Israelis parliamentary plot against UK politicians

 
Al Jazeera reveals discussions of Israel diplomat and British civil servant to ‘take down’ anti-settlement politicians.

Deadly icy spell grips much of Europe, including Greek islands

 
Plunging temperatures in Europe claim 20 lives, as even the Greek islands are blanketed in snow.
 
Brussels remains the hub of public affairs, according to a first-of-its-kind study into the state of EU lobbying.
 
The leader of Poland’s anti-government protest movement acknowledged on Thursday (5 January) taking money from the organisation, dealing a blow to the parliamentary opposition, but he said the funds were for contract work he had carried out.
 
Descendants of two Namibian indigenous groups sue Germany over early 20th Century genocide.

[Ticker] Czech president rebukes anti-propaganda unit

 
The Czech president has rebuked the interior ministry for establishing a unit aimed at fighting disinformation. Milos Zeman, who is an ally of Russia, and his spokesman have denounced the unit as “state censorship” and “idea police”. The centre was set up after warnings that Russia was trying to influence Czech public opinion over Nato and the EU through cyber-warfare, propaganda, puppet groups and support for populists and extremists.
The UK’s new ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, can help make a success of Brexit, No 10 says.

Freezing conditions sweep across European continent – video

 

Heavy snowfall and below-freezing temperatures sweep across the European continent resulting in deaths and infrastructure chaos. At least 10 people have died in Poland since Friday, with temperatures dropping to -20C (-4F) on Saturday. Meanwhile, 650 flights have been grounded in Istanbul and schools have been told to remain closed on Monday in southern Italy following more than a metre of snowfall

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