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  • Iran, Europe negotiatiors to meet Thursday in Istanbul

    Iranian officials will meet with European members of the P5+1 group in Istanbul on Thursday under the ongoing diplomatic effort to secure a deal over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme. The meeting with British, French and German diplomats was announced by Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman…

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  • Greek PM Tsipras freezes privatizations, markets tumble

    By Lefteris Papadimas and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Leftwing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threw down an open challenge to international creditors on Wednesday by halting privatization plans agreed under the country's bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial…

    Reuters44 mins ago
  • World's largest Ebola unit dismantled as outbreak retreats

    A potent symbol of the nightmare enveloping west Africa at the height of the Ebola outbreak, the ELWA-3 treatment centre is being dismantled and incinerated bit by bit as the region emerges from catastrophe. "The number of cases has decreased significantly -- we are down to five confirmed cases in…

    AFP56 mins ago
  • Fight to unseat Blatter as FIFA chief heats up in Europe

    GENEVA (AP) — The fight to remove Sepp Blatter from the most powerful job in world soccer intensified in Europe on Wednesday.

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  • Greece scraps key privatisations, stocks hammered

    Greece's new hard-left government on Wednesday scrapped key privatisation tenders and pressed home its demand for debt relief, causing sharp falls on the Athens stock market as investors fretted over the risk of a default. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said his "national salvation" government…

  • More resignations at top of anti-Islam organization

    BERLIN (AP) — There's more trouble at the top for a German organization protesting the perceived "Islamization" of Europe.

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  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

    Position: Prime Minister of Greece Incumbent: Alexis Tsipras Date of Birth: July 28, 1974 Term: Sworn in Jan 26, 2015 for four-year term Key Facts: - Tsipras has transformed an obscure, far-left fringe party into the strongest force in Greek politics today, propelled largely by a wave of…

  • Amal Clooney on legal team in Armenian genocide case

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Lawyer Amal Clooney went before Europe's top human rights court Wednesday to argue against a man convicted of denying the 1915 Armenian genocide.

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  • Dutch FA chief wants one term as president to reform FIFA

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch football association chief Michael van Praag says he wants to clean up FIFA's sullied image and expand the World Cup if he succeeds Sepp Blatter as president.

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  • African Union vows Ebola fund as Oxfam calls for 'Marshall Plan'

    The African Union plans to launch an Ebola fund and disease control centre, officials said Wednesday, as aid agency Oxfam warned leaders needed to keep their promises to boost healthcare systems on the continent. Oxfam called for a "massive post-Ebola Marshall Plan", referring to the United States…

  • Italy police strike blow against Calabrian mob in north

    By Valentina Accardo BOLOGNA, Italy (Reuters) - Police conducted a huge dragnet against a Calabrian mafia clan operating in northern Italy on Wednesday, arresting 110 people and seizing more than 100 million euros ($114 million), underlining the mob's spread to the wealthy north. About half of…

  • Electrolux swings to profit despite sagging income in US

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Home appliance maker Electrolux swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, citing cost cuts and rising sales.

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  • Greece wants 'pan-European' deal on growth, new government says

    Greece's new anti-austerity government on Wednesday called for a "pan-European New Deal" for bloc-wide growth and denied seeking a "showdown" with Europe over controversial plans to redraft its multi-billion bailout. "There will be no showdown between our government and the European Union. Prime…

  • EU presses on with anti-pollution law after Commission U-turn

    By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union president Latvia will push ahead with a law to clamp down on air pollution after the European Commission's plan to withdraw the proposals was rejected by many lawmakers. Air pollution from traffic and industry is responsible for about 400,000…

  • Greece to seek European support for new deal, avoid 'duel'

    Greece's finance minister on Wednesday said he plans to meet European counterparts to find a deal between the country and its creditors to replace the current bailout program, stressing that one could be found without a "duel" with Europe. In his first remarks since formally taking over the…

  • German consumer confidence at 13-year high

    BERLIN (AP) — German consumer confidence is at a 13-year high, buoyed by a rise in disposable income due to collapsing fuel and heating oil costs, a closely-watches survey showed Wednesday.

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  • McIlroy tired of finishing runner-up

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The familiar environs of the Emirates Golf Club is where Rory McIlroy hopes this week to end a streak of three straight second-place finishes on the European Tour.

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  • Russia considers condemning "annexation" of East Germany

    MOSCOW (AP) — The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990.

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