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Online gallery marks Battle of Waterloo bicentenary

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:38:42 PMGo to full article
Windsor Castle's "Waterloo at Windsor" exhibition is part of a series of events to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of WaterlooAn online gallery marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo went live Wednesday, showing off 200 relics from the time -- including the Duke of Wellington's famous boots. Drawn from museums and private collections across Europe, the historical objects recall the events south of Brussels in June 1815, when Wellington led the British and allied forces to a final, decisive victory over French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. As part of the anniversary events, Windsor Castle, west of London, has also put together a themed trail through the state apartments and a display including Napoleon's striking red cloak. Different versions of the boots have since become known as Wellington boots or "Wellies".

Gorbachev warns of military conflict between Russia, West

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:56:07 AMGo to full article
MOSCOW (AP) — Ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the confrontation between Russia and the West could spill into all-out war.

UN warns Ebola epidemic 'not yet contained'

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:48:24 AMGo to full article
A health worker checks the body temperature of fans as part of an ebola screening ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations group D football match between Cameroon and Ivory Coast in Malabo on January 28, 2015The Ebola epidemic is decreasing but is still present in a third of the areas of the three worst affected west African nations, UN Ebola coordinator David Nabarro warned Thursday. Nabarro was speaking at the African Union headquarters, as leaders gather a day ahead of a summit meeting where Ebola is a key issue for discussion. The worst outbreak of the virus in history has seen nearly 9,000 deaths in a year -- almost all in the three west African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone -- and sparked a major health scare worldwide.

Russia suspends role in Europe's human rights watchdog

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:32:02 AMGo to full article
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The head of Russia's delegation to Europe's human rights watchdog says the country will suspend its involvement after losing its right to vote.

Royal Dutch Shell reports 57 percent drop in net income

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:42:31 AMGo to full article
LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe's largest oil company by market value, said Thursday that fourth quarter net income fell 57 percent to $773 million and that it would cap spending this year in response to falling oil prices.

Nokia turns to fourth quarter profit buoyed by strong growth

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:28:40 AMGo to full article
HELSINKI (AP) — After selling its ailing handset unit, Nokia has turned a fourth-quarter net profit of 443 million euros ($502 million) with sales increasing nearly 10 percent, partly buoyed by strong growth in North America.

Lamplighters keep London's history burning

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:10:02 AMGo to full article
British Gas Operations Manager Iain Bell inspects a gas burning street light in central London on January 14, 2015On a quiet street lined with 18th-century Georgian houses behind Westminster Abbey, Garry Usher winds the mechanical clock on the gas street lamp and gives the glass globe a polish. Despite nationwide budget cuts that have reduced local services and seen street lights dimmed to save money, 1,500 gas lamps in London are still maintained by hand. While many London residents are oblivious to their presence, the lamps are protected by local authorities as a piece of history -- and new ones are even being installed. The 50-year-old, an engineer with the British Gas energy firm, used to maintain central heating but began working on the lamps because it gave him Saturdays off to play rugby.

Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:29:03 AMGo to full article
A man uses an Apple iPhone near the advertisement of Samsung Electronics' micro SD cards at a Samsung shop in Seoul, South Korea Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. The South Korean company said Thursday its profit sank last quarter, with an improvement in its semiconductor business insufficient to mask its mobile problems. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.

Ambulance attacks open wound of Roma relations in Bulgaria

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:04:52 AMGo to full article
Bulgarian doctor Marinova poses for a picture near ambulances at a hospital in the town of BotevgradBy Angel Krasimirov VRACHESH, Bulgaria (Reuters) - When Bulgarian doctor Irena Marinova arrived in an ambulance at the home of a pregnant Roma woman in November, she says she was beaten up by two men who accused her of being late. The government blamed Roma for 175 such attacks on medics last year and in December told ambulances not to go to areas where they have previously been assaulted unless their safety could be guaranteed. They (the Roma) feel they have impunity and that is why they are doing this." Bulgaria is home to one of the largest populations of the EU's six million Roma, and as in other countries, many live on the fringes of society, suffer discrimination and struggle to get jobs. The EU spends billions of euros on integration projects but Bulgarian Health Minister Petar Moskov's instructions and comment that "he who has chosen to behave like a brute will be treated as one" caused outrage and risk undermining progress.

Greek government reverses austerity policies, stocks hit

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:20:44 AMGo to full article
Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (C) arrives on January 28, 2015 for his first cabinet meeting at the Greek Parliament in AthensGreece's new hard-left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent the Athens stock market diving after his government scrapped key privatisation projects and pressed home its demand for debt relief. His "national salvation" government said it was putting on hold the previous administration's plans to sell a majority stake in the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki, and would also halt the privatisation of the top electricity and petroleum companies. China's giant COSCO group is among the bidders for Piraeus, one of Europe's busiest ports. With European leaders preparing to make their first visits to Athens since Syriza swept to power on Sunday, the president of the European Commission reiterated that cancelling Greece's huge debt was not an option, urging Athens to "respect... the rest of Europe".

Panama high court OKs corruption probe of ex-president

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎06:17:11 AMGo to full article
Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli answers questions during an interview at a hotel in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Panama's Supreme Court has decided to open a corruption probe against the billionaire supermarket magnate over allegations he inflated contracts worth $45 million to purchase dehydrated food for a government social program. Martinelli has denied the charges and says he is the target of political persecution by his successor, Juan Carlos Varela. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama's Supreme Court voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former President Ricardo Martinelli, a move likely to rally popular support in a nation where the politically powerful rarely face justice for misdeeds.

