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Ryanair’s chief operations officer Peter Bellew (left) and chief people officer Eddie Wilson, who has asked pilots to postpone an “unnecessary” strike scheduled for Friday. File photograph: Collins

A second strike by Irish Ryanair pilots appears set to go ahead on Friday, resulting in the cancellation of up to 24 flights between Ireland and the U(...)

Inside Ryanair flight FR7213 after the oxygen masks dropped. Photograph: Conor Brennan

Humans cannot survive long at the heights reached during flights, because the air is so thin, and so aircraft cabins are artificially maintained (...)

US defence secretary James Mattis briefs reporters on the plane from Zagreb to Olso on July 13th. Photograph: Afp/pool

US defence secretary James Mattis has hailed his country’s “unbreakable” ties with Europe at talks with Balkan security chiefs, as Russia grumbled abo(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras shakes hands with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg during the Nato summit in Brussels. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images

Greece is expelling two Russian diplomats for allegedly trying to undermine its historic recent agreement with Macedonia, which allowed Nato on Wednes(...)

A clay tablet with an engraved inscription showing 13 verses of a rhapsody in Homer’s Odyssey. Photograph: EPA/Greek MInistry of Culture

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered what they believe to be the oldest known extract of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. A team of Greek and Germ(...)

Ryanair chief executive  Michael O’Leary.

Ryanair is to cancel 30 of 290 flights scheduled to leave Ireland on Thursday over a pilots’ strike and has started communicating with affected passen(...)

 Donald  Trump  delivers remarks to members of the news media beside First Lady Melania Trump (L) before departing for  Europe. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/PA

European Council president Donald Tusk told US president Donald Trump on Tuesday to stop berating North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) allies ov(...)

 Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev (right) with Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Vienna last month. Photograph: Florian Wieser/EPA

Macedonia’s main opposition party has filed treason charges against its prime minister, Zoran Zaev, for agreeing a historic deal with Greece to change(...)

German interior minister Horst Seehofer and  Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz: Austria has accepted  150,000 migrants, and is not “happy taking lessons from those who have not taken in proportionately similar numbers”. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

Austria and Germany on Thursday appeared to finesse a solution to their looming dispute over border camps and refugees at a meeting in Vienna. German(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and German chancellor Angela Merkel: Asked about policy to criminalise people deemed to have aided illegal immigration, Mr Orban said his country pursued “humane” policies. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

In the end, Angela Merkel’s fraying patience with Viktor Orban snapped – although in the nicest way possible. “Right, now we’re taking a photo,” she (...)

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