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US stock indexes hold near record high levels

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:13:07 PMGo to full article
In this Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 photo, trader John Lotito, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks rose in early trading Tuesday, Nov. 25, after the government revised up its estimate for economic growth in the third quarter, giving the U.S. its strongest six months of growth in a decade. Stocks are trading at all-time highs. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks held close to all-time highs Tuesday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy. The government revised up its estimate for economic growth in the third quarter, giving the U.S. its strongest six months of growth in a decade, but a separate report showed that consumer confidence fell in November.

Shale gas company extends exploration in Poland

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:55:22 PMGo to full article
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Oil and gas firm San Leon Energy is extending its licenses to explore for shale gas in northern Poland, a company official said Tuesday.

Merkel hits diplomatic dead-end with Putin

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:41:53 PMGo to full article
File photo of German Chancellor Merkel meeting Russian President Putin for talks in WiesbadenBy Noah Barkin and Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed. Ahead of a summit of G20 leaders in Australia, Merkel resolved to confront Vladimir Putin alone, without the usual pack of interpreters and aides. Instead of challenging him on what she saw as a string of broken promises, she would ask the Russian president to spell out exactly what he wanted in Ukraine and other former Soviet satellites the Kremlin had started bombarding with propaganda. On Nov. 15 at 10 p.m., a world away from the escalating violence in eastern Ukraine, the two met on the eighth floor of the Brisbane Hilton.

Black Friday shopping catches on in UK

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:18:23 PMGo to full article
FILE - This is a Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 file photo of shoppers at the entrance to Asda supermarket store in West Belfast, Northern Ireland after at least one person was injured and taken to hospital from the store earlier Friday, as shoppers rushed to get their hands on sale deals for their Black Friday event. Halloween and Mother’s Day have become staples of the U.K. shopping calendar. Now Black Friday looks as though it may be the next big retail import from the United States. Shopping on the day after Thanksgiving is becoming a thing in Britain, too even if the country doesn’t celebrate Turkey day thanks mainly to the marketing efforts of major retailers. Asda, is owned by U.S. retail giant Walmart, (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, FILE)LONDON (AP) — Halloween and Mother's Day have become staples of the U.K. shopping calendar. Now Black Friday looks as though it may be the next big retail import from the United States.

Rare early Shakespeare compilation found in French library

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:25:41 PMGo to full article
File photo shows a First Folio edition of William Shakespeares' plays, dating from 1623 and considered to be one of the most important books in English literature, pictured at Sotheby's auction house in London on March 30, 2006Lille (France) (AFP) - A copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio, the first-ever compilation of the Bard's plays published in 1623, has been discovered in the library of a small town in northern France, a librarian said Tuesday.

Italy's Ebola patient gets experimental treatment

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:58:15 PMGo to full article
In this photo provided by the Italian Air Force, a doctor who has tested positive for the Ebola virus lies on a stretcher encased in a plastic seal, at the Pratica di Mare military airport near Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. The Italian health ministry says an Italian doctor working in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus and has been transferred to Rome for treatment. The ministry said in a statement that the doctor, who works for the non-governmental organization Emergency, will be taken Monday for treatment at the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome. It is Italy's first confirmed case of Ebola. (AP Photo/Italian Air Force)ROME (AP) — An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has arrived back in Italy and is being treated with the same experimental drugs used in the U.S. and other European countries to treat people infected with the virus.

Global watchdog calls for more EU spending

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:17:30 PMGo to full article
PARIS (AP) — Europe must relax its fiscal rules and let governments spend more money or risk dragging down the global economy, a major international organization said Tuesday.

Egypt in talks to import Cypriot natural gas

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:13:04 PMGo to full article
Cypriot Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis, center, shakes hands with his counterparts of Egypt Sherif Ismail, left, and Greece' Yiannis Maniatis before a meeting at a conference center hall in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Egypt's petroleum minister says his country is speeding up talks with neighboring Cyprus to import natural gas for its own domestic use and for possible re-export to other countries. The gas from a field off Cyprus' southern coast that's estimated to hold 3.6 trillion to 6 trillion cubic feet of the fossil fuel could be piped directly to Egypt's processing facilities and used to meet the country's huge energy needs. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Egypt is speeding up talks with neighboring Cyprus to import natural gas for its domestic use and for possible re-export to other countries, the Egyptian petroleum minister said Tuesday.

AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:07:14 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, file photo, a Guinean child kicks a ball, in the village of Meliandou near Gueckedou, Guinea. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)LONDON (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition was still bombing Islamic State positions in Kobani last week, blunting the extremists' drive to capture the town in northern Syria.

Pope to Europe: Accept immigrants, create jobs

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:04:03 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis smiles at the European Parliament, Tuesday Nov. 25, 2014 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Pope Francis demanded that Europe craft a unified and fair immigration policy, saying the thousands of refugees coming ashore need acceptance and assistance, not self-interested policies that risk lives and fuel social conflict. (AP Photo/Patrick Hertzog, Pool)STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Tuesday that Europe craft a unified and fair immigration policy, saying the tens of thousands of refugees coming ashore each year need acceptance and assistance, not self-interested policies that risk lives and fuel social conflict.

Greece acts to rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:53:34 PMGo to full article
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece has sent a frigate to rescue a container ship believed to carrying hundreds of undocumented migrants and in distress off its southern island of Crete, the Greek coastguard said on Tuesday. The Kiribati-flagged vessel, with about 700 people aboard, was sailing 30 nautical miles (55 km) southeast of Crete. The ship reported an engine problem in an area with strong winds. Four container ships sailing nearby could be called on to help if needed, a coastguard spokesman said. "There is no immediate danger, our priority is to save them if needed," he said. ...

