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  • Germany marks 25 years of unity, facing new challenges story has photos
    Updated: Oct-03-15 12:22 pm

    BERLIN - Germany marks a quarter-century as a reunited nation on Saturday, with two leaders from the formerly communist east heading a country that increasingly asserts itself as Europe's political heavyweight - and now faces a new challenge in a refugee influx that will demand deep reserves of resourcefulness and patience.

  • Portugal: A look at the election of a new government 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 2:18 am

    LISBON, Portugal - Portugal holds a general election Sunday when the country's 9.7 million eligible voters choose a government for the next four years. Here are some of the issues:

  • France tells Putin to confine airstrikes to Islamic State story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-02-15 7:14 pm

    PARIS - With Russian warplanes bombing Syria for a third day, French President Francois Holland told President Vladimir Putin on Friday that Moscow's airstrikes must be confined to attacking Islamic State militants, not other rebels opposing the Damascus government.

  • Russian, Ukrainian leaders hold talks in Paris story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 5:24 pm

    PARIS - A summit reviving a European push to bring peace to eastern Ukraine ended Friday with a call for the delay of contentious rebel plans to hold local elections this month and for both sides to begin a promised withdrawal of smaller-caliber weapons.

  • Nobel official's behind-scenes book overshadows peace prize 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 9:24 am

    STAVANGER, Norway - A book detailing the secret tussles behind some of the most controversial Nobel Peace Prizes in the last quarter century is having its own disruptive effect on the 2015 award.

  • In FIFA crisis, politicians must turn up the heat for change 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 7:54 am

    PARIS - Here's a cheery thought for those despairing of the unrelenting disaster that is FIFA. In Chinese, the word "crisis" is formed from two characters: "danger" and "opportunity." As grim as things look at the top of football, there may still be a chance to salvage a brighter future from the scorched earth of Sepp Blatter's reign.

  • Poll adds to signs migrant flow hurting Merkel's popularity story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 6:51 am

    BERLIN - A new poll is adding to indications that Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal popularity is taking a knock amid the influx of migrants to Germany, though there's no sign of serious political damage.

  • Europe's story: Layers of migration 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 6:35 am

    LONDON - London's Brick Lane Mosque started as a church for Protestants hounded from Catholic France - for whom the word "refugee" was first coined. Later, displaced Jews turned it into a synagogue. Today, Muslims kick off their shoes in the lobby before prayers.

  • German states lower housing standards amid migrant influx story has photos
    Updated: Sep-29-15 5:53 pm

    BERLIN - Refugees coming to Germany can expect a roof over their head, a bed to sleep in and three meals a day. But with authorities struggling to find housing for tens of thousands of people each month, many new arrivals will find their lodgings a squeeze.

  • UN envoy: 'Great mistake' to block aid in east Ukraine 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 12:09 pm

    GENEVA - Efforts by Russia-backed separatist rebels to block "desperately needed" humanitarian aid from reaching people in conflict-ridden eastern Ukraine could amount to crimes against humanity, a top U.N. human rights official said Tuesday.

  • Austrian minister: Deal with Assad - but only short term 
    Updated: Sep-28-15 8:13 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Austria's foreign minister said Monday that European nations are increasingly contemplating some role for the Syrian regime at negotiations to end the war in that country and suggested a compromise that could include President Bashar Assad but only for the short term.

  • News Guide: A look at the UN General Assembly 
    Updated: Sep-28-15 8:35 am

    UNITED NATIONS - The annual U.N. General Assembly ministerial meeting is always a major event, but this year's is extraordinary. It could bring a record number of world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, who hasn't attended in years. Most of the attention will be on Putin and President Barack Obama who will have their own separate meeting in New York at a time of tensions over Russia's military involvement in Syria.

  • Leaders pledge money, clout to achieve women's equality 
    Updated: Sep-27-15 10:09 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - World leaders pledged money and political clout to achieve equality for women by 2030 at a U.N. meeting Sunday co-chaired by China's President Xi Jinping, who has faced strong criticism for cracking down on women's rights activists.

  • Migrant arrivals unlikely to bring major changes to Europe 
    Updated: Sep-26-15 7:03 am

    STOCKHOLM - Inside the strip mall in Stockholm's Rinkeby neighborhood, a string of Swedish flags hangs over a coffee shop offering Swedish cinnamon buns and Middle Eastern pastry.

  • Syrian family's life darkens in town that saw neo-Nazi riots story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-25-15 10:22 am

    HEIDENAU, Germany - From the bright lights of Berlin to a grim former Nazi military barracks near the Czech border, the Syrian refugee family's new life in Germany has been a roller-coaster of euphoria and despair.

  • Will Volkswagen scandal tarnish 'Made in Germany' image? 
    Updated: Sep-24-15 4:54 pm

    BERLIN - The "Made in Germany" label has stood for precision and reliability for decades, but since Volkswagen admitted to cheating on U.S. car emissions tests, many are questioning whether the automaker's problems could taint the rest of the country.

  • Diplomats jostle to lay out position on how to end Syria war 
    Updated: Sep-24-15 4:32 pm

    PARIS - Europe's top diplomats, the United States and Russia jostled to lay out their positions Thursday on how best to end the civil war in Syria, which has sent millions fleeing their homes and killed thousands.

  • Untangling Syria: Europe's top diplomats mull new strategy story has photos
    Updated: Sep-24-15 11:54 am

    PARIS - The top diplomats of Britain, France, Germany and the European Union are sketching out a possible new diplomatic push to end the fighting in Syria.

  • VW CEO: 'I am endlessly sorry' brand is tarnished story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-22-15 11:47 pm

    DETROIT - Volkswagen AG's smog-test scandal escalated Tuesday as the company acknowledged putting stealth software in millions of vehicles worldwide. The crisis has already cost VW more than 24 billion euros ($26 billion) in market value.

  • EU holds more migration talks as calls for answers grow story has photos
    Updated: Sep-22-15 3:09 pm

    BRUSSELS - The European Union's two emergency meetings on the migration crisis this week won't provide any quick solutions to ease the plight of tens of thousands of people seeking sanctuary in Europe despite a decision Tuesday to share 120,000 more refugees arriving in Greece and Italy.

  • Germany's Merkel pays tribute to predecessor's reforms story has photos
    Updated: Sep-22-15 8:09 am

    BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute Tuesday to the economic reforms her predecessor launched - and to his campaigning skills that nearly stopped her from winning the top job a decade ago.

  • Greece's Tsipras: bailout rebel to bailout enforcer story has photos
    Updated: Sep-21-15 1:47 pm

    ATHENS, Greece - Greeks have elected Alexis Tsipras prime minister for the second time this year but with a strikingly different mandate: Instead of the vehemently anti-austerity platform he espoused in January, he has now agreed to implement yet more stringent spending cuts and tax hikes.

  • Europe's aging economies stand to gain from influx of people story has photos
    Updated: Sep-19-15 3:29 am

    BRUSSELS - The greatest influx of people into Europe in decades is not just a humanitarian emergency, but also a potential stroke of luck for many countries facing the economic threat of an aging population.

  • Greece, migrants - how much division can the EU take? 
    Updated: Sep-17-15 11:24 am

    BRUSSELS - Increasingly, it seems, only scar tissue keeps the European Union together.

  • Refugee crisis, money issues in background of 2024 bid race 
    Updated: Sep-16-15 2:08 pm

    LONDON - With the race for the 2024 Olympics now officially underway, the five bid cities face a two-year campaign to convince IOC members that they offer the best project.