Europe News

  • Questions grow over banks as profit warnings pile up

    PARIS (AP) — Questions are growing over the financial health of banks, particularly in Europe and the U.S., as they face a toxic mix of low economic growth, bad loans and squeezed earnings.

    Associated Press32 mins ago
  • Erdogan threatens to send refugees to EU as NATO steps in

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday threatened to send the millions of refugees in Turkey to European Union (EU) member states, as NATO agreed to deploy ships to the Aegean Sea to ease the migrant crisis. In a speech in Ankara, Erdogan stepped up his denunciations of Western policy…

    AFP46 mins ago
  • EU refines UK offer, up to Cameron now to clinch deal

    By Jan Strupczewski, Alastair Macdonald and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British and EU negotiators agreed much of a reform package on Thursday to help keep Britain in the European Union, leaving Prime Minister David Cameron to settle tricky final issues, notably on migration, at a…

    Reuters53 mins ago
  • George Clooney hopes to meet Merkel to discuss refugees

    BERLIN (AP) — Actor George Clooney says he plans to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the situation in Syria, which has contributed to the surge in refugees coming to Europe over the past year.

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  • Central Europeans need to do more to help refugees, U.N. agency says

    The United Nations agency for refugees called on central European countries to overcome public opposition and give more help to refugees from war-torn regions. The UNHCR made its plea on Thursday, before a summit of the Visegrad group - Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia -opens in Prague…

    Reuters
  • Pentagon chief predicting 'tangible gains' in Iraq, Syria

    BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce "tangible gains" in Iraq and Syria by March, even as coalition partners pledged to expand and deepen their military contributions.

    Associated Press
  • Obama administration opening 2-front campaign on Syria

    MUNICH (AP) — The Obama administration opened a two-front campaign on Syria on Thursday with a push to end one war there and step up another.

    Associated Press
  • Turkey tries father, smugglers over Syrian toddler's death

    The father of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler whose drowning shocked the world last year, went on trial on Thursday along with two alleged people smugglers accused of causing the death of migrants. Aylan's mother Rihana and brother Ghaleb, four, also died in the same accident. The trial of Syrian…

    AFP
  • Russia proposes Syria ceasefire ahead of international talks

    Russia said it had made a "quite specific" proposal for a ceasefire in Syria as foreign ministers gathered in Munich Thursday in a bid to kickstart peace talks derailed by the regime onslaught on the city of Aleppo. The UN said 51,000 Syrians have fled Aleppo this month as government forces backed…

    AFP
  • NATO launches sea mission against migrant traffickers

    By Robin Emmott and Phil Stewart BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO ships are on their way to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling refugees into Europe, the alliance's top commander said on Thursday. Hours after NATO defense ministers agreed to use their…

    Reuters
  • Poverty scholar among 9 winners of Israeli foundation prize

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Leading poverty scholar Anthony Atkinson is among the winners of this year's Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments.

    Associated Press
  • FIFA candidates head to Miami to meet CONCACAF in crisis

    The five FIFA presidential candidates meet in Miami on Friday with the election's most inscrutable voters who are deep in their own leadership race amid a financial crisis.

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  • NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

    BRUSSELS (AP) — In a dramatic response to Europe's gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece.

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  • 2 alleged human smugglers on trial over Aylan Kurdi's death

    BODRUM, Turkey (AP) — Two suspected people-smugglers went on trial in Turkey on Thursday accused of causing the death of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi — whose drowning put a human face on the Syrian refugee crisis — and four other people.

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  • AP Interview: IOC medical chief seeks to allay Zika fears

    LONDON (AP) — Seeking to allay fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director said "everything that can be done is being done" to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Springboks flanker Coetzee to join Ulster after Super Rugby

    DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa flanker Marcell Coetzee will join Irish club Ulster after the Super Rugby season.

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  • Spain dismantles falcon trafficking ring destined for UAE races

    Spanish police said Thursday they had dismantled an international ring that smuggled falcons to the United Arab Emirates, where bird-of-prey racing is an elite sport. "Over the past few years, more than 500 specimens of these birds may have been exported at a value of over one million euros ($1.1…

    AFP