Isolated in EU, Poland seeks better ties with Germany behind the scenes

WARSAW: When two dark cars drove up to the retreat of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a baroque castle on a sunny afternoon last July, only a handful of people knew they were bringing Poland’s top politician, Jaroslaw Kaczynski. So awkward are relations with Berlin for the rightwing Polish leader that the public was not… Read More »

Russia identifies mastermind behind St. Petersburg metro bombing – Russian agencies

MOSCOW: Russia’s Federal Security Service has identified the person who orchestrated an attack that killed 14 people on the St. Petersburg metro earlier this month, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, citing FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov. “He has been provisionally identified. Yes, yes, identified,” agencies cited Bortnikov as saying. Police have so far detained 10… Read More »

France backs Lille as best choice to host EU drug agency after Brexit

PARIS: France offered the northern city of Lille as a candidate to host the European Union’s drug regulator to replace London after Britain leaves the bloc, the government said on Wednesday. The European Medicines Agency (EMA), Europe’s equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is preparing to leave its London headquarters in the wake… Read More »

Mourinho tells Martial he needs to see more from French forward

CARRINGTON, England: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho sent a clear message to French forward Anthony Martial on Wednesday, saying he needs to do more to impress him and comparing his approach unfavourably with that of team-mate Marcus Rashford. It was the latest example of Mourinho going public with his challenges to a player, after his… Read More »

As Trump warned North Korea, his 'armada' was headed toward Australia

WASHINGTON: When U.S. President Donald Trump boasted early last week that he had sent an “armada” as a warning to North Korea, the aircraft carrier strike group he spoke of was still far from the Korean peninsula, and headed in the opposite direction. It was even farther away over the weekend, moving through the Sunda… Read More »

Leicester's Champions League dream over as Atletico power into semis

LEICESTER, England: Leicester City’s fairytale Champions League journey came to an end at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid, who reached the semi-finals for the third time in four seasons with a 2-1 aggregate win. A first-half goal by Saul Niguez proved enough to… Read More »

Police helicopter carrying 12 crashes in eastern Turkey – security sources

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: A Turkish police helicopter carrying 12 people crashed in the eastern province of Tunceli on Tuesday, the local governor’s office said, adding that the crash may have been caused by poor weather conditions. The helicopter was carrying a judge, seven police officers, one sergeant and three crew members, the Tunceli governor’s office said… Read More »