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  • US airman who helped thwart French train attack is stabbed

    SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, hailed as a hero for helping to tackle a gunman on a French train in August, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related fight that had nothing to do with terrorism.

    Associated Press25 mins ago
  • NATO talks tough on Russia in Syria, with scant action

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO talked tough Thursday about Moscow's expanding military activity in Syria, but the U.S.-led alliance's chief response to the Russian airstrikes and cruise missile attacks was a public pledge to help reinforce the defenses of member nation Turkey if necessary.

    Associated Press30 mins ago
  • Belarus' veteran leader poised for re-election, eyes better ties with West

    By Andrei Makhovsky MINSK (Reuters) - Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, in power for 21 years, is virtually certain to win a fifth term in office on Sunday in an election observers say is unlikely to see the kind of violent mass protests that marred the 2010 poll. The West has long…

    Reuters38 mins ago
  • Study: Eurasian farmers migrated to Africa 3,000 years ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say they have extracted ancient DNA from the skull of a man buried in the highlands of Ethiopia 4,500 years ago that supports the theory that Eurasian farmers migrated into Africa some 3,000 years ago.

    Associated Press39 mins ago
  • The West must 'treat Russia properly': Juncker

    The West must "treat Russia properly" and address it as an equal, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday, criticising US President Barack Obama for labelling Moscow a mere regional power. "I know from my conversations with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin that he (does not…

    AFP50 mins ago
  • The Latest: Berlin police hunt for missing migrant boy

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.

    Associated Press55 mins ago
  • Pentagon chief warns of Russia casualties in Syria

    US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday predicted Russia would soon begin suffering casualties in Syria, as Moscow dramatically ramps up its military campaign in the devastated nation. Russia began bombing in Syria last week, radically changing the course of the four-and-a-half-year…

  • Europe's refugee crisis will last for years: Juncker

    Europe's refugee crisis is expected to rumble on "for years", European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday, following a visit to a migrant reception centre on Germany's border with Austria. "This refugee crisis will last a few years. Europe is struggling to cope with its biggest…

  • Factbox: EU heating and cooling issue papers highlights

    PARIS (Reuters) - Heating and cooling account for around 40 percent of European Union energy use but hardly feature in Brussels energy legislation. The European Commission plans to formulate a strategy for the sector by early 2016. After months of consultation with some 70 trade groups, it has…

  • EU to speed up deportations to tackle migrant crisis

    European Union nations agreed on Thursday to speed up the deportation of failed asylum seekers as they took a harder line toward tackling the worst migration crisis since World War II. Interior ministers from the 28-nation bloc endorsed a dedicated programme to send back those they described as…

  • EU agrees to speed migrant deportation, buttress borders

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union on Thursday took measures to buttress its porous external borders and toughen up its migrant return program in an attempt to build a credible refugee policy that would continue to embrace those fleeing for their lives yet punish those seeking economic gain.

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  • Britain takes star baker in a headscarf to its heart

    LONDON (AP) — In sweet-toothed Britain, the hottest entertainment sensation is a televised baking contest in which amateur pastry chefs battle it out over cakes, tortes, trifles and flans. And in a country roiled by questions of immigration and identity, "The Great British Bake Off" has produced a…

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  • Almost 300 Europe-bound migrants arrested in Libya

    Libyan authorities said almost 300 migrants, a third of them from Senegal, were arrested Thursday as they prepared to board boats for the Mediterranean crossing to Europe. "After having received information on their meeting place, we managed to apprehend 289 migrants preparing to cross the…

  • Kosovo opposition disrupts parliament with tear gas

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in Kosovo disrupted parliament's session on Thursday, using tear gas and whistles to protest the government's recent EU-sponsored deal with Serbia giving the country's Serb-majority areas greater powers.

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  • Practicing in a car park: WCup qualifying for Somalia's team

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — While revelations swirl of FIFA executives in expensive suits taking millions in bribes to award money-spinning World Cups, some of the poorest teams face near-impossible challenges to make it to soccer's biggest tournament, and try their hearts out anyway.

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  • Merkel, Zerai, Pope Francis all in Nobel Peace Prize buzz

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Europe's record-breaking refugee crisis was a hot topic ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize announcement on Friday, but a Saudi blogger, a pope who reveres the Earth and its poorest people and the key players in the Iranian nuclear deal were also generating buzz.

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  • Austrian prosecutors want to hand case of 71 dead migrants to Hungary

    Austrian prosecutors want their Hungarian counterparts to take over the case of 71 dead migrants who were found abandoned in a lorry on an Austrian motorway in August, saying their work on the case has more or less been completed. The Austrian prosecutors said that "after the good progress of the…