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Greece returns to debt markets after 3-year hiatus

Greece returned to the debt markets for the first time in three years on Tuesday, with reports saying it was on track to raise funds at a lower cost than last time, marking a symbolic victory for the beleaguered nation.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/25 23:33:39

Vatican without fountains

A woman looks at an empty fountain in St Peter’s Square, Vatican city, after the Vatican authorities decided to turn off some of the 100 fountains due to a drought affecting Rome on Tuesday. Two years of lower-than-average rainfall in Rome has forced Rome to close fountains and consider the prospect of water rationing.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/25 21:43:39

Spanish PM prepares for historic court appearance

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will make history on Wednesday when he becomes the first Spanish leader sitting in office to give evidence in a court case.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/25 18:18:00

EU trade group warns against rising tide of protectionism

A European Union (EU) trade group on Monday warned on rising tide of protectionism in advanced economies, saying it is "short-sighted and ultimately self-defeating".
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/25 7:40:50

Belarus' nuclear power plant to become operational by 2020

The Belarusian nuclear power plant will be fully put into operation in the summer of 2020, Rosatom Director General Alexei Likhachev said on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/25 7:40:12

Sorrow for Charlie

Supporters of terminally-ill British baby Charlie Gard react after the announcement that his parents have abandoned their legal battle to take their son to the US for experimental treatment, at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Monday. A lawyer representing Gard’s parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard told judge Nicholas Francis “time had run out” and they had made the decision after seeing the 11-month-old’s latest brain scans.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/24 23:48:39

Polish president blocks judicial reforms after protests

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday that he would veto two of three bills passed by parliament in a judicial reform that has triggered nationwide street protests and raised EU and US concerns about politicization of the courts.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/24 23:28:40

Turkish journalists go on trial, accused of waging ‘asymmetric war’

Seventeen employees of a Turkish opposition newspaper went on trial on Monday accused of supporting a terrorist group, a case seen by government critics as a further sign that freedom of expression is under attack.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/24 22:53:39

Strong bonds

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (right) is introduced to Weta Workshop staff by Richard Taylor (second right) after unveiling the new UK Memorial at Pukeahu War Memorial Park in Wellington, New Zealand on Monday.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/24 22:38:39

Swiss town attack "not an act of terrorism": police

Local police of the Swiss town of Schaffhausen on Monday announced on Facebook that a chainsaw attack in which at least five people were injured was not a terror attack.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/24 21:25:27

Five injured in attack in Swiss town

At least 5 injured, 2 seriously, in an attack Monday by an unidentified male suspect in Schaffhausen, a Swiss town on the upper Rhine River, in a wine-growing area near the German border, local police said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/24 19:38:15

Less French people satisfied with Macron in July: poll

French President Emmanuel Macron suffered a sharp decline in his popularity in July from a month earlier as controversial labor reform and disputed defense budget cut tainted the French optimism, a survey showed on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/24 8:04:19

Greek tragedy

A woman looks at quake-damaged buildings on the Greek island of Kos on Saturday, a day after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck the region and killed two people and injured hundreds more. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2017/7/24 0:43:55

Erdogan tells Germany to avoid Turkey affairs

Germany has no right to interfere in Turkey's domestic affairs, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, his latest broadside in a blistering row sparked by the waves of arrests under the current state of emergency.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/23 23:38:40

Making a statement

A crowd holds up candles in front of the Supreme Court building in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday. Members and supporters of Polish opposition parties and the Committee for the Defense of Democracy protested against changes in the judicial law and the Supreme Court by a controversial reform bill that was passed in parliament on July 20.
Source: IC | 2017/7/23 22:18:39

French Nazi collaborator Petain’s tomb vandalized

The tomb of Marshal Philippe Petain, who led France's collaborationist Vichy regime under Nazi occupation, was vandalized on Saturday, the eve of the 66th anniversary of his death, police said.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/23 22:13:40

UK princes regret conversation

Britain's Prince William and Harry have spoken of their regret over the last conversation they had with their mother Princess Diana before she died, saying the telephone call was "desperately rushed."
Source: Reuters | 2017/7/23 22:13:39

British cycling reforms will secure funding for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

British Cycling has pushed through the governance reforms in an extraordinary general meeting on Saturday, securing 43 million pounds in public funding.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/23 8:59:40