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Belgian court gives Facebook 48 hours to stop tracking Internet users

A Belgian court gave Facebook 48 hours to stop tracking Internet users who do not have accounts with the US social media giant, or risk fines of up to 250,000 euros ($269,000) a day.

Belgian court gives Facebook 48 hours to stop tracking Internet users
Catalan parliament begins process of secession from Spain

Lawmakers in Catalonia officially kicked off a process to secede fromSpain by 2017, despite impassioned pleas against independence, in an unprecedented showdown with Madrid's central government.

Catalan parliament begins process of secession from Spain
Fitch slashes VW ratings over poor management of pollution fraud

Fitch ratings agency on Monday cut Volkswagen's credit rating by two notches, saying that a widening pollution cheating scandal has exposed weak corporate governance at the German auto giant.

Fitch slashes VW ratings over poor management of pollution fraud
Croatian parties in tough talks to form government

Croatia's political parties faced tough negotiations to cobble together a government after the conservative opposition won a narrow election victory.

Croatian parties in tough talks to form government
Catalan parliament to vote on secession in showdown with Madrid

Catalonia's pro-independence regional parliament is expected to launch a secession process in Spain's wealthiest region, in a showdown with the central government in Madrid.

Catalan parliament to vote on secession in showdown with Madrid
Romania president meets with protesters as fire toll mounts

Romania's president appealed for protesters' support in reforming the country, as the death toll rose to 45 from a horrific nightclub fire that brought down the government

Romania president meets with protesters as fire toll mounts
French PM says opposed to Renault, Nissan merger

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he was opposed to a full merger of Renault and Nissan, but wanted to "preserve the alliance", following a week of mounting tensions over the role of the state in the carmaker.

French PM says opposed to Renault, Nissan merger
UK seeks extra security abroad in wake of Russian jet crash

Britain will push for higher security at foreign airports in risky areas even if it means extra delays for passengers, foreign minister Philip Hammond said.

UK seeks extra security abroad in wake of Russian jet crash
Pope deplores Vatican leaks, vows to continue reforms

Pope Francis pledged to forge ahead with reforms within the Church, while decrying "deplorable" leaks over uncontrolled spending by the Vatican.

Pope deplores Vatican leaks, vows to continue reforms
Thousands in Paris anti-racism rally mark 2005 riots

Condemning racism and police heavy-handedness, thousands of people attended a "march of dignity" rally in Paris to mark a decade since the deaths of two youths sparked nationwide riots.

Thousands in Paris anti-racism rally mark 2005 riots
Curfew, mass arrests in Indian Kashmir ahead of Modi visit

Authorities ordered a curfew in parts of Indian-administered Kashmir after hundreds of separatist activists were arrested on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the disputed region

Curfew, mass arrests in Indian Kashmir ahead of Modi visit
Russian plane black boxes point to 'attack', Putin halts flights

Analysis of black boxes from the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt killing 224 people points to a bomb, sources close to the probe said, as Moscow halted flights to the country.

Russian plane black boxes point to 'attack', Putin halts flights
Estonia PM questions Baltic plan to price Soviet occupation

Estonia's premier raised doubts Friday about the decision of three Baltic states to calculate how much money they lost under some 50 years of Soviet occupation.

Estonia PM questions Baltic plan to price Soviet occupation
'No politics please': Russians bury first Egypt crash victims

Numb with grief, a young woman wept and called for her mother at a funeral in a small village in northwestern Russia for one of the victims of the plane crash inEgypt.

'No politics please': Russians bury first Egypt crash victims
France still in thrall to its 'sacred monster' Alain Delon

France celebrates the 80th birthday of its greatest screen seducer Alain Delon this weekend with all the circumstance usually accorded to an ageing monarch.

France still in thrall to its 'sacred monster' Alain Delon
Violence as anti-capitalist march hits London

Activists set a police car alight and scuffled with riot police in central London as thousands took part in a "Million Mask March" anti-capitalist demonstration night.

Violence as anti-capitalist march hits London
Second Baltic pipeline will cost Ukraine $2bn a year: PM

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk blasted a planned second gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, claiming it would cost his country $2 billion (1.8 billion euros) a year in lost revenue.

Second Baltic pipeline will cost Ukraine $2bn a year: PM
Germany to speed up repatriations of rejected asylum-seekers

Germany plans to speed up repatriations of rejected asylum-seekers from new central hubs, Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition allies agreed, vowing to bring order to a record migrant influx.

Germany to speed up repatriations of rejected asylum-seekers
France advises against non-essential travel to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort

France advised its nationals against all non-essential travel to Sharm el-Sheikh following the crash of a Russian passenger jet that took off from the Egyptian resort at the weekend.

France advises against non-essential travel to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort
Croatia votes as migrants flow in, economy languishes

Croatians vote in a general election as the nation faces an ongoing influx of refugees -- a crisis that rival political camps have tried to exploit, while lacking concrete policy pledges to kickstart the sluggish economy.

Croatia votes as migrants flow in, economy languishes