International flights boost Vegas traffic; best since '08

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:46:40 AMGo to full article
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 12.5 percent increase in the number of international travelers last year helped push passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport to its highest level in six years.

US fades in 3-2 loss at Chile, extends winless streak to 5

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:26:51 AMGo to full article
U.S. player Mix Diskerud, front right, fights for the ball with Chile's Roberto Gutierrez during a friendly soccer match in Rancagua, Chile, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)RANCAGUA, Chile (AP) — Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75 minutes to lead Chile to a 3-2 win over the United States in an international friendly Wednesday that sent the Americans to their first five-game winless streak since 2007.

Obama congratulates new Greek leader on election victory

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:34:35 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. will work closely with Greece's new government and help Greece pursue long-term prosperity.

World's largest Ebola unit dismantled as outbreak retreats

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:58:33 AMGo to full article
A Doctors Without Borders agent prepares to burn pieces of a dismantled tent on January 27, 2015 after the first section of the ELWA III Ebola Management Center in Monrovia was decomissionedA potent symbol of the nightmare enveloping west Africa at the height of the Ebola outbreak, the ELWA-3 treatment centre is being dismantled and incinerated bit by bit as the region emerges from catastrophe. "The number of cases has decreased significantly -- we are down to five confirmed cases in Liberia," said Duncan Bell, the field coordinator in Liberia for Medecins san Frontieres (MSF), the medical aid charity at the forefront of treating victims of the outbreak. "In line with this development we think it was appropriate to reduce the treatment centre. The worst outbreak of the virus in history has seen Liberia and its neighbours Guinea and Sierra Leone register almost 9,000 deaths in a year.

2,200 pillaged artefacts seized in European crackdown

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:48:33 AMGo to full article
General Director of the Spanish Guardia Civil, Arsenio Fernandez, looks at some of the Egyptian archeological pieces displayed in Madrid's National Archeological Museum on January 28, 2015Over 2,200 looted artefacts, many from ancient Egypt, were seized as part of a Europe-wide crackdown that also snared 35 suspected traffickers, Europol announced Wednesday. Among the most valuable of the recovered cultural items was a majestic bust of Egyptian goddess Sekhmet worth an estimated 100,000 euros ($113,000), said Spanish police Captain Javier Morales, an expert in historic objects. The 36 stolen items Spanish police showed to the press, which included a statue of the goddess Isis and a vase covered in hieroglyphics, were alone worth up to 300,000 euros. Some of the objects were likely looted from the burial site Saqqara and ruins near Mit Rahina in Egypt, police said.

Iran, Europe negotiators to meet Thursday in Istanbul

‎29 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:14:57 AMGo to full article
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the future of a heavy water reactor at Arak, pictured here on January 25, 2011, is to be resolved in talks with world powersIranian officials will meet with European members of the P5+1 group in Istanbul on Thursday under the ongoing diplomatic effort to secure a deal over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme. The meeting with British, French and German diplomats was announced by Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham during a weekly press briefing in Tehran. The EU, which has chaired the P5+1 talks, said separately that its political director Helga Schmid would also attend. Under an interim agreement, representatives of the P5+1 (United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) and Iran gave themselves until March 31 to reach a political deal.

Italy hails 'turning point' in battle against 'Ndrangheta mafia

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:30:55 PMGo to full article
Franco Roberti, Italy's top anti-mafia prosecutor, seen here on October 3, 2014, hailed the operation as "unprecedented" and claimed it marked a "turning point" in the state's battle with organised crimeItalian police on Wednesday ordered the arrest of more than 160 alleged members of the 'Ndrangheta mafia in what prosecutors and politicians hailed as a historic setback for the group behind much of Europe's cocaine trade. More than 40 arrests were made in Calabria, the secretive crime group's southern homeland, but the bulk came in dawn raids in towns and cities across the much wealthier north of Italy, where it has spread its tentacles in recent years in order to launder drugs profits. The Calabrian mob has spent decades infiltrating one of Italy's richest and most productive areas, Bologna's chief prosecutor Roberto Alfonso told a press conference in the region's capital.

Russia urged to free Ukrainian officer on hunger strike

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:52:58 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has come under pressure from Europe's human rights watchdog and the United States to free Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian air force officer who is on hunger strike in a Russian prison.

Greek PM Tsipras freezes privatisations, markets tumble

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:50:57 PMGo to full article
Greece's newly-appointed PM Tsipras places his hand on his heart during a ceremony at the Kessariani shooting range site where hundreds of members of the Greek Resistance were executed by Nazi occupation forces during World War II in AthensBy Lefteris Papadimas and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threw down an open challenge to international creditors on Wednesday by halting privatisation plans agreed under the country's bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial markets. A swift series of announcements signalled the newly installed government would stand by its anti-austerity pledges, setting it on a collision course with European partners, led by Germany, which has said it will not renegotiate the aid package needed to help Greece pay its huge debts. Tsipras, who was congratulated by U.S. President Barack Obama in a phone call for his decisive election victory on Sunday, told the first meeting of his cabinet members that they could not afford to disappoint voters battered by a plunge in living standards under austerity. After announcing a halt to the privatisation of the port of Piraeus on Tuesday, for which China's Cosco Group [COSCO.UL] and four others had been short-listed, the government indicated it would put the whole programme on hold.

Ukraine rebels claim new key victory is within grasp

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:50:33 PMGo to full article
Wreaths are placed on the graves of victims of Saturday's shelling after a funeral in Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015. European Union leaders are threatening fresh sanctions against Russia because of what it sees as "growing support" of Moscow for separatists in eastern Ukraine during intensified fighting over the past days. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday they have almost fully encircled government forces in a town that hosts a strategic railway hub, putting them within grasp of a decisive new victory.

