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France's Macron defends controversial policy in first TV appearance

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday made his first TV appearance since he took office on May 7, aiming to explain his controversial reform, which is criticized by the discontent as favoring the rich.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 8:16:17

Three dead as Portugal suffers over 400 forest fires

Three people have died and at least 25 others were injured as Sunday turned into Portugal's worst day of the year for forest fires, local media reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 8:15:59

31-year-old Kurz set to become new Austrian Chancellor, world's youngest leader

The People's Party (OVP) led by Austria's young Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz becomes the strongest party in the parliament by receiving 31.7 percent of the vote in Sunday's election, the latest projection by pollster SORA for ORF showed on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 8:06:09

Austria's OVP becomes strongest party in national council of Austria: election projection

Austra's young Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz's Austrian People's Party (OVP) becomes the strongest party in national council of Austria by receiving 30.2 percent of the votes in Sunday's election, according to the first projection by pollster SORA for ORF.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 0:01:12

French air disaster

French soldiers and rescuers prepare to pull the remains of a cargo plane that crashed off Ivory Coast on Saturday. The plane was chartered by the French army as part of the anti-jihadist Operation Barkhane. Four were dead and six others injured in the crash of the aircraft, which had 10 people on board. Photo: VCG
Source: VCG | 2017/10/15 23:53:39

Rightward Austria shift could be new headache

Austrians were voting Sunday in a watershed election tipped to see conservative Sebastian Kurz, 31, become the EU’s youngest leader and form an alliance with the far-right, in the bloc’s latest populist test.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/15 23:43:39

Flowery tradition

Young people sport traditional Chinese costumes in a parade to mark the 2017 World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday. Photo: IC
Source: IC | 2017/10/15 23:33:39

German state of Lower Saxony goes to polls

Voters in the German state of Lower Saxony headed to the polls on Sunday in an election likely to hand the Social Democrats (SPD) a narrow victory, and deprive Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives of a boost in looming national coalition talks.
Source: Reuters | 2017/10/15 23:33:39

Isolated outpost of St. Helena welcomes its first commercial flight

One of humanity’s most isolated outposts joined the 21st century on Saturday when the British island of St. Helena, home to “the world’s most useless airport,” welcomed its first commercial flight. As the inaugural plane from Johannesburg touched down on the forbidding volcanic outcrop in the middle of the south Atlantic, the travel and history buffs on board clapped and cheered.
Source: Reuters | 2017/10/15 23:13:40

Britain braces for Ophelia

Britain and Ireland braced Sunday for a lashing from Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, after it dumped heavy rains on Portugal’s Azores islands.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/15 23:13:39

Cravat Day marked in Zagreb, Croatia

Statue of Ban Josip Jelacic with a red cravat is seen in Zagreb, Croatia, on Oct. 14, 2017. People celebrate Cravat Day here to commemorate the cravat as a national cultural heritage on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 11:15:11

People visit NATO's training center on open day in Poland

A boy tries on a Kevlar helmet with night vision goggles on NATO Day in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Oct. 14, 2017. NATO has a training center in the city and offers the public opportunities to visit on the open day.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 11:13:58

Russia confirms upcoming visit of British foreign secretary

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will visit Moscow and both countries are preparing for it, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday without giving the time frame.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 6:46:18

Totally 172 immigrants saved by Spanish Maritime Rescue services in last 24 hours

Spanish Maritime Rescue Services confirmed on Saturday that over the past 24 hours they have rescued 172 immigrants who were attempting to make the dangerous sea crossing between North Africa and Spain.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 6:46:05

Spanish minister says any unclear response from Puigdemont to be taken as "yes"

Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said on Saturday that any vague answer from Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont over whether or not he declared the independence of the Catalan region from Spain Tuesday would be taken as a "yes" by the Spanish government who would then take steps to suspend the autonomy of the region.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 6:45:48

4 IS supporters detained in Russia for allegedly plotting attacks

Russia has detained four supporters of the Islamic States (IS) on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks in the country's Republic of Dagestan, the National Anti-terrorism Committee (NAC) said Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 6:45:33

Jail threat for people caught carrying acid in Britain in bid to cut attacks

People carrying corrosives, such as acids, without good reason, face six months in prison under a package of measures announced Saturday by British Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 6:45:20

Controversial electoral reform process certified in Italy

The Italian government on Friday certified the results of a series of confidence votes, saving the government of Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni from an embarrassing political crisis and removing one of the last barriers before elections can take place next year.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/14 7:31:38