Europe

Irwin Cotler’s Magnitsky Motion Wins Unanimous Support in Canada’s Parliament

Liberal MP Irwin Cotler (C), flanked by Conservative MP David Anderson (L) and NDP MP Murray Rankin speaks during a press conference on Parliament Hill March 25, 2015. A motion by Cotler that would allow sanctions against those responsible for the detention, torture, and death in prison of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, as well as against foreign nationals responsible for human rights violations, has been unanimously adopted by the House of Commons. (NTD Television)
Liberal MP Irwin Cotler (C), flanked by Conservative MP David Anderson (L) and NDP MP Murray Rankin speaks during a press conference on Parliament Hill March 25, 2015. A motion by Cotler that would allow sanctions against those responsible for the detention, torture, and death in prison of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, as well as against foreign nationals responsible for human rights violations, has been unanimously adopted by the House of Commons. (NTD Television)

OTTAWA—Canada’s House of Commons has unanimously passed a motion supporting sanctions against foreign nationals responsible for human rights violations—a move toward establishing a so-called Magnitsky...

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French, Iran Presidents Talk About Nuclear Deal

PARIS—French President Francois Hollande’s office says he spoke by telephone with Iran’s president and urged progress toward a “lasting, robust and verifiable” deal ensuring that Iran does not have access to nuclear weapons. Hollande’s office said in a statement that …... Read More




  • Juan E. Mendez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, speaks during a press conference about his annual report to the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

    Bulgaria Prisons Criticized for Serious Human Rights Violations

    SOFIA, Bulgaria—A high-level European human rights body on Thursday sharply criticized Bulgaria for the treatment of its prisoners in the country’s dilapidated and overcrowded prisons... Read more

  • This is an undated image taken from Facebook of  Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in San Francisco California. (AP Photo)

    Co-pilot Deliberately Slams Plane in Alps; Families Ask Why

    PARIS  — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot... Read more

  • Memorial to Kremlin Critic Nemtsov Vandalized, Then Restored

    MOSCOW— Nationalists have vandalized a makeshift memorial to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the site of his killing, but it has been quickly restored... Read more

  • Social workers and relatives of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash arrive at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, Thursday, March 26, 2015, to depart on a special flight, offered by Lufthansa airline, to Marseille, southern France. They are planning to visit the crash site in the French Alps near Seyne-les-Alpes. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Official Confirms One Pilot Locked Out of Germanwings Cockpit Before Lethal Crash

    PARIS —One of the pilots of the German airliner that crashed in the Alps was apparently locked out of the cockpit when the plane went... Read more

  • This photo provided by the Gendarmerie Nationale shows rescue workers being rappelled from an helicopter on the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of the Germanwings plane on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Fabrice Balsamo, Gendarmerie Nationale)

    Germanwings Jet Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit Prior to Crash

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France—The first half of Germanwings Flight 9525 was chilling in its normalcy. It took off from Barcelona en route to Duesseldorf, climbing up over... Read more

  • Amanda Knox's lawyers Carlo della Vedova, right, and Luciano Ghirga, second from left, are chased by media as they arrive at Italy's highest court building, in Rome, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend has arrived at Rome's high court for a hearing that will determine their fate in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate. Dozens of journalists and camera crews mobbed Raffaele Sollecito as he made his way into the Court of Cassation for Wednesday's final arguments and deliberations. The ruling, expected later Wednesday, could bring an end to the high-profile Meredith Kercher murder case. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Knox Defense Calls Conviction Grave Error

    ROME — Amanda Knox’s defense lawyer urged Italy’s highest court on Wednesday to overturn the American’s conviction in the 2007 murder of her British roommate,... Read more

  • This photo provided by the Gendarmerie Nationale shows rescue workers being rappelled from an helicopter on the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of the Germanwings plane on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Fabrice Balsamo, Gendarmerie Nationale)

    Germanwings Flight 9525 Black Box Yields No Clue to Explain Crash

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France—The last communication from a doomed German jetliner was routine. The mangled black box has yielded sounds and voices, the lead investigator said Wednesday,... Read more

  • This photo provided by the Gendarmerie Nationale shows rescue workers being rappelled from an helicopter on the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of the Germanwings plane on Wednesday and sealed off the rugged Alpine crash site where 150 people died when their plane on a flight from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany, slammed into a mountain Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Fabrice Balsamo, Gendarmerie Nationale)

    France Gets Audio From Jet’s Black Box, Hunts for 2nd One

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — French investigators cracked open a mangled black box and extracted audio from its cockpit voice recorder Wednesday, but gleaned no explanation for... Read more

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    Spanish, German Towns Tied Together in Plane Crash Tragedy

    HALTERN, Germany—They were supposed to be the lucky ones — the 14 girls and two boys chosen by a lottery from dozens of 10th graders... Read more

  • A Spanish flag flies at half staff for the victims of the Germanwings passenger jet, in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The plane carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps region as it traveled from Barcelona to Duesseldorf in Germany. (AP/Andres Kudacki)

    Spanish, German Towns Tied Together in Plane Crash Tragedy

    HALTERN, Germany—They were supposed to be the lucky ones — the 14 girls and two boys chosen by a lottery from dozens of 10th graders... Read more

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko makes a statement to the media, with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (AP/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Ukraine’s President Dismisses Powerful Regional Governor

    KIEV, Ukraine—Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko dismissed the billionaire governor of an eastern region Wednesday following a rancorous dispute pitting the tycoon against the government. Poroshenko’s... Read more

  • Ukrainian Officials Detained During Government Meeting

    KIEV, Ukraine— Ukrainian police have detained the head of the state emergency service and his deputy on suspicion of fraud during a televised government meeting... Read more

  • A Germanwings passenger jet carrying at least 150 people crashed Tuesday in a snowy, remote section of the French Alps, sounding like an avalanche as it scattered pulverized debris across the mountain. (AP/Claude Paris)

    Damaged Black Box, 2 Minutes Key Clues in Alpine Jet Crash

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France—A cockpit voice recorder badly damaged when a German jetliner slammed into an Alpine mountainside and a crucial two-minute span when the pilot lost... Read more

  • In this Dec. 2, 2014 picture Gerhard Krossing, manager of the VAKOMA company, poses at a machine after an interview with The Associated Press  in Magdeburg, Germany.  VAKOMA produces heavy gear drives and drive systems for turbo compressors as well as mills and kilns for the cement industry. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    German Business Confidence Posts 5Th Straight Increase

    BERLIN— A closely watched survey is showing a bigger-than-expected increase in German business confidence as managers in Europe’s biggest economy take a brighter view of... Read more

  • The first video footage appears to capture the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Here’s First Video Footage of Germanwings Crash Site in Alps

    The first video footage appears to capture the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps. The raw footage was uploaded by Airlive.net, a website that... Read more

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    ISIS ‘Likely’ to Attempt Chlorine Gas Terrorist Attack in London Subway: Expert

    An expert on chemical warfare has said ISIS terrorists who are coming back to the U.K. could carry out a chlorine gas attack in the... Read more


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