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  • APNewsBreak: Germany shelves Nazi crimes probe of US man

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying Friday that the 96-year-old…

  • Appeals court affirms conviction of woman in hot sauce case

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska appeals court has affirmed the conviction of an Anchorage woman whom prosecutors said used a videotape of herself punishing her son to get on the “Dr. Phil” show. Jessica…

  • UN nuclear chief to talk to Senate critics of Iran nuke deal

    VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Senators who accuse the Obama administration of making secret deals with Iran that go beyond the publicly known nuclear pact will get a chance next week to question the head of…

  • Greece’s stock market to reopen as bailout talks progress

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government announced that the Athens Stock Exchange will reopen Monday, a big step toward normalcy as talks with international creditors shifted into high gear. The exchange has been closed since…

  • Russian Orthodox Church pushes for control over St. Isaac’s

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defended its controversial bid to fully take over St. Petersburg’s landmark St. Isaac’s Cathedral, saying it’s in line with the law and wouldn’t hamper…

  • Small plane crashes near southern England airfield

    LONDON (AP) — British emergency services say a small plane has crashed onto a car auction center at an airport in southern England. There was no immediate information about casualties. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service…

  • NATO agrees on support package for Iraq

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO allies agreed Friday on a package of measures to help strengthen Iraqi security and defense forces, including in the fields of military training, demining and countering improvised explosive devices. NATO Secretary-General…

  • Litvinenko widow accuses Putin of ordering husband killing

    LONDON (AP) — Nine years after former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko drank radioactive tea at a London hotel, an inquiry into his death ended Friday with his widow claiming President Vladimir Putin ordered the killing…

  • Roche drug maker probed in Romanian graft case

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche confirmed Friday it is being investigated by anti-corruption prosecutors looking for evidence that drug companies offered doctors vacations and other incentives in exchange for prescribing cancer drugs.…

  • US philanthropist to offer backing for Oxford lion project

    LONDON (AP) — A pair of U.S. philanthropists with a passion for wild cats pledged Friday to match new donations to Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Unit — the researchers who were tracking the movements of…

  • UNHCR: Greece must do more to tackle migration ‘emergency’

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities need to “wake up” and do more to adequately accommodate a burgeoning number of refugee arrivals that has become a full-blown humanitarian emergency requiring a natural disaster-like response, a…

  • Russia’s central bank cuts key interest rate

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian central bank cut its key interest rate by 0.5 percentage points to 11 percent on Friday, bowing to the pressure of businesses to make lending more accessible. The bank’s decision…

  • Returning emigrants could overwhelm Portugal, analysts say

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese analysts are warning that the country’s feeble economy and overburdened welfare programs are at risk from a potentially massive return of emigrants who left in search of jobs during the…

  • Austrian government to end migrant standoff with provinces

    VIENNA (AP) — Austria’s federal government plans to change the country’s constitution in attempts to end a standoff with provincial leaders over finding housing for a massive influx of migrants. The plan, announced Friday, would…

  • Spain to give civil servants first pay rise in 5 years

    MADRID (AP) — Spain’s prime minister Friday promised a 1 percent pay rise for Spain’s 2.5 million civil servants in the 2016 budget, their first hike in five years after public spending was reined in…