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Romania auction of Ceausescu memorabilia raises $55,000

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:46:48 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken Tuesday, March 24, 2015 posters warning against alcohol consumption, right, the risk of AIDS, top, pointing out that speeding leads to waste of fuel, center bottom, encouraging people to read Lenin's works on the heavy industry, left, are stored the day before an auction where people have spent euros 50,000 ($55,000 ) buying Communist memorabilia that included items belonging to the late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in Bucharest, Romania. Ceausescu led one of the most repressive regimes in Eastern Europe, but 25 years after he and his wife Elena were deposed and executed during the 1989 revolution, some remain fascinated with the late leader. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Bidders in Romania have spent 50,000 euros ($55,000) buying Communist memorabilia in an auction that included items belonging to the late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
 
 

Yemen conflict hits stocks hard but sends oil price surging

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:02:16 PMGo to full article
FILE - This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. The stock market drifted lower, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, following a drop in durable goods orders and news of a big merger between Kraft and Heinz. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)LONDON (AP) — Saudi Arabian strikes on key military installations in Yemen hit stock markets hard Thursday and sent oil prices surging.
 
 

Napoli, Trabzonspor fined for fires at Europa League match

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:43:21 PMGo to full article
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has fined Napoli and Trabzonspor a total of 100,000 euros ($110,000) after fans caused fires in the stands during a Europa League match.
 

Britain's greenhouse gas emissions down 8.4 percent in 2014

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:39:27 PMGo to full article
Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fell 8.4 percent in 2014 due to a decline in fossil-fuel power generation, preliminary government data showed on Thursday. The fall largely resulted from a 15 percent decrease in emissions from the energy supply sector as coal-fired generation fell and output from renewable power sources rose. Output of the heat-trapping gases in Europe's second-largest emitter fell to 520.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) last year down from 568.3 million tonnes in 2013, preliminary data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showed. Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas blamed for climate change dropped 9.7 percent to 422 million tonnes.
 

European watchdog criticizes conditions in Bulgarian prisons

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:11:04 PMGo to full article
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A high-level European human rights body has sharply rebuked Bulgaria for neglecting its duty to create normal conditions in the country's dilapidated and overcrowded prisons.
 

Official: 1 pilot locked out of Alpine crash plane cockpit

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:21:10 PMGo to full article
Graphic shows aircraft and victims by country; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;PARIS (AP) — One of the pilots of the German airliner that crashed in the Alps was apparently locked out of the cockpit when the plane went down, an official with knowledge of black box audio recordings said Thursday.
 
 

Saudi Arabia, allies launch air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:15:19 PMGo to full article
Houthi fighters sit on a tank near the Presidential Palace in SanaaBy Khaled Abdallah and Sami Aboudi SANAA/ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president on Thursday, a gamble by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard without direct military backing from Washington. Riyadh's rival Iran denounced the assault on the Houthi militia group, which it backs, and made clear the kingdom's deployment of a Sunni coalition against Shi'ite enemies would complicate efforts to end a conflict likely to inflame the sectarian animosities fuelling wars around the Middle East.
 
 

Yemen shuts major ports due to conflict: sources

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:08:37 PMGo to full article
DOHA (Reuters) - Yemen shut its major seaports on Thursday, industry and local sources said, after neighboring Saudi Arabia and Arab allies launched military operations including air strikes against Iran-allied Houthi forces fighting Yemen's Western-backed president. "All major seaports were shut down on Thursday due to the rising conflict," said an industry source. Local sources in Yemen confirmed the closure. Yemen exports about 1.4-1.5 million barrels of Masila crude each month, mainly to China. ...
 

The Latest: A320 pilot describes safeguards against lockout

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:29:05 AMGo to full article
Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann, left, and Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohrin speak during a press conference at Barcelona airport, Spain, Wednesday March 25, 2015. Sixteen 10th-grade students from a town in western Germany and two of their teachers had just spent a week on an exchange near Barcelona and were less than an hour from landing when their Germanwings flight crashed in southern France. Officials confirmed Tuesday they were among the 150 people who died in the crash. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)10:20 a.m. (0920 GMT, 3:20 a.m. EDT)
 
 

For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:40:41 AMGo to full article
In this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 photo a migrant from Cameroon feeds 10-months-old Kendra Koffi on their way to the Greek-Macedonian border near the town of Polikastro, Greece. The tide of hopeful migrants pours through the vulnerable 'back-door' countries in the hope of entering the 28-nation European Union, and although most people don't make it, the human tide continues to grow, according to Frontex, the EU agency that helps governments police the bloc’s leaky frontiers. (AP Photo/Dalton Bennett)VELES, Macedonia (AP) — This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi's dream of a new life in Europe ended — and her nightmare of an infant lost in the Macedonian night began.
 
 

Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:34:55 AMGo to full article
In this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 photo West African migrants walk on train tracks on their way towards the border with Macedonia near the town of Evzonoi, Greece. The tide of hopeful migrants pours through the vulnerable 'back-door' countries in the hope of entering the 28-nation European Union, and although most people don't make it, the human tide continues to grow, according to Frontex, the EU agency that helps governments police the bloc’s leaky frontiers. (AP Photo/Dalton Bennett)THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely disappointment and occasional danger. The newest path, through the EU's Balkans back door, comes with a cruel twist: an epic 250-kilometer (150-mile) walk that is surging in popularity even though most who try it fail.
 
