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About Lindsey
Lindsey Johnstone is a freelance journalist based in Lyon, France.

I am an NCTJ-qualified journalist with 12 years' experience as a news and feature writer and production journalist/sub-editor, in print and online, for national newspapers, websites and magazines – including The Scotsman and Scotsman.com, Scotland on Sunday, The Herald and Heraldscotland.com, The Sunday Herald, Euronews.com, The Scottish Sun, The Local France, The Connexion, The Daily Record, The Sunday Mail, The List magazine, The Edinburgh Evening News, The Glasgow Evening Times, The National, Fest Magazine and The Skinny.

I've written news stories (and translated them from French), and features on topics including travel, music, the Edinburgh festivals, ballet, food and drink, art, events, fashion, beauty, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and London 2012 Olympics and on one unexpectedly memorable occasion, unicorns – a story that was the most read on Scotsman.com (the most read news site in Scotland) two years in a row. Make of that what you will.
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Sex, stairs and the Metro: How the Parisians really stay in shape

01 Oct 2023  |  time.news
Residents of Paris maintain their fitness through everyday activities such as taking the stairs, running for the Metro, walking instead of using public transport, and cycling with the popular Vélib bike-sharing scheme. The city's compact size and numerous parks also encourage walking, jogging, and other outdoor activities. Parisians also engage in social activities like dancing at house parties and eating in moderation. The article highlights the integration of exercise into daily routines and the availability of fresh produce at local markets as key factors in the Parisian approach to staying in shape.

UK doubles down after new 'Stop the Boats' migrant crackdown announced

08 Mar 2023  |  www.euronews.com
UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman has announced a new Illegal Migration Bill aimed at stopping migrant boats crossing the Channel, amidst criticism comparing the language used to that of 1930s Germany. The United Nations' Refugee Agency and Amnesty International have expressed profound concern and believe there is a conflict with international laws protecting asylum seekers. The French government has not officially reacted to the bill, which comes ahead of a Franco-British summit. Legal experts like Alexander Heeps criticize the UK's disregard for domestic and international obligations. Public opinion in the UK has become more positive towards immigration, but there is a desire to address irregular crossings. The government insists the legislation complies with international obligations.

The best shopping in Paris: 10 traditional shops where you can buy a piece of history

05 Jan 2023  |  independent.co.uk
Paris is home to a variety of traditional shops that have been in business for centuries, offering products ranging from art supplies and culinary equipment to honey, umbrellas, pastries, sweets, books, shirts, taxidermy, and ballet shoes. These shops include Sennelier, E. Dehillerin, Le Miel des Toits de Paris, Maison Antoine, Stohrer, La Mère de Famille, Delamain, Librairie Galignani, Charvet, Deyrolle, and Repetto, each with its own rich history and connection to famous individuals such as Picasso, Cézanne, Louis XV, and Brigitte Bardot. These establishments not only provide high-quality goods but also allow customers to purchase a piece of Parisian history.

Holocaust Remembrance Day: how are Europe's children taught about the Holocaust?

27 Jan 2020  |  euronews.com
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, concerns arise about the fading memory of the Holocaust. Surveys reveal a lack of awareness among Europeans, with varying degrees of knowledge and misinformation. Holocaust education is mandated in most European countries, with different approaches and contexts. Some countries grapple with their roles during the Nazi regime, while others emphasize their positive actions. The rise of right-wing parties in Europe influences the narrative and teaching of the Holocaust. Social media, particularly the Auschwitz Memorial Twitter account, plays a role in education. The article underscores the importance of Holocaust education in combating contemporary anti-Semitism, racism, and intolerance.

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, how unified is Germany?

09 Nov 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany remains divided in many ways. Economic disparities persist, with wages and economic output in the former East Germany lagging behind the West. Political divisions are evident, particularly with the rise of the far-right AfD in eastern states. Personal stories from individuals who lived through reunification highlight ongoing social and cultural divides. While some see progress and benefits from reunification, others feel like second-class citizens. The article suggests that true unity may require more time and a shift in attitudes, particularly among younger generations.

Explainer: Paedophile Marc Dutroux and the horror case that united a divided Belgium

27 Oct 2019  |  www.euronews.com
In Belgium, public outrage has resurfaced over the potential early release of Marc Dutroux, a convicted paedophile and child killer. Dutroux, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2004 for the abduction, rape, and murder of several young girls, has requested a new psychiatric report that could lead to his release in 2021. The case, which united Belgium in horror, exposed significant flaws in the justice system and led to widespread protests. Dutroux's crimes, including the kidnapping and abuse of multiple victims, have left a lasting impact on the nation, with many still questioning the investigation's handling and the possibility of a wider paedophile ring. The article details the crimes, the public's reaction, and the ongoing legal battles surrounding Dutroux and his accomplices.

