Europe News

  • Oil plunge is threat and boon to global economies

    A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses.

    Associated Press
  • Venezuelan classical music system under fire

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It has been praised the world over as a model for uplifting disadvantaged youth by connecting them with classical music.

    Associated Press
  • S&P 500 slips as crude oil sinks

    NEW YORK (AP) — A sharp drop in crude prices tugged down shares in oil and gas companies on Friday, leading the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a slight loss in a short trading session.

    Associated Press
  • Cameron tells EU: let us curb migrant welfare, or risk UK leaving

    By Kylie MacLellan and Andrew Osborn ROCESTER/LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron could campaign for Britain to leave the European Union if it stops him restricting EU migrants' access to his country's welfare system, he hinted on Friday, but said he was confident it wouldn't come to…

    Reuters
  • Cameron urges migrant curbs, warns on British EU exit

    London (AFP) - Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday promised tough curbs on welfare for EU migrants to counter a surge in arrivals and warned European leaders that resistance could put Britain's EU membership in doubt.

    AFP
  • Australia out of step with new climate momentum

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who rose to power in large part by opposing a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, is finding his country isolated like never before on climate change as the U.S., China and other nations signal new momentum for action.

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  • NY museum digitizing Harlem Hellfighters records

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (AP) — Air Force retiree Greta Hamilton was familiar with the Harlem Hellfighters, a storied all-black infantry regiment that won fame on the World War I battlefields of France only to be virtually shunned by the U.S. military back home.

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  • UK's Cameron to curb benefits for immigrants

    LONDON (AP) — Migrants from Europe will have to leave Britain if they don't get a job within six months, and must work for four years before receiving some benefits, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday, in a carefully balanced speech designed to defuse domestic criticism of his…

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  • German support for sanctions on Russia rise, poll finds

    BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of Germans supporting European Union economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis has risen in the last month and a large majority supports Chancellor Angela Merkel's toughening stance, a poll on Friday found. The Politbarometer poll for ZDF television…

    Reuters
  • East-West divisions define Moldova's elections

    CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A wealthy pro-Russian candidate who had hoped to be Moldova's next prime minister fled the country before dawn Friday, a dramatic development two days before elections in a country that is deeply torn over whether to move closer to Russia or the West.

    Associated Press
  • Jail term of over four years sought for German Islamic State suspect

    By Jonathan Gould FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A state prosecutor on Friday demanded a prison term of over four years for a 20-year-old German man accused of fighting with Islamic State insurgents in Syria, in the first trial of its kind in Germany. The defendant, identified only as Kreshnik B., who was…

    Reuters
  • EU won't sanction France, Italy on budget yet

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union head office is opting not to sanction two of its biggest economies just yet for missing public finance targets and instead will give France and Italy until the spring to come up with better plans to cut their debts and deficits.

    Associated Press
  • Canada hooker Barkwill banned for 9 weeks

    DUBLIN (AP) — Canada hooker Ray Barkwill has been banned for nine weeks for making contact with an opponent's eye during a rugby test against Romania.

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  • Energy revolution spells doom for German village

    ATTERWASCH, Germany (AP) — Five days a week, a giant machine eats its way through soil at the Jaenschwalde open-cast mine in eastern Germany, exposing the brown coal buried beneath.

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  • Asian Football Confederation to celebrate 60 years

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — While 2014 won't be considered a vintage year for Asian football, continental organizers still have plenty to celebrate this weekend when they reflect on how far the game has come since 1954.

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  • North Korea's 'princess' moves closer to center of power

    By James Pearson and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - In her slim-fitting trouser suits and black-heeled shoes, Kim Yo Jong cuts a contrasting figure to her pudgy older brother, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. On Thursday, state media said the younger Kim, 27, had taken a senior position in the…

    Reuters
  • Spurs advance in Europa League after game halted

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Tottenham was among nine teams to qualify for the knockout stage of the Europa League on Thursday after beating Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in a match that was briefly suspended because of three separate pitch invasions.

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