Europe

BMW names new boss as it looks to speed up electric transition

  BERLIN (AFP) — BMW said Thursday that its production chief Oliver Zipse will replace Harald Krueger as chief executive in August, as the German auto giant looks to accelerate its transition to electric cars. Krueger, who had been criticised …

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Small-aircraft crash kills nine in Sweden

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AFP) — Nine people died Sunday when a small aircraft being used for tourism crashed in northwest Sweden, the regional authority said. “The nine people on board are dead,” Gabriella Bandling, spokeswoman for the Vaesterbotten region, told AFP. …

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Paris clashes tarnish Macron’s military parade

by Daphné BENOIT and Stuart WILLIAMS PARIS, France (AFP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday showcased European military cooperation in a Bastille Day parade but the aftermath of the glittering event was tarnished by violent clashes between police and …

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Fierce storm kills seven in Greek tourist peninsula

by Vassilis KYRIAKOULIS THESSALONIKI, Greece (AFP) — Seven people died and at least 23 were injured as a fierce storm ripped through beachfronts in one of Greece’s top tourist areas, terrifying thousands of holidaymakers caught in the open, authorities said …

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Five tourists killed in violent Greek hail storms: police

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AFP) –Violent hail storms killed at least five tourists in northern Greece late Wednesday, police said. A Czech couple died when strong winds blew their caravan away while a Russian man and his son were killed by a …

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Trump congratulates new Greek PM, pledges cooperation

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump on Tuesday congratulated Greece’s new conservative prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, pledging in a telephone call to keep pursuing the countries’ warming relations, the White House said. “The two leaders expressed their …

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Trump derides May’s ‘foolish policies,’ ‘pompous’ envoy

by Jerome Cartillier Agence France-Presse President Donald Trump assailed Britain’s US ambassador as a “pompous fool” and slammed outgoing premier Theresa May’s “foolish” policies in a second straight day of virulent attacks triggered by the leak of unflattering diplomatic cables. …

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Viviani fastest as Quick-Step win again on Tour de France

  NANCY, FRANCE (AFP) — Italy’s Elia Viviani was too fast for any of the other top speedsters in a classic 70kph (44mph) bunch sprint at the end of the fourth stage of the Tour de France in Nancy on …

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PM-elect Mitsotakis vows to make Greece ‘proud’ after vote triumph

by John HADOULIS ATHENS, Greece (AFP) — Greece’s conservative prime minister-elect Kyriakos Mitsotakis vowed that the country would “proudly” enter a post-bailout period of “jobs, security and growth” after winning a landslide victory in Sunday’s general election. Official results showed …

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Iran condemns detention of oil supertanker in Gibraltar

by Jorge GUERRERO GIBRALTAR, United Kingdom (AFP) — Iran on Thursday condemned the “illegal interception” of one of its oil tankers in Gibraltar where authorities said they suspected it was carrying crude to Syria in violation of EU sanctions. The …

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Stromboli clears up ash after deadly volcano eruption

by Giovanni Isolino STROMBOLI, Italy (AFP) — The village of Ginostra on Stromboli began sweeping away layers of ash on Thursday, the day after a dramatic volcanic eruption on the tiny Italian island killed a hiker. Emergency workers brushed and …

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One tourist killed in Stromboli volcano eruption

by Charles ONIANS ROME, Italy (AFP) — A volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted dramatically on Wednesday, killing a hiker and sending tourists fleeing into the sea. The volcano is known to be active but on Wednesday there …

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