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  • Spain: Puppeteers in terror case released from jail

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Wednesday released two puppeteers jailed since last week for allegedly praising terrorism in a controversial Carnival show funded with public money. The decision came after prosecutors recommended setting…

  • Police arrest over 100 suspected Sicily Mafia clan members

    ROME (AP) — Prosecutors say police in Italy and abroad have arrested more than 100 suspected Laudani Cosa Nostra members, dealing a heavy blow to the Mafia clan which has terrified businesses in the Catania…

  • VW, Audi, BMW recall nearly 1.7M vehicles in air bag mess

    DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen, Audi and BMW are recalling nearly 1.7 million vehicles with Takata air bag inflators that can rupture and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. The moves announced Wednesday bring to just…

  • IMF chief warns Ukraine over slow pace of reform

    MOSCOW (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Ukraine on Wednesday that the organization would be unable to keep supporting the country financially if it doesn’t step up its reform efforts. Ukraine…

  • EU and Britain have big differences over ‘ever closer union’

    LONDON (AP) — For Britain and the European Union, they are three little words that expose big philosophical differences: “Ever closer union.” The phrase, baked into the EU’s 1957 founding treaty and other key documents,…

  • Tax fraud trial postponed for French ex-minister

    PARIS (AP) — A French court on Wednesday postponed the trial of a former French budget minister accused of tax fraud and money laundering until September, to give higher courts time to decide a legal…

  • Italians arrest Argentine prelate in swindle scheme

    ROME (AP) — An Argentine monsignor suspected of being behind a Ponzi scheme swindling investors out of 30 million euros ($34 million) has been put under house arrest in Genoa, Italian financial police said Wednesday.…

  • President: Czechs paid $6.2M ransom to Pakistan kidnappers

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic paid a ransom for the release of two Czech women who were kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013, President Milos Zeman said Wednesday. Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka were on…

  • UK jury finds 3 men guilty of helping friend join IS

    LONDON (AP) — Three young British men who helped a teenage friend travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group were sentenced Wednesday to several years in prison. A jury found 20-year-old Kristen Brekke,…

  • UK to end ancient practice of printing laws on animal skin

    LONDON (AP) — It’s often said some laws aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. Not in Britain, where for centuries laws have been printed not on paper but on calfskin parchment known as vellum.…

  • French lawmakers approve divisive citizenship bill

    PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers have approved a divisive bill aimed at making it possible to revoke the citizenship of people convicted on terrorism charges. The bill, presented by Socialist Prime minister Manuel Valls in…

  • Romania upholds sentence for communist-era prison commander

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a 20-year prison sentence for a 90-year-old communist-era prison guard convicted of crimes against humanity, the most high-profile case against former communist authorities since…

  • The Latest: European markets close up amid Yellen comments

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil global financial markets (all times local): 5:15 p.m. European stock markets have closed higher after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen indicated the central bank would consider slowing…

  • Turkish leaders lash out at UN demands to open border

    KILIS, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s leaders lashed out Wednesday at the United Nations and others who are pressing the country to open its border to thousands more Syrian refugees, accusing them of failing to shoulder…

  • Portugal lawmakers overturn veto on gay rights, abortion law

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Same-sex couples will soon be able to adopt children in Portugal after lawmakers voted to overturn a presidential veto, with parliament also removing some abortion restrictions Wednesday. Left-of-center parties in the…