Europe

Spanish rescue ship heads home after dramatic rescue

ITALY (AFP) – A Spanish NGO that saved a woman off Libya who was drifting on a deflated dinghy next to the bodies of a boy and another woman said Wednesday it is taking her to Spain for her safety. Proactiva Open Arms, whose two ships sail back and forth in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants in distress, said it had decided to return a day after saving the 40-year-old woman from Cameroon. In a […]

19 drown, dozens missing as migrant boat sinks off Cyprus

  by Odul Asik Ulker Agence France Presse NICOSIA, Cyprus (AFP) — At least 19 migrants drowned and up to 30 were missing Wednesday after their boat sank in the Mediterranean off the north of Cyprus, local security forces said. The boat was carrying 150 people, reportedly Syrians, when it went down off the coast of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot-controlled portion of the island, which is only recognised by Ankara. More than 100 people were […]

Trump tells critics of summit with Putin: “I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace”

  (Eagle News) — US President Donald Trump said he would “rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace” in deciding to push through with his historic summit on Monday, July 16, with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite criticism on the home front. Trump thanked President Niinisto of Finland for graciously hosting the summit, the first ever official meeting for the two world leaders after previous unofficial talks at the G20 Hamburg and APEC […]

Russia and US should “join ranks” and “work together” to address global challenges, says Putin

  (Eagle News) — Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of Russia and the United States “working together” saying that this was the only way to cope with a new set of global challenges, including threats of terrorism and transnational crime, and rising problems on the economy. In a news conference after his historic summit with US President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Putin said his negotiations with Trump “took place in a frank and […]

Putin slams ‘ungrounded accusations’ after UK poisonings

  President Vladimir Putin accused Britain Monday of making baseless allegations against Russia after a former Soviet spy was among four people found poisoned by a nerve agent in southern England. Asked in a Fox News interview about the British government’s assertion that Moscow was behind the Novichok attack on the former spy Sergei Skripal, Putin said London had not provided any evidence to back up their claim. “We would like to get documentary evidence […]

Trump vows ‘extraordinary relationship’ with Putin as summit opens

  by Dave Clark / Jitendra Joshi Agence France Presse   HELSINKI, Finland (AFP) — Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin began an historic summit on Monday vowing their determination to forge a reset of troubled relations between the world’s greatest nuclear powers. Trump, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite allegations of Russian meddling in US politics, went into the summit blaming “stupidity” by his predecessors for plunging ties to […]

Trump says Queen thinks Brexit is ‘very complex problem’: report

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — US President Donald Trump has seemingly breached royal protocol by discussing his private conversation with Queen Elizabeth II who he says thinks Brexit is a “very complex problem”, according to an interview with British media. The convention-shredding president, who had already attracted ire ahead of his four-day visit to Britain by rebuking Prime Minister Theresa May as she struggles over Brexit, met the Queen on Friday at Windsor Castle. He […]

Trump blasts May’s Brexit strategy on UK visit

  by Dario Thuburn / Jitendra Joshi Agence France-Presse LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Donald Trump issued scathing criticism of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy during his visit to Britain, as campaigners planned a mass protest against the US president on Friday. In a series of extraordinary broadsides, Trump told Friday’s edition of The Sun that May’s plan for post-Brexit ties with the EU would “probably kill” the prospects for a trade deal with the […]

Trump stuns NATO with demand to double defense spending

  by Damon Wake Agence France Presse Brussels, Belgium (AFP) — US President Donald Trump shocked allies at a fraught NATO summit on Wednesday by suddenly demanding that members double their defense spending commitments. Trump’s surprise demand came after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling Germany a “captive” of Russia because of its gas links and singling out Berlin for failing to pay its way. The summit in Brussels is shaping up as the […]

Czech government wins confidence vote backed by Communists

  by Jan Flemr Agence France-Presse   PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AFP) — The minority government of billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis won a parliamentary confidence vote Thursday, becoming the first administration since the 1989 collapse of communism to rely on backing from the Communist Party. It took Babis nine months to form a government after he won last October’s election, with potential partners initially shunning him over allegations of EU subsidy fraud among other concerns. He […]

France to pay tribute to director Claude Lanzmann

PARIS, France (AFP)–France will pay tribute on Thursday to filmmaker and writer  Claude Lanzmann, known for his landmark Holocaust documentary, who died last week aged 92, his family announced Tuesday in Le Monde daily. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will deliver a speech at a ceremony at the Invalides military hospital and museum in Paris, his office said. Lanzmann will then be buried at his family vault at the Montparnasse cemetery in the French capital. The […]

Trump lashes NATO allies as he lands for tense summit

by Danny KEMP / Jerome CARTILLIER Agence France-Presse BRUXELLES, Belgium – President Donald Trump told NATO allies to “reimburse” the United States for defence costs as he landed for the alliance’s most difficult summit in years. Trump touched down in Brussels aboard Air Force One hot on the heels of a stern warning from the EU’s top official that America should “appreciate” its allies. The leaders of the other 28 members of the NATO alliance […]