Swiss ‘zero star hotel’ offers sleepless nights to reflect on the world’s crises

SAILLON, Switzerland, June 23 (Reuters) – “I couldn’t sleep,” and “my room was too noisy” may be complaints hoteliers fear from guests, but for the Riklin brothers, that’s the whole point of their last’ zero ‘star hotel’ art installation. The hotel room by the Swiss concept artists is essentially a double bed on a platform, … Read more

Hopeful Balkan membership leaves EU summit empty-handed

The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, arrives in Brussels, Belgium, in the countries of the Western Balkans on June 23, 2022, to meet with EU leaders. REUTERS/Yves Herman Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Balkan says Bulgaria’s veto is ‘disgrace’ EU re-commits to eventual Balkan membership BRUSSELS, June 23 (Reuters) – … Read more

Bulgarian government loses confidence vote, early elections threaten

Disputes over fiscal policy as inflation rose Government had strong NATO stance Petkov hopes for defection to form new government SOFIA, June 22 (Reuters) – A vote of no confidence on Wednesday overthrew the Bulgarian government and Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, who had promised to crack down on corruption and took an unusually strong stance … Read more

Russia storms eastern Ukraine, Putin on the occasion of WWII birthday

Luhansk region the hardest place, says Ukrainian president Russia has artillery lead as Ukraine advocates heavy weapons Putin to mark the day in 1941 when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union June 22 (Reuters) – Ukrainian and Russian troops were entrenched on the eastern Ukrainian battlefields on Wednesday, a day of commemoration in both countries to … Read more

No place for burkinis in Grenoble’s public swimming pools, French court rules

70th Cannes Film Festival – Cannes, France. 27/05/2017. Karima, dressed in a full-body burkini bathing suit, walks on a beach in Cannes after the call to support the wearing of burkinis by businessman and political activist Rachid Nekkaz. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register PARIS, June 21 (Reuters) – … Read more

Largest railway strike in 30 years brings UK to a standstill

More than 40,000 railway workers go on strike Government under pressure due to cost of living crisis Unions say strike could start ‘summer of discontent’ LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) – Britain’s largest railway strike in 30 years began on Tuesday, as tens of thousands of staff walked out in a wage and job dispute that … Read more

Europe could switch back to coal if Russia cuts gas flows

Pipes at the landfall facilities of the ‘Nord Stream 1’ gas pipeline are pictured in Lubmin, Germany, March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Germany can take ‘painful’ step to fuel coal-fired power stations Italy, Austria also consider burning more coal Rising gas prices add to already … Read more

Russians advance, Zelenskiy expects escalation as EU welcomes Ukraine

European Union decides on Ukraine membership offer Zelenskiy says battle to intensify Donbas City of Sievierodonetsk focus of Russian attacks NATO’s Stoltenberg says war could last for years KYIV, June 20 (Reuters) – Russian forces captured territory along a frontline in eastern Ukraine on Monday, and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy predicted Moscow would escalate attacks ahead … Read more

France votes, Macron faces tough battle for control of parliament

Vote forecasts expected at 1800 GMT Macron needs 289 seats for absolute majority in parliament Pollsters say he may fall short if smaller parties turn a profit One minister already eliminated during a vote abroad PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) – France voted Sunday in parliamentary elections that could strip newly re-elected centrist President Emmanuel Macron … Read more

British journalist’s remains found in Amazon, police name new suspect

SAO PAULO, June 17 (Reuters) – A forensic examination conducted on human remains found in the Amazon rainforest on Friday confirmed they belonged to British journalist Dom Phillips, Brazil’s federal police said, adding that a search was underway for a man suspected of involvement in his murder. The cause of death is being determined, the … Read more