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  • Naomi Campbell steals show at couture as Bruni is mobbed

    PARIS (AP) — Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the specular displays at Paris’ haute couture week Wednesday. Sophie Hunter, the fiancée of Oscar-nominee Benedict…

  • Russia urged to free Ukrainian officer on hunger strike

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has come under pressure from Europe’s human rights watchdog and the United States to free Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian air force officer who is on hunger strike in a Russian prison.…

  • Ukraine rebels claim new key victory is within grasp

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday they have almost fully encircled government forces in a town that hosts a strategic railway hub, putting them within grasp of a decisive new…

  • Controversial French comic tells court he seeks peace

    PARIS (AP) — Controversial French comic Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala has told a court he wants “to make peace” with critics who have accused the 12-times convicted performer of anti-Semitism and inciting racial hatred. Dieudonne is…

  • More resignations at top of anti-Islam organization

    BERLIN (AP) — There’s more trouble at the top for a German organization protesting the perceived “Islamization” of Europe. The PEGIDA organization said on its Facebook page Wednesday that spokeswoman Kathrin Oertel has resigned after…

  • Polish leaders seek relief for those with Swiss franc loans

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities unveiled proposals Wednesday aimed at helping more than 500,000 Poles with Swiss franc loans, the payments of which are spiking after a surge in the franc. However, Economy Minister…

  • French court allows gay marriage between French, Moroccan

    PARIS (AP) — France’s highest court has ruled that a gay French-Moroccan couple are allowed to marry despite the North African kingdom’s refusal to recognize marriages between two men. France legalized gay marriage in 2013…

  • EU centers on passenger data in anti-terror fight

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations are overhauling anti-terror measures to focus on airline passenger information as part of a strategy to halt the flow of foreign fighters to and from Syria and Iraq. Spurred…

  • Litvinenko inquiry: Post-mortem was most dangerous ever

    LONDON (AP) — The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was “one of the most dangerous” ever undertaken and the isotope that killed him so rare it would…

  • German automakers lobby for US-EU trade deal

    BERLIN (AP) — German automakers are throwing their support behind a new trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. Representatives from major car manufacturers like Daimler, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen…

  • Russian government details spending cuts in view of crisis

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday detailed how it intends to cut spending over the next three years in all parts of the economy except…

  • Italy cracks down on ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate

    ROME (AP) — Italian authorities have executed about 170 arrest warrants in a major crackdown on the ‘ndrangheta, an organized crime syndicate in southern Italy which officials say has become deeply rooted in the business…

  • Voltaire book on tolerance climbs French best-seller lists

    PARIS (AP) — A 250-year-old book by the Enlightenment anti-establishment writer Voltaire is climbing best-seller lists in France weeks after attacks by French-born Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen. The “Treatise…

  • Swedish swimming pool opens gender neutral changing room

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — A public swimming pool outside the Swedish capital is reopening this weekend after building a third changing room, for people with a “neutral gender identity.” The city of Sundbyberg, a suburb of…

  • One-day strikes planned for Duesseldorf, Cologne airports

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s ver.di trade union says private security personnel at the country’s Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports will stage a one-day warning strike Thursday in an ongoing dispute over wages. Union representative Andrea Becker…