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Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram users report outages

Thousands having difficulty accessing social networks, says tracking siteFacebook was inaccessible to some users on Sunday, according to Downdetector, a website that monitors outages.The site showed there had been more than 9,000 reports of problems accessing Facebook. Its live outage map showed the issues had mainly cropped up in Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Europe Continue, Downdetector


EasyJet warns of slow summer sales amid Brexit uncertainty

Budget airline says it is well prepared for UK’s exit from EU but profits may be affectedEasyJet has warned that it expects profits for 2019 to be hit by falling demand, with passengers spooked by economic uncertainty and Brexit.The budget airline said it was now more cautious about the summer season after weaker ticket sales in the UK and across Europe. Continue reading...
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No-deal Brexit 'would require direct rule in Northern Ireland'

Civil service union chief says mandarins cannot be expected to make political decisionsFollow the day’s political developments - live updatesThe head of the senior civil servants’ union has called for direct rule to be imposed in Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Dave Penman, the general secretary of the FDA, said public sector employees in the province could not be expected to make increasingly political decisions with major security and economic implications if the UK crashed o...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Civil Service, Northern Ireland, Devolution, Fda, Sinn Féin, Brexit, Europe Continue, Democratic Unionist party (DUP, Brexit Dave Penman


Australia to introduce rules about sedating or restraining nursing home residents

Aged care minister says he was disturbed by footage of elderly men being chemically and physically restrainedOn the eve of the royal commission into the aged care sector’s first hearing, the Morrison government has flagged new regulations on the use of chemical and physical restraints in nursing homes.There are no rules in Australia governing the use of restraints in aged care facilities, unlike the US, Britain and Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Australian media, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Morrison, Europe Continue, US Britain, Aged Care, Royal commission into aged care


Supercoppa controversy rages over Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women

Protests over the decision to hold the Italian Super Cup in Jeddah have grown since murder of Jamal Khashoggi in OctoberWhen, early last June, the Italian football league agreed a €20m deal to play three of the next five Italian super cups in Saudi Arabia, it provoked very little controversy. This is, after all, a trophy that has frequently been decided on foreign soil, sometimes in quite unlikely locations.In 2002, the year that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi bought 6.4m shares in Juventus, the Superc...
Tags: Europe, Milan, Saudi Arabia, China, Football, Qatar, Sport, World news, United States, Middle East and North Africa, European club football, Italy, Serie A, Muammar Gaddafi, Juventus, Parma


It’s not just Europe – toxic imperial nostalgia has infected the world | Elif Shafak

Populism preys on rose-tinted memories of past glories and distorts it into something ugly“The Russians blame everything on their government, the Americans on their parents, and the Poles on history.” So said the Russian-born American poet Joseph Brodsky. If he were alive today, he might have added: “And the leading Brexiters blame everything on the loss of an imaginary past.” The seeds of this nostalgia were, of course, present in Britain long before the referendum, but years of austerity and i...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Germany, UK News, Turkey, Hungary, Britain, The far right, Boris Johnson, Europe Continue, Elif Shafak, Joseph Brodsky


Electric bike-sharing company Lime launches in UK

San Francisco firm backed by Uber puts 50 e-bikes on to streets of Milton KeynesThe Uber-backed electric scooter and bike-sharing company Lime has launched its first UK operation with dockless e-bikes in Milton Keynes.The Californian transportation company, which launched in early 2017 but is already valued at $1.1bn (£860m), has spread rapidly across the US and parts of Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Technology, US, San Francisco, UK News, Transport, Lime, Europe Continue, Cycle hire schemes, Milton KeynesThe Uber, Milton Keynes The Californian


Poland's president addresses far right at independence march

Nationalists burning flares and carrying fascist flags marched at same time as politiciansMore than 200,000 people are estimated to have taken part in a controversial independence-day march through central Warsaw on Sunday, after a last-minute agreement was struck between senior politicians and the event’s far-right organisers.The March of Independence, organised by nationalist and far-right groups and held annually in the Polish capital on 11 November to commemorate the anniversary of the re-es...
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Fears of violence as Polish state intervenes in nationalist march

