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  • Oil below $102 as US crude supplies seen rising

    The price of oil slipped further below $102 a barrel Wednesday as traders awaited weekly data that are expected to show rising U.S. crude stockpiles.

    Associated Press8 mins ago
  • Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A closely watched survey has found business activity across the 18-country eurozone running at a three-year high, in perhaps the clearest sign yet that the economic recovery is gaining momentum.

    Associated Press12 mins ago
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  • European human rights body says concerned about abuses in Azerbaijan

    By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Human rights are deteriorating in Azerbaijan, a European watchdog said on Wednesday, calling on the authorities to uphold regional standards and expressing concerns over what it says is a "worrying pattern" of abuse. Azerbaijan, a mainly Muslim former…

    Reuters29 mins ago
  • Giggs to be assisted by ex-Man United teammates

    LONDON (AP) — Ryan Giggs will be assisted by a trio of former Manchester United teammates as he tries to stabilize England's biggest club after the abrupt dismissal of David Moyes.

    Associated Press46 mins ago
  • Monitors head into Ukraine's badlands - armed with a sheet of paper

    By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - A small army of international monitors has gone to the gritty lands of eastern Ukraine to persuade separatist militias to lay down their weapons - but for now at least the most they may be able to hope for is to stop a bad situation getting worse. Armed only…

    Reuters51 mins ago
  • Poland's PM says risk of Ukraine split is 'real'

    There is a real risk that eastern regions of Ukraine will separate from the country, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Wednesday. "The risk that eastern regions of Ukraine will become detached is real," he said at a press conference. "I am afraid that we will not have to wait long…

    Reuters52 mins ago
  • Kosovo parliament votes for a new war crimes court

    By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo's parliament approved on Wednesday an EU-backed special court to try ethnic Albanian ex-guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from Serbs captured in the 1998-99 Kosovo war. Eighty-nine deputies in the 120-seat parliament voted in favor of creating the…

  • France unveils plan to fight jihadist threat

    PARIS (AP) — France is cracking down on youth who leave their homes to fight with Islamist radicals in Syria's civil war.

    Associated Press
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  • Government finances improved across Europe in 2013

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Governments across the 18-country eurozone made further headway in 2013 in reducing their deficits, official figures showed Wednesday in a further sign that spending cuts and the nascent economic recovery helped to heal government finances.

    Associated Press
  • Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. Schaerbeek, Belgium, envisions using geothermal mapping to give households personalized rundowns of steps to save energy. Gdansk, Poland, is proposing to require officials…

    Associated Press
  • Ukraine, Russia, EU may meet to talk gas: Ukraine minister

    Russia, the European Commission and Slovakia may hold talks with Ukraine on Thursday on a possible solution to the country's gas crisis, Ukraine's Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said. Prodan told reporters on Wednesday that Moscow and the European Union had suggested the ministerial meeting, which…

  • Shares mixed on lackluster China data

    TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mixed Wednesday, as weak data from China sapped the upward momentum from an overnight rally on a flurry of deals in the pharmaceutical sector.

    Associated Press
  • Small French park becomes home for desperate Syrian families

    Saint-Ouen (France) (AFP) - They ended up there penniless after wandering from country to country for months. Yahya, Aziz and 150 other Syrians swapped the brutality and death of a war zone for hand-to-mouth survival in a small park in a working-class suburb of Paris, squeezed in behind a hotel…

  • Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below — not in the arcane, scripted words…

    Associated Press
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  • Analysis: Weak US hand in Ukraine confrontation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a quarter century after the Cold War ended, the crisis in Ukraine symbolizes the weak foreign policy hand the United States often finds itself playing despite its status as the only global superpower.

    Associated Press
  • Juventus seeks 1st European title since scandal

    ROME (AP) — When Juventus visits Benfica in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals Thursday, it will mark the first appearance for the once dominant Turin club in the final four of a European competition since finishing runner-up in the 2003 Champions League.

    Associated Press
  • Asia shares mixed on lackluster China data

    TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Wednesday, as weak data from China sapped upward momentum from an overnight rally on a flurry of deals in the pharmaceutical sector.

    Associated Press
  • Ukraine orders new military operation in the east

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country's east on Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reportedly hit by gunfire.

    Associated Press
  • Kerry says Russia lacks positive steps in Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is telling the Russian foreign minister that he is deeply concerned over what he describes as the lack of positive steps by the Russians to de-escalate the situation on the ground in eastern Ukraine.

    Associated Press
  • Former AP photographer Harry Koundakjian dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Koundakjian, a former photographer and photo editor for The Associated Press in the Middle East and New York City, has died. He was 83.

    Associated Press
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