Europe News

  • Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.

    Associated Press13 mins ago
  • EU leaders pick Italian as bloc's new top diplomat

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Saturday picked Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, to become the 28-nation bloc's top diplomat for the next five years.

    Associated Press17 mins ago
  • Poland's Tusk - Possible to combine fiscal discipline, growth

    Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, chosen by European Union leaders to chair their summits, said on Saturday that it was possible to combine fiscal discipline and economic growth in Europe. He also pledged to address the concerns of Britain, where Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a…

    Reuters21 mins ago
  • Bilbao routs Levante 3-0 in Spanish league

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Athletic Bilbao forward Ibai Gomez set up two headed goals to help rout Levante 3-0 as the Basque side won its home opener in the Spanish league on Saturday.

    Associated Press26 mins ago
  • Gulf monarchies say ready to help counter jihadists

    Gulf Arab monarchies said Saturday they were ready to help counter advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, after the US called for a global coalition to fight the militants. US President Obama admitted Thursday that he did not yet have a strategy to tackle jihadists from the Islamic State, which…

    AFP40 mins ago
  • Poland's Tusk, Italy's Mogherini get EU top jobs

    European leaders on Saturday named Polish premier Donald Tusk as the next EU president and Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to head the diplomatic service as the bloc faces challenges including the crisis in Ukraine. "The suspense is up, the new EU leadership team is complete," said…

    AFP42 mins ago
  • European arrest warrant out for brain tumour boy's parents

    A European arrest warrant was issued Saturday for the parents of a five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was snatched from hospital without medical consent. The police said they had "positive information" to suggest that Ashya King and his family could be in Spain, where they have…

    AFP45 mins ago
  • EU leaders to threaten extra Russia sanctions, agree new team

    By Adrian Croft and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine on Saturday but, fearful of a new Cold War and self-inflicted harm to their own economies, should give Moscow another chance to make peace. At a summit in Brussels…

    Reuters55 mins ago
  • Hennie Otto remains in lead at Italian Open

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — Hennie Otto of South Africa shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Italian Open, where Stephen Gallacher's late bid to qualify for the Ryder Cup will go down to the wire.

    Associated Press
  • EU readies new Russia sanctions as Ukraine conflict spirals

    The European Union geared up a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia on Saturday with warnings that the escalating conflict in Ukraine was putting all of Europe at risk of war. Fears of a wider confrontation spiralled after allegations that Russia has sent troops and weapons across the border to…

  • Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU to threaten more sanctions

    By Richard Balmforth and Adrian Croft KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis. Ukrainian…

  • Russian politician beaten after report on soldier burials

    By Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian politician said on Saturday he had been badly beaten after publicising the mysterious funerals of two soldiers who may have died while fighting in Ukraine. Lev Shlosberg, a newspaper publisher who represents the liberal opposition Yabloko party in…

  • Cameron feeling 'emotional, nervous' over Scottish vote

    British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday he was feeling "emotional and nervous" about the September 18 Scottish independence referendum. Polls have consistently shown the "No" campaign ahead of the pro-independence push, but with three weeks to go until the ballot there remain…

  • Russia effectively at war with EU: Lithuanian president

    Russia is at war with Ukraine and so effectively at war with Europe, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Saturday, calling on Europe to supply Kiev with military equipment. "It is the fact that Russia is in a war state against Ukraine. Practically Russia is in a state of war against…

  • Left-leaning leaders back Italy's Mogherini for EU job: Hollande

    PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's left-leaning national leaders will back Italy's Federica Mogherini for the sensitive post of the European Union's top foreign policy representative at a summit on Saturday, French President Francois Hollande said. Hollande, speaking after pre-summit talks in Paris, said…

  • EU's Barroso says ready to impose strong Russia sanctions

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Saturday the EU was prepared to toughen sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis but also that it wanted a political deal to end the confrontation. At a news conference in Brussels with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Barroso…

  • Turkish president Erdogan appoints divisive aide as economic adviser

    Newly inaugurated Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has appointed his close aide Yigit Bulut to be his chief economics adviser, his office said on Saturday, a move likely to alarm investors already concerned over the management of the country's finances. Bulut, an influential but divisive figure,…