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December 21, 2016 1:26 PM EU court rules against UK data retention laws

LONDON — The European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that governments must not indiscriminately collect and retain people’s emails and electronic communications, dealing a blow to Britain’s contentious new cyber-surveillance law. Europe’s highest court said “general and indiscriminate retention of data” by governments is unlawful and cannot be justified 35

December 21, 2016 11:57 AM Britain’s ‘Unlawful’ Spying Powers Attacked by Top EU Court

The European Union’s top court ruled against Britain in its first major judgment of the Brexit era, saying U.K. measures forcing telecommunications companies to keep hold of customer data for a year violate the bloc’s laws. Such legislation “exceeds the limits of what is strictly necessary and cannot be considered to be justified within a democratic 38

December 21, 2016 11:47 AM Romania Could Be Headed for First Female Prime Minister

Liviu Dragnea, chairman of Romania's Social Democratic party which won recent parliamentary elections, proposed Wednesday that Sevil Shhaideh take the post of prime minister. President Klaus Iohannis is consulting with political leaders before nominating a prime minister, who Parliament needs to approve. If approved by lawmakers, she would also become 24

December 21, 2016 11:26 AM EU data retention ruling goes against UK government

The UK government says it is "disappointed" after the European Court of Justice said the "indiscriminate" collection of data was against EU law. EU judges said communications data could only be retained if it was used to fight serious crime. Its verdict came after a legal challenge to the UK government's surveillance legislation. The challenge was initially 42

December 21, 2016 10:34 AM May’s Plans for Quick Brexit Trade Deal Muddied by EU Court View

An opinion by the European Union’s top court on Wednesday may pave the way for an important Brexit precedent after it said that ratification by EU institutions isn’t enough to pass a trade deal with Singapore. For U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, the implications could be big. The EU Court of Justice advocate-general’s view that member states must also approve 37

December 21, 2016 8:16 AM Russian Parliament Urges Tighter Security for Diplomats

The lower chamber of the Russian parliament calls for heightened security measures for Russian diplomats abroad following the assassination of the ambassador to Turkey. The State Duma voted on Wednesday on a resolution that condemned Monday's killing of Andrei Karlov and urged authorities to take extra steps to protect Russian diplomats abroad 27

December 20, 2016 4:15 PM President vetoes restrictive church law targeting Muslims

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – Slovakia's President Andrej Kiska has vetoed legislation that would have tightened conditions for the official registration of churches. Approved by Parliament on Nov 30, the legislation intended to increase the number of members needed for a religion to become official — and eligible for state subsidies — from 20,000 to 50,000. The bill was drafted 25

December 20, 2016 1:04 PM Berlin market attack: German police say they arrested wrong man, perpetrator is armed and still at large

In a statement widely broadcast on German television, Merkel described herself as ''shocked, shaken and deeply saddened.'' ''There is still a lot that we don't know about this act with sufficient certainty,'' she said. Germany must assume a truck plowing through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin was a ”terrorist attack,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday 52

December 20, 2016 1:04 PM Berlin Attack: Police Uncertain Detained Suspect Drove Truck

Berlin: The suspect in the truck attack that killed 12 people at a busy Berlin Christmas market came from Pakistan and had applied for asylum in Germany, the country's top security official said Tuesday. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the suspect, who denies involvement, entered Germany on December 31, 2016 and arrived in Berlin in February 47

December 20, 2016 11:45 AM Theresa May will unveil more of her Brexit plan with a major speech in the New Year

Theresa May will spell out 'more details' of her Brexit plans 'early in the New Year'. Facing her first grilling by the Commons Liaison Committee, the Prime Minister refused to set a date for publishing a written plan for her negotiations and objective. But Mrs May announced a speech on Brexit in the New Year and said Parliament would have 'ample opportunity' 41