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Macron abandons plans for official first lady

Macron abandons plans for official first lady

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron is to abandon plans to create an official role of first lady for his wife Brigitte, according to reports. During his campaign, Macron had said he wanted to create “a real status” for his wife. But an online petition against the move has gained almost 290,000 signatures. French media […]

Sweltering temperatures in Europe

Sweltering temperatures in Europe

Parts of Europe are experiencing their most extreme heat in more than a decade as temperatures hit 44ºC (111F). Several countries have issued health warnings as this week’s record-breaking weather conditions continue to affect swathes of the continent. Sweltering temperatures in Italy have sparked wildfires, and dozens of towns and cities are on the health […]

GERMANY – One killed after stabbing spree in Hamburg

GERMANY – One killed after stabbing spree in Hamburg

HAMBURG –– A 26-year-old man went on a stabbing spree with a kitchen knife in the northern German city of Hamburg on Friday, killing one 50-year-old man and wounding six others, police said. Passersby tackled the attacker as he fled the scene, enabling plain clothes police officers to take him into custody, the police said. […]

SWEDEN – Swedish ministers quit amid IT scandal

SWEDEN – Swedish ministers quit amid IT scandal

STOCKHOLM – An IT scandal forced Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to reshuffle his government on Thursday as two top ministers resigned, CNN affiliate Expressen reported. The security breach occurred in March 2015, when the Swedish Transport Agency outsourced the handling of its IT system to IBM, whose staff in Eastern Europe oversaw the operation. […]

FRANCE – Developing education

FRANCE – Developing education

Rihanna (right) met with French President Emmanuel Macron Wednesday at his Paris palace to ask him to contribute to her education fund for children in developing countries. The Barbados-born pop singer spoke with Macron and his wife Brigitte about helping fund education for millions of children in developing countries who don’t have access to schooling […]

Thousands flee French wildfires

Thousands flee French wildfires

PARIS – Parts of the French Riviera were evacuated late Tuesday and into Wednesday as forest fires burned swathes of land and threatened thousands of people, according to local police. More than 10,000 residents and tourists were moved after a forest fire started near the coastal commune of Bormes-les-Mimosas, around 40 km (nearly 25 miles) […]

GREECE/TURKEY – Quake kills two

GREECE/TURKEY – Quake kills two

KOS –– A 6.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the Greek Island of Kos early Friday, killing at least two people and injuring scores more, officials say. Mayor George Kyritsis told CNN Greece that at least two people –– a Swedish and a Turkish national –– have died. The quake’s epicenter was just 16.2 kilometres east-northeast of Kos, […]

ITALY – Woman dragged along platform by train

ITALY – Woman dragged along platform by train

ROME – Footage of a woman being dragged along a platform by a train, after her bag got trapped in the door, has raised safety questions about Rome’s metro. Natalya Garkovich, 43, was left in intensive care after sensors failed to register the strap and emergency brakes did not stop the train’s advance. The footage […]

SPAIN – Dozens arrested in Europe-wide horsemeat scam

SPAIN – Dozens arrested in Europe-wide horsemeat scam

MADRID – Spanish police have arrested and charged 65 individuals over a continent-wide ring that traded in horsemeat from animals “in bad shape, too old or simply labelled as ‘not suitable for consumption,’”according to a statement released by Europol. Spain’s Guardia Civil, in coordination with Europol, the European police agency, charged the individuals with crimes […]

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