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  • Ukraine official: Rebels lay mines near crash site

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — International observers turned back Wednesday after making another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine, and a government official said the area near the zone had been mined by pro-Russian separatists who control it.

    Associated Press16 mins ago
  • Spanish PM, Catalan leader discuss independence referendum

    Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy held talks Wednesday with the head of Spain's economically powerful region of Catalonia amid a bitter dispute over its plans to hold an independence referendum in November. The two men shook hands at the entrance to La Moncloa, the prime minister's official residence…

    AFP24 mins ago
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  • Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday.

    Associated Press33 mins ago
  • Spanish, Catalonia leaders meet on secession push

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region held a crucial face-to-face meeting Wednesday in what could be a last chance to resolve a bitter dispute over the region's plans to hold a secession referendum in November.

    Associated Press41 mins ago
  • Europe shares drift ahead of data; Asia gains

    TOKYO (AP) — World markets were mostly higher Wednesday ahead of U.S. economic data while cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. boosted Asian stocks.

    Associated Press
  • Toyota remains at top in sales after first half

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.

    Associated Press
  • European ransoms now Al-Qaeda's major funding: NYTimes

    Al-Qaeda is increasingly funding terror operations thanks to at least $125 million in ransom paid since 2008, largely by European governments to free western hostages, the New York Times reported. While Al-Qaeda's network was first funded by wealthy donors, "kidnapping for ransom has become…

    AFP
  • Observers turned back from Ukraine crash site

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — International observers have turned back from another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine.

    Associated Press
  • Nigeria opens long-awaited battle of ideas against Boko Haram

    By Tim Cocks KADUNA Nigeria (Reuters) - In classrooms facing a sandy courtyard in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, Maska Road Islamic School teaches a creed that condemns the violent ideology of groups like Boko Haram. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, known as the "Pants Bomber", spent his youth…

    Reuters
  • Belarus to host Ukraine-Russia talks

    Belarus will host talks between Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE security and rights organisation on the crisis in eastern Ukraine, President Alexander Lukashenko's office said on Wednesday. It did not say when the talks would take place but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked Lukashenko to…

    Reuters
  • Europe shares down ahead of data; Asia gains

    TOKYO (AP) — European stocks were lower Wednesday ahead of U.S. economic data while cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. boosted Asian markets.

    Associated Press
  • Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts, and a…

    Associated Press
  • West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain even further and force President Vladimir…

    Associated Press
  • Canada intends to impose more sanctions on Russia: prime minister

    Canada said on Tuesday it plans to impose additional sanctions on Russia in the coming days, in close coordination with partners in the United States and Europe. The sanctions will be in addition to those announced last week on a broad range of Russian companies and banks, Canada's Prime Minister…

    Reuters
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  • US and Europe hit Russia with toughest sanctions yet

    The United States and Europe targeted Russia's key financial, arms and energy sectors with tough new sanctions in response to Moscow's intervention in the Ukraine crisis. Announcing the measures, US President Barack Obama denied that the West had begun a new Cold War against its former Soviet foe,…

    AFP
  • US Ebola doctor 'weak and quite ill,' says colleague

    An American doctor who has contracted the dangerous Ebola virus in Liberia is "weak and quite ill," a colleague of his told AFP on Tuesday. Kent Brantly, 33, became infected with Ebola while working with patients in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, as he helped treat victims of the worst Ebola…

    AFP
  • After shaky start, Ukraine turns eastern offensive around

    When Ukraine's military offensive to oust pro-Russian rebels from the restive east began in mid-April with humiliated soldiers meekly surrendering their armoured vehicles it looked doomed to failure. Analysts say the dramatic turnaround is down to a combination of growing professionalism and…

    AFP
  • US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion of…

    Associated Press
  • US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration accusation that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question and further dampens President Barack Obama's hopes to burnish his legacy with deeper cuts to nuclear arsenals.

    Associated Press
  • Canada says more Russia sanctions coming

    Canada's prime minister on Tuesday announced more sanctions against Russia, after the EU and US rolled new measures targeting Russia's economy for its support for rebels in Ukraine. It will mark the 11th round of sanctions imposed by Canada against Russia since March, targeting until recently…

    AFP
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