Police firing tear gas have clashed with prison guards protesting working conditions in a notorious prison south of Paris. The incidents Monday night at the sprawling Fleury-Merogis prison come after a few hundred workers blocked the entrance and set tires on fire to call attention to concerns about security and overcrowding. Source France 24
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At least four MPs were injured when supporters of the former ruling VMRO DPMNE party stormed the legislature after the former opposition elected a parliamentary speaker in a bid to form a government. Source Balkan Insight
Serbian tabloids have been publishing sensationalist reports about the possibility of war with Albania and Kosovo, but analysts said this simply allows the authorities to present themselves as guarantors of security. Source Balkan Insight
Italy’s justice minister said on Thursday it was “a lie” to paint humanitarian ships saving migrants in the Mediterranean as criminals, responding to a Sicilian prosecutor who has repeatedly suggested some are colluding with Libyan smugglers. Source Reuters