Today in History
Today in History
Today is Thursday, June 6, the 157th day of 2019. There are 208 days left in the year.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A fire engulfed a migrant center in northwestern Bosnia on Saturday, injuring 32 people and forcing some to jump out the windows to escape the blaze, police...
CAEN, France (AP) — The emotion of being liberated from Nazi occupation was so sweet and intense that the French refugees burst into song, a spontaneous rendition of "La Marseillaise" that echoed...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian authorities say two migrants are dead and two others are in serious condition after hiding in a truck tank in a bid to reach Western Europe.
OUISTREHAM, France (AP) — There were countless times on D-Day and in the fighting in Normandy that followed when Leon Gautier could have been killed or grievously wounded.
LONDON (AP) — The choice of Azerbaijan capital Baku to host the Europa League final has caused "unacceptable" and "extreme" travel problems for Arsenal fans, the English club said on...
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The future of Bulgaria's vast number of low-wage truck drivers has become a top campaign issue in the country heading into European Parliament elections, with debates raging...
ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) — Hundreds of migrants a day streamed through the Hungarian village of Asotthalom on their way to Western Europe in 2015. Today there are almost none. So one might think...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel ushered in its Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday in memory of the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators in World War II, as leaders voiced...
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian customs officials say they have seized 288 kilograms (635 pounds) of heroin found in an Iranian truck entering Bulgaria from Turkey.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on migrants trying to get to Europe (all times local):
Montenegrin police say they have arrested 17 people for smuggling migrants who are...
BEIJING (AP) — Despite criticisms, Beijing has been steadily gathering support for its "Belt and Road" initiative, which aims to weave a network of ports, bridges and power plants linking China...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have arrested a man suspected of smuggling five migrants from Greece, headed north toward Serbia.
Nissan cuts back on more business at English plant
LONDON (AP) — Infiniti Motor Co., the luxury division of Japanese automaker Nissan, says it's withdrawing from Western Europe — offering another blow to carmakers in the U.K. bracing for Britain's...
Polish leader says adopting euro is not the priority
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish government's priority is not to adopt the common European currency, the euro, but to raise people's earnings to Western European levels, the prime minister said...
Lego’s business returns to growth after tough year
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — For Lego, the pieces are coming back together.
The Danish toy maker said Wednesday its revenue rose 4 percent last year to 36.4 billion kroner ($5.5 billion) after...
Bosnia police detain 3 people smugglers, find 19 migrants
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian police say they have detained three people at two separate locations on suspicion of attempting to smuggle 19 migrants through the Balkan...
UK Met Office measures warmest February day on record
LONDON (AP) — Britain's meteorological agency says temperatures have reached 20.3 C (68.5 F) in the west of the country, marking a record high for February.
North Macedonia police find 22 migrants trying Balkans route
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say two vehicles carrying 22 migrants who allegedly planned to enter Serbia illegally and travel on to European Union countries were stopped in separate weekend incidents.
Police said Sunday that nine Pakistanis were found in a car in the country's south late Saturday, near the borders with Greece and Bulgaria. The driver was arrested and placed in custody.
They say 13 Syrians were discovered Sunday, but their driver ran away.
Pope calls for protection of human trafficking’s victims
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has exhorted governments to root out the causes of human trafficking and protect victims.
Francis made the appeal while addressing faithful in St. Peter's Square on Sunday. He encouraged people to denounce instances of exploitation and modern slavery and to resist indifference to victims' suffering.
He said many Catholic nuns fight human trafficking and urged everyone to join forces to combat the crime.
Albania police arrest 32 in counterfeit travel visa scheme
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police have cracked down a suspected visa ring issuing fake documents to help people illegally go to Western European countries, Britain, the United States and Canada.
A police statement Saturday said 32 people, including a border policeman, were arrested and four others are still being sought. Police also seized four workshops with equipment to produce fake documents to traffic people through Albania, Montenegro, Italy, Greece, France or Norway.
UN chief Guterres awarded German prize for European unity
BERLIN (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been chosen as the winner of a prestigious German prize for contributions to European unity.
The city of Aachen announced Tuesday that Guterres has been awarded the International Charlemagne Prize.
The award committee said Guterres is "an outstanding advocate for the European model of society, for pluralism, tolerance and dialogue, for open and caring societies, for the strengthening and consolidation of multilateral cooperation."
