Category: Europe

Falling Trees Kill 5 in Storms Lashing Austria

VIENNA—Falling trees killed five people in Austria in two separate incidents on Thursday as storms that battered the Mediterranean Sea’s northern shores earlier in the day reached the Alpine country in the afternoon. Two girls aged four and eight died when trees on the edge of a lake near the town of St Andrae in…


EU Open to Helping Plug Australia Capability Gap

The European Union’s outgoing ambassador to Australia says the bloc remains ready and willing to sell Canberra military equipment to plug any capability gaps arising from the cancellation of a French submarine contract. The first nuclear-propelled submarines to be delivered by the US or UK under the new AUKUS agreement will not be ready for…


Lithuania Demands China Revoke Sanctions Against Official Over Taiwan Visit

VILNIUS—Lithuania’s foreign ministry said on Thursday it had issued a formal protest to the Chinese regime over sanctions against the Baltic country’s deputy transport minister, calling for the restrictions to be rescinded. The Chinese foreign ministry said on Aug. 12 that it had imposed sanctions on Lithuanian Deputy Transport and Communications Minister Agne Vaiciukeviciute for…


Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Placed in Solitary Confinement After Starting Union for Convicts

By Jessica Schladebeck From New York Daily News Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption activist best-known for being Russian President Vladimir Putin’s loudest critic, revealed he has been ordered to spend time in solitary confinement. “There’s only a mug and a book in my cell. I only get a spoon at mealtimes. They even took away my…


Russia Says It Could Shut Frontline Nuclear Plant; Kyiv Says That Risks Disaster

KYIV/LVIV, Ukraine—Russia said on Thursday it could shut down Europe’s largest nuclear power station after it came under shelling at the front lines in Ukraine, a move Kyiv said would increase the risk of a nuclear catastrophe there. Moscow also rejected international calls for a demilitarised zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which it…


Fierce Storm Kills 3, Injures 12 on French Island of Corsica

PARIS—A violent thunderstorm hit the French island of Corsica on Thursday morning, leaving three people dead and a dozen others injured, local authorities said. A 13-year-old girl died after a tree fell in a campsite in the coastal town of Sagone, the Corsica prefecture said in a statement. A 72-year-old woman was killed when the…


Eurozone July Inflation Confirmed at 8.9 Percent Year-on-Year, Core Measure Sharply Up

BRUSSELS—Eurozone inflation reached a new record high of 8.9 percent year-on-year in July, the EU’s statistics office confirmed on Thursday, with the core measure, excluding the most volatile components and key for monetary policy, also sharply up. The European Union’s statistics office Eurostat said consumer prices in the 19 countries using the euro rose 0.1…


Russia’s Defense Ministry Says It May Shut Down Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant If Shelling Continues

MOSCOW—Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine may be shut down if Ukrainian forces continue shelling the facility, something Kyiv has denied doing. In a briefing, Igor Kirillov, head of Russia’s radioactive, chemical and biological defense forces, said the plant’s back-up support systems had been damaged as…


China Taking Part in Joint Military Exercises With Russia, Starting This Month

Chinese regime officials announced on Aug. 17 that the country’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will take part in military exercises with Russian armed forces in Russia’s far east. The exercises are being led by Russia and include India, Belarus, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and other countries, China’s defense ministry said in a statement. It added that its participation in the exercises…


Cargo Ship Breakdown Blocks Rhine River Traffic in Germany

BERLIN—A cargo ship that broke down on the Rhine River caused a backup of other ships Wednesday near the German town of St. Goar. The ship blocked the river until midday, when it was towed downstream to the town of Bingen. Water police said other ships heading in the same direction would have to wait…