Heavy rains have struck northern Europe in recent days, breaching the banks of the Seine in Paris and flooding rural roads and villages.
At 264 million pounds, and 217 feet, Royal Caribbean’s ‘Harmony of the Seas’ is the world’s biggest-ever cruise ship. The widest cruise ship ever built, its 1,187-feet length makes it 164 feet longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower. The ship is headed for Southampton in southern England and is to embark on its official maiden voyage on May 22 to its new home port of Barcelona.
Parts of France and the UK are currently being battered by Storm Imogen. Thousands of homes have been left without power and commuters hit by road and rail chaos as Storm Imogen batters the South with gale force winds and torrential rain.
About 4,000 people from Syria, Sudan and other countries are estimated to be camped out in a migrant camp in Calais, France as they try to reach Britain. Some migrants have moved recently into new facilities, but most are still sleeping in what’s been called Europe’s biggest slum.
Lyon, France residents and tourists celebrated a scaled-down version of the Festival of Lights, an annual celebration for more than 150 years.
The municipality canceled the event in light of the Paris attacks in November. Those who attended the unofficial festival this year dedicated the event to the victims of the attacks.
Six Americans were among dozens of hostages freed from a luxury hotel in the Malian capital, Bamako, after gunmen attacked the building early Friday. The attack on the Belgian-owned Radisson-Blu Hotel left at least three dead according to Malian authorities, with conflicting reports on how many people were still trapped in the hotel and whether there were Americans among them.
In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, more than 20 U.S. governors are seeking to keep Syrian refugees out of their states, although experts question their authority over immigration. The resettlement of refugees is also receiving fresh scrutiny in Europe.