Hungary Hits ‘Serious’ Corruption High in ‘Global Democracy Crisis’

Political rights in Hungary are at their lowest ebb since the fall of communism in 1989, according to a global corruption index released Tuesday by the watchdog Transparency International. While many Europe countries score among the world’s healthiest democracies, Hungary…

France Faces Violent Rain, Snow And Wind As Storm Gabriel Moves In

Storm Gabriel is moving across western Europe and is to hit south-west Franceon Tuesday afternoon. Gabriel will bring widespread rain and snow. Already half of the country is on extreme weather alert. 43 administrative departments are on high alert (orange…

‘French Spiderman’ Arrested After Climbing One Of Manila’s Highest Skyscrapers

French urban freeclimber Alain Robert was arrested on Tuesday, police said, after he scaled one of Manila’s tallest towers in his latest high-risk ascent. The 56-year old adventurer dubbed the “French spiderman” climbed the 47-storey GT Tower without safety equipment,…

Portrayal Of Putin’s Rise To Power Takes Fipadoc’s Top International Prize

The new Fipadoc documentary festival in Biarritz awarded ten prizes at the weekend, after five days of non-stop screenings of about 100 films in a wide range of categories. The top international €5,000 award went to a Latvian-Czech Republic-Swiss film,…

Are France’s riot police too violent?

France is one of the few European countries that authorises the LBD-40, a crowd control weapon that shoots rubber bullets. The weapons have come under close scrutiny, especially after a Yellow Vest protest organiser who was hit during demonstrations risks…

China human rights lawyer sentenced to four and a half years

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was sentenced on Monday to four and a half years in prison for state subversion. Wang (42) defended political activists and victims from land seizures. He disappeared in what was called the ‘709’ clampdown…

mining giant Vale’s stock plummets

Brazilian mining giant Vale lost more than €11 billion on the Sao Paulo stock exchange as the market reacted to the collapse of one its dams that killed dozens and left at least 300 missing. The share dive pulled down…

LGBT teen Bilal Hassani to represent France in this year’s Eurovision

France’s young inspiration to LGBT teenagers all over is hoping to win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after he won over the public’s vote to represent the country at the upcoming event in May. 19 year old Bilal Hassani, has…

‘No gold for Maduro’, Venezuela’s Guiado asks the UK

As international support grows for Venezuela’s self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, the opposition is looking to stop President Maduro from accessing gold reserves in the Bank of England. With an ailing economy and mass short shortages widespread, and an annual…

Taiwan airline investigating claims passenger forced attendants to undress, clean him

A Taiwanese airline says it may ban an overweight passenger who allegedly forced members of an all-female cabin crew to undress him in the lavatory and then clean him after he used the toilet. The incident, first posted on social…