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Iceland cuts aviation alert to orange, no ash from new eruption STOCKHOLM: Iceland cut its ash warning level for aviation to orange from red on Sunday, saying a fresh fissure eruption in Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system was not creating ash. Iceland's largest volcanic system, which cuts a 190 km long and up to 25 km wide (118 miles by 15.5 miles) swathe across the North Atlantic island, has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks and scientists have been on high alert. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in a different region of Iceland, closed much of Europe's air space for six days. The eruption, which started early on Sunday morning, spewed lava more than 50 metres in the air and is close to an earlier eruption that continued for a few hours early on Friday.The Met Office raised its ash alert level to red earlier on Sunday but cut it after monitoring the ...

New EU chief vows to address Cameron's demands for reforms BRUSSELS: Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, fresh from being chosen as part of the European Union's new leadership team, held out an olive branch to Britain on Saturday, saying he was prepared to compromise on British concerns to keep the country in the EU. Prime Minister David Cameron had publicly thrown his support behind Tusk this week to be the new head of the EU Council, representing the bloc's 28 governments, in hopes that the ...
EU readies new Russia sanctions as Ukraine war fears grow BRUSSELS: The European Union readied a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia on Saturday with warnings that the escalating crisis in Ukraine was putting all of Europe at risk of conflict.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said as he visited Brussels to plead with EU leaders for tougher measures that Kiev and Moscow were on the verge of "full-scale war".Fears of a wider confrontation spiralled after claims that Russia has sent troops to help fight a new ...
Finnish PM says Russia trying to irritate with airspace violation HELSINKI: Russia is trying to irritate Finland by its repeated violations of Finnish airspace, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said on Saturday, while playing down suggestions that the Nordic country was edging closer to NATO. EU member Finland has accused Russia, its eastern neighbour and former ruler, of violating its airspace with state planes three times in less than a week and added it would step up airborne monitoring of flights. Stubb, who took part in ...
Polish PM appointed to chair European Union summmits BRUSSELS: Polish Prime Minister Donal Tusk, who was appointed to chair European Union summmits for the next two and a half years, said on Saturday his nomination meant the future of Poland was in the euro zone.Tusk, who will have to take up his new job in Brussels from Dec 1, said he would be ready to discuss the new line-up of the Polish government next week.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
European arrest warrant out for brain tumour boy's parents LONDON: A European arrest warrant was issued on Saturday for the parents of a five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was snatched from hospital without medical consent.The police said they had "positive information" to suggest that Ashya King and his family could be in Spain, where they have "strong links" to the Marbella area on the south coast.King's parents, who are Jehovah's Witnesses, drove him away from a hospital in Southampton in southern ...
Russian politician beaten after report on soldier burials MOSCOW: A Russian politician said on Saturday he had been badly beaten after publicising the mysterious funerals of two soldiers who may have died while fighting in Ukraine. Lev Shlosberg, a newspaper publisher who represents the liberal opposition Yabloko party in the regional assembly in the northwestern city of Pskov, said he was attacked on Friday evening near his home."They attacked me from behind, I did not see any of them," Shlosberg said in a ...


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