Europe


Taxi Strike Targeting Uber Brings Chaos to Spanish Cities

(VOA): Spanish taxi drivers blocked major city streets including Barcelona’s Gran Via and Madrid’s Castellana on Monday in a protest to pressure the government to curb licenses to online ride-hailing services such as Uber. Union representatives were due to meet officials of Prime Minister..

Read Full Story »

Spain to Invest $35M in Initial Costs of Migrant Influx

(VOA): Spain aims to invest 30 million euros ($35.1 million) in an emergency plan to manage its new status as the main destination for seaborne migration from Africa, the government said. During two months in office, Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has asserted his liberal credentials by..

Read Full Story »

Could Turkey Turn to Russia in Response to US Threats?

(VOA): Deepening rifts between Turkey and the United States are fueling speculation Turkey is being given further impetus to strengthen ties with nearby Russia. Senior Turkish officials met with their Russian and Iranian counterparts Monday in Russia's Sochi sea resort as part of ongoing..

Read Full Story »

Trump Open to Visiting Moscow After Putin Invite Sunday, July 29th, 2018

(VOA): President Donald Trump is open to visiting Moscow, the White House said on Friday after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had invited the American leader. Despite the uproar in Washington after the two met in Helsinki last week, Putin said another meeting with Trump was still on..

Read Full Story »

Kurdish-Backed SDC Holds Talks With Syrian Government

(VOA): A delegation of the Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) and U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forced (SDF) is in Syria for talks with Syrian government officials, an alliance official said on Friday. The delegation arrived in Damascus two days ago, SDC co-chair Riad Darar said,..

Read Full Story »

Russia's Putin says He Invited Trump to Moscow

(VOA): Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he had invited U.S. President Donald Trump to Moscow and that both he and Trump were ready for further summits, but that conditions needed to be right for a meeting to take place. Putin and Trump met in Helsinki earlier this month at a..

Read Full Story »

BRICS Nations Pledge Trade Unity

(VOA): Five of the biggest emerging economies Thursday stood by the multilateral system and vowed to strengthen economic cooperation in the face of U.S. tariff threats and unilateralism. The heads of the BRICS group — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — met in Johannesburg for an..

Read Full Story »

Armenia Charges Ex-President Kocharyan, Seeks His Arrest

(VOA): Armenian investigators on Thursday charged former President Robert Kocharyan with usurping power and filed a court motion to arrest him, the special investigation service said. The move comes three months after a power change in the ex-Soviet country following weeks of mass protests..

Read Full Story »

Turkish-US Tensions Deepen Over Detained American Pastor

(VOA): A senior U.S. official said Washington is confident a detained American pastor in Turkey will be free soon, as tensions deepen between the two countries. "On Pastor Brunson, I think there is excellent prospects that he's going to come home," Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador at large for..

Read Full Story »

Ex-Catalan Chief Back in Belgium, Meets Successor

(VOA): Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has returned to Belgium to drum up support for Catalonia’s separatist movement after Spain’s bid to extradite him on rebellion charges from Germany failed.   Puigdemont arrived in Brussels Saturday morning and shook hands with the current..

Read Full Story »

Robotic Tools Could Revolutionize Cancer Screening

(VOA): Not counting certain types of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the U.S. and worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Now researchers in Europe have come up with a robotic device that may speed detection of cancer tumors, potentially..

Read Full Story »