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  • Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated, there’s one country that’s reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed “Europe’s last dictator” by the United States and…

  • France: Driver goes on rampage, feeding fears

    PARIS (AP) — A driver deliberately slammed his car into crowds around the city of Dijon in eastern France on Sunday, raising concerns at a time when Islamic extremists are calling for attacks in France.…

  • Protester takes perch on St. Peter’s facade

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — An Italian entrepreneur has lowered himself onto the facade of St. Peter’s Cathedral, the fifth time he has evaded Vatican security to mount a public protest from the cathedral against government…

  • Belarusian independent news sites blocked

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media. There was no official word on who was…

  • No bail for man held in Spanish party HQ attack

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has ordered pretrial detention without bail for a man who rammed a car containing homemade explosives and gas cylinders into the ruling Popular Party’s headquarters. A Madrid court said…

  • Ex-mayor sworn in as Romania’s new president

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s Parliament swore in a former mayor as the country’s new president following an election he called a triumph for democracy 25 years after communism ended. Pro-Western Klaus Iohannis, 55, promises…

  • Russia’s sole independent TV forced into meager studio

    MOSCOW (AP) — Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar’s questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back…

  • French police shoot dead knife-wielding assailant

    PARIS (AP) — Officials say man armed with a knife has attacked a police station and been killed by an officer in a suburb of Tours, a city in central France. A statement by the…

  • AP PHOTOS: A look at 2014 in the business world

    LONDON (AP) — No one said the recovery from the global financial crisis would be easy and 2014 provided that in spades. While the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, is showing clear signs that its…

  • Francis names new camerlengo

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pope has named French Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran to the role of camerlengo, or chamberlain, who takes over the day-to-day running of the Holy See as soon as a papacy…

  • Spaniards protest their nation’s proposed security law

    MADRID (AP) — Thousands of people protested in Spanish cities on Saturday against a proposed law that would set hefty fines for offenses such as burning the national flag and demonstrating outside parliament buildings or…

  • 2 car bombs rock southern Sweden’s city of Malmo

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish police say two car bombs have shattered dozens of windows in a multiethnic district of Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city. Police spokeswoman Linda Pleym says no one was injured by…

  • Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity

    PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium (AP) — With British and German forces separated only by a no-man’s land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht”…

  • Robbers strike at Berlin’s famed KaDeWe store

    BERLIN (AP) — Jewelry robbers struck at Berlin’s famous KaDeWe department store Saturday, smashing display cases and running off with their loot. Four men struck at the famous luxury department store on glitzy Kurfuerstendamm avenue…

  • UK, Canadian military leaves to join Ebola fight

    LONDON (AP) — Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak. British officials said Saturday that 16 reservists and 100…