Europe

Rival warships from Turkey and Greece have collided in the Eastern Mediterranean, officials from both countries said, amid a naval standoff triggered by Ankara’s recent decision to begin oil exploration in contested waters.

The U.S. secretary of state urged Belarusian authorities to protect protesters and expand political freedoms, pressuring a regime that could face new European Union sanctions after its latest election was criticized as unfair.

Italy inaugurates a new bridge on a highway connecting the port city of Genoa to France, almost two years after its predecessor collapsed, killing 43 people and shining a light on the dilapidated state of the country’s infrastructure.

Every summer, the City of Light sees its population balloon, making it tough to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa or ascend the Eiffel Tower without hassle. But this year, travel restrictions on the U.S. and China—and the looming threat of coronavirus—have kept most foreigners away.

Doctors in Europe say progress in treating people with Covid-19 is helping to reduce fatalities among the sickest patients, a hopeful sign as the region grapples with sporadic flare-ups as it heads through the tourist season and into fall and winter.

The Italian Senate voted to lift the immunity of Matteo Salvini, paving the way for the country’s former interior minister and the leader of the opposition to face a possible trial for refusing to let a ship carrying 150 migrants dock in Italy last year.

None of the recent escapees have tested positive for the coronavirus, and most were caught soon after breaking out of arrival facilities, but the breakouts are adding to unease in a country hard-hit by the pandemic.

A surge in new infections threatens Spain’s vital tourism sector, underscoring the fragility of hard-fought gains in curbing virus in a country that was among the hardest hit in the West earlier this year.

A court found a 93-year-old guilty of assisting in the murder of 5,232 people, in what could be one of Germany’s last trials of living Nazi criminals.

The Italian government approved a new €25 billion ($28.94 billion) spending package, a day after EU leaders agreed on a €1.8 trillion package aimed in large part to help Italy and other countries blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

People of color report frequent racist attacks in Ireland, but the nation is one of few in the Western world without specific laws to prosecute those motivated by racial or religious hatred.

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