Archive | January, 2015

Crowds flock to leftist Madrid rally


Tens of thousands of people attend a rally in central Madrid by radical leftists Podemos, as they look to build on Syriza’s recent victory in Greece.

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Merkel rules out Greek debt relief


German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects any cancellation of Greece’s debt, saying banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts.

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EU’s Moscovici wants Greece in euro


EU financial commissioner Pierre Moscovici tells the BBC that Greece belongs in the eurozone, and vows to prevent a “Grexit”.

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IS ‘chemical weapons expert killed’


A chemical weapons expert working with Islamic State in Iraq has been killed in a coalition air strike. the US military says.

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Greece shuns debt talks with troika


Greece’s new finance minister snubs his main eurozone counterpart, saying Athens will not negotiate over debts with the EU-IMF troika.

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SA apartheid assassin given parole


South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock, nicknamed “Prime Evil”, is granted parole after 20 years for killing activists.

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EU extends sanctions against Russia


Foreign ministers from the EU agree in Brussels to extend existing sanctions against Russia until September but not to impose any new sanctions.

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Deadly attacks hit Egypt’s Sinai


At least 26 people, including soldiers, are killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

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Deadly blast hits Mexico hospital


At least seven people, including four babies, are killed and many wounded in a gas tank explosion outside a maternity hospital in Mexico City.

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Malaysia declares MH370 an accident


Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of MH370 over the Indian Ocean in March 2014 an accident, and says all 239 people on board are presumed dead.

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