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Caribbean: It's Time for Slavery Reparations

15 countries poised to seek development aid, apology from Europe

(Newser) - Caribbean leaders say the effects of the slave trade can still be felt today, and it's time for Europe to offer reparations—and a clear apology. The leaders of 15 Caribbean countries are meeting today, and they're expected to issue a 10-point plan calling for action, the Guardian ... More »

Internet Cable Will Span Atlantic to Thwart US Spying

It will guarantee Internet neutrality: Brazilian president

(Newser) - In the wake of Edward Snowden's NSA revelations, a fuming Brazil began plotting an undersea cable to reroute Internet traffic away from the US—and the plan is one that will come to fruition. Brazilian and EU officials yesterday agreed on the installation of an undersea communications cable that... More »

Dogs Got Their Start in Europe

And a lot earlier than thought, according to new study

(Newser) - Dogs have been hanging out with humans way longer than thought, a new study suggests. UCLA researchers say the first ones were ancient wolves that started following hunter and gatherers around Europe between 18,000 and 32,000 years ago, reports the BBC . The finding, which contradicts previous theories that... More »

Spain Busts 25 in Sex Slave Ring: Police

5 victims freed in operation

(Newser) - Spanish police say they've busted a gang of 25 Nigerians who were engaged in human trafficking, Internet fraud, and money laundering. Five women victims of sex slavery were released during the crackdown on the underground operation in Spain, the police say. The gang was using Spain as a springboard... More »

Europe Storm Leaves 11 Dead

Britain, Denmark, Germany take the brunt of it

(Newser) - A nasty storm killed at least 11 people in northern Europe today while snarling transportation and leaving half a million people without power, AFP reports. The storm's high winds and heavy rains claimed four lives in Britain and three in Germany, mostly from falling trees. On a French island,... More »

Malala Wins Top EU Human Rights Award

Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Skyi among previous winners

(Newser) - European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year. The European Parliament announced today that 16-year-old Malala, who has also been mentioned as a possible recipient of tomorrow's Nobel peace prize , won the $65,000 Sakharov... More »

'Carbon Saturation' Close for Europe's Forests

Carbon sink at risk, study warns

(Newser) - Yet more bad news for the climate: Europe's forests are approaching the peak of their ability to absorb carbon and may not be able to suck up the same level of emissions in future, according to a new study. Scientists say that while Europe is at its most forested... More »

Protesters Climb Western Europe's Tallest Building

London Shard demonstration is Greenpeace effort against Shell

(Newser) - Greenpeace is taking its case against Arctic oil drilling to the skies. Demonstrators are climbing the tallest building in western Europe, London's 87-story Shard, to make their point. Safety personnel and police are watching after the team of six women began ascending the building via the roof of a... More »

Belgium's King Will Abdicate

Albert will hand over throne to Crown Prince Philippe

(Newser) - Europe is getting a new king later this month: Belgium's King Albert says he is too frail to continue at age 79 and will turn over his throne to son Crown Prince Philippe, reports the AP . Albert took over from his brother in 1993 and will be the first... More »

Croatia Joins EU

Former Yugoslav country is 28th member

(Newser) - Croatia held a midnight celebration as it officially joined the European Union this morning, 10 years after the country applied. It's "a great and joyful day for our homeland," said President Ivo Josipovic. The first deputy prime minister offered a bit more detail: "It's important... More »

Lowly Snail Reveals Secret of Ireland's Origins

Human migrants brought snails from Pyrenees: researchers

(Newser) - The first migrants to Ireland some 8,000 years ago may have been Southern Europeans with a taste for escargot, according to new research published in PLoS One . It turns out that a lowly garden snail (Cepaea nemoralis) found in Ireland is genetically different from British ones—but incredibly similar... More »

Eurozone Jobless Rate Hits Grim Record

...of 12.2% , with nearly 20M unemployed

(Newser) - Unemployment across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro has hit another record high, the latest in a series of ignominious landmarks for the ailing single currency zone. Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, said today that unemployment rose to 12.2% in April from the previous record... More »

Want Paid Vacation? Ditch America

But those lucky Austrians get 153 days off per year

(Newser) - Here's a depressing statistic: A quarter of Americans don't get paid vacation—and the US is the only wealthy country that doesn't guarantee it. We're also the only one without a promise of a paid day off for official holidays, observes the Center for Economic Policy... More »

EU: Economy Worse Than We Thought

Commission revises forecast downward

(Newser) - The European Union's economic near-future is looking bleaker than expected: Its economy is poised to shrink 0.1% this year, the European Commission forecasts, instead of growing 0.1% as February predictions held. Things look even tougher for the eurozone, for which the commission foresees an 0.4% contraction... More »

France Building Collapse Kills 2

9 injured in Reims explosion

(Newser) - An explosion ripped off the side of a 5-story residential building in France's Champagne country today, killing at least two people and injuring nine others, officials said. A search for survivors was underway. More than 100 rescue workers, firefighters, sniffer-dog squads and bomb and gas experts were deployed to... More »

France One Step Closer to Gay Marriage

Measure poised to be law by summer

(Newser) - Gay marriage could be legal in France as soon as this summer. France's Senate has passed a bill to allow same-sex marriage as well as adoptions by gay couples, the AP reports. The country has faced widespread protest against gay marriage, already allowed in several other European countries. Today'... More »

Cyprus Banks Finally Reopen —for 6 Hours

Customers face heavy restrictions on transactions

(Newser) - After nearly two weeks shut amid a bailout scramble , Cyprus has just cautiously reopened its banks for six hours today—but it's not exactly business as usual. Trucks full of cash arrived at the central bank last night as rifle-bearing police and a helicopter stood guard. Private security guards... More »

Cyprus Given Monday Deadline

European Central Bank says its emergency funding will expire then

(Newser) - As Cyprus works on a "plan B" today to fund a bailout , the European Central Bank says its emergency assistance will expire Monday, so there had better be a deal in place, the Wall Street Journal notes. That could be possible: The head of the country's central bank... More »

Panicked Cyprus Stalls, Braces for Bank Run

Country considers levy of up to 15%

(Newser) - Things are getting crazy in Cyprus, which has again postponed a vote that could levy a tax on bank depositors to fund the nation's bailout, the BBC reports, this time until tomorrow. Its effects, however, are already rippling through Europe, where stock markets and the euro have plummeted, and... More »

Forget Europe: US May OK Horse Meat Plant

It hasn't been processed here in 6 years

(Newser) - What timing: With Europe trying to rein in a horse meat scandal , the US may give the green light to a horse slaughtering plant in New Mexico. The facility, which would produce horse meat that's safe to eat, could get Agriculture Department approval within the next two months, the... More »

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