POST-BREXIT SPIKE IN EU CITIZENSHIP APPLICATIONS BY BRITONS
European Union countries have recorded a surge in citizenship applications from Britons in the wake of the country's vote to leave the bloc, figures gathered by the Guardian newspaper showed Thursday. More than 2,800 Britons applied for citizenship in the 18 countries who provided data during the first eight months of 2016 - a 250 percent increase on the same period in 2015. Denmark recorded the sharpest post-referendum spike, noting a tenfold increase in applications from 30 to 300.
SPAIN'S TOP COURT CANCELS BULLFIGHTING BAN IN CATALONIA
Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday cancelled a ban on bullfighting in the northeastern region of Catalonia, in what is likely to exacerbate tensions between animal activists and supporters of the centuries-old tradition. In a statement, the court argued that bullfighting was classified as part of Spain's heritage, and therefore a decision whether to ban it pertained to the central government and not to semi-autonomous regions like Catalonia.
FRENCH POLICE STAGE FRESH PROTESTS AGAINST ANTI-COP VIOLENCE
Disgruntled French police officers took to the streets in fresh protests against anti-police violence, overnight Tuesday, as authorities appealed for calm. Twenty-four hours after a demonstration on the Champs Elysées in the heart of Paris, law enforcement officers mounted new action in the suburb of Evry, as national police director Jean-Marc Falcone met with unit chiefs.
US URGES IRAN TO FREE FATHER AND SON JAILED ON SPYING CHARGES
The United States on Tuesday demanded the release of an Iranian-American businessman and his 80-year-old father who were handed tough sentences in Tehran on espionage charges. Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, were sentenced to 10 years in prison, a state-run judicial news agency reported earlier in the day, drawing swift condemnation from the US State Department.
UNESCO ADOPTS DIVISIVE RESOLUTION ON JERUSALEM HOLY SITES
The UN cultural agency on Tuesday adopted a controversial Arab-sponsored resolution on East Jerusalem which Israel has said ignores Jewish ties to a key holy site. A spokesman for Paris-based UNESCO said the resolution, which has caused Israel to suspend its cooperation with the agency, was adopted without a new vote after being approved at the committee stage last week.