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  • Irish leaders hold 1st TV debate ahead of Feb. 26 election

    DUBLIN (AP) — The leaders of Ireland’s four major parties have traded blows in the first live debate of the country’s Feb. 26 election campaign. Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s centrist Fine Gael party seeks to…

  • Ireland slams threats to reporters covering Dublin gang war

    DUBLIN (AP) — Two reporters covering the Dublin gang war have received death threats from criminals because of their work, but they won’t be deterred from exposing Ireland’s underworld, the country’s largest newspaper group said…

  • French govt reshuffle makes Ayrault the new foreign minister

    PARIS (AP) — Former Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, a low-key veteran of the Socialist Party much acquainted with German culture, will become France’s new foreign minister. Ayrault, 66, replaces Laurent Fabius in a government reshuffling…

  • At least 2 dead in Greek helicopter crash

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say a navy helicopter has crashed into the eastern Aegean Sea, killing at least two of the three-man crew. The bodies of two crew members were found Thursday…

  • 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…

  • Questions grow over banks as profit warnings pile up

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

  • Greece, creditors still weeks away from bailout targets deal

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece and its international creditors are still weeks away from any possible agreement about the targets that Athens must meet to secure billions to rebuild its shattered economy. The chairman of the…

  • Cyprus president: peace talks headway on governance, economy

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Peace talks aimed at reunifying ethnically split Cyprus have made significant progress on how power will be shared with breakaway Turkish Cypriots and how the economy will function under a federation,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…