4 injured after WWII bomb explodes in Munich

A World War II bomb exploded at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich on Wednesday, injuring four people, one of them seriously, German authorities said. A column of smoke was seen rising from the site near the

COVID-19 omicron variant unravels travel industry’s plans

Tourism businesses that were just finding their footing after nearly two years of devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rattled again as countries throw up new barriers to travel in an effort to contain the omicron variant.  From shopping districts

COVID-19 omicron variant keeps the world jittery

The coronavirus’s omicron variant kept a jittery world off-kilter Wednesday as reports of infections linked to the mutant strain cropped up in more parts of the globe, and one official said the wait for more information on its dangers felt like “an

Austria’s COVID-19 lockdown extended to Dec. 11

Austria’s lockdown has officially been extended until Dec. 11 as planned amid signs that the measures are helping to bring down a sky-high coronavirus infection rate.  A parliamentary committee signed off Tuesday on the extension of the country’s fourth national lockdown of

Irish cemetery brawl: 8 arrested following violence at funerals

Eight people reportedly have been arrested in Ireland following a violent cemetery brawl that erupted between two families who had been attending separate funerals.  The incident at Tuam cemetery in Galway in late September – which left five men and two women with

Putin warns NATO not to deploy troops or weapons to Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday sternly warned NATO against deploying its troops and weapons to Ukraine, saying it represents a red line for Russia and would trigger a strong response.  Commenting on Western concerns about Russia’s alleged intention to invade Ukraine,

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