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  • UK air service to compensate airlines for glitch

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s air traffic service says it will compensate airlines for last week’s computer glitch that briefly shut down London’s busy airspace. The National Air Traffic Service said late Wednesday “there will be a financial consequence for the company from the delay caused by the technical problem.” It says the amount of the…

  • Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia’s economic woes within two years, pledging to diversify the gas-dependent economy and persuade businesses to help prop up the collapsing ruble. While using a litany of accusations against the West, Putin acknowledged that Western economic sanctions over Russia’s course on Ukraine was just…

  • Dutch lawmaker to be prosecuted for hate speech

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities say they will prosecute lawmaker Geert Wilders for hate speech over a chant in which he asked his supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands and they shouted back “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” The announcement Thursday marks the second time Wilders has faced charges linked…

  • UN seeks $8.4 billion to help Syria refugees

    BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria. The U.N. high commissioner for refugees, Antonio Guterres, said Thursday that people who have been displaced within Syria “have exhausted their savings and resources” while nearby countries faced…

  • Putin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis

    MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis.

  • Putin says no plans to force exporters to sell their currency earnings

    MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says no plans to force exporters to sell their currency earnings.

  • Putin says Ukraine must remain a single political entity

    MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says Ukraine must remain a single political entity.

  • Putin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves, the ruble will recover

    MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves, the ruble will recover.

  • Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

    MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin’s days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. And yet most Russians see Putin not as the cause, but…

  • Crucial Greek presidential vote fails in 1st round

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s Parliament failed to elect a new president for the financially struggling country in the first round of voting Wednesday, leaving another two tries before the government falls and early elections are called. The conservative-led government’s candidate, former European Commissioner Stavros Dimas, received 160 votes — far short of the 200…

  • Belarus tightens control over online media

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Belarusian parliament has approved a bill that would allow authorities to shut Internet media if they carry content deemed illegal. Wednesday’s move is part of the authorities’ efforts to further tighten control over media ahead of November’s presidential election, in which authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko is expected to seek extension…

  • Irked Italy: marine too ill to return to India

    ROME (AP) — Diplomatic tensions between Italy and India are rising after Italy said a marine who suffered a stroke while detained in India for a 2012 shooting death was too ill to be sent back there. Two Italian ministers said Wednesday that the marine, who was allowed to return from India earlier this year…

  • Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days. As the Russian authorities announced a series of measures to ease the pressure on the ruble, which slid…

  • Teacher recalls being shot in 1989 Romania revolt

    TIMISOARA, Romania (AP) — Adrian Kali remembers a two-year-old girl being shot dead in front of him twenty-five years ago to this day during Europe’s last anti-communist revolution of 1989. The history teacher was one of thousands who took to the streets in this western Romanian city in December 1989 to protest the 25-year-rule of…

  • Parliament fails to elect Greek president in 1st round; 2 more tries to prevent gov’t falling

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Parliament fails to elect Greek president in 1st round; 2 more tries to prevent gov’t falling.