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December 1, 2015 - 6:39am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — Diplomats say NATO foreign ministers are expected to invite the small Adriatic Sea country of Montenegro into the military alliance despite the objection of Russia.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says Montenegro's accession is among several topics as top diplomats from its 28 member states meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Brussels. He said ministers will also discuss plans to beef up the air defenses of Turkey, future funding for Afghan forces and...

December 1, 2015 - 6:05am
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STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Turkey violated the European Convention on Human Rights by blocking access to YouTube.

A group of three Turkish law teachers had taken the case to the court in 2010 after a Turkish criminal court ordered the blocking of access to YouTube for more than two years because some videos videos were available that were "insulting to the memory" of Mustapha Kemal Ataturk — the first president of the...

December 1, 2015 - 6:02am
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman says Turkey's shooting down of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border last week has put a strain on Syrian peace talks.

Maria Zakharova told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the incident, in which two Russian servicemen were killed, not only strained the previously warm ties between Russia and Turkey but also "made the Vienna talks difficult" and made Moscow more determined to get other parties to agree on a list...

December 1, 2015 - 5:34am
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Europe's eurozone bailout institution has approved a 2.72 billion euro ($2.88 billion) disbursement to recapitalize Greece's ailing Piraeus Bank.

The amount is part of 10 billion euros set aside for Greek banks under the country's third international bailout, which was agreed on this year.

The fund, called European Stability Mechanism, said Tuesday that Piraeus had covered about 2.2 billion euros of a 4.93 billion euro shortfall...

December 1, 2015 - 5:20am
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MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have found eight apparently human skulls, and other bones, in shallow waters just off a popular northeastern beach.

A Catalonia regional police spokeswoman said the bones were found half-buried some three meters (10 feet) out from Els Palangrers beach, close to the town of Roses, north of Barcelona.

She said a local snorkeler had discovered the bones Sunday and notified police. The officer said police are...

December 1, 2015 - 5:07am
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MILAN (AP) — Authorities in Italy and Kosovo have detained four Kosovars suspected of making threats against the pope and a U.S. diplomat.

Italian police said Tuesday that three were detained in Italy; one was being held while two were expelled under anti-terrorism measures. Kosovo police, meanwhile, arrested an ethnic Albanian south of Pristina who had a pistol and a rifle in his possession.

Authorities in the northern city of Brescia said that the...

December 1, 2015 - 5:01am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — Further evidence has emerged that the recovery across the 19-country eurozone economy is helping to reduce unemployment, which according to official figures has fallen to a near four-year low.

Figures released Tuesday by the European Union's statistics agency show the unemployment rate across the region fell in October to 10.7 percent from 10.8 percent the previous month, after a 13,000 decline in the number out of work to 17.24 million....

December 1, 2015 - 4:59am
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BEIJING (AP) — Schools in the Chinese capital kept students indoors and parents brought their kids to hospitals with breathing ailments today as Beijing grapples with extremely severe air pollution for the fifth straight day.

The heavy smog obscured the capital's skylines with a monotonous gray and left buildings just a block or two away hardly discernable. Neon signs barely punctured the gloom, and many Beijing residents wore masks of various kinds while walking the...

December 1, 2015 - 4:41am
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PARIS (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for a reduction in tensions between Turkey and Russia following Turkey's shoot-down of a Russian warplane.

Obama is meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) in Paris on the sidelines of global climate talks.

Obama says Turkey is a NATO ally and has a right to defend itself. He says the U.S. is very interested in accelerating its military relationship with...

December 1, 2015 - 4:05am
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police official says that an explosion has struck a group of children who were playing on the outskirts of a provincial capital in the country's north, killing three boys and wounding 12 children, four of them critically.

Provincial police spokesman Jawed Basharat says the explosion took place on Tuesday at the outskirts of Puli Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province. He says the victims were all between 7 and 12 years old....

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