Voice of America : Europe (61)

4 Barcelona Attack Suspects Appear for Court Interrogations

Four alleged members of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort appeared in court Tuesday, a day after the last missing member of the cell was gunned down by police. The four men were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in planning or ...

Media: Russia Talks Down Trump's New Afghan Strategy

Russia does not believe that U.S. President Donald Trump's new strategy on Afghanistan will lead to any significant positive changes in the country, the Interfax news agency cited an unnamed Russian Foreign Ministry source as saying on Tuesday. Trump on Monday committed the United States to an ...

Irish Church Aims to End Stigma for Children of Priests

Bishops in Ireland have created detailed guidelines to address an issue the Roman Catholic Church has tried to keep under wraps for centuries: the plight of children born to Catholic priests and the women who bear them.   The policy, approved in May and made public in recent days, states the ...

2 Children Pulled from Rubble on Quake-hit Italian Island

Firefighters in Italy freed a 7-month-old baby and his older brother from rubble early Tuesday following a 4.0-magnitude quake on the resort island of Ischia off Naples, and rescuers were working on helping a third brother who remained trapped.   At least two people were killed in the quake that ...

Dutch Build Vital New Infrastructure — World's Biggest Bike Parking Lot

The city of Utrecht in the cycling-mad Netherlands opened on Monday what it said would be the world's largest parking garage for bikes with room for 12,500 once completed next year. The move by authorities in the city of 344,000 people aims to prevent a sprawling clutter of bicycles outside its main ...

Quake Hits Italian Island; One Dead, 25 Injured

An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 hit the tourist-packed Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, on Monday night, killing at least one person and injuring some 25 others as buildings collapsed, officials said. Residents and tourists on the island ran out onto the streets from homes and ...

Russia’s Top General to Visit Ankara Amid Turkish US Tensions

Russia’s armed forces chief staff, General Valery Gerasimov, is due to visit Turkey this week in the latest step in bilateral regional coordination efforts on Syria. Ahead of Gerasimov’s visit, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusolgu took a swipe at NATO ally the United States, saying ...

German Nationalists Try Reviving Migration as Election Topic

Germany's anti-immigrant AfD party pushed Monday to make the massive influx of migrants into the country an election issue as it battles with flagging support, despite waning concern among Germans over the matter. More than 1 million migrants entered Germany in 2015-2016. Alternative for Germany ...

US Sharply Scales Back Visa Services in Russia After Diplomatic Row

The United States said on Monday it was sharply scaling back its visa services in Russia after Moscow cut the number of its diplomatic staff in retaliation over new U.S. sanctions. The U.S. embassy in Russia said in a statement it was suspending all non-immigrant visa operations across Russia on ...

Britain to Treat Internet Hate Crime as Seriously as Offline Offenses

Online abuse will be treated as seriously as offline offences, Britain's prosecution service said on Monday in new guidance on handling hate crimes. The rules - which included guidelines on helping disabled and bisexual victims - were meant to encourage more people to come forward and press courts ...

Barcelona Attack Driver Still at Large, Identity Confirmed

Authorities in Spain said Monday they believe the driver responsible for killing 13 people in a ramming attack last week in Barcelona is a 22-year-old Moroccan man they have been searching for as the last member of a 12-person cell still at large. Catalan interior minister Joaquim Forn told ...

Spanish Town Struggles to Reconcile Locals as Extremist Cell

They were brothers and boyhood friends from a town with no unfamiliar faces. They were linked by Moroccan roots and equally tied by their upbringings in Ripoll, an ancient hub in the Catalan foothills known for its monastery and passageways dotted with cafes and kebab shops. But most recently, ...

London's 'Big Ben' to Go Silent Until 2021

The British Parliament's Big Ben bell is due to sound the hour for the last time before it is silenced for repair work scheduled to last until 2021. After 12 deep bongs at noon Monday, the bell will begin its longest period of silence since it first sounded in 1859. The break will allow workers to ...

Spanish Police Set Up Roadblocks to Catch Attack Suspect

Spain's hunt for the driver of a van that barreled through a Barcelona crowd last week focused Sunday on the northeastern towns of Ripoll and Manlleu. Police set up numerous roadblocks hoping to snare Younes Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan man they suspect was behind Thursday's attack, which ...

Barcelona Investigators Focusing Increasingly on North African Links

A year ago, analysts were expressing confidence during a major conference in London that southern Europe would avoid the kind of large-scale Islamic terror attacks seen in northern European cities like Paris and Brussels. At a conference at King's College, London, to explore the jihadist threat to ...

'Recruiting for Jihad' Examines Islamic Extremist Groups in Europe

Recruiting for Jihad is a Norwegian expose on the practices extremist Jihadists follow to recruit young men to fight for ISIS. During filming, Adel Khan Farooq, one of the two filmmakers, had unprecedented access to a radicalized network of Islamists in Europe. He met them through Norwegian-born ...

Migrant Stabbing Attack in Finland a ‘Likely Terrorist Act’

A stabbing attack carried out Friday by an 18-year-old Moroccan migrant in Finland is being investigated by Finnish authorities as “a likely terrorist act,” officials said. Speaking Saturday with reporters, Pekka Hiltunen, a spokeswoman for the Finnish Security Intelligence Service, told ...

