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  • Italy rescues nearly 1,000 migrants; 10 die

    ROME (AP) — In a dramatic sea rescue north of Libya, a flotilla of rescue ships saved nearly 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday. The…

  • Merkel warns Russia to live up to Ukraine peace deal

    BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is warning Russia to live up to the Ukraine peace agreement it backed in Minsk last month or face tougher European Union sanctions. Merkel told reporters on Wednesday…

  • Greek police guidelines on migration control spark confusion

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s radical left-led government has revoked new police guidelines on migration control after a wave of criticism from the opposition, saying they were issued without prior consultation. The police on Tuesday…

  • Suspected German member of Islamic State group arrested

    BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors say they have arrested a German suspected of being a member of the Islamic State group and undergoing weapons training with the extremists. Federal prosecutors said the 22-year-old, identified only as…

  • Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout

    BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union’s executive branch are cautioning against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout. Though Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has…

  • Top French court approves extradition of Kazakh banker

    PARIS (AP) — France’s top appeals court on Wednesday approved the extradition of a Kazakh oligarch-turned-dissident to Russia or Ukraine — but his lawyers urged the French government to reconsider, arguing that the case is…

  • Passengers hit in Scandinavia as strike at Norwegian expands

    HELSINKI (AP) — Thousands of passengers have been stranded across Scandinavia as a strike by pilots of Norwegian Air Shuttle continued for a fifth day. Norwegian CEO Bjoern Kjos says it’s “terribly tragic” that 35,000…

  • Russian court keeps Ukrainian pilot behind bars

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has rejected an appeal to release a Ukrainian pilot who has been on hunger strike since mid-December. The case of Nadezhda Savchenko has attracted high attention in recent weeks…

  • French nuclear industry in turmoil as manufacturer buckles

    PARIS (AP) — France’s nuclear industry is in turmoil after the country’s main reactor manufacturer, Areva, reported a loss for 2014 of 4.8 billion euros ($5.3 billion) — more than its entire market value. The…

  • Coal mine blast in eastern Ukraine kills 1, traps dozens

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — An explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least one miner, rebel and government officials said. An injured miner reported seeing five bodies.…

  • US says Iran far off from a working nuke, others differ

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — One burning question in the global effort to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power is this: How long would it take for the Islamic Republic to build a bomb? U.S.…

  • US-Polish live-fire army exercise begins

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish and U.S. troops are taking part in live-fire exercises in northern Poland that are part of a NATO operation showing its commitment to the region’s security. “Operation Atlantic Resolve” was…

  • EU to adapt its foreign policy to new realities, crises

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is rethinking its foreign policy to better adapt to crises like the ones it faces in Ukraine, Russia and Syria without having to be overly dependent on allies like…

  • British government sells Eurostar interest for $1.1 billion

    LONDON (AP) — The British government has agreed to sell its stake in Eurostar, the high-speed rail service that connects London with Paris and Brussels through a tunnel under the English Channel, for 757 million…

  • Putin calls opposition politician’s slaying a ‘disgrace’

    MOSCOW (AP) — The killing of a key opposition figure is a “disgrace” to Russia, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday. In televised remarks to Interior Ministry employees, Putin condemned the slaying of Boris Nemtsov, who…