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  • 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…

  • Missing persons committee apologizes for remains mix-up

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A committee charged with uncovering the fate missing Cypriots has apologized to a family for giving them bone fragments that didn’t belong to their loved one. The United Nations-led Committee on…

  • Poland: Stronger Ukraine army can decrease conflict

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Strengthening Ukraine’s army and supplying it with weapons could prevent an escalation of the conflict and would serve Europe’s interests, a top Polish security official said Thursday. Stanislaw Koziej, the head…

  • Russia launches military drills in the southwest

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s military on Thursday launched maneuvers of air defense forces in the southwest of the country, the latest in a series of frequent drills amid tensions with the West. The Southern Military…

  • Europe swamped with crush of migrants arriving by land, sea

    MADRID (AP) — The European Union is immersed in a full-fledged migration crisis. Some officials are even floating the idea of a multinational border guard to deal with the hundreds of thousands arriving from war-torn…

  • EU urges Russia to forget old gas contract with Ukraine

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is concerned that Russia might want to enforce its old gas contract with Ukraine once their current arrangement runs out, saying it could contravene Moscow’s peace obligations. EU energy…

  • UK report: Spy agencies should seek female recruits online

    LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers say the country’s intelligence agencies, which inspired James Bond, aren’t doing enough to promote real-life Jane Bonds. A report on women in the intelligence services says female staff members are…

  • Cameron accused of ‘running scared’ for refusing TV debate

    LONDON (AP) — Britain is counting down to its general election in just over two months — and the name-calling has begun in earnest. Prime Minister David Cameron refused Thursday to take part in a…

  • EU extends asset freeze on ex-Ukraine leader for a year

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has extended for a year an asset freeze on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and others in his administration linked to the misuse of state funds. The EU said…