German leader Merkel gets Fulbright, stresses cooperation
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the need Monday for international cooperation to fight the rise of nationalism and populism, citing the role the U.S. played after World War II in helping establish a free and democratic Germany and Western Europe.
Venezuela crisis: Familiar geopolitical sides take shape
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia, China, Iran, Syria and Cuba have come down on one side. The United States, Canada, and countries in Western Europe are on the other.
As the crisis in Venezuela reaches a new boiling point — with embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro facing a challenge from opposition leader Juan Guaido — the geopolitical fault lines look familiar.
Dutch magazine cuts ties with reporter over suspect stories
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Media in the Netherlands and Belgium said Tuesday and Wednesday that they have cut ties with a freelance reporter amid allegations he plagiarized other media and cited sources in stories who could not be traced.
The scandal was another blow to the reputation of journalism in Western Europe, following a high profile case in Germany last month.
Italy’s Berlusconi rebounds again to run for EU parliament
ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi is back. Again.
The three-time Italian premier, who has made a career out of rebounding from legal woes, personal scandal, heart trouble and political setbacks, announced Thursday he is running for the European Parliament in May elections.
The 82-year-old Berlusconi said he wanted to "bring my voice to a Europe that should change, a Europe that has lost profound thinking about the world."
Bulgaria’s oldest city honored as European culture capital
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Plovdiv, the oldest city in Bulgaria, has been officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Some 50,000 people gathered on a main square Saturday to watch the opening show dubbed "We are all colors" with 1,500 local and foreign artists on several stages. The entertainment included traditional Bulgarian folk dancers, 200 choir singers, a brass orchestra and a musical and laser spectacle.
Portugal’s government increases minimum wage
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's Socialist government has approved an increase in the country's minimum wage to 600 euros a month ($687) from Jan. 1.
The Cabinet passed the proposal Thursday, saying in a statement that the measure would cover more than 750,000 workers.
Serbia court sentences drug lord to 15 years in prison
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian court on Monday sentenced a Balkan drug lord to 15 years in prison for smuggling 5.7 tons of cocaine from South America to Europe.
The Organized Crime court ruled that Darko Saric was guilty of leading a criminal organization that smuggled cocaine from Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay to Western Europe in 2008 and 2009.
Think tank: Russia emerges as world’s No. 2 arms producer
HELSINKI (AP) — A Swedish think tank said Monday that Russia has emerged as the world's second-largest arms producer after the United States. Russia surpassed Britain, which had held that spot since 2002 and remains Western Europe's No. 1 arms maker.
Croatia arrest 13 people suspected of smuggling migrants
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Police in Croatia have detained 13 people suspected of smuggling migrants who are trying to reach Western Europe through the Balkans.
Police said Friday that they are searching for one more suspect accused of smuggling at least 119 migrants in and out of Croatia from late July until mid-October.
Portugal fetes China, risking tension with Western allies
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — While some powerful European Union governments are uneasy about China possibly taking more control of the bloc's critical energy and transport infrastructure, one of western Europe's smallest economies is grabbing the opportunity with both hands.
The Latest: Hungarian leader: ‘gloomy Sunday’ due to Brexit
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the Brexit deal (all times local):
Hungary's prime minister says it's a "gloomy Sunday" because of the Brexit agreement between Britain and the European Union.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on state TV that "no matter how well a divorce is organized, it remains a divorce."
Orban said the EU leadership bore responsibility for Brexit, adding that if Britain, a rich country, had remained in the EU, Hungary would have received more EU funds in the future.
Battlefield letters tell soldiers’ stories of World War I
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The War to End All Wars ended a century ago.
The brash Americans through sheer numbers and individual heroics ended the stalemate of World War I trench warfare in western Europe.
"We got there in the nick of time to stave off the attack," said retired Col. Doug Mastriano, a retired military historian living in Fayetteville. "Even British historians will admit the war could not have been won without the Americans."
Carlsberg sales boosted by warm weather in Europe
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish brewer Carlsberg says its third-quarter revenue rose on strong beer sales across its major markets, boosted by unusually hot weather in western Europe.
The company said Thursday its sales increased 7.4 percent to 17.6 billion kroner ($2.7 billion) from 16.4 billion kroner a year earlier.