Hundreds of migrants on crippled ship off Crete

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:14:31 PMGo to full article
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A freighter crammed with hundreds of migrants trying to enter Europe illegally was drifting in high winds off the Mediterranean Sea island of Crete Tuesday, and Greek authorities launched a rescue mission with five ships.

Air pollution costs EU up to $235 billion: EU agency

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:19:51 PMGo to full article
A general view shows the Eiffel tower and the Paris skyline through a small-particle haze resulting in a high level air pollutionBy Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Air pollution, chiefly from coal-fired power plants, cost society up to 189 billion euros ($235 billion) in 2012 - equal to the gross domestic product of Finland, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said in a report published on Tuesday. The agency provides research to guide EU policymakers, who are reconsidering proposals put forward last year by the European Commission, the EU executive, to tighten laws on air quality. ...

56 countries seek carbon capture incentives in next climate deal

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:54:51 AMGo to full article
GENEVA (Reuters) - Fiscal incentives for carbon capture should be part of the global climate change agreement that replaces the Kyoto Protocol, 56 countries belonging to the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said in a statement on Tuesday. The recommendation by the UNECE member states puts the issue formally on the table for a meeting of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015, which aims to agree a legally binding treaty to replace Kyoto. ...

B&Q owner Kingfisher says earnings hit by tough French trade

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:43:51 AMGo to full article
London-listed Kingfisher owns the B&Q home improvements chain in Britain as well as France's Castorama and Brico Depot storesLondon (AFP) - Europe's biggest home-improvements retailer Kingfisher said Tuesday that third-quarter sales and profits sank, hit by tough trade in France and adverse foreign exchange moves.

London FTSE dips at open

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:26:16 AMGo to full article
The benchmark FTSE 100 lost 0.11 percent -- or 7.13Â points -- in opening trades to 6,724.26 pointsLondon (AFP) - London's main stock market dipped in opening trades on Tuesday as mining stocks and energy services dragged, analysts said.

Bollywood women soar but ask: Where's the money?

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:28:00 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014 file photo, Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra speaks during a promotional event for her film "Mary Kom" in Ahmadabad, India. This is Bollywood’s year of the woman. Some of the biggest hits in India's prolific movie industry this year have female leads in female-oriented stories. In “Mary Kom,” Chopra plays a female Olympic bronze-medal winning boxer. Previously, women were relegated to playing the male lead actor’s girlfriend, sister or mother in subservient roles reflecting the traditional dominance of men in Indian society. But for all their box-office success and newfound prominence, Bollywood actresses are asking: Where is the money? (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File)NEW DELHI (AP) — This is Bollywood's year of the woman. Some of the biggest hits in India's prolific movie industry this year have female leads in female-oriented stories.

Asia stocks fall as China rate cut effect fades

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:13:39 AMGo to full article
Specialist Ronnie Howard, right, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. U.S. stocks rose in early trading in line with gains from Asian markets and thanks to improvement in German business confidence. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks mostly fell Tuesday as the boost from China's surprise interest rate cuts faded and investors awaited U.S. economic data and an OPEC meeting.

Portugal ex-premier held in prison in fraud case

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:08:13 AMGo to full article
In this May 19, 2011 photo, Portugal's former Prime Minister Jose Socrates gestures as he answers a question during a business conference in Lisbon, Portugal. Portugal's Attorney-General's office says police have detained Socrates Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 as part of an investigation into corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud. (AP Photo/ Francisco Seco)LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A judge sent former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates to prison Monday while the ex-leader fights accusations of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.

Egyptian leader meets pope, Italian premier

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:43:28 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis shakes hand with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during a meeting at the Vatican, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, Pool)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and the Egyptian president exchanged warm greetings during a private meeting Monday in which the pontiff emphasized Egypt's role in establishing peace in the Middle East.

Pope to take on hot EU topics in Strasbourg visit

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:31 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis greets prelates at the end of the Canonization mass for Eufrasia Eluvathingal, Amato Ronconi, Antonio Farina, Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Nicola Saggio da Longobardi, Ludovico Da Casoria, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. The Pontiff has canonized six new saints, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter's Square. The Pope offered prayers Sunday for the saints, four Italians from disparate regions and two Indians from the Syro-Malabar Church, one of 22 Eastern rite churches that operates in full communion with Rome. Some 5,000 faithful traveled from Kerala state for the event, which was also streamed live onto screens set up outside churches in the southern region of India. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Pope Francis will deliver his first public speech about Europe on Tuesday, likely to focus on complex continental issues such as high jobless rates among the young, and immigration.

Ukraine leader, under pressure from West, pledges new government soon

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:16:46 PMGo to full article
Ukraine's President Poroshenko and U.S. Vice President Biden walk into a hall before a news conference in KievBy Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine will take the first steps this week towards forming a new government, President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday, seeking to assuage concern among his Western allies that the delay is holding up reform and imperiling Western assistance. The U.S. and other Western governments are criticizing Kiev's tardiness in putting together a government following October elections - with suspicions that the delay is due to rivalry between Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk over control of key portfolios. ...

Colder weather in Europe to start setting in from Jan: WSI

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:53:48 PMGo to full article
LONDON (Reuters) - Above-normal temperatures are expected across Europe into December, but northern and western areas will likely experience colder weather after the New Year, Weather Services International (WSI) said on Monday. WSI's forecasts are aimed at the commodities and energy sectors. "The warm and wet pattern will likely continue across western Europe well into December, as low pressure continues to dominate," WSI meteorologist Todd Crawford said in a statement. ...

