Deadly summer sailing season begins

The first fatalities of the summer sailing season when Europe’s seas swallow up thousands of migrants, many of them refugees fleeing conflict, has begun. At least 16 people were drowned when their boat sank in the eastern Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey, including two children, Greek authorities said on Monday, while two people were …

Freed journalist returns to Italy

An Italian journalist who was detained in Turkey two weeks ago while doing research for a book has been released. Gabriele del Grande flew straight back to Italy. The 34-year-old had been held without charge in prison since being arrested on April 9th. Italian journalist #GabrieleDelGrande released by Turkish authorities, landing in Bologna 10.10am pic.twitter.com/WADBP3oFKR— …

Disappointment at Mélenchon’s headquarters

Many leftists in France hoped to see the firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon make it to the runoff, after a meteoric rise in opinion polls. The leader of the anti-austerity, anti-establishment movement France Untamed ended up fourth in the race. At his headquarters, the mood was a mix of disappointment, pride, and disgust with the choice left …

Israeli attack kills pro-Government militia

An Israeli attack against a pro-government military base in Syria has killed three militia. Syria’s National Defence Forces said the attack struck its military camp in the countryside of Quneitra, which sits near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Israel has carried out air strikes or fired mortar rounds during the six-year war in Syria, often in …