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  • Turkey's Erdogan warns patience will run out on Syria

    Turkey's patience may run out over the crisis in Syria and it could be forced to take action, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, calling on the United Nations to do more to prevent what he said was "ethnic cleansing" in the country. Erdogan accused the United Nations of insincerity in…

    Reuters9 mins ago
  • The Latest: European banks take a hammering in markets

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil global financial markets (all times local):

    Associated Press21 mins ago
  • Russia ready to discuss Syria ceasefire at international talks

    Russia said Thursday it was ready to discuss a ceasefire in Syria as foreign ministers gathered in Munich in a bid to kick-start peace talks derailed by the regime onslaught on the besieged city of Aleppo. Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled to the Turkish border as government forces, backed by…

    AFP36 mins ago
  • Any NATO refugee mission would go after smugglers, U.S.'s Carter says

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO allies have agreed to consider a request from Germany, Turkey and Greece to help slow refugee flows into Europe and any mission will likely target criminal people smuggling networks, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said on Thursday. "There is now a criminal syndicate…

    Reuters37 mins ago
  • Carter: NATO to draw up plans to counter people smuggling

    BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says NATO military authorities have been ordered to draw up plans for how the alliance could help shut down illegal migration and people smuggling across the Aegean Sea.

    Associated Press40 mins ago
  • Auschwitz guard, 94, stands trial in Germany

    By Tina Bellon BERLIN (Reuters) - A 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz goes on trial in Germany on Thursday accused of being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people - the first of four such court cases that could be the last due to the very old age of the defendants. The three…

    Reuters55 mins ago
  • Blanc extends contract at PSG to 2018 ahead of Chelsea game

    PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc finally got what he wanted.

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  • Iran seeks tourism millions as nuclear chill ends

    Long seen as a destination strewn with shortcomings, Iran is making a fresh pitch for tourists, with the recent lifting of economic sanctions providing an opportunity to cash in. The tourism industry has been overlooked by successive governments in Tehran but the deal Iran struck with world powers…

  • EU pushes Greece to improve conditions for migrants

    The EU piled pressure on Greece over Europe's migrant crisis, telling Athens to improve conditions for refugees and to shore up its borders or risk a suspension of the bloc's passport-free zone. Brussels said Athens must treat asylum seekers better so that other overstretched European Union states…

  • Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now

    MUNICH (AP) — Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.

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  • Australian charged with sex attack on 2 backpackers on beach

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Two female backpackers from Europe were savagely attacked on a remote Australian beach by a traveling companion they had met hours earlier, police said on Wednesday.

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  • Turkey, Greece seek NATO mission in Aegean: German official

    Turkey and Greece have agreed to ask for a NATO mission to monitor refugee flows in the Aegean Sea and combat people smugglers, a senior German government official said late on Wednesday. "Turkey and Greece are both asking NATO to develop an overview of the situation with the national coastguards…

  • Big rise in sex offence complaints at Cologne carnival

    The number of sexual offence complaints almost quadrupled at this year's carnival celebrations in Cologne, German police said Wednesday, despite heightened security aimed at preventing a repeat of the mass assaults that marred the city's New Year celebrations. A total of 66 complaints for sexual…

  • EU pushes Greece on migrant crisis

    The EU piled pressure on Greece on Wednesday over the migrant crisis, telling Athens to improve conditions for refugees to shore up its borders or risk a suspension of the bloc's passport-free zone. Brussels said Athens must treat asylum seekers better so that other overstretched European Union…

  • NATO ministers approve new reinforcements for eastern Europe

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general announced.

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  • EU and Britain have big differences over 'ever closer union'

    LONDON (AP) — For Britain and the European Union, they are three little words that expose big philosophical differences: "Ever closer union."

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  • Poland to join fight versus Islamic State in return for NATO help in east

    By Wiktor Szary WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will join the fight against Islamic State, its defense minister said on Wednesday, though he signaled that the scale of its involvement would depend on NATO's response to Russia's renewed assertiveness on the alliance's eastern flank.     The announcement,…