Europe News

  • Top Asian News at 5:00 p.m. GMT

    FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a bank branch Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in a deadly attack the country's president said was claimed by the Islamic State group. The attack marks a major escalation in the country's fight…

    Associated Press40 mins ago
  • Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-U.S. trade deal

    By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labor and environmental standards. Opposition to the Transatlantic…

    Reuters39 mins ago
  • Pope asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy

    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis joined Italy in pressing the European Union Saturday to do more to help the country cope with rapidly mounting numbers of desperate people rescued in the Mediterranean during journeys on smugglers' boats to flee war, persecution or poverty.

    Associated Press
  • Russia gas deal would not solve Greece's problems: Schaeuble

    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Saturday he was happy over a report that Greece was poised to sign a gas deal with Russia, though he added it would not solve the cash-strapped euro zone nation's economic problems. "I am happy about that for Greece," Schaeuble told journalists on…

    Reuters
  • Bangladesh guardedly welcomes Benetton factory victim pledge

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi garment industry leader on Saturday guardedly welcomed Italian retailer Benetton's pledge of more than $1 million to victims of a factory collapse that killed over 1,100 people two years ago, saying it had come late but was appreciated.

    Associated Press
  • A bear hug: Croat village shelters bears as good neighbors

    KUTAREVO, Croatia (AP) — Usually in Europe, when bear cubs get used to humans, they cannot survive in the wild. And when they grow too big, they're shot.

    Associated Press
  • Chelsea look to overcome Manchester United hurdle

    Chelsea will face an in-form Manchester United on Saturday as they try to move one step closer to the Premier League title at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho's table-toppers are currently seven points in front of second-placed Arsenal, who are involved in FA Cup semi-final action against Reading at…

    AFP
  • Waratahs end Hurricanes' unbeaten run in Super Rugby

    The defending champion New South Wales Waratahs ended the Hurricanes' seven-match unbeaten start to the Super Rugby season on Saturday, winning 29-24 in a thrilling match in which both teams scored four tries.

    Associated Press
  • Pope urges global response to Italy boat people crisis

    Pope Francis on Saturday urged the international community to act over a deadly surge in the numbers of migrants attempting to reach Italy via perilous sea crossings from north Africa. The pontiff's appeal came at the end of a week in which more than 450 people are feared to have drowned in the…

    AFP
  • Amid growing migrant crisis, 20 burn victims rescued at sea

    MILAN (AP) — The unabated flow of migrants fleeing instability in Libya brought a new horror on Friday: The discovery of 20 migrants adrift at sea who had suffered grave burn injuries in a cooking gas explosion before departing Libya, and then were forced onto a smuggler's boat without treatment.

    Associated Press
  • Spanish official slams Greece, says time 'running out'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos criticized Greece's left-wing government for its "not very coherent" approach to negotiations over its finances and economy.

    Associated Press
  • Global finance leaders see economy strengthening

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial officials from the world's major economies on Friday welcomed modest improvements in the global economy while side-stepping fears rattling global financial markets that Greece will default on its bailout loans.

    Associated Press
  • Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama defended his efforts to broaden commerce with Asia and Europe and warned on Friday that opposition would give China a leg up in setting the rules for international trade. Conceding that trade is a difficult topic for his Democratic Party, Obama sought…

    Associated Press
  • Italy struggles with fresh wave of Mediterranean migrants

    A surge of migrants pouring into Europe from across the Mediterranean won't end before chaos in Libya is controlled, Italy's prime minister said Friday, as the Vatican condemned a deadly clash between Muslim and Christian refugees on one boat. The migrant wave has swelled in recent days on the…

    AFP
  • Greece seeks more EU aid to cope with soaring immigration

    PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Greece appealed to its European Union partners Friday for more help in policing its sea borders as immigrants increasingly make dangerous journeys to escape war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

    Associated Press
  • Sweden raises defence budget amid Russia concerns

    Sweden will raise defence spending by 10.2 billion kronor (1.09 billion euros, $1.18 billion) for the period 2016 to 2020, the government said Friday amid concerns over Russia's military resurgence. "The agreement sends a signal, internationally, that Sweden is reacting to the security situation…

    AFP
  • Libya stability key to migrant crisis: Renzi

    Restoring stability in Libya is the only way to solve the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Friday, as President Barack Obama warned re-establishing peace could not be achieved by military force. Speaking at a joint White House press conference after…

    AFP