Row over annual far-right rally overshadows preparations for independence centenaryPreparations for Sunday’s centenary of the restoration of Polish independence descended into farce this week with a bewildering series of events surrounding a nationalist march due to take place in central Warsaw.The March of Independence, organised by nationalist and far-right groups and held annually in the Polish capital on 11 November to commemorate the anniversary of the re-establishment of Poland’s independe...
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Convicted trafficker leaves Bulgaria's Celebrity Big Brother after protests

Rapper Ivan Glavchev departs show for ‘personal reasons’, amid complaints over his jail term for coercing women and a child into prostitution A Bulgarian rapper who was convicted of trafficking multiple women and a child into prostitution has announced his sudden departure from Bulgaria’s Celebrity Big Brother following protests from women’s rights campaigners.The sight of a convicted human trafficker on one of Bulgaria’s biggest reality TV shows has generated little media attention. Yet in rece...
Tags: Europe, Television, Media, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Global development, Bulgaria, Europe Continue, Ivan Glavchev, Ivan Glavchev AKA Vanko


UK and Irish teenagers among worst in Europe for problem drinking

Figures in WHO study of 15-year-olds also show large declines in proportion of those who have been drunk at least twice Young teenagers in the UK and Ireland are among the worst in Europe for drunkenness, health experts say, although alcohol consumption in the age group has fallen significantly across the continent in recent years.A World Health Organization (WHO) study found that a greater proportion of 15-year-old girls in the UK and Ireland had been drunk at least twice in their lives than in...
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Absence of Mediterranean rescue boats prompts death toll warning

Exclusive: There have been no migrant rescue boats at sea since 26 August - the longest period since operations began in 2015Thousands of migrants risk dying at sea because of a clampdown on NGO rescue ships, aid agencies have warned, in what has been the longest period of their absence in the central Mediterranean since they began operating in late 2015.Since 26 August, no NGO rescue vessel has operated on the main migration routes between north Africa and southern Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Africa, Society, World news, Charities, Voluntary sector, Migration, Italy, Global development, Mediterranean, Malta, Migration And Development, Europe Continue


No NGO rescue boats currently in central Mediterranean, agencies warn

Exclusive: The sea has had no migrant rescue boats since 26 August - the longest period since operations began in 2015Thousands of migrants risk dying at sea because of a clampdown on NGO rescue ships, aid agencies have warned, in what has been their longest period of absence from the central Mediterranean since they began operating in late 2015.Since 26 August, no NGO rescue vessel has operated on the main migration routes between north Africa and southern Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Africa, Society, World news, Charities, Voluntary sector, Migration, Italy, Global development, Mediterranean, Malta, Migration And Development, Europe Continue


Spain’s right whips up fear as migration surge hits Andalucian shores

New rightwing party leaders are convinced that immigration will be a vote-winner, but on the front line in Algeciras there is more frustration than alarmThe fan that stirs the humid air in José Villahoz’s small office does little to dissipate the heat, the fatigue or the frustration. Another summer is upon southern Spain and once again the perilous pateras (small boats) are arriving on a daily basis, once again the reception system is creaking under their weight, and once again, Villahoz says, t...
Tags: Europe, Spain, World news, Migration, Italy, Malta, Algeciras, Europe Continue, José Villahoz, Villahoz


Kieran Hodgson review – Brexit history skit is jam-packed with funny

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghTed Heath and Harold Wilson feature in a terrific caricature comedy that traces Britain’s EU troubles back to the 70sArguments about Europe, sovereignty, Britain’s place in the world – they’ve all happened before, says Kieran Hodgson. The 2016 referendum was just a cover version. In his new show, ’75, the two-time Edinburgh comedy award nominee traces the roots of our current Brexit malaise back to the 60s and 70s. Few comedy shows since Mike Yarwood’s heyday have l...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Foreign Policy, Stage, Festivals, Cameron, Edinburgh, Hodgson, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath


