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News about what is going on in the continent of Europe from a mission’s perspective.

On September 1, the residents of the town of Alcanar, Spain, survived intensive flash flooding that swept cars away and tossed quite a few of them into the Mediterranean surf. Thankfully, no one was killed in the flooding, but many people had to be rescued and relocated. Cleanup will take a while, as residents and...
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On August 27, 1991, Moldova declared its independence from the Soviet Union. On the anniversary, the citizens celebrated thirty years of freedom in the capital of Chisinau. Moldovan president, Maia Sandu, was joined by the presidents of Ukraine, Romania, and Poland in the celebration and had a clear message about the future. She emphasized the...
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In the Latvian capital of Riga, thousands of citizens have protested the issue of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations. The government intends to make vaccinations mandatory for many professionals, and is strongly considering allowing private employers to fire employees who refuse the vaccine. While the majority of the Latvian population is concerned about vaccine mandates, a far...
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In the heart of the Balkans in southeast Europe is a small place called Kosovo. Most people around the world know of Kosovo because of the 1998-1999 Kosov War when Kosovo Albanian forces fought against the Serbian and Montenegrin forces of Yugoslavia. Kosovo is a partially recognized state now and operates fairly independently of the...
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The summer of 2021 has brought a severe heatwave to Greece unlike any seen in 30 years. Temperatures reached a blazing 113°F (45°C), causing wildfires to erupt all over the country. Greece’s second-largest island, Evia, is battling the most intense fire, with more than 2,000 people having been evacuated and many homes and villages destroyed....
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During the evening of July 8, nine skydivers were killed in a plane crash just outside the Swedish city of Orebro. The nine people were members of a skydiving club who undoubtedly were familiar with taking risks for the sake of a thrill. However, that night a parachute did not save a single person on...
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To the world of soccer enthusiasts, this is a most exciting time. The UEFA Euro 2020 Championship games are happening now, and every soccer fan is busy cheering on their favorite teams and players. Emotions are high as some teams move forward while others lag behind. Recently, Denmark’s team suffered a loss when team member...
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The island of Ireland is politically divided between the Republic of Ireland, containing 26 counties, and Northern Ireland–part of the United Kingdom–containing 6 counties. The political division is rooted in hundreds of years of religious division. As of 2016, 6.6 million people live in Ireland. Around 4.9 million live in the Republic and 1.8 million...
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Montenegro is a picturesque country on the Balkan Peninsula along the Adriatic Sea. This small nation has borrowed a vast amount of money from China to improve infrastructure, yet is finding it difficult to repay the loan. For example, in 2014, $944 million was borrowed to build a 25-mile stretch of highway. Montenegro is a...
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Years ago, Paul the Apostle had a vision of a man from Macedonia saying, “Come over…and help us!” Today, the region of Macedonia includes part of six Balkan countries: North Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, and Kosovo. North Macedonia is a beautiful country made up of over 2 million people. Most of the people are...
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