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Palestine drops motion to suspend Israel from FIFA

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:39:04 PMGo to full article
By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Palestine dropped its motion to suspend Israel from international soccer amid highly-charged scenes at the FIFA Congress on Friday. Instead, the Congress voted in favor of a proposal to create a multilateral committee of observers to monitor the freedom of players and officials to move in and out of the occupied Palestinian territories. Israel Football Association (IFA) President Ofer Eini at one point called on his Palestine counterpart Jibril Rajoub to come on stage and shake hands in front of the Congress, something Rajoub initially declined in a tense standoff.

THE LATEST: Voting begins to choose next FIFA president

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:35:27 PMGo to full article
FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan attends the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015. (Patrick B. Kraemer/Keystone via AP)ZURICH (AP) — The latest on FIFA developments:

Blatter set to win new term despite soccer corruption scandal

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:09:20 PMGo to full article
UEFA President Platini speaks with FIFA President Blatter and Valcke, Secretary General of the FIFA, at the 65th FIFA Congress in ZurichBy Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport's governing body. Addressing delegates at FIFA's annual Congress in Switzerland, where members began voting to decide the organization's presidency, Blatter promised more transparency and urged members to remain unified. Europe, which accounts for all but three of the countries that have ever made it to a World Cup's final match, is particularly keen to banish the 79-year-old Swiss.

Merkel: Germany will be 'constructive partner' in EU reform

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:56:40 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken between musicians of the honor guards, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and British Prime Minister David Cameron listen to the national anthems during the welcoming ceremony for a meeting at the chancellery, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded a conciliatory note Friday on Britain's efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, as Prime Minister David Cameron wrapped up a two-day four country trip to press his case for concessions.

Spain makes US rapid force at Moron base permanent

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:33:44 PMGo to full article
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government approved an accord Friday permanently granting the U.S. military a presence at a southwestern base as a center for a rapid reaction force to deal with crises in Africa and elsewhere.

Ruble rebound threatens 'Made in Russia' industry revival

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:30:49 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken on Friday, May 22, 2015, Stanislav Obraztsov, left, speaks to his colleagues at his craft beer bar in Moscow. The ruble’s crash in value against the dollar last year helped Russia’s nascent craft beer industry by making imported competitors more expensive. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's ruble is on a roller-coaster. After being the world's second worst-performing currency against the dollar last year, it is among the best in 2015.

US presses Europeans at meeting to solve Greek crisis

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:21:33 PMGo to full article
Jacob J. Lew, US Secretary of the Treasury, passes US flags after a press conference at the G7 Finance Ministers meeting in Dresden, eastern Germany, Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Finance ministers from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies heard a sharp call from U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to find agreement on more financial help for Greece.

Equinix to buy data center operator TelecityGroup for $3.3B

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:19:07 PMGo to full article
Data center Equinix will bulk up its presence in Europe through the acquisition of British counterpart TelecityGroup in a cash-and-stock deal valued at around $3.3 billion.

FGM campaigners: Nigeria ban welcome, but work not over

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:11:40 PMGo to full article
By Joseph D'Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists on Friday welcomed Nigeria's new law banning female genital mutilation (FGM), but warned that legislation alone will not be enough to eradicate the practice. According to 2014 U.N. data, a quarter of Nigerian women have undergone FGM -- the partial or total removal of external genitalia which can cause physical and psychological problems. Although some of Nigeria's 36 states already prohibit the ritual, this week's new federal law brings in a nationwide ban.

Break the vicious cycle, Singapore tells South China Sea rivals

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:57:09 PMGo to full article
By Rujun Shen and David Alexander SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's prime minister called on countries on Friday to break the "vicious cycle" of the South China Sea row, as the United States and China exchanged increasingly angry barbs over reclaimed islands in the disputed waterway. Inaugurating Asia's biggest security forum, the Shangri-La Dialogue, Lee Hsien Loong also warned of the threat of Islamic State militancy in Southeast Asia and said it was not inconceivable that the ultra-radicals could establish a base in the region physically under their control, like in Syria or Iraq. Just hours before Lee spoke, the Pentagon said China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the South China Sea.

Italy's regional elections puts focus on migrant arrivals

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:45:26 PMGo to full article
In this picture taken on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Issa Konate, from Mali, attends an interview with The Associated Press past election posters near a migrant holding center in Baone, near Padua, northern Italy Housing migrants who continue to flood Italy, many risking death in Mediterranean crossings, has become a contentious campaign issue in Italian regional elections set for Sunday. It has unleashed a wave of anti-migrant resentment that Matteo Salvini, the up-and-coming leader of the populist Northern League, has both benefited from and fomented. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)RIVADOLMO, Italy (AP) — The community's hostility is veiled, but palpable. When the young migrants from Nigeria and Gambia venture away from their house in this hilltop idyll south of Padua, they say neighbors come out and snap their photos in a gesture of intimidation. They have been pressured to stop using the local soccer field, accused of taking the pitch away from Italian kids.

Qatar defends 2022 World Cup bid, will comply with further probe if asked

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:06:04 PMGo to full article
Qatar defended its successful 2022 World Cup bid on Friday following corruption scandals in soccer's governing body FIFA and said it would carry on with plans to stage the event. Qatar's World Cup organizing committee said in a statement Qatar had conducted its 2022 bid with integrity and to the highest ethical standards, but it would comply with further investigations into the award if asked. Qatar beat bids from Australia, Japan, the United States and South Korea.

Cameron meets Polish PM on EU reform tour

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:27:36 PMGo to full article
Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz (R) welcomes her British counterpart David Cameron upon his arrival at Lazienki Palace in Warsaw on May 29, 2015British Prime Minister David Cameron met Poland's premier in Warsaw on Friday on a whistlestop European tour to gather backing for EU reforms amid implacable Polish opposition to proposals to limit benefits for immigrants. Cameron was due to go on to Berlin later in the day to lobby German Chancellor Angela Merkel. During the talks, Cameron reassured Poland's Ewa Kopacz of his "commitment" to the free movement of people within the EU and both agreed further talks were needed on "national welfare systems", his office said in a Friday.

Rocky road: Britain's troubled ties to European Union

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:43 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this March 10, 1961 file photo, France's President, Charles De Gaulle speaks at the French General Assembly, in Paris. Britain’s ambitions to become a member of the European Economic Community were twice dealt a blow in the 1960s when de Gaulle vetoed the country’s applications. Non, he said, claiming that Britain could bring about the end of what was then commonly referred to as the “common market.” (AP Photo/Levy, File)LONDON (AP) — The British people will get another chance to decide on their European future by the end of 2017 — marking one more milestone in a long-troubled relationship.

