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Source of smoke on departing Airbus jet in Helsinki remains mystery

Finnish officials denied that a fire had broken out on board a CSA Czech Airlines jet preparing to take off from Helsinki on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/4 7:24:10

Putin signs law allowing visa-free entry for World Cup fans till year-end

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law allowing people holding the "Fan IDs" issued during the 2018 FIFA World Cup to visit Russia visa-free until the end of the year.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/4 6:21:50

Russia denies violating UN sanctions

Russia's ambassador to North Korea said Friday that Moscow had not violated UN sanctions restricting the employment of North Korean laborers and not brought in any new workers from the country, Interfax news agency reported.
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/3 22:53:40

Many parts of France on orange alert as temperatures continue to soar

French weather agency Meteo France on Thursday put 66 regions, including the Ile-de-France, under orange alert on heat wave and decided to maintain the alert system in these areas till Friday afternoon.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/3 7:42:54

US sanctions over pastor case stir up anger in Turkey

The anger in a barbershop in Ankara represented the Turkish public distrust towards the US following Washington's unprecedented sanctions against Turkey over Ankara's detention of a US pastor.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/3 7:40:31

German government plans to shut down legal loophole for fiberglass free riders

The German government plans to shut down a legal loophole which currently allows laying fiber optic cables in trenches that were opened by other companies, according to a draft of the amended telecommunication law, the German magazine Spiegel reports on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/3 7:38:37

Sweden buys Patriot air defense system

The Swedish government on Thursday gave the Swedish Armed Forces and the defense Materiel Administration permission to purchase the American air defense system Patriot, the Swedish Television SVT reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/3 7:30:43

Pope Francis updates catechism, declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases

Pope Francis has declared the death penalty "inadmissible" in an update of Catholic believers' most important guide to Church teaching, the catechism, the Vatican said Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/2 22:38:41

Unusual heatwave ravages European fields, drives wheat prices higher

Searing heat has devastated wheat fields across northern Europe while a combination of dry conditions and extreme rain in the Black Sea have hit output estimates, with prices soaring on fears of further crop damage.
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/2 22:23:40

Twitter Giggles as US Health Agency Urges Americans Not to Reuse or Wash Condoms

It appears that some Americans are prone to reusing and even washing condoms, and the national health protection agency has rushed to social media to give a sexual education lesson to everyone.
Source: | 2018/8/2 17:00:47

Congressional Candidate Grilled on Twitter for Calling Melania Trump 'Hoebag'

A congressional candidate from Oregon has drawn fierce backlash on social media after comparing US First Lady Melania Trump to a prostitute.
Source: | 2018/8/2 16:58:19

Industry Leader Warns No-Deal Brexit 'Isn't an Option' for UK Carmakers

UK economy, urging negotiators to ensure a deal with sufficient access to the EU market is agreed to prevent significant disruption and inflation from hitting Britain.
Source: | 2018/8/2 16:55:01

European Medicines Agency Loses Staff Amid Brexit-Induced Move to Amsterdam

A scale back of operations is planned for one biggest EU agencies, serving over 500 million.
Source: | 2018/8/2 16:51:03

Snowden's Lawyer Opens Up About Whistleblower's Life in Russia

The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor has been living in Russia with temporary asylum ever since he leaked vast amounts of classified data to the media, revealing the massive espionage network organized by the US and UK using tech companies.
Source: | 2018/8/2 16:47:46

US-Turkey tensions simmering as Ankara denounces US sanctions on 2 ministers

Tensions between the United States and Turkey further escalated Wednesday after Ankara criticized the sanctions imposed by the US Treasury Department on two Turkish senior ministers over a detained American pastor.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/2 13:39:27

Russia investigates murder of 3 journalists in Central African Republic

The Russian Investigative Committee, the country's main federal probe agency, Wednesday said it is investigating the murder of three Russian journalists in the Central African Republic (CAR) Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/2 8:00:05

Italy seeing more racist violence in step with increased hardline migrant policies

Race-related violence is on the rise in Italy, a trend analysts said is tied to the increasingly hardline rhetoric on migration from the country's two-month-old government.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/2 7:59:23

Terrorism-related crimes in Russia decline 14 pct in H1 2018

The number of terrorism-related crimes in Russia dropped 14 percent year on year in the first six months to 968, the Prosecutor General's Office said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/2 7:58:58