Europe

News and reports from Europe.

Kosovo's refugees set to ignore return plea

An appeal to UK-based Kosovar refugees to come home and help to rebuild their country is likely to fall on deaf ears.

Health watchdogs abolished

NHS Community Health Councils - which helped lead to the conviction of the serial killer Harold Shipman and rogue gynaecologist Rodney Ledward - are to be axed.

When devotion leads to deportation

Leeds schoolboy, Alexander Rostron, has arrived back in the UK after being deported from Beijing for protesting against alleged human rights abuses against Falun Gong practitioners.

Followers banned for their beliefs

Activists representing the spiritual group, Falun Gong, which is outlawed in China, were detained on arrival in Iceland during a recent visit by the Chinese premier, Jiang Zemin.

Croatian President on PR offensive

Embattled leader, Stipe Mesic, talks to Dominic Hipkins in Zagreb about his country's struggle to regain respectability.

Falun Gong- Mysticism or mayhem?

More than 70 million people in China are followers of Falun Gong. But their beliefs can come at a very high price.

Croatian war crimes general could implicate US commanders

A prominent supporter of Ante Gotovina has revealed the Croatian general indicted for war crimes will try to embarrass the US if he is extradited to The Hague for trial.

Sarajevo's isolation six years after the siege

Little about the journey from the Bosnian border post of Dobrljin to the capital is predictable aboard the Sarajevo Express from Croatia.

Roma of Europe: Second-class citizens?

A room is filled with gypsies: young men as well as tired mothers holding wailing children. A heavily built Croatian policeman stands proudly, guarding the door as if it is his national duty to secure the containment of the Roma.

Kurdish leader's arrest sparks armed stand-off

About 500 Kurds gathered outside the Greek embassy in Holland Park, West London to protest against the arrest of their leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

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