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Lufthansa cancels 800 flights amid strike action

Lufthansa has been forced to cancel 800 flights on Tuesday as the spring of discontent among Europe’s workers spreads to Germany, BBC reports. The airline has axed half of its 1,600 scheduled flights, affecting 90,000 passengers. Workers...
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Syria ‘chemical attack': Trump pledges ‘forceful’ US response

US President Donald Trump has promised a “forceful” response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria, as Western leaders consider what action to take, BBC reports. “We have a lot of options militarily,” he told reporters....
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Lufthansa cancels flights as German public sector strike targets airports

German airline Lufthansa cancelled about half of its flights planned for Tuesday after the Verdi union representing public sector workers said it would extend strikes to airports to apply more pressure in pay talks. Verdi, which is asking for...
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New tourism tax prompts prices to rise in Greece

Prices of rented apartments and hotel rooms will go up by €0.50 and €4 per night as Greece has introduced the new ‘stayover’ tax. The fee refers to a room per night, not to an individual, thus it is called overnight stay tax,...
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Hungary PM Viktor Orban re-elected for third term

Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban has claimed a landslide victory in Sunday’s general election, the BBC reported. The 54-year-old will serve a third consecutive term in office, with his party Fidesz projected to keep...
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BiH’s Covic says he’ll discuss all open issues with Serbia’s Vucic

Dragan Covic, Croat member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has said he would hold talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to discuss all ‘uncompleted’ topics and ways to strengthen cooperation. The Bosnian Croat...
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Abbas says won’t return to Gaza unless Hamas cedes control

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says that unless he gets full control over the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, including the group’s weapons, he will “not be responsible for what goes on” there. Abbas’ comments late Sunday...
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Unusual Easter – spectacular celebration in Chios island (VIDEO)

Thousands of fireworks and flares were exchanged during the annual “rocket war” in Chios, a Greek custom observed by the residents of two parishes in the village of Vrontado on the night of Orthodox Holy Saturday. The custom is attended...
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Chemical attack kills 70 in Syria enclave

At least 70 people have died in a suspected chemical attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, rescuers and medics say, BBC reports. Volunteer rescue force the White Helmets tweeted graphic images showing several...
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Earthquake hits northwest Turkey

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake hit northwest Turkey short after midnight, said the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre. The quake’s epicenter was 15km north of the city of Bolu and 147km northwest of capital Ankara, at a depth of...