Boy at heart of UK court battle dies after life support ends

LONDON — A 12-year-old boy who had been in a coma for four months died Saturday at a London hospital after doctors ended the life-sustaining treatment his family had fought to continue. Archie Battersbee’s mother, Hollie Dance, said her son died at 12:15 pm, about two hours after the hospital began withdrawing treatment. British courts … Read more

Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO 95-1, rebooking Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — US Senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for US national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine. Wednesday’s 95-1 vote — for the candidacy of two Western … Read more

Dangerous, extended heat wave threatens millions in Western Europe as highest level of heat alerts are issued

CNN — After the second-warmest June on record, western Europe is bracing for its second dangerous heat wave of the summer. The UK, Portugal, Spain and France are facing record-breaking temperatures this week, with little relief in sight. Hot conditions will continue to worsen ongoing wildfires in southwestern Europe. Level 3 heat alerts, the highest … Read more

Gas pipeline shutdown starts amid German suspicion of Russia

BERLIN (AP) — A major natural gas pipeline from Russia to western Europe shut down Monday for annual maintenance as Germany prepared to give the green light for 10 coal-fired power plants to restart because of concerns that Russia may not resume the flow of gas as scheduled. The Nord Stream 1 pipeline runs under … Read more

Ukrainian official warns of ‘catastrophe’ in captured city

POKROVSK, Ukraine — A Ukrainian regional official warned Friday of deteriorating living conditions in a city captured by Russian forces two weeks ago, saying Sievierodonetsk is without water, power or a working sewage system while the bodies of the dead decompose in hot apartment buildings. Gov. Serhiy Haidai said the Russians were unleashing indiscriminate artillery … Read more

The Hajj is back and Saudi Arabia is hoping to cash in

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN — Oil has added trillions of dollars to Saudi Arabia’s coffers over the decades, but it’s a resource that will someday run out … Read more

Suspected Russian spy was well-liked by classmates, but something just seemed a little off

Washington CNN – Victor Muller’s accent just didn’t sound right. The man now alleged to be a Russian spy was studying at the prestigious Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, an elite graduate program favored by US military personnel, young diplomats and, sources say, future spies. Gregarious, smart, and often seen toting a helmet … Read more