Ryanair strike hits 55,000 customers across Europe

Ryanair strike hits 55,000 customers across Europe

DUBLIN/BERLIN: faced its worst one-day strike on Friday after a walk-out by pilots in five European countries disrupted the plans of an estimated 55,000 travellers with the budget airline at the height of the summer holiday stage. Ryanair, which averted widespread strikes before last Christmas by agreeing to recognise unions for the first time in its 30-year history, has been unable to quell rising protests over slow progress in negotiating […]

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Greece accuses Russia of ‘arbitrary‘ diplomat expulsions

Greece accuses Russia of ‘arbitrary‘ diplomat expulsions

ATHENS: on Friday said Russian expulsions of Greek diplomats were “arbitrary” and not based on evidence, after a similar move by Athens last month. “The Russian side‘s decision is arbitrary, retaliatory and not based on any evidence,” the Greek foreign ministry said in a statement. “We want to remind our Russian friends that no country in the world would tolerate attempts to a) bribe state officials, b) undermine its foreign […]

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Russia slams social media broker‘s claim that it may target Indian polls

Russia slams social media broker‘s claim that it may target Indian polls

NEW DELHI: Russia today dismissed as “false” a social media broker‘s claim that Moscow may interfere in elections in countries such as India through their media and said it will never act against Indian interests. The strong reaction from the Russian Embassy here came after Philip N Howard, an University social media broker, last week made the claim during a hearing of the US Senate Intelligence Committee on Foreign Influence […]

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Hunting for ‘black gold‘ in Albania‘s lawless truffle trade

Hunting for ‘black gold‘ in Albania‘s lawless truffle trade

PESHTAN: Threats, poisoned dogs and massacred trees: ‘s forests are gripped by a war over truffles, the prized and pricey fungi known in this poor European country as “black gold”. Evgjeni Pano, a 28-year-old truffle hunter, sets gone to pieces every morning into Albania‘s southern mountains with her husband and woolly-haired dogs, Lajka and Boss, who are trained to track down the pungent culinary delights and gently unearth them from […]

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Germany jails couple jailed for pimping young son online

Germany jails couple jailed for pimping young son online

FREIBURG: A German court Tuesday handed down lengthy jail sentences to a couple for repeatedly sexually abusing their young son and selling him to paedophiles online for more than two years. In a case that shocked the country and raised serious questions about , the regional court in sentenced the boy‘s mother, Berrin Taha, to 12-and-a-half years in prison. Her husband , the boy‘s stepfather whom he called “papa”, received […]

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