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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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Paris' Eiffel Tower goes dark for Charlie Hebdo victims

Paris' Eiffel Tower goes dark for Charlie Hebdo victims

The Eiffel Tower switched off its lights Thursday at 8 p.m. local time (1900GMT) as a tribute to the victims of the attack at the Parisian offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The lights on the 324-meter iconic Eiffel Tower...

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Suspect in French magazine attack surrenders

Suspect in French magazine attack surrenders

One of the three suspects in the attack on the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday has surrendered, according to various French media reports on Thursday. The attack in Paris killed 12 people and French police had...

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News reports: Gunfire in southern Paris, 2 police officers injured

News reports: Gunfire in southern Paris, 2 police officers injured

A number of French media outlets are reporting that two police officers were injured Thursday morning when gunfire broke out in southern Paris. Emergency vehicles were seen in the Malakoff area following the reported shooting. It is unknown if the incident is...

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At least 12 dead in Paris after attack on satirical newspaper

At least 12 dead in Paris after attack on satirical newspaper

(Reuters) - Hooded gunmen stormed the Paris offices of a weekly satirical magazine renowned for lampooning radical Islam, killing at least 12 people, including two police officers in the worst militant attack on French soil in recent decades. One of the men was captured on...

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Deadly shooting at Paris HQ of French satirical magazine

Deadly shooting at Paris HQ of French satirical magazine

  (France 24)- Shots have been fired at French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in the heart of Paris Wednesday, with Paris officials reporting at least 10 fatalities. Witnesses at the scene reported seeing multiple masked gunmen. Normal...

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