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February 16, 2015 - 4:26am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has added 19 more individuals, including five Russians, on its sanctions list for their actions linked to the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The EU published the list, which also included nine entities, on Monday, one week after the EU foreign ministers decided on the issue. There was a week's lapse in the publishing of the list because of the negotiations which led to an agreement between Ukraine and Russia last Thursday....

February 16, 2015 - 4:20am
1 week 3 days ago

PARIS (AP) — French leaders say they will defend the Jewish community against attacks, after growing unease and calls from the Israeli leader for a mass immigration.

French President Francois Hollande said Monday he will not allow people to believe that "Jews no longer have a place in Europe" after this weekend's deadly shooting at a Danish synagogue and the desecration of hundreds of graves at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France.

European Jews were...

February 16, 2015 - 4:11am
1 week 3 days ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency is quoting a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman denying a report that the country's supreme leader wrote a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama.

The report late Sunday by the IRNA news agency comes amid ongoing negotiations between Iran and world powers over the Islamic Republic's contested nuclear program.

The agency quoted spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as saying the report Saturday by the Wall Street Journal...

February 16, 2015 - 4:02am
1 week 3 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's finance minister says he's very skeptical that officials from the 19 countries that use the euro will reach a deal on Greece's debt when they meet on Monday.

The new Greek government is seeking short-term "bridge financing" until a new solution to Greece's crushing debt load is found.

Asked if he expects a solution at Monday's meeting of eurozone finance ministers, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said that what he's...

February 16, 2015 - 3:48am
1 week 3 days ago

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Less than a week after Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was jailed for sodomy, his lawyers say he faces a serious health risk, being kept in a bare cell with just a 2-inch-thick foam mattress on the floor, a bucket for bathing and a squat toilet.

Anwar began a five-year prison sentence last Tuesday after the country's top court turned down his final appeal, ruling there was overwhelming evidence that he had sodomized a former male...

February 16, 2015 - 3:44am
1 week 3 days ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi is talking with Sri Lanka's newly elected president as the South Asia neighbors seek to strengthen strategic ties, increase trade and resolve long-standing issues between them.

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena was meeting with Indian officials Monday after arriving on his first foreign visit since winning the election last month.

Indian officials said New Delhi would discuss ways to speed up...

February 16, 2015 - 3:23am
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two Danish sources close to the investigation have confirmed to The Associated Press that the slain gunman behind two deadly shooting attacks in Copenhagen last weekend was Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because Copenhagen police have not named the gunman, who they said was a 22-year-old Dane. Several Danish media have already named him.

The attacks in Copenhagen killed two people...

February 16, 2015 - 2:40am
1 week 3 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — The Ukrainian government and Russia-backed rebels are accusing each other of violating a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine.

Hopes for ending the 10-month long conflict surfaced after the cease-fire was announced on Sunday.

Separatist military spokesman Eduard Basurin said in a televised news conference on Monday that the government launched an artillery strike overnight on Horlivka, a town under rebel control.

Ukraine,...

February 16, 2015 - 2:33am
1 week 3 days ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's ruling party-controlled legislature has approved President Park Geun-hye's choice for prime minister following fierce political wrangling over whether he's fit for the country's No. 2 job.

The National Assembly passed the appointment of Lee Wan Koo in a 148-128 vote Monday. Five lawmakers abstained.

Outgoing Prime Minister Chung Hong-won offered to resign following last year's ferry sinking that killed more...

February 16, 2015 - 1:34am
1 week 3 days ago

CAIRO (AP) — Security officials say Egyptian warplanes have staged a second wave of airstrikes against positions of the Islamic State group in neighboring Libya.

The officials said the warplanes struck on Monday in Darna, an extremist stronghold in eastern Libya. The first wave of airstrikes also targeted Darna.

The airstrikes are in retaliation for the extremists' beheading of a group of Egyptian Christian hostages on a beach, shown in an online...

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