Germany's Merkel and France's Macron say Europe must reform open-border Schengen area in light of recent terrorist attacks, in an online summit of continent's main leaders.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that he stands ready to send police to Belarus if protests there turn violent, but sees no such need yet.
The Trump administration has pushed to reduce US troops in Germany for years, criticising Berlin for failing to meet NATO defence spending targets.
Europe is in the depths of its deepest recession since World War II and the leaders are seeking common ground on the terms of $857 billion stimulus package that would help lift those hardest hit by the pandemic.
Leaders are under pressure to find a compromise over the $2.1 trillion budget proposal, which includes an $825-billion new recovery instrument to help relaunch the European economy after the pandemic.
The group brings together the eurozone finance ministers who help guide European economic policy and where political divisions can be bitter, especially in times of crisis.
The late Mohamed Morsi's rise to power represented an end to Egypt's kleptocratic free-for-all.
Germany throws Lufthansa a $9.8 billion lifeline, agreeing a bailout which gives Berlin a veto in the event of a hostile bid for the airline.
With a German politician raising questions about its functioning, the foundation sees itself in the crosshairs of a slanderous campaign.
Protests against the measures Chancellor Angela Merkel insists are needed to slow down the coronavirus outbreak have become more vocal and demonstrators have filled the streets of the German capital for the third weekend in a row.
Red roses and candles were placed around the mock tombstone, which bore the inscription: "Freedom of the press, freedom of opinion, movement and assemblies – Democracy 1990-2020", police said in a statement.
Healthcare systems worldwide will come under an immense strain as the pandemic coincides with the upcoming flu season.
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