EU set to add to sanctions blacklist over Ukraine

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:36:41 PMGo to full article
(L to R) French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini during a Foreign Affairs Council meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on January 19, 2015EU foreign ministers will add names to a blacklist of individuals sanctioned over the Ukraine crisis when they meet Thursday but stop short of new measures targeting Russia's economy, sources said. The leaders of the 28 European Union nations issued a rare joint statement on Tuesday telling ministers "to consider any appropriate action" after a bloody upsurge in fighting around the key port city of Mariupol by pro-Russia rebels. Economic sanctions will not be approved at Thursday's meeting but the foreign ministers are expected to ask the European Commission to draw up possible further steps so that leaders can make a decision at a summit on February 12, the sources said. "We will probably see a request for the European Commission to put more people on the list and evaluate the scope for further appropriate measures," an EU source told AFP on condition of anonymity Wednesday.

Prehistoric skull a key 'piece of the puzzle' in story of humanity

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:51:12 PMGo to full article
Researchers work inside Manot Cave in Israel's Western GalileeBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals. The researchers said characteristics of the skull, dating from a time period when members of our species were thought to have been marching out of Africa, suggest the individual was closely related to the first Homo sapiens populations that later colonized Europe. They also said the skull provides the first evidence that Homo sapiens inhabited that region at the same time as Neanderthals, our closest extinct human relative. Tel Aviv University anthropologist Israel Hershkovitz, who led the study published in the journal Nature, called the skull "an important piece of the puzzle of the big story of human evolution." Previous genetic evidence suggests our species and Neanderthals interbred during roughly the time period represented by the skull, with all people of Eurasian ancestry still retaining a small amount of Neanderthal DNA as a result.

Greece, eurozone creditors gear up for clash over bailout

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:38:39 PMGo to full article
Greece's new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis makes statements during a handover ceremony at the Finance Ministry in Athens, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Greece's radical new government on Wednesday signaled the country would backtrack or scrap a series of budget measures its eurozone creditor nations had demanded in exchange for bailout loans. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new radical left government has shot the first salvo in what is expected to be a tough clash with fellow eurozone countries over budget cuts that Athens says are choking the life out of its economy.

Fight to unseat Blatter as FIFA chief heats up in Europe

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:35:58 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Friday, June 30, 2006 file photo, Portugal's national soccer player Luis Figo eyes the ball during a training session in Marienfeld, Germany. Luis Figo said in an interview on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 that he wants to become FIFA president and has the nominations needed to be an official candidate against Sepp Blatter. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte, File)GENEVA (AP) — The fight to remove Sepp Blatter from the most powerful job in world soccer intensified in Europe on Wednesday.

Greece-EU clash spreads to Russia sanctions

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:29:32 PMGo to full article
Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (C) arrives on January 28, 2015 for his first cabinet meeting at the Greek Parliament in AthensGreece has created a new headache for the EU by questioning sanctions against Russia over Ukraine but is unlikely to block them for fear of harming its own debt negotiations, analysts and sources say. New anti-austerity Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras added a foreign policy row to the economic stand-off with Brussels on Tuesday when he complained that Greece had not been consulted about an EU leaders' statement on sanctions. The comment set off alarm bells in Europe as Tsipras's radical left Syriza party has been seen as pro-Russian, and Russia's ambassador to Athens was the first to meet him after his election victory. "Syriza have positioned themselves so far out of the mainstream it's a possibility they could take that position on Russia" and oppose sanctions, Jan Techau, director of the Carnegie Europe think-tank, told AFP.

Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:54:43 PMGo to full article
This undated photo provided by the Israel Antiquities Authority on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 shows a partial human skull excavated from a cave in Israel's western Galilee region. Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University says the bone dates from around 55,000 years ago, about the time scientists believe the migration from Africa reached that area. "This is the first evidence we have of the humans who made this journey," apart from some ancient tools, said Eric Delson of Lehman College and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. (AP Photo/Israel Antiquities Authority, Clara Amit)NEW YORK (AP) — Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave.

More resignations at top of anti-Islam organization

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:39 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2015 file picture Organizers Lutz Bachmann, left, and Kathrin Oertel attend a news conference of the group 'Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West' (PEGIDA) in Dresden, Germany, The PEGIDA organization said on its Facebook site Wednesday Jan. 28, 2015 that spokeswoman Kathrin Oertel had resigned after receiving threats, while board member Thomas Tallacker had stepped down for work reasons. Organizer Bernd-Volker Lincke told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung he and two others had also resigned. Last week, PEGIDA co-founder Lutz Bachmann quit after online posts surfaced in which he used derogatory language to refer to refugees and posed looking like Adolf Hitler. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)BERLIN (AP) — There's more trouble at the top for a German organization protesting the perceived "Islamization" of Europe.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:21:24 PMGo to full article
Position: Prime Minister of Greece Incumbent: Alexis Tsipras Date of Birth: July 28, 1974 Term: Sworn in Jan 26, 2015 for four-year term Key Facts: - Tsipras has transformed an obscure, far-left fringe party into the strongest force in Greek politics today, propelled largely by a wave of anti-austerity anger that has pushed up poverty and unemployment in Greece. - He assumed office at the age of 40, making him one of Greece's youngest-ever prime ministers. ...

