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Eurozone Growth Falters Further in 2019

Eurozone Growth Falters Further in 2019

A closely watched survey shows that economic growth across the 19-country eurozone dipped further at the start of 2019 to its lowest level in five-and-a-half years.

Two Soldiers Killed by Ebola in DR Congo

Two Soldiers Killed by Ebola in DR Congo

Two soldiers in eastern DR Congo have died after catching Ebola in an outbreak that has killed hundreds in the region, army and health sources said on Tuesday.

PICTURES: Tear Gas, Fires, and Riot Police at Paris Yellow Vest Protest

PICTURES: Tear Gas, Fires, and Riot Police at Paris Yellow Vest Protest

PARIS (AP) — France’s yellow vest movement kept up pressure on President Emmanuel Macron with mainly peaceful marches and scattered skirmishes Saturday, its 11th straight weekend action despite internal divisions and growing worries about protest violence.

Sinking Ship: EU Central Bank Downgrades Eurozone's Economic Outlook

Sinking Ship: EU Central Bank Downgrades Eurozone's Economic Outlook

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - European Central Bank head Mario Draghi on Thursday issued a darker outlook for the region's economy and said the bank is ready to use all its monetary levers in case the slowdown takes a turn for the worse.

Poland: Car Hits Policeman, Rams into Presidential Palace

Poland: Car Hits Policeman, Rams into Presidential Palace

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - A car driving the wrong way down a street struck a policeman near the Polish president's headquarters Tuesday before speeding off and ramming into a metal barrier protecting the driveway of the building, officials said.

Davos Men Gather Under a Cloud as Globalism in Retreat Worldwide

Davos Men Gather Under a Cloud as Globalism in Retreat Worldwide

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - As the world's financial and political elites convene here in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum, their vision of ever-closer commercial and political ties is under attack - and the economic outlook is darkening.

Queen's 97-year-old Husband Survives Dramatic Car Smash

Queen's 97-year-old Husband Survives Dramatic Car Smash

LONDON (AP) - A witness has described how he helped Queen Elizabeth II's husband out of his car after it rolled over in an accident on a busy road known for safety issues in eastern England.

Nervous Barnier 'Fearing More than Ever' There Will Be a No Deal Brexit

Nervous Barnier 'Fearing More than Ever' There Will Be a No Deal Brexit

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says the bloc is stepping up preparations for a chaotic no-deal departure of Britain from the bloc after the rejection of the draft withdrawal deal in London left the EU “fearing more than ever that there is a risk” of a cliff-edge departure.

Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum Attack Refuses to Testify

Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum Attack Refuses to Testify

BRUSSELS (AP) — A French citizen charged with “terrorist murder” for the slayings of four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium refused to testify at his trial Tuesday, saying he didn’t commit the killings but the court had barred witnesses who could have spoken on his behalf.

Macron Hands a Billion Euros to Iraq as Paris Burns

Macron Hands a Billion Euros to Iraq as Paris Burns

BAGHDAD (AP) — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says France is committing 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) to help Iraq rebuild after its war against the Islamic State group.

Paris Building Blast Blows Out Windows, Flips Cars

Paris Building Blast Blows Out Windows, Flips Cars

PARIS (AP) - A powerful explosion and fire apparently caused by a gas leak at a Paris bakery Saturday injured several people, blasted out windows and overturned cars, police said.

Empress Merkel: Protests to Be Banned from Swathes of Athens for German Visit

Empress Merkel: Protests to Be Banned from Swathes of Athens for German Visit

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Authorities have banned demonstrations in a large section of central Athens and will shut down streets and subway stations during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who arrives in the Greek capital Thursday afternoon for meetings with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and other officials.

Swedish Hospital Confirms No Ebola After Scare

Swedish Hospital Confirms No Ebola After Scare

Swedish health officials say a suspected Ebola case reported by a hospital has turned out to be a false alarm with tests carried out on the unidentified patient showing no signs of the deadly virus.

UK: Man Shot Dead During Police Operation in Coventry

UK: Man Shot Dead During Police Operation in Coventry

British police say a 31-year-old man has been shot dead by armed officers in central England, and two others were detained at the scene following an "intelligence-led" operation.

Police Release Two Drone Incursion Suspects in Gatwick Travel Chaos

Police Release Two Drone Incursion Suspects in Gatwick Travel Chaos

LONDON (AP) — British police on Sunday released a man and a woman who had been arrested in connection with the drone incursions at London’s Gatwick Airport that had disrupted holiday plans for tens of thousands of travellers.

Migrant Transport Ship Rejected by Italy, Heads to Socialist Spain

Migrant Transport Ship Rejected by Italy, Heads to Socialist Spain

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s Foreign Ministry gave permission Saturday to an aid boat carrying 311 rescued migrants to set course for Spain after Italy and other Mediterranean countries did not answer its request to dock.

More Trouble for EU Economy as Romanian Stocks Plunge

More Trouble for EU Economy as Romanian Stocks Plunge

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Romanian stocks on Wednesday dived after the government unveiled a surprise package to slash the budget deficit by raising 10 billion lei ($2.45 billion) of extra revenue, including through a tax on banks.

France Terror Attack: One Person to Appear Before Judge

France Terror Attack: One Person to Appear Before Judge

PARIS (AP) — One person is to appear before a judge as part of a terrorism-related investigation into a shooting attack that killed five people last week near a Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Monday.

