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Sunday, March 15, 2015
EU, Germany raise alarm over Greece bailout
Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has warned of an alarming lack of progress in talks on Greece's bailout, as Germany raised the specter of a tumultuous Greek exit from the euro.
Pope declares jubilee in powerful reform signal
Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his election by declaring a jubilee year that will be interpreted as a powerful signal of his commitment to reforming the Church.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Iceland on Thursday announced it was dropping its bid to join the European Union in line with pledges made two years ago by its then new euroskeptic government.
Sweden offers to question Assange in London
Swedish prosecutors offered Friday to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London over rape allegations, in a U-turn that could provide a breakthrough in the deadlocked case.
Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate on Friday by one percentage point to 14 percent in an attempt to support the economy, which is sliding into a brutal recession.
Friday, March 13, 2015
IS accepts Boko Haram pledge of allegiance
Islamic State militants have accepted a pledge of allegiance by the Nigerian-grown Boko Haram extremist group, a spokesman for the Islamic State movement said Thursday.
The euro is tumbling, and here's why
The euro is notching one milestone after another as it drops against major currencies. On Wednesday, it hit a 12-year low against the dollar and many think its descent has further to go.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
West boosts Ukraine aid as Russia bridles at sanctions
The IMF handed Ukraine a $17.5 billion lifeline Wednesday as the United States agreed to send military aid to bolster its forces against pro-Russian rebels - but stopped short of promising weapons.
Brazen French highway heist nets 9-mil.-euro jewelry haul
A group of “battle-hardened” armed thieves attacked two secure vans carrying jewels on a French toll highway in the dead of night, making off with a haul worth some 9 million euros (US$11 million), police said Wednesday.
Ex-Italian PM Berlusconi's acquittal upheld
Italy's highest court upheld Silvio Berlusconi's acquittal in his infamous “bunga bunga” case Tuesday, giving the former premier a welcome legal victory as he tries to rally his Forza Italia party ahead of regional elections in May.
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