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European Union issues sanctions on Iran over assassination plots

European Union issues sanctions on Iran over assassination plots

World
Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The European Union announced sanctions Tuesday against a unit of the Iranian intelligence agency and two individuals for their alleged involvement in various assassination plots. The move places both individuals and the intelligence unit onto the EU's terror list, accusing them of carrying out attacks as part of plots against Iranian opposition figures in Denmark and France. As a result of the designation, the accused will have their assets frozen and will be subject to other restrictions. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said the Netherlands' secret service had "strong indications" Iran was involved in the assassination of Dutch nationals in Almere in 2015 and in The Hague in 2017 "The EU and the Netherlands take strong action against Iranian unlawful interference in Eur...
European Union diplomatic communications 'targeted by hackers'

European Union diplomatic communications 'targeted by hackers'

World
Hackers successfully targeted the European Union's diplomatic communications over a period of several years, The New York Times reports.Thousands of messages were intercepted in which diplomats referenced a range of subjects from US President Donald Trump to global trade.The breach was reportedly discovered by the cyber-security company Area 1.European officials say that information marked as confidential and secret was not affected by the three-year hack.One expert told the New York Times that the methods used by the hackers were similar to those previously used by the Chinese military."After over a decade of experience countering Chinese cyber-operations... there is no doubt this campaign is connected to the Chinese government," he said.The intercepted ...
Italy budget: Rome rejects European Commission demands

Italy budget: Rome rejects European Commission demands

World
The Italian government has defied the European Commission by sticking to its big-spending budget plan.Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said a deficit target of 2.4% and a growth forecast of 1.5% were unchanged.The Commission, worried by the impact of high spending on Italy's high levels of debt, had told Rome to revise the budget or face possible fines.It had set Tuesday as a deadline to Italy's governing populist parties to respond to its objections.The Commission's warning to Italy, the eurozone's third-biggest economy, is an unprecedented move with regard to an European Union member state. It will now decide whether to begin disciplinary measures against the Rome government. Italian government bond yields rose sharply earl...
European stocks higher as traders digest comments from Fed's Powell; Metro up 12%

European stocks higher as traders digest comments from Fed's Powell; Metro up 12%

Finance
European markets opened in positive territory on Monday as investors reacted to comments from the head of the Federal Reserve on the U.S. central bank's policy-tightening path. The pan-European Stoxx 600 index traded 0.26 percent higher, with all sectors in positive territory. In the U.K., markets are closed due to a bank holiday. Looking across the benchmark, Germany's Metro Group was the top performer, after Ceconomy said it was in talks to sell most of its 10 percent stake in the German wholesale retailer. Shares of Metro Group jumped 12 percent during morning deals. ...
European football round-up: Ex-Arsenal ace starts first game in two years, Bale, Messi and Mbappe score, Ronaldo makes Juve bow

European football round-up: Ex-Arsenal ace starts first game in two years, Bale, Messi and Mbappe score, Ronaldo makes Juve bow

Sports
talkSPORT rounds up the action across Europe over the weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo made a winning start to his Juventus career, Santi Cazorla returned to action in Spain, while Robin van Persie was on the scoresheet in Holland… Ronaldo made his Serie A bow SERIE A Ronaldo made his debut for Juventus as the Serie A champions secured a dramatic 3-2 victory against Chievo. All eyes were on the Portugal captain following his £99million summer transfer from Real Madrid – but it needed a team effort from the defending champions to secure three points in Verona. Sami Khedira put Juventus ahead in the third minute but Mariusz Stepinski and Emanuele Giaccherini struck to give Chievo the lead. An own goal by defender Mattia Bani levelled things up again...