Europe considering viewing COVID-19 like the flu or measles
With one of Europe's highest vaccination rates and its most pandemic-battered economies, Spain is laying the groundwork to treat the next infection surge not as an emergency but an illness that is here to stay.
US says nuclear talks with Iran at 'decisive moment'
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that talks with Iran over its nuclear program are at a "decisive moment," and warned that Washington and its allies may change tactics if a deal isn't reached in the coming weeks.
Austria approves vaccine mandate for adults, 3,600 euro fine for noncompliant
Austria's parliament voted Thursday to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for adults from Feb. 1, the first of its kind in Europe, with maximum potential fines of up to 3,600 euros ($4,000) for people who don't comply after a series of reminders.
Report on sexual abuse in German diocese faults retired pope
A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany’s Munich diocese on Thursday faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI’s handling of four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s.
EU faces major rebuttal over plan to call gas, nuclear ‘green’
Europe’s executive arm is facing an increasingly intense wave of pressure to abandon a proposal to add gas and nuclear power to its green rulebook.
Phone call shows brother pleading with Texas hostage-taker
A British man who took four people hostage in a Texas synagogue ranted against Jews and American wars in Muslim-majority countries. The FBI has called the incident “a terrorism-related matter” targeting the Jewish community, after initially saying the hostages were not targeted for their religious beliefs.
NATO starts work to upgrade Albanian communist-era air base
The $52 million upgrade will include renovating the runway, taxiways, and storage facilities and is designed to increase NATO interoperability and support airborne early warning missions over the western Balkan country.
Japan, France seek to deepen security ties amid China’s rise
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, accompanied by Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, described France as an indispensable partner in achieving the goal of a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”
Russia announces sweeping naval drills amid Ukraine tensions
Russia on Thursday announced sweeping naval drills in several parts of the world this month, and claimed the West is plotting “provocations” in neighboring Ukraine where the Kremlin has been accused of planning aggressive military action.
US sanctions Ukrainian officials accused of helping Russia
The Treasury Department levied sanctions Thursday against four Ukrainian officials, including two current members of parliament who administration officials say are part of a Russian influence effort to set the pretext for further invasion of Ukraine.