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  • NATO chief expects OK for greater forward presence

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers should approve plans Wednesday for increasing NATO's forward presence in Eastern Europe to deter Russia, and discuss what the alliance might do to stanch the ongoing flow of migrants into Europe, the organization's secretary-general said.

    Associated Press17 mins ago
  • Staples gets EU approval for acquisition of Office Depot

    NEW YORK (AP) — Staples has received European approval for its buyout of Office Depot and in exchange, it said Wednesday that it would split off some operations in Europe to allay monopoly fears.

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • The Latest: EU: Balkans must provide more migrant shelter

    BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):

    Associated Press56 mins ago
  • Kremlin critic Mikhail Kasyanov says life threatened in Moscow incident

    Russian opposition leader Mikhail Kasyanov said a group of men burst into a Moscow restaurant where he was dining on Tuesday night and threatened him, days after a Kremlin ally issued a video showing him in the cross-hairs of a sniper's rifle. Kasyanov, who filed a police complaint saying his life…

    Reuters
  • EU executive to recommend suspending third of migrant relocations to Austria

    The European Commission will recommend on Wednesday suspension of a third of the relocations of migrants to Austria as requested last year by Vienna, which has already taken steps to cut the number of people it receives, officials said. More than a million migrants and refugees arrived in Europe…

    Reuters
  • Gloom hangs over African mining as China growth slows

    Phrases like "tough times" and "extraordinary circumstances" littered speeches and panel discussions at an unusually subdued Mining Indaba in Cape Town, which has drawn some 6,000 delegates. "If we don't adapt, we perish," said Mark Cutifani, chief executive of Anglo American, which has announced…

    AFP
  • Moscow rejects U.S. criticism Russian bombings behind Syria's humanitarian crisis

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday rejected U.S. allegations that Russian bombing had caused a humanitarian crisis in Syria, saying it is the West that fueled the problem. Moscow views U.S. allegations that it uses unguided munitions in Syria as "totally unfounded", Russian…

    Reuters
  • Police say grenade attack on asylum home not racism

    BERLIN (AP) — Police say a recent grenade attack on an asylum seekers' home in Germany wasn't triggered by hatred on refugees, but suspect it was caused by rivalry between different companies involved in providing safety for asylum centers.

    Associated Press
  • Carlsberg Q4 profits hit by continuing decline in Europe

    HELSINKI (AP) — Carlsberg says poor sales in Europe more than halved its fourth-quarter profit despite a slight increase in overall revenue, and the Danish brewer gave a guarded outlook for the year.

    Associated Press
  • How to trap elephant poachers with their own technology

    The chase was the result of new breakthroughs in Tanzania's fight against an increasingly rapacious poaching trade, which has felled 60 percent of the country's elephant population in the past five years. The agents' target that day was Yang Feng Glan, a 66-year-old Chinese national dubbed the…

    Reuters
  • Trump raps Merkel over migrants, says U.S. could have good relations with Putin

    U.S. Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said German Chancellor Angela Merkel was wrong to let in thousands of migrants into Germany and that the refugee crisis could trigger revolutions and even the end of Europe. "I think Angela Merkel made a tragic mistake with the migrants," Trump…

    Reuters
  • Finland's 'Soldiers of Odin' face off against huggy ladies

    Fierce-looking squads calling themselves the Soldiers of Odin have been patrolling Finnish streets in recent months claiming to protect locals from asylum seekers, but lately they've been challenged by an unexpected crew: smiling women serving up hugs. The handful of Odins -- led by founder Mika…

    AFP
  • Between mines and mortars: stranded lives in eastern Ukraine

    Imagine picking your way through a minefield to go to work every day. Like thousands of other locals, the water plant employee can no longer make a living because she lives on land seized by pro-Russian insurgents but works in a government-run part of eastern Ukraine.

    AFP
  • UN urges Turkey to open borders, end to bombing of Syria's Aleppo

    The United Nations urged Turkey to open its borders to tens of thousands of Syrians who have overwhelmed nearby emergency camps and an end to bombings of their home province Aleppo. "The highest need and the best humanitarian response is for the bombing to stop," UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien said,…

    AFP
  • Britain to double NATO naval deployments in 2016

    Britain will double its NATO naval deployments this year to show its enemies it is "ready to respond to any threat", Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was to announce Wednesday. Britain will play a bigger role in NATO maritime exercises and activities in 2016, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. …

    AFP
  • Climate change will make westbound transatlantic flights longer: study

    Flights from Europe to North America will take slightly longer and nudge up airline fuel costs if climate change strengthens high altitude winds as widely expected, a study said on Wednesday. The headwind into a stronger jet stream should lengthen westbound flights by about five minutes, slightly…

    Reuters
  • EU tells Greece to improve conditions for refugees

    The EU on Wednesday told Athens to improve conditions for refugees so that other overstretched member states can send some of them back to Greece if they first entered the bloc there. The call from the European Commisison, the EU executive, heaps further pressure on Greece after it urged Athens…

    AFP