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Italy nightclub stampede kills six and injures dozens

Six people have been killed and dozens have been injured, 12 of them seriously, in a stampede at a nightclub in Italy, officials say.

The incident took place near the eastern coastal city of Ancona.

Some reports say there was panic after pepper spray was fired inside the club in the town of Corinaldo.

Syria war: US and UK say alleged rebel chemical attack ‘fabricated’

The US and the UK have accused the Syrian government and its Russian allies of fabricating a story accusing rebel fighters of a chemical attack.

The US state department said the purpose was to “undermine confidence” in the ceasefire in Idlib province.

Syria and Russia said shells carrying chlorine gas injured about 100 people in the government-held city of Aleppo last month.

France protests: students ‘humiliated’ by police

Footage of school students being forced to kneel with their hands behind their heads by French riot police has sparked outrage on social media.

The students were demonstrating outside a school in Mantes-la-Jolie, west of Paris, which ended in clashes with police and more than 140 arrests.

Students are angry at plans to reform the exam system, which they say will limit opportunity and breed inequality.

Merkel’s choice elected ruling party leader

Germany’s ruling Christian Democrat Union has chosen Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as the new party leader, but Angela Merkel plans to serve out her term as chancellor.

The former chief minister of Saarland won 517 of the 999 votes cast.

Vote condemning Hamas for firing rockets into Israel fails at UN

A US-sponsored resolution condemning militant group Hamas for firing rockets into Israel has failed to pass at the UN General Assembly.

The resolution won a majority of 87 to 57, with 33 abstentions, but did not reach the required two-thirds backing.

US envoy Nikki Haley had said adoption would right a “historic wrong” as the UN has not passed such a condemnation.

Operation Pollino: ‘Ndrangheta mafia struck in Europe-wide sting

Members of the notorious ‘Ndrangheta Italian mafia have been targeted in a simultaneous police sting in Europe.

Hundreds of police are understood to have been involved in the operation in Belgium, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.

At least 90 people were arrested, and more than three tonnes of cocaine and 140kg of ecstasy were seized.

Matthew Hedges: Academic ‘psychologically tortured’ in UAE jail

The British academic jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has told how he endured “psychological torture”.

Matthew Hedges, 31, said he was forced to stand “all day” in ankle cuffs, suffered panic attacks and had suicidal thoughts.

Mr Hedges, who denies being a spy, told the BBC he only confessed to being a captain in MI6 to stop the “torture”.

Russia will build missiles if US leaves treaty, Putin warns

Russia will develop missiles banned under a Cold War agreement if the US exits the pact, President Vladimir Putin has warned.

His comments follow Nato’s accusation on Tuesday that Russia has already broken the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Spain ‘wolf pack’ sex attack gang not rapists, say judges

A Spanish court’s controversial decision to clear five men of gang rape has been upheld by five appeal judges, and the group are now set to go to jail for a lesser offence of sexual abuse.

There were protests across Spain when the men, who became known as La manada (the wolf pack), were acquitted of rape and then later freed on bail.

European Union does not fund illegal activities in Uganda

The European Union Head of Delegation to Uganda has asked government for dialogue following claims by top State officials that the donor community is supporting acts of subversion in the country.
Speaking at an evaluation meeting in Kampala yesterday about the EU contribution to human rights in Uganda, Mr Attilio Pacifici said it was wrong to be perceived as bad elements instead of active development partners.

Article 50: Law officer says UK can cancel Brexit

The UK should be able to unilaterally cancel its withdrawal from the EU, according to a top European law officer.

The non-binding opinion was delivered by the European Court of Justice’s advocate general.

A group of Scottish politicians has asked the court whether the UK can call off Brexit without the consent of other member states.

Italian Mafia ‘godfather’ Settimo Mineo held in Sicily raid

Italian police have arrested the man said to be the new head of the Sicilian Mafia, along with 45 associates.

The dawn raid in Palermo netted 80-year-old jeweller Settimo Mineo. He was reportedly elected Cosa Nostra godfather at a Mafia meeting in May.

The Mafia suspects are accused of extortion, firearms offences, arson and other crimes.

Khashoggi murder: CIA chief Haspel ‘to brief Congress’

The head of the CIA will now brief Congress on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, US media say.

Gina Haspel is reportedly talk to Senate leaders leaders on Tuesday.

She was absent from last week’s briefing by the secretaries of state and defence, angering some in Congress.

Iceland scandal over MPs’ crude and sexist bar talk

There are calls for several Icelandic MPs to resign after they were recorded using crude language to describe female colleagues and a disabled activist.

Icelanders were especially shocked that the MPs’ targets included ex-MP Freyja Haraldsdottir, a disabled woman and well-known disability rights activist.

Army clashes with rebels kill 16 in eastern DR Congo

Sixteen people have been killed in eastern Democratic Republic Congo in clashes between troops and rebels.

While most killed rebels, some were government forces.

‘Disgrace’ as Africa deportees not contacted

Campaigners have accused the UK’s Home Office of a lack of “decency” after it emerged “no specific attempt” had been made to approach 49 people deported to Ghana and Nigeria in 2017.

They were deported before the Windrush scandal erupted – which revealed people from Commonwealth countries who had legally lived in Britain for decades were wrongly classed as illegal immigrants and deported.