Pompeo signs deal to redeploy troops from Germany to Poland

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has signed a new defence agreement with Poland that will see American troops redeployed there from Germany. The deal will see the number of US troops in Poland rise to about 5,500. Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the number could quickly be increa

Greece hopes to avert war with Turkey in the Mediterranean

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Friday he hoped that all parties involved in a dispute in the eastern Mediterranean Sea will act according to international law and that there will be no conflict. "I hope there will be no conflict if everybody keeps his mind and everybody acts accordi

Coronavirus: Thousands return to UK to beat France quarantine

Thousands of holidaymakers have just hours to return to the UK if they want to avoid quarantine measures imposed on France, coming into force on Saturday. The 14-day isolation requirement from 04:00 BST also applies to people arriving from the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aru

Belarus election: Exiled leader calls weekend of 'peaceful rallies'

Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has called for peaceful rallies across the country, after she was forced to leave for Lithuania in the wake of a disputed election. "Don't stay on the sidelines," she said, proposing a broad council to work on the transfer of power. Alexander Luka

Belarus election: Women form 'solidarity chains' to condemn crackdown

Women have formed human chains in Belarus to condemn a crackdown on protests over the disputed election. Many dressed in white and carried flowers as they called for an end to police brutality. Unrest erupted after long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko was declared winner of Sunday's presidentia

3 People Die in Scottish Train Derailment, Carriages Piled up

Three people died in a train derailment in eastern Scotland on Wednesday that left carriages overturned and piled on top of each other on a steep wooded slope, making it hard for emergency services to access the scene. Dark smoke billowed from the site of the accident for most of the day after th

Argentina looks to IMF for more breathing space

After reaching a $65 billion restructuring agreement in principle with its creditors earlier this month, Argentina must now turn to relief from the International Monetary Fund to free up cash in the near term, the IIF said on Tuesday. “We think external financing will be comfortable if the IM

Greek PM calls for ‘sense’ from Turkey in East Med row

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday urged Turkey to show “sense” in a naval showdown in the Eastern Mediterranean over energy exploration which he warned could lead to a military accident.Tensions were stoked Monday when Ankara dispatched the research ship Oruc Reis acc

Greece wants emergency EU ministers’ meeting on Turkey tensions

Greece will request an emergency meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers over Turkey’s decision to dispatch a seismic research vessel in a disputed area in the eastern Mediterranean, the prime minister’s office said on Tuesday.The two NATO allies, who hold fundamentally different views o

Tension High between Turkey, Greece in Eastern Mediterranean

Tension remained high Tuesday between Greece and Turkey, both of whom have warships in the eastern Mediterranean after Turkey sent a research vessel to carry out seismic research for energy resources in an area Greece says is on its continental shelf. Ankara announced on Monday that its research

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko re-elected by landslide

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko won a landslide re-election victory, the central election commission said on Monday, after late night clashes between police and thousands of protesters who said the vote was rigged. Figures released by the election commission on Monday gave Mr Lukashenko

More Irish areas could come under Covid restrictions

Restrictions put in place in Kildare, Laois and Offaly could apply to other areas in the future, Ireland's acting chief medical officer has said. Residents are not permitted to travel beyond those counties except in limited circumstances. The restrictions, announced on Friday in response to a sp

European committee criticizes prison conditions in Turkey

 Prison conditions and police brutality in Turkey have been criticized by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).Overcrowding in prisons prompted the Turkish government to adopt an amnesty law in April that led to the release of 90,000 inmates — incl

US ‘cloud’ supremacy has Europe worried about data

Europe is sitting on a wealth of data that is the 21st century equivalent of a precious metal mine during the gold rush.But instead of exploiting it themselves Europeans may be allowing American tech giants to gain control of all the excavation equipment, some experts say, pointing to a flurry of Eu

New bridge in Genoa to be inaugurated two years after tragedy

Anew bridge will be inaugurated in the Italian city of Genoa on Monday, two years after 43 people died when the previous structure collapsed. The Genoa San Giorgio Bridge was built in just 15 months and will replace the Morandi Bridge, which was one of the city's main arteries before it collapsed

Swiss mountains light up in a national day celebration to suit COVID-19 era

A section of the Alps turned amber on Friday night in a massive pyrotechnic display as Switzerland marked its national day with an event suited to COVID-19 and social distancing rules.The mountain chains of Veisivi and Dent de Perroc, which tower nearly 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) in the southern can

UK worried about 2nd wave in Europe, won’t hesitate to act on quarantine

Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday he was worried about a second wave of coronavirus infections in Europe and that the government would not hesitate to act to bring back quarantine measures if necessary to keep Britain safe.“I am worried about a second wave. I think

Europe Virus Infections Soar Past Three Million

Europe on Thursday recorded more than three million coronavirus cases, as EU lawmakers examined a massive aid package for their pandemic-ravaged economies and the UN called for a basic income for the world's poorest to help slow the spread. The continent now accounts for a fifth of the world's to

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