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  • Attack on Ukraine's Mariupol targeted civilians: UN

    The UN said a rocket attack that killed 30 people in a city in eastern Ukraine deliberately targeted civilians, as Russian President Vladimir Putin spurned Western calls to rein in a pro-Moscow insurgency. A senior UN official told an emergency Security Council meeting that the deadly rocket…

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  • New Greek leader set to unveil anti-austerity government

    Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to unveil his anti-austerity coalition government Tuesday, bringing together his radical left-wing party with the nationalist right, after a stunning election win that sent shockwaves through Europe. Syriza are the first anti-austerity party to…

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  • UN: deadly attack on Ukraine city could be war crime

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol this weekend that "knowingly targeted civilians" violated international humanitarian law and could amount to war crimes, the U.N. political chief said Monday.

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  • Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism at Holocaust event

    KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the "perennial demons of intolerance" from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity.

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  • Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — A defiant President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the Ukrainian army a "NATO foreign legion," reflecting his readiness to stand up to the West regardless of rising economic costs, as Standard & Poor's rating agency downgraded Russia's credit rating to junk.

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  • Greece's first radical left prime minister sworn in

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece's new prime minister.

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  • Prosecutors demand 'no pity' and 26 years for Concordia skipper

    Italian prosecutors called Monday for Francesco Schettino, the captain of the doomed Costa Concordia, to be jailed for 26 years for a shipwreck which killed 32 people. "God have pity on Schettino, because we cannot have any," prosecutor Stefano Pizza said in a speech which accused the man dubbed…

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  • Russian riot police raid Crimean Tatar TV channel

    Masked Russian riot police on Monday raided the office of a television channel serving Crimean Tatars, a minority ethnic group in Crimea that opposed Moscow's seizure of the peninsula from Ukraine last year. In a move the Organization for Security and Cooperation slammed as "intrusion" against the…

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  • Attacks on civilians in Mariupol, Ukraine were war crime: U.N.

    By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The deadly rocket attacks on the government-held port city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine last weekend were a war crime because they intentionally targeted civilians, a senior U.N. official said on Monday. U.N. political affairs…

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  • Congo protests expose weakness of Kabila's coalition

    By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Protests that blocked a reform which could have extended Congo President Joseph Kabila's rule have exposed deep rifts in his ruling coalition and galvanized opposition, increasing the chance of further unrest ahead of elections due next year. Kabila took power…

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  • 'Unnatural' Greek coalition could be short-lived

    An "unnatural" coalition government formed Monday between anti-austerity party Syriza and nationalist Independent Greeks could prove short-lived, analysts said. Syriza are the first anti-austerity party to govern in Europe, but they fell two seats short of a 151-seat majority in parliament and…

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  • US skier living in France dies in avalanche in the Alps

    PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — An American skier and mountaineer died Friday after he was buried in an avalanche on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in western Europe, his sister said.

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  • Greek leftist Tsipras sworn in as PM to fight bailout terms

    By Renee Maltezou and Deepa Babington ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in on Monday as the prime minister of a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures. The decisive…

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  • Ireland unveils credit card-style passports for EU travel

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland is launching a new plastic passport for travel in Europe — and Irish citizens can provide their own selfies as the ID photo.

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  • 'Accidental economist' and scourge of austerity tipped for Greek finance post

    In characteristically purple prose, Yanis Varoufakis, 53, celebrated the victory of Alexis Tsipras's far-left Syriza in Greek elections by paraphrasing Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. "Greek democracy today chose to stop going gently into the night. Greek democracy resolved to rage against the dying of…

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  • Europe's center, rattled by Syriza, wonders which way to jump

    By Paul Taylor LONDON (Reuters) - European politicians at opposite ends of the spectrum celebrated the election victory of Greece's anti-austerity Syriza party on Monday, but Alexis Tsipras' post-communist triumph is forcing mainstream leftists to reconsider their position. His movement, now…

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  • IS spokesman calls on Muslims in West to commit more attacks

    BEIRUT (AP) — The spokesman for the Islamic State group called on Muslims living in Western countries to carry out more attacks, saying any loyalist who has the opportunity to "shed a drop of blood" should do so.

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