Ukraine's Naftogaz plans to buy 1 bcm of Russian gas by end of year

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:52:46 PMGo to full article
By Michael Kahn BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Ukraine will buy 1 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas from Russia by the end of the year and up to that same amount monthly through the winter, Naftogaz Chief Executive Andriy Kobolyev said on Monday. Kobolyev also said Ukraine would have no problems meeting pre-payment obligations to purchase Russian supplies if needed during the winter, with weather and fighting in the eastern part of the country wild cards for demand. ...

ECB official calls for gov't action to help growth

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:28:45 PMGo to full article
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A member of the European Central Bank's rate-setting council has said monetary policy cannot boost long-term growth and called for reforms by governments to make the weak economy more investment-friendly.

US general: troops staying in Baltics through 2015

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:48:09 PMGo to full article
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A top U.S. military commander in Europe says U.S. troops will remain in the three Baltic countries and Poland through next year or longer to "deter Russian aggression."

London FTSE slips in opening trades

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:00:30 AMGo to full article
The benchmark FTSE 100 index edged down 0.09 percent -- or 5.92 points -- early MOnday to 6,744.84 pointsLondon (AFP) - London's main stock market opened marginally lower on Monday amid a general lack of corporate and economic news, analysts said.

Belgian strike paralyzes Antwerp port

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:00:21 AMGo to full article
Workers burn tires to block one of the main entrances to the harbour in Antwerp, Belgium, during a first regional strike on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)BRUSSELS (AP) — Trade unions have opened a month of intermittent strike action by paralyzing the port of Antwerp and slowing train traffic through much of Belgium.

US tells Iran to consider nuclear talks extension

‎23 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:45:15 PMGo to full article
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, prior to a bilateral meeting of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. The U.S. and five other nations trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran are turning away from attempting to reach an agreement by deadline and have started internal discussions on extending the talks, diplomats said Sunday. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, pool)VIENNA (AP) — The U.S. told Iran Sunday that it's time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline.

U.S. troops to remain in Baltics, Poland next year

‎23 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:48:25 PMGo to full article
Troops from the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team participate at the NATO-led exercise "Orzel Alert" in Bledowska Desert in ChechloVILNIUS (Reuters) - The United States will keep troops in Poland and the Baltic states for at least the next year as tensions with Russia remain, the commander of U.S. land forces in Europe said on Sunday. Several hundred U.S. troops were deployed in Poland and the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia earlier this year after Russia seized Ukraine's Crimea region in March. The deployment was part of Washington's efforts to reassure the nervous eastern European allies that NATO would offer protection from any Russian threat. ...

Bodies of Armenian pilots removed from helicopter crash site

‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:18:04 PMGo to full article
YEREVAN (Reuters) - The bodies of three pilots have been removed from a crash site in a special military operation after their helicopter from a region controlled by ethnic Armenians was shown down by Azeri forces earlier this month, officials from the region said. The downing of the helicopter was the first such incident since a ceasefire was agreed in 1994 following a war over the tiny mountainous territory in the South Caucasus and has ratcheted up tensions between Armenia and oil-producing Azerbaijan. ...

Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar

‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:22:54 PMGo to full article
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August.

Biden calls on nations to focus on energy security

‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:55:41 PMGo to full article
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speak to the media before a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Biden is visiting Turkey and is the latest in a stream of U.S. officials who have traveled to Turkey to urge Ankara to step up its role in fighting Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called on Europe to continue diversifying its energy supplies to reduce dependence on Russia, which he said should not be allowed to use its vast gas and oil resources as a geopolitical tool.

Portuguese police detain ex-premier in fraud case

‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:27:55 PMGo to full article
In this May 19, 2011 photo, Portugal's former Prime Minister Jose Socrates gestures as he answers a question during a business conference in Lisbon, Portugal. Portugal's Attorney-General's office says police have detained Socrates Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 as part of an investigation into corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud. (AP Photo/ Francisco Seco)LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates has been detained by police as part of an investigation into corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud, Portugal's Attorney-General's office said Saturday.

Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia

‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:43 AMGo to full article
In this Nov. 7, 2014 photo, a man holds Peruvian quinoa, part of 23 metric tons to be burned in Guaqui, Bolivia. International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that’s fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean “superfood.” As Peru boosts production of cheaper factory-farmed quinoa, the grain is increasingly being smuggled into landlocked Bolivia to be mixed with, and sometimes sold as, organic quinoa _ Bolivia’s specialty, growers and government officials say. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood."

Jury orders Irish man to pay $2M over ethanol deal

‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:14:38 AMGo to full article
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A wealthy Irish investor must pay $2 million in damages to an Iowa doctor who was cut out of a major ethanol development in eastern Europe, a jury ruled Friday.

Ciganda, Granada tied for lead at LPGA finale

‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:56:32 AMGo to full article
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Michelle Wie suddenly is in a position to consider a million ways how a great year can get even better.

Dow, S&P 500 push further into record territory

‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:06:38 AMGo to full article
The Wall Street subway stop on Broadway, in New York's Financial District, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. U.S. financial markets surged in early trading Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 as investors cheered a surprise interest rate cut in China and a hint of further stimulus for Europe from the head of the region's central bank. The rally extended gains from a day before, pushing the major market indexes further into record territory. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)The stock market closed out its fifth straight week of gains with another record high on Friday.

China, Europe chase growth amid global slowdown

‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:05:26 AMGo to full article
BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown.

Ukraine's Facebook revolution, 1 year later

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:28:14 PMGo to full article
People place flowers at a memorial for people killed in clashes with security forces in Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Ukraine marked the first anniversary of demonstrations known as Euromaidan which where were sparked by then President Viktor Yanukovych's decision in November 2013 to freeze ties with the West and tilt toward Moscow. The protests drew hundreds of thousands, leading to a bloody crackdown by security forces in late February 2014 and the eventual ouster of Yanukovych as he fled to neighboring Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's revolution began with a status update on Facebook.

