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  • Denmark targets 2 accused of jihadi propaganda

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish authorities have opened criminal cases against two men accused of incitement to violence by spreading jihadi videos and images online. Police in North Zealand on Thursday arrested a 21-year-old Dane accused of spreading “extremist video material” on the Internet. Investigators say the suspect had been under surveillance since returning from…

  • Germany arrests 3 accused of spying for Turkey

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they have arrested three Turkish men accused of spying on compatriots in Germany for Turkish intelligence. The federal prosecutor’s office said two of the suspects — identified in line with German privacy rules only as Taha G. and Goksel G. — were arrested Wednesday at Frankfurt airport. The third,…

  • Aer Lingus rejects bid by British Airways parent

    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish airline Aer Lingus has rejected a takeover bid by the International Consolidated Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia. Shares in the Dublin-based carrier surged by as much as 21 percent Thursday amid rumors of a possible bid. Those gains were pared after IAG issued a statement…

  • 2 more Irishmen charged in IRA home bugged by MI5

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Two more Irishmen have been charged with Irish Republican Army-related offenses as part of a lengthy eavesdropping operation by MI5. The British spy agency, which leads anti-terrorist intelligence efforts in Northern Ireland, says it recorded conversations at several meetings of a splinter group called the Continuity IRA inside a house…

  • How the AP-NORC Center Russia poll was conducted

    The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Poll of Russia was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago with fieldwork by GfK Russia from Nov. 22-Dec. 7. It is based on a nationally representative random sample of 2,008 Russians age 18 and older. Funding for the survey came from NORC at the University…

  • EU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growth

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders met Thursday to seek solutions to two major challenges –how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term with Russia. On the economic front, European Council President Donald Tusk, the official host of the 28-nation summit, said he expected attendees to call for the urgent…

  • Russian sailors leaving France without warship

    PARIS (AP) — Russian sailors are leaving a French Atlantic port without the controversial French-made warship they were supposed to sail away on. France suspended the delivery of the ship to Russia “until further notice” last month because of the conflict in Ukraine. The ship was part of the biggest arms sale ever by a…

  • Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

    MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin’s days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. And yet most Russians see Putin not as the cause, but as…

  • Putin: West is trying to ‘defang’ the Russian bear

    MOSCOW (AP) — Vowing never to let the West defang his proud nation, President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to fix Russia’s economic woes within two years by diversifying and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover. In a live, three-hour news conference that has become a Putin holiday tradition, the Russian leader demonstrated…

  • Dutch Cabinet crisis deepens

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands’ prime minister has canceled plans to attend a European summit in Brussels in order to focus his full attention on a domestic political spat that is threatening to cause the collapse of his 2-year-old governing coalition. The crisis was precipitated by the failure of a health care reform…

  • France fines 13 firms $1.2 bln for price-fixing

    PARIS (AP) — Penalizing a dirty business involving cleaning products, French regulators fined 13 consumer-products makers about 950 million euros ($1.2 billion) for price fixing on goods like shampoos, detergents and toothpaste. France’s competition authority said Thursday that the companies sought to maintain “artificially high” prices in negotiations with supermarkets which filtered down to consumers…

  • AP NewsAlert

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union imposes ban on investment in Crimea, other economic sanctions.

  • Swiss central bank imposes negative interest rates

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Following the fallout of the slide in the Russian ruble, Switzerland sought Thursday to prevent the Swiss franc from breaching upper limits imposed on the currency by introducing negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits. The move forces commercial banks to pay to deposit their francs with the Swiss National Bank…

  • Greek jobless rate dips further to 25.5 percent

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Official Greek figures show unemployment in the country fell further to 25.5 percent in the third quarter from 26.6 percent in the previous quarter. Thursday’s figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority, which are not adjusted for seasonal factors, show that just over 1.2 million people are unemployed in Greece, which has…

  • UK air service to compensate airlines for glitch

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s air traffic service says it will compensate airlines for last week’s computer glitch that briefly shut down London’s busy airspace. The National Air Traffic Service said late Wednesday “there will be a financial consequence for the company from the delay caused by the technical problem.” It says the amount of the…