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Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx target of racial slur in Croatia

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:15:31 GMT2017-02-21T19:15:31Z

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) -- Croatian police have filed disorderly conduct charges against two people who allegedly used a racial slur to insult Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx in a restaurant....



Board: Puerto Rico to be hit with painful austerity measures

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:14:25 GMT2017-02-21T19:14:25Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The newly appointed head of a federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico's finances warned on Tuesday that the U.S. territory will be hit with painful austerity measures in upcoming months....



Cardinal at center of Ireland's clergy abuse scandals dies

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:13:46 GMT2017-02-21T19:13:46Z

DUBLIN (AP) -- Cardinal Desmond Connell, whose tenure as Dublin's Roman Catholic archbishop was dominated by revelations of pedophilia in the priesthood, has died at the age of 90....



Lawyer: Portugal to extradite ex-CIA agent to Italian jail

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:12:08 GMT2017-02-21T19:12:08Z

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- A former CIA agent will be handed over to Italy in the coming days to serve a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a U.S. program that kidnapped suspects for interrogation, a lawyer said Tuesday....



Italy's Renzi brushes off schism, positions self for future

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:09:57 GMT2017-02-21T19:09:57Z

ROME (AP) -- Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi brushed off a fracture within his ruling Democratic Party on Tuesday as he positioned himself to retake its leadership three months after suffering a humiliating defeat....



As Mexico awaits US visit, some question point of talks

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:50:15 GMT2017-02-21T18:50:15Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican officials are hoping for a bit more calm, less vitriol and more constructive talk with the U.S. this week when the secretaries of state and homeland security arrive after months in which U.S. President Donald Trump has hammered Mexico....



Montenegro's ex-PM accuses Russia of "destructive" politics

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:38:21 GMT2017-02-21T18:38:21Z

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) -- Montenegro's former prime minister has accused Russia of "destructive" politics in the Balkans following what the country says was a thwarted attempt to overthrow its pro-Western government....



UN says upcoming Syria talks aimed at 'political transition'

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:24:27 GMT2017-02-21T18:24:27Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- A top adviser to the U.N. envoy for Syria said Tuesday that their "main guidance" for the first Syrian peace talks in 10 months will be a Security Council resolution that calls for a political transition....



Belfast police find pipe bombs, ammo linked to outlawed INLA

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:18:06 GMT2017-02-21T18:18:06Z

DUBLIN (AP) -- Northern Ireland police say they have seized five pipe bombs and ammunition belonging to an Irish Republican Army splinter group that was supposed to have disarmed in support of the region's peace process....



Follow that horse: German police track manure to culprit

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:14:52 GMT2017-02-21T18:14:52Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Police in Bavaria say they were able to track down a man responsible for a hit-and-run by following the hoof prints and manure left behind by the horse pulling his carriage....



Young Cubans make pedal-powered Model T for transport, fun

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:55:21 GMT2017-02-21T17:55:21Z

HAVANA (AP) -- In a country where few can afford a car, some Cuban high school students have built a replica of a Model T Ford propelled with pedals instead of a gasoline engine. They've painstakingly acquired and installed thousands of nuts, bolts and used car parts to complete the creation....



Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon cleric

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:48:39 GMT2017-02-21T17:48:39Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief squabble at the entrance....



Hungary's Berlin film fest winner Enyedi to adapt novel

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:46:22 GMT2017-02-21T17:46:22Z

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The Hungarian director whose "On Body and Soul" won the top award at the Berlin Film Festival says her next project is an adaptation of "The Story of My Wife," a 1942 novel by Hungarian writer and poet Milan Fust....



Artists seek $1.25 million for Bowie memorial in London

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:38:12 GMT2017-02-21T17:38:12Z

LONDON (AP) -- Artists and activists want to create a permanent memorial to David Bowie in the London neighborhood where he was born....



The Latest: Far-right protests as refugee kids go to school

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:26:44 GMT2017-02-21T17:26:44Z

CAIRO (AP) -- The Latest on response to wave of migration to Europe (all times local):...



Mass funeral held for 20 Haitians who died in dismal prison

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:11:23 GMT2017-02-21T17:11:23Z

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haitian prosecutors are holding a mass funeral for 20 inmates who have died in Haiti's largest prison....



Sticker shock for olive oil buyers after bad Italian harvest

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:08:33 GMT2017-02-21T17:08:33Z

ROME (AP) -- From specialty shops in Rome to supermarkets around the world, lovers of Italian olive oil are in for some sticker shock this year, with prices due to jump by as much as 20 percent....



