Europe

Germany's Greens party leader Robert Habeck addresses a news conference after the EU election in Berlin,  May 27, 2019.
The Greens have overtaken Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to become the most popular party in Germany, an opinion poll released Saturday showed, while her Socialist SPD coalition partners fell to an all-time low. The poll, asking voters which party they would back in a national election, showed the Greens at 27% support, one point ahead of Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU bloc. It suggests a trend that saw the Greens…
A man clears debris outside a damaged building after an earthquake stroked the area in Floq, Albania, June 1, 2019.
Six earthquakes in the space of two hours, the first with a magnitude of 5.3, shook southeastern Albania on Saturday, injuring four people and damaging 100 houses, authorities and eyewitnesses said.Four people were hurt from the collapse of the walls, roofs and plaster of their houses, and were taken to a hospital in the region’s main town of Korce in eastern Albania, the Defense Ministry said.“It was 6:30 when I went out to milk the cows when the earthquake…
This videograb released by AFPTV shows the Mount Etna, Europe's biggest active volcano, erupting, on May 31, 2019, near Catania, due to the opening of two eruptive fractures, according to the volcanologists of the Ingv Etna Observatory.
Mount Etna in southern Italy has burst into life, spitting molten lava high into the sky, though cloud cover Saturday ruined the view for those brave enough to venture up the flanks of Europe's highest volcano.  The National Institute of Geophysics and&nbsp…
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Sat, 06/01/2019 - 21:11
Local and South Korean experts work on a boat during the search for survivors at the site of a boat accident on the Danube river, June 1, 2019, in Budapest. The work has been hampered by high river levels and a strong current after weeks of heavy rai...
The captain of a river cruise ship that collided with a smaller sightseeing vessel was charged Saturday over the accident in Budapest that killed seven South Korean tourists and left 21 missing. The Mermaid, carrying mainly South Korean tourists, overturned and sank…
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Sat, 06/01/2019 - 18:53
FILE - French gendarmes patrol on the beach of Oye-Plage, near Calais, northern France, Jan.  9, 2019 as they try to intercept migrants attempting to cross the Channel. British authorities intercepted 74 people on eight vessels trying to cross the En...
Britain's Border Force intercepted 74 people Saturday, including minors, on eight vessels trying to cross the English Channel into Britain. French authorities stopped two other boats.    The interceptions on an exceptionally sunny, warm day will heighten concerns that improving weather will encourage smugglers to try their luck at bringing more migrants to the U.K. from France.      Authorities said a criminal…
Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at the Marian shrine, in Sumuleu Ciuc, Romania, June 1, 2019.
Pope Francis braved a rain-soaked, twisting drive through the mountains of Transylvania on Saturday to visit Romania's most famous shrine, urging Romanian and ethnic Hungarian faithful to work together for their future.   Storms forced Francis to change his travel plans and add in a three-hour car ride through the Carpathian mountains that he had planned to traverse via helicopter. The steady rains doused the estimated 80,000-100,000 people who gathered for the Mass…
FILE - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump walk to a joint news conference at Chequers, the official country residence of the prime minister, near Aylesbury, Britain, July 13, 2018.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Theresa May will want a strife-free, three-day state visit to London for the American leader starting Monday, their aides say.
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Sat, 06/01/2019 - 04:20
FILE - Norwedian diplomat Dag Nylander talks during an interview with AFP in Cartagena, Colombia, on Sept. 25, 2016.
If there's a negotiated settlement to Venezuela's protracted crisis, it'll likely be reached with the help of a self-effacing, tight-lipped Scandinavian diplomat with a fondness for distance running. Dag Nylander is leading the exploratory talks between representatives of Nicolas Maduro and his opponents whose second round wrapped up this week in Norway. While there's no date for talks to resume and little is known what was discussed behind…
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono at the Iikura Guest House in Tokyo, Japan, May 31, 2019.  REUTERS/Issei Kato - RC1E93268440
Russia's Putin and Japan's Abe have agreed to discuss joint economic ventures to resolve a dispute over four Russian-held islands seized at the end of
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Mon, 06/10/2019 - 10:13
Photo taken by drone shows crosses at the American Normandy cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy. In the cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, where 9,387 fallen U.S. fighters are buried, May 28, 2019.
World leaders will gather in solemn assembly next week above the sandy beaches of Normandy to mark the 75th anniversary of the world-changing D-Day invasion of France. It's typically a heartfelt tribute to alliance and sacrifice and a unified vow for enduring unity, outweighing any national or political skirmish of the moment. That's what has some U.S. veterans and others worried about President Donald Trump's attendance. The president has shown a repeated…
A diver prepares to dive to the wreckage under Margaret Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, May 31, 2019. Seven people are confirmed dead and seven have been rescued, while 21 people remain missing in the waters. A South Korean group on a package tour of Europe — including 30 tourists, two guides and a photographer— were on an hour-long sightseeing tour of Budapest when their boat collided with a Viking cruise ship during a downpour Wednesday evening. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)
Cruise ship captain arrested after a deadly collision that caused at least 7 deaths
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Mon, 06/10/2019 - 10:19
U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, address the media during a joint statement prior to a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, May 31, 2019.
In his first visit to Germany as U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo met Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin for talks that focused on Iran and China.Merkel said ahead of the meeting that the United States continues to be Germany's most important partner outside of Europe, but on the issue of Iran, she made clear that Germany stands by the Iran nuclear deal despite the U.S. withdrawal from the agreement.  WATCH: Pompeo Seeks…
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Fri, 05/31/2019 - 08:20
A diver prepares to dive to the wreckage under Margaret Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, May 31, 2019.
Rescue crews in Budapest Friday are working to raise a sightseeing boat from the bottom of the Danube River, while searching for 21 people still missing after a cruise ship collided with the smaller tour boat late Wednesday.Seven people are confirmed dead and seven have been rescued All but two people on the boat were South Korean tourists.Hungary's state TV reported that all rescued people have been released from the hospital except one who is being treated for broken…
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Fri, 05/31/2019 - 07:25