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  • Ukraine peace talks conclude for night in Minsk

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Talks aimed at reaching a stable cease-fire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups ended Wednesday after more than five hours, with no indication of progress and questions…

  • Bosnians march toward EU border seeking employment

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Nearly 200 employees of Bosnian factories that have closed, leaving them without pay for more than a year, are marching toward Croatia in the hope of getting jobs there. The workers…

  • Russia in offer to help firms with foreign debts

    MOSCOW (AP) — With inflation showing clear signs of picking up, Russia’s central bank said Wednesday it will look to help companies with their foreign debts — a move it hopes will ease the pressure…

  • Albania’s main opposition ends parliament boycott

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s main opposition Democrats have ended a four-month boycott of Parliament in a deal brokered by two European Parliament lawmakers. The walkout by the center-right party, headed by Tirana Mayor Lulzim…

  • Russia: NATO pushed Kiev to drop nonaligned status

    MOSCOW (AP) — NATO members pushed Ukraine toward dropping its nonaligned status, Russia claimed Wednesday, and also criticized the alliance for expanding its military presence near Russian borders. Ukraine’s parliament abandoned the nonaligned position Tuesday,…

  • Moscow, Damascus discuss plans for Syria talks

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry says a senior Russian diplomat and the Syrian ambassador have discussed prospects for talks in Moscow between the Syrian government and the opposition. The ministry said Deputy Foreign Minister…

  • Kurdish rebels threaten renewed violence in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Kurdish rebel commander has warned that fighting in Turkey’s southeast could resume by June if efforts to end a 30-year insurgency make no progress by then, news reports said Wednesday.…

  • President praises Germans on refugees amid rallies

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s president on Wednesday praised his compatriots’ willingness to take in refugees and said he is glad that most people don’t want to “seal Germany off,” a message that comes as growing…

  • Belfast leaders strike deal to save power-sharing

    DUBLIN (AP) — Northern Ireland leaders reached agreement to sustain their troubled Catholic-Protestant government Tuesday following all-night Belfast talks that reduced some negotiators to bleary-eyed exhaustion. British Prime Minister David Cameron in London heralded a…

  • Ukraine abandons nonaligned status

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s parliament dropped the nation’s nonaligned status Tuesday, possibly paving the way for a bid to join NATO in defiance of the Kremlin’s wishes. Russia, meanwhile, finalized a new economic alliance…

  • As recession looms, Russia acts to support ruble

    MOSCOW (AP) — With its economy spiraling toward recession following Western sanctions and a dramatic fall in the price of oil, Russia took another step Tuesday to shore up the value of the ruble, which…

  • Russia successfully tests new space rocket

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has successfully tested a new, heavy load space rocket after a long and strenuous development. President Vladimir Putin watched Tuesday’s launch of the Angara -A5 booster rocket via a video link…

  • France finds no links among 3 attacks in 3 days

    NANTES, France (AP) — The white van barreled into the Christmas market and the unsuspecting crowd, striking 10 people in this coastal city before the driver began stabbing himself with a knife. After a third…

  • AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

    LONDON (AP) — Last week the festive seasons of Christmas and Hanukkah kicked off around Europe with traditional street markets and ceremonies. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin used his annual holiday news conference to promise…

  • Russia, 4-ex-Soviet nations finalize new alliance

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and four other ex-Soviet nations on Tuesday completed the creation of a new economic alliance intended to bolster their integration, but the ambitious grouping immediately showed signs of fracture as the…