Italy village where mafia have 'stolen' the right to vote

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:58:57 AMGo to full article
The colourful city hall of Plati, near Reggio, southern ItalyItaly goes to the polls this weekend for local and regional elections but not in the village of Plati in the southern region of Calabria, heartland of the 'Ndrangheta mafia, who control much of Europe's cocaine trade. A walk through the village near the tip of Italy's toe soon sets the scene: grey half-finished or damaged buildings, roadworks and potholes everywhere you look and rubbish containers spilling over onto the streets.

Israel begins honoring long-overlooked Jewish WWII veterans

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:10:31 AMGo to full article
In this Tuesday, May 19, 2015 photo, British Jewish World War II veteran Norman Cohen who landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day with the British 2nd Army as a radio operator under the command of General Miles Dempsey, poses for a photo at his home in Jerusalem. Cohen is among a dwindling population of Jewish war veterans who battled the Nazis before immigrating to Israel - a group that until recently received little recognition in the Jewish state. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)JERUSALEM (AP) — As a proud patriot, Brooklyn-born Dan Nadel enlisted in the U.S. army right after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But there was another force driving him to battle — his Jewish faith.

Blatter the right man for the job says power-broker Sheikh Ahmad

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:34:40 AMGo to full article
By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the right man for the job and should be re-elected for another four years on Friday, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, one of the most powerful men in world sport, has told Reuters in an interview. The Kuwaiti was speaking on the eve of Friday's presidential election where, despite the crisis currently engulfing FIFA, Blatter is expected to see off the challenge of 39-year-old Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein. Sheikh Ahmad, elected to FIFA's executive committee last month at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress, said the 79-year-old Swiss still had the support of the Asian bloc.

Cameron urges 'flexible and imaginative' EU reforms

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:01:53 AMGo to full article
Prime Minister David Cameron (C) leaves after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande (L) on May 28, 2015 at the Elysee presidential Palace in ParisPrime Minister David Cameron prepared Friday to lobby German Chancellor Angela Merkel for "flexible and imaginative" EU reforms, but faces an uphill battle against Franco-German plans for a more integrated eurozone. The second day of Cameron's European tour came as his government published a law paving the way for the controversial vote on whether Britain should leave the EU that must be held by the end of 2017. The prime minister has moved rapidly to kickstart efforts to secure EU reforms before the referendum which he promised voters ahead of his surprise election win earlier this month.

Alleged Nazi war criminal wanted by Russia dies in Quebec

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:35 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this April 25, 2012 file photo, Vladimir Katriuk stands at his honeybee farm in Ormstown, Quebec. The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of Nazi war criminals — charged earlier this month by Russia with genocide — has died at age 93, his lawyer said. Katriuk passed away last week after a long illness, Orest Rudzik said Thursday, May 28, 2015. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITMONTREAL (AP) — The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of Nazi war criminals — charged earlier this month by Russia with genocide — has died at age 93, his lawyer said.

New stars likely to be found at Under-20 World Cup in NZ

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:14:01 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2015 file photo, Argentina's Giovanni Simeone celebrates after scoring a goal against Paraguay during a South America Under-20 soccer match in Montevideo, Uruguay. Though it will be staged on the opposite end of the earth from the most glamorous leagues and the turmoil of corruption investigations into senior soccer officials, the under-20 World Cup is set to be a showcase for a new generation of talent. Simeone, who was the leading scorer in the qualifying tournament with nine goals, is expected to be among front-runners for the Golden Ball. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A world away from the turmoil of corruption and political infighting plaguing soccer, there will be a reminder this weekend of what is best about the game — the talent showcase of the Under-20 World Cup.

A look at the voting blocs in the FIFA president balloting

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎06:23:07 AMGo to full article
UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infantino and UEFA President Michel Platini attend a press conference after a meeting of the European Soccer Federation, UEFA, at a hotel in Glattpark-Zurich, ahead of the FIFA congress, in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, May 28, 2015. The FIFA congress with the president's election is scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2015 in Zurich. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)FIFA's 209 members are expected to elect President Sepp Blatter to a fifth term Friday, based on statements in recent months issued by continental confederations, despite a string of scandals including the indictment of nine soccer officials this week by the U.S. government.

UK's Cameron tells France's Hollande EU status quo 'not good enough'

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:28:39 AMGo to full article
France wants Britain to remain in the European Union, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday after talks with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who insisted the status quo in Europe was "not good enough". "France wants the UK to remain in the European Union," Hollande said at a joint news conference with Cameron in Paris.

Blatter not assured of full Oceania backing: New Zealand

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:06:12 AMGo to full article
Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter can no longer rely on iron-clad support from the Oceania Football Confederation with New Zealand reviewing its backing for the Swiss in his re-election bid. All 11 member nations of the OFC had pledged to back Blatter at their January congress in Papua New Guinea, but New Zealand Football chief executive Andy Martin cast doubt on the bloc's unity amid the unfolding corruption scandal. "It's every man for himself," Martin told New Zealand media from Zurich, where the vote was to be held later on Friday.

South Korea to ban taxi services by private drivers in blow to Uber

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:00:14 AMGo to full article
Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridBy Se Young Lee and Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean lawmakers passed a bill early on Friday to ban taxi services provided by private drivers, marking what is likely the first nationwide legislation to outlaw Uber Technologies Inc's low-cost uberX service. "Uber respects this decision by the National Assembly and looks forward to continuing its conversations with Seoul City on how to best serve Seoul and its citizens within the legal framework allowed by Korean Law," the U.S. company said in a statement to Reuters ahead of the floor vote. While the legislation, which amends an existing law on transportation services, imposes a blanket ban rather than explicitly mentioning Uber, it was pushed by lawmakers to block uberX.

More than 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean

‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:23:04 AMGo to full article
In this video grab released by the Italian Coast Guard (Guardia Costiera) on May 6, 2015 migrants gesture on a boat before a rescue operationA total of 741 migrants who set sail from Libya in the hopes of reaching Europe were rescued in the Mediterranean on Thursday, the Italian coastguard said. The migrants were trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea on six boats -- five of them inflatable vessels -- before they were helped to safety in the Strait of Sicily, the coastguard said. The huge spike in the number of people seeking to reach European shores has been attributed to the worsening security situation in Libya -- the staging post for most of the crossings -- as well as milder weather.

Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:21:10 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret.

Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march against IS militants

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:39:41 PMGo to full article
In this photo released on May 20, 2015, provided by the Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Kurdish fighters of the YPG, flash victory signs as they sit on their pickup on their way to battle against the Islamic State, near Kezwan mountain, northeast Syria. In contrast to the failures of the Iraqi army, in Syria Kurdish fighters are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country's northeast in recent days, under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes. (The Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units via AP)BEIRUT (AP) — In contrast to the Iraqi army's failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country's northeast under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes.

Strike ends at Israel Chemicals' Dead Sea factories

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:06:25 PMGo to full article
A strike that had disrupted potash production at Israel Chemicals (ICL) since February came to an end on Thursday when management and workers agreed on an efficiency program that includes fewer layoffs than originally planned. ICL, the world's sixth-largest potash producer and a maker of specialty chemicals, has said some sales have been delayed but it expects to recover most of them when the strike ends. Although ICL is a private company, layoffs are more complicated since the Israeli government owns a "golden share" and could choose to intervene.

Russia's Gazprom says Ukraine's total gas debt is $29.5 billion

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:55:18 PMGo to full article
By Ivana Sekularac BELGRADE (Reuters) - Russian natural gas producer Gazprom put Ukraine's total gas debt at almost $29.5 billion on Thursday, ratcheting up pressure in a gas pricing dispute with the country, which is fighting a pro-Moscow rebellion on its eastern outskirts. Ukraine's Naftogaz and Gazprom are squaring off in an arbitration court in Stockholm, where Naftogaz is seeking more than $16 billion from the Kremlin-controlled company. Kiev is challenging the price of Russian gas, and billions of dollars in debts which Russia says have accrued, and is appealing to international arbitrators for a definitive ruling.

Cameron urges EU to be 'flexible and imaginative' on reforms

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:13 PMGo to full article
British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on May 11, 2015Paris (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron called for "flexible and imaginative" reforms from the EU, as he swung through Paris Thursday on a tour of European capitals to lobby for changes to the 28-nation bloc.

UK's Osborne: 'real willingness' in EU to negotiate on reforms

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:15:35 PMGo to full article
British finance minister George Osborne said other European Union countries were willing to negotiate over Britain's push to reform the bloc before it holds a referendum on whether to stay in the EU. "Whatever public positions you hear people in Europe take, what I detect is a real willingness now to negotiate," Osborne said on the sidelines of a gathering of finance ministers and central bank chiefs of the Group of Seven countries in Germany. The G7 includes EU members Germany, France and Italy as well as Britain.

Factbox: What business thinks about Britain's referendum on EU membership

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:04:53 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain's ties with Europe and then give voters a referendum on European Union membership by the end of 2017. Following are the views of business leaders: Lloyd's of London Chief Executive Inga Beale: "We believe it (leaving) would be bad for business. Being part of the European energy market is unquestionably essential for the UK." Marks & Spencer Chief Executive Marc Bolland: "I feel that some of those (European) reforms can be done and should be done.

Emotional Platini says Blatter must go for good of FIFA

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:40:18 PMGo to full article
By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - UEFA president Michel Platini delivered one of his most emotional and animated performances since his playing days when he said it was time for Sepp Blatter to quit as president of FIFA with world football's body facing yet another corruption crisis. Platini suggested UEFA could withdraw from FIFA if huge changes are not brought in to world football's embattled governing body, but also admitted he faces something of a crisis of his own.

African migrants risk all in Sahara to reach Europe

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:31:28 PMGo to full article
Wider Image - Smuggled through NigerBy Daniel Flynn AGADEZ, Niger (Reuters) - In a sandy compound in the Niger desert town of Agadez, a white-turbaned imam blesses a circle of African migrants, some of them little more than boys, to protect them on the journey across the Sahara toward Europe. A smuggler then gives a signal and the migrants scramble onto a white Toyota Hilux, jostling for a place on the 1,200-km journey to Sabha in southern Libya – a route plagued by bandits and the pitiless desert sun. Some 2,000 migrant deaths in Mediterranean waters between the Libyan and Italian coasts this year have prompted alarmed European governments to tighten maritime patrols to stem an influx of migrants in boats from Libya, which has been in widespread chaos since rebels toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Srebrenica kids to sing for pope with message of harmony

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:20:40 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken on Saturday, May 23, 2015, Zejfa Ahmetovic, center, and a group of children surrounding her sing during a Superar choir rehearsal in the eastern town of Srebrenica, 220 kms northeast of Sarajevo, Bosnia. What pope Francis wants to promote in Bosnia is what children of the Superar choir are already doing. They will come from the town with a name synonymous with genocide and show him during his June 6 visit to Sarajevo how the descendants of the ethnic group blamed for the killings and those of the victims can sing together about how people should love each other. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Their parents' generation is steeped in the tragedy of genocide. But these Bosnian Serb and Bosnian Muslim children are singing a message of love.

Etihad Airways profit jumps by over half to $73 million

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:18:07 PMGo to full article
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates' fast-growing national carrier, said Thursday its profit rose by more than half to $73 million last year but warned that "aggressive protectionist sentiment" in the West threatens its future prospects.

Top finance officials debate what's needed for global growth

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:18:05 PMGo to full article
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of International Monetary Fund, IWF, and Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, share a smile as they look for their positions prior the a group photo session during the G7 Finance Ministers meeting in the Dresden Castle in Dresden, eastern Germany, Thursday, May 28, 2015. The G7 Finance Ministers meeting is being held in Dresden from May 27 to May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Officials from the Group of Seven rich democracies convened some of the world's best-known economists to explore ideas on how to keep the global upswing going.

EU border agency rescue effort moved closer to Libya

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:36:19 PMGo to full article
The Executive Director of Frontex Fabrice Leggeri arrives to address the media on the general migratory situation at the external borders of the EU, at Frontex offices in Brussels on Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's border agency said Thursday its ships are working closer to conflict-torn Libya than ever but will enter those potentially dangerous territorial waters only to rescue migrants in trouble.

Britain's pro-Europeans prepare 'Yes' campaign group: sources

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:33:15 PMGo to full article
By Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Supporters of Britain's membership of the European Union will create a new group shortly to run the "Yes" campaign for a referendum Prime Minister David Cameron has promised by the end of 2017, four sources familiar with the plan told Reuters. The new group aims to focus the efforts of disparate pro-Europeans who fear a British exit from the 28-nation bloc it joined in 1973 would diminish London's clout, hammer the world's fifth largest economy and trigger a new crisis in the EU. Cameron, whose Conservative party won a surprise majority in the May 7 election, has promised to renegotiate Britain's EU relationship.

Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:20:41 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Arab Israeli Christian school children play soccer at the Terra Santa School in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Ramle, Israel, Private Christian schools are among Israel’s highest ranked educational institutions, established by churches in the Holy Land hundreds of years ago long before Israel was established. But school administrators are accusing Israel of slashing their funding as a pressure tactic to get them join the Israeli public school system a move they say would interfere with the schools’ Christian values and high academic achievements. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)RAMLE, Israel (AP) — It was an unlikely display of protesters: nuns cloaked in white, a black-clad priest clutching a golden scepter and dozens of Arab schoolchildren picketing outside the hulking headquarters of Israel's Education Ministry. Their message, raised high on large banners: "Take your hands off our schools."

UK leader travels to 4 EU states to press case for reform

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:06:06 PMGo to full article
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, centre, talks to colleagues after Britain's Queen Elizabeth II delivered the Queen's Speech to the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster during the State Opening of Parliament in London, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The Queens Speech outlines her governments legislative plans for the forthcoming parliamentary year and the laws and bills they hope to pass. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron met his Dutch counterpart on Thursday as he began a whirlwind visit to four European capitals, pressing his case that Britain needs to renegotiate its relationship with the 27 other members of the bloc.

Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:38:18 PMGo to full article
This Oct. 4, 2014 photo shows the Dubrovnik old town from a hill. Despite surging opposition to pumping crude in the waters of one of Europe's fastest-growing summer travel destinations, the Croatian government is determined to boost the state's poor finances by offering several exploration licenses to foreign energy companies. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)MEDULIN, Croatia (AP) — Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts.

Global stocks down as Shanghai sinks, Greece deadline looms

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:06 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, people pass a Wall Street subway stop, in New York's Financial District. U.S. stocks rose modestly in late morning trading Wednesday, May 27, 2015, recovering part of a steep loss from the day before. Investors remain focused on Greece's debt problems. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)TOKYO (AP) — Chinese shares dived Thursday after big gains in the past three months and other global stock markets were mostly lower as a deadline neared for cash-starved Greece to make a debt payment.

Syria's al-Qaida chief says no plans to attack the West

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:01:37 PMGo to full article
BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's branch in Syria has no plans to attack the West but warns that they might retaliate if airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition continue to target them, the leader of the group said in an interview with an Arab TV station.

Lazio and Napoli face off for Champions League spot

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:51:31 PMGo to full article
Napoli coach Rafael Benitez gives instructions to his players during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Napoli at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)ROME (AP) — Lazio and Napoli face each other in the final round of Serie A matches on Sunday with a Champions League berth at stake.

Pope visit preparations promote unity in multi-faith Bosnia

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:25:35 PMGo to full article
Members of children's choir "Superar" practise the songs that will be performed during the visit of the Pope to Sarajevo at their music school in SrebrenicaBy Daria Sito-Sucic SREBRENICA, Bosnia (Reuters) - Even before arriving in Sarajevo, Pope Francis has achieved a remarkable feat. While the pontiff's June 6 visit is the most eagerly awaited by Catholic Croats, the smallest group in the ethnically segmented state, Orthodox Serbs and Muslim Bosniaks have also taken an active part in preparing a warm welcome for Francis. "Citizens from all ethnic groups openly express joy about his visit," said Tanja Topic, an analyst at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Banja Luka, capital of the Serb part of Bosnia.

Cameron meets EU leaders on referendum reform push

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:42:23 AMGo to full article
Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to renegotiate the terms of Britain's EU membership before a referendum on whether to remain in the unionPrime Minister David Cameron starts a whirlwind two-day tour of European capitals including Paris and Berlin Thursday in a push to secure EU reforms before a referendum on whether Britain should leave the 28-nation bloc. Cameron will meet the Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte for lunch in the Hague Thursday before having dinner with French President Francois Hollande in Paris. On Friday, Cameron will hold talks with Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz in Warsaw before flying to Berlin for a working lunch with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

EU nations, parliament reach deal on major investment plan

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:01:00 AMGo to full article
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker participate in a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The United Nations Secretary-General met with EU leaders and called for international solidarity to deal with the issue of tens of thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in the hope of starting a better life in Europe. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations and legislators have reached a deal in principle to create a fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros ($345 billion) in private- and public-sector investment to upgrade infrastructure, stimulate the EU's sluggish economies and ignite job growth.

Premier: Serbia ready to reduce dependence on Russian gas

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:47:00 AMGo to full article
Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic, speaks at the news conference after talks with host Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, as the first Serbian leader to visit the nation after a troubled past, at the Palace of Brigades in the Albanian capital, Tirana, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Both countries are trying to overcome their troubled past while working toward EU membership. Relations between the two Balkan states remain strained, mainly over the former Serbian province of Kosovo where majority ethnic Albanians declared independence in 2008 which Serbia refused to recognize. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)TIRANA, Albania (AP) — In a major policy shift, the Serbian prime minister said his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan.

France says Britain EU referendum 'very risky'

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:45:16 AMGo to full article
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says he considers Britain's EU referendum process to be "dangerous"French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said a British referendum on whether to leave the EU was "very risky", ahead of a visit by Prime Minister David Cameron to Paris on Thursday. Cameron is carrying out a whistlestop tour of European capitals to push for reforms he says are necessary before the EU referendum, including on immigration. "We will listen to him and see what he proposes," said Fabius.

With ruling party under pressure, Erdogan wades into Turkey polls

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:42:11 AMGo to full article
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a Koran as he speaks during the opening ceremony of the Selehaddin Eyyubi airport in the eastern city of Hakkari, on May 26, 2015Brushing off complaints he is brazenly violating the constitution, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is playing an increasingly active role in Turkey’s legislative election campaign as the ruling party faces its biggest ballot box challenge since it came to power. Latest opinion polls suggest that the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) could see its vote tumble in the June 7 election from the last polls in 2011 and even lose its parliamentary majority, sparking unusual expressions of alarm in pro-government media. Erdogan, who became president in 2014 after more than a decade as premier, is supposed to be apolitical as head of state but in recent days has been campaigning with relentless vigour.

France wants Europe to do more to fight Islamic State

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:24:06 AMGo to full article
PARIS (AP) — France's foreign minister wants European countries to do more to fight the Islamic State group, and is seeking support from Russia in international talks about defeating the group.

Paris leaders want fast expulsion of migrants from tent camp

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:24:43 AMGo to full article
In this photo taken Monday, May 25, 2015, Almaz Tekeste, a 45-year-old native of Asmara, Eritrea, speaks with The Associated Press alongside dozens of tents set up by migrants under a metro bridge near the Gare du Nord station in Paris, France. Hundreds of migrants, mostly from east Africa, have poured into the ersatz tent camp on the bridge under a rumbling subway line and over tracks that take Eurostar trains to Britain. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)PARIS (AP) — In the shadow of the famed Sacre Coeur basilica, hundreds of migrants have poured into a makeshift tent camp on a bridge over Eurostar train tracks to Britain — the country that many see as a cherished final destination.

