World Cup carnage after European heavyweight Belgium humbled by Morocco

And you thought what’s been happening in Federation Square has been bad. Police used water cannon and tear gas after coming under attack from football supporters who brought havoc to the center of Brussels following Morocco’s shock 2-0 World Cup win over Belgium in Qatar. Dozens of fans smashed shop windows, threw fireworks and torched … Read more

Italy’s draft budget centres on energy aid

Italy’s new far-right government unveiled its 2023 draft budget on Tuesday, with most of the nearly 35 billion euros in spending going on the energy crisis rather than flashy electoral promises. More than 21 billion euros will go towards supporting households and businesses in the face of soaring utility bills, leaving little left over for … Read more

Poland says blast likely caused by Ukraine missile in accident

Western leaders played down fears Wednesday that a deadly missile blast in eastern Poland could herald a dangerous escalation in the war Russia launched against Ukraine, blaming stray anti-aircraft fire. Poland and NATO said the explosion was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile snacked to intercept a Russian barrage, but that Moscow was … Read more

Macron, Scholz set for frosty lunch amid Paris-Berlin tensions

French President Emmanuel Macron will host German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for lunch Wednesday, with the leaders hoping to stop back differences on energy and defense and revitalize the European Union’s key double act. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — less than three months after Scholz took office last December — pitched their countries into crisis mode … Read more

EU launches training mission for Ukraine troops

The EU on Monday stepped up its military support for Kyiv by launching a mission to train 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers and providing 500 million euros more for weapons. Ukraine’s Minister Dmytro Kuleba Foreign addressed a meeting of his EU counterparts via video link from a shelter in Kyiv and urged them to provide more air … Read more

Brussels recommends Bosnia for EU candidate status

The European Commission on Wednesday said it was recommending that EU countries give Bosnia candidacy status to join the bloc. “The Commission recommends that candidate status be granted to Bosnia and Herzegovina by the (European) Council on the understanding that a number of steps are taken,” commissioner for enlargement Oliver Varhelyi tweeted after making the … Read more

Major football stadium tragedies | Townsville Bulletin

The stampede at a domestic football match in eastern Indonesia that led to at least 125 deaths late on Saturday is the latest in a long line of football stadium tragedies. AFP Sport highlights some of the worst: May 24, 1964 RUSSIA – Mystery still surrounds the total number who died when there was a … Read more

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘terrorist attack’ as ‘sabotage’ speculation swirls over Gazprom pipeline

It could take up to two weeks before the unexplained gas leaks on the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea can be inspected, the Danish defense minister said on Wednesday. Due to the pressure inside the pipes and the amount of gas leaking “the reality is that it can easily take one or two … Read more

Italy’s far-right Meloni begins tricky government talks

Italian far-right leader Giorgia Meloni and her allies began Tuesday what is likely to be a weeks-long process of forming a new government, with crises looming on several fronts. Meloni’s post-fascist Brothers of Italy party, which triumphed in Sunday’s elections, has no experience of power but must assemble a cross-party team to tackle sky-high inflation … Read more

Iran vows ‘no leniency’ against wave of women-led protests

Iran’s judiciary chief vowed no leniency Sunday against the wave of unrest that has rocked the country since the death of young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police. The warning by the head of the Judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, came after nine nights of protests and street clashes and echoed … Read more