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  • Key issues in Britain’s election campaign

    LONDON (AP) — Three issues — the economy, the National Health Service and immigration — have dominated the British election. Here’s where the candidates stand on the things that matter to voters: THE ECONOMY ABOVE…

  • Some key terms in Britain’s election campaign

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s unpredictable election is steeped in the rich — and sometimes confusing — lexicon of parliamentary democracy. Some key terms: FIRST PAST THE POST: Used to describe the electoral system, in which…

  • Substance or style? Labour leader banks on geek appeal

    LONDON (AP) — It was an unexpected moment on the campaign trail. Labour leader Ed Miliband had stopped his campaign bus in the northwest England city of Chester when he was mobbed by a bachelorette…

  • A look at leading figures in the tight British election

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s general election is Thursday, and polls suggest the race between Labour and the Conservatives is too close to call. Here’s a look at the leading figures in the campaign: DAVID CAMERON:…

  • UK’s personable David Cameron fights for his political life

    LONDON (AP) — David Cameron’s supporters paint him as a principled but pragmatic politician with a huge capacity for quick thinking and grace under pressure. Opponents depict the 48-year-old Conservative leader as a privileged smoothie…

  • Germanwings co-pilot practiced descents hours before crash

    PARIS (AP) — The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appears to have practiced sending the jetliner into a deadly descent on another flight, just two hours before he intentionally crashed it into the French Alps,…

  • Migrants rescued after 12 days at sea; EU eyes seizing boats

    CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Nearly 100 migrants who reported being at sea for 12 days arrived in Sicily on Wednesday as diplomats mulled a draft U.N. resolution authorizing an EU mission to seize the smugglers’…

  • Teen survivor tells of panic during deadly migrant rescue

    NICOLOSI, Sicily (AP) — Calloused and stained, Baboucar Lowe’s hands tell the story of a difficult life, one that nearly ended at 17 when the rubber dinghy he was on deflated within sight of a…

  • New opposition protests in Macedonia follow violent clashes

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — More than 1,000 opposition supporters protested outside Macedonia’s parliament on Wednesday over the 2011 police killing of a student, a day after violence at a similar demonstration left 38 officers and…

  • Danish intelligence chief resigns before gun attack report

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The head of Denmark’s intelligence agency announced his resignation on Wednesday, hours before a government report was released criticizing some parts of the police response to the two fatal shooting attacks…

  • Belarus requires the idle to pay for not working

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Under a new measure in Belarus, people who work less than half the year will have to pay the government for their idleness. The parliament on Wednesday passed the proposal by…

  • 5 Ukrainian troops killed as cease-fire teeters on brink

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Five Ukrainian government troops battling separatist forces in the east have been killed in one of the worst single days of bloodshed since a cease-fire was declared in February, military officials…

  • Airline trade group wants more uniform rules on child seats

    PARIS (AP) — So you’re headed off to a foreign destination with your family, hauling a car seat or similar device for your infant to occupy for the hours-long flight. But once abroad, the corresponding…

  • Britain’s UKIP drops candidate for saying he’d shoot rival

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s political leaders visited factories, farms, supermarkets and schools Wednesday on the final day of campaigning before an election predicted to be excruciatingly close and frustratingly indecisive. The election race drew to…

  • Greece makes IMF payment amid signs of bailout progress

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Cash-strapped Greece scraped together a 200 million-euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday amid signs its long-stalled bailout negotiations were making some progress. The payment came as…