Rhine River could fall below critical mark, risking industry

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Water levels on the Rhine River could reach a critically low point in the coming days, German officials said Wednesday, making it increasingly difficult to transport goods — including coal and gasoline — as drought and an energy crisis grip Europe. weeks of dry weather have turned several of Europe’s major … Read more

Woman injured by polar bear on Norway’s Svalbard Islands

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A polar bear attacked a campsite Monday in Norway’s remote Arctic Svalbard Islands, injuring a French tourist, authorities said, adding that the wounds weren’t life-threatening. The bear was later killed. The woman, who was not identified, was part of a tour group of 25 people camping at Sveasletta, in the central part … Read more

Pride on the canal: Huge crowds at Amsterdam water parade

AMSTERDAM — Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined Amsterdam’s historic channels Saturday to celebrate Canal Parade, a Pride flotilla of 80 brightly decorated boats packed with people partying, singing and waving rainbow flags, balloons and umbrellas. The boats representing rights groups, bars, clothing brands and even the Dutch military made their way slowly through the … Read more

Beluga whale caught in France’s Seine not accepting food

PARIS — French environmentalists are working around the clock to try and feed a dangerously thin Beluga whale that has strayed into the Seine River. So far, they have been unsuccessful. Marine conservation group Sea Shepherd France tweeted Saturday that “our teams took turns with the Beluga all night long. It always ignores the fish … Read more

Boy at heart of UK court battle dies after life support ends

LONDON — A 12-year-old boy who has been in a coma for four months died Saturday at a London hospital after doctors ended life-sustaining treatment that was the subject of a lengthy court battle. Archie Battersbee’s mother, Hollie Dance, said he died at 12:15 pm, about two hours after the hospital began withdrawing treatment. British … Read more

In France, a battle to save weakened whale lost in the Seine

SAINT-PIERRE-LA-GARENNE, France — French environmentalists were hoping Friday to feed a catch of herring to a worryingly thin Beluga whale that has strayed far from its Arctic habitat into France’s Seine River. They fear that the ethereal white mammal is slowly starving in the waterway that flows through Paris and beyond. “We are in a … Read more

Berlin: Fire breaks out in forest after blast at bomb disposal site

berlin CNN — A large fire broke out on Thursday morning in one of Berlin’s biggest city forests – the Grunewald – following several explosions at a police-run munitions disposal site inside the forest. The blaze spread across 15,000 square meters (3.7 acres), according to Berlin’s fire brigade. Big explosions could be heard from the … Read more

Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO 95-1, rebuking Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — US Senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for US national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine. Wednesday’s 95-1 vote — for the candidacy of two Western … Read more

Train drivers’ walkout brings more misery on UK railways

LONDON — Workers, vacationers and sports fans faced travel disruption in Britain as thousands of train drivers walked off the job Saturday, the latest strike in an increasingly bitter labor dispute on the nation’s railways. About 5,000 drivers staged a 24-hour strike against seven train companies across England. It came on the second full day … Read more

Death of doctor who faced threats over COVID shocks Austria

BERLIN — Austrian political leaders have expressed shock over the death of a doctor who closed her practice after she reported receiving death threats from opponents of COVID-19 restrictions and vaccines. The body of Dr. Lisa-Maria Kellermayr, a general practitioner who had publicly stressed the effectiveness of vaccination, was found at her practice office in … Read more