Five French Foreign Legionnaires were killed Monday in an avalanche as they were on a training exercise in the French Alps, police sources said.
Another six were injured near the resort of Valfrejus, with one in intensive care in hospital after suffering hypothermia.
They were among a group of 50 soldiers taking part in the skiing exercise.
Three helicopters were involved in the search.
The nationalities of the victims were not immediately known. The French Foreign Legion attracts recruits from around the world.
The accident comes after two teenagers on a school trip and a Ukrainian tourist were killed in an avalanche in the French Alps last Wednesday.
A French teacher who took the students onto a closed skiing piste in that incident has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Turkey must protect the rule of law as it cracks down after the failed coup, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday, as the bloc said it looked like the government had prepared a list of people to arrest beforehand.
“We are the ones saying today rule of law has to be protected in the country, there is no excuse for any steps that take the country away from that,” Mogherini said as European Union foreign ministers met in Brussels.
“As we have been the first ones to say that in that tragic night (of Friday’s coup attempt), the democratic and legitimate institutions needed to be protected,” she told reporters.
“Today we will say together with ministers that obviously doesn’t mean that rule of law and the system of checks and balances in the country does not count. On the contrary it needs to be protected for the sake of the country.
“So we will send a strong message on that.”
Would-be EU member Turkey carried out fresh raids on Monday as the EU ministers were meeting, prompting growing international concern over the scale of the crackdown.
Judges and military commanders are among 6,000 people who were arrested over the weekend as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows to stamp out the “virus” of the coup plotters.
The EU commissioner dealing with Turkey’s long-stalled bid for membership of the bloc meanwhile said it appeared that the government had already prepared a list before the coup of people to be rounded up.
“I mean, (that) the lists are available already after the event indicates that this was prepared and at a certain moment should be used,” EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn told reporters.
Turkey’s attempts to join the 28-nation European Union have been hobbled in recent years by concern over the increasingly authoritarian Erdogan’s record on human rights and press freedom.
But the EU agreed to speed up its membership bid and give visa-free travel to Turks as part of a migrant crisis deal in which Ankara agreed to take back people landing in the Greek islands.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that “the rule of law must prevail”.
“France has condemned the coup, you can’t accept the military taking power,” he said. “At the same time we have to be vigilant that the Turkish authorities don’t put in place a system which turns back democracy.”
Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders also urged restraint, saying: “It’s normal to punish those involved in the coup, but it’s normal to ask for respect for the rule of law.”
The National Bureau of Statistics on Monday released the Consumer Price Index which measures inflation stating that the country’s inflation rate has risen from 15.6 per cent to 16.5 per cent in June.
The 16.5 per cent increase in inflation rate represents one of the highest increases to be recorded by the country in recent times.
The bureau attributed the rise in inflation to increase in prices of electricity, kerosene, furniture and furnishing materials, passenger transport by road, fuel and lubricants as well as transport equipment.
The inflation rate had been experiencing an upward swing within the last seven months, a development which analysts have described as worrisome.
The implication of the resurgence in inflation according to analysts is that consumers may experience more tougher times ahead owing to reduction in their purchasing power.
The NBS said, “In June, the Consumer Price Index which measures inflation continued to record relatively strong increases for the fifth consecutive month.
“The Headline index increased by 16.5 per cent (year-on-year), 0.9 percentage points higher from rates recorded in May (15.6 per cent).
“During the month, the highest increases were seen in the electricity, liquid if fuel (kerosene), furniture and furnishings, fuel and lubricants.”
ROME (Reuters) - Italian ships picked up some 600 migrants and recovered one body on Friday, as European leaders met in Brussels to try to stem the flow of migrants to the continent.
Italy's coastguard and navy tweeted that they had picked up the migrants from several different vessels. Rescue operations were continuing and the number was likely to rise, a coastguard spokesman said.
"Despite some bad weather and choppy sea conditions, the boats are coming," the coastguard spokesman said.
More than 1.2 million migrants, mainly from Africa and the Middle East, have arrived in Europe since the beginning of 2015. Arrivals from Libya have risen this week, when three bodies were recovered before the latest death.
"This year we are actually noticing a slight increase in the number of migrants arriving from Libya," Federico Soda, director of the International Organization for Migration Coordination Office for the Mediterranean, said in the statement.
"As of today, almost 12,000 migrants have landed in Italy, about 2,000 more compared to the number of migrants that arrived in the same period last year," he said.
