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German ministries' deadline for spending wishes extended

German ministries' deadline for spending wishes extended

The German ministries will have close to two additional weeks to submit their spending wishes for the 2025 budget, according to government and coalition sources, the first delay in the challenging preparations of next year’s budget. “It was particularly the wish of the Green-led minist


Russian missiles pound Ukraine's embattled energy system

Russian missiles pound Ukraine's embattled energy system

Russia staged a major missile and drone strike on Ukrainian energy infrastructure early on Thursday, damaging substations and power facilities in five regions and causing emergency power cuts for at least 200,000 people, Kyiv officials said. Russia last month renewed its long-range aerial assaults

Crime in Germany rises to record high

Crime in Germany rises to record high

Crime in Europe's largest economy has peaked at its highest level since 2016, German authorities announced this week. A report published by the Federal Criminal Police Office on Tuesday registered a 5.5 per cent year-on-year increase in crimes in Germany, to 5.94 million cases in 2023. Violent cr

Three killed in blast at Italian hydroelectric plant

Three killed in blast at Italian hydroelectric plant

At least three people have been killed and four are missing after a fire and explosion underground at a hydroelectric power plant in northern Italy on Tuesday, the local mayor said. Italian utility group Enel, opens new tab confirmed that a fire had broken out on one of its transformers at its hyd

Russia, China to maintain fight against terrorism, Lavrov says

Russia, China to maintain fight against terrorism, Lavrov says

Russia and China will continue to cooperate in the fight against terrorism as part of their ever-strengthening relationship, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Beijing on Tuesday after talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. "I thank the Chinese side for their condolences in conne

Record floods in Russia’s Urals triggered by melting snow

Record floods in Russia’s Urals triggered by melting snow

Swiftly melting snow triggered the worst recorded flooding in Russia’s Ural Mountains, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes as some of Europe’s biggest rivers swelled to bursting point. Russia declared an emergency in the Orenburg region near Kazakhstan after the Ural River,

Two planes at Heathrow Airport collide on the ground

Two planes at Heathrow Airport collide on the ground

The wingtip of an empty Virgin Atlantic jet collided with a stationary British Airways airliner while being towed from a stand at London's Heathrow Airport on Saturday, the airlines said. Heathrow, Britain's busiest airport, said no passenger injuries had been reported and it did not anticipate an