Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in an article published Thursday that the EU would not be a global player without his country's help as he prepared for his first visit to the bloc this year. "A rightful position of the Old Continent in the new international realities can only be secured by combining capacities of all European countries, including Russia," Putin said in the article in the Kathimerini daily. Trade and economy will top the agenda of the visit, Moscow said.
The squalid Idomeni refugee camp in northern Greece which became a symbol of Europe's migrant crisis has been fully evacuated, police said Thursday, as another 30 died crossing the Mediterranean. Idomeni camp had become a potent symbol of human suffering and chaos as Europe struggles with its worst migrant crisis since World War II. The camp exploded in size after Balkan states began closing their borders in February to stem the human tide seeking new lives in northern Europe.
Ise-Shima (Japan) (AFP) - World leaders focused Thursday on pumping up the global economy and worries over the growing clout of China -- which promptly told the G7 club of rich nations to mind its own business. Presidents and prime ministers from the Group of Seven huddled in Japan for two days of meetings, with the refugee crisis, terrorism, the threat of North Korea and sanctions against Russia also filling up their packed agenda.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) â Hispanic voters in Florida, New Mexico and California have waved Mexican flags and bashed Donald Trump piÃ±atas â clashing with police, at times â to protest the Republican presidential contender's hard line approach to immigration.
Australia's Scott Hend was the early pace-setter at the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday as he headed the field with an opening seven-under par 65. Two-time champion Luke Donald also put himself in the hunt with a 68, whilst South Africa's Jaco van Zyl was in the clubhouse on five-under, 67.
(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has played down suggestions that point guard Stephen Curry is nursing an injury that is hampering his performances in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors, who set an NBA record of 73 wins in the regular season, trail the best-of-seven series 3-1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have overpowered the defending champions. Curry injured his right knee last month and website Yahoo Sports, citing an unnamed source, reported early on Wednesday the reigning Most Valuable Player is no more than 70 percent healthy, though Kerr later dismissed the report.
Oil prices tested the $50-per-barrel mark on Thursday as production outages brought a faster-than-expected recovery to an oversupplied market many thought will stay depressed through the year. While a crude glut could grow in coming months if demand stalls, wildfires in Canada's oil sands, unrest in the Nigerian and Libyan energy sectors, and a near economic meltdown in OPEC member Venezuela have knocked out nearly 4 million barrels per day in immediate production. Brent was up 14 cents at $49.88 a barrel by 11:36 a.m. EDT (1536 GMT) after soaring to $50.51, its highest since early November.