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  • Greece in limbo: Shuttered banks keep lifeline

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece braced for more chaos on the streets outside its mostly shuttered banks Thursday, as Athens and its creditors halted talks on resolving the country’s deepening financial crisis until a referendum…

  • The Latest: Moody’s downgrades Greece to Caa3

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece’s financial woes (all times local): ___ 3 a.m. President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi are discussing ways to keep Greece in the eurozone.…

  • Greece proceeds with vote plan as creditors rebuff overture

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government vowed Wednesday to go ahead with plans to have the people decide whether they want more austerity measures in exchange for a rescue deal. Greece offered more concessions…

  • WikiLeaks claims NSA targeted German ministers beyond Merkel

    BERLIN (AP) — WikiLeaks published a list of German phone numbers Wednesday that it claimed showed the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials beyond Chancellor Angela Merkel. Reports two years ago that…

  • Libya’s internationally accepted PM ‘aspires’ to peace deal

    VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The internationally recognized prime minister of Libya says he is “aspiring” to sign a peace agreement with representatives of the rival Islamist-led Tripoli government in Morocco on Thursday. Prime Minister Abdullah…

  • World mayors, others pitch in toward global climate accord

    LYON, France (AP) — French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that money is the main roadblock to a global accord at a U.N. climate conference in Paris this year. Poor countries need investment to adapt…

  • Russian prosecutors scoff at Baltics independence probe

    MOSCOW (AP) — A request by Russian lawmakers to check the legality of Soviet recognition of the independence of three ex-Soviet Baltic republics makes no sense, the Prosecutor General’s office said Wednesday. Spokeswoman Marina Gridneva…

  • Nicholas Winton, savior of Jewish children, dies at 106

    LONDON (AP) — He was just a 29-year-old clerk at the London Stock Exchange when he faced the challenge of a lifetime. Traveling with a friend to Czechoslovakia in 1938, as the drums of impending…

  • France still concerned following US-owned gas plant attack

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande says authorities remain concerned about the American-owned gas plant attack last week by a man with links to Islamic extremists in Syria. Hollande met with police in Lyon…

  • Western Europe sweats _ and enjoys _ unusual heat wave

    PARIS (AP) — Joggers wheezed, electric wires warped, and Britain sweated through its hottest July day on record as a wide swath of Western Europe sweltered in a heat wave. Authorities in France and elsewhere,…

  • Pension pinch: Elderly Greeks stand on line to get cash

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Don’t mention the golden years to Michaelis Kotaras. Not after the 78-year-old got up early Wednesday to stand in line, twice, outside the National Bank of Greece for the privilege of…

  • American dean fired from Russian university after TV show

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian university has fired an American businessman after his presence on the faculty was questioned during a pro-Kremlin weekly television news program. The firing was seen as fallout from the tensions…

  • Estonia’s foreign minister steps down amid court ruling

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia’s foreign minister says she is resigning following a local court ruling that connected her to the bankruptcy of her father’s freight company and ordered her and other defendants to pay…

  • Ruling party nominee wins Turkish house speaker post

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament has elected the ruling party’s candidate as its new speaker with the tacit support of a right-wing nationalist party, a move that represents a serious gesture to the ruling…

  • UK police investigating missing family of 12 feared in Syria

    LONDON (AP) — British police say they are investigating the disappearance of a family of 12 feared to have traveled to Syria. Bedfordshire police say the group from Luton, near London, includes three children, including…