Items tagged with: Worldnews

An Irish bog consumes two men seeking revenge and redemption, in Ryan and Andy Tohill’s tense thriller

Twins Ryan and Andy Tohill’s distinctive homecoming parable, further proof of Irish cinema’s resurgent boldness and versatility, finds a striking visual metaphor for the emotional labours required to find peace of mind nowadays. In the prologue’s teachable example of show-don’t-tell film-making, rough-hewn, edgy Ronan (Moe Dunford) returns to the boarded-up farmhouse he once called home with an apparent eye to starting afresh. An obstacle to the quiet life soon emerges, in the form of a crumpled older man, Sean (Lorcan Cranitch), observed digging up the adjoining peat bog. Why his quest agitates the prodigal farmhand is but gradually revealed; yet with admirable economy the Tohills and screenwriter Stuart Drennan establish a stand-off between men in small, dark holes who have sublimated all feeling into obsessive, possibly futile activity.

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Decree issued by Moscow causes anger in Kyiv and will be challenge for new president

Vladimir Putin has signed a law that will allow Ukrainians living in the breakaway regions of south-east Ukraine to receive Russian passports more easily.

The provocative decision caused anger in Kyiv, where the offer of Russian passports will be taken as an attempt to further integrate the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions into Russia.
Russia eases passport process for Ukrainians in breakaway regions
#Ukraine #Russia #Europe #Worldnews
Barriers put up to deter ‘careless’ tourists from seeking perfect picture among bulbs

Barriers and advertising banners are being erected around fields in the tulip bulb region of the Netherlands in an attempt to deter a growing number of tourists from flattening the flowers to take selfies.

Tourists have been seen jumping above the tulips to secure the perfect picture, or lying down in the middle of fields, squashing the bulbs.
Dutch fence off tulip fields to stop selfie-takers crushing flowers
#Netherlands #Europe #Worldnews #Wildflowers #Environment
The North Korean leader arrived in Russia by train on Wednesday, a day before his much-anticipated summit with President Vladimir Putin. He visited with diplomacy over his nuclear programme deadlocked. Kim, dressed in a black coat and a fedora, arrived at Russia’s Khasan train station near the North Korean border. Kim is travelling to the Pacific port city of Vladivostok for a meeting with Putin on Thursday
Kim Jong-un in Russia – in pictures
#KimJong-un #NorthKorea #Russia #AsiaPacific #Europe #Worldnews #Newsphotography #Photography
German MEP begins campaign in Athens after Alexis Tsipras claims he is ‘anti-Greek’

Manfred Weber has launched his campaign to become president of the European commission in Athens, but faced excoriating criticism from the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, before he had even arrived in the Greek capital.

In a tweet intended to cause maximum embarrassment for the German leader of the conservative European People’s party group in the European parliament, Tsipras insinuated that Weber harboured racist and authoritarian tendencies. He said that at the height of Athens’ debt crisis, Weber had pushed for “Grexit” and thus proved himself to be “anti-Greek”.
Greek PM's criticism takes shine off Weber's push for EU's top job
#Greece #Europeancommission #EuropeanUnion #Germany #Europeanelections #Europe #Worldnews
Ruler of Grand Duchy for 36 years took part in D-day landings with British army

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, who took part in the D-day landings with the British army before spending nearly 36 years as his country’s head of state, has died aged 98.

He had abdicated in 2000 to make way for his son, Henri, who said his father passed away surrounded by family.

Jean Benoît Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d’Aviano was born on 5 January 1921, the eldest child of Charlotte and Prince Felix.
Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg dies aged 98
#Luxembourg #Secondworldwar #Britisharmy #UKnews #Europe #Worldnews #Military
North Korean leader expected to seek Russian president’s support over western sanctions

Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin are expected to hold talks on an island in the far east of Russia this week in the first meeting between the two world leaders.

The North Korean leader is expected to travel by armoured train to the city of Vladivostok as early as Wednesday, where he will meet the Russian president on the island campus of Far Eastern University under heavy security.
Vladimir Putin to meet Kim Jong-un this week for first time
#KimJong-un #VladimirPutin #NorthKorea #Russia #AsiaPacific #Europe #Worldnews
Christian Schilcher’s poem about immigration is described as ‘abominable’, ‘disgusting’ and ‘inhuman’

The deputy mayor of Adolf Hitler’s home town has resigned after publishing a poem about immigration whose imagery was described by Austria’s chancellor as “disgusting, inhuman and deeply racist”.

Christian Schilcher, the deputy mayor of Branau am Inn, published his poem in the Easter edition of a local newspaper affiliated to his far-right Freedom party.
Politician from Hitler's home town resigns over 'deeply racist' poem
#Austria #Thefarright #Europe #Worldnews
Zayan Chowdhury, a relative of Sheikh Hasina and Tulip Siddiq, died in Colombo hotel blast

An eight-year-old relative of the Bangladeshi prime minister was among more than 300 people killed in a wave of coordinated suicide bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, according to reports in the country.

