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Luxembourg becomes first country with free public transport

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The free transport affects approximately 40 percent of households and is estimated to save each one around 100 euros

A photo taken on February 29, 2020 shows a tramway in Luxembourg as the country inaugurates its free public transports policy. - Luxembourg has become the first country in the world on February 29, 2020 to offer a free public transport system as the government tries to reduce particularly dense car traffic. Some cities have already taken similar partial measures but the transport ministry said it was the first time such a decision would cover an entire country. (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP)

EU keeps hopes of Brexit deal alive, for now

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:23 PM

'This work has been intense all along the weekend and yesterday because even if the agreement will be difficult – more and more difficult to be frank – it's still possible this week,' says chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier

BREXIT. European Union Chief Negotiator in charge of Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Luxembourg's Grand Duke Jean dies aged 98

Apr 23, 2019 - 3:41 PM

(UPDATED) Luxembourgers remain attached to Grand Duke Jean, who was a soldier in the British army during the Second World War, and participated at the D-Day landings

GRAND DUKE JEAN. In this file photo from January 15, 2005, Luxembourg Grand Duke Jean (L) waits for the beginning of his wife's funeral Duchess Josephine Charlotte alongside his son Grand Duke Henri (R) in Notre Dame de Luxembourg's cathedral. File photo by Jean-Cristophe Verhaegen/AFP

Rescued migrants allowed to disembark in Malta, go on to Europe – PM

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:52 PM

All 62 migrants on the Alan Kurdi ship will be disembarked and redistributed between Germany, France, Portugal, and Luxembourg

'Shooting gallery' helps addicts in Europe's richest country

May 07, 2018 - 7:44 PM

The tiny grand duchy nestled between France, Belgium and Germany has for more than 10 years played host to a busy 'shooting gallery' to give drug addicts a safe space to inject narcotics

A social educator displays a sterile drug use equipment at the Abrigado Center, a "shooting gallery" in Luxembourg on March 29, 2018. Far from the glitzy bank buildings and boutiques in Luxembourg city sits a run-down prefab building behind the railway station that shows another side to Europe's richest country. The tiny grand duchy nestled between France, Belgium and Germany has for more than 10 years played host to a busy "shooting gallery" to give drug addicts a safe space to inject narcotics. John Thys / AFP

LuxLeaks whistleblower's conviction quashed

Jan 11, 2018 - 10:17 PM

Luxembourg's highest court rejects the conviction against former PricewaterhouseCoopers employee Antoine Deltour, who in March was handed a reduced 6-month suspended jail sentence with a 1,500-euro fine

ANTOINE DELTOUR. This file photo taken on March 15, 2017 shows former PricewaterhouseCoopers employee, Antoine Deltour leaving the Luxembourg Court of Appeal in Luxembourg. File photo by Aurore Belot/AFP

Estonia to open world's first virtual data embassy

Jul 16, 2017 - 4:04 PM

The data embassy in Luxembourg will notably back up information regarding taxes land businesses identity documents pensions legislation and the census

Minella plays Wimbledon while 4.5 months pregnant

Jul 04, 2017 - 5:08 PM

The 31 year old prepares to join Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka as a tennis mom

EXPECTING. Tennis player Mandy Minella is competing at this year's Wimbledon while 4 and a half months pregnant. Photo from Minella's official Facebook page

Which countries have the best healthcare?

May 19, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Of the 20 countries heading up the list all but Australia and Japan are in western Europe where virtually every nation boasts some form of universal health coverage

EU leaders vow 'firm' response to Trump

Jan 29, 2017 - 7:41 AM

French President Francois Hollande vows a firm response to a growing list of pronouncements by the maverick tycoon including his encouragement for Brexit and suspension of all refugee arrivals

French President Francois Hollande speaks to the press at the Southern EU countries summit held at Belem cultural center in Lisbon on January 28, 2017. Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

France, Luxembourg roll out red carpet for post-Brexit business

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:15 AM

The two European countries seek to welcome businesses hit by Britain s vote to leave the EU

BREXIT IMPACT. People walk across Oxford Circus as Union flags hang across Oxford Street in central London on June 27, 2016. File photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Multinationals book more income in Bermuda than China – UN

May 04, 2016 - 11:10 AM

How is it possible that in Bermuda you have more profit declared than in China? says an UNCTAD official

epa05280947 A photograph made available on 28 April 2016 showing numerous national flags lining the front lawn of the Palais des Nations, which houses the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 27 April 2016. EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI

Luxembourg launches money laundering probe in Najib fund scandal

Apr 01, 2016 - 6:41 AM

The scandal surrounding Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak deepens further as another country begins an investigation

epa05237672 Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak during a speech during the launch of a Children Austism Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 31 March 2016. Najib Razak, 62, faced criticisms of alleged corruption and mismanagement of hundreds of millions of dollars of debts of a state investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) he formed in 2009. EPA/STR

EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

Mar 18, 2016 - 10:14 AM

4th UPDATE Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA

Luxembourg duchess seeks return to Cuba to develop microfinance

Mar 07, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Havana born Grand Duchess Maria Teresa says it is her dream to help poor families set up businesses

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY VERONIQUE POUJOL AND PHILIPPE AGRET Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Maria Teresa gives an exclusive interview to Agence France-Presse (AFP) at the Berg Castle, the Grand Ducal residence in Berg, on February 23, 2016. The monarchy must adapt to the reality of his time and the operation of the grand ducal court to be more "transparent" and "authentic" said the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, wife of king Henry of Luxembourg in a exclusive interview she gave to AFP from the residence of the sovereign Luxembourg Berg Castle. / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND

EU's founding members back two-speed Europe

Feb 10, 2016 - 8:42 AM

The foreign ministers of Belgium France Germany Italy Luxembourg and the Netherlands issue a joint communique in which they admit to being concerned about the state of the European project

The Flag of the European Union flies outside of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, June 30, 2014. Patrick Seeger/EPA

Air Algerie crash victims' families mark one year since tragedy

Jul 25, 2015 - 11:21 AM

Families are asking that unidentified victims remains be flown from Mali for burial

ONE YEAR. A picture made available July 28, 2014 shows debris at the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017, near the town of Goss, north of Bamako, Mali, July 27, 2014. File photo by STR/EPA

Luxembourg rules out full voting rights for foreigners

Jun 07, 2015 - 11:30 PM

UPDATED Had the vote been carried the tiny landlocked country will be the first in EU to grant foreign born residents the right to vote in all the country s elections

'Worst ever' migrant shipwreck prompts calls for EU action

Apr 20, 2015 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED EU ministers head into crisis talks under pressure to confront people smuggling gangs

SEA RESCUE. A handout picture provided by Guardia di Finanza shows a Ifra-red camera screen shot during an operation to rescue migrants after their wreckship in Strait of Sicily, 19 April 2015. Guardia di Finanza/Handout/EPA

Switzerland, Luxembourg plan to join China-led development bank

Mar 21, 2015 - 2:22 PM

Other European countries have already announced their intentions to join the bank which is viewed as a competitor to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank

FOUNDING. Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, takes photos with guests of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in 2014. Photo by Takaki Yajima/AFP

Hot money up in February at $1.2B

Mar 13, 2015 - 12:56 PM

More investors put their money in the country’s stock market and government securities the central bank reports

Europe to build new-generation Ariane 6 rocket

Dec 02, 2014 - 7:32 PM

UPDATED European nations announce they will build a new generation rocket in a multi billion euro dollar program to maintain their grip on the world market for satellite launches

A handout picture released by the French Space Agency (CNES) shows the European Ariane Five rocket flight VA219 lifting off the launch pad at the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, 29 July 2014. CNES/EPA

UN Security Council: 5 countries set to join world's 'top table'

Oct 13, 2014 - 11:17 AM

For the contenders a Council seat is the ultimate diplomatic prize raising a country s profile several notches boosting influence and providing knockoff benefits in bilateral ties

TABLE OF POWER. Wide view of the UN Security Council Chamber during the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, 30 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Kim Haughton/UN Photo

Air Algerie crash wipes out entire families

Jul 26, 2014 - 10:29 AM

The scale of the tragedy for some communities is becoming clear as it emerged that 10 members of one French family died in the crash

UN to vote on improved Syria aid access

Jul 12, 2014 - 12:58 PM

The United Nations accuses the Syrian regime of imposing bureaucratic and arbitrary obstacles to the delivery of humanitarian aid

AID FOR CIVILIANS. The UN Council calls on the Syrian government to improve civilians' access to much-needed aid. Photo from Agence France-Presse

MAP: Europe's royal families

Jun 19, 2014 - 9:56 PM

Europe currently has 5 kings two queens two princes and a grand duke

No maternity leave for women using surrogates: EU top court

Mar 19, 2014 - 6:52 AM

The European Court of Justice rules that EU law does not establish a right to paid leave equal to maternity leave or adoption leave for women having a child by a surrogate

