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  • Kiev and rebels begin mass prisoner exchange

    By Pavel Polityuk and Alessandra Prentice KIEV (Reuters) - Kiev and pro-Russian separatists began an exchange of hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a state security service source said, part of a 12-point peace plan. The agreement to swap 125 Ukrainian servicemen for 225 rebels followed peace…

    Reuters35 mins ago
  • Former Belgian premier Leo Tindemans dies at 92

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Former Belgian Prime Minister Leo Tindemans, whose record support in European elections earned him the nickname "Mr. Europe", died on Friday at the age of 92. Tindemans was a Christian Democrat politician who led two Belgian governments in the 1970s. He resigned in 1978 after…

    Reuters39 mins ago
  • At least 1,300 migrants saved off Italy at Christmas

    The Italian Navy rescued some 1,300 migrants in several operations late on Christmas Day, among them a Nigerian woman who gave birth on board one of the rescue vessels, local media said Friday. The majority of the migrants were on boats adrift off the coast of Sicily and were expected to be…

    AFP
  • Turkey PM adviser tells AFP 'we aim to be in Europe 1st division'

    Turkey's leaders are committed to EU membership and still aim to play in the "first division" of Europe despite a bitter row over a crackdown on the opposition, a top adviser to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. Turkey's aspirations to join the EU received a serious setback when the latest…

    AFP
  • Mourinho tells Chelsea: 'Put on Christmas show'

    London (AFP) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants his players to show the world why they are currently on top of the Premier League table when they host West Ham United on Friday.

    AFP
  • Premier League braced for bumper Boxing Day

    For the first time in the 2014-15 season, all 20 English top-flight clubs will be in action on the same day, with leaders Chelsea's home game against high-flying London rivals West Ham United the stand-out match. Chelsea's professional 2-0 victory at Stoke City on Monday allowed Jose Mourinho's…

    AFP
  • Ebola expert calls for European anti-virus 'corps'

    London (AFP) - Europe will be "vulnerable" if it does not regard viruses as a "national security issue" like the United States, the microbiologist who discovered Ebola said in an interview published Friday.

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  • Ukraine truce hangs in balance after 'difficult' talks

    The latest push for peace in Ukraine appeared moribund on Thursday after initial talks failed to agree when the warring sides should meet again to try to end an eight-month pro-Russian revolt. Negotiations mediated by European and Russian envoys in the Belarussian capital Minsk broke up after more…

    AFP
  • US company to open tuna cannery in American Samoa

    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A Washington state company is making a $70 million investment in a tuna cannery in the U.S. territory of American Samoa.

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  • Crossing the fence: desperate migrants' paths to Europe

    Each travelled more than 2,000 miles, Abou from impoverished Ivory Coast and Mahmud from Syria after Islamist militants besieged his hometown. Each of them made it into Europe the only way he knew how: by land, past the fiercely guarded fence that closes off the Spanish city of Melilla from…

    AFP
  • Thai leader cites China as positive example in year-end message

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha cited China as a good example of economic development in a year-end speech to government officials seven months after he seized power in a military coup. Prayuth, a former army chief who led the coup, said Thais should…

    Reuters
  • International 'tragedy' on Europe's brutal African borders

    Just across the sea from the sunny tourist beaches of southern Spain where many Europeans spend their Christmas holidays, a violent crisis is intensifying on Europe's borders with Africa. Every week, hundreds of Africans try to scramble over the high fences that encircle Ceuta and Melilla, two…

    AFP
  • Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

    DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships.

    Associated Press
  • Ukraine peace talks conclude for night in Minsk

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Talks aimed at reaching a stable cease-fire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups ended Wednesday after more than five hours, with no indication of progress and questions about when the next round might take place.

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  • Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels resume peace talks

    Ukranian and rebel envoys resumed intense talks on Wednesday aimed at ending a pro-Russian uprising that has left the ex-Soviet republic in ruins and upset East-West ties. A successful round of preliminary negotiations in the Belarussian capital Minsk would pave the way for a second meeting on…

    AFP
  • Irish court mulls rights of dead woman vs. fetus

    DUBLIN (AP) — A lawyer representing a 17-week-old fetus living inside the clinically dead body of its mother told a Dublin court Wednesday that the unborn child's right to life trumps the woman's right to a dignified death.

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  • Resistance to German anti-immigrant movement mounts

    Business leaders, the political class and average Germans are pushing back against a growing anti-immigrant movement, saying it threatens the values and image the country fought hard to establish since the war. At counter-demonstrations and on social media, opponents have mobilised against the…

    AFP