'Recruiting for Jihad,' an Expose on Islamic Extremist Groups in Europe

'Recruiting for Jihad' is a Norwegian expose on the practices extremist Jihadists follow to recruit young men to fight for ISIS.  During filming, Adel Khan Farook, one of the two filmmakers, had unprecedented access to a radicalized network of Islamists in Europe. Farrook and his partner Ulrick ...

Police Still Searching for Ringleader in Barcelona Terror Attack

Police in Spain and France continued their search Saturday for a 22-year-old Moroccan national whom they believe is at the center of Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona. Police believe Younes Abouyaaqoub to be the leader of a 12-person jihadist terror cell responsible for the van ramming ...

Police Still Searching for Ring Leader in Barcelona Terror Attack

Police in Spain and France continued their search Saturday for a 22-year-old Moroccan national whom they believe is at the center of Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona. Police believe Younes Abouyaaqoub to be the leader of a 12-person jihadist terror cell responsible for the van ramming ...

Russia Bans Jehovah's Witnesses' Translation Of Bible

A Russian court has banned the Jehovah's Witnesses' translation of the Bible following a drawn-out legal battle, another blow to followers of the pacifist Christian sect who have been branded extremists and driven to practicing their faith underground, as in Soviet times. The Jehovah's Witnesses' ...

IS Member Behind Paris, Brussels Attacks Added to US Terrorist List

Ahmad Alkhald, a Syrian national from Aleppo who played a key role in the Islamic State terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, has been identified as a specially designated global terrorist by the United States, the U.S. State Department said. The designation Thursday — which also included an ...

At Least 2 Dead, Others Injured in Finland Stabbing Attack

Police in Finland said at least two people were killed and at least six others were injured in a mass stabbing Friday in the southwestern coastal city of Turku. Police said they shot one suspect in the leg and arrested him and are searching for other “possible perpetrators.” Authorities ...

Suspected Driver in Barcelona Attack Reported Shot to Death by Police

Spanish media say Moussa Oukabir, the key suspect in a terrorist attack in Spain, has been killed in a shootout with police. Reports said Friday that 17-year-old Oukabir was on a list of five suspects killed by police in the seaside town of Cambrils, hours after a van plowed into a crowd in ...

Libyan Coast Guard Threatens NGO Rescue Ships in Mediterranean

With no safe, legal passage to Europe, more than 100,000 migrants and refugees have nevertheless crossed the Mediterranean Sea this year, many setting off from Libya, which has become a trafficking hub. In recent months, the Libyan coast guard has expanded its operations beyond its territorial ...

Several People Stabbed in Finnish City of Turku

Police in Finland said several people were stabbed Friday in the southwestern coastal city of Turku before the suspect was shot in the legs and arrested. Police did not confirm the number of the victims and they are warning people to avoid central Turku. Security has been heightened at Helsinki ...

Spanish Police Make 4th Arrest Following Terror Attacks

Catalan police have arrested a fourth man in connection with two terrorist attacks in the Barcelona region Thursday that left at least 14 people dead and dozens more injured.   Police announced the arrest on Twitter Friday, but gave no further details. Police said they are still searching for the ...

Spain Investigates ‘Connected’ Terror Attacks

A manhunt is underway in Spain after two terrorist attacks in which vehicles were used to strike pedestrians in the country’s Catalonia region, killing at least 13 people and injured more than 100 others. The mayhem began Thursday when a van ran down people in Barcelona, where the deaths and ...

US Officials Condemn Barcelona Van Attack, Offer Assistance to Spain

The United States has condemned what it calls a "terror attack" in Barcelona Thursday and is offering assistance to Spain. At least 13 people have died and about 100 others were left injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians in Barcelona's popular Las Ramblas area. Two people have been arrested ...

Wildfire-plagued Portugal Declares Public Calamity as Braces for More

Parts of Portugal, beset by its deadliest summer of wildfires in living memory, were declared in a state of public calamity on Thursday as the government put emergency services on alert for further outbreaks. It has borne the brunt of a heatwave that has settled over much of southern Europe, and ...

Timeline: Deadly Attacks in Western Europe

Following are some of the deadly attacks in Western Europe in recent years: Aug. 17, 2017 — A van ploughs into crowds in the heart of Barcelona, killing at least 13 people, a regional official says, in what police say they are treating as a terrorist attack. June 3, 2017 — Three attackers ...

Britain 'Confident' of New Phase in Brexit Talks by October

Britain said on Thursday it was "confident" talks with the European Union would move toward discussing their future relationship by October, in contrast to warnings from the top EU negotiator that the target is receding. Prime Minister Theresa May's government wants to push the discussion beyond the ...

Kosovo Journalist's Beating Called Attack on Media Freedom

An international watchdog has condemned the beating of a Kosovo journalist known for his reports on corruption, calling it "an attack against freedom of media." Parim Olluri, whose news website Insajderi has become one of the leading online media outlets reporting allegations of corruption among ...

