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  • France offers support for Greece amid bailout tensions

    PARIS (AP) — France’s Socialist government offered support Sunday for Greece’s efforts to renegotiate debt for its huge bailout plan, amid renewed fears about Europe’s economic stability. The backing was a victory for Greek Finance…

  • Ukrainian separatist advance forces mass flight

    SVYATOHIRSK, Ukraine (AP) — As fighting escalates around the town Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine, a growing wave of civilians are fleeing their homes, taking the risk of being struck by stray projectiles on their way,…

  • Christie begins trip to London with soccer, not politics

    LONDON (AP) — An unabashed fan of the Dallas Cowboys, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent Super Bowl Sunday on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, watching football of another sort. Economic development for…

  • Hungarians protest against premier’s dealings with Putin

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of protesters demanded the ouster of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government Sunday, a day before a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Around 3,000 people attended the “Spring Comes,…

  • Flash floods hit Greece, Albania, force evacuations

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Flash floods caused by heavy rains have hit northwestern Greece and southern Albania, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villagers Sunday and destroying a famous 18th-century stone bridge. No casualties were…

  • Spain: 400 migrants repelled after storming border fence

    MADRID (AP) — Spain says 400 African migrants tried to storm border fences separating its North African enclave Melilla from Morocco and has warned of a buildup in numbers across the frontier. The Interior Ministry…

  • Serbia grants citizenship to main rival of Palestine leader

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has granted citizenship to a key political rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after he pledged millions of dollars in investments from the Emirates, where he has lived in exile,…

  • Charlie Hebdo fans to wait for new issue as survivors rest

    PARIS (AP) — There will be no Charlie Hebdo at newsstands this week. The satirical French weekly decimated by a Jan. 7 newsroom massacre by two Muslim radical brothers printed about 7 million copies of…

  • Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies

    DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town…

  • Macedonia opposition leader accused of organizing a coup

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The leader of Macedonia’s opposition was charged Saturday with preparing a coup and prevented from leaving the country. Zoran Zaev, leader of the Social Democratic Union party, was charged with “violence…

  • Italy’s lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president

    ROME (AP) — Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy’s president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers. He quickly set as…

  • Spanish radical left party gets boost with huge Madrid rally

    MADRID (AP) — At least 100,000 people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece’s Syriza party in the…

  • Swiss police: 4 dead after avalanche hits group of skiers

    BERLIN (AP) — Police in Switzerland say four people are dead after an avalanche hit a group of skiers in the southeast of the country. Police in Graubuenden canton (state) say the avalanche on the…

  • Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

    BERLIN (AP) — Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany’s World War II surrender a “day of liberation” for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation…

  • Fire devastates major Russian library, threatens rare texts

    MOSCOW (AP) — A fire at one of Russia’s largest public libraries has been raging for a day, threatening to destroy thousands of rare documents. The Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences in south-west…