Ice, fans and water: Europeans keep cool in the heatwave – in pictures

As the Met Office forecasts record-breaking temperatures of nearly 50C in Portugal and Spain, people do their best to stay cool across Europe Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Weather, Photography, Spain, UK News, World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Portugal, Met Office, Europe Continue


Questions hang over Nato stability as summit draws closer

Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg attempts to defeat scepticism before Trump visitSceptism greeted Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg when he claimed the transatlantic bond that glues Nato together is not weakening but actually strengthening.The sentiment was expressed at Lancaster House in London where Stoltenberg made the remark to an audience of mainly defence and foreign policy specialists. And the scepticism would almost certainly be shared in capitals across Europe. Continue rea...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, Angela Merkel, Russia, World news, Defence policy, Nato, Donald Trump, Brexit, Trump, Jens Stoltenberg, Europe Continue, Lancaster House, Stoltenberg, Trump Administration


Essential to avoid disaster of hard Irish border, says Tony Blair

Former PM, speaking after 20 years of Good Friday agreement, says Brexit must be managedTony Blair has accepted that Britain and Ireland will have to work around rather than reverse Brexit in order to prevent a hard border on the island and preserve the Good Friday agreement.While stressing he was still “passionately opposed” to Brexit and regarded the UK leaving the EU as a “profound mistake”, the former prime minister said that the two countries would have to “overcome the challenge” posed by ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, UK News, World news, Britain, Ireland, Bill Clinton, Northern Ireland, Tony Blair, Sinn Féin, Gerry Adams, Peter Robinson, Brexit, Blair, Europe Continue


Why our new pan-Europe party will campaign in Britain in 2019 | Yanis Varoufakis and Benoît Hamon

All the peoples of Europe – whether EU members or not – face common crises. Only by working together can we solve themThe European Union and the UK are on a cliff edge. Left to its Brussels-based establishment, the EU continues to turn against most of its people who, as a consequence, turn against Brussels. Meanwhile, facing an immensely damaging Brexit, the people of Britain are becoming despondent. This is the moment for British and continental progressives to forge a close alliance.Next year’...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Article 50, Yanis Varoufakis, Brexit, Europe Continue, Benoit Hamon


WHO warns over measles immunisation rates as cases rise 400% across Europe

2017 saw more than 21,000 cases and 35 deaths, with large outbreaks in one in four countries, says World Health OrganisationMeasles cases have soared across Europe over the last year, with large outbreaks affecting one in four countries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) which is concerned by low rates of immunisation against the disease.WHO Europe says there has been a 400% increase during 2017, with more than 21,000 cases and 35 deaths. That will be a major disappointment follow...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Society, Infectious Diseases, MMR, Who, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, World Health Organisation WHO, Europe Continue, WHO Europe


Top 20 family summer holidays in Europe

Want sea, sandcastles, adventure, a city break, camping, just a pool? We pick holidays across Europe to keep everyone, from tiny tots to sulky teens, in a sunny mood Related: 20 of the best family campsites in Europe Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Hotels, Life and style, Family Holidays, Self-catering, Beach Holidays, Water Sports Holidays, Summer Holidays, Activities For Children, Camping Holidays, Europe Holidays, Europe Continue


Warning of 'utter chaos' if May ends EU free movement next March

Campaigners say PM does not understand impact on EU citizens and Britons in EuropeCampaigners for the rights of EU citizens in the UK have predicted “utter chaos” in Britain after Theresa May vowed to stop freedom of movement for all Europeans coming to the country next March.Activists in Europe campaigning for the rights of Britons said they were “horrified” by the prime minister’s statement in China on Wednesday, saying it showed she did not understand that everything she planned for EU citize...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, China, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Migration, Article 50, Brexit, Europe Continue