Zayan Chowdhury, who was also a relative of British Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, was having breakfast with his father at a hotel in Colombo when a suicide bomber detonated his device.
Sri Lanka: boy, 8, related to Bangladeshi leader and UK MP, among young victims
#SriLankaattacks #Worldnews #Bangladesh #SouthandCentralAsia #UKnews #Denmark #Europe #Australianews
Comedy is a tool, a trick – Ukraine will soon see, running a country is no joke | Jack Bernhardt
#Ukraine #Europe #Worldnews #Comedy #Culture
The shocking rape trial that galvanised Spain’s feminists – and the far right
#Spain #Thefarright #Rapeandsexualassault #Feminism #Protest #Europe #Worldnews #Politics #UKnews
Volodymyr Zelenskiy: after the landslide, things get serious for Servant of the People
#Ukraine #Europe #Worldnews #Russia
Poroshenko concedes defeat as poll shows comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy winning 73% of the vote

A comedian with no political experience won a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday, exit polls showed, dealing a stunning rebuke to the country’s political establishment.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, whose only previous political role was playing the role of Ukraine’s president on television, trounced incumbent Petro Poroshenko by taking 73% of the vote, according to exit polls conducted by several thinktanks.
Zelenskiy wins second round of Ukraine's presidential election – exit poll
#Ukraine #Europe #Worldnews #PetroPoroshenko
MPs vote to put pressure on Berlin as European parliamentary elections loom

Greece is poised to send Germany a formal diplomatic note detailing its demand for billions of euros in wartime reparations after MPs voted overwhelmingly for the emotive issue to be raised officially.

In a move bound to stir sentiment ahead of crucial European parliament elections, Athens vowed to pile pressure on Berlin, taking legal and diplomatic steps that will throw the spotlight on crimes committed during the brutal Nazi occupation.
Greece to ask Germany for billions in war reparations
#Greece #Europe #Worldnews #Germany #AlexisTsipras #AngelaMerkel #Europeanelections #EuropeanUnion #Politics #Secondworldwar
Srećko Horvat: ‘The current system is more violent than any revolution’
#Philosophybooks #Politicsbooks #Books #Politics #Croatia #Europe #Worldnews #Culture
‘Watershed’ moment for island as Niyazi Kızılyürek campaigns on reunification ticket

A Turkish Cypriot candidate is set for the first time to win a seat in next month’s European parliament elections in what is already being hailed a watershed moment for the partitioned island.

In a country riven physically and psychologically by ethnic division, polls show widespread support for Niyazi Kızılyürek, a prominent Turkish Cypriot academic who is being fielded by Akel, the main opposition leftist party in the Greek-controlled south.
Turkish Cypriot poised to win seat in European parliament elections
#Cyprus #Turkey #Greece #Europe #Worldnews #RecepTayyipErdoğan
Time is running out for planet Earth, yet all our politicians can do is carp on about article 50
Brexit fiddles while the planet burns – cartoon
#Climatechange #Environment #Brexit #Article50 #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Foreignpolicy #Politics #UKnews #Worldnews
Likely election of comedian Zelenskiy will be the result of an anti-establishment vote

“There’s a 90% chance he’ll be a disaster, but I’m going to vote for him anyway,” said Alyona Sych, a 36-year-old nurse, strolling through Kyiv in the spring sunshine and explaining why she plans to vote for an untested actor and comedian in Ukraine’s presidential election. “I know 100% that the current guy is a disaster, so of course I’ll go for the 10% chance we could really change things.”

For three seasons of the popular Ukrainian television show Servant of the People, Volodymyr Zelenskiy has played a frustrated everyman teacher, implausibly propelled to the country’s presidency. Now he’s standing for the job for real, and most polls give him a commanding lead over the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko. By Sunday evening, Zelenskiy could have secured a fourth season as president, but his first one in real life.
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Life as the Guardian's Ireland reporter: my return home to a nation in flux
#Membership #Ireland #Europe #Brexit #NorthernIreland #EuropeanUnion #Politics #Worldnews
Virginia Raggi allegedly put pressure on CEO to push company into the red

Rome’s beleaguered mayor is facing calls to resign after allegedly putting pressure on the former chief of the city’s waste disposal firm to fudge the company’s accounts.

Virginia Raggi is accused of putting “undue pressure” on Lorenzo Bagnacani to manipulate the 2017 balance sheet of rubbish disposal firm AMA, with the objective of pushing the company into the red. Raggi sacked Bagnacani in February.
Rome mayor accused of trying to change waste disposal firm's accounts
#Italy #FiveStarMovement #Europe #Worldnews
A referendum on Poroshenko but also a very Ukrainian election
#Ukraine #PetroPoroshenko #Europe #Worldnews
France’s shame at the Notre Dame fire shows the west still believes in society | Julian Baggini
#NotreDame #France #Europe #Philosophy #Worldnews
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