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Russian premier: 'We have slid into ... a new Cold War'

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the specter of a new Cold War on Saturday and compared the current tensions between Russia and the West to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, which brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. “NATO's political stance toward Russia remains unfriendly...

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  • Pentagon seeks to boost defense in Europe to counter Russia

    Pentagon seeks to boost defense in Europe to counter Russia

    The Obama administration wants to enlarge the U.S. military presence in eastern and central Europe next year by stockpiling heavy weapons, armored vehicles and other military equipment across the region, a substantial expansion of U.S. efforts to counter a resurgent Russia. The proposed $3.4-billion...

  • The media war at Syria peace talks

    The media war at Syria peace talks

    The tightly packed throng of journalists shouted and jostled, straining to grab the attention of United Nations special envoy Staffan de Mistura at the start of much-anticipated talks aimed at ending the long-running civil war in Syria. Finally, a correspondent for Syrian state TV, Elissar Moualla,...

  • Will Britain leave the European Union?

    Will Britain leave the European Union?

    As Britain debates whether to leave the European Union, leaders across the continent are trying to avoid a potentially devastating split. The country has long had an uneasy relationship with the rest of the 28-member bloc, having used its status as an economic powerhouse to keep its currency —...

  • Enough frustration to go around in Syria peace talks

    Enough frustration to go around in Syria peace talks

    Both sides in the Syria peace negotiation expressed frustration Tuesday with the sluggish progress of the talks, raising new doubts about the viability of the most determined diplomatic push to date aimed at ending the nation’s almost five-year conflict. The renewed sense of uncertainty came a...

  • 'The talks have started': U.N. mediator meets with Syrian opposition

    'The talks have started': U.N. mediator meets with Syrian opposition

    The United Nations mediator in Syrian peace talks met Monday with the major opposition delegation, ending days of uncertainty about whether the talks would proceed. "The talks have started," Staffan de Mistura, U.N. special envoy to Syria, said during a news conference after meeting with representatives...

  • Global health agency's declaration signals new phase in battle against Zika virus

    Global health agency's declaration signals new phase in battle against Zika virus

    The World Health Organization declared Monday that explosive growth of the mosquito-borne Zika virus — which has been spreading rapidly in the Americas and may be linked to birth defects — constitutes an international public health emergency, signaling a new phase in the global effort to battle...

  • Europeans remove welcome mat for migrants

    Europeans remove welcome mat for migrants

    European leaders faced with overwhelming numbers of migrants are tightening their border controls and toughening their rhetoric in an effort to manage the crush of people. In Sweden, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said last week that up 80,000 migrants who applied for asylum in Sweden last year...

  • Thousands rally against legalizing same-sex civil unions in Italy

    Thousands rally against legalizing same-sex civil unions in Italy

    Thousands of people filled Rome’s Circus Maximus on Saturday to protest a proposal to legally recognize same-sex civil unions in Italy, the only county in Western Europe not to do so. Around 1,500 buses were chartered from across Italy to bring the protesters, who filled the ancient Roman chariot...

  • Syria peace talks include secret guest list and possibly theatrics

    Syria peace talks include secret guest list and possibly theatrics

    There will be no opening ceremony, the guest list remains secret, and strenuous efforts are in place to ensure that rival delegates are never in the same room. Such are the curious conditions surrounding the Intra-Syrian Talks, the official designation of fresh peace negotiations aimed at ending...

  • Man arrested with 2 handguns at Disneyland Paris; female companion held

    Man arrested with 2 handguns at Disneyland Paris; female companion held

    A French police official said Thursday that a woman was detained at Disneyland Paris soon after police apprehended her male partner, who was found with two handguns and a copy of the Koran at Europe's most-visited amusement park. The official said the woman didn't appear to be armed and that no...

  • In Italy, same-sex civil union debate going to lawmakers

    In Italy, same-sex civil union debate going to lawmakers

    When the Italian government attempted to introduce same-sex unions in 2007, local documentary maker Gustav Hofer was on hand to film the political effort behind the bill as it stuttered and died in the face of stiff Catholic opposition. Now, nine years later, as the Italian Senate prepares to debate...

  • Why a small-town official in Germany and a busload of Syrian refugees hit the road to see Angela Merkel

    Why a small-town official in Germany and a busload of Syrian refugees hit the road to see Angela Merkel

    As the bus rumbled toward Berlin, dozens of television crews began following it. On board were 31 Syrian refugees who had been living in the Bavarian county of Landshut. Driving separately in a car was Peter Dreier, a local politician there who had arranged the 342-mile journey. His plan: to drop...

