Probe into waste spilled into Paris river from cement plant

PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities are investigating the spilling of pollutants into the Seine River from a plant run by one of the world’s biggest cement makers, LafargeHolcim, officials said Wednesday. The company blamed a “malicious act” by someone who deliberately damaged a protective panel, allowing waste water from plant activities to leak into the […]

Turkey criticizes US decision to lift Cyprus arms embargo

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey called on the United States to reconsider a decision to partially lift a 33-year-old arms embargo against Cyprus, saying Wednesday that the move disrupts “equality and balance” between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities on the ethnically divided island nation. Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said Ankara would continue […]

Africa now free of wild poliovirus, but polio threat remains

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Health authorities on Tuesday declared the African continent free of the wild poliovirus after decades of effort, though cases of vaccine-derived polio are still sparking outbreaks of the paralyzing disease in more than a dozen countries. The declaration leaves Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan as the only countries thought to still have the […]

Huge fire at Beirut port sows panic after last month’s blast

BEIRUT (AP) — A huge fire broke out at Beirut’s port Thursday, raising new panic among residents still struggling with the traumatic effects of the catastrophic explosion at the same site last month. Some sought safety in closed bathrooms or threw open their windows to guard against shattering glass in case of another blast; others […]

Greece plans Mediterranean navy exercises; Turkey objects

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s navy and air force will conduct military exercises beginning Tuesday in the eastern Mediterranean near a contested area where Turkey is prospecting for oil and gas, authorities said, drawing an angry response from Turkey. Germany, meanwhile, is stepping up diplomatic efforts to prevent tensions between the two regional rivals from […]

Lavrov: Russia ready to help ease Turkey-Greece tension

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister said Tuesday that Moscow is ready to help ease rising tensions over Turkey’s search for energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, and rejected any actions that could lead to further escalation. Sergey Lavrov said Moscow could help start talks if asked by all the countries involved in the […]

US allows killing sea lions eating at-risk Northwest salmon

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities on Friday gave wildlife managers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho permission to start killing hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River basin in hopes of helping struggling salmon and steelhead trout. The bulky marine mammals long ago figured out that they could feast on the migrating fish where they […]

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