Siberian blizzards blast Britain and Ireland as Storm Emma approaches

By Elisabeth O’Leary and Padraic Halpin EDINBURGH/DUBLIN, March 1 : Snow storms from Siberia blasted Britain and Ireland on Thursday with the worst weather since 1991, trapping several hundred motorists on roads in Scotland, closing thousands of schools, grounding planes and halting trains. With up to 90 cm of snow and temperatures as low as […]

Pesticides put bees at risk, European watchdog confirms

By Kate Kelland LONDON, Feb 28 : Wild bees and honeybees are put at risk by three pesticides from a group known as neonicotinoids, Europe’s food safety watchdog said on Wednesday, confirming previous concerns that prompted an EU-wide ban on use of the chemicals. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report, which covered wild bees […]

European shares dip as earnings fail to dispel Wall Street gloom

By Julien Ponthus LONDON, Feb 28 : European shares opened lower on Wednesday as a batch of corporate results failed to change the negative trend set on Wall Street overnight on signs that U.S. interest rates could rise faster than expected. At 0900 GMT, the pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.3 percent with most […]

Two killed as snow, sub-zero temperatures paralyse Europe

By Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST, Feb 27 : Two people were found dead in Romania as snow and sub-zero temperatures across much of Europe saw flights cancelled, road and rail transport disrupted and schools closed on Tuesday. A Siberian weather system forecasters have called the “beast from the east” brought the coldest temperatures for years to […]

Rare snow storm disrupts flights, shuts schools in Rome

By Philip Pullella ROME, Feb 26 : A rare snow storm in Rome on Monday disrupted transport, shut down schools and prompted Italian authorities to call in the army to help clear the streets. Piazza Venezia, Rome’s central square which is usually a cacophony of car horns and a tangle of traffic, was eerily empty, […]

Macron plans tighter asylum rules in test of parliamentary majority

By Julie Carriat and Ingrid Melander PARIS, Feb 21 : President Emmanuel Macron’s government on Wednesday proposed toughening France’s immigration and asylum laws despite strident criticism from human rights groups, in a move that will test the unity of his left-and-right majority. The bill will double to 90 days the time in which illegal migrants […]