Interpol circulates list of suspected Isis fighters believed to be in Italy

Exclusive: Interpol believes the 50 suspects, all Tunisian nationals, may be attempting to reach other European countriesInterpol has circulated a list of 50 suspected Islamic State fighters who it believes have recently landed in Italy by boat, and may be attempting to reach other European countries.The list, obtained by the Guardian, was drafted by the general secretariat of the international police organisation. It was sent on 29 November to the Italian interior ministry, which subsequently d...
Tags: Europe, Isis, Islamic State, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Italy, Tunisia, Interpol, Interior Ministry, Europe Continue


Crown jewel: the soft power of William and Kate’s Nordic visit

Royal couple will offer plenty of photo-ops but their real aim is to bolster Britain’s influenceFrom the colourful cobbled squares of Stockholm to the snowy enchantment of Holmenkollen hill, Oslo, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to both countries next week will deliver myriad photo-ops to saturate local media.The royal couple will also deliver, the Foreign Office hopes, a clear message: Britain may be leaving the EU, but we are still part of Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, Eu, UK News, Britain, Cambridge, Monarchy, Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge, Norway, Kate, William, Duke, Stockholm, Foreign Office, Oslo


Burning wood for power is ‘misguided’ say climate experts

Using biomass instead of fossil fuels may not be the answer to averting global warmingPolicies aimed at limiting climate change by boosting the burning of biomass contain critical flaws that could actually damage attempts to avert dangerous levels of global warming in the future. That is the stark view of one of Britain’s chief climate experts, Professor John Beddington, who has warned that relying on the cutting down and burning of trees as a replacement for the use of fossil fuels could reboun...
Tags: UK, Britain, Europe Continue, Beddington, John Beddington


Climate change 'will create world's biggest refugee crisis'

Experts warn refugees could number tens of millions in the next decade, and call for a new legal framework to protect the most vulnerable Tens of millions of people will be forced from their homes by climate change in the next decade, creating the biggest refugee crisis the world has ever seen, according to a new report.Senior US military and security experts have told the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) study that the number of climate refugees will dwarf those that have fled the Syrian ...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, US, Drought, World news, Refugees, Europe Continue, Environmental Justice Foundation EJF


Beyond Catalonia: pro-independence movements in Europe

Nationhood and autonomy are issues that transcend north-east Spain, with others wanting to redraw the map of Europe Continue reading...
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'My people will disappear': Rohingya call for Bradford to offer sanctuary again

West Yorkshire city with biggest Rohingya community in Europe urged to give safe haven to those fleeing crackdown in MyanmarNijam Uddin Mohammed recalls vividly his first day in Bradford: “Ninth of December 2008 – the most life-changing date of my life.” He remembers the eight-hour flight from Dubai to Manchester and the biting winter air when they landed. The hour-long coach journey up the M62, and his dad being confused about why people weren’t walking on the road, as they did in Bangladesh.He...
Tags: Europe, UK News, World news, Migration, Bradford, Manchester, Refugees, Dubai, West Yorkshire, Bangladesh, Rohingya, Europe Continue, MyanmarNijam Uddin Mohammed


Accessing cities with a disability: what have your experiences been?

Inaccessible venues and public spaces are a daily occurrence for most disabled people, whether at home or on holiday. We want to hear from Guardian readers with a disability about your experiences of accessing cities, good or badLast year Chester was named the most accessible city in Europe, selected from 43 cities in 21 countries for its achievements in creating a disability-friendly environment across many different sectors. Related: Roman holiday: how Chester became the most accessible city...
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Plots, leaks and Brexit tweaks – Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart is joined by Owen Jones, Rowena Mason, Anand Menon and Alan Travis to discuss a leaked government document on how to manage post-Brexit EU migration. Plus we hear from Alison McGovern on her campaign to keep Britain in the single market and from Jessica Elgot on how Brexit has brought a new breed of rebellious MPsAfter a summer of tetchy exchanges between the government and Brussels, parliament returns with masses of complex Brexit legislation and not much time to pass it. This w...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Home Office, Guardian, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Alan Travis, Alison Mcgovern



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