Asia stocks uneven as Greece deadline looms, Tokyo gains

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:26:56 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, people pass a Wall Street subway stop, in New York's Financial District. U.S. stocks rose modestly in late morning trading Wednesday, May 27, 2015, recovering part of a steep loss from the day before. Investors remain focused on Greece's debt problems. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were uneven Thursday as hopes in Europe for a Greek bailout were welcomed by some regional markets and a cheap yen kept the upswing in Tokyo shares going.

Basketball Without Borders camps reach 2 new destinations

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:39:33 AMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA says its Basketball Without Borders camps will go to Gran Canaria, Spain, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for the first time.

FIFA sponsors pile pressure on Blatter ahead of AGM vote

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:27:31 AMGo to full article
Sponsors are piling pressure on FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to clean up world football amid two major corruption scandalsSponsors piled pressure on FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to clean up world football as two major corruption scandals overshadowed the start of a congress Thursday at which he will seek a new term. Blatter remains favourite to win the presidential election on Friday however. Credit card giant Visa said it would "reassess" its sponsorship of FIFA unless it takes immediate action after the arrest of top FIFA leaders accused by US authorities of taking huge bribes.

Poland's ongoing love affair with allotments

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:09:57 AMGo to full article
ment in the center of the Polish capital on May 18, 2015, part of a communist era legacy where city-dwellers can grow vegetables in an area where land goes for a minimum 2,500 euros per square metrePitchfork in hand, Hanna Wielgus turns the dark, rich soil of her allotment on a major thoroughfare of the Polish capital known for its monster traffic jams. Warsaw has a whopping 190 gardens with plots covering an area of ​​1,200 hectares (3,000 acres).

Greece says deal close, Schaeuble quashes optimism

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:39:51 AMGo to full article
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, is welcomed by Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, during his visit at the Finance Ministry in Athens Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Greece is out of cash to repay debts due as soon as next week. The country and its creditors — other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund — have been locked in negotiations for months on what reforms the southern European country needs to take to get the final batch of loans from its international bailout. (Costas Baltas/InTime News via AP) GREECE OUTATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's cash-strapped government insisted Wednesday it was "very close" to reaching a vital deal with bailout lenders, but the optimism in Athens was swiftly shot down by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

Chief of Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate pledges no attacks on the West

‎28 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:41:53 AMGo to full article
Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo flying Islamist flags as they head to a frontline, on May 26, 2015Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate would not use Syria as a launching pad for attacks on the West, its chief said in a wide-ranging televised interview late Wednesday. Without showing his face, Abu Mohamed al-Jolani said his group, Al-Nusra Front, would protect Syrian minorities that renounced the regime. "Our mission in Syria is the downfall of the regime, its symbols, and its allies, like Hezbollah," Jolani said, referring to the powerful Shiite movement fighting alongside the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Russia's nuclear threats 'deeply troubling': NATO chief

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:54:26 PMGo to full article
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks on adapting to a changed security environment at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on May 27, 2015Russia's provocative rhetoric and its dramatic expansion of flights by nuclear bombers are deeply troubling and dangerous, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday. Russia's plans to deploy nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad -- near Poland's border -- and its threat to move nuclear forces in Crimea would "fundamentally change the balance of security in Europe," Stoltenberg warned, in speech during a visit to Washington. "Russia's recent use of nuclear rhetoric, exercises and operations are deeply troubling," he told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.

EU asks member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:22:46 PMGo to full article
More than 5,000 refugees have drowned in the past 18 months as they seek safety and a new life in EuropeThe EU on Wednesday asked its member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea landing in Italy and Greece, which have been overstretched by an influx of migrants. The emergency proposal, which comes atop another one to resettle in member states some 20,000 Syrian refugees, is in response to a surge in migrants making the dangerous crossing over the Mediterranean. Both Rome and Athens, which are struggling with the wave of migrants, appealed to the 26 other EU states to share the burden.

Exxon, Chevron holders say 'no' to adding climate experts to boards

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:09:48 PMGo to full article
A view of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown, TexasBy Anna Driver HOUSTON (Reuters) - Shareholders of the top two U.S. oil companies on Wednesday rejected proposals to add directors with climate change expertise to their boards, but a measure passed at one, Chevron Corp, could give new power to minority investors with environmental concerns. Proposals to add an independent director with expertise in climate change received the support of about 20 percent of shareholders at each company, according to preliminary tallies provided at Chevron's annual meeting and that of Exxon Mobil Corp. By contrast, an advisory proposal allowing Chevron shareholders with stakes of at least 3 percent to nominate independent directors passed.

Former British PM Blair quits as Middle East envoy

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:57:13 PMGo to full article
Former British prime minister Tony Blair was appointed to the unpaid position in 2007 by the informal body comprising the United Nations, United States, European Union and RussiaTony Blair resigned Wednesday as the Quartet diplomatic group's envoy, his office said, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict he worked to end as troubled as ever. There was some praise for the former British prime minister's work over eight years as delegate of the Quartet -- the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia. Israel carried out four air strikes on militants in the Gaza Strip, witnesses said.

Vatican official investigated for embezzlement: reports

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:46:43 PMGo to full article
Vatican official Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia speaks during a press conference in San Salvador, on March 11, 2015Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, a Vatican official, is under investigation by Italian prosecutors on suspicion of embezzlement and price fixing during the sale of an historic castle, according to media reports Wednesday. The sale of the San Girolamo castle in central Italy has already led to the arrest of two employees of the diocese of Terni where Paglia, who is president of the Holy See's council for family matters, was bishop. Now prosecutors are probing Paglia on allegations of criminal conspiracy and fraud in relation to the sale of the castle four years ago to real estate company IMI immobiliare, which was headed by one of the arrested diocese employees.

African Union holds small, belated ceremony for dead migrants

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:39:05 PMGo to full article
Religious Leaders and ambassadors attend a ceremony against the illegal trafficking of African migrants to Europe via the Mediterranean at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on May 27, 2015The African Union on Wednesday held a small ceremony to pay hommage to hundreds of migrants who have perished attempting to flee the continent and reach Europe. There were few in attendance at the event, held at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, although diplomats present did pledge more action against human traffickers. "Human trafficking is a low risk business.