May Returns to Brussels For Brexit Talks After Seeing Off Leadership Challenge

May Returns to Brussels For Brexit Talks After Seeing Off Leadership Challenge

AP — Germany’s foreign minister says he’s relieved that Britain’s governing party stopped short of creating “total chaos” in the Brexit process, but is indicating that he still sees little chance of substantial concessions to London on its European Union divorce deal.

Merkel's Successor Moves to Consolidate Party Power

Merkel's Successor Moves to Consolidate Party Power

BERLIN (AP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's successor at the helm of Germany's main center-right party is moving quickly to consolidate her power after a narrow victory, proposing a young conservative for a key leadership post in a move that appears designed to build bridges.

Britain's Top Civil Servant Dead at 56

Britain's Top Civil Servant Dead at 56

LONDON (AP) - Jeremy Heywood, a powerful government adviser who ran Britain's civil service until illness forced him to step down, has died of cancer, the government said Sunday.

Merkel Coalition Set for Another Battering in Hesse Elections

Merkel Coalition Set for Another Battering in Hesse Elections

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's central region of Hesse was voting Sunday in a state election marked by discontent with infighting in the national government - and its results could help determine whether Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration has a long-term future.

Romanian Heterosexual Marriage Referendum Voided by Low Turnout

Romanian Heterosexual Marriage Referendum Voided by Low Turnout

Romanian election officials say more than 90 percent of those who took part in a national referendum supported defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but the vote was invalidated as too few people cast ballots.

France's Macron Suffers Another Cabinet Resignation

France's Macron Suffers Another Cabinet Resignation

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has assumed responsibility for France's domestic security after the interior minister resigned in an apparent act of defiance toward President Emmanuel Macron.

PICTURES: Catalan Separatists Clash with Police in Barcelona

PICTURES: Catalan Separatists Clash with Police in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Catalan separatists clashed with police on Saturday in downtown Barcelona, with two arrests being made, as tensions increase before the anniversary of the Spanish region's illegal referendum on secession that ended in violent raids by security forces.

Migrants Aboard Italian Coast Guard Ship Begin Hunger Strike

Migrants Aboard Italian Coast Guard Ship Begin Hunger Strike

ROME (AP) — Many of the 150 migrants stranded aboard a coast guard ship for a ninth day began a hunger strike Friday out of frustration that Italy won’t let them disembark in Sicily unless fellow European Union nations first pledge to take them, authorities said, in the latest standoff provoked by Italy’s anti-migrant interior minister.

Putin Dances at Austrian Foreign Minister's Wedding

Putin Dances at Austrian Foreign Minister's Wedding

BERLIN (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

UK Govt Warns No-Deal 'Hard' Brexit 'A Very Real Risk'

UK Govt Warns No-Deal 'Hard' Brexit 'A Very Real Risk'

BERLIN (AP) – Britain’s top diplomat warned Monday that the country could crash out of the European Union next year without an agreement on future relations with Brussels because of the hard line taken by EU negotiators.

Migrants Reaching Spain by Sea Up 120 Percent

Migrants Reaching Spain by Sea Up 120 Percent

(AP) — The Spanish government reports that the number of migrants reaching the country by sea is up more than 120 percent this year as the so-called Western Mediterranean route gained recognition as an alternative way to Europe.

Top European Central Bank Boss Denies Bribery Charges

Top European Central Bank Boss Denies Bribery Charges

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – The Latvian member of the European Central Bank’s top policymaking board has rejected charges of bribery. Latvian broadcaster LSM cites Ilmars Rimsevics, head of the Baltic country’s central bank, as saying: “I completely deny all these allegations.

German Court Upholds Height Requirement for Police Officers

German Court Upholds Height Requirement for Police Officers

BERLIN (AP) — A court has upheld the minimum height requirement for police officers in Germany’s most populous state, throwing out the case of three female recruits who were slightly too short.

EU Votes to Punish Hungary for Migrant Policies

EU Votes to Punish Hungary for Migrant Policies

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers have voted for launching action against Hungary over allegations that Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government is breaching the bloc’s fundamental values.

EU Calls on Member States to Cough up For 'Africa Trust Fund'

EU Calls on Member States to Cough up For 'Africa Trust Fund'

BRUSSELS (AP) – European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is urging EU member countries to put more money into an Africa trust fund as the bloc looks to set up migrant screening centers outside Europe.

Explosion Destroys Apartment Block in Germany, 25 Injured

Explosion Destroys Apartment Block in Germany, 25 Injured

Twenty-five people were injured, four of them severely, when an explosion destroyed an apartment building in the western German city of Wuppertal, police said Sunday. They would not comment on whether they suspected the incident was terror-related.

EU Plans Summit as Migrant Policy Row Builds

EU Plans Summit as Migrant Policy Row Builds

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders from a group of European Union countries, led by Germany and France, will meet Sunday to thrash out possible solutions to a divisive row over migrants.

Europol: Homegrown Jihadis Behind Most 2017 Attacks

Europol: Homegrown Jihadis Behind Most 2017 Attacks

PARIS (AP) — Europol says armed jihadis plotted or carried out more attacks in Europe last year than in 2016, with a total of 33 attacks either planned or executed.

German, Danish Police Raids on Illegal Migrant Sham Marriages 

German, Danish Police Raids on Illegal Migrant Sham Marriages 

BERLIN (AP) — More than 150 German and Danish police officers searched a dozen apartments and offices Wednesday in a joint cross-border raid on an illegal human trafficking network that focused on arranging hundreds of sham marriages.

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