 

Asylum seekers in the West highest since Bosnia war: UNHCR

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:05:58 AMGo to full article
A refugee arrives at the Dutch-owned houseboat 'Transit' in the harbour of HamburgBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Wars in Syria and Iraq drove the number of people requesting asylum in industrialized countries to a 22-year high last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, appealing for Western nations to open their doors to more refugees. Our response has to be just as generous now as it was then," said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres. Syrians accounted for nearly 150,00 applications for asylum in 44 industrialized countries last year, one in every five claims, it said. Iraqis placed second with 68,700 requests, almost doubling the 2013 figure, "a reflection of the calamity and the violence that is taking place in Iraq right now and over the past half year," UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a news briefing.
 
 

US, UN press Europe to make strong return to peacekeeping

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:51:33 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009 file photo, Spanish U.N peacekeepers patrol the area where a rocket fell short in Lebanon several kilometers north of the Israeli border, near the village of el-Meri, southern Lebanon. Russia's aggressiveness in the east. The Islamic State group's sudden rise in the south. As Europe’s militaries register new threats close to home, they’re now being asked by the United States to make a strong return to peacekeeping around the world as well. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's aggressiveness in the east. The Islamic State group's sudden rise in the south. As Europe finds new threats close to home, it's now being asked by the United States to make a strong return to peacekeeping around the world as well.
 
 

World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe

 
‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:29:44 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Feb 13, 2015 file photo members of the German border police sit in a van as they check a security camera while monitoring a stretch of the Serbian border with Hungary in the village of Hajdukovo, some 180 kilometers north of Belgrade, Serbia. Some 20 German police officers, equipped with vehicles with thermal vision cameras, joined Serbian security forces on Serbia's border with Hungary on Friday to try to halt a torrent of migrants. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)DUBLIN (AP) — Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to trafficking gangs.
 
 

EU's Juncker to visit Kiev next week

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:37:13 PMGo to full article
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, seen on March 20, 2015 in Brussels, will visit Kiev next weekEuropean Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday said he will visit Kiev next week on his first bilateral trip since taking office in November, in a show of support for Ukraine's embattled government. Juncker, who will be accompanied by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, will jointly lead a cabinet meeting with President Petro Poroshenko during the visit on Monday. "I am going next Monday to Kiev where the president of the Ukrainian republic is doing me the honour of being co-chair of the cabinet," Juncker told lawmakers in the European Parliament. He gave no other details about the visit, which comes amid strong support by the European Union for Ukraine's pro-Western government as it battles pro-Russian separatists in the east and economic chaos.
 
 

New pox discovered in Eastern Europe, but not deadly

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:01:34 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials have discovered a new germ in Eastern Europe that is related to the dreaded smallpox and monkeypox viruses but so far seems far less threatening.
 

Donors pledge more than one billion euros for Guinea-Bissau

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:46:31 PMGo to full article
International donors pledged more than one billion euros ($1.10 billion) for Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday to support a 10-year development plan aimed at giving the country a new start after prolonged political instability. Donors attending a Brussels conference hosted by the European Union endorsed Guinea-Bissau's development strategy and "pledged over one billion euros of financial support for achieving its goals," the European Commission's development department said on Twitter. "Every effort must be deployed so that Guinea-Bissau will no longer be a burden on the international community but will instead become an example to be followed," Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz told the conference.
 

AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:15 PMGo to full article
FILE - A Wednesday, March 18, 2015 photo from files showing a victim being evacuated from the Bardo museum in Tunis, Tunisia after gunmen opened fire at the leading museum in Tunisia's capital. Over 20 people died after an attack on a major museum, including 17 foreign tourists. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)LONDON (AP) — Shocking violence exploded in Tunisia last week as extremist gunmen killed 21 people, mostly foreign tourists, at the Bardo museum in Tunis.
 
 

Indonesia defends deforestation for palm oil on economic grounds

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:54:13 PMGo to full article
By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Clearing forests for palm oil plantations is a "technical" matter that should not get tied up with trade discussions, an Indonesian minister told a land and poverty conference. Growing global demand for palm oil is fuelling rapid deforestation in Indonesia, at a faster pace than in Brazil's Amazon region, making Indonesia a major contributor to global warming.
 
 

Details of victims in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:53:13 PMGo to full article
They came from as far away as Australia, Iran, Morocco and Venezuela, and their lives ended together in France's deadliest plane crash in decades.
 

US stocks drift lower following drop in durable goods

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:36:55 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market drifted lower Wednesday following a drop in durable goods orders and news of a big merger between Kraft and Heinz.
 

France opens black box, hoping to unlock jet crash mystery

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:32:55 PMGo to full article
A rope hangs from a rescue helicopter flying past debris of the Germanwings passenger jet, scattered on the mountainside, near Seyne les Alpes, French Alps, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. A Germanwings passenger jet carrying at least 150 people crashed Tuesday in a snowy, remote section of the French Alps, sounding like an avalanche as it scattered pulverized debris across the mountain. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — French investigators cracked open the mangled black box of a German jet on Wednesday, hoping the cockpit recordings inside would help unlock the mystery of what caused the plane to drop unexpectedly and smash into a rugged Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board.
 
 

UEFA president Platini sees final challenge ahead in 2019

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:45 PMGo to full article
UEFA President Michel Platini laughs during a news conference at the end of the 39th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Platini was re-elected as UEFA president for a third four-year term. He was unopposed to extend his presidential reign, which started in 2007, and was acclaimed by the leaders of UEFA's 54 member federations.(AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — Michel Platini has his eye on one last challenge in 2019, the year FIFA will elect its president.
 
 

NATO military chief: Alliance needs to better share intel

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:32:56 PMGo to full article
NATO's top commander in Europe U.S. Gen. Philip Breedlove gestures when addressing a conference in Soest, central Netherlands, Wednesday March 25, 2015. NATO defense ministers agreed last month to create a quick-reaction force of 5,000 troops to meet challenges from Russia and Islamic extremists, Breedlove said that alliance nations must be willing to share their intelligence faster if its new rapid reaction force is to be effective in countering threats. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)SOEST, Netherlands (AP) — NATO's top commander in Europe said Wednesday that alliance nations must be willing to share their intelligence faster if its new rapid-reaction force is to be effective in countering threats.
 
