Saturday for an emergency session requested by the United Kingdom as Ukraine braced for a full invasion from Russia after Moscow approved the deployment of troops in the [...]

Rome days away from bankruptcy

Eternal city warns it will go bust for the first time since it was destroyed by Nero.

AFP, February 27

Rome – Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, came under pressure on Thursday as the city of Rome was on the brink of bankruptcy after parliament threw out a bill that would have injected fresh [...]

Gunmen seize government buildings in Ukraine’s Crimea, raise Russian flag

CNN, By Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Laura Smith-Spark & Ingrid Formanek, February 27

Kiev, Ukraine – Dozens of armed men seized the regional government administration building and parliament in Ukraine’s southern Crimea region Thursday and raised the Russian flag, in a challenge to the Eastern European country’s new leaders.

Crimea, with its ethnic Russian majority, is the [...]

Caption Contest!!

Renzi will be Italy’s youngest premier

AP, By Frances D’Emilio, February 21

Roma – Matteo Renzi will be sworn in as Italy’s youngest prime minister ever Saturday after he cobbled together a government he says will change the face of the country’s politics and economy.

Renzi, the 39-year-old leader of the center-left Democratic Party, unveiled his government Friday and said the [...]

Merkel and Hollande to lay foundation of ‘protected’ EU internet

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (16 February) she would talk to French President François Hollande about building a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States. The Commission welcomed the idea, saying that it went in the same direction with its own efforts on data protection.

Merkel, [...]

Belgium’s parliament votes through child euthanasia

BBC, February 13

Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions.

When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.


Italian PM Enrico Letta’s government in danger of collapse

Embattled leader challenges rivals including Matteo Renzi to ‘lay their cards on the table’

The Guardian, By Lizzy Davies, February 12

Rome – The government of embattled Italian prime minister, Enrico Letta, looked close to collapse as he dug in his heels in the face of an increasingly formidable threat to his premiership from the [...]

Spain protesters rally against tougher abortion law

BBC, February 1

Thousands of Spaniards have protested in Madrid against a draft law backed by the government that would restrict the right to abortion.

Activists carried banners saying “Allow mothers to decide” and “Deciding makes us free”.

The law would limit abortion to cases of rape, and instances where the health of the mother [...]

German barn explosion caused by 90 farting cows

Salon, By Lindsay Abrams

On the many dangers of methane gas

Cows, man. Their manure, belches and flatulence are a major contributor to human-caused emissions of methane gas, itself sizable contributor to global warming. They pose a more immediate danger, too, the AFP reports:

Flatulence from 90 cows in a German barn sparked a [...]

Davos – the people who brought you the financial collapse and endless war

It’s a happening! PTB parties in a locked down Swiss enclave

The World Economic Forum hosts the world leaders, the special people who routinely screw things up because they can. The conference is held annually in Davos, Switzerland to avoid the angry protests the conference generated. Davos is cold, exclusive, and hard to access. [...]

Unrest Deepens in Ukraine as Protests Turn Deadly

New York Times, By David M. Herszenhornjan, January 22

Ukraine — A deepening civil uprising in Ukraine turned deadly on Wednesday, and this embattled capital veered toward chaos, after at least three demonstrators died during clashes with the police and the first direct negotiations between President Viktor F. Yanukovich and opposition leaders yielded only threats [...]