Sweden becomes first EU country to recognise the Palestinian State
Sweden officially recognises the State of Palestine, the country’s foreign minister has announced, making it the first European Union country to do so. “Today, the government takes the decision to recognise the state of Palestine,” Margot Wallstrom said in a Thursday statement. “It is an important step that confirms the ...

Italian President Napolitano denies knowing of Mafia deal

29.10.2014 [22:45]
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has denied knowing of any secret talks between the state and the Mafia, while appearing as a witness at a trial. Prosecutors accuse ministers, police chiefs and the Mafia of colluding to calm rampant violence in the 1990s ...
Australian doctors perform pioneering heart transplants

Australian doctors perform pioneering heart transplants

28.10.2014 [16:09]
Pioneering heart transplant surgery announced Friday in Australia may lead to a new option for patients awaiting transplants by boosting the number of donor hearts available. Doctors at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney said they performed three successful transplants of hearts that had naturally stopped beating in the donor, rather than using the typical ...
President Dilma Rousseff wins re-election in Brazil

President Dilma Rousseff wins re-election in Brazil

27.10.2014 [22:50]
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff won a hotly contested runoff election on Sunday. With more than 99% of votes counted, the incumbent Rousseff had 51.59% of the vote, according to official results. Opposition candidate Aecio Neves garnered 48.41%. Neves said he called to congratulate Rousseff, who thanked voters on Twitter late Sunday for their support ...
Poroshenko claims landslide victory for pro-western parties in Ukraine elections

Poroshenko claims landslide victory for pro-western parties in Ukraine elections

27.10.2014 [16:45]
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday claimed a landlside victory for pro-western parties in the country's key parliamentary elections. More than half of the votes went to pro-government parties, and "a constitutional majority" of more than 75 per cent of voters supported the country's course towards Europe, Poroshenko said in a statement ...
Google's Alan Eustace beats Baumgartner's skydiving record

Google's Alan Eustace beats Baumgartner's skydiving record

26.10.2014 [15:49]
A senior Google vice president, Alan Eustace, has broken the world altitude record for a parachute jump set in 2012 by Austrian Felix Baumgartner, according to BBC News. Mr Eustace was carried by a large helium balloon from New Mexico to over 40km (25 miles) above the earth ...
Two dead, including gunman, in Washington High School Shooting

Two dead, including gunman, in Washington High School Shooting

25.10.2014 [18:49]
A high school student opened fire Friday morning at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state Friday morning, killing at least one person before turning the gun on himself. A spokesman for the Marysville Police Department told TIME that “multiple” people were injured in the incident. Four patients were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center ...
Boeing sells first parts to Iran since 1979

Boeing sells first parts to Iran since 1979

24.10.2014 [20:26]
Boeing has sold plane parts to Iran Air, the first time it has done business with the Tehran's national carrier since the 1979 hostage crisis, the US aviation firm reported. The sales generated $120,000 in revenue, Boeing said, ending a 35-year break in business ...
Sweden submarine search called off

Sweden submarine search called off

24.10.2014 [19:00]
The Swedish military has called off its week-long search for a suspected submarine in the sea south of Stockholm, according to BBC News. Naval vessels and planes have been searching the Stockholm archipelago for the last week, amid suspicions a Russian submarine was in trouble there ...

France reclaims title as world’s largest wine maker

France reclaims title as world’s largest wine maker

24.10.2014 [17:36]
France has reclaimed its crown as world’s biggest wine producer after a poor 2014 harvest saw Italy’s wine production plunge 15 percent. French vignerons will produce around 46.2 million hectolitres of wine, about 6.16 billion ...
Total's CEO dies in Moscow plane crash

Total's CEO dies in Moscow plane crash

21.10.2014 [12:40]
Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive of French oil company Total, has died in an air crash in Moscow. His corporate jet collided with a snow plough and then was engulfed in flames. All four people on board were killed. ...

Lufthansa cancels flights due to pilots strike; train stoppage strands millions

20.10.2014 [20:25]
German airline Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) cancelled 1,450 flights after a pilots union called for a strike on Monday and Tuesday, adding to travellers' misery after millions were left stranded by a weekend-long train drivers' stoppage. Lufthansa said late on Sunday more than 200,000 passengers and two thirds of its ...
Japanese Trade minister resigns

Japanese Trade minister resigns

20.10.2014 [13:23]
Yuko Obuchi, economy, trade and industry minister of Japan resigned on Monday to take responsibility over her political groups` funding irregularities, according to the Japan News. ...

Sweden contributes medical care efforts in the fight against Ebola in West Africa

17.10.2014 [22:28]
The Government has decided to contribute an additional SEK 100 million in humanitarian support to efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The new funds are to be channelled through the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency ...
Norway extends military conscription to women

Norway extends military conscription to women

15.10.2014 [22:20]
Norway on Tuesday voted to extend military service to women, saying the step was meant to expand the talent pool for its armed forces. ...

Scientists create new material that may allow us to breathe underwater

15.10.2014 [17:34]
Scientists at the University of Southern Denmark have created a material that can store oxygen in high concentrations and released when needed. A bucket full (10 litres, or around 22 pounds) of the material is enough to suck up all the oxygen in an average sized room. Think about how long you could breathe in a sealed ...
Darwin residents feel Indonesian quake

Darwin residents feel Indonesian quake

14.10.2014 [22:53]
Darwin has been shaken by a magnitude 5.4 earthquake in Indonesia's Banda Sea, but a seismologist says people closer to the epicentre may not have felt a thing. ...
U.K. parliament passes non-binding motion to recognize Palestinian state

U.K. parliament passes non-binding motion to recognize Palestinian state

14.10.2014 [21:52]
The British parliament voted Monday in favor of a non-binding motion to recognize the state of Palestine, in a majority vote of 274-12. The vote, which followed a debate that lasted nearly five hours, has no practical significance since it does not oblige the British government to change its current policy of recognizing ...

Ukraine's parliament approves president's choice for defence minister

14.10.2014 [18:57]
Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday approved National Guard chief Stepan Poltorak as defence minister following his nomination by President Petro Poroshenko. Poltorak, 49, a colonel-general, replaces Valery Heletey who faced criticism for a rout of Ukrainian forces by separatists in the east of the country at the end of August. ...