  • Video shows Paris attackers committing earlier Islamic State atrocities

    Video shows Paris attackers committing earlier Islamic State atrocities

    New video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows the extremists who carried out the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris committing atrocities in Islamic State-controlled territory while plotting the slaughter in the French capital that left 130 people dead and hundreds injured. The group also...

  • Dozens drown as two migrant smuggling boats sink near Greek islands

    Dozens drown as two migrant smuggling boats sink near Greek islands

    Within hours of each other, the two wooden smuggling boats sank in the Aegean Sea near different Greek islands, killing more than 40 people, many of them children. Rescue efforts managed to save more than 70 people, but the search for survivors ran into the night Friday amid fears that an unknown...

  • British inquiry finds Putin probably OKd ex-spy Litvinenko's poisoning

    British inquiry finds Putin probably OKd ex-spy Litvinenko's poisoning

    For 10 years, she has carried on a crusade for justice, determined to see the Russian government held responsible for the agonizing death of her husband, former spy Alexander Litvinenko.On Thursday, Marina Litvinenko choked back tears after hearing a British judge rule that Russian President Vladimir...

  • EU could 'fail as a political project' because of migrant crisis, leaders say

    EU could 'fail as a political project' because of migrant crisis, leaders say

    The head of the European Union's leadership body warned Tuesday that the 28-nation bloc must develop a better strategy for handling the migration crisis, as it faces criticism that its existing policies do not work. EU failure to address the crisis, European Council President Donald Tusk warned,...

  • 'It was really touch and go' for Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian

    'It was really touch and go' for Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian

    Having spent 18 months in an Iranian prison – where he lost 40 pounds, paced a small cell for hours and was sometimes held in isolation – Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian worried about his release from captivity until the very end. When the Swiss air force jet carrying Rezaian, his family...

  • Trump called a racist and buffoon as Parliament debates banning him from Britain

    Trump called a racist and buffoon as Parliament debates banning him from Britain

    British lawmakers on Monday debated whether Donald Trump should be banned from Britain, after an online petition calling for him to be denied entry for making controversial anti-Muslim comments amassed more than 570,000 votes. “His words are not comical. His words are not funny. His words are poisonous,”...

  • Morocco arrests Belgian man linked to Paris attackers

    Morocco arrests Belgian man linked to Paris attackers

    Moroccan police have arrested a Belgian man of Moroccan descent who is linked to Islamic State and had a "direct relationship" to the people who carried out the Paris attacks in November, the Interior Ministry said Monday. Join the conversation on Facebook >> The man had spent time in Syria getting...

  • Activists turn tolerant St. Petersburg into homophobic city

    Activists turn tolerant St. Petersburg into homophobic city

    Timur Bulatov calls himself a "homophobic wolf," and last summer he found his prey. Dr. Dmitry Isaev led a commission of psychiatrists in St. Petersburg that approved hundreds of sex-change operations. To Bulatov, he was "a henchman of LGBT fascism" who corrupted Russian society by encouraging...

  • France's Jews advised to leave skullcaps off, for safety

    France's Jews advised to leave skullcaps off, for safety

    The dilemma arose again, this time in Marseille, France, after an attack on a Jewish teacher: Should skullcaps be left at home or worn freely regardless of potential dangers? The teacher was attacked by a machete-brandishing teenager this week outside the La Source Jewish School in the southern...

  • French court rules compassionately in refugee smuggling case

    French court rules compassionately in refugee smuggling case

    He said it was an act of compassion. But should that excuse the crime? A French court on Thursday essentially said yes, giving Rob Lawrie what amounted to a slap on the wrist for trying to smuggle a 4-year-old Afghan refugee out of a squalid settlement in France. The court threw out the attempted...

  • British man who sneaked girl out of refugee camp gets plenty of sympathy

    British man who sneaked girl out of refugee camp gets plenty of sympathy

    The image of a dead Syrian toddler washed up on a beach last year stirred worldwide outrage over a growing refugee crisis. Rob Lawrie decided to do something about it. The British former soldier closed down his cleaning business, bought a van and started delivering tents, clothing and food across...

  • Germany moves to make it easier to deport migrants who commit crimes

    Germany moves to make it easier to deport migrants who commit crimes

    The German government outlined proposals Tuesday to make it easier to deport foreign asylum seekers who commit crimes, in response to complaints that hundreds of women were groped, molested or robbed by a mob of men in Cologne on New Year’s Eve. Reports that refugees were among the suspected assailants...

