Cardinal Becciu: Vatican official resigns unexpectedly

High ranking Vatican official Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu has unexpectedly resigned from office, the Holy See has announced. He previously worked as the second most senior official in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. Cardinal Becciu became involved in a controversial deal to buy a luxury London building with church funds as an investment. The deal […]

‘Corona dogs’ deployed at Helsinki airport to sniff out COVID-19

Four sniffer dogs have been deployed at Helsinki airport to detect COVID-19 as part of a pilot project. Researchers at the University of Helsinki, who are overseeing the scheme, flagged in a statement released on Thursday that specially-trained “corona dogs” have a success rate of sniffing out the deadly virus ranging from 94 to 100 per cent […]

Madeleine McCann suspect loses rape case appeal in EU top court ruling

The prime suspect in the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann has had an appeal rejected by Europe’s highest court. Christian B, who was identified as a suspect in the McCann case in June, challenged the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) that saw him extradited from Italy to Germany over the rape of […]

Toy safety: Commission consults on limiting aniline in toys

Today, the Commission launched a public consultation on limiting values for aniline in toys in order to enhance the protection of children’s health. Aniline, which may be bound to colorants in toy materials, such as textiles or leather, is suspected to cause cancer and induce heritable mutations in the germ cells of humans. The Commission […]

MEPs question whether the new Migration Pact will bring about real change

The new Migration Pact is insufficient for the majority of EP groups. Some demand compulsory relocation of refugees; others want a firmer stance on irregular arrivals. The Civil Liberties Committee held a first debate about the Commission’s proposals with Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner Ylva Johansson on Thursday. Some MEPs considered the initiative to be “a step […]

50 people smugglers arrested in international operation led by Frontex

From 11 to 21 September, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, together with Austria led an international operation against serious and organised cross-border crime in Central and South Eastern Europe. The operation, known as Joint Action Day (JAD) Danube 5, was the first joint action day organised by Frontex under COVID-19 conditions and […]

Raspy-voiced French singer Juliette Greco dead at 93

Juliette Greco, a French singer, actress, cultural icon and muse to existentialist philosophers of the country’s post-War period, has died, French media said Wednesday. She was 93. They said Greco died in her Ramatuelle house in the south of France, near Saint Tropez. President Emmanuel Macron described Greco as ” elegance and freedom” in a […]