 

AP tracked supply chain of slave caught fish to US

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:03:36 PMGo to full article
In this Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 image from video, a former slave from Myanmar who goes by the name Mozet, center, one of several slaves who escaped or ran away while Thai trawlers were docked at the Benjina port, cuts planks from a tree to earn money for food. Because the men were brought to Indonesia illegally - many after being tricked, sold or kidnapped by Thai brokers - they do not have any official documents and live in constant fear of being arrested. (AP Photo/APTN)A yearlong investigation into forced labor and trafficking in Southeast Asia's fishing industry led an Associated Press team to Benjina, a small town that straddles two islands in the far reaches of eastern Indonesia. There journalists interviewed more than 40 current and former slaves, mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma. Many said they had been forced to work on boats overseen by Thai captains under extremely brutal conditions. They were paid little or nothing at all, and some were at sea for months or years at a time.
 
 

AP NewsBreak: EU continues to overfish despite commitments

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:49:09 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this May 13, 2013 file photo, WWF members and sympathizers protest against overfishing of the European seas in front of the EU Council in Brussels. Two studies from environmental groups, obtained Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by The Associated Press ahead of their release, show EU nations continue to overfish their Atlantic waters despite commitments to fish sustainably and stay within safe scientific limits. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)BRUSSELS (AP) — Two environmental groups say European Union nations continue to overfish their Atlantic waters despite commitments to fish sustainably and stay within safe scientific limits.
 
 

The Latest: UK names 3 victims, including mother, infant son

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:42:33 PMGo to full article
This is an undated image of Paul Andrew Bramley who died in the Germanwings plane crash provided by his family Wednesday March 25, 2015. Bramley who originally came from Hull in England died on Germanwings flight 4U9525 which crashed in the southern French Alps on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bramley Family)2:40 p.m. (1340 GMT, 9:40 a.m. EDT)
 
 

World stocks drift as Fed, China weakness weigh

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:37:47 PMGo to full article
HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets drifted Wednesday as investor sentiment was kept in check by the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates as well as the lingering fears about China's weakening growth.
 

AP Investigation: Slavery taints global supply of seafood

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:21:20 PMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 image from video, workers from Myanmar load fish onto a Thai-flagged cargo ship in Benjina, Indonesia. An intricate web of connections separates the fish we eat from the men who catch it, and obscures a brutal truth: Your seafood may come from slaves. (AP Photo/APTN)BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.
 
 

German business confidence posts 5th straight increase

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:28:44 AMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — A closely watched survey is showing a bigger-than-expected increase in German business confidence as managers in Europe's biggest economy take a brighter view of its outlook for the next six months.
 

What to Watch in the Australia vs India World Cup semifinal

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:33:26 AMGo to full article
Australia's captain Michael Clarke, left, chats with David Warner after batting practice for the Cricket World Cup in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Australia will play India in a World Cup semifinal on Thursday to gain a place in the final against New Zealand.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)SYDNEY (AP) — Australia and India have won six of the last eight Cricket World Cup titles and have developed a heated rivalry over the last decade. When the teams meet in the World Cup semifinal on Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, there's bound to be some friction. Both captains have attacking mindsets in the 50-over format, and the top order of both batting lineups are stacked with free-hitting players, so there's also bound to be some entertaining and enterprising cricket.
 
 

AP investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy?

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:05:49 AMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 image from video, workers from Myanmar load fish onto a Thai-flagged cargo ship in Benjina, Indonesia. An intricate web of connections separates the fish we eat from the men who catch it, and obscures a brutal truth: Your seafood may come from slaves. (AP Photo/APTN)BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.
 
 

Islamic State releases Bangladeshi hostages in Libya oilfield attack

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:53:51 AMGo to full article
Two Bangladeshi citizens, among a group of foreign workers taken hostage by the Islamic State militant group in an attack on a Libyan oilfield, have been released after more than two weeks, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Foreigners have increasingly become targets in Libya's turmoil, where two rival governments are battling for control and Islamist extremists have grown in the chaos that followed Muammar Gaddafi's ouster four years ago. Up to 10 foreign workers were missing after the attack on the Al-Ghani oilfield south of the city of Sirte, Czech and Libyan officials have said. Helal Uddin and Mohammed Anowar Hossain were released on Tuesday evening and now staying overnight at Sirte hospital, about 700 kms (435 miles) from Tripoli, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
 

AP Investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy?

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:37:46 AMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 image from video, Kyaw Naing, a slave from Myanmar, looks through the bars of a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. After working for three years on a Thai trawler, sometimes enduring beatings with the bones of sting ray, he begged his captain to let him return home. "All I did was tell my captain I couldn't take it anymore, that I wanted to go home," Naing says. "The next time we docked, I was locked up." (AP Photo/APTN)BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.
 
 

Telefonica sells O2 to Hutchison Whampoa for £10 bn

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:58:17 AMGo to full article
Spain's Telefonica said it would sell British telecom giant O2 to Hong Kong group Hutchison Whampoa for £10.25 billion in a deal that could create Britain's biggest mobile phone firmSpain's Telefonica said it would sell British telecom giant O2 to Hong Kong group Hutchison Whampoa for £10.25 billion in a deal that could create Britain's biggest mobile phone firm. "A definitive agreement has been reached after the finalisation of the process of due diligence on O2 UK," the Spanish firm said in a statement, adding the deal was worth the equivalent of 14 billion euros ($15.2 billion). Subject to regulatory approval, Hutchison Whampoa will make an initial payment of £9.250 billion and a further £1.0 billion later once O2 reaches an agreed cash flow level, it said. It is the latest purchase in a spending spree by Hutchison's owner, Hong Kong investment tycoon Li Ka-shing, one of Asia's richest men.
 
