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  • Weak uptake for new eurozone stimulus program

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has launched a new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more — but low demand for the first round of its super-cheap loans suggests the difficulty the ECB faces in reviving the economy. The central bank for the 18-country eurozone...

  • Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: "Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?" Though she was half joking, her comment revealed an anxiety Poles express frequently these days — that Russian aggression in...

  • East Ukraine casualties rise as rebels reject deal

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling in rebel-held parts of east Ukraine killed at least 12 civilians on Wednesday, as a top leader of pro-Russian rebels rejected Ukrainian legislation meant to end the unrest by granting self-rule to large swaths of the east. The city council of Donetsk, the...

  • Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country's rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. The actions by lawmakers began to flesh out the emerging...

  • Kurds in Europe take up arms against IS group

    KOEGE, Denmark (AP) — Shaho Pirani says he's just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq. The 30-year-old Kurd, who fled from Iran with his older brother in 1991, says he feels a moral duty to help the...

  • A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO

    BRUSSELS (AP) — If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance. In breaking away from the...

  • NATO-member countries delivering weapons to Ukraine

    "I have no right to disclose any specific country we reached that agreement with. But the fact is that those weapons are already on the way to us," Ukraine's defense minister said.

  • Obama: Combating Islamic State not US fight alone

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says the new fight must avoid what he calls mistakes of the past. Obama says more nations are joining a coalition against the extremists....

  • European states struggle with Draghi's challenge

    MILAN (AP) — Eurozone finance ministers on Friday said they were willing to help the European Central Bank in its plan to save the economy. How much they can do in practice, however, remains unclear. The ministers met for the first time since ECB President Mario Draghi sketched out this month...

  • European countries condemn Estonian's abduction

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Nine European countries demanded on Friday that Russia immediately release an Estonian security service officer who was abducted by unknown gunmen a week ago and taken across the Russian border. At a scheduled meeting in Tallinn, the capital, eight Nordic and Baltic...

  • EU sanctions hit Russian oil companies, lawmakers

    BRUSSELS (AP) — New European Union sanctions against Russia announced Friday toughen financial penalties on the country's banks, arms makers and its biggest oil company, to punish Moscow for what the West sees as efforts to destabilize Ukraine. The EU measures, details of which were released...

  • Russia cuts gas supplies to Poland

    Russia's natural gas supplies to Poland have dropped by 45 percent this week, Poland's state gas company told the BBC, a move many analysts saw as punishment for Poland sending gas to Ukraine.

  • Examiner Q&A with Devin Nunes: 'It might already be too late' for Ukraine

    That Rep. Devin Nunes is critical of President Obama’s strategy for confronting Russia and the Islamic State is hardly surprising. The California Republican is more hawkish than Obama, and more inclined to advocate for the U.S. playing a central leadership role in confronting international...

  • Mixed views in East Europe on higher NATO defense

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Leaders in most Eastern European nations are just short of jubilant after NATO created a rapid-reaction "spearhead" force to protect the region from Russian bullying. They have long sought a commitment to allay their fears, especially following Russia's recent aggression in...

  • Obama in Europe: Brief glimpse of good old days

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, it was a brief glimpse of his good old days in Europe when the continent cheered his ascent to the White House. Obama received an enthusiastic welcome in Estonia from Baltic leaders who see American military power as the best safeguard of their own...



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