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  • Ambulance attacks open wound of Roma relations in Bulgaria

    By Angel Krasimirov VRACHESH, Bulgaria (Reuters) - When Bulgarian doctor Irena Marinova arrived in an ambulance at the home of a pregnant Roma woman in November, she says she was beaten up by two men who accused her of being late. The government blamed Roma for 175 such attacks on medics last…

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  • Greek government reverses austerity policies, stocks hit

    Greece's new hard-left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent the Athens stock market diving after his government scrapped key privatisation projects and pressed home its demand for debt relief. His "national salvation" government said it was putting on hold the previous administration's plans to sell…

    AFP59 mins ago
  • Panama high court OKs corruption probe of ex-president

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama's Supreme Court voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former President Ricardo Martinelli, a move likely to rally popular support in a nation where the politically powerful rarely face justice for misdeeds.

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  • International flights boost Vegas traffic; best since '08

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 12.5 percent increase in the number of international travelers last year helped push passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport to its highest level in six years.

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  • Online gallery marks Battle of Waterloo bicentenary

    An online gallery marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo went live Wednesday, showing off 200 relics from the time -- including the Duke of Wellington's famous boots. Drawn from museums and private collections across Europe, the historical objects recall the events south of…

    AFP
  • Obama congratulates new Greek leader on election victory

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. will work closely with Greece's new government and help Greece pursue long-term prosperity.

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  • World's largest Ebola unit dismantled as outbreak retreats

    A potent symbol of the nightmare enveloping west Africa at the height of the Ebola outbreak, the ELWA-3 treatment centre is being dismantled and incinerated bit by bit as the region emerges from catastrophe. "The number of cases has decreased significantly -- we are down to five confirmed cases in…

    AFP
  • 2,200 pillaged artefacts seized in European crackdown

    Over 2,200 looted artefacts, many from ancient Egypt, were seized as part of a Europe-wide crackdown that also snared 35 suspected traffickers, Europol announced Wednesday. Among the most valuable of the recovered cultural items was a majestic bust of Egyptian goddess Sekhmet worth an estimated…

    AFP
  • Italy hails 'turning point' in battle against 'Ndrangheta mafia

    Italian police on Wednesday ordered the arrest of more than 160 alleged members of the 'Ndrangheta mafia in what prosecutors and politicians hailed as a historic setback for the group behind much of Europe's cocaine trade. More than 40 arrests were made in Calabria, the secretive crime group's…

    AFP
  • Russia urged to free Ukrainian officer on hunger strike

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has come under pressure from Europe's human rights watchdog and the United States to free Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian air force officer who is on hunger strike in a Russian prison.

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  • Greek PM Tsipras freezes privatisations, markets tumble

    By Lefteris Papadimas and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threw down an open challenge to international creditors on Wednesday by halting privatisation plans agreed under the country's bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial…

    Reuters
  • Ukraine rebels claim new key victory is within grasp

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday they have almost fully encircled government forces in a town that hosts a strategic railway hub, putting them within grasp of a decisive new victory.

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  • EU set to add to sanctions blacklist over Ukraine

    EU foreign ministers will add names to a blacklist of individuals sanctioned over the Ukraine crisis when they meet Thursday but stop short of new measures targeting Russia's economy, sources said. The leaders of the 28 European Union nations issued a rare joint statement on Tuesday telling…

    AFP
  • Prehistoric skull a key 'piece of the puzzle' in story of humanity

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals. The…

    Reuters
  • Fight to unseat Blatter as FIFA chief heats up in Europe

    GENEVA (AP) — The fight to remove Sepp Blatter from the most powerful job in world soccer intensified in Europe on Wednesday.

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  • Greece-EU clash spreads to Russia sanctions

    Greece has created a new headache for the EU by questioning sanctions against Russia over Ukraine but is unlikely to block them for fear of harming its own debt negotiations, analysts and sources say. New anti-austerity Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras added a foreign policy row to the economic…

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  • Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa

    NEW YORK (AP) — Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave.

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