 

Plane crash kills 150 people in French Alps; black box found

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:40:08 AMGo to full article
A rescue helicopter takes off from La Seyne les Alpes, French Alps, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, as search-and-rescue teams struggle to reach the remote, snow-covered crash site of Germanwings passenger plane. A Germanwings passenger jet carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps as it flew from Spain's Barcelona airport to Duesseldorf, authorities said. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — A black box recovered from the scene and pulverized pieces of debris strewn across Alpine mountainsides held clues to what caused a German jetliner to take an unexplained eight-minute dive Tuesday midway through a flight from Spain to Germany, apparently killing all 150 people on board.
 
 

Asian sides playing to restore regional pride in friendlies

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:58:33 AMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Newly crowned Asian champion Australia can restore some of the continent's pride in a match against 2014 World Cup winner Germany in one of several friendlies for Asian teams this week.
 

Germanwings, Lufthansa's response to battle for budget travelers

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:33:59 AMGo to full article
By Caroline Copley BERLIN (Reuters) - The Airbus which crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday was operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings, a budget airline that has grown to become the German flag-carrier's main short-haul operator as it battles competition from no-frills rivals. It was the first crash in the history of Cologne-based Germanwings, which was founded in 2002 and operates flights between European cities and to some holiday destinations in North Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Acquired by Lufthansa in 2009, the airline was kept deliberately small for many years so as not to compete with its parent company. Germanwings now carries around 16 million passengers per year and operated a fleet of 78 aircraft as of October 2014, comprising Airbus A319, A320 and A330 planes as well as Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
 

Airbus A320 is an aviation workhorse

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:32:50 AMGo to full article
By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - The Airbus A320 is the workhorse of Europe's aerospace industry, transporting more than a million people a day from business travelers to backpackers. The 150-seat medium-haul jet is one of the world's most intensively used together with its main rival, the Boeing 737. Put together with the rest of the A320 family of twin-engined, single-aisle jets -- the A318, A319 and A321 -- more than 6,000 are in use several times a day, whether feeding passengers into hubs for traditional carriers or fuelling the growth of low-cost airlines. "The A320 family has a very good safety record considering that there is a fleet of ... 6,000 aircraft out there," said Paul Hayes, safety director at UK consultancy Ascend.
 

Lufthansa says working on assumption plane crash was an accident

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:32:17 AMGo to full article
MADRID (Reuters) - German airlines Lufthansa said it was working on the assumption that the crash of a plane from its affiliate Germanwings in the French Alps on Tuesday was an accident and that any other theory would be speculative. "For the time being, we say it's an accident. There's nothing more that we can say right now. Everything else would be speculation," Heike Birlenbach, Vice President Sales and Services Europe, told a news conference in El Prat Barcelona airport, from where the crashed plane took off. (Reporting by Sarah white; Editing by Julien Toyer)
 

Russian bombers spark NATO scramble, protest in Baltic

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:06:16 AMGo to full article
Margot Wallstroem, Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs, speaks during an interview with AFP at her office in Stockholm, October 31, 2014NATO jets were scrambled Tuesday to escort Russian fighters and nuclear-capable bombers flying near the Baltic states and Sweden with their transponders switched off, sparking protests over the danger they posed to civil aviation. Lithuania's defence ministry spokeswoman Asta Galdikaite said NATO air policing aircraft identified two Tu-22 type bombers and two SU-27 jets. The Swedish military also confirmed the aircraft showed up on their ground radar. "The flights conducted with switched-off on-board transponders are among other things a risk to civil aviation as such flights are not visible on civil air traffic control radars," she told AFP.
 
 

Utah's adoption of firing squads bucks global trend

 
‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:18:50 AMGo to full article
Utah's decision to reintroduce the firing squad as an execution method if lethal injections drugs are unavailable bucks an international trend.
 

Why Germanwings flight might have crashed over the Alps

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:04:18 PMGo to full article
People comfort each other as they arrive at the Barcelona airport in Spain, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. A Germanwings passenger jet carrying 150 people crashed in the French Alps region as it traveled from Barcelona to Duesseldorf in Germany. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)NEW YORK (AP) — Airplanes don't just fall out of the sky. The Germanwings plane that crashed Tuesday in France was at the safest part of flight. Yet, something went horribly wrong, leading to the death of 150 passengers and crew.
 
 

Tearful crash victims' relatives gather at airports

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:39:55 PMGo to full article
Relatives of passengers on the German airliner that crashed in the French Alps are escorted towards a secure area at Barcelona's El Prat airport on March 24, 2015Tearful relatives of passengers of the German airliner that crashed in the French Alps Tuesday gathered grieving at Barcelona and Duesseldorf airports to learn that none of the 150 people on board survived. Several dozen relatives, some wailing and crying, arrived at Barcelona's El Prat airport after news that the flight which took off there in the morning for Duesseldorf had crashed. Among those grieving were three men who said their friend and colleague was on the plane to Duesseldorf for a meeting on company labour relations. Police at the remote crash site in southeastern France said all 150 people on board -- including two babies -- were killed when the Airbus 320 operated by Lufthansa's budget carrier Germanwings went down.
 
 

Rich get richer: Mayweather and Pacquiao purses soar

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:19:35 PMGo to full article
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The first ticket has yet to be sold, but the richest fight in boxing history is getting richer by the day.
 

