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‘Europe can no longer completely rely on its longstanding British and US allies, Angela Merkelhas warned – saying the EU must now be prepared to “take its fate into its own hands”.

Speaking after bruising meetings of Nato and the G7 group of wealthy nations last week, the German chancellor suggested the postwar western alliance had been badly undermined by the UK’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as US president.’

Read more: Angela Merkel: EU cannot completely rely on US and Britain any more


‘The new French president, who in the past has been critical of Moscow’s policies, is due to host President Vladimir Putin for the first time at the Chateau de Versailles. The meeting comes less than a month after Emmanuel Macron assumed office.

Macron invited Putin to participate in the inauguration of a major exhibition celebrating the 300th anniversary of Peter the Great’s diplomatic visit to France in 1717.’

Read more: Putin, Macron to meet in Versailles on 300th anniversary of Tsar Peter’s visit to France

‘The car crashed into a group of pedestrians outside the Ocean Club near the beach in the popular tourist hotspot.

Pictures shared on social media from the scene show a wrecked SUV-style car which appears to have also smashed into another vehicle.

The incident has occurred on the Avenue de Lola Flores.

The car initially fled the scene before crashing into a parked vehicle, according to Publico.

The driver has been arrested and is believed to be a 22-year-old British man, according to local reports.

Eight people have reportedly been injured with two rushed to Costa del Sol Hospital in a serious condition.’

Read More: Multiple injuries after car ploughs into crowd outside a Marbella club

‘Local legends about the Sansevero Chapel of Naples claim that the astonishing works of art it contains are the result of sorcery and black magic. The sculptures appear impossible to create by hand, while a macabre display featuring two actual human bodies is said to be the result of ritual killings. Also, adding to the occult aura surrounding the chapel, it is filled with Masonic symbolism.

At first glance, Capella Sansevero is your typical Italian chapel from the 17th century, tastefully filled with paintings and sculptures of a religious nature. However, a closer look at the various items in the chapel reveals that something is “off” about this place. Some sculptures are so “organic-looking” that they lead many to believe they were the result of a supernatural process. Furthermore, the enigmatic symbolism found around the chapel heavily hints to an allegorical esoteric message.’

Read more: Sinister Sites: The Sansevero Chapel

‘Clashes have broken out between Italian riot police and protesters as hundreds of people marched against the policies of the leading industrial powers on the Italian island of Sicily near the venue of the Group of Seven (G7) summit.

Police fired tear gas at red-clad protesters in the seaside town of Giardini Naxos on Saturday.

Eyewitnesses said many activists could not make it to the protest in Giardini Naxos due to heavy security in the area.

Police reportedly stopped buses and cars multiple times at a main highway leading to Giardini Naxos and searched them for several minutes.

Bus loads of police lined the route of the march while a police helicopter hovered above.’

Read more: Anti-G7 protesters clash with police on Italian island of Sicily

‘The Spanish Health Ministry and the Catholic Church have finally handed over documents relating to thousands of babies which were stolen from hospitals in Spain over many decades. A British MEP led a fact-finding mission after being alerted about a case from 1992.

But the secret network of nuns, doctors and midwives is believed to have been operating the “ninos robados”(stolen babies) ring since the era of General Franco.

Jude Kirton-Darling, a Labour MEP for the North East of England, was alerted to the scandal by Ruth Appleby, 53, whose baby went missing after she gave birth in a hospital in La Coruna in 1992.’

Read more: Spanish Authorities Agree to Open Files on Thousands of Missing Babies

‘Jens Spahn, of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, insisted the potential £84billion should not be seen as a European divorce “fee” because it is not an optional arrangement.

The German, speaking to Bloomberg, declared Britain had already agreed to pay towards EU projects as a member and should fulfil that “obligation”.

He said: “I always wonder about this exit fee, how these obligations we have made together as the European Union of 28, and the question is how much will Britain have to pay when it leaves.

“I wouldn’t call it an exit fee, it gives the wrong impression actually.’

Read More: ‘It’s not a fee!’ Merkel ally tells Britain to pay its Brexit ‘obligations’

‘Former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos suffered burns to his hands and legs in a bomb attack in his car, according to reports. His driver was also injured in the Athens blast.

Local media outlets reported on social media that the bomb was contained in an envelope, however this has not been confirmed by officials.

Police said the explosion occurred when the car was travelling between Patission and Marnis Street in central Athens at 6:30pm local time, reported Ekathimerini.

Local media didn’t confirm if anyone else was travelling in the car along with Papademos and his driver.’

Read more: Former Greek PM Lucas Papademos hurt in Athens bomb attack

French President Emmanuel Macron has requested that parliament extend the state of emergency until November 1. The president also called for the introduction of legislation to boost security in the face of the terrorist threat.

“The President of the Republic has decided that the [French] Parliament should extend the state of emergency until 1 November,” an Elysee statement said on Wednesday, after Macron’s meeting with the Defense and National Security Council.

Macron also demanded that the government prepare a “legislative text” which proposes strengthening security amid “the terrorist threat outside a state of emergency,” the statement added.’

Read more: France to extend state of emergency, vows new security laws after Manchester bombing

‘Former Anglo Irish Bank Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick, famously described by RT’s Max Keiser as a “financial terrorist,” is in the clear after being acquitted of all charges in a long-running multi-million euro loans case.

Fitzpatrick served as chief executive of the now-defunct Anglo Irish Bank for almost 20 years before taking up the position of chairman from 2005 until 2008. He resigned amid emerging details of secret loans he had taken out with the bank.

On Tuesday Judge John Aylmer at Dublin Circuit Court in Ireland acquitted Fitzpatrick of 27 charges of misleading the bank’s auditors and furnishing false information about multi-million euro loans to him and to people connected to him between 2002 and 2007.’

Read more: ‘Financial terrorist’: Former bank boss acquitted of all charges despite blowing up Irish economy