European Union leaders are trying to put together an agreement to stem the flow of refugees from Turkey, which is hosting some 3 million Syrians fleeing war.
At the same time, EU leaders met to discuss ways to get Libyan factions to back a national unity government, which would clear the way to clamp down on people smuggling.
After an intense four-month manhunt across Europe and beyond, police on Friday captured the top fugitive in the Paris attacks in the same Brussels neighborhood where he grew up.
Salah Abdeslam was shot in the leg and detained by police during a raid in Molenbeek, said Ahmed El Khannouss, the neighborhood’s deputy mayor.
Police are still searching for another suspect who is holed up in a house that is just a few dozen meters (yards) from two schools, he added.
Helmeted police with riot shields have cordoned off the area and two explosions were heard.
Brussels-born Abdeslam, 26, was among the attackers who killed 130 people at a rock concert, the national stadium and cafes on Nov. 13 in Paris.
In addition to Abdeslam, the whereabouts of two Paris attack suspects remains unknown, including fellow Molenbeek resident Mohamed Abrini and a man known under the alias of Soufiane Kayal.
Friday’s caputure of Abdeslam comes after Belgian authorities say they found his fingerprints in an apartment raided earlier this week in another Brussels neighborhood.
In that raid, a man believed to have been an accomplice of Abdeslam — Mohamed Belkaid — was shot dead, Belgian prosecutors say. But two men escaped from the apartment, one of whom appears to have been Abdeslam.
Federal prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt said it was possible Abdeslam had spent “days, weeks or months,” in the apartment.
Abdeslam fled Paris after the Nov. 13 attacks. Most of the Paris attackers died that night, including Abdeslam’s brother Brahim, who blew himself up. Brahim Abdeslam was buried in the area Thursday.
Salah Abdeslam, a childhood friend of suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is believed to have driven a group of gunmen who took part.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks, in which Belgian nationals played key roles.
On Tuesday, a joint team of Belgian and French police showed up to search a residence in the Forest area of Brussels in connection with the Paris investigation, and were unexpectedly fired upon by at least two people inside. Four officers were slightly wounded.
An occupant of the residence was shot dead by a police sniper as he prepared to open fire on police from a window. Police identified him as Belkaid, 35, an Algerian national living illegally in Belgium.
A Kalashnikov assault rifle was found by his body, as well as a book on Salafism, an ultraconservative strain of Islam. Elsewhere in the apartment, police found an Islamic State banner as well as 11 Kalashnikov loaders and a large quantity of ammunition, the prosecutor said.
Belgian authorities initially said Belkaid had no known background in radical Islamic activities. But Friday afternoon, prosecutors issued a statement saying he was “most probably” an accomplice of Abdeslam who had been using a fake Belgian ID card in the name of Samir Bouzid.
A man using that ID card was one of the two men seen with Abdeslam in a rental car on the Hungarian-Austrian border in September.
Four days after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, the same false ID card was used to transfer 750 euros ($847) to Hasna Ait Boulahcen, Abaaoud’s niece. Both Ait Boulahcen and Abaaoud died afterward in a police siege.
Abdeslam slipped through a police dragnet to return to Brussels after the bloodbath in Paris, and though the target of an international manhunt, has not been found since.
In January, Belgian authorities said one of his fingerprints was found alongside homemade suicide bomb belts at an apartment in another area of Brussels. Belgian prosecutors said it wasn’t known whether he had been at the address in the Schaerbeek district before or after the Paris attacks, or how long he had spent there. - AP
LONDON (AFP) - Prime Minister David Cameron's government looked forward to life after Britain's EU referendum by unveiling on Wednesday a new legislative programme in a speech read out by Queen Elizabeth II in parliament.
On Westminster's grandest day, the queen arrived in a golden horse-drawn carriage and donned a crown and ermine to deliver a speech written by officials with plans for the coming year.
With a row in Cameron's Conservative party over Europe on hold for the day, the Queen's Speech focused on social reforms and contained little likely to be controversial before the tight June 23 vote.
The main announcements included new counter-extremism legislation, measures to tackle corruption, money laundering and tax evasion as well as reforms to how the overcrowded prison system is run.
In a statement released before the speech, Cameron said it "sets out a clear programme of social reform, so we break down the barriers to opportunity and extend life chances to all."
