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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refuses to fire his chief aide Dominic Cummings for allegedly breaching coronavirus lockdown rules he helped to create. Johnson says Cummings acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity.”

Oxfam, one of the world's leading aid agencies, is planning to close its operations in 18 countries, including Afghanistan and Haiti, because of the financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

British schools are due to reopen for some students on June 1, but they will look very different, and fear remains for many parents. @sylviahui 

Two months without a day off, watching terrified people struggle for breath: One Russian doctor dreams of peace and quiet.

When a day trip turns into a 71-day nightmare: Moroccan workers stranded in Spain by coronavirus border closures slept in the streets and begged their king for help. Only now are they being allowed to return home.

Beach-goers eagerly soak up the sun but coronavirus travel rules are still a mishmash all over Europe and the U.S.

1,000 protesters in Belarus rallied against President Alexander Lukashenko, saying the authoritarian leader shouldn't seek a sixth term in an Aug. 9 election. Police, who frequently break up opposition demonstrations, didn’t interfere with the protesters.

Europe is grappling with how to kick-start its vital summer tourism industry and safely allow entry to foreign visitors. Beaches like this one on France's Mediterranean coast are trying out ways to keep sunbathers apart.

An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo. The animal's name was Saturn and it was about 84 years old.


Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev submitted his resignation to President Vladimir Putin, hours after the leader's state of the nation address on the need for reforms to the Cabinet and constitution.

On D-Day, Tom Rice parachuted into a hail of gunfire. For the 75th anniversary, the now 97-year-old jumped into Normandy again, and loved it. #DDay75  @johnleicester  reports.

Paris hit by worst riot in a decade during protest over rising taxes. Stores looted, cars burned, Arc de Triomphe sprayed with graffiti.

A heat wave is hitting Greenland, accelerating the melting of its massive ice sheet. More than 10 billion tons of ice lost to the oceans by surface melt in just one day.

James Melville, the US ambassador to Estonia, resigns after a 33-year career, calling Trump's comments on Europe and NATO "factually wrong."

VIDEO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel shook uncontrollably during a visit by Ukraine's new president on a hot day in Berlin. Merkel later told reporters she was fine and clearly hadn't drunk enough water. Read the full story here:

“Please help us”: The message a girl in London found inside a box of Christmas cards led Britain’s biggest supermarket chain to halt production at a Chinese factory.

Catalan separatists Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comin smile while taking a selfie overlooking the European Parliament's chamber in Brussels. They had just won another legal victory for independence-seeking politicians from the Spanish region of Catalonia.