Some 146 migrants feared dead after shipwreck, sole survivor says

By Steve Scherer ROME, Mar 29 : A rubber boat packed with 147 migrants sank in the Mediterranean and all but one of its passengers drowned, the sole survivor – a 16-year-old Gambian boy – told rescuers, the International Migration Organization (IOM) said today. A Spanish frigate, the Canarias, found the boy hanging onto a […]

European shares recover, boosted by results and deal-making

By Helen Reid LONDON, Mar 28 : European shares rose on Tuesday, boosted by strong results and deal-making across the region, recovering from the previous session’s sentiment-fuelled dip. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.3 percent, with deals in focus as rumours of stake sales moved individual stocks, while criticism of the Tesco takeover […]

Belgium struggles to open police to Muslim minority

By Alissa de Carbonnel BRUSSELS, Mar 21 : Tarek Chatt says he is one of only two Brussels policemen of Moroccan descent who grew up and is working in the same streets as the Islamist militants who attacked Paris and Brussels. Police and security experts say increasing police diversity in communities like the largely Muslim […]

European shares edge up, banks gain on soothed French election nerves

By Helen Reid LONDON, Mar 21 : European shares edged up towards 15-month highs on Tuesday, with banking and oil stocks outperforming, though Sweden’s Fingerprint Cards plummeted on another profit warning. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.1 percent at 0930 GMT. Cyclical stocks were back to the fore as French election worries were […]

Italy arrests Ghanaian for trafficking, torturing migrants

By Gavin Jones ROME, Mar 18 : Italian police said on Saturday they had arrested a Ghanaian man for alleged murder, rape, kidnapping and people-smuggling after migrants he is accused of mistreating attacked him at a reception centre on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. According to the arrest warrant, the African migrants turned on 20-year-old […]