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Windows of hope: Life in Europe under lockdown

Rome - From the elderly Italian woman who routinely lines up the glasses of water she sets herself to drink every day, to the British composer leading a virtual orchestra, life for Europeans under coronavirus lockdown is an uncharted mix of resilience and cre...

Sewing face masks goes viral in Europe

Strechov Nad Sazavou - What do prisoners, a former first lady and textile makers have in common? All have threaded their needles to combat a dire global shortage of face masks that risks the health of millions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Viral humour helps Europe deal with fear, boredom of lockdown

London - As European governments moved to lock down their countries to curb the spread of the coronavirus, citizens turned to gallows humour to deal with the anxiety and boredom of their virtual house arrests.

Erdogan discusses migrant crisis, Syria with Macron, Merkel and Johnson

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday discussed the migrant crisis and the situation in Syria's rebel enclave of Idlib, with the leaders of France, Germany and Britain.

In tense talks, EU warns Erdogan to respect migrants deal

Apo - Stern-faced EU leaders warned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to respect the terms of a previous deal to keep migrants away from Europe's borders, after the Turkish leader came to Brussels to demand more support.

Erdogan holds Brussels talks as EU mulls taking in children refugees

Apo - EU chiefs meet Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to warn him not to trigger a renewed migrant crisis on their southeastern border, as member states offered to take in some child refugees.

Refugee shelter burns as Greece rolls out new asylum restrictions

A fire engulfed a refugee shelter on the island of Lesbos Saturday as Greece announced further restrictions towards asylum seekers in response to a migration surge enabled by Turkey.

Turkey to stop migrants from risky Aegean sea crossings

Apo - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the Turkish coastguard to stop migrants from making risky Aegean sea crossings, as fresh clashes erupted Saturday pitting migrants against Greek border police.

EU agency takes centre stage in fight against coronavirus

Stockholm - As governments across Europe prepare for a sustained battle against the new coronavirus, a relatively small EU agency is becoming increasingly important.

Handshake? No thanks: coronavirus changes global habits

Paris - Say no to a handshake, refuse every peck on the cheek and definitely avoid hugging. Instead, try a direct gaze, or maybe a hand gesture.

EU ministers urge end to fighting in Syria's Idlib

Paris - Fourteen EU ministers called Wednesday for a ceasefire in the Syrian province of Idlib, where hundreds of thousands have been displaced by a Russian-backed Syrian offensive against rebels supported by Turkey.

Storm sows trail of destruction across Europe

Frankfurt Am Main - Fierce winds and heavy rains claimed at least three lives across northern Europe on Monday as Storm Ciara disrupted travel, grounded hundreds of flights, flooded roads and left vast areas without power.

January 2020 warmest on record: EU climate service

Paris - Last month was the warmest January on record globally, while in Europe temperatures were a balmy three degrees Celsius above the average January from 1981 to 2010, the European Union's climate monitoring system reported Tuesday.

European rights court faults France for prison overcrowding

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered France to pay thousands of euros in damages to dozens of inmates after ruling that authorities had not taken sufficient measures to end prison overcrowding.

European rights court faults France for prison overcrowding

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered France to pay thousands of euros in damages to dozens of inmates after ruling that authorities had not taken sufficient measures to end prison overcrowding.

German charity Sea-Eye says 78 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

Berlin - German charity Sea-Eye said it had rescued 78 migrants off the Libyan coast on Saturday and accused Libyan authorities of harassing rescuers and acting illegally.

Italy court rules migrant ship captain's arrest not warranted

Rome - Italy's highest court on Friday agreed that Carola Rackete, the German captain of a migrant rescue ship, should not have been arrested for forcibly docking in Sicily."This is an important verdict for all sea rescue activists!" Rackete said on Twitter.

Lack of transparency in China's Belt and Road projects: EU firms

Bejing - A lack of information and transparency are top barriers for European companies seeking involvement in China's Belt and Road Initiative, according to a survey published Thursday by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

Police bust ring smuggling Moroccans to Spain via Gibraltar

Madrid - Police in Spain and Gibraltar have smashed an unusual migrant-smuggling network which flew Moroccans into the tiny British territory then sneaked them over the border to Spain, arresting 47 people.

Eleven migrants die after boat sinks off Turkey

Istanbul - Eleven migrants died on Saturday, including eight children, when their vessel sank in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey, state news agency Anadolu reported.

Baby born then dies on migrant boat bound for Canary Islands

Madrid - A baby that was born aboard a makeshift boat carrying migrants from Africa to the Canary Islands did not survive the journey, Spanish rescuers said on Wednesday after picking up the rickety vessel.

300 migrants rescued off Spain over two-day Christmas period

Madrid - Around 100 migrants were rescued off the coast of Spain on Thursday, adding to around another 200 plucked off makeshift boats on Christmas Day, Spain's maritime rescue service said.

Putin accuses Poland of colluding with Hitler

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin upped the ante in a war of words with Europe on Tuesday, accusing Poland of colluding with Hitler and of anti-Semitism.

Death toll in Europe from storm rises to nine

Madrid - The death toll from storms that have battered Spain, Portugal and France rose to nine on Sunday as the region braced for more violent winds and heavy rain.

Death toll in Europe from storm rises to 7

Madrid - The death toll from a storm that battered Spain, Portugal and France rose to seven on Saturday as the region braced for more violent winds.

Trump approves Russia-Europe gas pipeline sanctions

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday signed off on US sanctions against companies building a Russian natural gas pipeline to Germany that Congress fears will give the Kremlin dangerous leverage over European allies.

Storm Elsa batters parts of Europe, five dead

Lisbon - Violent winds and torrential rain battered Spain, Portugal and France overnight leaving at least five people dead, rescuers said Friday, as the region braced for another storm.

Trade war hangover: Spirits industry tries to avoid tariff crossfire

New York - Bourbon from Kentucky and Scotch whisky have already been targeted. What's next? French cognac?

Europe's exoplanet hunter reaches orbit around Earth

Paris - Europe's CHEOPS planet-hunting space telescope left Earth on Wednesday and moved into orbit, a day after its lift-off was delayed by a technical rocket glitch during the final countdown.

Europe's exoplanet hunter set for blast-off from Earth

Paris - Europe's CHEOPS planet-hunting satellite was set to leave Earth Wednesday a day after its lift-off was delayed by a technical rocket glitch during the final countdown.
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