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Japan’s oldest winemaker readies for European grape onslaught

With the removal of tariffs on European wines as soon as next year, Kirin Holdings Co.’s wine-making unit is betting on Japanese grapes to weather the onslaught.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

U.N. teams to assess migrant treatment in Austria, Italy

The new U.N. human rights chief on Monday announced plans to send teams to Italy and Austria to examine migrants’ treatment, drawing a quick retort from Vienna.


France’s Macron urges Europe to take charge of own defense

French President Emmanuel Macron pushed Monday for Europe to take more responsibility for its own defense, saying the continent’s security shouldn’t rely so much on the United States and could …


Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths

The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 5:55 p.m.

Hot African air brings scorching heat, dust to Europe

Hot air from Africa is bringing a new heatwave to Europe, prompting health warnings about Sahara Desert dust and exceptionally high temperatures that are forecast to peak at 116.6 Fahrenheit …


Animals, crops and people all suffer amid Europe’s heatwave

The heatwave gripping large stretches of Europe has already been blamed for deadly forest fires and crop failures. Now freshwater fish could be its next victims.


Trump stands by ‘culture’ criticism of European immigration

President Donald Trump pressed ahead Friday with his complaints that European immigration policies are changing the “fabric of Europe” and destroying European culture.


Trump’s claim that NATO will boost defense spending disputed

In a chaotic 28 hours at NATO, President Donald Trump disparaged longtime allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defense organization and sent the 29-member pact into frenzied emergency …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 1:07 p.m.

Trump heads to Europe, says Putin ‘easiest’ of his meetings

President Donald Trump launched a weeklong Europe trip Tuesday with harsh criticism for NATO allies and predicted the “easiest” leg of his journey would be his scheduled sit-down with Russian …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

In Europe, bubble trouble: Continent faces shortage of carbon dioxide

Breweries across northern Europe are fretting about shortages of beer, slaughterhouses face possible shutdown and British consumers may find it harder to buy a popular breakfast food – all because …


European Union moves against Poland for its new court law

The European Union opened another rule-of-law procedure Monday against Poland over what it sees as flaws in the country’s Supreme Court law, intensifying a standoff that could threaten Poland’s EU …


Migrant aid ship on way to Spain as Italy draws deeper line

Italy escalated its quarrel with France over migration Wednesday, challenging the bordering country to take in more asylum-seekers and demanding an apology after the French president accused the new Italian …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 5:27 p.m.

Microsoft scoops up four game studios for Xbox and creates one of its own

Microsoft bought four gaming studios, including the makers of popular games “Forza” and “Hellblade,” in a move to increase emphasis on creating its own games for Xbox.


The trend of bare-bones ticket sales is spreading to transatlantic flights

Over the past few years, Delta, American and United Airlines have been forced by ultra low-cost carriers to offer bare-bones fares to compete for price-conscious travelers. Now that trend is …


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 10:28 a.m.

Seattle-based Rover raises $125 million, plans to expand dog-sitting service to Europe

Seattle dog-sitting marketplace Rover.com has raised another $125 million from investors, increasing by 80 percent the total funds it has reeled in since it was founded in 2011. Rover will …


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 11:27 a.m.

Europe, U.S. police seize servers used by IS propaganda sites

Police around Europe and North America have seized servers and data from Islamic State propaganda outlets in a multi-country operation aimed at tracking down radicals and crimping the group’s ability …


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

Skulls show women moved across medieval Europe, not just men

Scientists who investigated the unusually shaped skulls say they provide evidence that women also migrated long distances across medieval Europe, not just men.


Heavy winter weather batters UK, European mainland

Persistent snow and freezing conditions from a Siberian cold snap snarled transit Wednesday and caused a handful of deaths across a swathe of Europe from Britain to the Balkans.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 11:57 a.m.

Arctic snap claims lives in Europe, but also brings beauty

An extreme Siberian cold snap sweeping across Europe is claiming lives in Poland and Romania, but also dusted the ancient ruins of Pompeii with snow Tuesday and prompted Amsterdam authorities …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 6:59 p.m.

Rome blanketed by snow as Arctic storm sets seasonal records

The Arctic storm dubbed the “Beast from the East” saw temperatures across much of Europe fall Monday to their lowest level this winter and even brought a rare snowstorm to …


European space probe prepares to sniff Martian atmosphere

A European space probe has swung into position around Mars in preparation to analyze its atmosphere for possible signs of life.


Spain: Dozens of children among 329 migrants rescued at sea

Spanish officials say more than 300 people including newborns have been rescued from a wooden fishing boat off Libya’s coast and taken to an Italian port.


Tillerson presses Europe on Iran deal, as France bristles

The Trump administration on Tuesday pressed ahead with efforts to convince European allies to add tough new requirements to the Iran nuclear deal, a move met with deep skepticism in …


Iran deal ‘fixes’ to dominate Tillerson’s agenda in Europe

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is seeking British and French support for tough new penalties against Iran and preventing a U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 4:06 p.m.

Democratic report warns of Russian meddling in Europe, U.S.

A new report by Senate Democrats warns of deepening Russian interference throughout Europe and concludes that even as some Western democracies have responded with aggressive countermeasures, President Donald Trump has …


Spain rescues 104 migrants crossing Mediterranean Sea

Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has saved 104 migrants trying to make the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea to Europe from North Africa.


Syrian who set out solo from Libya in tiny boat is rescued

A Syrian refugee has been saved at sea after setting out solo in a tiny boat from Libya, where he told rescuers he was practically a slave.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

France to tackle violence on women; Italy grapples with same

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday launched an initiative to combat violence and harassment against women in France, aiming to erase a sense of shame that breeds silence among victims …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 4:46 p.m.

Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with “Black Friday” to demand …


Macron takes Europe’s center stage while Merkel falters

French President Emmanuel Macron looks like the last, best hope to salvage a unified Europe, as Britain drifts away and Germany bogs down.