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  • George Clooney hopes to meet Merkel to discuss refugees

    BERLIN (AP) — Actor George Clooney says he plans to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the situation in Syria, which has contributed to the surge in refugees coming to Europe over the past…

  • Cyprus president: peace talks headway on governance, economy

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president says peace talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided country have made significant progress on how power will be shared with breakaway Turkish Cypriots and how the economy will…

  • Sweden arrests man on suspicion of preparing terror crimes

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish police say they have arrested a man in the Stockholm area on suspicion of preparing terror crimes. Fredrik Milder, a spokesman for the Swedish Security Service, said Thursday the man had…

  • French president names new foreign minister in reshuffle

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande has named as foreign minister former Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, a low-key veteran of the Socialist Party much acquainted with German culture. Ayrault, 66, replaces Laurent Fabius in…

  • NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

    BRUSSELS (AP) — In a dramatic response to Europe’s gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of…

  • Former Auschwitz guard, 94, goes on trial in Germany

    DETMOLD, Germany (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS sergeant went on trial Thursday in western Germany on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, based on accusations that he served as a guard in the Auschwitz…

  • Czechs propose to send pilot trainers to Iraq

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech defense minister says he is planning to send about 30 instructors and military technicians to Iraq to train pilots for Czech-made planes. Martin Stropnicky says the Czech initiative is part…

  • 2 Uber execs facing jail in France amid tensions with taxis

    PARIS (AP) — Two top Uber executives appeared Thursday in court in charges that could send them to prison and offer the ride-hailing company one of its most serious legal challenges to date in France.…

  • Putin praises Russian military over Crimea maneuvers

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says the Russian military in Crimea has proven its capability during war games this week. Putin spoke during Thursday’s conference call with his top military leaders, who were overseeing…

  • Questions grow over banks as profit warnings pile up

    PARIS (AP) — Questions are growing over the financial health of banks, particularly in Europe, as they face a toxic mix of low economic growth, bad loans and squeezed earnings. France’s Societe Generale became Thursday…

  • Poland approves child benefits to aid families, boost births

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers passed a new child benefit scheme Thursday which will give monthly payments of 500 zlotys ($125) for all second and subsequent children in a family. The passage of the…

  • Russia’s ruble tumbles amid market turmoil

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s ruble has dropped nearly 2 percent amid the turmoil affecting global stock markets and oil prices. The ruble was down by 1.9 percent at 80.1 rubles to the U.S. dollar in…

  • Russian deputy prime minister barred from Montenegro

    PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has been barred from entering Montenegro, which is facing strong pressure from the Kremlin for its plans to join NATO, the country’s foreign ministry said…

  • New center-right government in Latvia after resignation

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Latvian lawmakers have approved the formation of a new center-right government following the resignation of the prime minister in December after disagreements over policy in the previous Cabinet. In a 60-32…

  • 7 arrested in attack on Kurdish migrants in northern France

    PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor says seven masked men carrying iron bars were arrested overnight in northern France after an attack on migrants near the city of Calais. Prosecutor Eric Fouard told Le Parisien…