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Turkey

Istanbul security scare as consulates receive suspicious yellow powder

ImageThe Istanbul consulates of five western nations received packets of unidentified yellow powder on Friday, prompting a security alert. A number of people were hospitalized as a precaution.

Energy

Merkel calls on Putin to back Ukraine gas solution

Angela Merkel has urged Vladimir Putin to adopt a swift solution to a bitter gas dispute with Ukraine, as winter approaches. Russia and Ukraine are at odds over how to deal with Kyiv's huge debt.

World War II

Austria inaugurates memorial to Wehrmacht deserters killed by the Nazis

A monument to deserters from the German army during World War II has been unveiled in central Vienna. This follows decades of controversy over recognition and compensation in Austria.

Food and Drink

Why Norwegians love coffee

Many consider Italy to be the home of the espresso, but Norwegians are taking aim at teaching the world how to brew the best coffees in the world - putting them in the globe's top three coffee consuming nations.