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  • Italian PM in Moscow to discuss Russia-EU ties

    MOSCOW (AP) — Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is visiting Moscow for talks focusing on Russia-EU ties, which have been badly strained by the Ukrainian crisis. Renzi told Russian President Vladimir Putin at the start…

  • European Central Bank faces questions on stimulus, Greece

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Central Bank will face questions on the details of its bond-buying stimulus program when it holds a policy meeting and press conference Thursday. At its latest meeting it is…

  • UK’s Cameron declines to take part in one-to-one debate

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron is refusing to take part in a head-to-head debate with the opposition leader Ed Miliband before the campaign for the general election. Cameron’s camp made what he described…

  • Spain sees energy deal as EU step to cut Russia dependence

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Spain says that a new agreement to connect its energy networks with Portugal and France is a major step toward breaking Europe’s dependence on Russian gas supplies. Spanish Energy Minister Jose Manuel…

  • Ukraine bans Russian media outlets from official events

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agency Tass says that Russian media outlets are no longer granted access to official events in Ukraine. Tass quoted an unidentified Ukrainian foreign ministry official as saying, “from this week…

  • Ex-Ukraine minister arrested in Spain for embezzlement

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested former Ukraine finance minister Yuri Kolobov, who is accused of embezzling millions of euros in state funds. A Civil Guard statement Thursday said Kolobov was detained in the…

  • Death toll in east Ukraine mine blast reaches 32

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Officials in a separatist rebel-held city in east Ukraine say the death toll from an accidental explosion at a coal mine has risen to 32. The self-appointed government in Donetsk said…

  • Merkel dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout

    BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union’s executive branch cautioned Wednesday against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout. Though Greece’s new left-wing government has insisted…

  • Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and…

  • UK fraud office probes central bank auctions

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Serious Fraud Office says it is investigating Bank of England auctions in 2007 and 2008 that were designed to inject cash into the banking system during the financial crisis. The announcement…

  • Coal mine blast kills at least 24 in war-torn east Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A rebel-held city scarred by months of conflict in eastern Ukraine suffered more tragedy Wednesday when a methane gas explosion in a coal mine killed at least 24 workers and left…

  • Turkey seeks EU help to stop migrant ‘ghost ships’

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey is appealing to the European Union to help it combat the phenomenon of ghost ships used by smugglers to send hundreds of migrants at a time toward European shores. Turkey’s ambassador…

  • EU chief: Spain not running ‘diabolical’ anti-Greece plan

    MADRID (AP) — The European Commission’s leader says he does not believe Spain and Portugal have a “diabolical” plot to oust Greece’s new far left government as they pressure Greece to comply with bailout terms…

  • Regional governor in Russia arrested on corruption charges

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has ordered the governor of the Russian Pacific Island of Sakhalin to be held in custody on charges of accepting a $5.6-million bribe. Gov. Alexander Khoroshavin was arrested Wednesday…

  • AP Interview: Artist Vilks says Denmark attack changed all

    MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Lars Vilks was used to tight security even before, with round-the-clock police protection at his home in southern Sweden. But after the deadly Feb. 14 attack against a free-speech seminar in…