Biden defends US cooperation on Russia amid Ukraine tensions

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:22:49 PMGo to full article
Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the conflict in Ukraine, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the Brookings Institute in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday defended the Obama administration's decision to cooperate with Russia on areas of "clear mutual interest," even as the West tries to punish Moscow for its actions in Ukraine.

Serbian prime minister makes landmark visit to Albania

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:21:32 PMGo to full article
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, left, welcomes Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, the first Serbian leader to visit the nation after a troubled past, as they walk along the red carpet at the Palace of Brigades, in Tirana, Albania, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The visit is held under tight security measures with some 1,300 policemen guarding capital Tirana, police and army helicopters hovering over the air and streets downtown Tirana blocked. Vucic’s arrival on Wednesday follows Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s visit to Belgrade in November, the first by an Albanian head of government to Serbia in 68 years. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The leaders of Serbia and Albania sought to mend their thorny relations Wednesday during the first visit to Albania by a Serb prime minister.

Eurosceptic Finns Party leader named foreign, EU affairs minister

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:43:50 PMGo to full article
(L-R) Chairman of the Finns Party Timo Soini, Finland's new prime minister Juha Sipila, and chairman of Finland's National Coalition Party Alexander Stubb, attend a press conference in Helsinki on May 27, 2015Finland's new Prime Minister Juha Sipila on Wednesday named eurosceptic Finns Party leader Timo Soini the country's new foreign and European affairs minister. It is the first time the populist, far-right party will be in government, after placing second in Finland's April 19 general election. Soini, who has been an outspoken critic of the European Union and especially of eurozone bailouts, was cautious in his first statements after the appointment.

EU redistribution numbers for asylum seekers, refugees

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:24:13 PMGo to full article
Migrants aboard a wooden boat on the Mediterranean sea on May 3, 2015 in this photo by the Migrant Offshore Aid StationBrussels (AFP) - The European Commission on Wednesday asked member states to admit 20,000 Syrian refugees from outside Europe and process another 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea landing in Italy and Greece.

EU migration plans under fire from UN chief, member states

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:20:19 PMGo to full article
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Ki-moon met with EU leaders and called for international solidarity to deal with the issue of tens of thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in the hope of starting a better life in Europe. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union plans to destroy the boats of smugglers bringing desperate migrants across the Mediterranean and share the refugee burden more evenly came under fresh fire Wednesday from within and outside the EU.

Denmark to hold general election on June 18

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:11:19 PMGo to full article
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt speaks during a press conference to announce general elections for June 18, 2015, in Copenhagen on May 27, 2015Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday called a general election for June 18, as opinion polls show her centre-left coalition trailing an opposition bloc bolstered by the success of the far-right. "Denmark is back on track, we are out of the crisis... It's time to ask the Danes if they want to maintain this direction," said Thorning-Schmidt, who under election regulations had to hold a vote by September 14. "I want all of Denmark with (me).

AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:43:38 PMGo to full article
Europe And Africa Week In Pictures - FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, May 24, 2015. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill prays during the religious service to mark the Day of St. Cyril and Methodius, founders of the Cyrillic alphabet, in the Christ The Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, FILE)LONDON (AP) — Ireland became the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by a national referendum, prompting crowds on the streets of Dublin to erupt in joy and cheers last week.

Suriname elects strongman's party: partial results

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:31:28 PMGo to full article
The party of Suriname strongman Desi Bouterse appears to have won the general election, early results showSuriname has given President Desi Bouterse's party an absolute majority in parliament, according to partial election results Tuesday, consolidating the ex-dictator and convicted drug trafficker's grip on power. Voters gave Bouterse's National Democratic Party (NDP) 27 seats in the 51-member National Assembly, according to the partial results. Bouterse, 69, will have to muster another seven votes to guarantee his own re-election -- the president is chosen by a two-thirds majority of parliament.

Group urges EU to accept far more asylum seekers than 20,000

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:11:50 PMGo to full article
Migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Navy corvette Sfinge at the Augusta harbor, near Siracusa, Sicily, Italy, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)BRUSSELS (AP) — The world's leading migration group is urging the European Union to accept far more asylum seekers than the 20,000 it has planned to take under a new EU scheme to resettle people in need of protection.

Greece mulls levy on undeclared deposits to raise cash

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:08:50 PMGo to full article
Elderly bathers chat near the sea in the industrial area of Elefsina west of Athens, on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Greece's finance minister insisted Tuesday that the cash-strapped country will soon reach an agreement with bailout creditors, that will enable it to make a debt payment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 _ which it would be otherwise unable to pay. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is proposing to legalize tax-dodgers' undeclared money for a fee, a way to raise money as the country tries to reach a deal with creditors to get more bailout money and avoid default.

Ford expands presence in Morocco

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:03:12 PMGo to full article
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Ford Motor Company is expanding its presence in North Africa with a new Moroccan sales office and plans to double the amount of car parts purchased in the country, it announced Tuesday.

US high court won't hear child custody dispute

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:47:44 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is staying out of an international child custody dispute between a woman and her former husband in Turkey.

A Sicilian and her cell phone saving Syrians at sea

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:46:45 PMGo to full article
Human rights activist Nawal Soufi coordinates support for stranded migrants and refugees, who contact her by phone to seek help from coast guardsNawal Soufi is never without her mobile phone and thousands of Syrian refugees have reason to be grateful for that. Caught unawares, she called the Italian coastguard, who quickly explained how she, a fluent Arabic speaker thanks to her Moroccan heritage, could tell the terrified migrants how to find their GPS coordinates on their satellite phone and ensure they could be rescued. Since that morning, the same scenario has been played out hundreds of times and Nawal -- as she is universally known in Italy -- has become a symbol of hope for many migrants risking their lives to make it to Europe.

Ryanair beats forecasts again as annual profits rise 66 pct

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:42:00 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Wednesday March 26, 2014 file photo, Chief Executive of Dublin based Ryanair, Michael O'Leary speaks during an interview after a press conference in London. Europe’s leading budget airline Ryanair said Tuesday May 26, 2015 they have beaten forecasts again, reporting full-year net profits of 867 million euros ($949 million), 66 percent higher than the year before. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)DUBLIN (AP) — Europe's leading budget airline Ryanair has beaten forecasts again, reporting full-year net profits of 867 million euros ($949 million), 66 percent higher than the year before.

Moldovan president: We prefer European Union orbit to Russia

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:40:01 PMGo to full article
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Moldova's 4 million citizens would prefer to join the European Union rather than stay in the Russian orbit, its president said Tuesday.

Gustafson, McBride join Europe as Solheim Cup vice captains

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:07:20 PMGo to full article
LONDON (AP) — European Solheim Cup captain Carin Koch has named Sophie Gustafson and Maria McBride as vice captains for this year's competition against the United States.

