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World Jul 19Germany defends its preparation for deadly floods
The floods caught many people by surprise and left over 190 people dead in Western Europe, but German officials concede that they will need to learn lessons from the disaster.
World Jul 18Merkel tours ‘surreal’ flood scene, vows aid, climate action
Merkel toured Schuld, a village on a tight curve of the Ahr River in western Germany where many buildings were damaged or destroyed by rapidly rising floodwaters Wednesday night.
World Jul 17Europe flood death toll tops 150, costly rebuilding ahead
Rescue workers labored to clear up damage laid bare by receding water Saturday as the death toll from disastrous flooding in Western Europe rose above 150 and thoughts turned to the lengthy job of rebuilding communities devastated in minutes.
World Jun 30Most European troops exit Afghanistan quietly after 20 years
Most European troops have already pulled out of Afghanistan, quietly withdrawing months before the U.S.-led mission is officially expected to end.
World May 28Germany recognizes colonial killings in Namibia as genocide
Germany has agreed to officially recognize the colonial-era killings of tens of thousands of people in Namibia as genocide and to spend a total of 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion), largely on development projects.
World Apr 06U.S., Iran expected to begin indirect nuclear talks in Vienna
Efforts to bring the United States back into the 2015 deal on Iran's nuclear program stepped up a gear Tuesday as Iran and the five world powers still in the accord were meeting in Vienna while the U.S. is due…
World Mar 07Swiss narrowly back proposal to ban face coverings in public
The measure will outlaw covering one's face in public places like restaurants, sports stadiums, public transport or simply walking in the street. It foresees exceptions at religious sites and for security or health reasons, such as face masks people are…
World Nov 03Gunman who killed 4 in Vienna attack had sought to join Islamic State
Witnesses described dozens of screaming people fleeing the sounds of gunshots Monday night in a nightlife district crowded with revelers enjoying the last hours before a coronavirus lockdown.
World Sep 14Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny able to leave his bed
Germany announced that French and Swedish labs have confirmed its findings that Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok.
Health Jul 19Virus rebounds around the world, deaths top 600,000
The coronavirus pandemic has found fresh legs around the world, as confirmed deaths pass 600,000 and countries from the U.S. to South Africa to India struggle to contain a surge of new infections. Hong Kong issued tougher new rules on…