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A man climbs up an artificial ice wall in Liberec, Czech Republic, Thursday, Jan. 12. Central Europe has been hit by unusually freezing weather in recent days.
 
France's Socialist candidates sought to fight widespread pessimism Thursday about their party's chances in this year's presidential election as they held their first televised debate ahead of a primary contest later this month.
 
UN chief visits Geneva for Cyprus peace talks
New U.N. chief Antonio Guterres was attending talks in Geneva Thursday aimed at ending decades of stalemate in a divided Cyprus, in his first foreign trip since becoming secretary-general on Jan. 1.
 
Polish ruling party prevails in parliamentary standoff
Poland's conservative ruling party appeared to prevail Wednesday in an ongoing standoff in parliament as the Senate approved a budget that centrist opponents said was passed illegally.
 
Germany said on Wednesday that migrant arrivals dropped by two-thirds in 2016 from the previous year's record high, providing relief for Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of this year's elections.
 
French police suspect that a 72-year-old convicted cocaine dealer was among five masked gunmen who broke into Kim Kardashian's apartment and robbed her of jewels worth millions last year, sources close to the probe said Wednesday.
 
Technology has made stopping terrorist attacks harder, and it is legal to kill militants overseas if they pose an immediate or otherwise unstoppable threat, Britain's Attorney General Jeremy Wright said on Wednesday during a speech at a London think tank.
 
Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner, who was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 130,000 Jews, died in 2001 at the age of 89, locked up in a squalid Damascus basement, a French magazine reported Wednesday.
 
Bosnian Serbs mark divisive 'national holiday'
Serbs in Bosnia celebrated on Monday a deeply divisive holiday, a date tied to the fragile nation's brutal 1990s war and a sensitive issue for Muslims.
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Turkey discusses new Erdogan powers
Turkey's parliament on Monday began debating a controversial new draft constitution aimed at expanding the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
 
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