Wildfires rage in France and Spain as heatwaves sear Europe

Wildfires rage in southwestern France, Spain Health officials report hundreds of heat-related deaths UK emergency committee to meet after weather warning PARIS/LISBON, July 16 (Reuters) – Wildfires raged in southwestern France and Spain on Saturday, forcing thousands of people to be evacuated from their homes as blistering summer temperatures put authorities on alert in parts … Read more

Heatwave scorches Europe; health warnings issued

WMO issues warning on air quality in towns and cities UK declares first red heat warning for Monday, Tuesday Wildfires ablaze in France, Spain and Portugal LEIRIA, Portugal/LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) – Hundreds more people were evacuated from their homes as wildfires blistered land in France, Spain and Portugal on Friday, while officials in Europe … Read more

Outgoing Sri Lankan president lands in Singapore after fleeing uprising

Rajapaksa arrives on Saudi flight from Maldives Interim successor imposes curfew in Colombo Protesters hand back president, premier’s residences President ousted by unrest over economic meltdown COLOMBO / SINGAPORE, July 14 (Reuters) – Outgoing Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa landed in Singapore on Thursday after fleeing mass protests over his country’s economic meltdown, as troops … Read more

Exclusive: Pope to give women a say in appointment of bishops

Current committee to help pope select bishops is all-male New rules allow even lay Catholics to head most Vatican offices Pope has already appointed some women to high-level positions VATICAN CITY, July 6 (Reuters) – Pope Francis said he wants to give women more top-level positions in the Holy See and disclosed that for the … Read more

Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 1,000, toll expected to rise

KABUL, June 22 (Reuters) – The death toll from an earthquake in Afghanistan on Wednesday hit 1,000, disaster management officials said, with more than 600 injured and the toll expected to grow as information trickles in from remote mountain villages. Houses were reduced to rubble and bodies swathed in blankets lay on the ground after … Read more

France votes, with Macron facing tough battle for control of parliament

Projections from voting expected at 1800 GMT Macron needs 289 seats for absolute majority in parliament Pollsters say he may fall short as smaller parties make gains One minister has already eliminated overseas vote PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) – Voting was underway in France on Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deprive newly re-elected … Read more

Islamic State claims attack on Sikh temple in Kabul that killed two

KABUL, June 18 (Reuters) – An attack claimed by Islamic State on a Sikh temple in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday killed at least two people and injured seven, officials said, another deadly incident in a spate of violence targeting minorities and places of worship. On an affiliated Telegram channel, the local branch of … Read more

Protests against India’s new military recruitment system turn violent

LUCKNOW, India, June 16 (Reuters) – Police in northern India fired shots in the air on Thursday to push back stone-throwing crowds and authorities shut down mobile internet in at least one district to forestall further chaos, as protests widened against a new military recruitment system. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government this week announced an … Read more

Seven bodies found at scene of helicopter crash in Italy

ROME, June 11 (Reuters) – Rescuers have found the bodies of seven people killed in a helicopter crash in Italy, local authorities said on Saturday, two days after the aircraft disappeared from radar screens. The helicopter had taken off on Thursday from Lucca in Tuscany and was heading towards the northern city of Treviso when … Read more

IAEA warns of ‘fatal blow’ to nuclear deal as Iran removes cameras

Tehran had warned of retaliation at the IAEA board resolution Iran now removing IAEA cameras installed under 2015 deal IAEA chief Grossi sees 3-4 week window of opportunity If that window is not seized, 2015 deal is dead, he says But senior US official says revival possible after 3-4 weeks VIENNA, June 9 (Reuters) – … Read more