Amal Clooney on legal team in Armenian genocide case

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:15:38 PMGo to full article
Geoffrey Robertson, left, and Amal Clooney, members of a legal team representing Armenia, arrive at the European Court of Human rights in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015. Clooney, the wife of George Clooney, is among the lawyers arguing at the European Court of Human Rights against a Turkish man convicted in Switzerland for denying the 1915 Armenian genocide. Armenia, which argues that denying the genocide should be a crime as denying the Holocaust is in many European countries, is challenging a decision that ruled the man’s right to free expression was violated. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Lawyer Amal Clooney went before Europe's top human rights court Wednesday to argue against a man convicted of denying the 1915 Armenian genocide.

Fiat Chrysler profits drop but outlook brightens

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:02:25 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, file photo, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles banner is raised across the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, behind an Alfa Romeo 4C, foreground. Fiat Chrysler, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, reported a two-thirds drop in 2014 earnings due mainly to costs of acquiring the final stake of U.S. carmaker Chrysler. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)MILAN (AP) — The cost of buying the final stake of Chrysler weighed on the newly merged Fiat Chrysler Automobile's profits in the fourth quarter, but CEO Sergio Marchionne said Wednesday that the company is turning itself around.

Dutch FA chief wants one term as president to reform FIFA

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎06:04:31 PMGo to full article
Dutch football association KNVB leader Michael van Praag elaborates on his candidacy for the FIFA presidential election race during a press conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. In the biggest challenge yet to current president Sepp Blatter, van Praag became the first would-be Blatter opponent to announce he has the required nominations from five of FIFA's 209 member federations. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch football association chief Michael van Praag says he wants to clean up FIFA's sullied image and expand the World Cup if he succeeds Sepp Blatter as president.

African Union vows Ebola fund as Oxfam calls for 'Marshall Plan'

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:29:03 PMGo to full article
Medical workers spray their protective gear at an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia on December 19, 2014The African Union plans to launch an Ebola fund and disease control centre, officials said Wednesday, as aid agency Oxfam warned leaders needed to keep their promises to boost healthcare systems on the continent. Oxfam called for a "massive post-Ebola Marshall Plan", referring to the United States aid package to rebuild Europe after World War II. "This disaster might have been avoided if African governments had made free public health care and spent more on their health systems, under the commitment they made 14 years ago in the Abuja Declaration," Oxfam said in a statement. "It's clear that Africa's existing architecture for early disease detection, response and control is wholly inadequate," the aid agency added.

Italy police strike blow against Calabrian mob in north

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:06:42 PMGo to full article
By Valentina Accardo BOLOGNA, Italy (Reuters) - Police conducted a huge dragnet against a Calabrian mafia clan operating in northern Italy on Wednesday, arresting 110 people and seizing more than 100 million euros ($114 million), underlining the mob's spread to the wealthy north. About half of those arrested are accused of being members of the 'Ndrangheta, a traditional organized crime group from Calabria in Italy's deep south. The arrests for mafia membership, extortion, usury, money laundering, and corruption follow more than four years of investigation, uncovering a vast web of business interests, mostly in construction and real estate. "This investigation is extremely important and without precedent, and it signals a turning point in fighting the clans in Emilia," Italy's chief anti-mafia prosecutor Franco Roberti told reporters.

Electrolux swings to profit despite sagging income in US

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:02:32 PMGo to full article
FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, file photo, shows Electrolux's plant in Memphis, Tenn. Home appliance maker Electrolux swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, citing cost cuts and rising sales, the company announced Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File)STOCKHOLM (AP) — Home appliance maker Electrolux swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, citing cost cuts and rising sales.

German automakers lobby for US-EU trade deal

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:31:42 PMGo to full article
The CEO's of Kirchhoff Automotives, Arndt Kirchhoff, German Ford Werke GmbH , Bernhard Mattes, Audi, Rupert Stadler, Daimler, Dieter Zetsche, German Association of the Automotive Industry, VDA, President Matthias Wissmann, BMW, Norbert Reithofer, Porsche, Matthias Mueller and electronics supplier Bosch company , Volkmar Denner, from left, pose fore the media during a meeting 'in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Words read : Say Yes to TTIP. German automakers are throwing their support behind a new trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, started in 2013 but many Europeans remain skeptical over concerns about environmental protections, labor security and other issues. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)BERLIN (AP) — German automakers are throwing their support behind a new trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States.

Greece wants 'pan-European' deal on growth, new government says

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:18:24 PMGo to full article
New Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks during a handover ceremony in Athens on January 28, 2015Greece's new anti-austerity government on Wednesday called for a "pan-European New Deal" for bloc-wide growth and denied seeking a "showdown" with Europe over controversial plans to redraft its multi-billion bailout. "There will be no showdown between our government and the European Union. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras earlier told his cabinet that Greece would seek a "fair, mutually beneficial solution" with its EU peers to renegotiate its 240 billion euro ($269 billion) EU-IMF bailout and make its huge debt socially manageable. In a speech to the cabinet -- his first since taking office -- the 40-year-old premier however insisted that Greece's new leaders were no longer willing to bow to the "politics of submission", in a clear swipe at Brussels and the International Monetary Fund.

EU presses on with anti-pollution law after Commission U-turn

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:17:24 PMGo to full article
By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union president Latvia will push ahead with a law to clamp down on air pollution after the European Commission's plan to withdraw the proposals was rejected by many lawmakers. Air pollution from traffic and industry is responsible for about 400,000 premature deaths per year in the European Union, according to Commission data. An angry backlash from some member states and many in the European Parliament forced the issue back onto the agenda. "We are glad the Commission has decided to keep the NEC (National Emissions Ceiling) directive on the table," said Alda Ozola, a deputy state secretary in the environment ministry of Latvia, which holds the rotating EU presidency until end-June.

Stocks drift as weak US earnings add to growth concerns

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:08:26 PMGo to full article
Specialist Paul Cosentino, foreground center, works at the post that handles Cliffs Natural Resources, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. U.S. stocks are tumbling in midday trading, weighed down by disappointing forecasts from big-name companies and an unexpected drop in orders of long-lasting goods. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks drifted Wednesday after weak earnings from several U.S. companies added to global growth concerns as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest statement on monetary policy.

Greece to seek European support for new deal, avoid 'duel'

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:58:22 PMGo to full article
Greece's finance minister on Wednesday said he plans to meet European counterparts to find a deal between the country and its creditors to replace the current bailout program, stressing that one could be found without a "duel" with Europe. In his first remarks since formally taking over the finance ministry, Yanis Varoufakis said he would meet Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem this week and hold meetings with the Italian and French finance ministers in the coming days to win support. "I'm going to have similar meetings aiming at a new deal, a bridge, between the previous programs and the final deal between Greece, the EU, the ECB and the IMF which we are going to deliberate in a short period with our European partners, with the lenders, with the ECB," Varoufakis said. Varoufakis said the negotiations would not be easy, but said that he had agreed with Dijsselbloem to change the popular narrative of a looming clash between Greece and its European partners.

German consumer confidence at 13-year high

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:39:32 PMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — German consumer confidence is at a 13-year high, buoyed by a rise in disposable income due to collapsing fuel and heating oil costs, a closely-watches survey showed Wednesday.

McIlroy tired of finishing runner-up

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:15:24 PMGo to full article
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The familiar environs of the Emirates Golf Club is where Rory McIlroy hopes this week to end a streak of three straight second-place finishes on the European Tour.

Russia considers condemning "annexation" of East Germany

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:13:55 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (AP) — The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990.

Greek cabinet set for first meeting since poll upset

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:32:12 AMGo to full article
Members of the Greek presidental Evzoni Guards arrive at the Presidental Palace in Athens for the swearing-in ceremony of the new goverment, on January 27, 2015Greece's new radical left-led government prepared to meet Wednesday for the first time to hammer out a strategy for renegotiating the country's giant bailout, after storming to power on a promise to reject years of harsh austerity policies. The coalition cabinet, made up of poll winners Syriza and the nationalist Independent Greeks (ANEL), was set to convene at 10:30 am (0830 GMT), three days after Sunday's electoral upset that saw the architects of Greece's sweeping budget cutbacks thrown out of office. In a sign that the new government will take a hard line in haggling over the 240-billion-euro ($269 billion) EU-IMF package with international creditors, 40-year-old Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday named leftwing economist Yanis Varoufakis as finance minister. Among their first tasks will be addressing an end-of-February deadline set by the EU for Greece to carry out more reforms in return for a seven-billion-euro tranche of financial aid from the 28-member bloc and the International Monetary Fund.

Human smugglers turn to cargo ships to ferry fleeing Syrians

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:25:42 AMGo to full article
In this Jan. 14, 2015 photo, sailors from the Icelandic Coast Guard cutter Tyr practice descending from the ship during a training exercise with protective gear. The ship is part of the 19-nation Operation Triton patrolling the seas for the rising numbers of migrants, especially from Syria and Iraq, that are trying to reach Europe through its southern borders. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm)ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR (AP) — The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the "ghost ship" came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew — and hundreds of Syrians as cargo.

Elderly Auschwitz survivors urge world never to forget

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:52:17 AMGo to full article
Survivors walk under the sign saying "Work makes you free" after paying tribute to fallen comrades at the former Auschwitz concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on January 27, 2015For what may be the last time, elderly Holocaust survivors returned to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp 70 years after its liberation, to urge the world never to forget one of history's worst atrocities. Around 300 survivors, some wearing scarves in the blue-and-white stripes of their death camp uniforms, joined world leaders for an emotional memorial at the epicentre of the Nazi genocide of Jews. The commemoration at the gates of the cold and austere camp, which was blanketed in snow, comes amid concern over a resurgence in anti-Semitism in France, Germany and other parts of Europe. "We are in a place where civilisation collapsed," Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski told those gathered as he paid tribute to the Soviet troops who liberated the camp, where 1.1 million people, nearly all Jews, were exterminated.

Asian stocks tumble after weak US corporate earnings

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:31:44 AMGo to full article
Specialist Paul Cosentino, foreground center, works at the post that handles Cliffs Natural Resources, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. U.S. stocks are tumbling in midday trading, weighed down by disappointing forecasts from big-name companies and an unexpected drop in orders of long-lasting goods. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday after Wall Street tumbled on concern about weak corporate earnings as investors watched this week's meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Greece names hardline anti-bailout finance minister

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:59:00 AMGo to full article
Yannis Varoufakis is an outspoken political economist who holds dual Greek and Australian nationalityGreece named hardline leftwing economist Yanis Varoufakis as finance minister, handing him the pivotal task of renegotiating the debt-stricken nation's bailout with international creditors after it voted overwhelmingly to reject years of austerity politics. The appointment of Varoufakis to the potentially explosive role is seen as a signal that the new anti-austerity Syriza-led government will take a hard line in haggling over the 240-billion-euro ($269 billion) EU-IMF package. The polyglot Varoufakis, 53, a professor nicknamed "Dr Doom" for his stance on Greece's economic woes, is a vocal critic of the conditions imposed in return for the 2010 bailout and argues the shattered country can never recover until they are relaxed. His was the most eye-catching appointment in 40-year-old Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's new cabinet, which gave the first glimpse of a government that promises to challenge at every level the eurozone's belt-tightening measures.

Obama tackles IS fight, Iran with new Saudi king

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:10:59 AMGo to full article
Saudi King Salman (R) meets with US President Barack Obama at the Erga Palace in Riyadh on January 27, 2015US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to meet new King Salman and discussed the two countries' ongoing fight against the Islamic State group. The leaders also tackled the issue of Iran's nuclear programme and human rights in the conservative kingdom, a senior US official said. Riyadh has been part of the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against IS since last year and is a long-time regional ally of Washington. There has also been unease in the kingdom about Obama's pursuit of a nuclear deal with Shiite-dominated Iran, the regional rival of Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia.

Smithsonian working to finalize deal for new site in London

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:13:49 AMGo to full article
The Smithsonian Institution's Smithsonian Castle is seen at the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The Smithsonian Institution is working to establish its first international museum outpost in London as the city redevelops its Olympic park. Smithsonian officials announced Tuesday that London's mayor and developers have secured $50 million in private contributions to build the facility. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — As London works to redevelop its Olympic park from 2012 with a new cultural center, it could eventually include an import from the United States. The Smithsonian Institution is working to establish its first international museum outpost in Britain.

EU threatens new Russia sanctions over Ukraine violence

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:31:00 PMGo to full article
A woman looks at a crater left in the ground after shelling between pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian forces in Makiivka, Donetsk region, on January 27, 2015European Union leaders on Tuesday threatened new sanctions against Russia over a bloody offensive by pro-Kremlin Ukrainian rebels, the latest bid to pressure a defiant President Vladimir Putin. The decision came a day after Standard and Poor's downgraded Russia's foreign currency rating to junk because of its eroding economic health, weakened by a wave of Western financial restrictions last year and the plunging price of its oil exports. The downgrade put still more pressure on Russia's depreciating ruble. With the death toll climbing in Ukraine's separatist east and rebels refusing to return to the negotiating table, the 28 EU leaders tasked their foreign ministers with considering tough new measures when they meet on the crisis on Thursday.

African Union agrees 'substantive' transport deal with China

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:48:30 PMGo to full article
The chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (R), and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming exchange memorandums of understanding on January 27, 2015, on a continent-wide infrastructure deal in Addis Ababa, EthiopiaChina and the African Union agreed Tuesday on an ambitious plan to develop road, rail and air transport routes to link capitals across the continent. African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma praised the proposal at "the most substantive project the AU has ever signed with a partner", although the ambitious project that includes highways and high speed railways is at present just a committment to develop the infrastructure, and contains few details. The memorandum of understanding was signed at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, ahead of a summit meeting of the leaders of the 54-nation pan-African bloc on Friday. At present, the quickest route to travel across from one side of Africa to the other can involve flight connections routed via Europe, although major airport hubs are rapidly growing, including Addis Ababa and Nairobi in the east, Johannesburg in the south and Abuja in west Africa.

On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:17:09 PMGo to full article
Holocaust survivors walk outside the gate of the of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Some 300 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz for the 70th anniversary of the death camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army in 1945, down from 1,500 who attended the event 10 years ago.(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) — A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis' most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe.

Ukraine moves to shut Russia-backed rebels out of talks

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:07:27 PMGo to full article
People pay their final respects to the Bobylev family, Mykola Bobylev, his wife Lyubov, daughter Maryna and three-year-old grandson Vyacheslav, who were killed during a Saturday attack in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015. Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels. (AP Photo/Sergey Vaganov)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday declared the Russia-backed separatist republics in the east to be terrorist organizations, formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their representatives, as fighting escalated.

Putin lauds Soviet army at Moscow's Auschwitz ceremony

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:16:43 PMGo to full article
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Jewish Museum in Moscow on January 27, 2015President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed what he called attempts to rewrite history and lauded the Red Army at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Putin is conspicuously staying away from the main events in Poland, his absence highlighting ever-deepening divisions with the West over the war in Ukraine. Speaking at a Jewish museum in Moscow, he said Nazi Germany's crimes including the Holocaust could be neither forgiven nor forgotten. In the run-up to the ceremony Poland angered Moscow when its foreign minister, Grzegorz Schetyna, said it was Ukrainian soldiers -- rather than the Soviet Red Army -- who liberated the death camp on January 27, 1945.

London FTSE slides on renewed Greece fears

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:09:29 PMGo to full article
The benchmark FTSE 100 edged down 0.6 percent to end the day at 6,811.61 pointsLondon's main shares slipped into the red on Tuesday as investors took fright at disappointing UK growth figures and amid renewed fears that Greece could exit the eurozone. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spooked the financial markets by naming outspoken economist Yanis Varoufakis as his finance minister in a clear signal his anti-austerity cabinet will take a hard line in renegotiating its 240-billion-euro EU-IMF bailout. "Syriza is already delivering on some of its promises by streamlining the Greek government to a 10-minister cabinet," said analyst Connor Campbell of Spreadex trading firm. "Provocative finance and foreign minister appointments showed that, for now, Syriza is not going to back down from the radical reforms the party want to see in Greece, even if this sets them on a collision course with the ECB (European Central Bank), the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the European Commission," he said.

AP Interview: EU anti-terror chief: rehab for jihadis

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:03:39 PMGo to full article
EU counter-terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove attends a meeting of the committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs at the European Parliament in Brussels Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's anti-terror chief called Tuesday for countries to rehabilitate rather than punish returning jihadis with no blood on their hands, saying that some prisons have become "incubators of radicalization."

Obama meets new Saudi king to shore up ties

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:58:17 PMGo to full article
Saudi King Salman (R) meets with US President Barack Obama at the Erga Palace in Riyadh on January 27, 2015US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet new King Salman and shore up ties that have suffered in recent years. Since last year Saudi Arabia has been part of the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group. There has also been unease in the kingdom about Obama's pursuit of a nuclear deal with Shiite-dominated Iran, the regional rival of Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia.

Amid pressure, bailout critic is new Greek finance minister

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:18:27 PMGo to full article
Economist Yanis Varoufakis arrives at the presidential palace to be sworn in as Finance Minister under the country’s new left wing government in Athens, on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Greece's new left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras picked an outspoken bailout critic as his new finance minister Tuesday, signaling his revolve to take a tough line with eurozone lenders in an effort write off a massive chunk rescue debt. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new left-wing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, picked an outspoken bailout critic as his new finance minister Tuesday, signaling his resolve to take a tough line with eurozone lenders in an effort to write off a massive chunk of rescue debt.

Ukraine rebels say government forces pushed back near Donetsk

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:15:56 PMGo to full article
Members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe look at the remains of a shell on a street after a shelling by pro-Russian rebels of a residential sector in Mariupol, eastern UkraineBy Alessandra Prentice and Maria Tsvetkova KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian separatists said on Tuesday they had pushed government troops out of two districts on the outskirts of their main stronghold Donetsk and their aim was to expand their control to the entire region. The separatists say their initial aim is to drive back government forces to push artillery out of range of their cities and improve their grip on their main strongholds. Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of rebels in their main stronghold Donetsk, said fighters had pushed government troops out of the suburb of Maryinka and the center of the town of Pesky near Donetsk's airport, a constant battlefield. The goal would eventually be to capture the entire Donetsk region, Basurin said.

In response to Ukraine crisis, Berlin to launch new think tank

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:41 PMGo to full article
By Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - In a recognition that Germany needs to rethink its relations with Russia as a result of the crisis in Ukraine, the foreign ministry plans to invest millions of euros in a new institute devoted to the study of post-Soviet states. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is the driving force behind the think tank, which is to receive 2.5 million euros a year in government money, and focus on themes -- Russian society, the economy, and its regions -- that are not covered in depth by existing institutes. "Strengthening our understanding of eastern Europe has been a top priority of the foreign minister," said one official close to Steinmeier, whose party, the Social Democrats (SPD), rules in coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. "This is all the more important given the paradigm shift in our relations with Russia since the annexation of Crimea." The SPD's attitudes towards Russia were shaped by former chancellor Willy Brandt's "Ostpolitik" engagement policy in the 1970s and the crumbling Soviet Union's support for German reunification.

Tsipras names anti-austerity Greek cabinet, bank shares dive

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎06:46:29 PMGo to full article
Greek economist Varoufakis is seen outside the Syriza party headquarters in AthensBy Lefteris Papadimas and George Georgiopoulos ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unveiled a cabinet of anti-austerity veterans on Tuesday, signaling he has no intention of backing away from election pledges despite warning shots from the euro zone and financial markets. Greek markets endured a second day of turmoil on Tuesday, with bank shares diving and investors fearing the anti-bailout government might be set on a collision course with the country's European Union and IMF creditors. Promising to reverse budget cuts and renegotiate Greece's huge debts, Tsipras's leftist Syriza party stormed to power in Sunday's snap election on a wave of anger against the German-backed austerity policies that have driven up poverty and left one in four Greek workers out of a job. Among a team spanning the radical and more pragmatic wings of Syriza, Tsipras named academic economist Yanis Varoufakis as his finance minister.

Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:15:52 PMGo to full article
An aerial view shows planes parked at Dubai international airport, home to the national carrier Emirates Airways, on May 27, 2012Dubai airport has soared ahead of London's Heathrow, riding a boom in long-haul flights between Asia and the West to become the world's top international travel hub, it said Tuesday. Traffic at the airport increased 6.1 percent last year to 70.47 million passengers, Dubai Airports said, adding that it expected a further surge in traveller numbers in 2015. Dubai International is home to Emirates, the Middle East's largest carrier, which along with Abu Dhabi's Etihad and Qatar Airways has seized a significant portion of travel between the West, Asia and Australasia. "This historic milestone is the culmination of over five decades of double-digit average growth," Dubai Airports Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said in a statement.

From 'evacuation' to 'liberation': the Nazi death camps

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:46:33 PMGo to full article
Survivors walk through the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp after paying tribute to fallen comrades at the "death wall" execution spot in Oswiecim, Poland, on January 27, 2015Oswiecim (Poland) (AFP) - Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, ageing survivors gathered at the site synonymous with the Holocaust on Tuesday -- also International Holocaust Remembrance Day -- as world leaders called attention to rising incidents of anti-Semitism.

France's Jewish migrants face challenge of life in Israel

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:41:26 PMGo to full article
Jewish tourists from France sit on beach in NetanyaBy Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - At a busy supermarket in Jerusalem a smartly dressed woman, recently arrived in Israel, was stopping shoppers to ask if anyone spoke French. Having found a candidate, her first question was: "Where's the cheese counter?" For Jews coming to "the Jewish state" from all corners reached by the diaspora, the move may bring relief, but it also raises challenges: a new language and culture, unfamiliar social codes and the difficulty of finding a job -- let alone a cheese counter, something uncommon in Israel. With anti-Semitism rising in France, and their worries stoked by this month's killing of four Jews in a kosher supermarket in Paris, French Jews now make up the largest group of new migrants to Israel, nearly a third of all arrivals. While it may not match the mass waves of migration that helped build the country in the years after its 1948 founding, or those that followed the Soviet Union's collapse in the 1990s when more than one million people came, Aliyah remains a central plank of Israeli policy and a driver of its demographics.

Exclusive: ICC backers defy Israeli call to cut funding to war crimes court

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:06:37 PMGo to full article
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman attends a news conference after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in MoscowBy Thomas Escritt and Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Many leading backers of the International Criminal Court will ignore Israel's call for them to cut funding in response to an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, officials told Reuters. The continued support from countries which provide more than a third of the court's cash, including Germany, Britain and France, averts the risk of paralysis at the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal. It would have struggled to move ahead with cases such as those against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and Ugandan rebel commander Dominic Ongwen. Prosecutors incurred Israel's wrath this month when they said they would examine any crimes that may have occurred since June in the Palestinian territories, opening a path to possible charges against Israelis or Palestinians.

AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:34:31 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, Vladimir Bovrichev, 30, cries next to the body of his son Artiam, 4, who was killed in an artillery strike, during his funeral in Kuivisevsky district on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)LONDON (AP) — Renewed violence in Ukraine between government forces and Russia-backed separatists this week set off threats from the West of further sanctions against Moscow, while Greek voters weary of austerity measures elected the anti-bailout Syriza party to lead the country.

Serie A TV rights holder suggests avoiding La Liga clashes

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:14:41 PMGo to full article
AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi looks at his players during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and AC Milan in Rome's Olympic stadium, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME (AP) — Avoid going head-to-head with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Dubai claims title of world's busiest international airport

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:37 PMGo to full article
FILE- In this May 8, 2014 file photo, Emirates passenger planes are parked at their gates of Dubai airport in United Arab Emirates. Dubai's airport operator released figures Tuesday showing that 70.5 million passengers streamed through the sparkling halls of the Gulf commercial hub's main airport last year. The rapid growth puts Dubai squarely ahead of London Heathrow for the first time as the world's busiest international air hub. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The city with the world's tallest building can now boast that it's home to the world's busiest airport for international passengers too.

Aer Lingus backs takeover, needs Irish government support

‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:51:09 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Wednesday June 20, 2012 file photo a flock of sheep stand in a field as two Aer Lingus jets taxi and take off at Dublin Airport, Ireland. Aer Lingus announced Monday Jan. 26, 2015 that British Airways parent IAG has made an improved takeover offer of 2.55 euros ($2.85) per share, and the board of the Irish airline says it is considering the proposal. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik, File)DUBLIN (AP) — Aer Lingus said Tuesday it supports a takeover bid by British Airways parent IAG, putting the Irish national airline with its trademark shamrock tailfins on course for foreign acquisition nine years after its privatization.




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Death of Discernment Intro - Ron Matsen

In this segment, Ron Matsen discusses signs of the end times. This segment comes from the "Death of Deiscernment" briefing pack published by Koinon...

Of all the end-time themes discussed in the Bible—such as global disasters (Mt 24), the rise of the global super-state, the identity of the Antichrist, the mark of the beast, and the Magog invasion (Ezek 38-39)—“deception and apostasy in the church” is listed more times than any other end-time “sign of the times.”

Are we currently living in the Age of Apostasy? Ron Matsen explores the evidence and causes of apostasy and provides an antidote for apostasy in this timely study

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Are we now IN the Age of Apostasy?
Indicators of Decline
• Church Attendance: Church attendance in Eng­land as a percentage of the population (both Protestant and Catholics are included in these figures):
1970 13.3%
1980 11.1%
1990 9.4%
2000 7.2%
2010 5.3%
• Decline in Biblical Literacy: In England, The Portsmouth News, 13 April 2001, asked 50 members of church clergy about their congregation’s beliefs: 48% “Did not believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus” and 60% “believed that the spirit of Easter had been lost in favour of bunnies and Easter eggs.”
Cause for this Decline?
We will examine three causes—all three have an ex­ample in the history of Israel.
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4

Weathering the Coming Storm

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Dr. Chuck Missler, an internationally known business executive, outlines our current economic predicament and defensive steps you can take to lessen the impact of the impending economic crisis. As a Bible teacher for over 30 years with a ministry reaching over 40 countries, Chuck shares some key strategies to prepare yourself spiritually and practically.

Is the World facing another major economic upheaval?

What is the best strategy to protect your family in times of economic uncertainty?

The Church has enjoyed a relatively peaceful existence in the West for a few centuries but the with the coming persecution, how do we go about organizing home study and home-church?

Soul Survival – Keeping your “lamp full” during the hard times ahead.

Join Dr. Chuck Missler and Ron Matsen in the Executive Brie fing Room of
The River Lodge, New Zealand, in an intensive summary outlining what lies
ahead and how we can prepare for the coming storm.

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Unconditional Covenants - Chuck MIssler







"I know thy works, and tribulation and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
The most wealthy bloodline in the world bar none and the leader of the Ashkenazi Jews in the world today is the Rothschild family.  As you will see in the timeline, the Rothschilds have obtained this position through lies, manipulation and murder.  Their bloodline also extends into the Royal Families of Europe, and the following family names:  Astor; Bundy; Collins; duPont; Freeman; Kennedy; Morgan; Oppenheimer; Rockefeller; Sassoon; Schiff; Taft; and Van Duyn.





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