Biden urges Russia to uphold east Ukraine truce

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:09:23 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Biden is also visiting Turkey and is the latest in a stream of U.S. officials who have traveled to Turkey to urge Ankara to step up its role in fighting Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden criticized Russia on Friday for its role in eastern Ukraine, urging Moscow to uphold a cease-fire in the war-torn region as he visited Kiev on the anniversary of the country's anti-government protests.

London FTSE ends higher on ECB, China measures

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:56:43 PMGo to full article
The benchmark FTSE 100 index climbed 1.08 percent -- or 71.86 points -- on Friday to end the day at 6,750.76 pointsLondon (AFP) - London stocks surged on Friday after the European Central Bank signalled it is ready to act quickly to deter deflation and China cut benchmark interest rates for the first time in more than two years.

Polish, British troops hold exercise

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:38:43 PMGo to full article
Polish , background, and and British soldiers take part in joint military exercise in Swietoszow, Poland, on Friday Nov. 21, 2014. The British-led exercise is involving more than 1,000 British troops making it the largest British commitment sent to Eastern Europe since 2008 and is part of NATO’s reaction to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)SWIETOSZOW, Poland (AP) — Some 2,200 Polish and British troops are taking part in joint tactical training this month that is part of NATO's reaction to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

French investigate HSBC over possible tax dodging

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:13:27 PMGo to full article
PARIS (AP) — HSBC bank was placed under formal investigation in France over services it offered to clients required to pay taxes in France, just days after the private banking branch was charged in Belgium with organized fiscal fraud.

Merkel: Palestinian recognition not right path

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:20:22 PMGo to full article
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and the Prime Minister of Belgium, Charles Michel, left, address the media during a joint press conference as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined Germany's opposition to recognizing a Palestinian state after lawmakers elsewhere in Europe backed such a move.

Ireland lauds Obama's immigration reform move

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:34:58 PMGo to full article
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland is lauding President Barack Obama's executive orders granting new rights to millions of people living illegally in the United States, saying the reforms will allow thousands of Irish citizens to attend weddings and funerals in Ireland without fear of being barred from returning to their American lives.

UK-Spain dispute over Gibraltar threatens European skies reform

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:10:03 PMGo to full article
Vehicles wait to enter the British territory of Gibraltar at its border with SpainBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The dispute between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar threatens to hold up European Union plans to merge national air corridors, diplomats say. EU member states are trying to reach agreement on the Single European Sky scheme, intended to complete the integration of some of the world's most crowded airways, cutting costs and CO2 emissions. But a wrangle over the sovereignty of the isthmus that connects the British territory of Gibraltar to Spain could delay a deal even if all other issues are agreed upon, EU diplomats said. ...

British anti-EU party takes second seat in blow for Cameron

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:05:10 PMGo to full article
UK Independence Party (UKIP) party leader Nigel Farage (L) and UK Independence Party (UKIP) parliamentary candidate Mark Reckless (R) speak before the by-election announcement in Rochester, Kent on November 21, 2014Rochester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - The UK Independence Party (UKIP) celebrated winning its second parliament seat in a blow for the government that further fragments the political landscape ahead of next year's general election.

Ireland line up another southern scalp

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:16:13 PMGo to full article
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland rugby has enjoyed plenty of heady days. Even a great year. Then it's over, all too quickly.

In blow to PM Cameron, Britain's anti-EU UKIP party wins second parliamentary seat

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:59:09 PMGo to full article
Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), speaks at his local party headquarters in Rochester, southeast EnglandBy William James and Andrew Osborn ROCHESTER/LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives lost a second parliamentary seat to the anti-EU UKIP party on Friday, an embarrassing defeat heralding a possible fragmentation of Britain's two-party system in next year's national election. ...

Jihadi wave tests Tunisia's young democracy

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:19:05 PMGo to full article
Fethi Selmi shows a photo of her son Nidhal, a youth who was killed during fighting in Syria, during an interview with Reuters in SousseBy Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara SOUSSE Tunisia (Reuters) - Tunisians were used to seeing Nidhal Selmi belting around a stadium, proudly sporting his country's red and white colors as a defender on the national football squad. So it was a shock when he appeared in a camouflage jacket with a Khalashnikov rifle across his thigh in a photograph from Syria posted online shortly before he was killed fighting there. ...

Stimulus merits in focus as ECB weighs action

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:47:00 PMGo to full article
President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi addresses the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, at the European Parliament building, in Brussels on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Japan's return to recession has renewed questions about the effectiveness of its recent monetary stimulus — and how anything similar would help Europe's struggling economy.

Asia stocks dulled by weak economic reports

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:47:07 AMGo to full article
FILE - This Oct. 8, 2014 file photo shows a Wall Street address carved in the side of a building, in New York. U.S. financial markets were mixed in early trading Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 as soft economic data out of China and Europe stoked concerns about a global slowdown. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were lackluster Friday as positive economic news from the U.S. was tempered by weakness in Europe, China and Japan.

Square's point-of-sale service goes global

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:53:28 AMGo to full article
LONDON (AP) — Financial services startup Square is taking aim at cash registers across the globe, making its point-of-sale software available internationally in English, Spanish, French and Japanese.

Basketball without Borders camp to NY for All-Star

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:38:45 AMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA says there will be a Basketball without Borders camp in New York in February during All-Star weekend.

Singer Robbie Williams launches clothes collection

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:15:59 AMGo to full article
British singer Robbie Williams performs in Lisbon on May 25, 2014London (AFP) - British star Robbie Williams is to launch a 30-piece clothing collection with retailer Primark, the singer announced on Thursday.

