European shares flat as uncertainties on trade war, Turkey remain

By Julien Ponthus LONDON, Aug 17 : European shares were steady in early trade on Friday as investors were cautious about the Turkish lira’s recovery as well as the latest efforts by China and the United States’ to avert a trade war. While the mood was upbeat on Wall Street with gains for the main […]

Europe’s stocks wilt; US sanctions slam Russia’s rouble

By Marc Jones LONDON, Aug 9 : European stock markets struggled on Thursday with trade war worries, Russia’s rouble tumbled after the United States imposed fresh sanctions on the country and Turkey’s lira dropped to a new low. A rally in Chinese stocks had helped offset the latest escalation in the Sino-US trade war in […]

Europe sizzles as heatwave intensifies across continent

By Axel Bugge LISBON, Aug 3 : Temperatures in Spain and Portugal soared to near record highs on Friday as part of Europe’s heatwave and governments put emergency services on alert for forest fires. Iberia’s heatwave, caused by hot air from North Africa, is the most severe since 2003. Elsewhere, summer has brought forest fires […]

Spain to invest $35 mln in initial costs of migrant influx

By Isla Binnie MADRID, July 30 : Spain aims to invest 30 million euros ($35.1 million) in an emergency plan to manage its new status as the main destination for seaborne migration from Africa, the government said. During two months in office, Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has asserted his liberal credentials by offering to […]

Over 600 migrants force entry into North African Spanish enclave

By Sam Edwards MADRID, July 26 : More than 600 African migrants forced their way through the heavily fortified border fence separating the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco on Thursday, using circular saws, shears and mallets to cut through the wire. Around 800 migrants tried to push through the barrier at dawn, […]

Bosnian border-town mayors demand government help migrants

By Maja Zuvela and Dado Ruvic SARAJEVO/VELIKA KLADUSA, Bosnia, July 26 : Mayors and councillors from Bosnian border towns staged a rare protest in the capital on Thursday, demanding the government do more to help them handle thousands of migrants camped out near their towns and cities. About 50 local politicians from communities along the […]