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  • Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies

    LONDON (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the “Profumo Affair,” a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70. Her PR firm, Hackford Jones, said Friday that Rice-Davies died…

  • Putin: Russia military modernization to go ahead

    MOSCOW (AP) — Boasting about the Russian military’s capability, President Vladimir Putin vowed Friday to continue an ambitious weapons modernization program with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces. The move came amid Russia’s escalating…

  • Greek lawmaker alleges bribery attempt in presidential vote

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker from a small right-wing party claimed Friday he had been offered a bribe worth up to 3 million euros ($3.68 million) to vote in favor of electing Greece’s new…

  • Cyprus: initial offshore drilling finds no gas

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ Energy Ministry says initial exploratory drilling by an Italian-Korean consortium off Cyprus’ southern coast has failed to find significant quantities of gas. The ministry said Friday that the SAIPEM 10000…

  • Suspected bomb found under N. Ireland soldier’s car

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — British army experts have dismantled a suspected booby-trap bomb hidden underneath an off-duty British soldier’s car in Northern Ireland. No group claimed responsibility for Friday’s security alert in the town…

  • Russia seeks 10 years in prison for Putin foe

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Friday asked a court to sentence President Vladimir Putin’s chief foe to 10 years in prison, but the defiant opposition leader vowed to keep up his fight against the…

  • Report: Turkish prosecutor wants US-based cleric arrested

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish prosecutor is seeking a warrant to arrest U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen — a former ally-turned-foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s state-run media reported Friday. A court in Istanbul…

  • Air France-KLM stock drops on profit warning

    PARIS (AP) — Air France-KLM shares have plunged more than 8 percent in the wake of the airline’s warning that weak demand on several long-haul routes and other factors would wipe hundreds of millions off…

  • Efforts to save rare northern white rhino continue

    PRAGUE (AP) — Experts will meet in Kenya next month to discuss ways to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos from extinction. The recent death of two of the rhinos in zoos has left…

  • Hungary official says disputed Internet tax plan ‘dead’

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian official says a plan to tax Internet use, which provoked huge protests, “is dead and will never come back to life.” In October, the government said an Internet tax…

  • Hungary is new hot spot on migrant route into EU

    ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) — With the Mediterranean Sea becoming too treacherous and other routes blocked by barbed-wire fences, would-be migrants are taking a new route into the Europe Union: through Hungary. Coming from as far…

  • Finland’s 1st terror case sees 4 sentenced

    HELSINKI (AP) — In Finland’s first court case where terror charges have been filed, three men and one woman have been given suspended sentences for collecting a small amount of money for an al-Qaida-linked militant…

  • Belarus slaps 30 percent fee at currency exchanges

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus has imposed a 30 percent fee on currency exchange transactions in an effort to contain panic that has spilled over from neighboring Russia. The Belarusian National Bank announced Friday that…

  • Spanish police probe car attack on ruling party HQ

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police searched Friday for possible explosives at the Madrid headquarters of the ruling conservative Popular Party after a man rammed his car into the office entrance. No one was injured in…

  • Britain moves closer to allowing women in combat

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s defense minister said Friday that women should be allowed to serve in front-line army combat units, and he hopes the first will be joining within two years. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon…