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Ukraine slams separatist rebels for violating truce

Ukraine slams separatist rebels for violating truce

LUHANSKE, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian presidential office has called on the European Union and NATO to condemn the Russia-backed rebels for violating the cease-fire. Russian news agencies on Tuesday quoted Valery Chaly, chief of the Ukrainian presidential administration, as saying...

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Greece, Troika start talks on common reform ground

Greece, Troika start talks on common reform ground

  Greece and its international creditors started talks on Friday on reforms needed to keep the country financed, increasing the possibility of a interim compromise deal between the euro zone and Athens at a ministerial meeting on Monday. The talks between euro zone...

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Hooded gunmen fire on French police in Marseille: source

Hooded gunmen fire on French police in Marseille: source

(Reuters) - Hooded gunmen armed with Kalashnikov rifles fired on police in the French city of Marseille, where Prime Minister Manuel Valls was paying a visit on Monday, a police source said. Elite police trooops were being sent to the scene, in the northern suburbs of the...

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Ukraine: 82 killed in eastern region clashes

Ukraine: 82 killed in eastern region clashes

A total of 82 people including 70 pro-Russian separatists and 12 Ukrainian troops were killed in ongoing clashes between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours, officials said Sunday. The separatists carried out 111 attacks in...

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Greek PM Tsipras sets up another EU clash, refuses bailout extension

Greek PM Tsipras sets up another EU clash, refuses bailout extension

(Reuters) - Greece's new leftist prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, said on Sunday he would not accept an extension to Greece's current bailout, setting up a clash with EU leaders - who want him to do just that - at a summit on Thursday. Tsipras also pledged his government would heal...

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German, French leaders head for Moscow to press for Ukraine peace

German, French leaders head for Moscow to press for Ukraine peace

(Reuters) - The leaders of Germany and France are expected to take peace proposals to Moscow on Friday on the second leg of a dramatic initiative to end a conflict in Ukraine that has killed more than 5,000 people and driven Russia-West relations to new lows. The coordinated trip...

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 Advancing Ukraine rebels appear to capture frontline town

Advancing Ukraine rebels appear to capture frontline town

(Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels appeared to be in full control on Wednesday of one of the towns that has been a principal target of their advance, as they attempt to surround a nearby garrison of Ukrainian forces. The apparent fall of the town of Vuhlehirsk would be a setback...

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German cabinet okays draft law to prevent jihadist recruitment

German cabinet okays draft law to prevent jihadist recruitment

(Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet approved a draft law on Wednesday aimed at preventing radical German Muslims from travelling to Iraq and Syria to fight for or train with groups like Islamic State. It will also outlaw funding for recruits who try to travel to join...

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Rebels pound Ukrainian troops after peace talks fail

Rebels pound Ukrainian troops after peace talks fail

(Reuters) - Separatist rockets streaked across hills in eastern Ukraine on Monday as rebels pounded the positions of Ukrainian government troops holding a strategic rail town, while both sides prepared to mobilise more forces for combat. U.S. officials said Washington was...

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Greek PM Tsipras rules out turning to Russia for aid

Greek PM Tsipras rules out turning to Russia for aid

(Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday said his left-wing government would make full use of a mandate for negotiations with European partners and ruled out seeking aid from  Russia . "We are in substantial negotiations with our partners in Europe and those...

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 Greece says will not cooperate with 'troika' or seek aid extension

Greece says will not cooperate with 'troika' or seek aid extension

(Reuters) - Greece's new leftist government opened talks on its bailout with European partners on Friday by flatly refusing to extend the program or to cooperate with the international inspectors overseeing it. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government also sacked the heads of the...

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Belgium holds four after raids on Syrian recruiting cell

Belgium holds four after raids on Syrian recruiting cell

(Reuters) - Belgian police detained four people after a series of raids across the country on Friday to dismantle a group suspected of recruiting jihadist fighters for Syria , federal prosecutors said. The raids were not linked to an operation earlier this month that foiled...

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At least five arrested in 'anti-jihadist' raid in France: security source

At least five arrested in 'anti-jihadist' raid in France: security source

Montpellier (France) (AFP) - At least five people were arrested during a anti-jihadist operation in southern France that was still ongoing early Tuesday, a security source said. The operation took place in the small town of Lunel east of Montpellier in southern France,...

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EU says to consider new Russia sanctions over Ukraine

EU says to consider new Russia sanctions over Ukraine

(AFP)- EU leaders have asked ministers to consider a new wave of sanctions against Russia in the wake of a new military campaign by pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine, a statement said Tuesday. The European Union's 28 heads of government asked the bloc's foreign ministers,...

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  Left-wing Syriza gets big win in Greek elections

Left-wing Syriza gets big win in Greek elections

Left-wing  Syriza party has won Greek parliamentary elections with just over 35 percent of the votes, official results suggest. With 90 percent of votes counted, official results put Syriza's vote at 36.32 percent, giving the party approximately 149...

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Voting begins in Greek general elections

Voting begins in Greek general elections

Greeks started to vote in the country's general elections Sunday to elect a new government and parliament. The latest opinion polls show leftist opposition Syriza Party ahead of the ruling center-right New Democracy Party by at...

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Merkel challenges PEGIDA’s claim of 'Islamization'

Merkel challenges PEGIDA’s claim of 'Islamization'

 Chancellor Merkel has said she does "not see Islamization" in Germany in a challenge to claims made by far-right groups alleging German culture is being eroded by Muslims. In some of her strongest statements to date on the rapidly growing anti-Islam movement...

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Belgian police kill two in raid on suspected Islamists

Belgian police kill two in raid on suspected Islamists

(Reuters) - Belgian police killed two men who opened fire on them during one of about a dozen raids on Thursday against an Islamist group that federal prosecutors said was about to launch "terrorist attacks on a grand scale". Coming a week after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in...

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