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Justice Minister Maas before cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin

‘Europe should not allow the US to act over our heads’: Germany is challenging the US’s financial monopoly as the Iran row deepens

The US monopoly over the global payments infrastructure has been challenged by Germany's foreign minister, Heiko Maas, who suggested Tuesday that the European Union should set its own payment system that would give Brussels independence from Washington.
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A simple passport mistake ruined my trip to Spain — here’s how to make sure it doesn’t happen to you

Not all countries have the same passport validity requirements. Make sure your passport's expiration date meets the requirements of the one you're visiting.
Andean Flamingos in Britain have laid eggs for the first time in 15 years.

Rare flamingos in England laid eggs for the first time in 15 years — and experts are saying it’s because of Europe’s heatwave

Rare Andean flamingos in Britain have laid eggs for the first time in 15 years, and experts have credited Europe’s recent heat wave. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust said record-breaking temperatures led six flamingos to lay nine eggs at the Gloucestershire reserve in southwest England.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, far left, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, third from left, and President Donald Trump, at the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels, July 11, 2018.

Trump gives European countries ‘the willies’ about buying US weapons, but he’s not their only concern

Trump has added to European countries' interest in developing their domestic defense industries, but their frustration with him only adds to other concerns they've long had about US policies.
Franck Ribéry of Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich showed no mercy obliterating an amateur club 20-2 in a pre-season ‘friendly’

If you thought FC Bayern would take it easy on amateur side FC Rottach-Egern, you were wrong. The men in red racked up a comical 20 goals against the Zugspitze Regional League A-Klasse side, with no less than four different players bagging themselves hat-tricks.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump are expected at Davos this week, but do not plan to meet.

Trump has Germany thinking about getting nuclear weapons, but some think it’s a ‘totally phoney debate’

Trump's apparent disdain for the US's European allies has many of them rethinking their defense capabilities. In Germany, that means a renewed round of debate over whether nuclear weapons are needed.
Firefighters, soldiers and local residents carry a hose as a wildfire burns in the town of Rafina, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018.

Record heat is stoking wildfires in Europe — and it’s setting off leftover bombs from World War II

A record-setting heatwave has swept over Europe. The high temperatures have stoked wildfires and soaked up river water across the continent, exacerbating a longstanding problem: still-dangerous weaponry leftover from World War II.

Russia wants to bring back a weird Soviet-era ‘flying boat’ to gain an edge in the Arctic, but it may never take off

Russia is saying it will build a wing-in-ground-effect plane to patrol sea routes and infrastructure in the Arctic. These massive and strange planes can supposedly carry heavy weapons and fly just over the waves — a sea-skimming profile that may allow it to evade some radar systems.
The A-90 Orlyonok.

Russia wants to bring back a weird Soviet-era ‘flying boat’ to gain an edge in the Arctic, but it may never take off

Russia is saying it will build a wing-in-ground-effect plane to patrol sea routes and infrastructure in the Arctic. These massive and strange planes can supposedly carry heavy weapons and fly just over the waves — a sea-skimming profile that may allow it to evade some radar systems.
A German man with an American flag greets US Army vehicles during a tactical road march in Germany, April 23, 2018.

NATO forces are relearning the lessons of the Cold War to face Russian threats

Over the past four years, the US and its NATO partners have been investing time and resources in relearning many of the warfighting capabilities that had dwindled in the decades since the Cold War.