Europe News

  • Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she alleged was trying to rape her, drawing swift international condemnation for a prosecution several countries described as flawed.

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  • Ukraine pauses before decisive vote

    MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine braced for decisive parliamentary elections Saturday against the backdrop of unrest in eastern regions roiled by conflict between government troops and pro-Russian separatist forces.

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  • Europe's bank test aims to strengthen economy

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank on Sunday will reveal the results of a yearlong search through the books of Europe's 130 biggest banks, a key part of the region's effort to recover from its debt and economic crisis.

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  • Beale not wanted for Wallabies tour squad

    SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Rugby Union says recently-disciplined backline star Kurtley Beale will not join the Wallabies for their November tour to Europe.

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  • WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015

    Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to west Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said Friday, after new cases of the virus were reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali. Two American nurses were declared cured of Ebola…

  • US stock market has best week in nearly 2 years

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies.

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  • Putin accuses US of undermining global stability

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin of Russia said Friday that the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place because of U.S. attempts to enforce its will on other countries and that his nation will not comply.

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  • Angry Cameron vows not to pay new British EU bill

    David Cameron furiously rejected a demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges at a summit Friday, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU. The prime minister hijacked a meeting that was meant to be focused on Europe's stalling economy, saying the…

  • European clubs campaign against Qatar winter World Cup

    Top European football clubs and championships are stepping up a campaign to block efforts to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter months. FIFA wants to move away from the traditional summer tournament to avoid the searing temperatures in the Gulf state. The Association of European…

  • Putin urges West to help Ukraine with funds for Russian gas

    By Alexei Anishchuk LAURA Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a plea to the European Union and United States on Friday, asking them to help cash-strapped Ukraine raise funds to pay for Russian gas purchases and warning about escalation of the gas crisis. He also said he hoped…

  • France announces big air raid against Islamic State in Iraq

    The international coalition currently battling the Islamic State group in Iraq dropped around 70 bombs on an arsenal and jihadist training centre in a large-scale overnight raid, the French military said Friday. The operation is a success," France's Chief of the Defence Staff Pierre de Villiers…

  • Sanctions taint Norway love affair with Russian liberators

    In the far north of Norway, sanctions imposed on Russia have left a bitter after-taste as the region celebrates the anniversary of its liberation from Nazi rule by the Soviet army. Seventy years ago, Soviet soldiers pushed into northern Norway, liberating a vast region that had been devastated by…

  • Russia's Putin says Europe unlikely stop buying Russian gas

    LAURA Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he did not expect European countries to stop buying natural gas from Russia as there is no real alternative. "Can you imagine that this will happen at the desire of our partners in Europe? I can hardly imagine this", Putin…

  • EU climate change goal pits green business against industry

    By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A European Union goal to cut greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2030, agreed early on Friday, sets the pace for a global deal to tackle climate change, pitting heavy industry against green business. Industry bosses said they faced big challenges to adapt, while…

  • Beale fined but avoids further ban for texts

    SYDNEY (AP) — Kurtley Beale has been fined 45,000 Australian dollars ($40,000) for sending an offensive photograph to a female Australian Rugby Union employee but has avoided tougher sanctions that could have included termination of his contract.

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  • Poland appeals Europe court ruling on CIA prison

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government says it is appealing a judgment by Europe's top human rights court, which ruled in July that Warsaw violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to imprison them at a so-called black site in Poland from 2002-2003.

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  • Restore EU borders, France's Le Pen says amid Calais tensions

    By Johnny Cotton CALAIS France (Reuters) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, seizing on tensions over illegal immigrants in the northern port town of Calais, called on Friday for urgent reintroduction of internal border controls that were banished across much of Europe. Le Pen, whose…