Amid US Racial Divisions, Auschwitz Memorial Issues Warning

The memorial site of Auschwitz-Birkenau is weighing in on the anti-Semitic and racially charged violence that has erupted in the United States, noting that hatred comes from people who promote it. The state museum, which preserves the site of the former Nazi German death camp, wrote Thursday on ...

Blood, Passion Fuel Italian City's Street Horse Race

The sounds of thundering hooves and a roaring crowd have filled Siena's Piazza del Campo almost every year since the mid-1600s. The passion that surrounds the bareback horse race between riders from competing city districts — the Palio di Siena — is palpable to the point of sometimes being ...

Van Crashes Into Crowd in Barcelona Terrorist Attack

Police in Barcelona have made arrests in connection with a terrorist attack Thursday in which a van hopped a curb on a busy street and crashed into dozens of people, causing many fatalities and injuries.

Lithuanian Charged in $100M Fraud Case Brought to US

A Lithuanian man has been extradited to the United States to face charges that he duped Google and Facebook into sending him over $100 million. Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. He arrived in New York Wednesday night.   Rimasauskas, of ...

Report: Egypt Blocks German-backed Arabic Website

German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle said Thursday that an Arabic-language news and culture website it operates had been blocked in Egypt. A spokesman for Deutsche Welle said the broadcaster received initial reports earlier in the week that the site, qantara.de, was unavailable to Egyptian ...

Police Kill 5 ‘Terrorists’ in Resort Near Barcelona Hours After Van Attack

Police early Friday shot and killed five suspected terrorists in Cambrils, a Spanish resort city south of Barcelona, where a terrorist drove a van into pedestrians, killing 13 and injuring 100. Four of the suspects were killed at the scene of the operation police said was a response to a terrorist ...

Education Activist Malala Yousafzai to Study at Oxford

Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman at age 15 for speaking out for the right to an education, has been accepted to the University of Oxford. The 20-year-old activist shared word of her acceptance to the school on Twitter and included the screenshot of her ...

Ukraine Scrambles to Quash Fallout From North Korea Allegations

Ukrainian officials and analysts were quick to deny allegations that the Soviet-era Yuzhmash arms factory was a likely source of engine technology used in North Korea’s missiles and to redirect suspicions to Russia.   “It is a complex and bulky piece of equipment. It is simply not ...

UK Vows Brexit Won't Mean the Return of Irish Border Posts

The British government has vowed repeatedly to end the free movement of people from the European Union when the U.K. leaves the bloc in 2019. But on Wednesday it acknowledged that, in one area of the country, it won't. Britain said there must be no border posts or electronic checks between Northern ...

Plan to Silence Big Ben's Beloved Bell Under Review

British Parliament officials said Wednesday they will review plans to silence Big Ben during four years of repairs after senior politicians criticized the lengthy muting of the beloved bell. When the repairs were announced last year, officials said the massive bell in Parliament's clock tower would ...

Afghan Migrant 'Little Picasso' Offered Serbian Citizenship

Serbia offered a 10-year-old migrant from Afghanistan, who has been nicknamed "Little Picasso" because of his talent for painting, and his family citizenship on Wednesday, after they spent eight months in a refugee camp while seeking to reach Switzerland. Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic made the ...

UK's Biggest Warship HMS Queen Elizabeth Sails into Home Port for First Time

Britain's most advanced and biggest warship, the 65,000-ton aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, berthed for the first time at its home port of Portsmouth on Wednesday. The 280-meter vessel entered the harbor on England's southern coast at 0610 GMT, greeted by thousands of spectators. HMS Queen ...

Britain Seeks Brexit Without Borders for Northern Ireland

There should be no border posts between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland after Brexit, Britain said in an early attempt to resolve one of the most complex aspects of its European Union exit. Some 30,000 people cross the 500-kilometer border every day without customs or ...

Greece Seeks EU Help as Wildfires Rage

Firefighters battled wildfires raging northeast of Athens for a third day on Tuesday as Greece asked for help from its European partners to prevent them from spreading. The fire started in Kalamos, a coastal holiday spot some 45 km northeast of the capital, and has spread to three more towns, ...

Italy Minister Sees Light at End of Tunnel on Migrant Flows

Italy's interior minister said on Tuesday he saw light at the end of the tunnel for curbing migrant flows from Libya after a slowdown in arrivals across the Mediterranean in recent months. But a United Nations investigator said that Italy's recent effort to draw up a code regulating the operations ...

Iran’s Top General Makes Rare Visit to Ankara

In a rare visit, the head of Iran’s armed forces is in Turkey. The two neighbors have found themselves increasing rivals in Iraq and Syria, but both sides are trying to find common ground. The chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, Major General Mohammad-Hossein Baqeri, arrived in Ankara, ...

Norway PM Doubles Down on Tax Cuts in Bid for Second Term

With four weeks to go before an election that is too close to call, Norway's Conservative prime minister, Erna Solberg, pledged on Monday to cut taxes to boost growth and job creation if she was re-elected. In power as head of a minority coalition government since 2013, Solberg is attempting to ...