Europe News

  • Ryanair beats forecasts again as annual profits rise 66 pct

    DUBLIN (AP) — Europe's leading budget airline, Ryanair, has beaten forecasts again, reporting full-year net profits of 867 million euros ($949 million), 66 percent higher than the year before.

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  • Modi vows cleaner India, but no clear path to get there

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street.

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  • For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart

    BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They…

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  • Erdogan's ambition heralds turbulence after Turks vote

    By Nick Tattersall and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's general election looks likely to push Tayyip Erdogan's dream of an all-powerful presidency further from his reach, and usher in a period of turbulence as its most divisive modern leader jockeys to maintain his dominance. Barred by…

    Reuters
  • A Sicilian and her cell phone saving Syrians at sea

    Nawal Soufi is never without her mobile phone and thousands of Syrian refugees have reason to be grateful for that. Caught unawares, she called the Italian coastguard, who quickly explained how she, a fluent Arabic speaker thanks to her Moroccan heritage, could tell the terrified migrants how to…

    AFP
  • Serbian PM to make historic visit to Albania

    Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will on Wednesday become the first Serbian government head to visit Albania, aiming to improve the fragile relations between the two Balkan nations. Relations between Serbians and Albanians are strained over the question of Kosovo, a territory with an ethnic…

    AFP
  • Brides for sale: European women lured for sham marriages

    LONDON (AP) — Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met.

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  • Southeast Asia maritime build-up accelerates, raising risks in disputed seas

    By Siva Govindasamy SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations are prioritizing spending on their navies and coastguards amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, but as their capabilities grow, so does the risk that any confrontation in the contested waterway will be harder to contain. …

    Reuters
  • Polish opposition cheers presidential vote win, stock market more wary

    By Pawel Sobczak and Jakub Iglewski WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's main opposition party celebrated its first national election win in a decade on Monday, after its candidate for the presidency unexpectedly defeated incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski. The Warsaw stock market fell, as Andrzej Duda's Law…

    Reuters
  • Conservative challenger Duda wins Polish presidential vote

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda has won Poland's presidential election and ousted the incumbent in a runoff vote, according to official results Monday.

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  • Strongman looms large as Suriname votes

    Suriname voted in general elections Monday with its convicted drug trafficker president, Desi Bouterse, seeking to tighten his controversial grip on power. Bouterse, who has ruled the small South American country on and off since 1980, is looking to end his alliance with one-time nemesis Ronnie…

    AFP
  • NATO and Nordics hold sub-Arctic wargames

    Nordic air force exercises simulating a UN peacekeeping mission got underway in Sweden's sub-Arctic north on Monday, the Swedish armed forces said. The war games -- involving 115 fighter planes and 3,600 troops from nine countries -- are being held under the auspices of Nordic military cooperation…

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  • The Week in European Sports Photos

    LONDON (AP) — As Europe's football seasons come to an end, there is a common theme of triumph and farewell. Italian veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was pictured holding up the Italian Cup, departing Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez was thrown into the air by teammates and Liverpool's Steven…

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  • FIFA defers decision on continental rotation for WCup bids

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has deferred a decision on potentially limiting which continents can bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

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  • German MP linked to Ukraine denied entry to Russia

    A German deputy with strong links to Ukraine was denied access to Russian territory over the weekend, a decision slammed as "unacceptable" by Berlin on Monday. The German foreign ministry said the government had made an official protest through the Russian embassy in Berlin. "From the German…

    AFP
  • Study: Europeans to suffer more ragweed with global warming

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says.

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  • Five African migrants drown in Egypt boat raid

    Five African migrants drowned on Monday after jumping into the Mediterranean as Egyptian coastguards raided a boat heading towards Italy, security officials said. Deadly shipwrecks in recent months in the Mediterranean have failed to deter many migrants, including Syrian refugees, from risking the…

    AFP
  • NATO fighter jets join Nordics in Arctic military exercise

    HELSINKI (AP) — Nordic officials say that NATO planes are joining their air forces in one of Europe's largest fighter jet exercises, as military tensions increase in the Nordic and Baltic region.

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