Europe

Britain and the world bid adieu to Queen Elizabeth II

By Jitendra Joshi / Phil HazlewoodAgence France-Presse (AFP) — Britain said farewell to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday at a historic state funeral attended by world leaders, before a last ceremonial journey through London streets packed with sorrowful mourners. Huge crowds gathered…

Spain fights fierce fire fanned by winds

(AFP) — Firefighters were battling strong winds Monday as a huge forest fire burnt out of control in southeastern Spain while another blaze in the north was stabilised, officials said Saturday.  Both fires broke out late Saturday, with more than…

EU agrees plan to cut Russian gas and protect Germany

By Daniel Aronssohn / Dave ClarkAgence France-Presse (AFP) — The European Union agreed a plan to reduce gas consumption on Tuesday, an act of solidarity with Germany and a response to Russia’s manipulation of supplies as an economic weapon. The…

UK breaches 40C for first time as heatwave batters Europe

By Joe Jackson with AFP Europe bureausAgence France-Presse (AFP) — A fierce heatwave left western Europe sweltering on Tuesday, fuelling ferocious wildfires and stretching emergency services, as it swept north and pushed temperatures in Britain over 40 degrees Celsius (104…

Forest fires rage in scorching southwest Europe

By Karine Albertazzi with AFP European bureaus Agence France-Presse (AFP) — Southwest Europe endured a sixth day of a summer heatwave on Saturday that has triggered devastating forest fires as parts of the continent braced for new temperature records early…