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  • German court receives suit against EU bank union

    BERLIN (AP) — A group of German professors has filed a complaint to the country's highest court against the European Union's plans to create a so-called banking union, a central part of the effort to make the continent's financial system more resilient.

    Associated Press16 mins ago
  • Ukraine claims more territory as fight intensifies with rebels

    By Gabriela Baczynska and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Monday its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, which international investigators said they could not reach…

    Reuters32 mins ago
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  • Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site

    SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) — Heavy fighting raged Monday around the Malaysia Airlines debris field, once again preventing an international police team charged with securing the site from even getting there.

    Associated Press35 mins ago
  • German government and industry lobby support tougher sanctions on Russia

    By Annika Breidthardt BERLIN (Reuters) - The downing of a Malaysian plane over an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by separatists has made tougher sanctions against Moscow necessary, the German government said on Monday, a position backed by the main business lobby. The EU has frozen assets and…

    Reuters
  • Georgian prosecutors charge ex-president Saakashvili

    By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - The prosecutor's office in Georgia has filed criminal charges against former President Mikhail Saakashvili in what the opposition says is a political witch-hunt by the ex-Soviet republic's new leaders. Dozens of former officials, including a former prime…

    Reuters
  • Lavrov says Russia will not respond in kind to Western sanctions

    By Alexei Anishchuk and Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will not impose tit-for-tat measures or "fall into hysterics" over Western economic sanctions, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, trying to stake out the high ground amid growing tensions with the West. Speaking at a news…

    Reuters
  • Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Millions of Muslims across the world are celebrating the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

    Associated Press
  • Europe stocks struggle, Asia rises on China data

    BEIJING (AP) — European stock markets struggled on Monday and Wall Street was expected to dip on the open amid ongoing concerns about earnings and the economic impact of sanctions on Russia. Asian indexes closed higher, however, after China reported strong corporate profits.

    Associated Press
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  • China profits boost Asia stocks, Europe unenthused

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday, shrugging off jitters about stiffer Western sanctions against Russia, after China reported strong corporate profits. Benchmarks in Paris and London also rose but many other European markets drifted lower.

    Associated Press
  • Nissan profit rises on strong sales, cheap yen

    TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's quarterly profit rose nearly 37 percent, helped by a favorable exchange rate and healthy sales in North America and China.

    Associated Press
  • London's FTSE rises at open

    London (AFP) - London's leading share index climbed at the start of trading on Monday following gains in Asian markets and as investors await the release of key US data.

    AFP
  • Russia says hopeful Malaysia jet crash investigation will be objective

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow was hopeful an investigation into a downed airliner over eastern Ukraine would be objective and respect a presumption of innocence. "Only the honest, open participation of all those who have access to information about…

    Reuters
  • Dutch, Australian police in fresh bid for MH17 site access

    Dutch and Australian police will make a fresh attempt on Monday to reach the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 in insurgent-held east Ukraine, after heavy fighting nearby scuppered their previous effort. The continuing unrest has also led Dutch authorities, who are leading a probe into the…

    AFP
  • China says may have citizens fighting in Iraq

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Muslim extremists from China's far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the upsurge of violence there, China's special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday. China has…

    Reuters
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  • US exports help Germany increase coal, pollution

    LUENEN, Germany (AP) — One of Germany's newest coal-fired power plants rises here from the banks of a 100-year-old canal that once shipped coal mined from the Ruhr Valley to the world.

    Associated Press
  • Australian police to renew bid to access Ukraine crash site

    A joint Australian-Dutch probe team will renew efforts on Monday to gain access to the crash site of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine, Australian Federal Police said, after fierce fighting kept them away the previous day. Evidence could be lost if fighting continued, said Deputy…

    Reuters
  • Kerry to woo Modi's India, but quick progress unlikely

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits India this week as Washington tries to revitalize ties it sees as a counterbalance to China's rising power, but rapid progress is unlikely, despite the reformist reputation of India's new leader. The visit by…

    Reuters
  • Russia accuses US of hindering OSCE in Ukraine

    Russia accused the United States of hindering the OSCE's work in Ukraine, as fighting raged around the crash site of flight MH17 and the Netherlands scrapped plans for an armed international mission to secure the area. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in a telephone conversation, asked US Secretary…

    AFP
  • Chinese history-maker Ji looking forward to break from cycling

    Chinese rider Ji Cheng said he wants to get away from cycling for a while after completing the Tour de France.

    AFP
  • Emirates airline says will not fly over Iraq after MH17

    Emirates will stop flying over Iraq due to concerns over jihadist missile attacks following the MH17 air disaster in Ukraine, the airline's president Tim Clark told The Times on Monday. Almost 300 people aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 died when it came down in eastern Ukraine nearly two…

    AFP
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