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Greece: EU backs 80 million euro housing scheme for stranded migrants

December
14
,
2015
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ATHENS, Greece — The European Union has pledged to spend 80 million euros ($88 million) on a housing scheme for migrants and asylum speakers stranded in Greece. Kristalina Georgieva, the EU Commissioner for Budget and Human resources,...

Romanian psychologist dies of burns in German hospital, nightclub fire death toll rises to 61

December
14
,
2015
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BUCHAREST, Romania — Authorities say a psychologist who was burned in a Bucharest nightclub fire has succumbed to her injuries, bringing the death toll to 61. The health ministry says 36-year-old Ioana Raluca Panculescu died Sunday in a...

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Aamer calls for UK public inquiry but no prosecutions for his abuse

December
14
,
2015
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LONDON — The last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay says former Prime Minister Tony Blair and other senior officials should be granted legal immunity to reveal what they knew about British complicity in abuses during the so-called war on...

Landmark election gives Spaniards chance to weigh in on state of nation: Sick or thriving?

December
14
,
2015
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MADRID — In the main plaza of a wealthy suburban bastion of Spain's ruling Popular Party, volunteers hand out campaign pamphlets trumpeting economic gains ahead of Sunday's national election. Sipping an espresso nearby, toy company...

Merkel says Germany will reduce its migrant influx, but sticks to stance 'we will manage it'

December
14
,
2015
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KARLSRUHE, Germany — Germany will reduce the influx of migrants coming in, Chancellor Angela Merkel promised her conservative party on Monday, insisting that she's still confident her approach will work and Europe will pass its...

OPEC ministers agree to keep production at current level, above formal ceiling

December
4
,
2015
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VIENNA — OPEC oil ministers have effectively scrapped their official output ceiling and agreed to keep producing above that level. A statement at the end of their meeting Friday did not mention any decision on how much the 12-nation group...

Turkey says Turkish and Russian foreign minister will meet in Belgrade today

December
3
,
2015
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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's Foreign Ministry says the Turkish and Russian foreign ministers will meet on the sidelines of an Organization for Security and Cooperation meeting in the Serbian capital Belgrade. The meeting would be the first...

Vatican judge allows more time for defence in trial for leaks of confidential documents

November
30
,
2015
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VATICAN CITY — A Vatican judge on Monday granted more time for the defence to prepare for a trial over the leak of confidential documents that has put a Spanish monsignor, a pair of Italian journalists and two others in the dock. The...

Kosovo opposition disrupts Parliament session with tear gas once again

November
30
,
2015
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PRISTINA, Kosovo — Opposition lawmakers in Kosovo have again disrupted parliament with tear gas, in a continuing protest against deals with Serbia and Montenegro. Glauk Konjufca of the main opposition Self-Determination Movement Party on...

EU envoy slams Syria over chemical weapons declaration; Syria denies allegations

November
30
,
2015
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A European Union envoy criticized Syria on Monday for "gaps and contradictions" in its declarations about its chemical weapons arsenal to the global watchdog overseeing the destruction of the toxic armaments....