Putin reviews war games, says more drills will come

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:17:18 PMGo to full article
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, meets with Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov, back, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, front, in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that a recent Russian military exercise has marked the beginning of a series of such drills this year, a show of force that comes amid a bitter strain with the West over Ukraine.
 
 

The game of soccer politics at UEFA's annual meeting

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:54:52 PMGo to full article
UEFA President Michel Platini laughs during a news conference at the end of the 39th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Platini was re-elected as UEFA president for a third four-year term. He was unopposed to extend his presidential reign, which started in 2007, and was acclaimed by the leaders of UEFA's 54 member federations.(AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — In the game of international soccer politics, Europe lined up its attack against FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Tuesday.
 
 

Airbus A320 is an aviation workhorse

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:51:32 PMGo to full article
By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - The Airbus A320 is the workhorse of Europe's aerospace industry, transporting more than a million people a day from business travelers to backpackers. The 150-seat medium-haul jet is one of the world's most intensively used together with its main rival, the Boeing 737. Put together with the rest of the A320 family of twin-engined, single-aisle jets -- the A318, A319 and A321 -- more than 6,000 are in use several times a day, whether feeding passengers into hubs for traditional carriers or fuelling the growth of low-cost airlines. "The A320 family has a very good safety record considering that there is a fleet of ... 6,000 aircraft out there," said Paul Hayes, safety director at UK consultancy Ascend.
 

Ukraine official doesn't rule out boycott of 2018 World Cup

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:32:53 PMGo to full article
VIENNA (AP) — Ukraine's top football official isn't ruling out a boycott by his country of the 2018 World Cup in Russia — but believes such action won't be needed.
 

Minor glitch delays restart of Large Hadron Collider

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:29:10 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say a minor glitch will delay the re-start of Europe's multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider either a couple of days or more than a month.
 

Stocks edge lower as investors assess economy, earnings

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:27:48 PMGo to full article
FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stock indexes are mixed in morning trading on Monday, March 23, 2015, following a strong performance last week. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved lower in early afternoon trading Tuesday, as investors assessed the latest news on consumer prices and some company earnings. Declines were led by utilities.
 
 

Minor glitch delays restart of Large Hadron Collider

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:25:14 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say a minor glitch will delay the re-start of Europe's multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider either a couple of days or more than a month.
 

Crash is Germanwings' first fatal accident since 2002 start

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:15:26 PMGo to full article
The March 7, 2014 photo shows an Airbus A320 of German airline Germanwings as it lands at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany. A Germanwings passenger jet carrying 148 people crashed in the French Alps region as it traveled from Barcelona to Duesseldorf Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/dpa, Jan-Arwed Richter)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germanwings, a low-cost unit of Lufthansa, had recorded no accidents involving passenger deaths until one of its planes crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 on board.
 
 

Barcelona tops AP Global Football 10 after beating Madrid

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:07:49 PMGo to full article
Barcelona's Luis Suarez, left, celebrates with team mates after scoring his team's second goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)LONDON (AP) — Barcelona topped the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after beating Real Madrid 2-1 in the clasico and reaching the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
 
 

Lufthansa says working on assumption plane crash was an accident

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:03:39 PMGo to full article
MADRID (Reuters) - German airlines Lufthansa said it was working on the assumption that the crash of a plane from its affiliate Germanwings in the French Alps on Tuesday was an accident and that any other theory would be speculative. "For the time being, we say it's an accident. There's nothing more that we can say right now. Everything else would be speculation," Heike Birlenbach, Vice President Sales and Services Europe, told a news conference in El Prat Barcelona airport, from where the crashed plane took off. (Reporting by Sarah white; Editing by Julien Toyer)
 

Germanwings, Lufthansa's response to battle for budget travelers

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:54:46 PMGo to full article
By Caroline Copley BERLIN (Reuters) - The Airbus which crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday was operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings, a budget airline that has grown to become the German flag-carrier's main short-haul operator as it battles competition from no-frills rivals. It was the first crash in the history of Cologne-based Germanwings, which was founded in 2002 and operates flights between European cities and to some holiday destinations in North Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Acquired by Lufthansa in 2009, the airline was kept deliberately small for many years so as not to compete with its parent company. Germanwings now carries around 16 million passengers per year and operated a fleet of 78 aircraft as of October 2014, comprising Airbus A319, A320 and A330 planes as well as Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
 

Dutch seek five-year jail term for horsemeat scandal trader

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:46:26 PMGo to full article
Dutch meat trader Willy Selten, arrested for allegedly selling 300 tonnes of horsemeat as beef, arrives at court in Den Bosch, Netherlands, on March 24, 2015, before his trialDutch prosecutors demanded Tuesday a five-year sentence for a local meat wholesaler suspected of being a key player in Europe's massive 2013 horsemeat scandal. Prosecutors accused Willy Selten of forging numerous invoices and labels that passed off horsemeat traded by his business in the southern Dutch town of Oss as beef. "Mr Selten forged labels and receipts in order to sell horse meat as beef and make a profit," public prosecutor Ingeborg Koopmans told a court in the city of Den Bosch, near Oss, where the one-day case was heard. "The reputation of the Dutch meat industry has been damaged," she added.
 
 

Prosecutors demand 5-year sentence for horse meat fraud

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:38:04 PMGo to full article
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking a five-year prison sentence for the owner of a Dutch meat processing plant who is accused of selling horse meat as beef.
 

