Zelensky fires prosecutor general, security chief

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gestures while addressing a press conference with Netherland's prime minister (not in the picture), following their talks in Kyiv on July 11, 2022. (SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP) KYIV/MOSCOW – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on late Sunday that he had decided to dismiss Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova and head of the […]

Europe battles wildfires in intense heat

A firefighter tackles a forest fire around the village of Eiriz in Baiao, north of Portugal, on July 15, 2022. (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP) JERTE, Spain – Authorities across southern Europe battled on Sunday to control huge wildfires in countries including Spain, Greece and France, with hundreds of deaths blamed on soaring temperatures […]

Cargo plane with Serbian defense material crashes in Greece

Debris of an Antonov cargo plane is seen in Palaiochori village in northern Greece, July 17, 2022, after it reportedly crashed Saturday near the city of Kavala (GIANNIS PAPANIKOS/ AP) ATHENS – A Ukrainian cargo plane carrying munitions from Serbia to Bangladesh crashed near the city of Kavala in northern Greece late on Saturday, Serbian authorities […]

Kenya, Somalia agree to fight terrorism, resume trade

Kenya's President, Uhuru Kenyatta delivers a speech during the 39th IGAD extraordinary summit in Nairobi on July 5, 2022. (TONY KARUMBA / AFP) NAIROBI – Kenyan and Somali leaders on Friday recommitted to fighting terrorism, tackling drought, and resuming cross-border trade as the two countries revitalize their engagement in all areas of mutual interest. In […]

Report: Ukrainian cargo plane crashes in Greece

AP22198160719066.jpg ATHENS – A Ukrainian cargo plane with an eight-member crew on board crashed near Kavala city in northern Greece on Saturday evening, Greek media reported. The Antonov An-12 plane was on route from Serbia to Jordan as the pilot requested permission for an emergency landing and notified Greek authorities of failure in one of […]

Wildfires rage in France, Spain as heatwaves sear Europe

A firefighter tackles a forest fire around the village of Eiriz in Baiao, north of Portugal, on July 15, 2022. (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP) PARIS/LISBON – Wildfires raged in southwestern France and Spain on Saturday, forcing thousands of people to be evacuated from their homes as blistering summer temperatures put authorities on alert […]

Italy’s COVID-19 cases surpass 20m

Tourists, some wearing a face mask, walk by the Colosseum monument in Rome on Aug 22, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (VINCENZO PINTO / AFP) ROME / TUNIS – Italy's Ministry of Health reported nearly 90,000 new coronavirus infections Saturday, bringing the country's total number of officially diagnosed cases to 20.08 million since January 2020. […]

North Macedonia approves proposal to open EU talks

North Macedonia's Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski (C) delivers a speech during a press conference in the Government building in Skopje, on July 16, 2022. North Macedonia's Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski announced on July 16, 2022 that Skopje had reached a compromise with Bulgaria in a long-running dispute, allowing them to start European Union membership talks. […]

UK’s Sunak and Truss clash over tax in leadership debate

Britain's Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Liz Truss, speaks during the launch of her campaign to be Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister, in Westminster, in London on July 14, 2022. (FRANK AUGSTEIN / AP) LONDON – British Foreign Minister Liz Truss clashed over tax policy with former finance minister Rishi […]

EU to ban Russian gold imports in new sanctions package

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a press conference on the EU membership applications by Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on June 17, 2022. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) BRUSSELS / MOSCOW / KYIV – The European Commission on Friday adopted a proposal for a seventh package of measures […]