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  • Greek leftists won't run deficits, policymaker says

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A leftist Greek government won't run deficits, but will pursue fiscal consolidation, the main opposition party's chief economy policymaker said Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Snow, ice sweep Europe, stranding drivers

    LONDON (AP) — Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe on Saturday, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain.

    Associated Press
  • Swedish centre-left do eight-year deal with opposition to avert snap election

    By Daniel Dickson and Johan Sennero STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's three-month-old minority centre-left government announced a deal with the opposition on Saturday to sideline the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament, and avert a fresh election. Sweden's…

    Reuters
  • Poroshenko hails Ukraine 'warriors' freed by rebels

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday welcomed home as heroes 145 soldiers freed by pro-Russian rebels during the largest prisoner swap of the eight-month separatist war. The Western-backed leader, beaming and wearing a black bomber jacket, walked up to the back cargo bay of a military…

    AFP
  • US 'disturbed' at Azerbaijan raiding Radio Liberty

    Azerbaijan has raided and closed the local offices of a US-funded radio station in a move that has left Washington "deeply disturbed" and raised concerns about the treatment of non-state media in the tightly-controlled Caucasus nation. The offices of Radio Azadliq in the capital Baku were sealed…

    AFP
  • Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels swap hundreds of prisoners

    By Pavel Polityuk and Alessandra Prentice KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian authorities and separatists exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a spokesman for President Petro Poroshenko said, part of a 12-point plan aimed at ending the pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country. The…

    Reuters
  • U.S.-funded radio station says Azerbaijan office raided

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Azerbaijani authorities raided and closed the bureau of the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) on Friday in an apparent attempt to silence one of the country's last independent media outlets, the station said. A senior official of the U.S. State Department…

    Reuters
  • Kiev and rebels swap hundreds of captives in peace push

    Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels were on Saturday set to complete a swap of hundreds of prisoners as part of a new push for peace that came despite Kiev's decision to cut off key transport links to breakaway Crimea. The exchange began Friday on a dark and isolated stretch of a road north of the…

    AFP
  • Migrant baby named after Italian medics who delivered him

    A baby born at sea on Christmas Day after his Nigerian mother was plucked from a floundering migrant boat by the Italian navy has been baptised Testimony Salvatore in honour of the medics who delivered him. Described as a trafficking "superboss" and named as Ahmed Mohamed Farrag Hanafi, the…

    AFP
  • Trade and tension at Europe's troubled African borders

    Hassan Ibrahim, both physically and mentally disabled, staggers on his weakened legs as he pushes two huge packs of contraband goods loaded on a wheelchair. He is one of thousands of Moroccans toiling for a living in the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla -- two tiny specks of Europe at the…

    AFP
  • In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.

    Associated Press
  • Azerbaijan police raid US-funded radio station

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A U.S. federal agency on Friday strongly condemned the raid and closure of the offices of a U.S.-funded radio station in Azerbaijan's capital by prosecutors and police as part of crackdown on independent media in the ex-Soviet Caspian Sea nation.

    Associated Press
  • Pregnant woman taken off life support in Ireland

    DUBLIN (AP) — A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die — a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland's strict ban on abortion in an age of medical innovation.

    Associated Press
  • Former Belgian premier Leo Tindemans dies at 92

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Former Belgian Prime Minister Leo Tindemans, whose record support in European elections earned him the nickname "Mr. Europe", died on Friday at the age of 92. Tindemans was a Christian Democrat politician who led two Belgian governments in the 1970s. He resigned in 1978 after…

    Reuters
  • At least 1,300 migrants saved off Italy at Christmas

    The Italian Navy rescued some 1,300 migrants in several operations late on Christmas Day, among them a Nigerian woman who gave birth on board one of the rescue vessels, local media said Friday. The majority of the migrants were on boats adrift off the coast of Sicily and were expected to be…

    AFP
  • Turkey PM adviser tells AFP 'we aim to be in Europe 1st division'

    Turkey's leaders are committed to EU membership and still aim to play in the "first division" of Europe despite a bitter row over a crackdown on the opposition, a top adviser to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. Turkey's aspirations to join the EU received a serious setback when the latest…

    AFP
  • Mourinho tells Chelsea: 'Put on Christmas show'

    London (AFP) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants his players to show the world why they are currently on top of the Premier League table when they host West Ham United on Friday.

    AFP