Putin pulls out of US summit, meeting with Obama
2012-05-10 01:13:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is skipping a planned visit to the United States this month for an economic summit and a much-anticipated meeting with President Barack Obama, the White House announced Wednesday.
The Russian l...
Europe at the crossroads: splinter or unite
2012-05-09 20:05:39 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union, a hope for peace that rose from the fires of World War II, paused Wednesday to honor its past and ponder its future — and how it can ensure it still has one in light of the anti-austerity anger expressed this we...
Putin to parade: Russia will stand up for policies
2012-05-09 07:32:12 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the annual massive military parade in Red Square that the country will stand up for its positions.
Putin's short speech to some 14,000 servicemen and thousands of guests comes less than a ...
Putin sworn in as Russia's president for 6 years
2012-05-07 18:12:04 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in a brief but regal Kremlin ceremony on Monday, while on the streets outside thousands of helmeted riot police prevented hundreds of demonstrators from protesting his return to the presidency.
Austerity is a dirty word in Europe but what next?
2012-05-07 17:58:02 UTC
PARIS (AP) — The day after Francois Hollande rode to power in France on a slogan of "change now" the conversation in Europe is already different: Austerity has become a dirty word.
In Greece, political parties who reject the extreme belt-tighte...
What's at stake as 6 European nations vote
2012-05-07 00:52:35 UTC
Six European countries are holding elections Sunday. Here is a quick look at what's at stake:
—FRANCE: Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeats incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency by capitalizing on anger over austerity measures....
France gets new leader, Europe new direction
2012-05-07 00:34:27 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France handed the presidency Sunday to leftist Francois Hollande, a champion of government stimulus programs who says the state should protect the downtrodden — a victory that could deal a death blow to the drive for austerity that ha...
Markets could stumble after France, Greece votes
2012-05-07 00:26:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial markets will likely stumble this week after elections in Greece and France cast a pall of uncertainty over Europe's efforts to solve its debt crisis.
On Sunday night, the euro plunged to $1.2988, a nearly five-month ...
Greece: Socialist party head calls for coalition
2012-05-06 19:47:59 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's former finance minister and Socialist party leader called for a broad coalition government of pro-European parties, ruling out a two-party government with his conservative rivals after his party received a drubbing i...
Socialist Francois Hollande wins French presidency
2012-05-07 00:42:57 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande has declared victory in France's presidential election, railing against austerity measures and urging national unity after a bitter campaign against Nicolas Sarkozy.
The mild-mannered Hollande promised h...
Angry Greeks vote in key parliamentary election
2012-05-06 14:18:48 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks hammered by two years of deep spending cuts voted Sunday in a parliamentary election critical to the country's prospects for pulling itself out of a deep financial crisis that has roiled global markets and threatened G...
France chooses a new president during tough times
2012-05-06 14:14:30 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France voted in a presidential run-off election on Sunday that could see Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy by capitalizing on public anger over the government's austerity policies.
German President Gauck visit about 'sharing freedom'
2012-05-05 23:03:24 UTC
Germany/ The Netherlands (DW) - The German president's visit to Holland shows the two countries' 'common concerns and goals,' said a Dutch studies professor. He discounted protests against Germany's refusal to extradite war criminals.
Leaders fall in Europe crisis: Sarkozy next?
2012-05-05 08:57:50 UTC
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is widely expected to be kicked out of office in elections Sunday. If he goes, he'll be in good company: Almost every crisis-hit European country that has held an election since disaster struck in 2009 has thrown o...
New French accusations: Strauss-Kahn in Washington
2012-05-04 18:14:22 UTC
PARIS (AP) — French investigators are studying accusations that Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have been involved in a rape during a sex party in a Washington hotel in 2010 while he was chief of the International Monetary Fund, a judicial official sai...
French candidate goes from wishy-washy to wow
2012-05-04 05:15:34 UTC
PARIS (AP) — The last time France voted for president, Francois Hollande was a portly, smiley man likened to custard pudding who played second fiddle to Segolene Royal, his Socialist party's candidate and the mother of his four kids.
Now he's t...
Merkel, others, urge treatment for Tymoshenko
2012-05-03 18:03:18 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Ukrainian leaders on Thursday to give jailed ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko "proper treatment" for her ailments, as more top officials announced they would boycott the Euro 2012 soccer championship ...
French presidential candidates face off in debate
2012-05-03 02:22:20 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France's presidential race hit a dramatic pitch Wednesday in the only face-to-face debate between President Nicolas Sarkozy and front-running challenger Francois Hollande — a verbal slugfest that broke little new ground on substance b...
Eurozone unemployment hits record high
2012-05-02 19:24:02 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Pressure is growing on Europe's leaders to focus less on austerity and more on stimulating growth as the 17 countries that use the euro face record high unemployment and a recession that is spreading across the region.
France fetes Joan of Arc's 600th birthday
2012-05-01 20:17:28 UTC
ORLEANS, France (AP) — The normally tranquil city of Orleans is buzzing with festivities over the next two weeks to mark the 600th birthday of one of France's best cultural exports: Joan of Arc.
On Tuesday, like in a Hollywood epic, the Loire R...
Sarkozy fighting for his future, likely to lose
2012-05-01 18:51:19 UTC
PARIS (AP) — President Nicolas Sarkozy is the underdog, and he knows it. Not a single poll has predicted he will win re-election on Sunday, and leading figures in his government are already lining up new jobs.
In televised interviews, Sarkozy's...
Calls for Euro 2012 boycott increase in Germany
2012-05-01 01:12:57 UTC
Germany (D.W.) - Six weeks ahead of the European soccer championship co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland, German politicians debate boycotting the matches in Ukraine in protest of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko's imprisonment.
Ukraine has not bee...
NYSE Euronext results falter on failed merger
2012-04-30 20:53:02 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The exchange operator NYSE Euronext said Monday that its first-quarter earnings tumbled 44 percent on weaker trading and its failed combination with Deutsche Boerse AG.
Its shares fell nearly 6 percent in afternoon trading.
AB InBev profit jumps 75 pct thanks to lower costs
2012-04-30 20:41:46 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — The world's biggest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev NV said Monday its first-quarter net profit jumped 75 percent thanks to lower financing costs and taxes as well as bigger beer sales.
Net profit rose to $1.69 billion between Janua...
Gadhafi funding claim weighs on French campaign
2012-04-29 19:10:50 UTC
PARIS (AP) — French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday fiercely denied that he was offered campaign funding from late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as new challenges piled up against him a week ahead of the country's presidential runoff.