Pompeo warns Europeans that relying on China ‘abandoning who we are’ | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns Europeans they are abandoning democracy if they embrace China, in a scathing denuciation of Beijing two days after he held talks on trans-Pacific tensions. SOUNDBITE from Mike Pompeo

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Brussels commuters wear compulsory face masks as lockdown eased | AFP

Commuters wear masks to take public transport in the Belgian capital as the country slowly eases its coronavirus lockdown, while still imposing some restrictions. Millions of Europeans emerged from lockdown on Monday, with hardest-hit Italy leading the way out of its two-month coronavirus confinement. IMAGES

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Europeans show solidarity with medical staff battling coronavirus outbreak | AFP

Europeans clap and cheer from their balconies and windows to show their support for medical staff on the frontlines as the continent battles the spiralling coronavirus crisis. More deaths have now been recorded in Europe, the new virus epicentre, than in Asia since the outbreak first emerged in China in December.

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COVID-19: images of Geneva airport as Trump bans Europeans from US | AFP

Scenes at Geneva airport after US President Donald Trump banned Europeans from entering the United States to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus that has infected over 126,000 people and killed 4,600 according to John Hopkins University. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: French ministers meet with transport professionals | AFP

French Secretary of State for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari and Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State to the Minister of the Economy, once again welcome stakeholders from the transport sector to take stock of the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic, a day after Donald Trump’s announcement of a ban on Europeans entering the United States. IMAGES

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Paris’s Louvre museum still closed over staff coronavirus fears | AFP

The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum, continues to turn tourists away as staff refuse to work because of coronavirus fears. The Louvre, near the banks of the Seine river in central Paris, received 9.6 million visitors last year, most of them foreigners including Americans, Chinese and Europeans. IMAGES

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Premiere of “1917” takes place in Los Angeles | AFP

Sam Mendes sees the young WWI soldiers in his latest film “1917”, a one-shot extravaganza, as examples for today’s Europeans and especially British people, at the Hollywood premiere of the movie.

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Europeans on UN Security Council demand Turkey halt Syria offensive | AFP

The five European members of the UN Security Council call for Turkey to halt its offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces. “We call upon Turkey to cease the unilateral military action” says Jürgen Schulz, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations. SOUNDBITE

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Europe heatwave | AFP Animé

Europeans braced Thursday for the expected peak of a sweltering heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius, with schools in France closing and wildfires in Spain spinning out of control.Updated videographic showing the regions whith temperatures above 30°C.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Europe heatwave | AFP Animé

Europeans braced Thursday for the expected peak of a sweltering heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius, with schools in France closing and wildfires in Spain spinning out of control.Updated videographic showing the regions whith temperatures above 30°C.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Tusk: Brexit a ‘vaccine’ against anti-EU propaganda

European Council President Donald Tusk says he has “no doubt” that one of the reasons why last week’s EU elections delivered a pro-EU majority was due to Brexit. “As Europeans see what Brexit means in practice, they also draw conclusions,” he said.

Voting underway in Greece for European parliamentary election

Greeks cast their votes in the European parliamentary election at a polling station in Athens. Greece is one of the first countries to open its polling stations along with Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania and Cyprus as tens of millions of Europeans in 21 countries prepare choose their representatives. IMAGES

Europeans living in Scotland protest against Brexit

Europeans living in Scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum, say that they feel their “home is under threat” due to Brexit. EU expatriates registered to vote in Britain will be able to weigh in in the upcoming European elections.

Europeans, Latin Americans to meet on Venezuela crisis

An international meeting to negotiate a solution to the Venezuelan crisis is set to open in Montevideo as President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido sparred over allowing humanitarian aid into the crisis-wracked country.

CrossTalk Bullhorns: War and insults (Extended version)

Is the idea of peace and Yemen antithetical? Also, Trump is insulted the Europeans might defend themselves. And Russiagate front and center again. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Glenn Diesen.

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