• MAYOR Sep 23, 2019

    Beer Flows as Overcrowded Oktoberfest Opens in Munich

    The first keg was tapped, and the beer started flowing as the 186th Oktoberfest got underway Saturday in the southern German city of Munich. Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap in the first keg with two blows of a hammer and the cry of “O’zapt is” — “it’s tapped.” As tradition demands, he handed the first mug to Bavarian governor...

  • Germany Aug 21, 2019

    German City Offers $1.1M to Whoever Proves It Doesn't Exist

    A German city that’s been the subject of a long-running online light-hearted conspiracy theory claiming it doesn’t really exist is offering big bucks to whoever proves that’s true. Officials in Bielefeld said Wednesday they’ll give 1 million euros ($1.1 million) to the person who delivers solid proof of its non-existence. They said there are “no limits to creativity” for entrants,...

  • PRESIDENT Aug 19, 2019

    Lead Scrubbed From Paris Streets as Notre Dame Work Resumes

    Specialists shoring up fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral returned Monday to the Paris site for the first time in nearly a month, this time wearing disposable underwear and other protective gear after a delay prompted by fears of lead contamination. Meanwhile, cleanup teams swept, sprayed and vacuumed neighboring streets Monday to scrub away any lead left over from the April blaze...

  • Florence Aug 8, 2019

    ‘Roman Holiday' Ruined? Police Enforce Sitting Ban on Steps Audrey Hepburn Made Famous

    Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn perched there without a care in the 1953 film “Roman Holiday.” But the Spanish Steps in Rome are no longer a place for sitting. Enforcing an ordinance that took effect last month, police officers patrolled the famed stone staircase Wednesday to tell locals and visitors “Please, no sitting” on one of the Eternal City’s most...

  • Officer Jul 28, 2019

    2 US Teens Jailed in Italy in Policeman's Killing

    Two American teenagers who were classmates at a California high school spent a second night in a Rome jail Saturday after they were interrogated for hours about their alleged roles in the murder of an Italian policeman. Investigators contended in written statements Saturday that the pair had confessed to their roles in the grisly slaying. Vice Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega,...

  • PRESIDENT Jul 11, 2019

    Angela Merkel Seen Shaking For 3rd Time

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen shaking as she met with Finland’s visiting prime minister on Wednesday. It’s the third time Merkel has been seen shaking in a month.

  • European Union Jul 10, 2019

    EU Fines Hello Kitty Owner $7 Million in Antitrust Ruling

    European Union authorities on Tuesday fined the Japanese company behind Hello Kitty for restricting cross-border online sales of toys, mugs, bags and other products featuring the cartoon cat girl. The EU’s antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said that Sanrio Co. was fined 6.2 million euros ($7 million) because the company violated the bloc’s competition rules with licensing agreements that banned traders...

  • lawyer Jul 4, 2019

    French Michael Jackson Fans Sue ‘Leaving Neverland' Accusers

    Three Michael Jackson fan clubs in France are suing two men who accused the singer of sexual abuse in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.” The lawsuit accuses Wade Robson and James Safechuck of unfairly blackening the reputation of the King of Pop, who died 10 years ago. A lawyer for the fan clubs, Emmanuel Ludot, said he is seeking conviction...

  • Europe Jun 30, 2019

    Ye Olde Slugfest: Yanks Top Red Sox 17-13 in MLB Euro Debut

    The New York Yankees outslugged the Boston Red Sox 17-13 on Saturday night in the first Major League Baseball game played in Europe.

  • director Feb 28, 2019

    Michael Jackson's Brothers Defend Singer's Legacy

    Michael Jackson’s brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie defend his legacy in an exclusive interview following the release of HBO’s “Leaving Neverland.”

  • Donald Trump Jun 29, 2018

    Trump, Putin Set to Hold Summit, Details to Be Announced

    Moscow and Washington have reached an agreement on Russian President Vladimir Putin having a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, a foreign affairs adviser to Putin said Wednesday. Presidential adviser Yuri Ushakov made the announcement after a meeting in Moscow between Putin and U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton. The time, venue and other details of the summit will be...

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