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  • Political novice bids to lead Slovenia recovery

    If his party wins the election, Miro Cerar will form Slovenia's fourth government since the 2008 onset of a crisis that has torn up the country's reputation as the best-performing new European Union members. The former communist state narrowly avoided having to seek an international bailout for…

  • Comatose boy, Roma evictions up pressure on France

    GRIGNY, France (AP) — It looked like any shantytown the world over — tarps to keep out the weather, scattered bits of trash that no truck would ever collect, plastic buckets to lug water. Then one of the inhabitants of this Roma camp on the northwest edge of Paris, a teenage boy named Darius, was…

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  • Ukraine leader to attend World Cup final, as will Putin

    Brasília (AFP) - Ukraine's leader has accepted an invitation to attend Sunday's World Cup final, with Russian President Vladimir Putin also among the spectators, amid a crisis between their countries, Brazilian officials said. "The president of Ukraine (Petro Poroshenko) confirmed Friday that he…

  • Italian rescuers search for two missing on Mont Blanc

    Rescuers continued their search on Saturday for two climbers -- a 15-year-old French boy and his 52-year-old Italian guide -- missing on Mont Blanc since Wednesday. A helicopter dropped off a group of rescuers and guides to search the area on foot after previous searches from the air proved…

  • 4 civilians killed in artillery fire in Ukraine

    MARYINKA, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least four people in an overnight attack on a residential area in eastern Ukraine, spurring more people to flee the besieged city of Donetsk and its suburbs on Saturday to take their chances elsewhere.

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  • EU names rebel leaders in Ukraine hit with sanctions

    By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union targeted Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksandr Borodai and 10 other rebels with travel bans and asset freezes on Saturday, avoiding fresh sanctions on Russian business to avoid antagonizing its main energy supplier. EU governments widened…

  • Israel strikes Gaza mosque as death toll tops 120

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes targeting Hamas in Gaza hit a mosque and a center for the disabled where two women were killed Saturday, raising the Palestinian death toll from the offensive to more than 120, Palestinian officials said.

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  • EU names latest Ukraine sanctions targets

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said on Saturday that it has extended sanctions to cover 11 leaders of the pro-Moscow rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

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  • Rebels kill 23 Ukraine troops, shredding truce hopes

    Ukraine has vowed to make pro-Russian rebels pay after losing 23 servicemen in clashes across the separatist east, while Russia proposed a UN resolution demanding a ceasefire to Europe's deadliest conflict in decades. The Ukrainian defence ministry said Friday the death toll included 19 troops…

  • Srebrenica victims remembered 19 years on

    Srebrenica (Bosnia-Hercegovina) (AFP) - Thousands of people gathered on Friday in Srebrenica to mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim males by ethnic Serb forces, Europe's worst atrocity since World War II. A total of 175 newly-identified massacre victims were laid to rest…

  • As deaths rise, no end seen to Israeli offensive

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Asserting it has broad international support for a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, Israel is showing no signs of ending the operation, vowing to press on until there is a halt to rocket attacks from the seaside territory.

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  • Russia urges UN to demand cease-fire in Ukraine

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia is pushing the U.N. Security Council to demand a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have launched an offensive against pro-Russian separatists, Moscow's ambassador to the world body said Friday.

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  • Thousands protest Gaza strikes in London, Paris

    LONDON (AP) — Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators turned out on the streets of London and Paris on Friday to call for an end to Israeli military strikes on Gaza.

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  • U.N. asks Europe to take Syrian refugees as region saturated

    By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Europe must open its doors to more Syrian refugees, having welcomed only a "miniscule" number while Syria's neighbors have reached "saturation point", the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday. Syrian refugees, whose numbers are set to pass 3 million in the next…

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  • UN tells Europe it must do more to help Syria refugees

    Europe has taken in only a "minuscule" number of refugees from Syria and must do more to help the war-torn country's neighbours shoulder the burden, the UN's refugee agency said Friday. "We're calling on European countries to strengthen their response to the Syrian crisis," said Melissa Fleming,…

  • Spanish citizenship offer appeals to US Jews

    MIAMI (AP) — Elias Barrocas grew up thinking of Spain as a beloved ancestral home, but one that painfully rejected his Jewish family five centuries ago.

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  • Back in final, Germany bolstered by national pride

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany has come a long way since the national team last appeared in a World Cup final 12 years ago — and so has the team's image at home.

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  • Markets steady after Portuguese bank scare

    LONDON (AP) — Global stocks steadied somewhat Friday after slumping on worries about the soundness of a bank in Portugal, while trading in Asia was muted over the specter of more financial turmoil in Europe.

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  • Portuguese bank says it's healthy, markets recover

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Senior Portuguese officials gave assurances Friday about the soundness of Portugal's biggest bank, seeking to defuse tension after world markets went into a spin over fears that Banco Espirito Santo's troubles could reignite Europe's financial difficulties.

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  • Economists lower forecasts for US growth

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.

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