  • Historic trial opens for Spain's Princess Cristina, accused of tax fraud

    Historic trial opens for Spain's Princess Cristina, accused of tax fraud

    Spain’s Princess Cristina went on trial Monday on charges of tax fraud in a historic case heard on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, not far from a royal palace where she used to vacation — and within view of the prison where she could end up.Infanta Cristina de Borbon, 50, is one of King Felipe...

  • Police investigating mysterious death of an American woman in Italy

    Police investigating mysterious death of an American woman in Italy

    Italian police on Sunday were investigating the death of an American woman whose naked body was discovered in her home in Florence. Ashley Olsen, 35, from Summer Haven, Fla., who moved to Florence from the United States three years ago, was found strangled on Saturday in her one-bedroom apartment...

  • Anti-immigrant protest turns violent in Cologne

    Anti-immigrant protest turns violent in Cologne

    Pitched battles erupted during an anti-immigration demonstration in Cologne on Saturday between the right-wing marchers and police as tensions in Germany remained high more than a week after hundreds of women were sexually assaulted and robbed on New Year’s Eve. Police used water cannons against...

  • Germans reconsider welcoming refugees after New Year's assaults

    Germans reconsider welcoming refugees after New Year's assaults

    Germany's acceptance of more than a million refugees fleeing Syria and other troubled spots last year is undergoing intense scrutiny after an outburst of reported assaults on women in at least five cities on New Year's Eve. By Friday, nearly 300 women in Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Duesseldorf...

  • Police chief in Cologne, Germany, is fired amid criticism tied to assaults on women

    Police chief in Cologne, Germany, is fired amid criticism tied to assaults on women

    The Cologne police chief was fired Friday following reports that authorities in Germany’s fourth-largest city may have covered up information that refugees had been connected to sexual attacks against women outside the central rail station on New Year’s Eve. Wolfgang Albers, head of the police...

  • Paris attack fugitive's fingerprint found in Brussels apartment

    Paris attack fugitive's fingerprint found in Brussels apartment

    Belgian police found traces of explosives, bomb-making equipment and what appeared to be suicide belts in a Brussels apartment that may have been used by a key suspect in the November Paris attacks who is still on the run, authorities said Friday. Salah Abdeslam, a suspected member of an Islamic...

  • Man with knife slain by French police on Charlie Hebdo attack anniversary

    Man with knife slain by French police on Charlie Hebdo attack anniversary

    One year after the deadly attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, police shot and killed a man armed with a knife and wearing what appeared to be an explosives vest as he tried to enter a Paris police station Thursday. The shooting came on a day when French President Francois Hollande,...

  • 'New Jihadi John' in Islamic State video identified as British Muslim convert

    'New Jihadi John' in Islamic State video identified as British Muslim convert

    The masked gunman in the latest Islamic State propaganda video is believed to be a British Muslim who was well-known in radical Islamist circles and appeared on TV debate programs espousing his extremist views. Siddhartha Dhar frequently went on camera to defend the militant group and spoke as...

  • Germany pledges to act after mass sexual attacks on women on New Year's Eve

    Germany pledges to act after mass sexual attacks on women on New Year's Eve

    The German government Tuesday vowed swift action against hundreds of men accused of molesting at least 90 women in a massive display of lawlessness outside the central rail station in Cologne on New Year's Eve. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Justice Minister Heiko Maas labeled the reported attacks...

  • British law expands definition of domestic abuse to include psychological harm

    British law expands definition of domestic abuse to include psychological harm

    A new law in Britain has expanded the meaning of domestic abuse by including emotional or psychological harm that falls short of threats of physical violence. Under the "coercive control" statute, people who spy on their partners or family members online or attempt to control them via social media...

  • German officials launch manhunt for suspects in planned suicide bombings

    German officials launch manhunt for suspects in planned suicide bombings

    German authorities Friday launched a manhunt for several suspects who officials believe planned suicide bombings at rail stations, as full rail transportation service in Munich resumed after being temporarily shut down as a safety precaution on New Year’s Eve. Bavaria state Interior Minister Joachim...

  • What the new year could mean for Europe's refugee crisis

    What the new year could mean for Europe's refugee crisis

    It was one of the defining images of 2015: small boats crowded with migrants making a perilous bid to reach Europe. More than 1 million people arrived by sea during the year, according to estimates by the United Nations refugee agency, one of the biggest migration waves to hit the continent since...

  • German republication of Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' causes furor

    German republication of Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' causes furor

    A controversial book by one of Germany's bestselling authors will be republished next week: Adolf Hitler's “Mein Kampf.” The new two-volume edition of “Mein Kampf,” filled with 3,700 critical annotations by historians that are designed to demystify Hitler’s propaganda, will be back in bookstores...

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