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  • Dutch, German Police detain three in Syria recruiting probe

    By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch and German authorities detained three Dutch citizens on charges of inciting hatred, recruiting militants and plotting attacks in Syria and Iraq, Dutch police said on Thursday. The detentions followed warnings from the Dutch intelligence services that…

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  • German lawmakers call for new EU sanctions on Russia

    By Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - Europe should respond to the apparent escalation of the conflict in Ukraine by agreeing to further sanctions against Russia at a European Union summit this weekend, two senior German lawmakers close to Chancellor Angela Merkel told Reuters on Thursday. …

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  • Polish foreign minister calls Russia's moves in Ukraine 'aggression'

    WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Thursday that Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine were an "aggression" that has created the most serious security crisis in Europe in decades. "This for sure is an aggression," Sikorski told state radio. "Poland's position will…

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  • Russian troops 'directly' involved in Ukraine conflict: US, Kiev

    Ukraine and the West said Thursday that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation betwen Kiev and its former Soviet masters. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko scrapped a trip to Turkey and called…

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  • Czech UNESCO garden gets back 17th-century look

    KROMERIZ, Czech Republic (AP) — A visit to the Flower Garden in the eastern Czech city of Kromeriz is like traveling 300 years back in time.

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  • Erdogan sworn in as Turkey president, opposition walks out

    Turkey's outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on Thursday sworn in as president to extend his decade-long rule, as opponents who accuse him of authoritarianism walked out of the ceremony. Erdogan, 60, took the oath in Ankara to begin a five-year mandate in which he has vowed to build a "new…

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  • Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

    By Gulsen Solaker and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life. …

  • Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to UKIP

    Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a heavy blow Thursday when one of his MPs, Douglas Carswell, announced he was leaving the Conservative Party to join the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP). Carswell is to resign his seat and stand as a UKIP candidate at an upcoming by-election which, if…

  • France suggests Europe could help as Gaza monitor

    PARIS (AP) — France's president called on the international community to help enforce the cease-fire in Gaza, suggesting Thursday that Europe could play a role in monitoring the dismantling of tunnels dug by Hamas militants as well as helping to secure gateways between Gaza and Egypt and Israel.

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  • Ukraine's OSCE envoy says Russian forces seized city

    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Ukraine's envoy to European security body the OSCE said on Thursday that regular Russian forces had seized the southeastern city of Novoazovsk, but his Russian counterpart said no Russian forces were crossing the border. Ihor Prokopchuk, Ukraine's representative…

  • Germany readies volcano outbreak measures

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany has put a specialized aircraft and a network of laser measuring stations on stand-by in case Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupts.

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  • Michel Platini won't run against Sepp Blatter

    MONACO (AP) — Michel Platini won't fight Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, though he still hopes somebody will.

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  • EU seeks to secure winter gas supply in Ukraine crisis: Oettinger

    European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday the bloc was seeking to fill its gas storage facilities and de-escalate a row between Ukraine and Russia in order to safeguard its own gas shipments from Russia in the 2014/15 winter. Ukraine warned Europe on Wednesday Russia could…

  • Oettinger says EU's Russian gas via Ukraine probably safe

    European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday he does not expect Europe to suffer interruptions of Russian gas supplies that go through Ukraine, but he could not rule it out completely. Addressing a meeting of German and Balkan leaders in Berlin, Germany's EU commissioner said…

  • France's Hollande says 'unacceptable' if Russian troops in Ukraine

    PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that it would be "intolerable and unacceptable" if it was proved true that Russian troops had entered Ukrainian territory. "Europe will maintain (sanctions), even increase them if the escalation increases. I don't want it because…

  • Polish PM Tusk favorite for top EU job: sources

    By Robin Emmott and Paul Taylor BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has emerged as clear favorite for the key post of president of the European Council when EU leaders meet for a special summit on Saturday, several sources familiar with the selection process said. If…

  • Turkey's Erdogan consolidates power with ascent to presidency

    By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan will cement his position as modern Turkey's most powerful leader when he is sworn in as president on Thursday, advancing his drive to reshape the country but heralding what critics fear will be an increasingly authoritarian rule. In a final…

  • German unemployment ticks up slightly in August

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Federal Labor Office says the country's jobless rate ticked up slightly to 6.7 percent in August as 30,000 more people joined the ranks of the unemployed.

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