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UK military: Planes in Nigeria for Mali operation

UK military: Planes in Nigeria for Mali operation

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — The United Kingdom’s military says its warplanes recently spotted in Nigeria’s capital city were there to move soldiers to aid the French intervention in Mali — not to rescue kidnapped foreign hostages. The Ministry of Defense said Sunday that the planes had ferried Nigerian troops and equipment to Bamako, Mali. An […]

March 10, 2013 | By More
Group fire bombs Athens police precinct

Group fire bombs Athens police precinct

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A group of 15 to 20 individuals has attacked a police precinct in central Athens with firebombs, burning 2 motorcycles before escaping on foot. Police say a total of 10 firebombs were thrown Saturday at the precinct, but the fires were put out quickly. Of the two motorcycles, one belonged to […]

March 10, 2013 | By More
Germany: Fire at apartment building kills 7

Germany: Fire at apartment building kills 7

BERLIN (AP) — An early-morning fire on Sunday at an apartment building in southwestern Germany left seven people dead, six of them children, police said. Authorities were alerted to the blaze in Backnang, a town near Stuttgart, at 4.30 a.m. Police said in a statement that they believe the fire broke out in a second-floor […]

March 10, 2013 | By More
Silvio Berlusconi remains hospitalized in Italy

Silvio Berlusconi remains hospitalized in Italy

MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi remained hospitalized Saturday with an eye inflammation, but court-appointed doctors said the condition was not severe enough to prevent him from attending a hearing in his tax fraud appeal. San Raffaele hospital’s chief ophthalmologist, Francesco Bandello, told reporters that Berlusconi’s condition, specifically bilateral uveitis, had only moderately […]

March 9, 2013 | By More
Cardinals set Tuesday as start date for conclave

Cardinals set Tuesday as start date for conclave

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The preliminaries over, Catholic cardinals are ready to get down to the real business of choosing a pope. And even without a front-runner, there are indications they will go into the conclave Tuesday with a good idea of their top picks. Then it will be just a matter of agreeing on […]

March 9, 2013 | By More
Milos Zeman inaugurated as new Czech president

Milos Zeman inaugurated as new Czech president

PRAGUE (AP) — The new Czech president attacked the country’s media on his first day in office Friday, saying some of them “brainwash” and “manipulate public opinion.” Milos Zeman’s outburst, shortly after being sworn in as this country’s third president since the collapse of communism, did not have a stated target. But his sparring with […]

March 8, 2013 | By More
UK jury convicts Huhne’s ex-wife in speeding case

UK jury convicts Huhne’s ex-wife in speeding case

LONDON (AP) — The ex-wife of a former U.K. Cabinet minister was convicted on Thursday of perverting the course of justice for taking her husband’s speeding penalty in 2003. Vicky Pryce — who had claimed that her husband, Chris Huhne, coerced her into taking the penalty for the speeding violation — will be sentenced at […]

March 8, 2013 | By More
Berlusconi convicted in wiretap case

Berlusconi convicted in wiretap case

MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was convicted Thursday over the illegal publication in a newspaper owned by his media empire of wiretapped conversations related to a bank takeover attempt. A Milan court found Berlusconi guilty of breach of confidentiality and sentenced him to one year in jail, though it did not issue […]

March 8, 2013 | By More
Berlusconi sentenced to a year in jail

Berlusconi sentenced to a year in jail

An Italian court on Thursday sentenced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to a year in prison over the publication of leaked transcripts from a police wiretap in a newspaper that he owns. Berlusconi, who faces two more verdicts this month for tax fraud and having sex with an underage prostitute, can appeal the conviction which […]

March 7, 2013 | By More
Cameron rejects call for new economic policy

Cameron rejects call for new economic policy

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday vowed to maintain a course of budget austerity, rejecting calls to focus more on economic growth despite an embarrassing credit ratings downgrade. Cameron argued that the U.K. is beginning to see signs of progress in debt reduction thanks to his government’s tough spending cuts and tax increases and […]

March 7, 2013 | By More