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  • Messi hat trick shatters goalscoring record

    Lionel Messi netted a hat trick to shatter the Champions League goalscoring record as Barcelona won 4-0 at APOEL on Tuesday, while Sergio Aguero also bagged three goals as Manchester City snatched a 3-2 victory over 10-man Bayern Munich.

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  • HSBC to pay $12.5 million to settle SEC charge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — HSBC will pay $12.5 million to settle regulators' charges that its private-banking business based in Switzerland violated U.S. securities laws.

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  • Messi sets European record with 74 goals

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to shatter the Champions League goalscoring record by taking his tally in the competition to 74 in a 4-0 win over APOEL on Tuesday. The previous record of 71 had been set by former Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raul over the…

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  • In first, Ontario may regulate bee-killing pesticides

    Canada's Ontario province announced Tuesday plans to restrict the use of controversial pesticides believed to be responsible for mass deaths of bees, in order to safeguard crops. The restrictions are opposed by the chemical industry which says neonicotinoid pesticides are vital for protecting corn…

  • Top cycling teams unite under 1 umbrella

    Eleven of the world's leading cycling teams have united to form Velon, a business venture that they hope will rejuvenate the sport in the wake of doping scandals, haphazard management and questions about its overall integrity.

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  • Pope to Europe: Accept immigrants, create jobs

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Pope Francis sought Thursday to inspire an old and "haggard" Europe to find its vigor and greatness once again, urging European governments to welcome migrants, care for the elderly and create jobs for the unemployed.

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  • Hundreds of migrants on crippled ship off Crete

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Ships from Greece rushed to help after a crippled freighter crammed with hundreds of migrants floundered for hours Tuesday in gale-force winds and high waves in the Mediterranean Sea, officials said.

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  • Shale gas company extends exploration in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Oil and gas firm San Leon Energy is extending its licenses to explore for shale gas in northern Poland, a company official said Tuesday.

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  • Italy's Ebola patient gets experimental treatment

    ROME (AP) — An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has arrived back in Italy and is being treated with the same experimental drugs used in the U.S. and other European countries to treat people infected with the virus.

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  • Global watchdog calls for more EU spending

    PARIS (AP) — Europe must relax its fiscal rules and let governments spend more money or risk dragging down the global economy, a major international organization said Tuesday.

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  • Egypt in talks to import Cypriot natural gas

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Egypt is speeding up talks with neighboring Cyprus to import natural gas for its domestic use and for possible re-export to other countries, the Egyptian petroleum minister said Tuesday.

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    LONDON (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition was still bombing Islamic State positions in Kobani last week, blunting the extremists' drive to capture the town in northern Syria.

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  • Leverkusen can advance by beating Monaco

    LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Dimitar Berbatov will be heading back to one of his former homes on Wednesday when Monaco visits Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

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  • Greece acts to rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece has sent a frigate to rescue a container ship believed to carrying hundreds of undocumented migrants and in distress off its southern island of Crete, the Greek coastguard said on Tuesday. The Kiribati-flagged vessel, with about 700 people aboard, was sailing 30 nautical…

  • Air pollution costs EU up to $235 billion: EU agency

    By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Air pollution, chiefly from coal-fired power plants, cost society up to 189 billion euros ($235 billion) in 2012 - equal to the gross domestic product of Finland, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said in a report published on Tuesday. The agency provides…

  • 56 countries seek carbon capture incentives in next climate deal

    GENEVA (Reuters) - Fiscal incentives for carbon capture should be part of the global climate change agreement that replaces the Kyoto Protocol, 56 countries belonging to the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said in a statement on Tuesday. The recommendation by the UNECE member states…

  • B&Q owner Kingfisher says earnings hit by tough French trade

    London (AFP) - Europe's biggest home-improvements retailer Kingfisher said Tuesday that third-quarter sales and profits sank, hit by tough trade in France and adverse foreign exchange moves.