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  • Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies

    MOSCOW (AP) — Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment Friday to Moscow as it waits for international rescue loans to…

  • Scandinavians form human chains after synagogue attacks

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Thousands of people of different faiths have gathered in Denmark and Sweden in a show of unity after attacks against Jews in Europe. In Copenhagen, people formed a “ring of peace”…

  • Russian diplomat slams “destructive” US stance

    MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat has accused the U.S. administration of taking a “destructive” stance in bilateral relations and warned that Moscow could retaliate. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday that Secretary…

  • UK spies face questions about failure to stop ‘Jihadi John’

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that Britain’s intelligence services do a good job and make “incredibly difficult judgments,” after revelations that the masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John” had…

  • EU, others: Catch plans for Bluefin tuna threaten recovery

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union, Japan and other nations hunting for the eastern Atlantic Bluefin tuna are fearful that Turkey’s unilateral decision to exceed catch limits agreed last year is threatening the stock recovery…

  • Russian court upholds sentence for opposition leader Navalny

    MOSCOW (AP) — An appeals court in Moscow on Friday upheld a 15-day sentence for prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The Moscow City Court ruled that the Feb. 19 verdict by a district court,…

  • International court judges uphold acquittal of Congolese man

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Friday upheld the acquittal of a Congolese man who was cleared at trial of leading a deadly militia attack in eastern Congo. Mathieu Ngudjolo was…

  • Hungary’s premier rejects immigration, multicultural society

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban has denounced multiculturalism and liberalism and vowed to fight a wave of migration that he says is threatening to turn his country into a “refugee camp.”…

  • Soviet army monument banned from returning to Warsaw square

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw city councilors have banned a 1945 monument of Polish-Soviet World War II brotherhood in arms from being returned to its place in a city square. The move, a reversal of…

  • US concerned over human rights, free speech in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A U.S. State Department official has expressed concern over a Turkish security bill that would expand police rights to use firearms and to search and detain people. The official, Thomas Melia…

  • German Parliament approves Greece’s bailout extension

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece’s financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens. Lawmakers voted 542-32 to back the bailout extension. There were 13…

  • Accident in France: Corpse found in snow-clearing machine

    PARIS (AP) — French police say the corpse of a young woman was found inside a machine that scoops and sucks up snow at a ski resort in the Pyrenees. The circumstances of the accident…

  • Serbian court mulls quashing conviction of WWII general

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Belgrade court considered Friday quashing the treason conviction against Gen. Draza Mihailovic for his collaboration with Nazis during World War II, which would politically rehabilitate the controversial Serbian guerrilla commander…

  • 8 Spaniards arrested on suspicion of fighting in Ukraine

    MADRID (AP) — Police on Friday arrested eight Spaniards suspected of fighting on the pro-Russian side in eastern Ukraine, the Interior Ministry said, describing it as the first operation of its kind in Europe. A…

  • Ukraine government forces, rebels withdraw heavy weapons

    NOVOAMVROSIIVSKE, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and Russian-backed separatist forces drew back some heavy weapons from the front line in the east Friday in compliance with a cease-fire deal, although officials in Kiev accused rebels of…