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  • German Parliament approves quota for female directors

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Parliament on Friday approved a quota system that will require leading companies in Europe’s biggest economy to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards starting next year. The…

  • England migrant population up by half million since 2011

    LONDON (AP) — An Oxford University study say the number of foreign-born residents in England has increased by more than half a million in three years— a finding that will fuel debate about immigration ahead…

  • UNESCO decries destruction of ancient site in Nimrud, Iraq

    PARIS (AP) — The head of the U.N.’s cultural agency says the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage like that at an archaeological site in Nimrud, Iraq, amounts to a “war crime.” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova…

  • Man dies in landslide in Bosnia as bad weather hits Balkans

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A man died Friday in a landslide in Bosnia as a wave of storms also closed down roads, flooded villages and disrupted power supplies throughout the Balkan region still recovering from…

  • In Turkey, criticizing the president can land you in jail

    ISTANBUL (AP) — There’s no monarch in democratic Turkey — but you might not know it watching the news these days. It has become as easy to get jailed for offending the country’s paramount leader,…

  • Kremlin critic Navalny released after 15 days in custody

    MOSCOW (AP) — Leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was released Friday after spending 15 days in custody and vowed that he and his supporters will not be intimidated by the slaying of a top…

  • Tajik opposition figure shot dead in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says a Tajik businessman and opposition figure has been shot dead in Istanbul. Anadolu Agency said Friday Umarali Kuvvatov was killed by a friend in the street…

  • Witness in Russian politician’s slaying gets death threats

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Ukraine say the sole witness in the killing in Moscow of prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov has received death threats since returning to her family home in Ukraine.…

  • NATO, Russia exchange barbs reminiscent of Cold War days

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — NATO and Russia exchanged heated language reminiscent of Cold War days on Thursday with accusations of sinister geopolitical plotting and human rights abuses flying across an increasingly deep divide. NATO’s top…

  • Death toll in east Ukraine mine blast reaches 33

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Officials in a separatist rebel-held city in east Ukraine say the death toll from an accidental explosion at a coal mine has risen to 33. Alexei Kostrubitsky, head of the emergencies…

  • New Macedonia wiretap lawsuits filed against government

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — An opposition politician in Macedonia who ran in the presidential election last year has filed a lawsuit against the government, claiming he was the victim of a major illegal wiretapping operation.…

  • Balkan blizzard cuts off villages, electricity

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Heavy snow and rainfall left villages in the Balkans without power Thursday, and caused floods, landslides and traffic jams in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. The blizzard dumped 2.5 meters (8…

  • European Central Bank: Recovery is strengthening

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Central Bank will unleash its 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus program on Monday — and says the prospect is already boosting the eurozone economy. Mario Draghi, the bank’s…

  • UK teacher sentenced to 6 years for trying to join IS group

    LONDON (AP) — A teacher whose family helped thwart his plans to travel to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State group was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday in a case that…

  • Ukraine blockade of rebel territory fosters resentment

    KURAKHOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Tears welled up in Vera Pavliy’s eyes as she stood outside the bank, looking as if she had just gotten lost. The 76-year-old was stuck behind the battle lines in the…