A massive urban makeover by Macedonia's former conservative government that covered the capital Skopje with neo-classical monuments will be reviewed by the country's new ruling party. The controversial revamp, dubbed Skopje 2014, includes a giant statue of Alexander the Great, bronze Macedonian
Celebrities have lent their support to a viral social media campaign calling for the release of a Tennessee woman, convicted in 2006 of shooting dead a 43-year-old man who picked her up for sex when she was 16. Cyntoia Brown, now 29, is serving a life sentence in Tennessee Women's Prison over the
Dutch Saint Martin's Prime Minister William Marlin announced his resignation Friday after a spat with The Netherlands over aid following a devastating hurricane that hit the Caribbean island. Marlin told a press conference in the island's capital Philipsburg he was quitting, Dutch media reports
Fearful of losing an uphill battle against the Italian mafia despite a ferocious 25-year fight, key figures in Italy's judiciary have called for anti-mafia hunters to think outside the box. Here are five suggestions for winning the war: - Make ordinary citizens heroes - Pier Paolo Farina, a young
Police rushed to London's busy Oxford Street shopping district on Friday after reports that shots had been fired, sparking fears of a terror incident and leaving 16 people hurt as panic swept the area. After locking down the area for more than an hour, the Metropolitan Police said officers had not
Kosovo police on Friday arrested three leading members of the main opposition party, including its founder, over the firing of tear gas in parliament last year. Albin Kurti, a member of parliament who founded the nationalist leftist Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) party, was detained by police as
Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim and Belgium's heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam were named the IAAF's men's and women's athlete of the year on Friday.
Thousands of Poles rallied across the country Friday to denounce the latest version of controversial court reforms pushed by the ruling conservatives, which critics say threaten the rule of law. Carrying red-and-white Polish flags and copies of the constitution, demonstrators in Warsaw gathered in
French filmmaker Luc Besson's production studio said Friday that it was considering "different options" to raise cash and cut costs after sinking to record losses. The announcement comes after the underwhelming box-office take for Besson's science-fiction spectacular "Valerian
England defence coach Paul Gustard has insisted his side "hit hard too" in the run-up to what is set to be a physical encounter with Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday. Pacific island teams have a reputation for ferocious tackling but England, bidding for a 22nd win in 23 Tests under Australian
President Mauricio Macri on Friday ordered an inquiry to "know the truth" about what happened to Argentina's missing San Juan submarine that disappeared with the loss its 44 crew. Speaking to reporters at the headquarters of the Argentine navy, Macri said the 34-year-old submarine had
AEK Athens’ Spanish coach Manolo Jimenez was banned for 15 days and fined 10,000 euros by the Greek Super League on Friday for an obscene gesture towards fans of local rival Panathinaikos. The league also fined AEK 10,000 euros after Jimenez flipped the bird at opposing fans as AEK drew 1-1, a result
Australia will have an added incentive to beat Scotland as they aim to send hooker Stephen Moore into retirement with a victory at Murrayfield on Saturday. The 34-year-old former Wallabies captain confirmed earlier this week that the Edinburgh clash would be his last professional game as both a Test
A Russian scientific commission will investigate reports of radioactive pollution almost 1,000 times above normal levels in the southern Urals, state nuclear company Rosatom said Friday. The move comes despite Russia's denial that a nuclear accident had occurred at any of its nuclear facilities.
EU President Donald Tusk said Friday that a Brexit deal in December was possible but a "huge challenge" and gave Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May 10 days to act. Tusk issued the ultimatum after crunch talks with May on the sidelines of a Brussels summit, which the embattled British
US stocks climbed to fresh records Friday on optimism about the holiday shopping season, while the euro surged following strong German economic data and on hopes that Europe's biggest economy would soon resolve a political crisis. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended at all-time highs, with the S&P
A circus tiger was found wandering the streets of Paris on Friday, affecting public transport and bringing emergency services rushing to the area before being shot dead by its owner who was then taken into custody, French police said. Firefighters were called shortly before 1700 GMT by people who saw
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled France level at 1-1 in the Davis Cup final with an assured three-set win over Belgium's Steve Darcis in Lille on Friday. David Goffin had mercilessly swept aside close friend Lucas Pouille to give outsiders Belgium the first point at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, has been rattled by a sex scandal as a high-profile man with close ties to the institution has been accused of assault against several women. The prestigious Swedish Academy, founded in 1786, was drawn into the sex abuse net on Thursday when
American consumers arrived en masse in stores - and online - for the annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza that opens the US holiday shopping season. Held the day after Thanksgiving, a period when schools are out and many offices are closed, Black Friday has evolved over the years into a massive
Venezuela's state-owned oil firm PDVSA said Friday it has started to repay $233 million in interest on two bonds nearing default, days before the end of the 30-day grace period. Writing on Twitter, the company announced "the transfer process was started to pay the interest on the PDVSA 8,5%
A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque frequented by Sufis roughly 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish before gunmen opened fire on those gathered for weekly Friday prayers, officials said. "His Holiness joins all people of good will in imploring that
The Greek government has come under fire over a planned arms sale to Saudi Arabia that fell through amid accusations of incompetence against the defence minister, a key ally of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Opposition lawmakers say the botched deal for surplus military stock cost Greece 66 million