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Lady Gaga Cancels Tour Dates Due to 'Severe' Pain

European leg of her tour is postponed until next year

(Newser) - More bad news for Lady Gaga, and her fans: After pulling out of the Rock in Rio music festival due to a hospitalization, Gaga has now announced she's delaying the European leg of her Joanne World Tour. The six-week leg, planned for Sept. 21 to Oct. 28, will be... More »

Google Hit With $2.7B Fine in EU's 'Worst-Kept Secret'

Competition chief Margrethe Vestager says tech giant violated antitrust rules

(Newser) - Don't mess with Margrethe Vestager, even if you're Google. The tech giant found that out Tuesday when, in what Bloomberg calls "the worst-kept secret in Brussels," Europe's competition chief hit it with a $2.7 billion antitrust fine—the largest ever in this kind of... More »

EU High Court: Companies Can Ban Headscarves

But workers don't have to take off religious symbols just because a customer asks

(Newser) - Fifteen judges on Europe's highest court ruled Tuesday on a case involving Muslim headscarves in the workplace, and the verdict did not come down in the headscarf-wearers' favor. CNNMoney reports that the European Court of Justice decided businesses not wanting to give an appearance of having any political, philosophical,... More »

Lawyer: Honor Polanski's Secret Deal, Let Him Come Back

Says LA court should let director come back to US without jail time

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since Roman Polanski set foot on the US mainland, but the disgraced director is said to want to square things up and come back to America without facing jail time, TMZ reports. What needs squaring: his punishment for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977 at... More »

US Marines Land in Norway, and Russia Isn't Pleased

'The relationship between Norway and Russia is put to a test now,' says Russian rep

(Newser) - Poland isn't the only country in Europe welcoming US troops. About 300 Marines arrived in Norway on Monday, marking the first time since World War II that foreign troops have been stationed in the country, reports Reuters . The mission is to last one year, with the first batch of... More »

In a Slap at Russia, US Troops Head to Poland

It's the biggest American military presence in Europe since the Cold War

(Newser) - Europe is welcoming the largest US military deployment in the region since the Cold War. Some 87 tanks, 144 armored vehicles, and 4,000 soldiers are expected to reach Poland in the coming days, with many already in place, before they're spread across Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania... More »

Cows Once as Big as Elephants May Soon Roam Europe

Welcome back the aurochs, or something like it

(Newser) - Standing nearly as tall as an elephant, the aurochs grazed for 250,000 years until its extinction in 1627. But its story may not end there: Scientists say they are close to resurrecting the "supercow," once the largest land mammal in Europe, reports CNN . In search of herbivores... More »

The Dream Is Dead: Swedes' 6-Hour Workday Didn’t Work

Gothenburg ends its 2-year experiment

(Newser) - Think happier, healthier lives are worth any amount of money? The Swedes aren't so sure. Two years after adopting a six-hour workday , the Swedish city of Gothenburg says it will end the experiment over cost concerns, though it appeared to make workers happier and more productive. Indeed, in the... More »

New Flight From Australia to London May Be Record-Breaker

Qantas plans 17-hour nonstop journey from Perth

(Newser) - Qantas' course from the UK to Australia has long been known as the "Kangaroo Route" as it means bouncing around to various places including Singapore and Dubai. But not for long. The Australian airline says it will be the first to offer non-stop 17-hour flights from Perth to London... More »

'Basic Income for All' Plan Goes Down in Flames

Swiss voters overwhelmingly reject proposal

(Newser) - A Swiss proposal to ensure that all adult citizens receive a basic income has been rejected, the BBC reports. Voters rejected it by nearly 77% to 23% in a Sunday referendum, apparently unswayed by arguments favoring a guaranteed monthly income of $2,555 for adults and $640 for children. "... More »

Facebook, Microsoft to Run Mega-Cable From Va. to Spain

MAREA will be the highest-capacity trans-Atlantic cable yet

(Newser) - Virginia Beach soon be tethered to Bilbao, Spain, thanks to what Computerworld calls "an epic shift that will change everything." A joint initiative between Facebook, Microsoft, and an overseas telecommunications company, the 4,100-mile-plus MAREA subsea cable will be the highest-capacity cable to span the Atlantic, with an... More »

Pipeline Will Transport 1.5K Gallons of Beer Each Hour

Sorry, no home taps

(Newser) - Forget Keystone , here's a pipeline we can all get behind. A series of underground tubes will transport beer from the De Halve Maan brewery at the center of Bruges, Belgium, to a bottling plant a couple miles away. "It all started as a joke," brewer Xavier Vanneste... More »

Refugee Deal Would 'Break Business Model of Smugglers'

But humanitarian groups say Turkey-EU plan would be 'inhumane'

(Newser) - A possible deal between Turkey and the European Union to handle the ongoing migrant crisis is being hailed as a "breakthrough" by EU leaders after an outline was drafted Tuesday, the AP reports. This "one-for-one" arrangement would mean that in exchange for every migrant in Europe that Turkey... More »

Europe Unprepared for New Wave of Refugees

'It’s a very dangerous situation'

(Newser) - What was already the worst refugee crisis to hit Europe since WWII is only expected to get worse when spring arrives, and the continent isn't even close to prepared for it, the Washington Post reports. “It’s a very dangerous situation," one expert says. Approximately 75,000... More »

Kickstarter Digs Deep Into Case of Doomed Drone

Was Europe's largest Kickstarter ever a scam?

(Newser) - It had all the makings of fraud, or at least some level of incompetence: a Kickstarter product that raised a ton of cash, didn't ship on time to backers, didn't work properly, and sent the manufacturer into bankruptcy. Not only that—it was the largest project out of... More »

Here's Why Europe's Killer Whales Could Go Extinct

Study finds high levels of contamination from PCBs

(Newser) - Decades after they were banned, chemicals known as PCBs continue to pose a threat to marine mammals in the waters off Europe. The situation is especially dire for killer whales, the Christian Science Monitor reports. "We think there is a very high extinction risk for killer whales as a... More »

Europe Hits 2015 Milestone: 1M Migrants

The vast majority entered by the sea in Greece

(Newser) - A few thousand migrants and refugees made it to Greece on Monday, giving Europe a pretty big milestone: More than 1 million people have now entered the continent "through irregular means" in 2015, in what amounts to the biggest such migration since WWII, reports the Guardian . That figure is... More »

More Than 50 Migrants Drown in Deadly 3 Days

Many of those who drowned were children fleeing war

(Newser) - Twenty-two migrants—many of them children—drowned in two boat accidents Thursday and Friday in Greece's Aegean Sea, the BBC reports. According to NBC News , the fatal shipwrecks are part of a particularly deadly three-day stretch in Greece, with more than 50 migrants and refugees dying in the Aegean... More »

Court: KitKat Can't Trademark Its 4 'Fingers'

Nestle's lost this round in long legal battle with Cadbury ... for now

(Newser) - It started with a candy wrapper and ended (for now) in a courtroom. Nestle's attempts to trademark the shape of its "four-fingered" KitKat have been rejected by the European Court of Justice, which ruled that shape alone isn't enough to recognize it as a KitKat, the BBC... More »

Hungary to Migrants: Cross This Fence and You're a Criminal

New laws boost its crackdown at border with Serbia

(Newser) - Hungary declared a state of emergency and police arrested 60 migrants at or near the country's 110-mile southern border with Serbia after new laws took effect at midnight making it a criminal offense to cross the border illegally or mess with the 13-foot razor-wire fence, the BBC reports. With... More »

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