IRAQI FORCES CLOSE IN ON MOSUL, BATTLING SNIPERS AND SUICIDE ATTACKERS
Iraqi forces battled Sunday through booby-traps, sniper fire and suicide car bombs to tighten the noose around Mosul, while also hunting Islamic State group jihadists behind attacks elsewhere in the country. Iraqi special forces on Monday began shelling Islamic State (IS) group positions northwest of Bartella. Reporting from Erbil, FRANCE 24’s James Andre said anti-IS group forces were closing in on Iraq’s second-largest city from the east in an arc.
FRANCE STARTS EVACUATING ‘JUNGLE’ MIGRANT CAMP IN CALAIS
Tensions are running high at the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais Monday as authorities begin a major operation to evacuate the notorious shantytown and relocate migrants to alternative accommodation sites. Migrants carrying suitcases and bundles of possessions started queueing up in the early morning darkness at the official meeting points for transportation to reception centres across France.
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.