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  • Belarusian leader issues tough warning to Moscow

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — New cracks emerged Thursday in a Russia-led economic alliance, with the president of Belarus warning that his nation may opt out of it.

    Associated Press21 mins ago
  • Dutch minister: EU to extend first batch of Russia sanctions

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union extended by six months a first set of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia separatist officials, which were due to expire in March, because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine, officials said Thursday.

    Associated Press21 mins ago
  • Blatter joins FIFA election race without naming nominees

    GENEVA (AP) — Beating the entry deadline by hours on Thursday, Sepp Blatter formally joined a FIFA presidential contest he is widely expected to win.

    Associated Press30 mins ago
  • EU official expects clashes but no rash actions from Athens

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The first European official to visit Greece since the country elected a new left-wing government said Thursday that he expects clashes over how to lighten the country's bailout — not rash actions from Athens.

    Associated Press41 mins ago
  • Belarus to host new round of Ukrainian peace talks

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus says it will host another round of Ukrainian peace talks amid fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine.

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  • Nokia turns to fourth quarter profit buoyed by strong growth

    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia made a net profit of 443 million euros ($502 million) in the fourth quarter and sales grew nearly 10 percent, but its share price fell Thursday as the results were offset by a poor performance in some regions, higher costs and a low dividend.

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  • For traders, oil's plunge takes a toll on egos and accounts

    NEW YORK (AP) — The plunge in oil has crushed the Russian ruble, erased $80 billion from Exxon Mobil's market value and pushed Venezuela to the brink of economic collapse.

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  • WHO says Ebola epidemic on the decline

    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be on the decline, with new weekly infections dropping below 100 for the first time in over six months, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The UN agency said it had now shifted its efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the countries…

    AFP
  • Death toll mounts in intense clashes in east Ukraine

    Five Ukrainian soldiers and three civilians have been killed as a result of fighting in Ukraine's separatist eastern regions in the past 24 hours, Kiev authorities said on Thursday, reporting no let-up in violent clashes with pro-Russian rebels. The Kiev military said separatists shelled Ukrainian…

    Reuters
  • Azerbaijan sentences opposition journalist to 5 years in jail

    A journalist in Azerbaijan was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison in a case critics say highlights a government-led crackdown on dissent in the oil-rich former Soviet republic. Seymur Hazi, a journalist with opposition newspaper Azadlig and a member of the Popular Front opposition…

    Reuters
  • EU parliament speaker says Greek PM Tsipras wants to talk

    European parliament speaker Martin Schulz welcomed signs that the new Greek government was prepared to seek a joint solution in its drive to renegotiate its bailout agreement with international partners but said many issues needed discussion. Schulz, the most senior European politician to visit…

    Reuters
  • Russia warns West support for Kiev could lead to 'catastrophe'

    Russia's envoy to the European security watchdog OSCE urged the United States and Europe on Thursday to stop supporting the "party of war" in Ukraine and warned "catastrophe" could result, Interfax news agency reported. "I would like to appeal to the states that have influence on Kiev's…

    Reuters
  • Belarus says next round of Ukraine talks on Jan. 30 in Minsk: TASS

    Belarus said on Thursday the next round of talks between Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on the crisis in eastern Ukraine would take place in Minsk on Jan. 30, TASS reported on Thursday. "The contact group informed the Belarussian Foreign Ministry that…

    Reuters
  • Russian cross-country skier receives doping ban

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian anti-doping agency says a Russian cross-country skier has served a three-month ban after testing positive for a banned substance.

    Associated Press
  • France: no waiver for Greece, maybe more time to pay debts

    By Ingrid Melander and Jean-Baptiste Vey PARIS (Reuters) - Greece could be given more time to pay off its debt if it keeps its budget in balance and maintains promised reforms, French officials said on Thursday. In a series of statements spelling out Paris's position days before talks with the…

    Reuters
  • Shell to slash investment after oil price drop hurts profit

    LONDON (AP) — In a sign of the impact on the oil sector of the slump in energy prices, Royal Dutch Shell Plc said Thursday it plans to cut spending by $15 billion over the next three years amid a drop in earnings.

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  • EU moves to help states seize terror suspects' passports

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has introduced new measures to help member nations seize the travel documents of people suspected of trying to join terrorist organizations outside the EU.

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