New members of FIFA's scandal-hit executive committee

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:30:27 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, President of The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah speaks during a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. The FIFA executive committee might have the worst reputation of any international sports body, still many candidates want to sit at the high table of soccer’s world governing body, known as the Exco. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is among nine men who formally join the Exco at FIFA’s congress on Friday May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)ZURICH (AP) — The FIFA executive committee might have the worst reputation of any international sports body. Still, many candidates want to sit at soccer's high table, known as the ExCo.

Modi vows cleaner India, but no clear path to get there

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:24:01 AMGo to full article
In this Monday, May 25, 2015, file photo, traffic moves on a bridge over Bellundur Lake which is filled with froth from industrial pollution in Bangalore, India, Monday, May 25, 2015. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s first year in office was punctuated with promises of clear rivers, clean energy and toilets for all, but environmentalists worry his government is on an entirely different path: dismantling hard-won environmental laws in the name of boosting growth. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)NEW DELHI (AP) — Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street.

For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:45:15 AMGo to full article
In this photo released on Sept. 29, 2014 by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, an Islamic State group fighter holds his AK-47 machine gun as he relaxes on the bank of the Euphrates river in Raqqa, Syria. The IS group has set up a generous welfare system to help settle and create lives for the thousands of jihadis, men and women, who have flocked to IS territory from the Arab world, Europe, Central Asia and the United States. (Militant website via AP)BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream.

Erdogan's ambition heralds turbulence after Turks vote

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:44:36 AMGo to full article
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan looks on during a news conference in SarajevoBy Nick Tattersall and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's general election looks likely to push Tayyip Erdogan's dream of an all-powerful presidency further from his reach, and usher in a period of turbulence as its most divisive modern leader jockeys to maintain his dominance. Barred by the constitution from party politics as head of state, Erdogan has nonetheless campaigned across Turkey before the June 7 parliamentary vote in a sign of how much he has riding on the outcome. Constitutionally, most authority has lain with the Turkish prime minister, an office Erdogan held from 2003 to 2014.

Serbian PM to make historic visit to Albania

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:54:07 AMGo to full article
Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic is to become the first Serbian government head to visit Albania, aiming to improve the fragile relations between the two Balkan nationsPrime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will on Wednesday become the first Serbian government head to visit Albania, aiming to improve the fragile relations between the two Balkan nations. Relations between Serbians and Albanians are strained over the question of Kosovo, a territory with an ethnic Albanian majority that declared independence from Serbia in 2008, with the support of the United States, but remains unrecognised by Belgrade and its ally Russia, as well as others.

Brides for sale: European women lured for sham marriages

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:15:54 AMGo to full article
In this March 2, 2015 photo, Klara Balogova is silhouetted against a window at a Roma settlement near Kralovsky Chlmec, Slovakia. Balogova was 18, penniless and pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met. Each year, dozens of women from the poorer corners of eastern Europe are lured to travel to western Europe for sham marriages with men who pay large sums because they want to live, work or claim benefits more easily in their chosen country and move freely within Europe. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)LONDON (AP) — Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met.

Southeast Asia maritime build-up accelerates, raising risks in disputed seas

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:57:28 AMGo to full article
Still image from a United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly IslandsBy Siva Govindasamy SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations are prioritizing spending on their navies and coastguards amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, but as their capabilities grow, so does the risk that any confrontation in the contested waterway will be harder to contain. Annual defense spending in Southeast Asia is projected to reach $52 billion by 2020, from an expected $42 billion this year, according to IHS Janes Defence Weekly. The 10 nations of Southeast Asia are expected to spend $58 billion on new military kit over the next five years, with naval procurement comprising a large chunk, it said.

Polish opposition cheers presidential vote win, stock market more wary

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:24:20 AMGo to full article
Duda, presidential candidate of the Law and Justice Party (PiS), his wife Agata and daughter Kinga flash Victory signs after the results of the exit polls on the second round of presidential elections in WarsawBy Pawel Sobczak and Jakub Iglewski WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's main opposition party celebrated its first national election win in a decade on Monday, after its candidate for the presidency unexpectedly defeated incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski. The Warsaw stock market fell, as Andrzej Duda's Law and Justice party is considered less business-friendly and less pro-European Union than the governing Civic Platform. Duda won Sunday's run-off vote by 51.6 percent to 48.4 percent, official voting results showed.

Conservative challenger Duda wins Polish presidential vote

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:18:10 AMGo to full article
Opposition candidate Andrzej Duda celebrates with supporters his victory, as first exit polls in the presidential runoff voting are announced in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat in the presidential election Sunday after an exit poll showed him trailing Duda, a previously little-known right-wing politician. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda has won Poland's presidential election and ousted the incumbent in a runoff vote, according to official results Monday.

Strongman looms large as Suriname votes

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:07:51 AMGo to full article
Suriname's President Desire Bouterse has ruled the small South American country on and off since 1980Suriname voted in general elections Monday with its convicted drug trafficker president, Desi Bouterse, seeking to tighten his controversial grip on power. Bouterse, who has ruled the small South American country on and off since 1980, is looking to end his alliance with one-time nemesis Ronnie Brunswijk and preside over the first non-coalition democratic government in Suriname's history. Bouterse's National Democratic Party formed a government at the last elections in 2010 by forging a motley mega-coalition, returning him to power for the second time since his 1980-1987 military government.

What does Ireland vote say about US debate on gay marriage?

‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎12:12:19 AMGo to full article
Two men kiss as first results start to filter through in the referendum, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued. Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit same-sex marriages, say the only question is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)NEW YORK (AP) — Ireland's national referendum on same-sex marriage, which was approved by 62 percent of the voters, comes just weeks ahead of an expected ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether to legalize gay marriage throughout the United States. A look at some of the parallels and contrasts in the two countries' situations:

NATO and Nordics hold sub-Arctic wargames

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:47:31 PMGo to full article
British Eurofighter Typhoons from Royal Air Force arrive at Bodoe Main Air Station on the first day of NATO's Arctic Challenge Exercise on May 25, 2015Nordic air force exercises simulating a UN peacekeeping mission got underway in Sweden's sub-Arctic north on Monday, the Swedish armed forces said. The war games -- involving 115 fighter planes and 3,600 troops from nine countries -- are being held under the auspices of Nordic military cooperation between non-aligned Sweden and Finland and their NATO neighbour Norway. Joining the Nordic nations were troops and planes from the US, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands -- all Nato members -- as well as neutral Switzerland -- using bases in the far north of Sweden, Norway and Finland.