Russia warns U.S. against arms to Ukraine as Biden due in Kiev

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:45:26 PMGo to full article
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill wave upon their arrival at Boryspil International airport outside KievBy Thomas Grove and Richard Balmforth MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia warned the United States on Thursday against supplying arms to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, hours before U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden was due to arrive in Kiev. Ukraine accused President Vladimir Putin of treating its territory like a "playing field", trying to unleash a full-scale war that would pose a broader threat to NATO countries. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in Moscow that a U.S. ...

EU rejects Britain bonus cap challenge

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:31:36 PMGo to full article
The London headquarters of British banks HSBC (R) and Barclays (L) is pictured at Canary Wharf, in east LondonLuxembourg (AFP) - The top EU court's advisor on Thursday rejected Britain's legal challenges to a cap on banking bonuses, forcing Prime Minister David Cameron's government into an embarrassing U-turn.

NATO scrambles jets 400 times in 2014 as Russian air activity jumps

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:09:00 PMGo to full article
Portuguese Air Force fighter F-16 and Canadian Air Force fighter CF-18 Hornet patrol over Baltics air space, from the Zokniai air base near SiauliaiBy David Mardiste and Jonathan Saul AMARI Estonia/LONDON (Reuters) - NATO warplanes have had to scramble 400 times this year in response to an increase in Russian air activity around Europe not seen since the Cold War, the alliance's chief said on Thursday. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have sought to fill gaps in the alliance's land, air and sea defences since Russia annexed Crimea and backed a secessionist movement in the eastern part of Ukraine. Speaking to U.S. ...

Kasparov likens Putin to Hitler, urges West to act

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:04 PMGo to full article
Russian chess master and political activist Garry Kasparov speaks at the Warsaw Security Forum, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Kasparov warned that if the west fails to stop Russia's President Vladimir Putin now, the price for doing so could get much higher. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Russian chess master and political activist Garry Kasparov compared President Vladimir Putin's "one-man dictatorship" to the rule of Adolf Hitler on Thursday, warning that if the West fails to stop him now the price to do so could rise.

Egypt's Sisi calls on West to support Libya to avoid new Syria, Iraq

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:59:16 PMGo to full article
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in CairoCAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the United States and Europe on Thursday to help the Libyan army in its fight against Islamist militants now to save the country from requiring intervention on the scale of Iraq and Syria. Sisi said there was a danger to the region from conflict in Libya where two governments vie for legitimacy, one in Tripoli linked to Islamist militias, and an internationally-recognized government in the eastern city of Tobruk. ...

GM's Barra: New investment, SUV for Opel

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:53:25 PMGo to full article
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the automaker will invest more than half a billion euros (over $630 million) in its plants in Europe and build a new SUV at the home base for its Opel division there.

U.N. probing alleged Eritrea rights abuses blamed for migrant exodus

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:02:50 PMGo to full article
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations has begun to investigate suspected human rights abuses in Eritrea blamed for an exodus of migrants from the Horn of Africa country, U.N. officials said on Thursday. Eritrea, one of Africa's poorest nations, dismissed the allegations and said the commission was "politically motivated". Eritreans are second only to Syrians among migrants making perilous trips across the Mediterranean Sea in search of a new life in Europe, after trekking thousands of kilometers (miles) across Africa to reach the continent's north coast. The U.N. ...

Former minister-in-exile to take top job in independent Kosovo

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:05:43 PMGo to full article
Leader of the biggest opposition party LDK Mustafa attends an election rally in PejaBy Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) - A former minister-in-exile during Kosovo's 1990srebellion against Serbian rule is poised to become the state's next prime minister, a senior party ally said on Thursday. It comes after the United States helped broker a deal to end more than five months of political deadlock. "The only name that LDK (Democratic League of Kosovo) has nominated is Isa Mustafa," Lutfi Haziri, a senior LDK official, told Reuters. ...

Scientists record thud of Philae's comet landing

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:39:37 PMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have released a brief recording of the sound that Europe's space probe Philae made when it became the first to land on a comet last week.

Ukrainian PM accuses Putin of using Ukraine as a 'playing field'

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:20:36 PMGo to full article
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Thursday Europe and the United States should join Ukraine in forcing Russia to stick to a peace deal to end the separatist conflict, accusing the Kremlin of using Ukraine as a "playing-field". "Putin's actions are a threat to everyone, the global order, global peace, a direct threat to the EU and NATO member countries ... It is to be our joint goal to prevent a large-scale war that Russia is deliberately provoking," he told a news conference. "Putin believes Ukraine is just a playing-field," he said. ...

Gaza conflict sparked sharp rise in German anti-semitism, survey shows

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:09:20 PMGo to full article
BERLIN (Reuters) - German anti-semitism and resentment towards Israel has risen sharply in recent months, with more than one in four respondents in a new poll equating the Jewish state's treatment of Palestinians to Nazi persecution of Jews during World War Two. The bi-annual survey on xenophobia in Germany by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation showed broad measures of anti-semitism on the decline over the past decade. But it also showed a spike in negative views towards Israel and Jews in general between June and September, coinciding with the conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. ...

EU Court adviser backs cap on bank bonuses

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:53:38 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010 file photo, a view of the Canary Wharf financial district in London. A key adviser to the European Union's highest court is siding against Britain and wants the EU cap on bankers' bonuses to be maintained. Advocate General of the European Court of Justice Niilo Jaaskinen suggested Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 that British attempts to derail the EU financial law "should be rejected," advising the court to dismiss the action. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)BRUSSELS (AP) — A key adviser to the European Union's highest court is siding against Britain and wants the EU cap on bankers' bonuses to be maintained.

