More than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea over the past 24 hours, the Italian Coast Guard said Saturday, amid the swelling humanitarian crisis at sea. Continue reading
Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage by popular vote on Saturday in a landmark victory for the gay-rights movement.
The United States Army announced on Friday that about 300 troops, based in Italy, had arrived in western Ukraine for a six-month training rotation for three battalions of Ukraine’s National Guard. It is the first training mission by American troops in Ukraine since the war in the southeast began. Andrew Roth of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Moscow, to discuss. Continue reading
In the wake of last week’s shootings in Paris and a sweeping Belgian counter-terror operation this week that left two suspects dead, Belgian authorities have stepped up security across the country. For the latest, Matthew Dalton, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Brussels. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, police in France, Germany and Belgium arrested more than two dozen people with suspected links to Islamic militant groups. The head of Europol warned that Europe now has up to 5,000 Muslim radicals. Also, President Obama warned lawmakers that imposing new sanctions against Iran could end all hope for reaching a deal with that country on its nuclear program. Continue reading
The attacks in Paris and today’s raids against militants in Belgium highlight the trend of European Muslims traveling to Syria and Iraq to fight. Gwen Ifill talks to Lorenzo Vidino of the European Foundation for Democracy about Europe’s porous borders and the challenge of monitoring possible suspects. Continue reading
Countries like Germany have gotten away with lecturing others about their fiscal prudence. But maybe the Germans should take a look around them, argues economist Larry Kotlikoff, to see which European Union country is doing it better. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon Thursday unveiled sweeping plans to consolidate its forces in Europe, taking thousands of U.S. military and civilian personnel out of bases mostly in the United Kingdom and Portugal, in an effort that will save about $500 million each year. Continue reading
Napoleon Bonaparte’s trademark bicorn hat sold at auction near Paris on Sunday for roughly $2.4 million.
The Spanish government has abandoned a bill that would have outlawed nearly all abortion procedures in Spain, one that a wide majority of the country opposed. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced the news at a press conference on Tuesday. Continue reading