The Week in European Sports Photos

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:07 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo Belgium's Philippe Gilbert celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Imola to Vicenza, Italy. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP, file)LONDON (AP) — As Europe's football seasons come to an end, there is a common theme of triumph and farewell. Italian veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was pictured holding up the Italian Cup, departing Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez was thrown into the air by teammates and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard waved goodbye to Liverpool fans after he played his last game for the English club.

FIFA defers decision on continental rotation for WCup bids

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:55:29 PMGo to full article
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has deferred a decision on potentially limiting which continents can bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Spain leader blames austerity, scandals for election result

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:06:11 PMGo to full article
In this Thursday, July 11, 2013 photo, leading Spanish social activist Ada Colau, who beat the candidate of Catalonia region's long-dominant conservative Convergence and Union party in Sunday's local elections in Spain, is carried out by riot police officers after occupying a bank in Barcelona, Spain. Colau says the fight against evictions, poverty and corruption will be her priority as new mayor of the country's second city, Barcelona. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)MADRID (AP) — Spain's prime minister acknowledged Monday he was disappointed with his party's showing in local elections, which he attributed largely to austerity measures his government was compelled to take during Europe's recent debt crisis and a recent string of political scandals.

German MP linked to Ukraine denied entry to Russia

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:11:13 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and head of the German-Ukrainian parliament group, Karl-Georg Wellmann, addressing a press conference in Berlin on May 7, 2014A German deputy with strong links to Ukraine was denied access to Russian territory over the weekend, a decision slammed as "unacceptable" by Berlin on Monday. The German foreign ministry said the government had made an official protest through the Russian embassy in Berlin. "From the German government's point of view, the ban on deputy Karl-Georg Wellmann is incomprehensible and unacceptable," a German foreign ministry spokesman said.

Study: Europeans to suffer more ragweed with global warming

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:17:05 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2001 file photo, pollen on a ragweed plant in is seen Newark, N.J. A new study says global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century. It’s projected that ragweed pollen levels are likely to quadruple for much of Europe. But why? Warmer temperatures will allow the plants to take root more and carbon dioxide will make them grow more. That’s according to the study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says.

Five African migrants drown in Egypt boat raid

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:54:03 PMGo to full article
An Egyptian ship patrols in the MediterraneanFive African migrants drowned on Monday after jumping into the Mediterranean as Egyptian coastguards raided a boat heading towards Italy, security officials said. Deadly shipwrecks in recent months in the Mediterranean have failed to deter many migrants, including Syrian refugees, from risking the sea voyage to Europe.

Global stocks mostly higher in quiet trading day

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎03:28:39 PMGo to full article
Investors look over stock prices on display terminals at a brokerage house in Yichang in central China's Hubei province, Monday, May 25, 2015. China's Shanghai Composite Index surged 3.4 percent to 4,813.80 on Monday as Asian stocks were mostly higher on a quiet trading day with Hong Kong, Wall Street and London closed for holidays. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — Global stocks mostly rose Monday on a quiet trading day with Wall Street, London and Hong Kong closed for holidays.

NATO fighter jets join Nordics in Arctic military exercise

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:25:39 PMGo to full article
HELSINKI (AP) — Nordic officials say that NATO planes are joining their air forces in one of Europe's largest fighter jet exercises, as military tensions increase in the Nordic and Baltic region.

UK airport expansion threatens to take out entire villages

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎10:10:11 AMGo to full article
In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, cars are parked in the center of the village in Harmondsworth in London. Residents of the village close to Heathrow Airport are campaigning against the expansion of the airport which they claim will decimate their community. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — With its classic red phone booth, pub, and medieval church, Harmondsworth's center looks quintessentially British. But the search for a twee English village isn't what brings millions of people within a stone's throw of its boundaries.

Audiard's 'Dheepan' wins Palme d'Or in upset Cannes finale

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:48:18 AMGo to full article
Director Jacques Audiard holds the Palme d’Or award for the film Dheepan as he poses for photographers during a photo call following the awards ceremony at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)CANNES, France (AP) — The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close Sunday with Jacques Audiard's Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival's coveted top honor, the Palme d'Or.

Strongman looms large as Suriname votes

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:55 AMGo to full article
Suriname goes to the polls in general elections with its convicted drug trafficker president Desi Bouterse striving to tighten his controversial grip on the reins of powerSuriname goes to the polls in general elections on Monday with its convicted drug trafficker president striving to tighten his controversial grip on the reins of power. The colorful Desi Bouterse, who has ruled the small South American country on and off since 1980, is seeking to dispense with his alliance with one-time nemesis Ronnie Brunswijk and preside over the first non-coalition democratic government in Suriname's history. Bouterse's National Democratic Party formed a government after the last elections in 2010 by forging a motley mega-coalition, returning him to power for the second time since his 1980-1987 military government.

Pellegrini expects to return as City boss next season

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:05:09 AMGo to full article
Manchester City's midfielder Frank Lampard gets thrown in the air by his teammates after the match against Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on May 24, 2015Manuel Pellegrini insists he will still be in charge of Manchester City at the start of next season after the deposed champions ended the campaign with a 2-0 victory over Southampton. A sixth consecutive win ensured Pellegrini's side rounded off the season in impressive form and, with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak on hand at Eastlands for Sunday, the City manager played down suggestions he could face a difficult meeting with his employer after surrendering the title to Chelsea and failing to win a trophy this term. The game marked a farewell to English football for City's former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who opened the scoring with the 259th goal of his club career.

Putin wants 'constructive' Poland ties after Duda presidential win

‎25 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:22:09 AMGo to full article
Law and Justice (PiS) party leader Andrzej Duda celebrates after exit poll results place him as the winner of Poland's presidential polls, on May 24, 2015 in WarsawRussian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called for "constructive ties" with Poland as he congratulated conservative challenger Andrzej Duda on his surprise victory at presidential polls. The Russian leader expressed hope that "the building of constructive ties between Russia and Poland, based on the principles of good neighbourly relations and a mutual respect for each other's interests, would help strengthen security and stability in Europe", the Kremlin said. Relations between Moscow and Warsaw -- historically complicated -- are in the doldrums as Poland has been one of the fiercest critics of Russia over its alleged meddling in Ukraine.




Siege of Vienna

Join Gordon Robertson as he travels to Vienna, Austria, to explore the first attempt by the Islamic Ottoman Empire to invade the city of Vienna. With prayer and creativity, the city’s outnumbered Christian army defeated the vast Ottoman forces at the height of their power and singlehandedly stopped the march of Islam through Europe.





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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.

Runtime: Approx. 5 hours

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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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