Rapinoe, Morgan, Bronze, and White on Ballon d'Or Shortlist

22 Oct 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Marta, Lucy Bronze, Ellen White, and Ada Hegerberg are among the nominees for the women's 2019 Ballon d'Or. Olympique Lyonnais has six nominees on the shortlist. Rapinoe is known for her activism, including protesting police brutality and suing US Soccer for equal pay. The men's list includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Virgil van Dijk, with the latter being the favorite to win. The award ceremony will take place in Paris on December 2, where the best men's and women's players will be honored.

Watch: Iranian women attend first football match in 40 years

11 Oct 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Thousands of Iranian women attended a football match for the first time in nearly 40 years, following a long campaign and pressure from FIFA. The event, held at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, saw women separated from male spectators and guarded by female police officers. The move comes after the tragic death of Sahar Khodayari, who set herself on fire after being detained for trying to enter a stadium disguised as a man. The change has been met with mixed reactions, with some celebrating the progress and others criticizing the continued segregation and restrictions.

Euronews answers: The Council of Europe turns 70, but what does it do?

01 Oct 2019  |  euronews.com
The Council of Europe, often confused with other European institutions, celebrates its 70th anniversary. It safeguards human rights and the rule of law in Europe, with the European Court of Human Rights as its best-known arm. The Council has enacted various conventions, including those on wildlife conservation, human rights, and social security. It is distinct from the European Union, though all EU member states are part of the Council. The Council represents 830 million people across 47 countries and was founded in 1949. Its statutory bodies include the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly, with Marija Pejčinović Burić as the current Secretary-General.

Scotland and Brexit: 'People are embarrassed over what their friends from the EU have to go through'

27 Sep 2019  |  euronews
Following the Brexit referendum, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reassured EU nationals in Scotland of their valued place in the country. Research from the University of Birmingham indicated that EU nationals feel safer and more welcome in Scotland than in England. The Scottish Government, led by Sturgeon's SNP, has consistently conveyed a pro-EU message and has taken steps to ensure EU nationals can remain in Scotland post-Brexit. EU nationals in Scotland, who were eligible to vote in the 2014 independence referendum but not the 2016 EU referendum, have expressed a sense of belonging and support from the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government has launched campaigns and provided funding to support EU nationals, contrasting with the UK Government's 'hostile environment' policies. Scotland faces a population crisis with an ageing demographic and relies on migration for growth, further driving its welcoming stance towards EU nationals.

Watch: FIFA tells Iran women must be allowed into stadiums

19 Sep 2019  |  www.euronews.com
FIFA has urged Iran to allow women into football stadiums, with President Gianni Infantino expecting positive changes starting with Iran's next home game in October. This follows the tragic death of Sahar Khodayari, who set herself on fire in protest against her arrest for attending a match. Her death has sparked widespread outrage and calls for action. While some progress was seen last year, women have since been denied access to matches. A FIFA delegation is currently in Iran to monitor the situation, and the Iranian government has indicated a gradual increase in women's attendance at future games.

Clinton warns Europe of 'Russian interference' on visit to email leak art show

13 Sep 2019  |  euronews.com
Hillary Clinton warned Europe about Russian interference in elections during her visit to an art exhibition in Venice featuring her leaked emails. The exhibition, titled 'Hillary: The Hillary Clinton Emails' by Kenneth Goldsmith, displayed 40,000 emails sent from Clinton's private server during her tenure as US Secretary of State. These emails were leaked by Wikileaks in 2016 and were subject to an FBI investigation, which concluded no sensitive data was compromised. Clinton, who believes the email scandal impacted her 2016 presidential campaign against Donald Trump, emphasized the absurdity of the situation and urged vigilance against external manipulation of democratic elections.

Sex, stairs and the Metro: How Parisians really stay in shape

30 Jul 2019  |  thelocal.fr
Parisians maintain their fitness through daily activities rather than structured exercise routines. They often take stairs due to the scarcity of elevators, sprint to catch the Metro, walk across the compact city, cycle using the Vélib bike-sharing scheme, engage in bedroom activities, participate in outdoor sports in parks, buy fresh produce from local markets, dance at house parties, consume moderate portions of food, and join in city running events. These habits contribute to their trim appearance despite a high-calorie diet.