Polish, German leaders mark key reconciliation

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:00 PMGo to full article
Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz,right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, look at a shirt of a man reading "Freedom- made in Poland" in Krzyzowa, Poland, on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, where they met to mark 25 years since a symbolic reconciliation between the two neighboring nations whose ties were marked by warfare. Speaking on the occasion, Merkel stressed that security, freedom and the rule of law are made even more valuable today, when Ukraine’s territorial integrity has been violated. “We are aware that only together with Russia we can assure Europe’s long-term security,” Merkel said. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)KRZYZOWA, Poland (AP) — Polish and German government leaders have marked 25 years since a historic reconciliation between the two neighbors nations whose past was marred by warfare.

Hungary's Orban: we'll choose our own path in ties with Russia

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:37:27 PMGo to full article
Hungary's PM Orban arrives at an EU leaders summit in BrusselsBy Sandor Peto and Krisztina Than BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, seen by some in Brussels and Washington as cozying up to the Kremlin, said his country would not be forced to pick one side or another in a Cold War-style standoff in Europe. Offering reassurance to critics who say Hungary has drifted into Russia's orbit, Orban said Hungary was united with the European Union in standing up for Ukraine's territorial integrity, and would be guided by Berlin on how to treat Moscow. ...

Metrosexuals be gone: Europe is agog for beards

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:26:09 PMGo to full article
In this Nov. 13, 2014, photo, Salvador Chanza, 31, a master barber from Spain, who also calls himself Lord Jack Knife, trims the moustache of Jakub Marczewski, at the Barberian Academy & Barber Shop in Warsaw, Poland. Shop manager Piotr Zuchowski said the popularity of beards reflects a growing desire for a masculine, elegant look. He said the art of barbering nearly vanished from Poland during the communsit era but is making a comeback as Poles embrace trends from the West. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jakub Marczewski grew a beard six years ago because he was too lazy to shave. Now he finds himself in the middle of a global trend.

Ukraine peace outlook is bleak: OSCE official

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:07:35 PMGo to full article
File photo of a man holding a child as he walks past a pro-Russian separatist in DonetskVIENNA (Reuters) - Prospects for peace in eastern Ukraine are "bleak", underscoring the need to uphold a shaky ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels, a senior official from the OSCE security watchdog said on Thursday Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group that includes senior representatives from Ukraine and Russia, said there was no alternative to peace accords signed in Minsk in September, no matter how dire the situation. ...

Rights court orders Dutch to pay over Iraq death

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:42:29 PMGo to full article
PARIS (AP) — Europe's top human rights court is ordering the Netherlands to pay €25,000 euros ($31,000) in damages to the father of an Iraqi man who was shot dead by a Dutch soldier at a checkpoint in 2004, ruling that the investigation into the killing was inadequate.

Duchess of Alba, the world's most titled aristocrat, dies

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:57:32 AMGo to full article
By Sonya Dowsett MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's 18th Duchess of Alba, who died on Thursday aged 88, was one of Europe's wealthiest and most titled aristocrats, the owner of fabulous palaces and priceless works of art. She died after a short illness, surrounded by family in the 14th century Palacio de Duenas in Seville, famous for its lemon-tree-filled courtyards and her favorite of her many properties. Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, known to friends as 'Cayetana', was named by Guinness World Records as the world's most titled person. ...

Eurozone recovery loses further steam in November

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:54:43 AMGo to full article
The new headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, is photographed Monday, Nov.17, 2014. The ECB employees will move into the new premises during the next weeks. The European Central Bank stands ready to buy government bonds if inflation in the 18-country eurozone fails to rise as anticipated, its president said Monday in a hint that helped shore up the region's stock markets and put pressure on the euro. Addressing lawmakers of the European Parliament, Mario Draghi said the bank's governing council remains unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional instruments within its mandate. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)LONDON (AP) — Like Japan, the 18-country eurozone faces the real prospect of sliding back into recession, a closely watched survey indicated Thursday, in an another downbeat development that's is likely to ratchet up the pressure on the European Central Bank to enact further stimulus.

Germany to leave door ajar for fracking - draft law

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:09:59 AMGo to full article
German Environment Minister Hendricks visits the Asse nuclear waste disposal centre near the German village of RemlingenBERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's government plans to stop short of an outright ban on the controversial technique of fracking for gas, bowing to pressure from industry, according to the latest draft of a law from the environment ministry seen by Reuters. Fracking or hydraulic fracturing to extract gas and oil has transformed the U.S. energy market, boosting domestic supplies. The process is banned in France on environmental grounds. It is allowed in Britain but has strict environmental and safety guidelines. ...

Support builds for ending benefits to former Nazis

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:29:41 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporting is growing on Capitol Hill to strip suspected Nazi war criminals of their Social Security benefits.

Somali-American who helped Mogadishu govt killed

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:02:48 AMGo to full article
This photo taken Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 and provided by the family of Abdullahi Ali Anshur, 60, shows the Somali-American from Minnesota at his office in Mogadishu, Somalia. Gunmen shot and killed Abdullahi Ali Anshur, an engineer from Minnesota who had left a well-paying job in the U.S to help the fledgling Mogadishu city government with urban planning and drainage systems, a Somali official and relative said Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Family of Abdullahi Ali Anshur)MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Gunmen shot and killed a Somali-American from Minnesota who had left a well-paying job in the U.S. to help the fledgling city government in Mogadishu, an official and relative said Wednesday.

EU court says Britain must cut air pollution

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:26 PMGo to full article
Air pollution hangs in the air lowering visibility in London, on April 2, 2014Brussels (AFP) - Britain must take action in as "short as possible" a time to cut air pollution in line with European standards, the EU's top court ruled Wednesday.

