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More snow forecast as parts of Europe battle worst snowfall in decades

Parts of Europe have been hit by the worst snowfall in decades, with dozens dead in the last month alone. In Austria, thousands were trapped on a ski resort overnight, while several others escaped an avalanche without injury. More snow is forecast over the weekend, although it is not expected to be as heavy as previously seen. Source link

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Wales has ‘highest imprisonment rate’ in western Europe

Image copyright David Goddard/Getty Images Wales has the highest imprisonment rate in western Europe, new research has claimed. The Wales Governance Centre’s analysis of official figures also reveals average custody rates are higher than in England for a number of different groups and offences. In particular, non-white Welsh prisoners are overrepresented in prison. Report author Dr Robert Jones said this was a major cause of concern. “Equally disturbing is that such an alarming trend has emerged in Wales without detection,” his report concluded. “This undoubtedly calls into question the role…

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Watch how air pollution moves across Europe

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNitrogen dioxide air pollution 5-10 January (sequence is played twice) This is what pollution looks like on a European scale. The animation shows the concentration and movement through the atmosphere of nitrogen dioxide. NO₂ is a problem gas that is produced primarily by vehicle exhausts and industrial activity via the burning of fossil fuels. The map covers a sample period from 5 to 10 January, and describes the behaviour of NO₂ at ground level on an hourly basis. The worst air quality…

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Snow brings parts of Europe to standstill

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHeavy snow continues to hit parts of Europe Heavy snowfalls brought chaos to parts of Germany and Sweden on Friday, leaving roads blocked, trains halted and schools shut. The Red Cross helped drivers stuck on a motorway in the southern German state of Bavaria and a nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree. The front of a Swiss hotel was hit by an avalanche and a winter storm made roads impassable in Sweden and Norway. Austrian rescuers had to battle through…

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Padraig Harrington: Europe name Irishman as 2020 Ryder Cup captain

Harrington was a vice captain under Thomas Bjorn when Europe won the Ryder Cup in September Padraig Harrington will captain Europe when they defend the Ryder Cup on US soil in 2020. The Irishman, 47, was a vice captain when Europe won the trophy back under the leadership of Thomas Bjorn in France in September. Harrington played in six successive Ryder Cups from 1999 and was on the winning team on four occasions. Players including Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose backed Harrington to lead Europe at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. Harrington,…

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Harlem Hellfighters: The black soldiers who brought jazz to Europe

World War One brought many social changes – not least, the introduction of jazz to Europe. Thanks to a black American regiment of musicians called the Harlem Hellfighters, the French discovered the joys of syncopation. More than a century on, US musician Jason Moran is raising fresh awareness of the Hellfighters and their leader, James Reese Europe. Video by Jane O’Brien and Bill McKenna Source link

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Brexit: How will it affect my holidays to Europe?

Image copyright Getty Images While political uncertainty remains over Brexit, life must go on as normal for British families – and that includes making plans for holidays. And with the promise of new year’s flight sales, many will be poised with their bank cards ready to snap up a deal. The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March – right before the Easter holidays. We still don’t know how Britain will leave the EU – with a deal, or without. If the UK leaves with Theresa May’s…

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2019: Europe theme as full line-up unveiled

Image copyright David Cheskin Image caption The Torchlight Procession marks the beginning of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay events The organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay are set to confirm their full programme of events later. In the year of Brexit, 2019’s line-up is a celebration of Scotland’s cultural and historical connections with Europe. The official events get under way on Sunday when pipe, drum and dance bands lead the annual Torchlight Procession. Other highlights over the three days include the famous Street Party, the Concert in the Gardens and a ceilidh in the shadow…

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Brexit: How Europe does second referendums

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCould there be a second Brexit vote? Another week goes by, and there’s more Brexit confusion, and heightened calls for a second referendum. Prime Minister Theresa May has warned such a vote would “break faith with the British people”, but campaigners argue it may be the only way to solve the deadlock which is currently gripping Parliament. Is it right to ask voters to take a view on the same issue more than once? If so, what circumstances should be proffered as…

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South Africa’s Chicken Licken colonialism of Europe advert banned

Image copyright Chicken Licken Image caption The advertisement turns colonialism on its head A fast-food outlet in South Africa has been ordered to withdraw a commercial showing an African explorer conquering Europe in the 17th Century. The advertising board said colonialism was “traumatic” for Africans and was “not open for humorous exploitation”. Chicken Licken said the advertisement was “tongue-in-cheek” and meant to create “pride” among South Africans. Dutch navigator Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival in South Africa in 1652 started the country’s colonisation process. The advert shows a young African, Big…

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