Europe News

  • LPGA Tour's first major of year has another new name

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — When Judy Rankin won at Mission Hills in 1976, the tournament now called the ANA Inspiration was the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle.

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  • Ebola vaccine tests show it could 'neutralise' virus: Geneva hospital

    An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on humans in Europe and Africa sparks the production of the antibodies needed to neutralise the deadly virus, a Geneva hospital said Wednesday. There is no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, and the World Health Organization last year endorsed rushing…

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  • Russia pulls plug on Crimean Tatar TV sparking Ukraine outrage

    Russian authorities on Wednesday shut down a television channel serving Crimean Tatars, an ethnic group that opposed Moscow's seizure of Crimea, sparking concern in Ukraine and the West. ATR television channel was forced off air after Russia's state media regulator refused to give it a…

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  • North out of club's biggest game of season after head injury

    NORTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Wales winger George North will miss his club's biggest game of the season as he recovers from a third concussion in four months, amid warnings from experts that he should not play again until the Rugby World Cup.

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  • Upbeat European data prompts stock market turnaround

    LONDON (AP) — European shares rebounded from early losses on Wednesday as a monthly survey showed factory output at a 10-month high in March. U.S. markets were poised for modest losses at the open after slightly weaker than anticipated U.S. jobs data.

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  • European manufacturers getting more positive amid lower euro

    LONDON (AP) — Enjoying the bonus offered by the much lower euro, manufacturers across much of the 19-country eurozone are hiring again. Greece's manufacturers though don't appear to be enjoying the fruits offered by a lower currency amid worries over the country's economic future.

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  • Syria slashes imports to save dwindling foreign reserves

    Syria's government, presiding over an economy ravaged by war and facing dwindling foreign currency reserves, is taking new measures to slash imports and prop up exports. Importers require government licences that allow them to request a favourable exchange rate at the Syrian central bank. "A…

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  • Taiwan to join China-led regional bank, Japan says not now

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up to an initiative opposed by Washington.

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  • Nationwide power cut paralyses Turkey

    A massive power cut caused chaos and shut down public transport across Turkey on Tuesday, with the government refusing to rule out that the electricity system had been the victim of an attack. The nationwide power cut, the worst in 15 years, began shortly after 10:30 am (0730 GMT) in Istanbul, the…

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  • Hollande assures Berlin France will stick to reforms

    French President Francois Hollande insisted on a visit to Berlin Tuesday that France would stick to its reform course despite his Socialist party's setback in local elections. Hollande told a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that support for investment as well as social…

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  • Kiev 'failed' to probe protest violence: Council of Europe

    The Council of Europe on Tuesday blasted Kiev for failing to properly investigate deadly violence against demonstrators in last year's Maidan protests that ended with pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych's downfall. The council reviewed records detailing violence in Kiev's Independence Square,…

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  • Jordan Spieth speaks out on texting and driving

    Nine months after Jordan Spieth signed an endorsement deal with AT&T, the 21-year-old Texan is starring in his first TV commercial with the Dallas-based company.

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  • Iran talks: six days of living in a gilded cage

    As prisons go, the famed Beau-Rivage hotel nestled on the Swiss side of Lake Geneva with breath-taking views over the snow-capped French Alps must count as one of the world's most luxurious. "Don't you guys have a life?" top US diplomat John Kerry joked with journalists who mobbed him as he left a…

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  • French senate rejects law punishing prostitutes' clients

    France's upper house of parliament rejected a draft law Tuesday penalising clients of prostitution, as the country wrestles with how to legislate the world's oldest profession. In December 2013, the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, approved legislation making clients of…

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  • Greece disagrees with sanctions against Russia, Tsipras says

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new government disagrees with sanctions against Russia, and wants to boost trade ties with the country, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said before a visit to Moscow next week.

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  • Heavy winds sweep Europe, knock people to their knees

    BERLIN (AP) — Heavy winds swept across Britain, Germany and the Netherlands on Tuesday, killing one man, knocking other pedestrians to their knees and forcing numerous flight and train delays and cancelations.

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  • German jobless rate slips to 6.8 percent in March

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's unemployment rate edged down to 6.8 percent in March as a traditional springtime uptick in hiring bolstered an already robust labor market in Europe's biggest economy.

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