Carlsberg didn't publish net income figures for the three-month period but reiterated its recently lifted operating profit growth outlook of 10-11 percent for the full year 2018.
5 Albanians arrested for trafficking Syrian migrants
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say they have arrested five people suspected of trafficking migrants from Greece to Montenegro.
A statement Wednesday said that a months-long investigation showed that the "criminally structured group" received migrants, mainly Syrians, coming from neighboring Greece in its south, accommodated and then transported them to neighboring Montenegro in the north, aiming to reach Western European countries.
74 years on, 7 UK WWII airmen laid to rest in Albania
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — It was Sgt. John Thompson's ring that enabled searchers to locate his remains and those of six other British military personnel from a plane that crashed in Albania during World War II.
Seventy-four years after they were killed carrying out a supply mission over Albania, the seven airmen were finally laid to rest in an official funeral ceremony Wednesday in the Albanian capital of Tirana.
The Latest: Migrants in Bosnia reach border with Croatia
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local):
Several dozen migrants, including women and children, have arrived near the border with Croatia after walking for several hours from a migrant center in Bosnia.
Bosnian police on Monday evening stopped the migrants before they reached the border crossing in the village of Izacic, in northwestern Bosnia. Police are trying to persuade the migrants to go back to the migrant center.
The Latest: 47 migrants found in truck at Romania’s border
ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local):
Romanian border police say they suspect 47 people found hidden in the back of a truck were migrants trying to reach a country in Western Europe.
The Border Police General Inspectorate said officers discovered the group on Monday at a crossing in western Romania that borders Hungary.
Serbia abolishes visa-free travel with Iran over EU pressure
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has abolished vise-free travel with Iran apparently in response to European Union pressure after the system was abused by migrants trying to reach the bloc.
More than 15,000 Iranians have visited Serbia since visas were abolished last August. Many have moved on toward Western Europe rather than return home.
The Latest: Macedonia detains 14 migrants, smuggling suspect
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
Macedonian police say they have detained a 41-year old man accused of smuggling 14 migrants found crammed into a car that was stopped after a highway chase in the south of the country near the Greek border.
Police say they have detained 11 Afghan and three Pakistani nationals. The smuggling suspect also has been held for questioning under a 30-day detention order.
Greek police rescue 60 migrants dumped on northern highway
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Authorities in northern Greece have rescued 60 Iraqi migrants, including 27 children, found walking along a major highway after a smuggling truck dumped them far from their destination.
Police said the migrants, who had illegally entered Greece through the land border with Turkey, were found on Tuesday 15 kilometers (9 miles) west of Thessaloniki.
Lego earnings hurt by Toys R Us closures
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Lego said Tuesday its revenue dipped in the first half of 2018, with business in North America hurt by changes in the retail industry such as the bankruptcy of store chain Toys R Us.
Ruling party leader wants Poland to be like western Europe
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's conservative ruling party, whose policies have led to clashes with European Union leaders, said Sunday he wants the country to remain in the EU so it can become like western European nations "in every respect."
Jaroslaw Kaczynski's declaration opened the Law and Justice party's campaigning for Oct. 21 local elections in which it hopes to strengthen its grip on power.
Germany, some EU partners oppose Serbia-Kosovo land swap
VIENNA (AP) — Germany and some of its European Union partners voiced fears Friday that a possible land-swap between Serbia and Kosovo could open up old wounds in the Balkans rather than resolve their long-standing differences.
NATO intervened in 1999 to stop a bloody Serb crackdown on Albanian separatists in Kosovo. Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008.
War-ravaged Bosnia struggles to cope with new migrants
BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Not so long ago, people in Bosnia were sarcastically joking that their war-scarred country is in such a bad shape that not even the migrants fleeing violence and poverty in the Mideast and Africa were willing to pass through it.
Walrus bones provide clues to fate of lost Viking colony
WASHINGTON (AP) — Clues to the mystery of why Viking colonies in Greenland flourished and fell have been found in the DNA of medieval walrus bones housed in more than a dozen European museums.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
Bosnian police say several people have been injured in a clash among migrants staying in the country while trying to reach Western Europe.
Police say the fight involving about 50 migrants erupted Wednesday in a tent camp on the outskirts of the northwestern town of Velika Kladusa. They say initial reports suggest none of the injuries are life-threatening.