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  • Elderly Auschwitz survivors urge world never to forget

    For what may be the last time, elderly Holocaust survivors returned to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp 70 years after its liberation, to urge the world never to forget one of history's worst atrocities. Around 300 survivors, some wearing scarves in the blue-and-white stripes of their…

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  • Asian stocks tumble after weak US corporate earnings

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday after Wall Street tumbled on concern about weak corporate earnings as investors watched this week's meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

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  • Greece names hardline anti-bailout finance minister

    Greece named hardline leftwing economist Yanis Varoufakis as finance minister, handing him the pivotal task of renegotiating the debt-stricken nation's bailout with international creditors after it voted overwhelmingly to reject years of austerity politics. The appointment of Varoufakis to the…

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  • Smithsonian working to finalize deal for new site in London

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As London works to redevelop its Olympic park from 2012 with a new cultural center, it could eventually include an import from the United States. The Smithsonian Institution is working to establish its first international museum outpost in Britain.

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  • EU threatens new Russia sanctions over Ukraine violence

    European Union leaders on Tuesday threatened new sanctions against Russia over a bloody offensive by pro-Kremlin Ukrainian rebels, the latest bid to pressure a defiant President Vladimir Putin. The decision came a day after Standard and Poor's downgraded Russia's foreign currency rating to junk…

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  • African Union agrees 'substantive' transport deal with China

    China and the African Union agreed Tuesday on an ambitious plan to develop road, rail and air transport routes to link capitals across the continent. African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma praised the proposal at "the most substantive project the AU has ever signed with a partner", although…

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  • On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets

    BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) — A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis' most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe.

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  • Ukraine moves to shut Russia-backed rebels out of talks

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday declared the Russia-backed separatist republics in the east to be terrorist organizations, formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their representatives, as fighting escalated.

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  • London FTSE slides on renewed Greece fears

    London's main shares slipped into the red on Tuesday as investors took fright at disappointing UK growth figures and amid renewed fears that Greece could exit the eurozone. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spooked the financial markets by naming outspoken economist Yanis Varoufakis as his…

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  • AP Interview: EU anti-terror chief: rehab for jihadis

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's anti-terror chief called Tuesday for countries to rehabilitate rather than punish returning jihadis with no blood on their hands, saying that some prisons have become "incubators of radicalization."

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  • Obama meets new Saudi king to shore up ties

    US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet new King Salman and shore up ties that have suffered in recent years. Since last year Saudi Arabia has been part of the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group. …

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  • Amid pressure, bailout critic is new Greek finance minister

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new left-wing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, picked an outspoken bailout critic as his new finance minister Tuesday, signaling his resolve to take a tough line with eurozone lenders in an effort to write off a massive chunk of rescue debt.

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  • In response to Ukraine crisis, Berlin to launch new think tank

    By Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - In a recognition that Germany needs to rethink its relations with Russia as a result of the crisis in Ukraine, the foreign ministry plans to invest millions of euros in a new institute devoted to the study of post-Soviet states. German Foreign Minister…

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  • From 'evacuation' to 'liberation': the Nazi death camps

    Oswiecim (Poland) (AFP) - Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, ageing survivors gathered at the site synonymous with the Holocaust on Tuesday -- also International Holocaust Remembrance Day -- as world leaders called attention to rising incidents of anti-Semitism.

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  • Exclusive: ICC backers defy Israeli call to cut funding to war crimes court

    By Thomas Escritt and Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Many leading backers of the International Criminal Court will ignore Israel's call for them to cut funding in response to an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, officials told Reuters. The continued support…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

    LONDON (AP) — Renewed violence in Ukraine between government forces and Russia-backed separatists this week set off threats from the West of further sanctions against Moscow, while Greek voters weary of austerity measures elected the anti-bailout Syriza party to lead the country.

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  • Serie A TV rights holder suggests avoiding La Liga clashes

    ROME (AP) — Avoid going head-to-head with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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