Thousands of people braved the sweltering temperatures on Wednesday morning (June 26) to follow Pope Francis' General Audience as the heatwave continued to grip continental Europe.
The weather has been caused by a storm stalling over the Atlantic Ocean and high pressure over central and eastern Europe, causing hot air to be sucked up from the Sahara desert, weather site AccuWeather said.
On Monday, French forecaster Meteo France issued an orange alert, the second highest level of weather warning, projecting highs of 34C in the French capital, and up to 39C elsewhere.
The government there announced it would suspend exams sat by 14- and 15-year-olds, and authorities in Paris are setting up "cool rooms" in municipal buildings, opening pools for late-night swimming and installing extra drinking fountains as France braces for the "potentially dangerous" heatwave.
There's nothing Jean-Remi Galinon enjoys more than bouncing along the cobbled streets of Paris in his vintage Citroen 2CV, showing off his city to foreign tourists, usually Americans. But the coronavirus is keeping them away, and Galinon out of work.
A nine-year-old has successfully run the distance from Big Ben to the Eiffel Tower at home to raise money for the NHS – and says he might cycle the return trip next week. Josh Hall from Blean, Kent, also crossed the Channel on a rowing machine as part of his 341km (212-mile) virtual journey from London to Paris – which culminated with him jogging up and down his stairs to climb atop the French capital’s famous tower. He started the challenge on April 16, running 6km (3.7 miles) per day over three sessions in his garden and in local green areas, completing the trip 75 days later on June 30.
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Protest demonstrations were held in Balochistan and Europe on Sunday against the forceful abduction of Baloch political leaders and intellectuals by Pakistan intelligence agencies. In Quetta city of Balochistan province, a protest demonstration was held by the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons in to demand the release of abducted Dr Deen Mohammad Baloch and Dr Akbar Marri. Similarly, to mark the 11 years of Dr Deen Mohammad Baloch's abduction The Baloch National Movement, a pro Independence Party of Balochistan protested in Berlin city of Germany. The protesters also raised the issue of abductions, Pakistani oppression and gross human rights violations in Balochistan. The protesters also raised slogans against the abduction of Dr Deen Jan and demanded his immediate releases along with other Baloch missing persons.
Berlin is warning other EU members to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, believing positions are far apart and time too short for an agreement. That's according to an internal government document seen by Reuters. Lucy Fielder reports.
Pope Francis presided at an outdoor prayer service in the Vatican on Saturday, with about 130 people in attendance. According to Reuters, it was the largest gathering there in nearly three months. Most wore masks except for when they led prayers at the microphone. Francis, 83, sat several meters away from most people during most of the service. He did not wear a mask. The Pope prayed that the Madonna would touch the consciences of world leaders to divert arms expenditures to pandemic research.
The Vatican has started to disinfect St Peter's Basilica as it prepares to welcome worshippers back for masses from May 18. It is not yet known when Pope Francis will next preside over mass in person, although the pontiff has been live-streaming masses since March. The Vatican has confirmed 12 cases of Covid-19 among its residents and staff.
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An Australian inquiry into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church and other institutions found former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell was aware of child sex abuse and failed to take steps to get the priests removed. Emer McCarthy reports.
Francis implored God for national reconciliation and peace. He called the death of George Floyd tragic, and said he was praying for him and all those who had been killed as a result of the "sin of racism".
Pope Francis inaugurated the full reopening of St. Peter's Basilica on Monday, as elsewhere Romans enjoyed drinking a morning cappuccino and eating fresh croissants in public as the country continued to reopen.
Britain will end coronavirus quarantines for people arriving in England from more than 50 countries, including Germany, France, Spain and Italy - but not the United States - the British government said on Friday. Francis Maguire reports.
The British Government’s decision-making on setting up air bridges has been “shambolic”, First Minster Nicola Sturgeon said.UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps earlier revealed quarantine restrictions for people returning to or visiting England from destinations such as Spain, France, Italy and Germany will be lifted from July 10.But speaking during the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, Ms Sturgeon criticised the “shifting sands” of the UK policy and a lack of consultation.
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The British government will switch to Apple and Google technology for its test-and-trace app, ditching its current system in a U-turn for the troubled program. The BBC reported on Thursday the UK will now opt for a decentralized model. Adam Reed reports.
The brother of the late George Floyd, a black man whose death under the knee of a white officer roused world protests against racial injustice, urged the United Nations on Wednesday to investigate U.S. police brutality and racial discrimination. Freddie Joyner has more.
The Polish-German border reopened on Saturday (June 13) at midnight, allowing people living in the border towns of Frankfurt (Oder) and Slubice to freely cross the bridge over the river Oder, which separates the two countries.