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  • Ukraine drops nonaligned status

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian president on Monday signed a bill dropping his country's nonaligned status but signaled that he will hold a referendum before seeking NATO membership.

    Associated Press47 mins ago
  • Allianz lead reinsurer to missing AirAsia plane

    By Lawrence White and Arno Schuetze HONG KONG/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Allianz SE could be exposed to claims of at least $100 million linked to the AirAsia jet missing off the Indonesian coast with 162 people on board, which would be the third major airline accident it has been exposed to this year.…

    Reuters50 mins ago
  • EU says Greece must commit to Europe, back reforms

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Greece must strongly commit to Europe and back growth-friendly reforms if it is to thrive again within the euro area, European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Monday as the country headed for an early general election. "Through this democratic process,…

  • Stakes high for Indonesia as aviation safety in spotlight again

    By Siva Govindasamy JAKARTA (Reuters) - The disappearance of an Indonesia AirAsia passenger jet comes at a sensitive time for Jakarta's aviation authorities, as they strive to improve the country's safety reputation to match its status as one of the airline industry's fastest growing markets. The…

  • AirAsia's brash CEO now searches for right words

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Fernandes is more than just the CEO of AirAsia: He's the brash personality and cheerleader-like figure who gives the discount carrier its soul.

    Associated Press
  • Wenger eyes top four berth as Arsenal hit stride

    London (AFP) - Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are gathering momentum at the right time after they enhanced their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League with a hard-fought 2-1 win at West Ham.

  • Mexico calls for larger, more diverse U.N. Security Council

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico on Sunday called for an overhaul of the United Nations Security Council, envisaging more member countries across a wider geographical swathe, as the government steps up efforts to raise its profile on the global stage. Tasked with maintaining global peace, the U.N.…

  • Russia must influence separatists to end Ukraine crisis, says Merkel

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to the Russian government on Sunday to use its influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine to implement a ceasefire plan agreed in Minsk in September aimed at ending the conflict. Planned talks involving Russia, Ukraine and the…

  • Ukraine nuke plant unit taken offline

    MOSCOW (AP) — One unit of Ukraine's Zaporozhiya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has been taken offline because of generator problems.

    Associated Press
  • Greek leftists won't run deficits, policymaker says

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A leftist Greek government won't run deficits, but will pursue fiscal consolidation, the main opposition party's chief economy policymaker said Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Snow, ice sweep Europe, stranding drivers

    LONDON (AP) — Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe on Saturday, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain.

    Associated Press
  • Swedish centre-left do eight-year deal with opposition to avert snap election

    By Daniel Dickson and Johan Sennero STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's three-month-old minority centre-left government announced a deal with the opposition on Saturday to sideline the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament, and avert a fresh election. Sweden's…

  • Carrick targets title for surging United

    Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says the club should be aiming for a record-extending 21st English title rather than settling for a Champions League spot.

  • Poroshenko hails Ukraine 'warriors' freed by rebels

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday welcomed home as heroes 145 soldiers freed by pro-Russian rebels during the largest prisoner swap of the eight-month separatist war. The Western-backed leader, beaming and wearing a black bomber jacket, walked up to the back cargo bay of a military…

  • US 'disturbed' at Azerbaijan raiding Radio Liberty

    Azerbaijan has raided and closed the local offices of a US-funded radio station in a move that has left Washington "deeply disturbed" and raised concerns about the treatment of non-state media in the tightly-controlled Caucasus nation. The offices of Radio Azadliq in the capital Baku were sealed…

  • Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels swap hundreds of prisoners

    By Pavel Polityuk and Alessandra Prentice KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian authorities and separatists exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a spokesman for President Petro Poroshenko said, part of a 12-point plan aimed at ending the pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country. The…

  • U.S.-funded radio station says Azerbaijan office raided

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Azerbaijani authorities raided and closed the bureau of the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) on Friday in an apparent attempt to silence one of the country's last independent media outlets, the station said. A senior official of the U.S. State Department…

  • Kiev and rebels swap hundreds of captives in peace push

    Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels were on Saturday set to complete a swap of hundreds of prisoners as part of a new push for peace that came despite Kiev's decision to cut off key transport links to breakaway Crimea. The exchange began Friday on a dark and isolated stretch of a road north of the…

  • Migrant baby named after Italian medics who delivered him

    A baby born at sea on Christmas Day after his Nigerian mother was plucked from a floundering migrant boat by the Italian navy has been baptised Testimony Salvatore in honour of the medics who delivered him. Described as a trafficking "superboss" and named as Ahmed Mohamed Farrag Hanafi, the…