Comedian Russell Brand and singer Charlotte Church are among celebrities who will address thousands expected to join an anti-austerity march in London on Saturday. The march, predicted by organisers to be London’s biggest in years, will go from the Bank of England in the City of London to Westminster’s Parliament Square, followed by a rally there. Protesters will call for the halting and reversal of spending cuts imposed by the previous Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition and further measures proposed by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne for the new Conservative government to enact.
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Google said Friday it was taking steps to remove from search results “revenge porn,” or sexually explicit images of people posted without their consent. The Internet search giant said it would soon put up an online form that will allow victims to make requests to remove these items from Google search queries. “We’ve heard many troubling stories of ‘revenge porn': an ex-partner seeking to publicly humiliate a person by posting private images of them, or hackers stealing and distributing images from victims’ accounts,” Google search vice president Amit Singhal said in a blog post.
An Algerian man accused of murdering a woman and planning an attack on a church on the southern edge of Paris claimed in court on Friday he had actually foiled the terror plot, his lawyers said. Sid Ahmed Ghlam, 24, was taken into custody on April 19 after he accidentally shot himself in the leg, a fluke occurrence that led police to uncovering an alleged plot against a church in the Villejuif suburb. Paris prosecutors say they found documents at his residence about Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, and that he had been in touch with a possible jihadist …read more
The sounds of war rang out on the fields of Belgium on Thursday as the Battle of Waterloo was restaged 200 years after the clash that ended Napoleon’s imperial ambitions and changed the course of European history. Around 60,000 spectators from around the world were on hand to watch a spectacle which had sold out months ago, seated in huge stands capable of housing more people than Belgium’s national football stadium. Deafening cannon fire erupted from both sides as “troops” in full livery advanced across the same damp fields south of Belgium where 47,000 people were killed or wounded two …read more
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Babatunde Aiyegbusi has limited American football experience in leagues in Germany and his native Poland. Yet the 27-year-old offensive tackle is getting a shot at the NFL.
People traffickers in Libya know they are untouchable and the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean is set to continue, the EU’s border agency has told AFP. The smugglers who pack thousands of people on unseaworthy boats for Europe “are organising these departures without risk of being arrested, so for as long as the situation in Libya remains what it is, these flows will continue,” Frontex spokeswoman Izabella Cooper said. Cooper was speaking Thursday aboard the Belgian navy ship Godetia, which was carrying out a patrol as part of the EU’s Triton border security operation that alongside the Italian coast …read more
With a warning that “the dead are coming”, German activists staged a Berlin funeral Friday for a Syrian refugee who died on the Mediterranean, highlighting the tragedy of the thousands killed while trying to reach Europe. The ceremony was organised by the protest art group “Center for Political Beauty” which called the dead man’s transport from Italy and burial part of a programme of “performance art of an unprecedented magnitude”. The controversial group has plastered Berlin with posters proclaiming that “The Dead Are Coming” while announcing a series of such burials and reburials of refugees who drowned or died in …read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday evening in St. Petersburg but the question of Russian financial aid for Greece was not discussed, Putin’s spokesman said.
Military posturing and increasingly hostile rhetoric between Russia and the West are raising the risk of an accidental slide towards a wider conflict that neither nuclear-armed side wants, experts warn. Within days of reports that the United States was poised to send heavy military equipment to eastern Europe and the Baltic states, Russia retorted by announcing it planned to add 40 intercontinental nuclear missiles to its arsenal. It was the latest in a string of threats and confrontations that have included Russian aircraft buzzing a US destroyer and British fighter jets scrambling after two Russian military aircraft flew near UK …read more
EU member states approved plans on Friday to launch as early as next week the first phase of a military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean, sources said. “Everything is now in place so that EU foreign ministers meeting Monday can approve the launch of the mission,” one EU diplomat told AFP. Other sources said member states have committed to supply enough ships and aircraft to allow the first, intelligence gathering phase of the operation to go ahead.