Europe briefing: Khashoggi 'a dangerous Islamist', Brexit probe and murdered journalists

Europe briefing: Khashoggi 'a dangerous Islamist', Brexit probe and murdered journalists
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By Sallyann Nicholls
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Europe briefing: Six stories you need to know about from across the continent.

1. Jamal Khashoggi was ‘dangerous Islamist’, says Saudi crown prince


Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who has been accused of sanctioning the murder of Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi, reportedly told the White House the journalist was a “dangerous Islamist”.

The royal made the claim after Khashoggi disappeared but before Riyadh admitted he was killed, according to reports published in the Washington Post, where Khashoggi worked, and the New York Times on Thursday.

Mohammed bin Salman

The allegation came as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said a “handful more weeks” were required for Washington to gather evidence before sanctions against Riyadh could be considered over the columnist’s death.

Khashoggi, who was living in self-imposed exile in the US, died after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.

2. Brussels looks to tackle female pay gap

Female workers in the European Union are earn on average 16% less than their male counterparts, effectively losing two months pay per year, according to the European Commission.

“We cannot accept this situation any longer,” Frans Timmermans, vice president of the European Commission. 

Ahead of EU Equal Pay Day on November 3, London’s Equality Group head Hephzi Pemberton told Good Morning Europe that women needed to be promoted more quickly and offered more senior roles to plug the pay gap.

3. Migrants' police violence claims on Bosnian-Croatian border

Migrants have accused police officers of attacking them and smashing their phones after being caught attempting to cross the Bosnian-Croatian border.

Authorities have called the claims “lies”.

"I spoke to a German doctor and he said the sheer number of reports about violence makes it quite credible that there is a problem," reports Euronews' Hans von der Brelie.

4. Today marks memorial day for murdered journalists

Today is the UN-designated International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

From 2006 to 2017, 1,010 reporters have been killed, including 86 since the beginning of this year, yet nine out of 10 cases remain unresolved.

Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and Slovak investigative reporter Jan Kuciak are among the most high profile murders to have taken place over the last 12 months.

5. Google staff walkout over sexual harassment complaints

Google employees around the world have been staging walkouts in protest against the company's handling of harassment cases, pay inequality, and unchecked executive power in the workplace.

The walkouts have involved staff at offices in Dublin, Zurich, London, Berlin, Tokyo and Singapore.

Onlookers and demonstrators shared images of the action on social media.

An employee at Google's Dublin office, who wished to remain anonymous, told Euronews: "On a personal note: I am shocked and am still processing this. I am convinced our leaders feel the same. Hope this will ultimately make our company better."

6. Probe into Brexit backer Arron Banks widens

The self-professed ‘boy boy of Brexit’ Arron Banks is being investigated by the UK’s National Crime Agency after an investigation by the Electoral Commission found some Leave.EU funding came from “impermissible sources”.


The Commission was investigating two multi-million-pound sums that were given to the unofficial Brexit campaign group ahead of the vote in 2016. 

Banks has denied the "ludicrous allegations".

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