Europe

Police and fire brigade vehicles are seen on the Danube bank after tourist boat capsized on the river in Budapest, Hungary, May 29, 2019.
Search and rescue efforts continue in Budapest's iconic Danube River for the 21 people missing after a sightseeing boat capsized late Wednesday night after colliding with a much larger passenger cruise ship, killing seven South Korean tourists.  A total of 30 South Korean tourists, three tour guides and two Hungarian crew members were on board the double-decker boat dubbed Mermaid when it collided with a ship operated by the Viking cruise line during a heavy downpour in the…
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Wed, 05/29/2019 - 21:45
 Georgia's ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili gestures as he speaks to reporters upon his arrival at Boryspil Airport, outside Kyiv, Ukraine, May 29, 2019.
Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has returned to his adopted homeland of Ukraine a day after its new leader reinstated his citizenship. Saakashvili became a Ukrainian citizen in 2015 after giving up citizenship of his native Georgia, where he faced abuse-of-power charges related to his time as president in 2004-13. He moved to Ukraine and was appointed governor of Odessa region by then-President Petro Poroshenko. The two fell out, and Saakashvili…
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Wed, 05/29/2019 - 21:12
A combination of photos created on May 25, 2019 shows Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido (L) during a gathering with supporters in Caracas on Feb. 2, 2019, and President Nicolas Maduro delivering a speech during the ceremony of recognition by t...
The Norwegian government said Wednesday progress has been made in negotiations between representatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido.The Foreign Ministry said the two sides "have demonstrated their willingness to move forward" toward a negotiated solution to the Venezuelan crisis.A second round of talks in recent weeks were held in the capital, Oslo, in an effort to find solutions to the political and economic crises that have…
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Wed, 05/29/2019 - 15:18
French President Emmanuel Macron (C) poses on the TV set before an interview with BFM journalist Jean-Jacques Bourdin (R) and Mediapart investigative website journalist Edwy Plenel (L), at the Theatre National de Chaillot across from the Eiffel Tower...
France's domestic intelligence service on Wednesday questioned a journalist who broke the story of a scandal that shook President Emmanuel Macron, the latest in a growing number of reporters to be quizzed in a trend that has disturbed press freedom activists.
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Wed, 05/29/2019 - 15:14
Istanbul and Ankara
Serkan Golge, a Turkish-American scientist imprisoned in Turkey for nearly three years, has been released. Morgan Ortagus, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman, welcomed the decision but declined to discuss why he was released. However, he told reporters Wednesday it was the "right thing to do." Golge was on a family visit in southern Turkey when he was arrested in the aftermath of a failed coup, which Turkey blames on U.S.-based cleric…
FILE - Pope Francis is caught in pensive mood during his weekly general audience at the Vatican. Francis' papacy has been thrown into crisis by accusations that he covered-up sexual misconduct by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Aug. 22, 2018.
The Holy See’s communications office corrected comments by Pope Francis, made in response to a reporter asking whether he had knowledge of disgraced U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's sexual activities prior to an investigation.The Vatican’s communications coordinator said the discrepancy was caused by the quick turnaround in translating a long interview in Spanish granted by the pope to a Mexican journalist. It is not the first time translation issues in papal…
Sabina Castelfranco
Wed, 05/29/2019 - 13:53
The leader of the Catalan ERC party and European Parliament candidate Oriol Junqueras speaks from Soto del Real prison in Madrid, Spain, May 24, 2019, during an interview via video conference with The Associated Press in Barcelona, Spain.
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has asked Spain to seek the release from pre-trial jail of three Catalan separatists detained following Catalonia's 2017 secession attempt. In an opinion to be published later Wednesday but seen by The Associated Press, the working group says that former Catalan regional vice president, Oriol Junqueras, lawmaker Jordi Sanchez and activist Jordi Cuixart were arbitrarily detained and their rights violated. …
FILE - European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini is welcomed by Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev (L) upon her arrival in Skopje, Macedonia on April 18, 2018. Mogherini's visit comes a day after ...
The European Commission on Wednesday urged EU nations to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, saying the Balkans countries "have delivered on reforms." EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters that accession talks with the two countries should start "as soon as possible. They are ready. This is our assessment." However, the expansion over the years of the 28-nation EU has complicated decision-making in the…
FILE - Boris Johnson speaks at United Nations Headquarters during a meeting of the UN Security Council, March 23, 2017. 7
A British judge ruled Wednesday that former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will be summoned to court over allegations that he lied and misled the public during the Brexit referendum campaign in 2016.   District Judge Margot Coleman said Johnson will answer questions about his possible misconduct in public office, when he claimed Britain contributed 350 million pounds ($442 million) to the European Union each week. Johnson was a key figure in the &quot…
A participant rides a zipline from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, May 28, 2019.
Daredevil visitors to Paris will be able to leap off the second-floor balcony of the Eiffel Tower, albeit for a limited time. A zipline will allow some of the visitors to travel 800 meters in a minute at speeds of 90 kilometers an hour from the iconic tower to the 18th-century military complex of Ecole Militaire.Until June 11th, jump off my second floor and fly across the Champ de Mars for one…
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Tue, 05/28/2019 - 18:44
British Prime Minister Theresa May, second left, walks by as EU leaders sit for a dinner meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, May 28, 2019.
European leaders are in Brussels to choose their preferred candidates for top European Union positions after last week's parliamentary elections, but already are divided on who should be the next president of the European Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation bloc.The term of Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the commission ends in October. But Germany and France, two of the biggest economic forces on the continent, are at odds on who should replace him,…
Ken Bredemeier
Tue, 05/28/2019 - 14:55
FILE - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy looks at documents at his office in Kyiv, Ukraine, May 20, 2019.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has reinstated the Ukrainian citizenship of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who served as governor of Ukraine's Odesa region in 2015-16.In a decree signed and posted on the presidential website on May 28, Zelenskiy annulled a portion of his predecessor Petro Poroshenko's July 2017 decree that stripped Saakashvili of his citizenship.Zelenskiy's decree comes eight days after his inauguration and six days after…
FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen getting into his limousine in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 23, 2014.
Normally the delivery of twins is a cause for celebration — and when the head of government is one of the parents and the other is an aspiring politician it opens up the possibility for cute photo-opportunities.
Jamie Dettmer
Tue, 05/28/2019 - 10:21