Europe News

  • International focus turns to bolstering Ukraine ceasefire

    By Alistair Scrutton and Aija Krutaine RIGA (Reuters) - Steps to bolster a fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine gathered momentum on Friday as support within the European Union for more economic sanctions¨on Russia appeared to wane. Russia and Ukraine have agreed to double the number of ceasefire…

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  • UN Libya envoy says airstrikes threaten peace talks

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The U.N. special envoy to Libya on Friday warned the warring parties in the North African country against carrying out attacks while sensitive negotiations are taking place in Morocco.

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  • High hopes as African minnows take on Tour de France elite

    MTN-Qhubeka's ambitions are modest in their maiden Tour de France but team manager Douglas Ryder predicts the African outfit will be on the podium of the world's most famous cycling race within five years. The first African team to compete in the Tour de France which gets underway in Utrecht in…

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  • EU may send team to Libya if peace talks succeed

    By Adrian Croft and Alistair Scrutton RIGA (Reuters) - The European Union might send a team to Libya to monitor a ceasefire or to protect infrastructure if United Nations-backed peace talks lead to a settlement between contending factions, the EU's head of foreign policy said on Friday. "We have…

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  • Euro drops toward parity with dollar

    LONDON (AP) — The euro's value against the dollar keeps dropping, and it could soon reach parity with the dollar for the first time in 13 years.

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  • EU borders chief fears a million migrants headed from Libya

    The head of the EU's borders agency fears as many as a million migrants could try to reach Europe this year from Libya alone. "Sources tell us there are between 500,000 and one million migrants ready to leave Libya," Frontex chief Fabrice Leggeri said in an interview with Italy's Ansa news agency…

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  • Ukraine ceasefire holding, says OSCE head

    By Aija Krutaine RIGA (Reuters) - The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is holding and overall hostilities have dropped, the head of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said on Friday. "My assessment is that the ceasefire is, all in all, holding, but there are violations,"…

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  • US approves first lower-cost biotech drug

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health officials on Friday approved the first lower-cost copy of a biotech drug in the U.S., a long-awaited milestone that could save billions for insurers, doctors and patients.

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  • Europe submits U.N. climate pledge, urges U.S., China to follow

    The European Union on Friday submitted its formal promise on how much it will cut greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations ahead of climate change talks starting in November and called on the United States and China to follow its lead. The European Union is the first major economy to agree…

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  • EU chief speaks out against arms supplies for Kiev

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief on Friday came out against a bipartisan call in the United States to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.

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  • Russia, Germany urge OSCE to boost Ukraine observers to 1,000

    Russia and Germany on Friday urged the OSCE to more than double the number of its observers in Ukraine to 1,000, to monitor a sputtering ceasefire as the EU downplayed the threat of new sanctions against Moscow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his German counterpart Franck-Walter…

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  • Frenchman on trial for helping girl, 14, seeking to join IS

    PARIS (AP) — The French girl knew him as "Tony Toxiko" — an Islamic State recruiter who first used Facebook to cajole her into joining him in Syria, then brusquely called to force the issue: Come to me or risk damnation. She was 14.

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  • Steinmeier says Russia, Ukraine agree to double OSCE observers

    Russia and Ukraine have agreed to double the number of OSCE observers to 1,000 from 500 to monitor a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Friday. Steinmeier said the agreement was reached after a discussion at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin of…

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  • German and Polish armies to swap commands of battalions

    The German army is to put one of its battalions under Polish command, rapidly scaling up ties with Warsaw at a time of increasing fears in eastern Europe over Russia. General Bruno Kasdorf told Reuters a Polish battalion would also come under German control, as part of efforts by the two NATO…

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  • U.S. plan to train Ukraine national guard 'on hold'

    A U.S. plan to train Ukrainian national guard troops is "on hold" pending implementation of a ceasefire deal between government troops and Russian-backed rebels, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Europe said on Friday. One battalion of U.S. soldiers is due to train three Ukrainian National Guard…

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  • EU considers sending officers abroad to assess migrant needs

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is weighing whether to send immigration officers abroad to assess the needs of would-be migrants as increasing numbers of people try to reach the EU illegally.

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  • Indian PM Modi's tour of island neighbors will omit Maldives

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tour of India's island neighbors will bypass the Maldives, which is in political turmoil due to the arrest and detention of its former president.

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  • German court gives man 6-year sentence over PKK role

    BERLIN (AP) — A German court has convicted a man of terrorism charges and sentenced him to six years in prison after finding he ran the finances in Europe of the banned Kurdistan Worker's Party, or PKK.

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  • New law allows pensions for workers in Nazis' Polish ghettos

    BERLIN (AP) — The German Parliament's upper house has approved legislation that will allow pension payments to residents of Poland who were forced to work for the Nazis in ghettos when their country was occupied during World War II.

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