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  • Kerry in Albania to press reform

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Albania to make a push for the Balkan nation to enact a major package of judicial and legislative reforms.

    Associated Press33 mins ago
  • Merkel isolated as EU partners slam door on refugees

    Abandoned by France, defied by eastern Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel cuts a lonely figure in her struggle for EU "solidarity" on the refugee crisis ahead of a Brussels summit. Merkel is battling for a deal that will see refugees more evenly spread around the European Union after Germany…

    AFP16 mins ago
  • EasyJet eyes 'massive opportunities' in Europe: CEO McCall

    Europe's airline sector is on course for further consolidation, while the region offers "massive opportunities" for growth, according to Carolyn McCall, chief executive of British budget airline EasyJet. "I definitely think there will be consolidation in Europe," McCall told AFP in a recent…

    AFP
  • London housing crisis coming to a crunch

    Latest figures show the average London house price was £514,097 ($740,400, 678,500 euros) in December, up 12.4 percent in 12 months, compared to a 6.4-percent increase to £188,270 across England and Wales. Many "generation rent" young professionals, whose parents bought comfortable homes in…

    AFP
  • EU in final push for difficult 'Brexit' deal

    The quest to prevent Britain crashing out of the European Union faces its moment of truth this week, with EU chief Donald Tusk touring key capitals in a final push for a deal at a crucial Brussels summit. Many of Prime Minister David Cameron's demands for reforms ahead of a referendum on Britain's…

    AFP
  • Cuba returns lost dummy missile to US: State Department

    The United States has recovered a missile that was accidentally sent to Cuba in 2014 after a logistical mixup in Europe, bringing an end to an unusual and sensitive episode in the world of defense. The dummy training version of a US Hellfire missile was returned to the US with the "cooperation of…

    AFP
  • Juventus beats Napoli to lead Serie A, Man U loses again

    Juventus got a late goal to beat Napoli 1-0 and snatch the lead of Italy's Serie A from its southern rival on Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Cuba returns dummy Hellfire missile mistakenly received

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cuba has returned a dummy U.S. Hellfire missile that was mistakenly shipped there from Europe in 2014, American and Cuban officials said Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Cuba decorates Russia patriarch after pope visit

    Cuba's president Raul Castro awarded the country's highest honor to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Saturday, hailing his role in the communist island's relations with Moscow. The 84-year-old president handed the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church the Order of Jose Marti, a Cuban national…

    AFP
  • Chelsea set for Champions League with 5-1 Newcastle rout

    LONDON (AP) — Chelsea prepared for its Champions League trip to Paris Saint-Germain by routing Newcastle 5-1 on Saturday, the biggest win of a miserable Premier League season for the champions.

    Associated Press
  • Chicago man dies in Puerto Rico skydiving accident

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 58-year-old Chicago man died Saturday morning in a skydiving accident that occurred when he apparently had problems controlling his parachute after it opened, authorities said.

    Associated Press
  • Russia decries 'new Cold War' as East-West tensions cloud talks

    The world has plunged into a "new Cold War", the Russian premier said Saturday, as Moscow came under attack at a global security gathering over its targeting of moderate rebels in Syria. "To adhere to the agreement it made, Russia's targeting must change," he said, referring to the international…

    AFP
  • 'No time to lose' to install Libya unity government: ministers

    Foreign ministers put pressure on Libya Saturday to finalise its unity government and head off the growing threat from the Islamic State group. "There is no time to lose for the national unity government to assume its functions and securely establish itself in Tripoli," said the newly appointed…

    AFP
  • Russian PM: West is rekindling the Cold War with NATO moves

    MUNICH (AP) — Russia's prime minister accused NATO on Saturday of restarting the Cold War amid increased military maneuvers and troop deployments to countries neighboring Russia, moves the alliance's top official defended as a necessary response to aggression from Moscow.

    Associated Press
  • Syria truce hopes dim as Russia is skeptical, fighting rages

    MUNICH (AP) — Hopes of securing a temporary truce in Syria within a week dimmed Saturday as Syrian government forces tightened the noose around rebel-held parts of Aleppo and Russia's foreign minister put the chances of a quick truce at less than 50 percent. His comments and strong words from U.S.…

    Associated Press
  • Russia warns of new Cold War as east Ukraine violence surges

    By Robin Emmott and Shadia Nasralla MUNICH (Reuters) - Violence in eastern Ukraine is intensifying and Russian-backed rebels have moved heavy weaponry back to the front line, international monitors warned on Saturday as Moscow responded by accusing the West of dragging the world back 50 years. …

    Reuters
  • Poland wants punishments for use of 'Polish death camp' phrase

    Poland is drawing up new regulations to punish use of the phrase "Polish death camps" when referring to wartime Nazi concentration camps on Polish soil, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said on Saturday. Poland has long sought to eliminate the misleading phrase from historical and newspaper…

    Reuters