Watch: UN soldiers vacate Cypriot former playground of the rich and famous

17 Jun 2019  |  www.euronews.com
The Ledra Palace hotel in Nicosia, once a symbol of luxury, now stands as a poignant reminder of Cyprus's ethnic division. The United Nations, which has used the hotel as a base for peacekeeping since the 1974 conflict, has vacated the upper floors due to safety concerns, relocating personnel to prefabricated units. Despite this, the hotel will continue to play a crucial role in patrolling the buffer zone and hosting events aimed at fostering reconciliation between Turkish and Greek Cypriots. The hotel's historical significance includes hosting peace talks and meetings that shaped Cyprus's history.

Watch: Hit TV series sends tourists flocking to Chernobyl

04 Jun 2019  |  www.euronews.com
The success of HBO's television series on the Chernobyl disaster has led to a significant increase in tourism to the site, with tour agencies reporting a 30-40% rise in bookings. The series has renewed interest in the 1986 nuclear accident, highlighting the aftermath and the Soviet government's mishandling of the crisis. Tourists are drawn to the post-apocalyptic landscape and historical significance, though some express concerns about the impact of increased visitor numbers on the experience.

Peruvians flock to annual potato festival

31 May 2019  |  euronews
Peru celebrated its 10th annual Potato Festival in Lima, showcasing over 3,500 varieties of potatoes. Restaurateurs, farmers, and consumers attended the event to celebrate the crop that is vital to Peru's agriculture. Three million Peruvian farmers rely on potato production, which yielded 5.1 million tonnes last year, with 90% sold within the country. Potato merchant Alba Dias expressed pride in the potato, highlighting its importance during the festival.

European election 2019: What happened this week?

22 May 2019  |  www.euronews.com
As the EU heads to the polls, the final days of campaigning have seen significant activity. Fake news promoting far-right views has been rampant, with NGO Avaaz reporting extensive false content on social media. Turnout concerns from previous elections were discussed at the Democracy Alive festival, with candidates highlighting various reasons for voter apathy. Major European cities witnessed protests against nationalist agendas, while a nationalist rally took place in Milan. The article also provides a glimpse into the workings of the European Parliament and a reminder of the voting schedule across different countries.

European Elections: What happened this week?

17 May 2019  |  www.euronews.com
As the European elections approach, various aspects of the elections are highlighted, including polling data showing a majority of Europeans believe the EU could collapse in the next 10 to 20 years, though two-thirds have positive feelings towards the bloc. Romanian witches are preparing rituals to influence the elections, while candidates for the European Commission presidency debated key issues like jobs and climate change. Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is running in Germany, and Sandro Gozi from Italy has joined Emmanuel Macron's party in France.

Eurovision Song Contest 2019: Euronews journalists give their take on this year's music extravaganza

15 May 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Euronews journalists from across Europe share their perspectives on their respective countries' entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The feedback varies, with some expressing admiration for their entries, while others are skeptical or critical. The UK's entry is seen as strong but unlikely to succeed due to political voting, Denmark is distracted by upcoming elections, Ireland faces controversy over the event's location in Israel, Germany's entry is criticized for its authenticity, and Hungary is not expected to perform well. Ukraine is not participating, leading one journalist to consider voting for Sweden instead.

Watch: Retired teacher keeps kids off video games with Iraq street school

10 May 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Retired teacher Khamis Ali has established a free street school in Kirkuk, Iraq, to keep children engaged in education and away from video games. Ali funds the initiative himself, teaching subjects like science and mathematics, and promoting coexistence among the city's diverse population. The outdoor setting and Ali's dedication have garnered positive responses from both students and parents, who appreciate the alternative to traditional schooling and the avoidance of video games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

European elections 2019: What happened this week?

10 May 2019  |  www.euronews.com
With two weeks until the EU elections, this article provides a comprehensive overview of recent developments, including Spotify's political playlist, an activist's view on Muslim exclusion from EU politics, and the latest election projections. It explains the role of the European Council and covers a debate among European Commission presidential candidates on the creation of an EU army. Key political figures and parties such as Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron, and the Dutch Forum for Democracy are discussed in the context of their election standings.

Watch: Iranians prepare for Ramadan amid US sanctions

06 May 2019  |  euronews.com
Iranians are facing challenges preparing for Ramadan due to US sanctions that have led to increased food prices. Staples like dates, red meat, chicken, rice, and eggs have seen significant price hikes, making it difficult for families to afford the traditional suhoor and iftar meals. The Iranian economy has been further strained by the US decision not to renew waivers for importing Iranian oil, causing the national currency to plummet. Despite the economic hardships, observant Muslims like shopper Fateme Esmaili express their commitment to fasting as a religious duty. Clerics are also on the lookout for the new moon to mark the beginning of Ramadan.

