Britain's weather service on Tuesday issued an amber Extreme Heat warning for parts of England and Wales, with no respite in sight from hot dry conditions that have sparked fires, broken temperature records and strained the nation's infrastructure.
Water levels in rivers, lakes and reservoirs across western Europe are running low, or even dry, amid the severest drought in decades which is putting stress on drinking water supplies, hampering river freight and tourism and threatening crop yields.
At least three Ukrainian civilians were killed and 23 others were wounded by Russian shelling in 24 hours, including an attack not far from a Russian-occupied nuclear power plant, the office of Ukraine's president reported on Tuesday.
International alarm over the weekend shelling of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex grew on Monday, as Kyiv and Moscow traded blame for the attacks while seeking to address fears that their battle for control of the plant might trigger catastrophe.
Energoatom, operator of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the south of the country, said Saturday that parts of the facility had been seriously damaged by military strikes and one of its reactors was forced to shut down.
The numbers that need psychiatric treatment far exceed the supply of doctors
Spain has reported its first two deaths from acute hepatitis, or liver inflammation, among children - an illness whose causes are unknown and is being monitored by world health officials.
Shelling hit a high-voltage power line on Friday at a Ukrainian nuclear power plant captured by Russia, but Ukrainian authorities said the plant still worked and no radioactive leak had been detected.
Former finance minister Rishi Sunak, one of two candidates vying to be Britain's next prime minister, said the country's next government must deal with inflation rather than risk exacerbating it. The Bank has acted today and it is imperative that any future government grips inflation, not exacerbates it, Sunak said in a statement responding to the Bank of England's move to hike rates by half a percentage point to 1.75%.
But a long war in Ukraine will test European resilience
Amid rumours circulating thick and fast about the deteriorating health of Russian President Putin, Ukraine's military intelligence chief Major General Kyrylo Budanov is convinced that the Russian President is deploying body doubles to avoid exposing himself to the public, according to a report on Newsweek. In a recent interview to a Ukrainian TV channel, Budanov claimed that in his recent public appearances, Putin's habits, appearance, gait and even height seem to have changed slightly.