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  • El Dorado or pipe dream? Calais migrants hope for new life in UK

    Thousands of migrants are trying to cross the Channel from France in search of a better life in Britain -- but what makes them risk their lives travelling from one wealthy European country to another? Britain's strength as the fastest-growing major economy in Europe, with 5.6 percent unemployment…

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  • Elderly Russian woman suspected of murdering, dismembering duo

    Russian authorities on Wednesday detained an elderly woman on suspicion of poisoning a friend and chopping up the body, while police said she was being investigated over a second gruesome murder. A court in the city of Saint Petersburg ordered Tamara Samsonova, a 68-year-old former hotel worker,…

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  • France deploys riot police to bolster Calais security

    CALAIS, France (AP) — The young Afghan has tried every single day for three months to get into the railway tunnel in Calais leading to England and what he hopes will be a better life. For him, like the dozens who appeared as darkness fell, Wednesday would be the same even if their numbers were…

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  • Rose defends National crown on different course

    After being a last-day British Open contender and the lowest-scoring runner-up in Masters history, Justin Rose is working toward another major title opportunity in two weeks at the PGA Championship. The Englishman tees off Thursday on his 35th birthday as defending champion at the US PGA Quicken…

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  • France seeks to warm up Iran ties with Rouhani invite

    France sought to revive its relations with Iran on Wednesday, inviting President Hassan Rouhani to visit Paris in November, in a gesture that swiftly follows this month's historic nuclear deal. The offer came in a letter delivered by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who was in Tehran on a…

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  • Michel Platini confirms he will run for FIFA president

    GENEVA (AP) — Michel Platini has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body "the dignity and the position it deserves."

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  • Volkswagen Q2 earns slip on restructuring, troubled markets

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen saw profits slip in the second quarter despite taking the global lead in sales over Toyota and GM.

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  • Iran, France talk of 'new era' in ties after nuclear deal

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — France sought Wednesday to relaunch diplomatic ties with Iran in the hope of boosting business in the country, following a key nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers reached earlier this month.

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  • Anger grows over two-speed Poland, fueling political shift

    PIONKI, Poland (AP) — Everybody in Poland seems to be against them now: temporary contracts that offer few benefits to their workers, popularly known as "junk contracts."

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  • Romania seizes heroin shipment headed to Western Europe

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities have seized 333 kilograms (733 pounds) of heroin that was headed to Western Europe.

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  • Germany's HeidelbergCement to buy Italcementi

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's HeidelbergCement AG says it plans to buy Italy's Italcementi, starting with the 1.67 billion euro ($1.85 billion) acquisition of a 45 percent stake.

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  • China auto sales slump hits industry fortunes

    BEIJING (AP) — General Motors Co.'s $5 billion initiative to create cars for China and other emerging markets comes just as automakers face a collapse in the booming Chinese demand they were counting on to power their growth.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Italy's cowboys show off their skill

    PIANE VOMANO, Italy (AP) — Italy may be better-known for its soccer skills, but on ranches across the country, cowboys are honing their skills of horsemanship and cattle management, and dreaming of taking on the Americans at their own game.

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  • Nissan's quarterly profit up on cheap yen, US sales growth

    TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's April-June profit jumped 36 percent as the Japanese automaker benefited from a cheap yen and better sales in the U.S. and Europe.

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  • LG Electronics reports 45 percent plunge in 2Q earnings

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics said Wednesday its second quarter earnings sank 45 percent over a year earlier as losses widened in its TV business and mobile phones earned little income.

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  • EU's Moscovici optimistic on third Greek bailout talks

    PARIS (Reuters) - European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Wednesday that talks on a third bailout plan for Greece were taking place in "good conditions" and that the risk of an exit of Greece from the euro zone was gone. "Grexit is behind us," Moscovici told…

    Reuters
  • Chelsea, Barca sore but ready to defend crowns

    Reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea and reigning European kings Barcelona exited their friendly showdown injured but intensely motivated as they return to Europe to defend their crowns. Chelsea captured the International Champions Cup victory 4-2 on penalty kicks after the teams were…

    AFP