Italy's highest court to hear Knox appeal of guilty verdict

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:25:47 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2007 file photo, Amanda Knox, left, and Raffaele Sollecito, are seen outside the rented house where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher was found dead in Perugia, Italy. The founder of a heavily visited Wiki site about the prosecutions of U.S. star defendant Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend is bracing for a spike in traffic when Italy’s high court decides next Wednesday, March 25, 2015 whether to confirm the guilty verdicts against the former lovers in the 2007 murder of Knox’s British roommate. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici, File)ROME (AP) — American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend expect to learn their fate Wednesday when Italy's highest court hears their appeal of their guilty verdicts in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate. Several outcomes are possible, including confirmation of the verdicts, a new appeals round, or even a ruling that amounts to an acquittal in the sensational case that has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
 

Senegal ex-leader calls rally after son's graft conviction

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:57:30 PMGo to full article
Abdoulaye Wade ruled Senegal from 2000 to 2012Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade called for a mass rally on Friday over the sentencing of his son for graft as his lawyers said they had filed an appeal. Karim Wade, who was being groomed to succeed his father in the top job, got a six-year jail term on Monday after judges ruled he was guilty of "illegal enrichment" and fined him the equivalent of more than 210 million euros ($230 million). He was however cleared of the main corruption charge -- initially said to involve one billion euros but later whittled down to 105 million euros -- by a special anti-corruption court in Dakar. "We launched an appeal in the Supreme Court yesterday," Karim Wade's lawyer Mohamed Seydou Diagne told AFP.
 
 

Michel Platini re-elected as UEFA president for 3rd term

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:03:06 PMGo to full article
UEFA President Michel Platini waits for the start of the 39th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — Michel Platini was re-elected as UEFA president on Tuesday, and two critics of Sepp Blatter were chosen to join the FIFA executive committee.
 
 

US troops driving through Poland get warm welcome

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:00:44 PMGo to full article
A man holding a US flag walks past a US Army Stryker armored vehicle from the 3rd Squadron of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, during their stop to meet local residents on the Kosciuszko Market Square in Bialystok, Poland, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The "Dragoon Ride" convoy, a return drive from the Atlantic Resolve exercise designed to show NATO's readiness to defend its members, started last week from Estonia and passed through Latvia and Lithuania before entering Poland on its way to the base in Germany. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)BIALYSTOK, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of residents turned out in eastern Poland on Tuesday to greet a convoy of U.S. troops that is driving through eastern Europe, a region worried that the conflict in Ukraine threatens its security.
 
 

Europe's main air crashes in past 10 years

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:51:11 PMGo to full article
A Germanwings Airbus A320 pictured at Berlin's Tegel airport in August 2014Paris (AFP) - A German budget airliner crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday with 150 people on board feared dead in the worst air disaster in mainland France in 40 years.
 
 

Platini warns of rising extremism, hooliganism in Europe

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:53:01 PMGo to full article
UEFA President Michel Platini waits for the start of the 39th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — UEFA President Michel Platini has warned that nationalism and hooliganism is threatening European soccer.
 
 

Clarke could ask Gerrard to address Europe's Ryder Cup team

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎01:36:05 PMGo to full article
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard removes the captains armband after being sent off by referee Martin Atkinson during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)LONDON (AP) — Darren Clarke says he could ask Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to address Europe's Ryder Cup team before it takes on the United States at Hazeltine next year.
 
 

British pound's swings cause uncertainty for business

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:06:30 PMGo to full article
Tourists take photos of the River Thames, with St Paul's Cathedral, left, at low tide on the south bank in London, Monday, March 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON (AP) — The British pound is getting caught between the dollar's surge and the euro's slump, and its swings are shaking things up for business just as uncertainty grows over a potentially tight general election.
 
 

Israel 'spied on Iran talks'

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:44:58 AMGo to full article
US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif held nuclear talks in the Swiss town of Lausanne on March 16, 2015Israel has spied on Iran's nuclear talks with the United States and other major powers, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Israel quickly dismissed the report as "not true", and denied spying on the United States. The Journal report, quoting current and former US officials, said the operation was designed to infiltrate the talks and help build a case against the emerging terms of a deal. Besides eavesdropping, Israel obtained information from confidential US briefings, informants and diplomatic contacts in Europe, the officials told the Journal.
 
 

Tunisia museum to reopen following massacre

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:38:31 AMGo to full article
A Tunisian policeman stands guard in front of the Bardo National Museum on March 23, 2015 in TunisTunisia's National Bardo Museum is set to reopen to the public Tuesday after a jihadist attack that killed 20 foreigners, as the country looks to restore faith in its tourism sector. Museum officials said the reopening, which will be marked with a ceremony, was "a message" to the gunmen who killed the tourists and a police officer there last Wednesday. "It's a challenge but also a message... we want to show that they haven't achieved their goal," museum curator Moncef Ben Moussa said. Tunisia fears that last week's carnage claimed by the Islamic State group -- the deadliest assault on foreigners in the North African country since 2002 -- will hit its vital tourism sector.
 
 

Asian stocks sag on China growth doubts, Wall Street drop

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:58:58 AMGo to full article
FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stock indexes are mixed in morning trading on Monday, March 23, 2015, following a strong performance last week. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets sagged Tuesday as a manufacturing survey underlined that China's economic growth is losing momentum.
 
 

Time running out for wild elephants say experts

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:16:54 AMGo to full article
The latest figures from the International Union for Conservation of Nature show that the African elephant population dropped from 550,000 in 2006 to 470,000 in 2013African elephants could be extinct in the wild within a few decades, experts warned at a major conservation summit in Botswana that highlighted an alarming decline in numbers due to poaching for ivory. The Africa Elephant Summit, held at a tourist resort in Kasane, gathered delegates from about 20 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia, including China -- which is accused of fuelling the illegal poaching trade.
 
