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Europe swelters in June heat wave

Spain, France and other Western European nations on Saturday sweltered under a blistering June heat wave that has sparked forest fires and concerns such early summer blasts of hot weather will now become the norm.

Russia-Ukraine war: What we know

The UK government has urged British veterans not to travel to Ukraine to fight. The veterans minister, Leo Docherty, called on ex-service personnel not to join the war in Ukraine and instead help Ukrainians from home, either through…

How China flights near Taiwan inflame tensions

A recent spate of Chinese military flights off southwestern Taiwan has prompted alarm from the island, which Beijing claims as its own, and is increasing tensions in a region already on edge. The flights are one piece of a complex puzzle…

Can Asia reinvent global trade?

Bilahari Kausikan Let’s not believe our own propaganda. Asia reinventing global trade is a superficially attractive but problematic proposition. It assumes there once was a free international economy open to reinvention. It assumes there…

U.N World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway The United Nations’ World Food Program on Friday won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe. The organization provided assistance to almost 100 million people in…

Are Asian hornet dangerous?

A venomous Asian hornet has been spotted in Hampshire just month after experts predicted a plague of the pests. The hornet, also referred to as yellow-legged owing to legs that transition from brown to yellow at the ends, are capable of…

Berlusconi released from COVID hospitalization

MILAN Italy’s former Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been released from the hospital after a 10-day stay with COVID-19 and pneumonia, saying he had never feared as much for his life as from this “insidious” disease. Wearing a suit and…

EU names Dombrovskis as its new trade chief

BRUSSELS The European Union’s executive commission is proposing its experienced Latvian vice president, Valdis Dombrovskis, to take over the post as trade chief of the bloc following the resignation of Ireland’s Phil Hogan.…

Serbia virus spike brings stricter measures

BELGRADE, Serbia Serbia has recorded the highest spike of coronavirus cases since mid-April as authorities mull the reintroduction of a lockdown. Authorities announced 359 confirmed cases and six deaths in the last 24 hours, with 80% in…

Russia slams US decision to withdraw from WHO

MOSCOW A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Friday that Washington damages international law on cooperation in health after the US terminated its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). Maria Zakharova told the TASS…

Russia sees highest daily COVID-19 fatalities

MOSCOW Russia on Thursday reported the highest-ever number of fatalities caused by the novel coronavirus infection, with 174 people claimed over the past day, raising the death toll to 4,142. But recoveries also outnumbered new cases for…

COVID-19 cases in Russia cross 370,000

MOSCOW The coronavirus cases in Russia crossed 370,000 on Wednesday, while recoveries continued to outnumber new infections for the second day in a row. According to the country's emergency task force, 11,079 recoveries were reported over…

Russian cargo ship docks with space station

MOSCOW An unmanned Russian cargo capsule docked with the International Space Station, bringing more than 2 tons of supplies to the three-person crew. The Progress spacecraft docked at 0512 GMT Saturday, about 3 1/2 hours after blasting…

Germany starts loosening coronavirus measures

BERLIN Germany on Monday started to loosen restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus in the country. Most shops smaller than 800 square meters (8,600 square feet) are being allowed to open again. Newly reopened shopping centers and…

Russia, Iran discuss anti-virus cooperation

MOSCOW Russian and Iranian foreign ministers discussed cooperation in combatting the coronavirus pandemic in a phone talk on Monday, according to an official statement. Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif…

European Union science official resigns

BRUSSELS The chief of the European Union’s top science organization has resigned at the height of the Coronavirus crisis. Mauro Ferrari had only become president of the European Research Council on Jan. 1, but EU Commission spokesman…

Spain coronavirus toll rises to 12,418

Madrid Spain on Sunday reported new 774 deaths linked to coronavirus, bringing the toll to 12,418. The number of cases in the European country has risen to 130,759 after 6,023 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.…

COVID-19: Confession of fragility of West

We have known for a long time that hardships are indicative of strengths and weaknesses, the greatness and the baseness of individuals or societies who face them. The COVID-19 outbreak unsurprisingly also revealed in France, among the…