Amid Ebola cases, Mali braces borders and beyond

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:55:17 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, a Mali soldier, center, controls a crowd of people during a visit by their president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, at the border village of Kouremale, Mali, between Mali and Guinea. On Mali's dusty border with Ebola-stricken Guinea, travelers have a new stop: Inside a white tent, masked medical workers zap incomers with infrared thermometer guns and instruct them to wash their hands in chlorinated water. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)KOUREMALE, Mali (AP) — On Mali's dusty border with Ebola-stricken Guinea, travelers have a new stop: Inside a white tent, masked medical workers zap incomers with infrared thermometer guns and instruct them to wash their hands in chlorinated water.

Bahrain releases pro-democracy activist awaiting trial

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:46:36 PMGo to full article
MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahraini authorities released pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja from detention on Wednesday, her lawyer and sister said, as she awaits trial over a charge of insulting Bahrain's king by tearing up his picture. Zainab, daughter of jailed activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, fell foul of the judge last month during an appeal hearing into two cases involving her that date back to 2012, her lawyer Mohammed al-Wasati said at the time. On his Twitter account on Wednesday, Wasati said that Zainab had been released based on a decision by the court. ...

Swiss protesters to stop lobbying annual Davos Economic Forum

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:20:51 PMGo to full article
By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - Anti-corporate activists declared moral victory over the annual Davos World Economic Forum of global business and political leaders on Wednesday and said they would no longer lobby there after the next meeting in January. Three anti-globalisation groups that have staged marches and counter-conferences during the gathering over the past 15 years said they took the decision because their aim to raise awareness of misbehaviour by big companies had succeeded. ...

Romania's president-elect and former king meet

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:56:28 PMGo to full article
Romania's former King Michael I waves to supporters during an appearance at the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Former monarch King Michael, 93, the only surviving leader from World War II, invited President-elect Klaus Iohannis to lunch Wednesday at his Elizabeth Palace.(AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUTBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Former King Michael, who ruled Romania during World War II, invited the country's president-elect to lunch at the palace on Wednesday.

UN: World not close to avoiding dangerous warming

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:48:28 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world still isn't close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some nations' recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions.

Colombian girl's dad had her swallow cocaine caps

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:58:57 PMGo to full article
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — An 11-year-old girl is in critical condition after doctors removed from her stomach 104 cocaine-filled capsules her father made her swallow to smuggle drugs to Europe, police said Wednesday.

Senior German politician under fire for plea to recognize Russian Crimea

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:45:52 PMGo to full article
By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - A senior German politician drew criticism on Wednesday for suggesting the West should recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea to save face for President Vladimir Putin. Former state premier Matthias Platzeck, chairman of the German-Russian Forum business lobby and erstwhile Social Democrat (SPD) chief, is the first high-ranking German to say the West should endorse the annexation as a way to help resolve the Ukraine crisis. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier rejected the notion. ...

Mideast video games, e-commerce booming: study

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:40:40 PMGo to full article
Video game and e-commerce markets are growing 'exponentially' across the Middle East and North Africa, study showsVideo game and e-commerce markets are growing exponentially across the Middle East and North Africa, driven by the mobile revolution and new youth-produced content, according to a study. The gaming market is expected to nearly triple in size, from $1.6 billion (1.3 billion euros) in 2014 to $4.4 billion (3.5 billion euros) in 2022, said the study conducted by consulting firm Strategy& and the Abu Dhabi media regulatory body twofour54. "Gaming in the region is growing faster than the global average, exceeding even other fast-growing emerging markets such as Russia, China and South Korea," Strategy& partner Jayant Bhargava said. So far global games from international developers have captured about 90 percent of the regional market.

Up to UK court to make Britain comply with NO2 limits: EU court

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:36:52 PMGo to full article
By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union's highest court ruled on Wednesday that Britain's courts have the authority to order the British government to comply with EU nitrogen dioxide limits as soon as possible, speeding up action to tackle the air pollutant. The case will now return to the British Supreme Court for a final ruling next year and it is likely to order the government to take action to meet limits in a much shorter timeframe than after 2030. ...

Top German diplomat meets with Putin on Ukraine

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:24:05 PMGo to full article
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses the media during a joint press conference with his counterpart from Poland Grzegorz Schetyna as part of a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)BERLIN (AP) — After meeting with Russia's president, Germany's foreign minister said that a de-escalation of the conflict in Ukraine appears far off and reinforced calls for a demarcation line between rebel and government forces in eastern Ukraine to be made a priority.

NATO's 'reckless' expansion is mistake: Russian foreign minister

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:24:10 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday called the "reckless" expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization a mistake that would hurt Europe's security. "We believe, and we've been talking about it since the very beginning of the current historical period that the reckless, endless expansion of NATO is a mistake that undermines Europe's stability," Lavrov told a news conference with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. Lavrov added that Ukraine's neutral status was key for security and the country's national interests. ...

Adrien Brody fashion forward for Pirelli calendar

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:09:04 PMGo to full article
Adrian Brody poses for the photographers as he arrives at the Gala Dinner on the occasion of the presentation of the Pirelli 2015 Calendar by Steven Meisel, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)MILAN (AP) — Adrien Brody has long had a flair for fashion, but don't mistake the beard the actor is currently sporting as a bow to trend. It's for his latest movie role as Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in "Emperor."

Quarter of Britons want migrants out, poll shows

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:56:29 PMGo to full article
Anxiety over immigration is mounting in Britain, leading to a surge in support for the UK Independence PartyLondon (AFP) - A quarter of Britons say immigrants should return to the countries they came from, according to a poll published Thursday, as figures showed the UK granted nearly a quarter of new citizenships in the European Union.

