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February 12, 2016 - 7:44am
3 min 22 sec ago

DETMOLD, Germany (AP) — Three Jewish Auschwitz survivors have testified in the second day of the trial of a former SS sergeant alleged to have served as a guard in the Nazi death camp.

The defendant, 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning, showed no emotion as the witnesses told of crematoria chimneys belching out flames, naked prisoners being taken to the gas chambers and people being shot before their eyes.

Prosecutors argue that Hanning is guilty of 170,000...

February 12, 2016 - 7:43am
3 min 22 sec ago

ISTANBUL (AP) — A private news agency says a five-story building has collapsed in the Turkish city of Istanbul and a number of people are believed to be trapped in the rubble.

The Dogan news agency said the building collapsed Friday in a street near Istanbul's pedestrian Istiklal Avenue, a main shopping district.

Dogan says a cafeteria was located at the entrance of the building although it was not known if anyone was inside at the time of collapse...

February 12, 2016 - 7:40am
3 min 22 sec ago

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's government says it plans to relocate Burundian refugees to other countries following accusations that it is harboring and training rebels opposed to the Burundian government.

Rwanda is currently hosting about 75,000 refugees who fled violence in Burundi following President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term last April.

The Burundian government has accused Rwanda of training and arming rebels, charges...

February 12, 2016 - 7:39am
3 min 22 sec ago

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says there is "no intention" by any countries to pull out of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over concerns about the Zika virus.

Bach, speaking ahead of the opening ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, says he has "full confidence" in the actions being undertaken by the Brazilian authorities and global health organizations to combat the outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus.

At the...

February 12, 2016 - 7:37am
3 min 22 sec ago

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese prime minister says he has taken note of European Union concerns about his debt-heavy country's spending plans but is determined to make his anti-austerity program work.

Prime Minister Antonio Costa says his center-left government's budget for this year lays the foundations for new growth, job creation, better welfare benefits and a lower deficit.

He told Parliament on Friday that government spending will abide by...

February 12, 2016 - 7:31am
3 min 22 sec ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A top European human rights official says that Poland's Constitutional Tribunal has become "paralyzed" by the country's new government and that this threatens not only the rule of law and checks and balances on its power but also the human rights of Polish citizens.

Nils Muiznieks, human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe, gave his assessment to reporters on Friday after four days of meetings with Polish government leaders and human...

February 12, 2016 - 7:29am
3 min 22 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — Police in southern Germany say a third black box has been recovered from the wreckage of two trains involved in a fatal head-on crash.

Eleven people died and scores were injured, some seriously, when the commuter trains slammed into each other at speed Tuesday near Bad Aibling, 60 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Munich.

Police said Friday they've found the missing black box for the train coming from Bad Aibling. It is damaged, but...

February 12, 2016 - 7:26am
3 min 22 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — Facebook has lost a crucial legal battle as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.

The ruling Friday by the Paris appeals court could set a legal precedent in France, where Facebook has 30 million regular users. It can be appealed to France's highest court.

A 57-year-old Parisian teacher and art lover...

February 12, 2016 - 7:24am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is acknowledging that the overall functioning of the Schengen area of borderless travel "is at serious risk" and says Greece must make further efforts to deal with the migrant crisis at its source.

The EU nations said in a statement that there are "serious deficiencies" to how Greece is protecting its border, which also is an external border of the whole Schengen zone of passport-free travel, and urged Athens to address them....

February 12, 2016 - 7:12am
3 min 22 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian regional court has ruled that an Orthodox Church diocese can repay part of an outstanding debt in prayers rather than money.

In a ruling that went viral Thursday, the Nizhegorodsky Regional Court said the local Russian Orthodox Church diocese can repay 258,000 rubles ($3,244) it owes for the installation of a boiler system— along with an additional 65,000 rubles ($817) in fines and legal fees— by praying for the health of the company that...

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