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  • EU sees ceasefire progress, but ready for more sanctions: Mogherini

    By Adrian Croft and Aija Krutaine RIGA (Reuters) - The European Union is ready to step up sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict, but the priority is to bolster a fragile ceasefire agreed in Minsk, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday. Mogherini, attending a meeting of…

    Reuters25 mins ago
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  • German Parliament approves quota for female directors

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Parliament has approved a quota system that will require leading companies in Europe's biggest economy to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards starting next year.

    Associated Press43 mins ago
  • German industry production up 5th straight month in January

    BERLIN (AP) — German industrial production rose by 0.6 percent in January, a fifth consecutive monthly increase that was propelled by a surge in construction activity.

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  • Asia stocks gain after ECB upgrades growth ahead of US jobs

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were higher on Friday as investor sentiment was boosted by the European Central Bank's growth forecast upgrade and expectations for a solid increase in U.S. employment.

    Associated Press
  • Mandarin Oriental says hotels in US, Europe hacked

    NEW YORK (AP) — High-end hotel chain Mandarin Oriental said Thursday that the credit card systems at some of its hotels in the U.S. and Europe were hacked.

    Associated Press
  • Number of women lawmakers doubles in 20 years, but stagnating

    The share of women in the world's parliaments has almost doubled in the last two decades but progress seems to be stagnating, the International Parliamentary Union said Thursday. "There is no room for complacency," warned Martin Chungong, head of the Geneva-based IPU, which groups 166 national…

    AFP
  • Death toll from latest Med migrant tragedy rises to 50

    Italy's coastguard rescued 127 people and recovered 10 bodies on Tuesday after a boat capsized off Sicily when the people on board rushed to one side of the vessel in a stampede to get onto the arriving coastguard boat. Di Giacomo said the latest deaths took the migrant death toll in the waters…

    AFP
  • Russia gets $15 million gas payment from Ukraine, cut off averted

    Russian gas exporter Gazprom said on Thursday it had received a $15 million prepayment from Ukrainian state energy firm Naftogaz, averting a possible cut in supply, at least for a few days. The money is enough to cover 45.6 million cubic meters of gas, or about five days of supply at current rates…

    Reuters
  • Qatar World Cup chief: '2022 will be game-changer'

    The 2022 Qatar World Cup will be "a game-changer," tournament chief Hassan Al-Thawadi declared Thursday, facing down the many skeptics voicing serious reservations about the gas-rich Gulf state hosting the showpiece. Al-Thawadi, appearing at a sports business conference in New York, was grilled on…

    AFP
  • NATO, Russia exchange barbs reminiscent of Cold War days

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — NATO and Russia exchanged heated language reminiscent of Cold War days on Thursday with accusations of sinister geopolitical plotting and human rights abuses flying across an increasingly deep divide.

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  • Ukraine mourns 33 victims of mine disaster

    Ukraine on Thursday observed a day of mourning for 33 miners killed in an apparent gas blast at a notoriously dangerous coal mine in the eastern rebel stronghold of Donetsk. The Zasyadko mine is located on the outskirts of Donetsk, not far from the frontline in the nearly year-long conflict…

    AFP
  • French host of climate talks seeks EU pledge by March 20

    EU ministers must agree by March 20 a European Union goal to cut the bloc's emissions by at least 40 percent as its official contribution to U.N. climate change talks, French Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Thursday. France will host a Paris conference at the end of the year to try to agree…

    Reuters
  • Russia denies US claim of 'thousands' of troops in Ukraine

    Russian officials on Thursday dismissed a claim by the United States that Moscow has sent "thousands" of troops to fight alongside pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. "These figures, which are plucked out of the air, of course demoralise and disorientate the international community," foreign…

    AFP
  • More than quotas needed to keep number of women MPs rising: IPU

    By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The proportion of women MPs in parliaments around the world has doubled in the past 20 years, but a "significant brake" in progress in 2014 means new ways of increasing their number must be found, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) said. …

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  • Ukraine military says one soldier killed in past 24 hours in east

    By Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - One Ukrainian soldier was killed and another wounded fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east, a military spokesman said on Thursday, as Kiev accused rebels of increasing violations of a ceasefire deal. President Petro Poroshenko, whose…

    Reuters
  • Bipartisan House group pressure Obama on Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner and a group of top Democrats and Republicans stepped up the pressure on President Barack Obama to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.

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  • Poland: Stronger Ukraine army can decrease conflict

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Strengthening Ukraine's army and supplying it with weapons could prevent an escalation of the conflict and would serve Europe's interests, a top Polish security official said Thursday.

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  • Russia launches military drills in the southwest

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's military on Thursday launched maneuvers of air defense forces in the southwest of the country, the latest in a series of frequent drills amid tensions with the West.

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