Stocks turn higher in Europe ahead of Fed minutes

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:56:04 PMGo to full article
Trader Sean Spain, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Stocks moved higher in late afternoon trading Tuesday, on track to deliver a record-high close for the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)World stock markets turned higher in European trading hours on Wednesday, after losses in Asia, as investors looked ahead to the publication of minutes to the U.S. Federal Reserve's last meeting.

Ukraine rules out direct talks with separatists

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:12:20 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk addresses a news conference in KievBy Natalia Zinets and Gabriela Baczynska KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia urged Ukraine's leaders on Wednesday to talk directly to separatists to end the conflict in the east, but Kiev rejected the call and told Moscow to stop "playing games" aimed at legitimizing "terrorists". Kiev and the West accuse Russia of destabilizing Ukraine by providing the rebels with money, arms and reinforcements. The West has imposed sanctions on Moscow over the conflict in which more than 4,000 people have been killed since mid-April. ...

Are women overcharged? France probes price of pink

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:44:13 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, Gaelle Couraud, an activist of the group Georgette Sand - named tongue-in-cheek after French author Georges Sand, who changed her name to hide her sex, poses in Paris. Hair salons do it, dry cleaners do it, and so - sometimes - do department stores selling health and beauty products. And now France wants to know why it is that, for some products and services, women seem to be paying more than men. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — Hair salons do it, dry cleaners do it, and so do department stores selling health and beauty products. Now France wants to know why, for some goods and services, women seem to be paying more than men.

Bank of England remains divided on rate rise

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:54:57 AMGo to full article
LONDON (AP) — Divisions remain at the Bank of England on whether to raise interest rates, with policymakers voting 7-2 at their last meeting to keeping the main rate at a record low 0.5 percent.

Kremlin critics urge Britain to punish Putin through oligarchs

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:21:29 AMGo to full article
Former Russian PM Mikhail Kasyanov attends the "Prospects for Russia after Putin" debate in the Houses of Parliament in London on November 18, 2014London (AFP) - Leading critics of President Vladimir Putin urged Britain to step up pressure on the Kremlin chief by imposing sanctions on visiting Russian government officials and oligarchs.

UKIP immigration stance draws angry voters

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:36:20 AMGo to full article
UK Independence Party (UKIP) parliamentary candidate Mark Reckless campaigns in Rochester, Kent on November 18, 2014Rochester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Sat on a bench on Rochester High Street, out-of-work British labourer Paul is considering voting for the anti-immigration UK Independence Party in a crucial by-election on Thursday.

Kerry delays trip to Vienna for Iran nuclear talks

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:06:54 AMGo to full article
US Secretary of State John Kerry (C), who has been in London since Monday evening, was due to arrive mid-week in the Austrian capital to complete negotiations with the "5+1" group and TehranUS Secretary of State John Kerry has pushed back his trip to Vienna where international negotiators are in final talks on Iran's nuclear programme, his department said. Kerry, who has been in London since Monday evening, was due to arrive mid-week in the Austrian capital to complete negotiations with the "5+1" group (United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany) and Tehran. Leaders hope to seal a landmark agreement by the November 24 deadline after months of negotiations but substantial differences remain between Iran and Western powers. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Europe's chief negotiator Catherine Ashton resumed discussions Tuesday in Vienna, along with representatives of 5+1, ahead of the arrival of their six foreign ministers.

Germany sees 'no grounds for optimism' in Ukraine conflict

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:39:05 AMGo to full article
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives before the European defence ministers meeting at the European Council in Brussels, on November 18, 2014Germany's foreign minister said Tuesday he was not optimistic about an end to the conflict in Ukraine because of a "dangerous" escalation of fighting in the east. Frank-Walter Steinmeier made the downbeat assessment after NATO's secretary-general spoke of a "very serious build-up" of troops, artillery and air defence systems inside Ukraine and on the Russian side of the border. Steinmeier was the first senior European minister to visit Moscow since July, in a sign of how relations between the West and Russia have dived to a post-Cold War low over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. "There are no grounds for optimism in the current situation," Steinmeier said at a press conference after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

Toyota to start sales of fuel cell car next month

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:13:44 AMGo to full article
In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, the engine part of a Toyota Motor Corp.'s new fuel cell vehicle Mirai is shown at its showroom test course in Tokyo. There will only be a few hundred, and they won’t be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles. The world’s largest automaker announced Tuesday, Nov. 18 that it will begin selling fuel cell cars in Japan on Dec. 15 and in the U.S. and Europe in mid-2015. The sporty-looking, four-door Toyota Mirai will retail for 6.7 million yen ($57,600) before taxes. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Blighted harvest drives olive oil price pressures

‎18 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:25:20 PMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 photo, damaged olives hang in the grove belonging to Augusto Spagnoli, an oil producer from Nerola, 50 kilometers (31 miles) away from Rome. Italy’s 2014 olive harvest was declared by both producers and experts as the worst in history, due to adverse climatic conditions which helped the olive fly proliferate, thus destroying the olives before they could be harvested. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)BEJA, Portugal (AP) — If your favorite bottle of Mediterranean olive oil starts costing more, blame unseasonable European weather — and tiny insects.




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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.”

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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.
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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.

Runtime: Approx. 5 hours

© 2012 Koinonia House Inc.

Available in the following formats:


•3 Disks
•5 M4A Files
•1 PDF Notes File
•Color, 16:9, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, Region encoding (This DVD will be viewable in other countries WITH the proper DVD player and television set.)



PRICE R 159.00


PRICE R 159.00



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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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