European elections 2019: What happened this week?

03 May 2019  |  www.euronews.com
With three weeks until the EU elections, smaller parties like Nigel Farage's Brexit Party, Italy's 5-Star Movement, and Emmanuel Macron's LREM could significantly influence the new parliament. The European Commission's role and its perceived democratic deficit are examined. Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and Hungarian leader Viktor Orban discuss immigration and political alliances. Spain bans Catalan exiles from running in the elections. A Change.org survey reveals that 72% of respondents prioritize environmental protection in the upcoming elections.

Sesame Street: Watch as New York City names road after groundbreaking children's TV show

02 May 2019  |  www.euronews.com
New York City has renamed West 63rd Street to Sesame Street in honor of the 50th anniversary of the iconic children's TV show. Mayor Bill de Blasio, alongside beloved characters like Elmo and Big Bird, unveiled the new street sign. The show, known for its educational content and cultural diversity, has been a significant influence on children worldwide. The renaming ceremony highlighted the show's enduring impact and its role in promoting respect and friendship.

Watch: Thais queue for merchandise ahead of coronation of king

30 Apr 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Hundreds of Thais queued to buy commemorative pins for the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, with a limited run of 150,000 pins issued by the government. The coronation, set for 4 May, comes over two years after Vajiralongkorn succeeded his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Thais are also purchasing framed portraits of the new monarch and wearing yellow, the royal family's color. The ceremony is seen as significant, honoring the monarchy as a vital institution in Thailand.

Watch: Shortlist revealed for Aga Khan Architecture Award

29 Apr 2019  |  www.euronews.com
The shortlist for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which includes a $1 million prize, has been announced. The award, given every three years, honors architecture that meets the needs and aspirations of Muslim communities. This year's nominees include a low-cost Indonesian micro-library, the Muttrah fish market in Oman, and the AM Residence in Jakarta. Other notable projects include the Courtyard House Plugin in Beijing, the SOS Children's Village in Djibouti, and the Jarahieh School in Lebanon. Many projects incorporate design elements to address climate challenges, such as Ethiopia's Warka Water. The 20 shortlisted projects span 16 countries and were announced in Kazan, Russia.

Watch: Chernobyl workers' town marks anniversary of 1986 nuclear disaster

26 Apr 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Slavutych, a town in northern Ukraine, commemorated the 33rd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which occurred on April 26, 1986. The disaster resulted in the deaths of two plant workers immediately, 28 firemen and plant employees from acute radiation syndrome, and 14 of the 134 initially hospitalized with ARS from radiation-induced cancers over the next ten years. Slavutych was built to house the evacuated residents of Pripyat, the original home to Chernobyl plant workers. The plant remained operational until December 2000. The final death toll from Chernobyl varies, with estimates ranging from 9,000 by the World Health Organisation to 90,000 by Greenpeace. Personal accounts from former plant worker Alyona Sheyderova and student Anastasia Murdinskaya highlight the importance of remembering the tragedy.

European elections 2019: A round-up of the week's best stories

26 Apr 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Euronews provided a weekly round-up of EU election coverage, explaining the European Parliament's role, discussing Manfred Weber's campaign to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president, and Ska Keller's Green Party candidacy. The article also touched on data electioneering in the post-Cambridge Analytica age and featured satirical candidate Lord Buckethead's manifesto. The piece highlighted the downward trend in European election turnout and the complexity of EU operations as potential factors.

Watch: Budapest Holocaust march honours Scottish missionary

15 Apr 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Thousands attended the annual March of the Living in Budapest to honor Holocaust victims, with a special tribute to Scottish missionary Jane Haining, who died at Auschwitz after refusing to abandon her Jewish pupils. Haining, the only Scot recognized as 'righteous among the nations' by Yad Vashem, was commemorated for her bravery and self-sacrifice. The march, led by UK Government's Scottish Secretary David Mundell, highlighted the need to stand against prejudice and intolerance, drawing parallels between past and present discrimination.

European Elections 2019: What happened this week?

