Europe

Heavy snow leaves one dead, 300,000 homes without power in France

PARIS, France (AFP) — Heavy snowfall across a large swath of southeast France has left one person dead and cut power to some 300,000 homes, with icy conditions snarling train and road traffic Friday. A 63-year-old man was killed Thursday …

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Venice faces more floods as state of emergency declared

by Alexandria Sage with Ella Ide in Rome VENICE, Italy (AFP) — Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide Friday, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city where perilous deluges have caused millions of …

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ICC authorizes probe into alleged Myanmar Rohingya abuse

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) — The International Criminal Court on Thursday approved a long-awaited full investigation into Myanmar’s alleged abuse of Rohingya Muslims, including crimes against humanity and persecution. The Hague-based war crimes court said in a statement it “authorized …

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Venice underwater as exceptional tide sweeps through canal city

by Ella IDE VENICE, Italy (AFP) — Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late Tuesday, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark’s …

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Italy hit by heavy rains, flooding in Venice

by Franck IOVENE ROME, Italy (AFP) — Powerful rainstorms hit Italy on Tuesday, with the worst affected areas in the south and Venice, where there was widespread flooding. The heavy rainfall closed schools in several southern cities including Taranto, Brindisi, …

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Johnson sends 100 troops to help UK flood victims

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday the army would deploy 100 troops in northern England to deal with widespread flooding, after facing criticism from his election rivals over the government’s response. Conservative leader Johnson, …

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Strong French earthquake injures four

LYON, France (AFP) — An unusually strong earthquake hit southeastern France on Monday, injuring four people, one of them seriously, authorities said. A physicist at a geophysics institute the IPGP said that quakes of this strength are rare in that …

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Xi, Macron unite on climate after US withdraws from Paris pact

  By Jérôme RIVET BEIJING, CHINA (AFP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron declared on Wednesday that the Paris climate pact was “irreversible”, showing a united front after Washington formally withdrew from the accord this week. …

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33 hurt as Paris-London bus overturns in France

LILLE, France (AFP) — Thirty-three people were injured on Sunday, at least four seriously, when a Paris-London bus with passengers from nine countries overturned in northern France, local authorities said. The Flixbus vehicle toppled onto its side around midday (1100 …

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Three held over UK truck deaths freed on police bail

LONDON, United States (AFP) — Three suspects arrested in Britain over the deaths of 39 people found in a refrigerated truck have been released on bail, police said Sunday. They are a man and woman, both 38, from Warrington in …

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Tusk recommends EU leaders agree to postpone Brexit

by Christian SPILLMANN / Dave CLARK BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, on Tuesday recommended that EU leaders postpone Britain’s departure from the bloc while its prime minister seeks approval of their divorce deal. …

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Norwegian police arrest gunman after ambulance rampage

  By Pierre-Henry Deshayes Agence France-Presse OSLO, NORWAY (AFP) — Norwegian police said they arrested an armed man who stole an ambulance in Oslo on Tuesday then ran down and slightly injured four pedestrians, including twin babies. Police said they …

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