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  • Asia stocks gain after ECB upgrades growth ahead of US jobs

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were higher on Friday as investor sentiment was boosted by the European Central Bank's growth forecast upgrade and expectations for a solid increase in U.S. employment.

    Associated Press
  • Mandarin Oriental says hotels in US, Europe hacked

    NEW YORK (AP) — High-end hotel chain Mandarin Oriental said Thursday that the credit card systems at some of its hotels in the U.S. and Europe were hacked.

    Associated Press
  • Number of women lawmakers doubles in 20 years, but stagnating

    The share of women in the world's parliaments has almost doubled in the last two decades but progress seems to be stagnating, the International Parliamentary Union said Thursday. "There is no room for complacency," warned Martin Chungong, head of the Geneva-based IPU, which groups 166 national…

    AFP
  • Russia gets $15 million gas payment from Ukraine, cut off averted

    Russian gas exporter Gazprom said on Thursday it had received a $15 million prepayment from Ukrainian state energy firm Naftogaz, averting a possible cut in supply, at least for a few days. The money is enough to cover 45.6 million cubic meters of gas, or about five days of supply at current rates…

    Reuters
  • Qatar World Cup chief: '2022 will be game-changer'

    The 2022 Qatar World Cup will be "a game-changer," tournament chief Hassan Al-Thawadi declared Thursday, facing down the many skeptics voicing serious reservations about the gas-rich Gulf state hosting the showpiece. Al-Thawadi, appearing at a sports business conference in New York, was grilled on…

    AFP
  • NATO, Russia exchange barbs reminiscent of Cold War days

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — NATO and Russia exchanged heated language reminiscent of Cold War days on Thursday with accusations of sinister geopolitical plotting and human rights abuses flying across an increasingly deep divide.

    Associated Press
  • Ford, Phelan share Africa Open lead

    Englishman Matt Ford and Irishman Kevin Phelan shared the Africa Open first-round lead on 67 Thursday after taming blustery East London Golf Club conditions. Phelan, joint second in the Joburg Open last weekend, collected six birdies over the 6,108-metre (6,679-yard) layout with his sole blemish a…

    AFP
  • French host of climate talks seeks EU pledge by March 20

    EU ministers must agree by March 20 a European Union goal to cut the bloc's emissions by at least 40 percent as its official contribution to U.N. climate change talks, French Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Thursday. France will host a Paris conference at the end of the year to try to agree…

    Reuters
  • Russia denies US claim of 'thousands' of troops in Ukraine

    Russian officials on Thursday dismissed a claim by the United States that Moscow has sent "thousands" of troops to fight alongside pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. "These figures, which are plucked out of the air, of course demoralise and disorientate the international community," foreign…

    AFP
  • More than quotas needed to keep number of women MPs rising: IPU

    By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The proportion of women MPs in parliaments around the world has doubled in the past 20 years, but a "significant brake" in progress in 2014 means new ways of increasing their number must be found, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) said. …

    Reuters
  • Ukraine military says one soldier killed in past 24 hours in east

    By Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - One Ukrainian soldier was killed and another wounded fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east, a military spokesman said on Thursday, as Kiev accused rebels of increasing violations of a ceasefire deal. President Petro Poroshenko, whose…

    Reuters
  • Bipartisan House group pressure Obama on Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner and a group of top Democrats and Republicans stepped up the pressure on President Barack Obama to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.

    Associated Press
  • Poland: Stronger Ukraine army can decrease conflict

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Strengthening Ukraine's army and supplying it with weapons could prevent an escalation of the conflict and would serve Europe's interests, a top Polish security official said Thursday.

    Associated Press
  • Russia launches military drills in the southwest

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's military on Thursday launched maneuvers of air defense forces in the southwest of the country, the latest in a series of frequent drills amid tensions with the West.

    Associated Press
  • Europe swamped with crush of migrants arriving by land, sea

    MADRID (AP) — The European Union is immersed in a full-fledged migration crisis.

    Associated Press
  • Lavillenie eyes world record at European indoor championship

    PRAGUE (AP) — A year after Renaud Lavillenie set an indoor world record in the men's pole vault, he's ready to go even higher.

    Associated Press
  • Italian prime minister in Moscow to discuss Russia-EU ties

    MOSCOW (AP) — Italy's prime minister visited Moscow on Thursday in a bid to repair ties that have been hurt by Russia-West tensions over Ukraine.

    Associated Press