14 Apr 2019  |  www.euronews.com
With six weeks until the EU elections, the article provides an overview of the candidates and political dynamics. Polls indicate an upward trend for the European People's Party and Socialists and Democrats, attributed to Brexit uncertainty and reduced immigration concerns. Notable candidates include Caio Giulio Cesare Mussolini for the Brothers of Italy, Manfred Weber for the EPP, and Frans Timmermans for the Party of European Socialists. The article also highlights the diverse backgrounds of Romanian MEP candidates, including a former tennis world No.1 and a talk show host.

Watch: Students plant trees to save what's left of the Aral Sea

08 Apr 2019  |  euronews.com
The Aral Sea, once the fourth largest lake in the world, has diminished by 90% due to a Soviet project in the 1960s that diverted the rivers feeding it. The resulting desertification has had severe ecological and human costs, including health hazards from contaminated dust and a decline in the local economy. University students in Uzbekistan, with government support, are planting fruit trees to combat the desertification and improve the environmental situation in the Moynaq region. The initiative is backed by the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, which aims to plant trees across a third of the desertified area.

Watch: London start-up turns lobster shells into plastic alternative

05 Apr 2019  |  www.euronews.com
A London-based start-up, The Shellworks, is developing a method to transform lobster shells into a biodegradable and recyclable bioplastic. Co-founders Insiya Jafferjee and Amir Afshar explain the process of extracting chitin from the shells to create a viable alternative to single-use plastic. The bioplastic has antifungal and antibacterial properties, making it suitable for food storage and as a non-polluting fertilizer. The start-up aims to reduce plastic use in the UK by utilizing waste shells from local restaurants.

Watch: Pinball wizards back in action at Athens museum

04 Apr 2019  |  www.euronews.com
The Athens Pinball Museum, founded by Panos Bitarchas, offers a nostalgic experience with 100 fully functional pinball machines from the 1950s. The museum attracts visitors of all ages, particularly those who grew up playing pinball. Bitarchas, inspired by a gift from his wife, left his career in renewable energy to restore and showcase these machines, which he views as chronicles of pop culture and history. The museum aims to educate younger generations about the origins of gaming, providing a hands-on experience free from the constraints of coin-operated slots.

Watch: Models with disabilities aim to break down barriers in Cameroon

04 Apr 2019  |  www.euronews.com
A fashion show in Yaounde, Cameroon, featuring models with disabilities aims to change societal perceptions and promote inclusivity. Organized by Sister Speak, the event showcased local designers' work and sought to inspire confidence among people with disabilities. With 2 million disabled individuals in Cameroon facing significant barriers, the show highlighted the potential for beauty and dreams despite societal challenges. Organizers hope to make it an annual event.

Watch: The Thai market that has a train line running through it

02 Apr 2019  |  www.euronews.com
In Thailand's Samut Songhrkam province, the Talad Rom Hoop Market operates across a railway track, where vendors move their stalls to let trains pass. This unique setup attracts up to 2,000 tourists daily, many arriving via a 37-kilometre train journey from Bangkok. The market's popularity surged following the Thailand tourism authority's Unseen Thailand campaign, launched to counteract the 2003 SARS epidemic's impact on tourism. Despite the influx of tourists, some local vendors, like Mrs. Lek, have seen a decline in income as tourists often do not purchase their goods. The market remains a significant cultural attraction, balancing local commerce and tourism.

Relics recovered from so-called Islamic State go on display in Basra

27 Mar 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Relics looted by the Islamic State have been displayed in a new museum in Basra, located in a former palace of Saddam Hussein. The 160 Assyrian-era artefacts were recovered from Jordan and the United States after IS raided historical sites and funded its operations through smuggling. The museum, opened on March 19, is overseen by Friends of Basra Museum with support from the British Council. It aims to preserve the heritage of Basra and other Iraqi cities, with funding from a British Council fund and donations from British corporations. The initiative is a response to the closure and looting of Basra's previous museum after the 1991 Gulf War.

Chocolate dresses grace Brussels catwalk, but how Belgian is this €4bn industry?

22 Feb 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Chocolatiers and fashion designers collaborated to create chocolate dresses for a Brussels catwalk, showcasing the Belgian chocolate industry's trends. The industry, integral to Belgium's economy and national identity, faces an identity crisis with many iconic brands now foreign-owned. Despite this, the sector is worth €4 billion annually, employs 9% of the population, and is a unifying factor in a linguistically and socially divided country.

