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November 17, 2015 - 5:03am
1 week 3 days ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm is warning that Austria, Italy and Lithuania are at risk of not meeting budget requirements demanded by rules governing the euro currency, which is used by 19 countries.

In a regular assessment of year-ahead budget plans, the European Commission says no country's draft budgetary plan has been found to be seriously in breach of euro rules.

The assessment is part of a concerted effort by euro countries...

November 17, 2015 - 4:58am
1 week 3 days ago

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The European Broadcasting Union says Australia has been invited to submit an entry to next year's Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Stockholm.

Spokesman Jon Ola Sand says in a statement the glitzy song fest "has the potential to evolve organically into a truly global event," adding Australian attendance "is an exciting step in that direction."

Australia competed in the 60th edition in Vienna in May as a one-off...

November 17, 2015 - 4:49am
1 week 3 days ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — With a towering warship behind him, President Barack Obama says the U.S. will hand over two ships to the Philippine Navy to boost its maritime security capabilities, in a bid to show the U.S. and its allies won't be cowed by China in disputed waters far off its coast.

Obama says the pair of ships — one U.S. Coast Guard cutter, one research vessel — were part of a broader American plan to scale up assistance to naval forces in Southeast Asia....

November 17, 2015 - 4:47am
1 week 2 days ago

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The latest news as hundreds of thousands make their way across Europe in search of safety and a better life. All times local.

8:50 p.m.

Britain's international development secretary is signaling that her country will not impose new restrictions on refugee admissions in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Justine Greening told reporters Tuesday says "we're confident that the checks we've put in place are the...

November 17, 2015 - 4:43am
1 week 3 days ago

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's opposition has used tear gas and pepper spray inside Parliament and pelted police with rocks and pink paint outside the building in another attempt to force the government to renounce recent deals with Serbia and Montenegro.

Albin Kurti, a leader of the opposition Self-Determination Movement, used pepper spray on ministers, forcing lawmakers to evacuate the main hall Tuesday. Outside, police also used tear gas to stop rock-throwing...

November 17, 2015 - 4:23am
1 week 3 days ago

MILAN (AP) — European car buyers appeared reluctant to punish Volkswagen for its emissions scandal, with new figures showing the German automaker's sales declined — but no more than its competitors'.

The European carmaker's association, ACEA, said Tuesday that the European car market expanded 2.9 percent in October, topping 1.1 million units as growth slowed in all major markets.

VW remained the top seller, commanding a quarter of the market, in the...

November 17, 2015 - 4:19am
1 week 3 days ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Barack Obama says Australia's new prime minister has accepted an invitation to the White House.

Obama says newly elected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull likely will visit Washington this winter.

The president announced the visit after a meeting with the prime minister on the sidelines of an economic summit in Manila. It was the two leaders' first formal meeting since Turnbull was elected prime minister in...

November 17, 2015 - 3:42am
1 week 3 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russia's FSB security service says the crash of the passenger plane in Egypt was the result of a 'terrorist' act.

Alexander Bortnikov told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that a homemade explosive device blew up on the plane.

All 224 people on board the plane, most of them Russian tourists, were killed in the Oct. 31 crash.

November 17, 2015 - 3:36am
1 week 2 days ago

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local):


5:55 a.m.

An official says a large police operation is under way in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis and it's believed to be linked to the deadly attacks on the French capital.

The police official says there have been exchanges of gunfire and special SWAT teams are on the scene. The official was not authorized to be publicly named...

November 17, 2015 - 3:26am
1 week 3 days ago

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local):

9 a.m.

Activists say a new wave of airstrikes have struck the northern Syrian city of Raqqa the de facto capital of the Islamic State group.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Raqqa-based collective called Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reported seven airstrikes on the city.

Both activist groups said the...

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