 

Under-fire Blatter appeals for 'unity' to football chiefs

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎02:55:21 AMGo to full article
FIFA president Sepp Blatter holds a press conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich on March 20, 2015FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Tuesday appealed to his biggest critics to show unity and solidarity ahead of an election in which he faces an unprecedented challenge to his rule. Blatter refused to appear with the three rivals challenging him for the leadership of football's governing body at UEFA's annual congress but made his plea in a speech at the start of the meeting. After UEFA president Michel Platini made a veiled joke at Blatter's expense, the FIFA president received polite applause from the heads of the 54 European national federations leading opposition to Blatter's bid for a fifth term. Without mentioning the FIFA election on May 29 and controversies that have engulfed his latest term, Blatter said all the heads of continental federations should rally round.
 
 

For business, more women in charge means bigger profits

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:25:09 AMGo to full article
In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, aromatherapist Emma Arkell poses for a portrait with one of the natural remedies for the skin and body she makes near Winchester, England. Evidence is growing that gender equity is not just politically correct window-dressing, but good business. Yet while companies are trying to increase the number of women in executive positions, many are struggling because of a failure to adapt workplace conditions in a way that ensures qualified women do not drop off the corporate ladder. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — When Rohini Anand took over diversity programs at multinational catering company Sodexo in 2002, she had one goal: To prove that it pays for a company to have equal numbers of male and female managers.
 
 

Son of Senegal ex-president sentenced to six years for graft

 
‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎12:04:50 AMGo to full article
File photo shows Karim Wade, son of Senegal's former President Abdoulaye Wade, arriving at a court in Dakar on July 31, 2014 for the start of his trial for charges of illicit enrichmentKarim Wade, the son of former Senegal president Abdoulaye Wade bidding to follow his father to the top office, was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday in a deeply divisive graft case. He was however cleared of the main corruption charge -- initially said to involve one billion euros but later whittled down to 105 million euros -- by a special anti-corruption court in Dakar.
 
 

Eight killed in air strike as Libya government aims to recapture capital

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:16:56 PMGo to full article
By Ahmed Elumami and Ayman al-Warfalli TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI (Reuters) - Eight civilians were killed in an air strike near Tripoli on Monday, the U.S. ambassador said, as Libya's internationally recognized government pressed on with an assault to recapture the capital it abandoned to a rival faction last year. Four years after NATO warplanes helped dislodge dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has descended into chaos, with two rival governments fighting for control, both fielding armies of former rebel fighters and air forces that bomb rival territory. The internationally recognized government has been based in the country's east since being driven out of the capital last August by an alliance of armed groups called Libya's Dawn, which has set up its own rival government and parliament. On Friday, the eastern-based government announced an assault to recapture Tripoli, even as the sides are both attending U.N.-hosted peace talks in Morocco.
 

Morocco says IS cell brought in arms through Spanish enclave

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎11:06:25 PMGo to full article
A view of the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, where Moroccan authorities say that a dismantled "terrorist cell" brought arms in to carry out attacks for the Islamic State groupSalé (Morocco) (AFP) - Moroccan authorities said Monday a "terrorist cell" they dismantled had brought in arms through the Spanish enclave of Melilla to carry out attacks for the Islamic State jihadist group. The cell was made up of 13 members aged between 19 and 37, most of them without primary school education, said Abdelhak Khiame, head of Morocco's newly-formed judicial investigations agency. He told reporters that 440 rounds of ammunition, six pistols, 31 handcuffs and electronic gear were seized at a cache near Agadir in southern Morocco.
 
 

Tunisia PM fires police chiefs over museum attacks

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:14:37 PMGo to full article
Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid gives a press conference in Tunis after an attack carried out by two gunmen at Bardo International Museum in the capital on March 18, 2015Tunisia's prime minister fired police chiefs in the capital Monday as the country looks to restore faith in its tourism industry after last week's jihadist attack that killed 20 foreigners. Prime Minister Habib Essid sacked the heads of police for Tunis and the area around the National Bardo Museum, site of the assault claimed by the Islamic State group, after finding "several deficiencies" in security. The dismissals came as the museum prepared to reopen in what organisers said was "a message" to the gunmen who killed 20 tourists and a police officer last Wednesday. "It's a challenge but also a message... we want to show that they haven't achieved their goal," museum curator Moncef Ben Moussa said.
 
 

Clashes rage in Ukrainian town, making mockery of truce

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎10:14:35 PMGo to full article
Fighters of the Azov Battalion cook food during a break in the town of Shyrokyne, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, March 22, 2015. Government and Russian-backed separatist forces face off against one another across an unseen line cutting through the town in daily gun and artillery battles. The truce announced in mid-February never made it here. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)SHYROKYNE, Ukraine (AP) — To reach rear-guard government positions in the seaside town of Shyrokyne, Ukrainian soldiers gingerly wind their off-roaders through private gardens hugging a precipice along the Azov Sea.
 
 

France swings to the right as Europe retrenches

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:54:41 PMGo to full article
French far-right leader and National Front Party, Marine Le Pen speaks on the phone after a news conference at party headquarters, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Nanterre, western France. For Le Pen, today's election for more than 2,000 local councils is an important step in building a grassroots base critical to her ultimate goal: the 2017 presidency. Local elections takes place today and the second round on March 29. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — France, long the land of the left, is making a right turn.
 
 

Greek, German leaders seek to reboot relationship

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:45:20 PMGo to full article
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, points as she and the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras leave after a press conference as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, March 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)BERLIN (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor sought Monday to reboot an increasingly sour relationship, saying they are looking for ways to help Athens reach a deal with creditors that will keep it from falling out of the euro.
 