Rare and antique dolls worth thousands go on show in Rome exhibition

21 Feb 2019  |  euronews
An exhibition featuring hundreds of rare and antique dolls, some valued at thousands, is on display in Rome. These dolls, made from various materials including bisque porcelain, are considered art by enthusiasts and collectors. Collectors range from historians to fashion aficionados, and trends in doll collecting fluctuate, with Parisian dolls currently popular in the West. Authentic antique dolls in Europe must be pre-1950s with limited restoration. Piera Cesaretti, who repairs dolls in Rome, emphasizes minimal change in restoration, facing challenges in finding spare parts. Some of Paky Portera's dolls are exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Kremlin Museum.

Sparks fly for Lunar New Year in ancient light show

20 Feb 2019  |  euronews.com
In Nuanquan, China, a 500-year-old Lunar New Year tradition called Da Shuhua, where molten steel is flung against a wall to create a light show, is performed by blacksmith Wang De. The event attracts over a thousand spectators but faces an uncertain future due to a lack of interest from the younger generation and the departure of rural residents to cities. Despite the dangers and low income, Wang remains hopeful that the tradition will continue.

The force awakens in France as lightsaber duelling becomes official sport

19 Feb 2019  |  euronews.com
The French Fencing Federation has officially recognized lightsaber duelling as a competitive sport, granting it the same status as traditional Olympic fencing blades. Lightsaber replicas, which are LED-lit and made of rigid polycarbonate, are now being used in fencing clubs, with the federation providing training for instructors. The sport involves three-minute bouts with points awarded for blows to different body parts, aiming to combat sedentary lifestyles. Police officer and Star Wars fan Philippe Bondi has embraced the sport, investing in protective gear and a federation-approved lightsaber.

France's Naval Group signs warship construction deal with Saudi Arabia

17 Feb 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Saudi Arabia signed a preliminary agreement with France's Naval Group to build warships in the kingdom, announced at the IDEX military exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The deal involves a joint venture with Saudi Arabian Military Industries to enhance the Royal Saudi Naval Forces' capabilities. This move aligns with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to localize military production and diversify the economy. The deal comes amid international scrutiny following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with Germany halting arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the US Senate voting to end military support for the war in Yemen.

Lockerbie bombing: 'What really brought it home was when you were picking up toys'

21 Dec 2018  |  euronews
On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland due to a bomb, killing 270 people. A three-year investigation led to the arrest of Libyan intelligence officers Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah. Al-Megrahi was convicted, while Fhimah was acquitted. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi later accepted responsibility but denied ordering the attack. The Scottish Government controversially released al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds in 2009. The article includes a personal narrative from retired police officer David Nelson, who was involved in the emergency response and recovery efforts.

In pictures: NASA Juno Cam shows storms over Great Red Spot

14 Dec 2018  |  euronews.com
NASA's Juno mission has provided new images of cyclones at Jupiter's poles, reaching its halfway point. Juno orbits Jupiter every 53 days, gathering data and travelling at high speeds. Launched in 2011 and in orbit since 2016, Juno's instruments study Jupiter's interior, atmosphere, and magnetosphere. The JunoCam imager, intended for public engagement, has become a valuable scientific tool, helping scientists understand Jupiter's formation and dynamics, particularly the Great Red Spot and its interaction with the environment.

German coach travel border checks are illegal, says European Court of Justice

13 Dec 2018  |  www.euronews.com
The European Court of Justice ruled that border checks on coach passengers entering or leaving Germany are illegal under EU law. The case involved German company Touring Tours und Travel and Spanish firm Sociedad de Transportes, which were accused by German authorities of transporting passengers without proper travel documents. The court found that such checks, mandated by German law, violated the Schengen Borders Code, which prohibits border checks within the Schengen Area. The ruling favored the coach companies, stating that these checks are equivalent to border checks and thus prohibited.

Swedish security police arrest terror plot suspect

13 Dec 2018  |  www.euronews.com
Swedish security police (SAPO) arrested a suspect for preparing or inciting a terror crime and illegal weapons possession, with international connections. Raids were conducted in western Sweden, and several people were interviewed. The suspect's identity remains undisclosed. The operation is not linked to the recent Strasbourg Christmas market attack. Sweden maintains its terrorist threat level at elevated.

A European Perspective

02 Jan 2018  |  Journo Portfolio
The article discusses the author's experience as a digital editor at Arte, where they were involved in the European Recommendation Box project. This project, led by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), utilized AI to facilitate news-sharing among public service broadcasters throughout Europe. The author's role included selecting and editing Arte's content to be shared with partner broadcasters based on the current news agenda and the project's editorial standards. Additionally, the author was responsible for choosing content from partner broadcasters to feature on Arte's website, including its French and German versions.
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