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February 19, 2015 - 8:24am
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LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense minister says Russia poses a "real and present danger" to European security.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon's comments come after Royal Air Force jets were scrambled to escort two Russian bombers away from British airspace after they approached the coast of southwest England on Wednesday.

Prime Minister David Cameron says the Russian planes did not enter U.K. airspace. Cameron says he suspects the Russians were "...

February 19, 2015 - 7:53am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union stands ready to beef up its border surveillance mission in the Mediterranean if Italy requests and is supplying 13.7 million euros ($15.6 million) to help Rome cope with the migrant influx.

The EU's top migration official, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said Thursday that "we are ready to respond constructively if Italy identifies the need to step up Operation Triton."

Avramopoulos also announced that the border...

February 19, 2015 - 7:49am
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RIGA, Latvia (AP) — A top EU official says the 28-member bloc will provide armored cars and satellite imagery to monitor a cease-fire in Ukraine but is undecided whether to commit troops to a proposed U.N.-mandated peacekeeping mission.

Maciej Popowski, deputy secretary general for External Action Service, said Thursday "there needs to be more clarity" on the proposal by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko before the EU could decide on sending troops to Ukraine....

February 19, 2015 - 7:48am
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Police officers from Austria and Germany are joining their Hungarian colleagues in railway patrols meant to catch migrants making their way west from Hungary.

EU-member Hungary is seeing a torrent of migrants flood across its borders. Some 25,000 migrants have been detained in Hungary so far this year, compared to nearly 45,000 last year. Most are from Kosovo and arrive across Hungary's southern border with Serbia.

Hungary is...

February 19, 2015 - 7:46am
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BANGALORE, India (AP) — Two aircraft of an aerobatic team scraped each other in the sky while performing stunts at an air show in southern India. Both landed safely but the wing of one plane was damaged.

The planes from the Flying Bulls stunt team from the Czech Republic grazed each other Thursday at the Aero India show held on the outskirts of Bangalore city.

Hundreds of people had gathered to see the show.

Aero India is a...

February 19, 2015 - 7:42am
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BERLIN (AP) — Germany has responded coldly to Greece's request for a six-month extension to its rescue loan agreement without the associated spending cuts.

German Finance Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said in a statement Thursday that a letter from the new Greek government "is not a substantial proposal for a solution."

He says that it amounts to a request "for bridge financing without fulfilling the demands of the (bailout) program."...

February 19, 2015 - 7:30am
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's government has pledged 970 million kroner ($130 million) to strengthen anti-terrorism measures, including by boosting foreign and domestic intelligence gathering.

The announcement follows weekend attacks against a free speech event and a synagogue left two people dead and five wounded in Copenhagen.

The government started drafting the plans last month after lawmakers demanded a review of anti-terror measures...

February 19, 2015 - 7:26am
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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Thousands of court officials in Slovakia are on a one-day warning strike, complaining of low pay and underfunding of the legal system.

Their action caused delays and interruptions in court proceedings all across the country.

According to labor unions, administrative officials from the country's 63 county, regional and other courts, a total of more than 3,700 are striking. Their protest is supported by judges who, however,...

February 19, 2015 - 7:12am
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LONDON (AP) — A new study finds the world is increasingly hungry for junk food, despite there being more fruit, vegetables and healthy options available than ever before

In survey of eating habits in nearly 190 countries, researchers found that even though people are eating more healthy foods including whole grains and fish, there has been an even bigger jump in the amount of junk food eaten.

Among the findings, older adults ate better than younger...

February 19, 2015 - 6:55am
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RAMAT GAN, Israel (AP) — The Israeli military's chief legal adviser said on Thursday that he is not concerned about a possible investigation by the International Criminal Court into Israel's conduct during last year's Gaza war.

Israel's own internal probes are sufficient, said advocate general Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni.

The Palestinians recently joined the Netherlands-based court and have threatened to press war crimes charges against Israel there. But...

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