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Germany to spend billions to tackle high energy prices

Sep. 29, 2022 08:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany plans to spend up to 200 billion euros ($195 billion) helping consumers and businesses cope with surging energy prices. Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Thursday that the government is reactivating an economic stabilizing fund previously used during the global...

Latvian election shadowed by division among ethnic Russians

Sep. 29, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvians will be voting on Saturday in a general election that has been substantially influenced by neighboring Russia’s attack on Ukraine, political disintegration among the Baltic country’s sizable ethnic-Russian minority as well as issues relating to the economy, including...

Bulgaria to hold election overshadowed by war in Ukraine

Sep. 29, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarians will go to the polls for the fourth time in less than two years in a general election overshadowed this time by the war in Ukraine, rising energy costs and galloping inflation. Pollsters expect that voters’ fatigue and disillusionment with the...

Man dies during torrential rain flooding in Croatia

Sep. 29, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A man has died during flooding in a northern Adriatic Sea port in Croatia after the town was hit by a storm and torrential rainfall, authorities said on Thursday. Huge amounts of water drenched Rijeka on Wednesday evening, bursting into houses and submerging...

Live Updates: Russia-Ukraine War

Sep. 29, 2022 06:28 AM EDT

KIYV (AP) — KIYV — The Kremlin says the four regions of Ukraine that held referendums on joining Russia will be incorporated into the country on Friday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a ceremony at the Kremlin during which...

Montenegro police conducting raids in search of spy ring

Sep. 29, 2022 08:05 AM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro police were raiding multiple locations in the country as part of an investigation into an alleged ring of spies, officials said Thursday. The police were “searching several apartments and other premises used by (Montenegrin) citizens...

Finland to ban entry to Russian tourists starting midnight

Sep. 29, 2022 07:59 AM EDT

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — The Finnish government said Thursday it would significantly limit passenger traffic on Finland’s border with Russia, banning Russian citizens traveling with tourist visas from entering the Nordic country effective Friday. “The decision in principle aims...

3 Russian cosmonauts return safely from Intl Space Station

Sep. 29, 2022 07:43 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Three Russian cosmonauts returned safely on Thursday from a mission to the International Space Station. The Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft carrying Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev and Sergey Korsakov touched down softly at 4:57 p.m. (1057 GMT) at a designated site in the...

UK's Truss defends economic plan that sent pound tumbling

Sep. 29, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Thursday defended her divisive economic plan and shrugged off the turmoil it has stirred in financial markets, saying she’s willing to make “controversial and difficult decisions” to get the economy growing. In her first...

Czechs relaunch checks at Slovak border amid migration wave

Sep. 29, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech police fired warning shots in the air before detaining the driver of a van carrying 15 migrants Thursday morning after the Czech Republic and Austria renewed checks at the border with Slovakia amid a new wave of migration. Czech police reported traffic delays,...