Mood pessimistic on Syria peace plans
2012-06-30 12:59:35 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — A conference called by special envoy Kofi Annan to end the Syria crisis appeared on the brink of failure as it opened Saturday, with the U.S. and Russia still divided over a role for President Bashar Assad in a transition government....
Italy celebrates a magical night against Germany
2012-06-29 16:27:44 UTC
ROME (AP) — It was Italy's night against the Germans, on and off the field.
Premier Mario Monti and striker Mario Balotelli gave a much-needed boost to a country suffering for months under harsh austerity measures and embarrassed by a match-fix...
Merkel defends concessions in euro crisis
2012-06-29 16:21:57 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended concessions made to struggling Spain and Italy at a European Union summit on Friday as she prepared to address lawmakers at home, where media headlines loudly proclaimed her political defeat.
Troubled Europe summit: Merkel vs everyone else
2012-06-28 06:15:06 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is the woman to watch — or fear, or confront — in Europe this week.
The leaders of Italy, France and Spain are pressing their northern neighbor at a European Union summit starting Thursday to agre...
Spain asks for bank rescue
2012-06-26 05:44:12 UTC
MADRID (AP) — Spain has made a formal request for a loan to help clean up its troubled banking sector, the Economy Ministry said Monday.
However, the country has yet to specify how much of the €100 billion ($125.39 billion) loan package offered...
European leaders push for $163 bln in measures
2012-06-22 16:02:19 UTC
ROME (AP) — The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain have agreed to push for a €130 billion ($163 billion) growth package at a key European Union summit next week.
Italian Premier Mario Monti told a news conference after the four-way sum...
Greece seeks to win Germany's respect at Euro 2012
2012-06-22 15:25:31 UTC
GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Now for the really important business between Greece and Germany: Soccer.
On Friday, thousands of fans from the two nations at opposite ends of the eurozone financial crisis are converging on neutral Polish turf for a Euro...
Breivik calls for acquittal as terror trial ends
2012-06-22 14:40:14 UTC
OSLO, Norway (AP) — The trial of Anders Behring Breivik ended Friday with the confessed mass killer demanding to be set free and vowing that history would exonerate him for a bomb-and-gun rampage that killed 77 people.
The self-styled anti-Musl...
Greece's new finance minister in hospital
2012-06-22 14:19:05 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials say the country's new finance minister, Vasilis Rapanos, has been taken to a hospital.
The hospital said Rapanos, 65, was undergoing tests, but did not give a reason. State NET television said that his cond...
Europeans get some relief with Euro 2012 wins
2012-06-20 22:20:23 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel watched Germany weather the storm and emerge with flying colors, while other European countries simply floundered.
Only this time, it wasn't a test of economic strength in the ailing eurozone. It w...
Ex-Romania PM shoots self after court's sentence
2012-06-20 22:11:44 UTC
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister says one of his predecessors has shot himself and was in the hospital, just hours after a court upheld the ex-premier's two-year prison sentence on corruption charges.
Former Prime Minister Adr...
Body identified as that of Irish soccer fan
2012-06-20 21:52:38 UTC
BYDGOSZCZ, Poland (AP) — A body found floating in a Polish canal has been identified by a family member as that of an Irish soccer fan who came to the country for the European Championship, an official said.
Deputy chief prosecutor Wlodzimierz ...
Europe's relief from Greek vote likely fleeting
2012-06-18 19:33:38 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's election result has eased fears of imminent financial disaster for Europe, but the continent's leaders are still searching for a way to contain a debt crisis that threatens the global economy.
A narrow victory for...
Socialists take French Parliament, sweep power
2012-06-17 23:58:45 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Francois Hollande is the man in charge after his Socialist Party swept France's parliamentary election. Voters welcomed the French president's vision of injecting government money into Europe's economies in hopes of helping the joint ...
Pro-bailout conservatives win Greek election
2012-06-17 23:52:34 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fears of an imminent Greek exit from Europe's joint currency receded Sunday after the conservative New Democracy party came first in a critical election and pro-bailout parties won enough seats to form a joint government.
Affairs of politics and heart mark French election
2012-06-16 08:53:51 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Back-room deals, black lists and bitter duels. Political and personal intrigue has wormed its way into Sunday's final round of French legislative elections. President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party is battling to ensure a solid m...
Following fallout from a Greek euro exit to the US
2012-06-15 08:36:26 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The unthinkable suddenly looks possible.
Bankers, governments and investors are starting to prepare for Greece to stop using the euro as its currency, a move that could spread turmoil throughout the global financial system.
Bulgaria: 'Vampire' skeleton going on display
2012-06-14 16:13:49 UTC
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Ever since archaeologists announced last week that they have found two ancient skeletons in Bulgaria with iron rods thrust through their chests, the media have been reporting how Bulgarians once did that to prevent the dead ...
EURO 2012 LIVE: Denmark vs. Portugal
2012-06-13 18:12:21 UTC
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Netherlands play Germany in Kharkiv, Ukraine in their second Group B match at the European Championship. Earlier, Portugal beat Denmark 3-2. Here is a running account of Wednesday's action. All times are local to Poland.
Russia fined for fan violence at Euro 2012 match
2012-06-13 16:51:10 UTC
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — UEFA fined the Russian soccer association $150,000 Wednesday because its fans attacked stadium stewards at a European Championship match.
Russia could be deducted six points in its Euro 2016 qualifying group for a repeat o...
Tens of thousands protest Putin despite crackdown
2012-06-12 20:49:29 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Undeterred by a sudden escalation in the Kremlin's crackdown on the opposition, tens of thousands thronged Moscow's tree-lined boulevards Tuesday in the first mass protest against Vladimir Putin since he returned to the presidency in...
Major instances of soccer hooliganism
2012-06-12 20:20:24 UTC
(AP) — Russian soccer fans clashed with police and Poland supporters in separate incidents in Warsaw on Tuesday, just hours before the two teams met in a Euro 2012 match.
In what appeared to be the most violent incident, Polish...
Bailout for Spain's banks buys time for Europe
2012-06-10 04:50:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The plan to bail out Spain's banks with up to $125 billion in aid buys European policymakers time to try to save the euro and eases deep fears in global financial markets.
The deterioration of Spain's banks and the pressing ne...
Putin's hard line against protests to be tested
2012-06-08 19:17:37 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Helmeted riot police round up hundreds of protesters, including some whose only apparent crime is wearing white ribbons of opposition. A teacher who spoke out about election rigging is dragged into court and fined. Now a new law sign...
Ireland votes on Europe's deficit-fighting treaty
2012-05-31 20:04:13 UTC
DUBLIN (AP) — Saying yes could mean dooming Ireland to more long, hard years of austerity. But saying no could mean national bankruptcy next year.
Ireland's debt-burdened voters confronted an existential dilemma Thursday as they decided in a re...