Europe News

  • Ebola expert calls for European anti-virus 'corps'

    London (AFP) - Europe will be "vulnerable" if it does not regard viruses as a "national security issue" like the United States, the microbiologist who discovered Ebola said in an interview published Friday.

    AFP
  • Ukraine truce hangs in balance after 'difficult' talks

    The latest push for peace in Ukraine appeared moribund on Thursday after initial talks failed to agree when the warring sides should meet again to try to end an eight-month pro-Russian revolt. Negotiations mediated by European and Russian envoys in the Belarussian capital Minsk broke up after more…

    AFP
  • US company to open tuna cannery in American Samoa

    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A Washington state company is making a $70 million investment in a tuna cannery in the U.S. territory of American Samoa.

    Associated Press
  • Thai leader cites China as positive example in year-end message

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha cited China as a good example of economic development in a year-end speech to government officials seven months after he seized power in a military coup. Prayuth, a former army chief who led the coup, said Thais should…

    Reuters
  • International 'tragedy' on Europe's brutal African borders

    Just across the sea from the sunny tourist beaches of southern Spain where many Europeans spend their Christmas holidays, a violent crisis is intensifying on Europe's borders with Africa. Every week, hundreds of Africans try to scramble over the high fences that encircle Ceuta and Melilla, two…

    AFP
  • Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

    DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships.

    Associated Press
  • Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels resume peace talks

    Ukranian and rebel envoys resumed intense talks on Wednesday aimed at ending a pro-Russian uprising that has left the ex-Soviet republic in ruins and upset East-West ties. A successful round of preliminary negotiations in the Belarussian capital Minsk would pave the way for a second meeting on…

    AFP
  • Irish court mulls rights of dead woman vs. fetus

    DUBLIN (AP) — A lawyer representing a 17-week-old fetus living inside the clinically dead body of its mother told a Dublin court Wednesday that the unborn child's right to life trumps the woman's right to a dignified death.

    Associated Press
  • Resistance to German anti-immigrant movement mounts

    Business leaders, the political class and average Germans are pushing back against a growing anti-immigrant movement, saying it threatens the values and image the country fought hard to establish since the war. At counter-demonstrations and on social media, opponents have mobilised against the…

    AFP
  • Russia: NATO pushed Kiev to drop nonaligned status

    MOSCOW (AP) — NATO members pushed Ukraine toward dropping its nonaligned status, Russia claimed Wednesday, and also criticized the alliance for expanding its military presence near Russian borders.

    Associated Press
  • No rest in England as hectic festive period looms

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — While Europe's other big leagues take a breather over the festive period, clubs in the English Premier League begin a traditionally frenzied spell of fixtures that excites fans, exhausts players, tests managers, and potentially defines campaigns.

    Associated Press
  • Russia says NATO turning Ukraine into 'frontline of confrontation'

    By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a "frontline of confrontation" and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military alliance if Ukraine's hopes of joining it were realized. The Kiev parliament's renunciation of Ukraine's neutral…

    Reuters
  • London's FTSE flat in opening Christmas Eve trade

    London (AFP) - London equities dipped slightly at the start of Christmas Eve trading on Wednesday, after a global rally that was sparked by stellar economic growth figures from the United States.

    AFP
  • Hungary PM Orban: U.S. uses corruption charges to gain influence

    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The United States is using corruption allegations against some Hungarian public officials as a "cover story" to boost its influence in central Europe amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Tuesday. Orban's comments come amid a wider souring of…

    Reuters
  • Greek parliament fails for second time to elect a president

    Greece moved closer on Tuesday to early elections that could undermine its international bailout and rekindle a eurozone crisis after lawmakers failed for a second time to elect a president. The government candidate, EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, fell 32 votes short of the required…

    AFP
  • Ukraine abandons nonaligned status

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament dropped the nation's nonaligned status Tuesday, possibly paving the way for a bid to join NATO in defiance of the Kremlin's wishes. Russia, meanwhile, finalized a new economic alliance with other former Soviet nations it had vainly hoped Ukraine would join.

    Associated Press
  • How other economies are struggling as US shines

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While the U.S. economy grew from July through September at the fastest pace in more than a decade, most other major economies have been struggling.

    Associated Press