Russian Foreign Minister Segei Lavrov has questioned the impartiality of probes being carried out by an international organization into accusations of a chemical attack in Syria.
Russian foreign minister questions OPCW’s Syria probes
Tens of thousands of anti-fascist protesters are expected to rally amid heavy police presence against an event to be held by Germany’s right-wing political party over the weekend in the western city of Cologne.
Germany braces for huge rally against far-right party
A Russian lawmaker has reacted sharply to remarks by British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon about the UK’s readiness to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against “enemies,” stressing that the comments deserve a “tough response.”
UK threat of nuclear strike deserves harsh response: Russia MP
Berlin says leaders of Germany, Ukraine, Russia and France have renewed their commitment to implementing a truce deal reached in 2015 aimed at ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Germany, Russia, Ukraine, France discuss Minsk truce deal
Germany’s foreign minister says he does not want to be “a plaything” for Israel’s politicking after the regime’s prime minister refused to receive him over the senior diplomat’s meeting with pro-Palestine advocacy groups.
I don’t want to be Israel’s political ‘plaything’: German FM
Around 100 refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean according to shipwreck survivors, raising the death toll for the perilous crossing to Italy to over 1,000 victims in 2017, the UN’s refugee agency said Friday.
2017 refugee death toll in Mediterranean surpasses 1,000: UN
Top Austrian officials have called on the European Union to end talks over Turkey’s decades-long efforts to join the bloc following a narrowly passed referendum granting the Turkish president unprecedented powers.
Austria urges EU to end Turkey's 30-yr bid to join bloc after referendum
In France, a key adviser to ultra-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen has been found guilty of “incitement to hatred and discrimination” against Muslims.
Adviser to France’s Marine Le Pen fined for incitement to hatred
France’s ultra-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has highlighted themes such as immigration and national identity to excite her supporters at a Paris rally as she leads a tight race with her three top rivals.
Top French presidential hopefuls hold rallies in Paris ahead of vote
A Paris-based media monitoring group has voiced alarm about deteriorating media freedom in democratic countries.
Watchdog sounds alarm over media freedom worldwide

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