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EU court rules employers can limit religious symbols

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BERLIN — The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that employers may forbid the wearing of visible symbols of religious or political belief, such...

Beijing: 2022 Winter Olympics on track despite pandemic

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ZHANGJIAKOU, China — With the postponed Summer Olympics set to open in Tokyo next week, Beijing has made moves to show its preparations for...

On Lithuania’s plea, Iraq to probe human smuggling to Europe

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BAGHDAD — Iraq's foreign minister pledged Thursday that his country will investigate human trafficking networks responsible for smuggling hundreds of Iraqis into Europe, specifically...

Israeli club calls off match with Barcelona over Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM — The owner of Israel's Beitar soccer club said Thursday that he called off a friendly match with international powerhouse Barcelona over its...

Over 40 dead, dozens missing as severe floods strike Europe

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BERLIN — More than 40 people have died and dozens were missing Thursday in Germany and Belgium as heavy flooding turned streams and streets...

Lebanon PM-designate steps down after months of deadlock

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BEIRUT — Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri stepped down Thursday, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament, citing “key...

WHO chief says it was ‘premature’ to rule out COVID lab leak

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BERLIN — The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and...

EU court: Poland’s disciplining of judges breaches EU law

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BRUSSELS — The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that Poland’s way of disciplining judges is contrary to EU law, further straining relations between...

What pairs with beetle? Startups seek to make bugs tasty

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LONDON — Tiziana Di Costanzo makes pizza dough from scratch, mixing together flour, yeast, a pinch of salt, a dash of olive oil and...

Syrian government forces hit last rebel enclave, killing 9

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BEIRUT — Syrian government rockets hit two villages in the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria on Thursday, killing at least nine civilians, including...