UN Security Council ramps up pressure on Syria's Assad

Feb 23, 2014 - 10:44 AM

UPDATED The UN Security Council adopts a unanimous but non binding resolution calling for the lifting of the siege on several Syrian cities to allow passage of humanitarian aid convoys in the war torn country

AMID THE RUINS. A Syrian man walks amid debris and dust following an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces on January 31, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Mohammed al-Khatieb/AFP

Syria talks to continue despite deadlock over power transfer

Jan 28, 2014 - 9:43 AM

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi admitted that talks haven t produced much but he said he would bring the country s warring sides together again on Tuesday

NO PROGRESS. UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a press conference after a round of talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, 27 January 2014. Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Syria warring sides join world powers in Montreux for talks

Jan 22, 2014 - 6:40 AM

Officials express little hope of a breakthrough at the conference but say just bringing President Bashar al Assad s regime and the opposition to the same table will be a sign of progress

TALKS VENUE. Police block the street at the arrival of Syrian government delegation at their hotel on January 21, 2014 on the eve of the so-called Geneva II peace talks in Montreux. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Ban boots Iran out of Syria peace talks

Jan 21, 2014 - 6:42 AM

The UN secretary general was forced to act after the Syrian opposition threatened to withdraw from the talks if Iran takes part

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York, 17 January 2014. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Syria's Assad expects to run again, rejects power deal

Jan 20, 2014 - 6:02 PM

Assad calls for the talks scheduled to begin on Wednesday January 22 in Montreux in Switzerland to focus on what he termed his war against terrorism

ASSAD SPEAKS. In a picture released on January 20, 2014, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with AFP at the presidential palace in Damascus on the weekend. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP

Syria opposition threatens talks boycott over Iran invite

Jan 20, 2014 - 9:08 AM

UPDATED The Syrian National Coalition said it would withdraw from the negotiations unless the invitation to Iran extended by UN Sec Gen Ban Ki moon was retracted

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York, 17 January 2014. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

EU restarts membership talks with Turkey after 3-year break

Oct 22, 2013 - 9:16 PM

The 28 nation bloc agreed to the resumption in principle in June but then postponed talks in protest over Turkey s spring crackdown

TURKEY TALKS. The European Union will restart talks with Turkey on its possible entry into the Union. Here, the European Flag is seen in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 13 March 2013. EPA/Patrick Seeger

Veteran Luxembourg PM leads polls but loses ground

Oct 21, 2013 - 7:32 AM

Despite the slide PM Juncker immediately announced he would try to form a workable coalition government

LEADING IN POLLS. Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker waves to supporters at the CSV Party headquarters in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, 20 October 2013. EPA/Nicolas Bouvy

Veteran Luxembourg PM Juncker resigns in spy scandal

Jul 11, 2013 - 10:47 AM

Juncker: I am calling a cabinet meeting at 10 am local 0800 GMT tomorrow July 11 and I will hand in the government s resignation

RESIGNED. Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker at the start of a hearing at the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies, in Luxembourg, 10 July 2013. Photo by EPA/Julien Warnand

European royalty due at Luxembourg royal wedding

Oct 18, 2012 - 11:18 AM

From Friday through Saturday the only Grand Duchy in the world will turn up the lights for Prince Guillaume and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy

Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy (L) and Prince Guillaume, hereditary Grand-Duke of Luxembourg pose at the official ceremony for Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg to present his fiancee on April 27, 2012 at the Grand-Ducal palace in Luxembourg. AFP PHOTO/BELGA /ERIC LALMAND

Argentina, Rwanda seek UN Security Council seats

Oct 17, 2012 - 3:29 PM

The UN General Assembly votes Thursday October 18 to elect five new non permanent members to the Security Council with Argentina and Rwanda widely expected to win seats while three others are up for grabs

SECURITY COUNCIL AT WORK. A wide view of the Security Council at its meeting on the Middle East, in particular the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories at the UN Headquarters in New York, 15 October 2012. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Eurozone meets to launch rescue fund as Greece, Spain struggle

Oct 08, 2012 - 5:06 PM

The eurozone launches its much awaited 500 billion euro rescue fund on Monday October 8 a positive backdrop for finance ministers trying to settle Greece s tortuous debt bailout and as Spain agonises over seeking a rescue

Unemployment rate in rich countries edges up: OECD

Sep 11, 2012 - 10:13 PM

Unemployment rates continued to vary widely in July

French Statue of Liberty moves to museum

Jul 08, 2012 - 5:29 PM

Liberty Enlightening the World finds a new home

THE LIBERTY MINI-ME known as the 'French Statue of Liberty' at the Luxembourg Gardens. Screen grab from YouTube