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February 19, 2015 - 11:45am
1 week 5 days ago

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has named a political ally as head of the country's intelligence service.

President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday named Eduard Hellvig, a European Parliament lawmaker, to the position after the previous chief resigned criticizing the country's top court for rejecting security laws that allowed the government to collect data on people without court approval.

Parliament needs to approve his nomination....

February 19, 2015 - 11:36am
1 week 5 days ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans are lining up to change money as the country allows banks and money exchangers to trade dollars at a rate near the country's black currency market.

The South American country debuted a new exchange system last week aimed at easing the country's economic crisis. Last week, the system went into effect for foreign credit cards. On Thursday, Venezuelans got their first crack at trading local cash for paper dollars.

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February 19, 2015 - 11:08am
1 week 5 days ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's finance minister rejects the idea that international bailout lenders' efforts to help Greece might restrict their ability to support Ukraine in coming years.

The International Monetary Fund last week announced a $40 billion support package for Ukraine. It includes $17.5 billion of direct IMF funding, money from the European Union, and up to $15 billion in expected debt renegotiation by Ukraine.

Some say Ukraine may need...

February 19, 2015 - 11:07am
1 week 6 days ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's former president and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa believes that global solidarity in economic sanctions against Russia would lead President Vladimir Putin to change his aggressive policy.

Speaking to The Associated Press on Thursday, Walesa said: "We can quickly win with Putin, but we need solidarity."

Walesa said Putin's policy of aggression against Ukraine was "not to be understood" but could result from a historic...

February 19, 2015 - 11:02am
1 week 6 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Britpop icons Blur are back, with a big summer show and their first album in more than a decade.

The band members announced Thursday that they will headline a British Summer Time concert in Hyde Park on June 20.

Blur last reunited for the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.

The quartet of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree and Alex James also said they planned to release a new album, "The Magic Whip."...

February 19, 2015 - 10:56am
1 week 6 days ago

LONDON (AP) — A teenage British convert to Islam who said he wanted to decapitate a soldier has been convicted of terrorism.

A jury at London's Central Criminal Court found 19-year-old Brusthom Ziamani guilty Thursday of preparing an act of terrorism.

Prosecutors said Ziamani was inspired by the two Islamic extremists who murdered soldier Lee Rigby in a London street in 2013.

They said he researched the location of army cadet...

February 19, 2015 - 10:19am
1 week 6 days ago

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The head of the United Nations Mission for Emergency Ebola Response has hailed Liberia's success in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, citing a daily drop in cases from hundreds to less than 10.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said Thursday on his second visit to the West African nation that the biggest risk now is fatigue and complacency.

Liberia has seen the highest death toll from the Ebola epidemic, with 3,800 killed....

February 19, 2015 - 9:39am
1 week 6 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — A nurse in Germany has expressed regret for killing up to 30 patients by giving them an overdose of heart medication.

News agency dpa reported that the 38-year-old man told the Oldenburg regional court on Thursday he brought about cardiac arrests in some 90 patients because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them. He said 30 died.

The defendant, identified only as Niels H. in line with German privacy rules, is accused...

February 19, 2015 - 9:25am
1 week 6 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Iron Maiden says singer Bruce Dickinson has been treated for cancer of the tongue, but hopes to be back to full fitness soon.

A statement posted Thursday on the band's official website says a cancerous tumor was discovered during a check-up in December, and Dickinson has completed a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

It says the prognosis is "extremely good," and doctors expect Dickinson to make a full recovery, "with...

February 19, 2015 - 8:53am
1 week 6 days ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime minister of Poland, one of Europe's most critical voices on Russia, has held what she called "honest and difficult talks" with her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban, who faces sharp criticism in the West for cultivating closer ties with Russia.

Ewa Kopacz and Orban met Thursday in Warsaw, part of an effort by Orban to show that Hungary's growing closeness to Russia does not mean his country is turning its back on its Western alliance...

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