Europe

Biden taps GOP former Sen. Jeff Flake for Turkey ambassador

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated former Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican lawmaker who endorsed his 2020 run for the White House, to serve...

French official warns Lebanese leaders of upcoming sanctions

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BEIRUT — A French Cabinet minister criticized Lebanese leaders on Tuesday, warning them of upcoming sanctions from Paris that will target Lebanese officials blocking...

Lithuania passes laws to curb migrant arrivals from Belarus

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VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuania’s parliament on Tuesday passed new legislation aimed at curbing an influx of migrants crossing its borders that it accused neighboring...

EU nations approve a dozen pandemic recovery plans

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BRUSSELS — In what European Union nations hope will be a tipping point in economic recovery from the pandemic, finance ministers from the the...

Putin hosts leader of Belarus for talks on closer ties

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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday hosted the authoritarian leader of Belarus, who has increasingly relied on Moscow's support amid increasing tensions...

Storms cause widespread damage in Switzerland, Germany

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BERLIN — Heavy summer storms caused widespread damage and flooding Tuesday in Germany and Switzerland, where an airport hangar partially collapsed in the southern...

Germany launches ‘space command’ to protect infrastructure

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BERLIN — The German military on Tuesday launched a “space command” tasked with overseeing satellites, watching for dangerous space junk and analyzing other countries'...

France urges compatriots to leave Afghanistan immediately

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PARIS — France on Tuesday urged all its citizens to leave Afghanistan immediately given growing security risks, and is arranging a special weekend evacuation...

4 US, UK Olympic contractors arrested for alleged drug use

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TOKYO — Four U.S. and British men working for a power company contracted for the Olympics were arrested on suspicion of using cocaine, officials...

After US denied deal, Iran says prisoner swap talks ongoing

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's government spokesman said Tuesday that talks with the United States about a prisoner exchange are still ongoing, two months after...