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  • Greece could use ‘Zambia’ option as progress on deal unclear

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and rescue lenders remained at odds over whether the two sides are close to a breakthrough in negotiations, as the International Monetary Fund confirmed Thursday that Athens had the right…

  • Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The decree published on the official government website and signed by Putin on Thursday…

  • Photographer gets 3-year prison term in L’Oreal heiress case

    PARIS (AP) — A French court has handed a famed photographer a three-year prison sentence on charges of swindling millions of euros from France’s richest woman, L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, by taking advantage of her…

  • Cameron begins tour of EU states to build support for reform

    PARIS (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron met with the leaders of the Netherlands and France on Thursday, as Cameron began a whirlwind visit to four European capitals, pressing his case that the U.K.…

  • Top finance officials debate what’s needed for global growth

    DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Economic growth that’s not as strong as everyone would like. Volatile markets. A potential financial blowup in Greece. Those were three of the most pressing topics hanging over top finance officials…

  • Oxford University nominates 1st female vice-chancellor

    LONDON (AP) — Oxford University has nominated its first female vice-chancellor in its history. The university said Louise Richardson, currently the principal of Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, is set to take up the university’s…

  • Ireland’s parliament votes in favor of Aer Lingus share sale

    LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s parliament on Thursday voted in favor of selling off the country’s share in the Aer Lingus airline as part of a 1.4 billion euro (US$1.53 billion) takeover bid by International Airlines…

  • Bakery owners to appeal ‘gay cake’ discrimination verdict

    LONDON (AP) — The owners of a Northern Ireland bakery that refused to bake a cake supporting gay marriage say they will appeal their conviction for discrimination. The Christian owners of Ashers Baking Company were…

  • Polish police find man who entered bear enclosure, got hurt

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A man who went missing after tangling with a brown bear at Warsaw’s zoo, leaving traces of blood, was found Thursday in the hospital. The 32-year-old man, being treated for an…

  • Belarus sentences man with opposition tattoo

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A court in Belarus has added two years and stiffer conditions to the prison sentence of an opposition activist known for a chest tattoo calling for the ouster of the country’s…

  • Nobel laureates appeal for end to persecution of Rohingya

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Several Nobel Peace Prize winners on Thursday called for an end to the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, describing it as “nothing less than genocide,” and appealed for international help for…

  • License decision on Ukraine TV station postponed

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s government broadcasting licensing authority has postponed a hearing on whether to rescind the license of one of the country’s most popular TV channels. The national television and radio broadcasting council…

  • Paris doctors strike to protest working hours reform

    PARIS (AP) — Thousands of doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel have demonstrated in central Paris to protest planned working-hours changes they say will result in more burnout and worse patient care. Technicians in white…

  • Spain investigates Boko Haram leader on terror charges

    MADRID (AP) — Spain is opening a probe into Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau on suspicion of terrorism and crimes against humanity, under the legal principle of universal justice, according to a court ruling Thursday.…

  • AP Interview: Serb far-right leader to fight extradition

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s far-right leader Vojislav Seselj said Thursday he will launch a legal battle before the Serbian courts to fight any order to return to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal. Seselj told…