SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — A deputy Russian foreign minister says external players cannot solve the Syria crisis and that "short-sighted'" Western policies in the Middle East have helped destabilize countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya.
Vasily Nebenzya spoke Friday at a regional World Economic Forum conference.
Russia has been a key ally of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad and has shielded him diplomatically.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says governments that share the euro currency shouldn't wait for better times to push through reforms that would boost sluggish growth.
Draghi said tough measures to clear away bureaucracy and make hiring and firing more flexible are needed quickly to energize the economy.
He rejected arguments that looser hiring and firing rules only work over the long term and could hurt the hesitant...
MADRID (AP) — Five Spanish opposition parties are challenging the legality of the conservative government's new Public Security Law, known as the "gag law," before the country's top court.
The law, due to come into force July 1, allows for the summary expulsion of migrants caught entering the country's North African enclaves illegally and sets hefty fines for protests outside parliament buildings or strategic installations.
ISTANBUL (AP) — "Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz?"
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his office will provide a Mercedes to the country's top Muslim cleric, who returned one following an uproar over his extravagance.
Mehmet Gormez, head of the government body that regulates religious affairs, returned his Mercedes after news media reported that his office had spent 1 million Turkish lira ($384,000) on the new car....
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's first lady has visited the Yasukuni shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie does not hold political office, but her visit could be seen as symbolic.
Visits by politicians to Yasukuni have in the past angered Japan's neighbors, such as China and South...
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron is warning the European Union of tough times ahead as his nation is seeking a drastic reform of the bloc ahead of a referendum on whether to leave.
In his first meeting with his EU counterparts since his election victory, Cameron said that "there will be lots of noise, lots of ups and downs along the way."
Cameron has pledged to hold a national vote on whether Britain should leave the EU before...