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  • More resignations at top of anti-Islam organization

    BERLIN (AP) — There’s more trouble at the top for a German organization protesting the perceived “Islamization” of Europe. The PEGIDA organization said on its Facebook page Wednesday that spokeswoman Kathrin Oertel has resigned after…

  • Polish leaders seek relief for those with Swiss franc loans

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities unveiled proposals Wednesday aimed at helping more than 500,000 Poles with Swiss franc loans, the payments of which are spiking after a surge in the franc. However, Economy Minister…

  • French court allows gay marriage between French, Moroccan

    PARIS (AP) — France’s highest court has ruled that a gay French-Moroccan couple are allowed to marry despite the North African kingdom’s refusal to recognize marriages between two men. France legalized gay marriage in 2013…

  • EU centers on passenger data in anti-terror fight

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations are overhauling anti-terror measures to focus on airline passenger information as part of a strategy to halt the flow of foreign fighters to and from Syria and Iraq. Spurred…

  • Litvinenko inquiry: Post-mortem was most dangerous ever

    LONDON (AP) — The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was “one of the most dangerous” ever undertaken and the isotope that killed him so rare it would…

  • German automakers lobby for US-EU trade deal

    BERLIN (AP) — German automakers are throwing their support behind a new trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. Representatives from major car manufacturers like Daimler, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen…

  • Russian government details spending cuts in view of crisis

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday detailed how it intends to cut spending over the next three years in all parts of the economy except…

  • Italy cracks down on ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate

    ROME (AP) — Italian authorities have executed about 170 arrest warrants in a major crackdown on the ‘ndrangheta, an organized crime syndicate in southern Italy which officials say has become deeply rooted in the business…

  • Ukraine says 3 soldiers killed in fighting in the east

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian official says three soldiers have been killed in the past 24 hours in fighting in eastern Ukraine. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters on Wednesday that the situation remains…

  • Voltaire book on tolerance climbs French best-seller lists

    PARIS (AP) — A 250-year-old book by the Enlightenment anti-establishment writer Voltaire is climbing best-seller lists in France weeks after attacks by French-born Islamic extremists that left 20 people dead, including the gunmen. The “Treatise…

  • Swedish swimming pool opens gender neutral changing room

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — A public swimming pool outside the Swedish capital is reopening this weekend after building a third changing room, for people with a “neutral gender identity.” The city of Sundbyberg, a suburb of…

  • One-day strikes planned for Duesseldorf, Cologne airports

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s ver.di trade union says private security personnel at the country’s Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports will stage a one-day warning strike Thursday in an ongoing dispute over wages. Union representative Andrea Becker…

  • Russia considers condemning “annexation” of East Germany

    MOSCOW (AP) — The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990. Sergei Naryshkin earlier this week faced scathing criticism of…

  • Human smugglers turn to cargo ships to ferry fleeing Syrians

    ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR (AP) — The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the “ghost ship” came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew…

  • Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice

    LONDON (AP) — Former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium not once but twice, a British judge was told Tuesday, as an inquiry opened into the slaying one lawyer called an act…