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  • Prosecutor seeks 26 years for Costa Concordia captain

    ROME (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a court to convict the captain of the Costa Concordia and sentence him to 26 years in prison for the 2012 shipwreck off Tuscany that killed 32 people, saying…

  • Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials struck a defiant note Monday after Western leaders threatened to further punish Moscow for escalated fighting in eastern Ukraine over the weekend. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists that…

  • Survivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary

    OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Auschwitz survivors have made emotional private visits to the former Nazi death camp a day before commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of its liberation. Coming from around the world, some returning…

  • Aer Lingus confirms IAG takeover bid at 2.55 euros per share

    DUBLIN (AP) — Aer Lingus announced Monday that British Airways parent IAG has made an improved takeover offer of 2.55 euros ($2.85) per share, and the board of the Irish airline says it is considering…

  • German business confidence rises for third month running

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German business optimism rose for the third straight month in January, giving a positive signal from Europe’s biggest economy as executives foresee export gains from the weaker euro. The business climate…

  • Cyprus aims to become regional search-and-rescue hub

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ defense minister says the country is setting up a satellite earth station that will anchor a search-and-rescue control center covering Europe’s southeastern edge. Christoforos Fokaides told The Associated Press in…

  • Study: Germans have skeptical view of Israel

    BERLIN (AP) — Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, some 58 percent of Germans say the past should be consigned to history, while three-quarters of Israelis reject the idea of putting the past behind…

  • France: 10 go on trial in L’Oreal heiress fraud case

    PARIS (AP) — Ten people including a famed French photographer are going on trial, accused of swindling millions of euros in cash and artwork from France’s richest woman. The trial in Bordeaux is part of…

  • Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation. On Tuesday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest…

  • Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece’s painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country’s international creditors that could shake…

  • Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s president said Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least…

  • Extreme right party headed for 3rd place in Greek election

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The specter of Neo-Nazism is no longer haunting Greece. It looks like it is here to stay. The extreme right, anti-immigrant Golden Dawn party, which has Nazi roots, appears headed for…

  • UK reviewing security after hoax call to Cameron

    LONDON (AP) — British officials are reviewing security measures Sunday after a hoax caller pretending to be the director of the government’s eavesdropping agency managed to get through to Prime Minister David Cameron on the…

  • France finds bodies of 6 skiers buried by avalanche in Alps

    PARIS (AP) — France’s interior ministry says the bodies of six French skiers have been found a day after they were swept away by an avalanche in the French Alps. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said…

  • Romanians protest Swiss franc loans repayments

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Hundreds of people have protested in Romania against high repayments for Swiss franc loans, blaming the banks for offering deceptively cheap loans and calling on the government to regulate hard currency…