Officials said that a new Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill would include stronger powers to disrupt extremists operating in England and Wales.
This will include new civil orders to control their activities and fresh powers to intervene in unregulated schools teaching children extremist ideologies.
Following an anti-corruption summit in London last week attended by countries including Nigeria and Afghanistan, plans were also announced to fight international corruption.
Cameron's government plans to criminalise corporations who fail to stop staff facilitating tax evasion, while there will also be new rules tightening up Britain's anti-money laundering regime.
Officials claim that prisons will face the biggest shake-up since the 19th century with new plans to give governors more power over the jails they run.
There were also moves to pave the way for Britain's first ever space port for commercial space travel and the increased use of driverless cars.
The white-clad monarch, delivering the 63rd Queen's Speech of her reign, arrived in a gold and black carriage with dozens of horsemen to the sound of the national anthem, "God Save The Queen".
In a bizarre tradition dating back to times of hostility between parliament and the monarchy, an MP was "held hostage" at Buckingham Palace until she returned safely.
- Splits and bad temper -
With five weeks to go until the referendum, the debate over whether to leave the European Union or stay in is becoming increasingly charged.
Boris Johnson, the Conservative former London mayor effectively leading the "Leave" campaign, sparked fury by saying the EU, like German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, wanted to create a European superstate in an interview out Sunday.
Cameron raised eyebrows among "Leave" campaigners Tuesday by suggesting that the Islamic State group would be "happy" if Britain left the EU.
Underlining the depth of splits in the ruling party, one of its most senior figures, former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine, said Tuesday that Johnson was behaving "irresponsibly" and "recklessly".
Heseltine, who wants to remain in the EU, said he would be "very surprised" if Johnson ever became Conservative leader, despite him being one of the frontrunners eventually to succeed Cameron.
Analysts say Cameron -- who is leading the "Remain" campaign -- would probably have to step down if Britain votes to leave the EU. Most of his ministers are also campaigning to stay in the 28-nation bloc.
The race currently stands at 51 percent support for "Remain" and 49 percent for "Leave", according to an average of the last six opinion polls by the What UK Thinks academic project, excluding undecideds.
by Katherine Haddon
Nato risks a nuclear war with Russia within a year if it does not increase its defence capabilities in the Baltic states, one of the alliance's most senior retired generals has said.
General Sir Richard Shirreff, who served as Nato’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe between 2011 and 2014, said that an attack on Estonia, Lithuania or Latvia – all Nato members – was a serious possibility and that the West should act now to avert “potential catastrophe”.
He has written a fictional book 2017 War with Russia, but told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the events it describes were “entirely plausible”.
General Shirreff said: “The chilling fact is that because Russia hardwires nuclear thinking and capability to every aspect of their defence capability, this would be nuclear war.
“We need to judge President Putin by his deeds not his words,” he added. “He has invaded Georgia, he has invaded the Crimea, he has invaded Ukraine. He has used force and got away with it. - Independent
“In a period of tension, an attack on the Baltic states… is entirely plausible.”
Nato members would be obliged under Article 5 of its founding treaty to come to the defence of another member if it came under attack.
General Shirreff said that Mr Putin could be persuaded into an intervention in the Baltic by a “perception” of weakness in Nato, and predicted that, as in Crimea, the Russian president would present his actions as an act of defence to protect the large Russian-speaking minorities in those countries.
Nato has already stepped up defences in the Baltic states, but General Shirreff said that it needed to “raise the bar sufficiently high for any aggressor to say it is not worth the risk."
“I would argue the bar is not high enough at the moment,” he added.
In the preface to his book, General Shirreff is critical of recent defence cuts in the UK, writing: “A country famous for once ‘walking softly and carrying a big stick’… now had a leadership that shouted loudly but, thanks to ongoing defence cuts, carried an increasingly tiny and impotent stick.”
Twenty-one suspected Islamic militants have been arrested and one has been killed while trying to sneak into Kilis region , Southern Turkey, Turkish security forces disclosed to DailyGlobeWatch in Ankara this morning.
"Twenty-one people including nine children, were detained,", the army said in a statement and gave no further detail or the nationality of those involved and arrested for illegally trying to cross the Turkish frontiers into the country.
This is on the heels of a crackdown of IS group militants crossing the border into the country. It would recalled that security forces in Turkey had on Saturday last week killed four IS jihadists in the south-eastern province Giaziantep near the Syrian border.