News and reports from Europe.

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.

Straw rejects medical grounds to approve Pinochet extradition

"Sitting next to the fireplace with an attitude of confident and innocent expectation, the Colonel experienced the feeling that fungus and poisoned lilies were taking root in his gut. It was October. A difficult morning to get through, even for a man like himself…"

Pinochet checks out of Clinic

The High Court's decision last Wednesday to grant General Augusto Pinochet diplomatic immunity on charges of genocide and torture drew responses of "betrayed by Britiain" from disbelieving crowds of Chilean exiles.

Pinochet prosecutors await next move in game of constitutional chess

The House of Lords will today adjudicate on the Crown Prosecution Service's appeal against its ruling last week that General Pinochet is immune from prosecution as a former head of state.

Pinochet detention recalls grim past

The ongoing picket outside the London Harley Street Clinic - where General Pinochet remains under armed detention - climaxed on Saturday when 400 protestors gathered in support of his extradition to Spain to face charges of murder and torture.

From Santiago to Southampton: A Chilean exile remembers

Rodrigo Sanchez came to England in the spring of 1976 to study Spanish at Southampton University. Having escaped General Augusto Pinochet's brutal regime, he was lucky to be alive.

General Augusto Pinochet of Chile arrested in London

Armed Metropolitan Police have arrested a startled General Augusto Pinochet of Chile pending an extradition order filed by two Spanish judges in connection with the deaths of Spanish nationals during his authoritarian rule.


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