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Interior minister: France to reinstate border controls for major UN climate conference

November
6
,
2015
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PARIS — France will reinstate controls on its borders — normally open to other countries in Europe's free-travel zone — for the period around a major U.N. climate conference in Paris, the interior minister said Friday. ...

Portugal's communists, radicals go from fringe to heart of power after eurozone debt crisis

November
6
,
2015
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LISBON, Portugal — Die-hard communists are poised to walk the corridors of power in Portugal, and a new generation of leftist radicals is right beside them. The Portuguese Communist Party and the radical Left Bloc say they are hitching up...

Romanian government to resign following protests over deadly nightclub fire.

November
4
,
2015
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BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced the resignation of his government Wednesday following huge protests in the wake of a nightclub fire that killed more than 30 people. "I'm handing in my mandate,...

Erdogan's aide says Turkey could hold a referendum on a strong presidency

November
4
,
2015
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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey could hold a referendum on constitutional changes for a new political system, reviving a highly contentious push to increase the powers of the president, an aide to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday The...

Bosnia and Serbia hold first session of their governments; aim to improve their relations

November
4
,
2015
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SARAJEVO, Bosnia — Seeking to improve their relations and contribute to the stabilization of the Western Balkans, the Bosnian and Serbian governments are holding their first joint session since their conflict started 25 years during the...

Early preliminary results reported by state-run TV suggest victory for Turkish ruling party

November
1
,
2015
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ANKARA, Turkey — State-run TRT television says that preliminary results in Turkey's crucial parliamentary election suggest a surprising boost for the ruling party. It said that with 76 per cent of the votes counted, the ruling Justice...

Romanian officials say nightclub death toll is expected to rise 'significantly'

November
1
,
2015
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BUCHAREST, Romania — A Romanian doctor says the number of deaths from a horrific nightclub fire and stampede in Bucharest is expected to rise "significantly" because so many of the injured have severe burns. Ioan Lascar, a doctor...

European Central Bank review shows hole in Greek banks' finances smaller than first feared

October
31
,
2015
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FRANKFURT — The European Central Bank says Greece's battered banks need 14.4 billion euros ($15.8 billion) in fresh money to get back on their feet and resume normal business. The figure announced Saturday is the result of an ECB review...

Polish court rules that law forbids extradition of Roman Polanski to the US

October
30
,
2015
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WARSAW, Poland — A court in Poland ruled Friday that the law forbids the extradition of filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S., where he pleaded guilty nearly four decades ago to having sex with a minor. The decision by a judge in Krakow...

7 dead after boat capsizes off Lesbos; least 30 others still missing

October
29
,
2015
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LESBOS, Greece — Greek authorities have raised to seven the number of dead from a boat that capsized off the eastern island of Lesbos and are still looking for more than 30 others. The coast guard said the bodies of two children, a man and...