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  • Ukraine's Poroshenko to hold peace talks with rebels 'this week'

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday a fresh round of peace talks with pro-Russian rebels would take place this week following an international push to revive the stalled negotiations. The talks will be held in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Wednesday and Friday and were announced…

    AFP
  • Record 17,000 rally against 'Islamisation' in Germany

    Germany has for weeks grappled with the emergence of the "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident" or PEGIDA, whose ranks in the city of Dresden have swelled rapidly from just a few hundred in October. The influx of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and several African…

    AFP
  • Leaders agree on Ukrainian peace talks this week

    MOSCOW (AP) — Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany on Monday reached an agreement to call another round of Ukraine peace talks this week, the latest attempt to negotiate a settlement to the conflict that has badly strained the ties between Russia and the West.

    Associated Press
  • Abandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India

    RORO VILLAGE, India (AP) — Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.

    Associated Press
  • Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As relations between Russia and the West have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War, there's one country that's reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union.

    Associated Press
  • Germany sees no need to ease Russia sanctions despite minister's concerns

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany sees no reason to think about changes to the EU's sanctions regime against Moscow at the moment, a government spokeswoman said, after the foreign minister expressed concern that Russia could be destabilized if sanctions were not eased. The spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz…

    Reuters
  • Forgotten asbestos mine sickens Indian villagers

    RORO VILLAGE, India (AP) — Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages that are home to thousands in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and…

    Associated Press
  • Morocco's transgender dancer courts acceptance

    CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — It was a slow night on the red carpet at the opening of the Marrakech film festival for the photographers and everyone was complaining over the lack of celebrities.

    Associated Press
  • Liverpool held by Arsenal, Marseille top in France

    LONDON (AP) — Liverpool is starting to produce the kind of fluent attacking displays that led the team to a second-place finish in the English Premier League last season.

    Associated Press
  • German-language pop superstar Udo Juergens dies

    BERLIN (AP) — Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning five decades, died on Sunday. He was 80 years old.

    Associated Press
  • Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

    MIAMI (AP) — The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.

    Associated Press
  • WikiLeaks publishes CIA tips for traveling spies

    WikiLeaks on Sunday released two CIA documents that offered tips to help spies maintain their cover while using false documents as they crossed international borders. The two documents, dating from 2011 and 2012, are marked classified and "NOFORN," which means they were not meant to be shared with…

    AFP
  • Uzbekistan votes in parliamentary polls

    Uzbeks voted Sunday in parliamentary elections in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state where all four competing parties support President Islam Karimov. Turnout reached more than 88 percent, the central election commission said. The head of the commission, Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalamov, praised the…

    AFP
  • Romania's new president urges all out war on corruption

    New Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, whose anti-graft platform propelled him to the top job, on Sunday urged politicians to stamp out entrenched corruption in one of Europe's poorest countries. "There is no other path for Romania" other than becoming a nation "rid of all corruption," Iohannis…

    AFP
  • Belarusian independent news sites blocked

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media.

    Associated Press
  • As Ford closes, European rust belt seeks new ideas

    By Robin Emmott and Robert-Jan Bartunek GENK, Belgium (Reuters) - In the heart of western Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt another blow. Two car plants closed this month as companies sought cheaper labor elsewhere, the final chapter of a manufacturing boom that began when…

    Reuters
  • New leadership seeks to rebuild EU self-confidence

    By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Short, snappy and focused on two priorities - reviving sagging investment in Europe and standing firm towards Russia, the first European Union summit under new leadership was a demonstrative break with the past. Donald Tusk, the former Polish prime minister who…

    Reuters