 

Germany sees all Europeans as equals, Merkel tells Tsipras

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:21:27 PMGo to full article
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany sees all partners in Europe as its equals despite having the largest economy and wants good relations with all of them including Greece, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday after talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. "Although there are 80 million people living in Germany and we are the biggest economy in the European Union, this Europe is built on the principle that each country is equally important - no matter how many residents it has," Merkel said. (Reporting by Stephen Brown and Michael Nienaber)
 

Black Keys cancel Asia tour over drummer injury

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎08:08:09 PMGo to full article
The Black Keys, pictured here near Paris on August 25, 2012, cancelled a tour of Australia, New Zealand and Japan because of drummer Patrick Carney's (L) shoulder injuryThe Black Keys have scrapped a tour of Australia, New Zealand and Japan due to drummer Patrick Carney's injury, which earlier led to the cancellation of European dates. The US garage rock duo called off 12 shows in the three countries scheduled for April, saying that Carney was working with doctors to recover from a broken and dislocated shoulder. The duo said it anticipated to keep dates at summer music festivals including Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Governors Ball in New York and Rockwave in Greece. The Black Keys have won an international audience with their raw guitar-driven rock.
 
 

Oman ruler returns after months of treatment in Europe

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:37:22 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002 file photo, Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman attends the 23rd session of the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Doha, Qatar. Oman's state TV has aired images of the country's ailing 74-year-old ruler returning after several months of treatment in Germany. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman's ailing 74-year-old leader, who has ruled the country for more than four decades, returned Monday after several months of treatment in Germany.
 
 

Greek PM faces Merkel in Berlin as debt fears mount

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:37:22 PMGo to full article
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attend a welcoming ceremony at the chancellery in Berlin, on March 23, 2015Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrived in Berlin on Monday expected to tout new reform plans after warning it would be impossible to service his country's crushing debt without fresh EU cash. With tensions between Europe's paymaster and ailing Athens running high, a smiling German Chancellor Angela Merkel, 60, welcomed the 40-year-old Tsipras -- as usual without a necktie -- with military honours at her imposing glass-and-steel chancellery. Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert earlier dashed hopes of a breakthrough during Tsipras's first official visit, saying the leaders would not negotiate on a settlement for Greece's debt emergency as this was "not a bilateral" issue but one for the eurozone as a whole. Rather, the meeting is intended to build back confidence after a corrosive exchange of recriminations that have left Berlin and Athens resentful and wary.
 
 

Senegal's Wade: loved by dad, disliked by people

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:18:20 PMGo to full article
Karim Wade while visiting a phosphate mine and factory in Mboro, Senegal on April 30, 2008Dakar (AFP) - "Karim is one of the best financiers in Africa," former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade Wade used to proudly say of his son, former minister Karim Wade, who was jailed Monday for graft. Wade, who aims to follow in his father's footsteps all the way to the top office, got his start in politics during Abdoulaye Wade's rule. Denied bail, Wade was kept in custody in Dakar for nearly two years before being convicted Monday on whittled-down charges of illegally acquiring companies and real estate worth 178 million euros ($193 million).
 
 

US troops drive in eastern Europe to show defense readiness

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:09:48 PMGo to full article
Stryker vehicles of the US Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment roll the highway, during ''Dragoon Ride'' military exercise, in Riga, Latvia, Sunday, March 22, 2015. The troops began the trek on March 21, and will travel through Latvia, The Czech Republic and onto Germany by April 1 in an exercise designed to reinforce America's allies. (AP Photo/Oksana Dzadan)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A U.S. army infantry convoy is driving through eastern Europe seeking to provide reassurance to a region concerned that the conflict between Russian-backed rebels and government forces in Ukraine threatens its security.
 
 

US stock market makes modest gains following strong week

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎06:07:17 PMGo to full article
FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stock indexes are mixed in morning trading on Monday, March 23, 2015, following a strong performance last week. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes crept higher in midday trading following a strong performance last week. The gains on Monday were wide but slight: Eight of 10 sectors in the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose, though not by much.
 
 

Don't just eat that ramen: Go to a museum and learn about it

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎05:21:11 PMGo to full article
This Oct. 17, 2014 photo provided by Linda Lombardi shows a variety of instant ramen soup packages on display at the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama, Japan. The museum honors the inventor of instant ramen with exhibits about the history and varieties of the soup. (AP Photo/Linda Lombardi)TOKYO (AP) — There are two kinds of ramen in this world. There's the packaged staple of dorm-room cuisine, one of the most processed, industrialized foods ever invented. And then there's the trendy, artisanal, handmade soup that fans line up for hours to try.
 
 

The week in Europe and Africa sports photos

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:42:37 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Sunday, March 22, 2015 file photo Barcelona's Gerard Pique kicks the ball with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, left, and Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)LONDON (AP) — European football leagues are fast approaching the crucial end of the season. In Spain, Barcelona just got the better of Real Madrid with a 2-1 victory at the Camp Nou while in France, Monaco moved into fourth position in La Ligue with a 2-1 victory over Reims. In England, young striker Harry Kane celebrated his call-up to the England squad with a hat-trick in Tottenham's 4-3 win against Leicester..
 
 

Western Europe to see cooler temperatures April-June: WSI

 
‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:02 PMGo to full article
LONDON (Reuters) - Below normal temperatures are expected in Britain and western Europe from April to June but Scandinavia and eastern Europe will continue to have above normal temperatures, Weather Services International (WSI) said on Monday. WSI's forecasts are aimed at the commodities and energy sectors. March been unusually warm across Scandinavia with near or slightly below-normal temperatures in Britain and western Europe, WSI's chief meterologist Todd Crawford said. ...

 

 
 

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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

Price R399.00

Description

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:

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•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.)
 

 

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Unconditional Covenants - Chuck MIssler

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"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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