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  • Ukrainian journalist killed in shelling despite ceasefire

    A Ukrainian journalist was killed by shelling in east Ukraine on Saturday, his newspaper said, even as the Ukrainian military reported a significant drop in rebel attacks, boosting hopes for a two-week-old ceasefire. Photographer Serhiy Nikolayev died after artillery fire struck near the village…

    Reuters
  • Referee red card overshadows Rooney goals in EPL

    LONDON (AP) — Manchester United rode its luck as Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 2-0 win against struggling 10-man Sunderland, but his success was overshadowed by another refereeing controversy in the English Premier League on Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • UK's first 'anti-Islamisation' rally dwarfed by counter-demo

    An estimated 375 people turned out for the Germany-based PEGIDA movement's first demonstration in Britain on Saturday, but were outnumbered by a 2,000-strong crowd of counter-protesters, police said. Police in the city of Newcastle, northeast England, said five men were arrested "for isolated…

    AFP
  • Police in German city warn of potential extremist threat

    BERLIN (AP) — Police in the German city of Bremen warned Saturday of a potential danger from Islamic extremists there and stepped up security measures.

    Associated Press
  • Greece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece won't seek a third bailout deal, the prime minister said Saturday, having succeeded in separating the loan agreement from the "disastrous" austerity conditions imposed with the willing cooperation of previous governments.

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  • Two killed as skirmishes threaten Ukraine truce

    Two people were killed by shelling in east Ukraine Saturday as isolated clashes rattled a shaky truce with pro-Russian rebels and observers warned the country was at a "crossroads". Photographer Sergiy Nikolayev from Ukrainian daily Segodnya died after getting caught in fighting at a flashpoint…

    AFP
  • Italy's anti-immigrant movement brings protest rally to Rome

    ROME (AP) — The leader of Italy's Northern League brought his anti-Europe, anti-immigrant agenda to Rome Saturday, filling a vast square in the capital with thousands of his supporters and positioning his regional movement for a bid to become a national right-wing force.

    Associated Press
  • Italy anti-immigrant Northern League rallies against Renzi

    By James Mackenzie ROME (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of Italy's anti-euro Northern League filled one of the biggest squares in Rome on Saturday, accusing the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of selling the country out to faceless powers in Brussels. Northern League leader Matteo…

    Reuters
  • Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday with million-dollar bash

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish million dollar bash that was slammed by the opposition as "obscene" in a country wracked by poverty. Thousands of supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF, many wearing party regalia emblazoned with the president's…

    AFP
  • Western leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin

    BERLIN (AP) — Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is investigated thoroughly. Here is a selection of comments.

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  • Dozens of Syrian and Iraqi migrants rescued off Romanian coast

    Romania's coast guard rescued 70 migrants - mostly Syrians and Iraqis - packed on to a small fishing boat that was in danger of sinking as they attempted to make the crossing to Europe in stormy seas on Saturday. The boat, which was crammed with migrants including 20 women and seven children, was…

    Reuters
  • Germany approves Greek bailout extension despite unease

    German lawmakers approved a hard-won bailout extension for Greece's new anti-austerity government in a move Berlin's finance chief called "not easy" but necessary, keeping a crucial lifeline open to Athens. Greece's left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras welcomed the German vote Friday as "a…

    AFP
  • Ukraine conflict at 'crossroads' as troop deaths shake truce

    International monitors said the conflict in Ukraine was at a "crossroads" as further losses among government forces rattled a two-week-old truce just as it seemed to be gaining traction. The deaths of three Ukrainian soldiers after a two-day lull in clashes with pro-Russian separatists highlighted…

    AFP
  • Russian soccer stadiums a throwback to 1980s England

    Watching a football match in Russia often carries echoes of the grim era of hooliganism in 1980s Britain.

    Associated Press
  • U.S., Europe seen unlikely to widen Russia sanctions if truce holds

    By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union are unlikely to widen economic sanctions on Russia if a tentative ceasefire emerging in eastern Ukraine takes hold, Western diplomats said on Friday. Despite repeatedly saying that new U.S. or EU sanctions on…

    Reuters
  • European stocks mostly higher at end of record-breaking week

    Europe's main markets closed mostly higher Friday, with Frankfurt and London hitting new records, rounding off a successful week for European indices thanks to a deal on Greece's bailout and positive company results. Frankfurt's DAX 30 ended the week with a new record close, up 0.66 percent to…

    AFP
  • Hungary's premier rejects immigration, multicultural society

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban denounced multiculturalism and liberalism Friday and vowed to fight a rising wave of migration that he said is threatening to turn his country into a "refugee camp."

    Associated Press
  • Experts blame anti-vaccine lobby for Bosnia measles outbreak

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Medical experts warned Friday the anti-vaccination lobby is growing in Bosnia, using scientifically discredited arguments to stoke parental fears in the worst-affected country in Europe's measles outbreak.

    Associated Press