Kosovo experts say no land lost in Montenegro border deal

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:51:53 GMT2017-02-21T16:51:53Z

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- A commission of experts in Kosovo has concluded that a demarcation border deal with neighboring Montenegro has not diminished its territory, as claimed by the opposition that vehemently contested the agreement....



Ukraine backs more sanctions against Russia in passport spat

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:49:33 GMT2017-02-21T16:49:33Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Ukraine's president called Tuesday for new sanctions against Russia over its decision to recognize passports issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine, while the Kremlin accused Ukraine of denying vital documents to people in the rebel regions....



Macron meets UK's May on electioneering trip to London

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:41:56 GMT2017-02-21T16:41:56Z

LONDON (AP) -- French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron met British Prime Minister Theresa May in London Tuesday - and said he hopes to lure skilled workers away from the U.K. after it leaves the European Union....



Iraqi forces on Mosul hilltop gird for fierce fight ahead

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:32:46 GMT2017-02-21T16:32:46Z

ABU SAIF, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi troops worked to secure a strategic hilltop overlooking Mosul's international airport and a nearby military base on Tuesday, fearing the Islamic State group, which still holds both facilities, may launch another wave of nighttime counterattacks....



Turkish FM: Turkey's military rights still needed in Cyprus

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:28:16 GMT2017-02-21T16:28:16Z

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Turkey's foreign minister says his country's right to intervene militarily in Cyprus is still necessary given recent actions that have fanned insecurity among Turkish Cypriots....



Jordan, Egypt back 2-state solution for Israel, Palestinians

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:19:00 GMT2017-02-21T16:19:00Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Jordan and Egypt are reasserting support for a Palestinian state, days after U.S. President Donald Trump said that peace in the Middle East does not necessarily depend on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict....



EU tries to keep multinationals from using tax loopholes

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:19:00 GMT2017-02-21T16:19:00Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union finance ministers agreed Tuesday to roll out further measures to prevent multinational companies from exploiting differences in tax rates between countries in the 28-country EU and those outside the bloc....



NATO general: Troops will stay in Kosovo as long as needed

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:17:31 GMT2017-02-21T16:17:31Z

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- A senior NATO commander has assured Kosovo that the military alliance will maintain troops in the Balkan country "for as long as it's necessary."...



Italy cabbies clash with riot police during strike over Uber

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:14:18 GMT2017-02-21T16:14:18Z

ROME (AP) -- Thousands of Italian taxi drivers protesting legislation they say will favor Uber clashed with riot police Tuesday, intensifying a weeklong cab strike that has crippled transportation in Rome, Milan and Turin....



Dutch lawmakers extend tolerance to cultivating cannabis

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:08:31 GMT2017-02-21T16:08:31Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of tolerating the cultivation of cannabis, a move that could bring to an end a key paradox of the relaxed Dutch policy on marijuana and hashish....



Austria approves US extradition for Ukrainian oligarch

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:03:32 GMT2017-02-21T16:03:32Z

VIENNA (AP) -- An Austrian court on Tuesday approved a U.S. extradition request for a Ukrainian oligarch suspected of paying millions of dollars in bribes to Indian officials....



Zimbabwe's Mugabe praises Trump's 'America First' policy

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:02:49 GMT2017-02-21T16:02:49Z

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policy has an admirer in Zimbabwe's longtime president, who says the policy resonates with his own thinking....



Report accuses Syrian government of sectarian war strategy

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:53:11 GMT2017-02-21T15:53:11Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- A new report by a Syria conflict monitoring group accuses the government of depopulating Sunni-majority areas in Syria's third largest city as it fights to consolidate its power....



Kurdish party co-chair loses her seat in Turkish parliament

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:36:09 GMT2017-02-21T15:36:09Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The co-chair of Turkey's opposition pro-Kurdish party lost her seat in parliament on Tuesday after an appeals court confirmed her conviction on terrorism-related charges....



Germany's Merkel calls PSA group CEO over Opel takeover

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:35:37 GMT2017-02-21T15:35:37Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel has called the chief executive of PSA Group, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, to discuss its potential takeover of General Motors' German subsidiary....



Eurozone economy seen running at near 6-year high

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:32:29 GMT2017-02-21T15:32:29Z

LONDON (AP) -- Economic growth in the 19-country eurozone accelerated in February to a near six-year high, a closely watched survey found Tuesday....



Spanish police stop gas truck speeding against traffic

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:13:36 GMT2017-02-21T15:13:36Z

MADRID (AP) -- Police in Barcelona fired gunshots Tuesday to stop a man who stole a butane gas truck and drove it at high speed against traffic on a city highway, ramming several cars along the way, a police spokeswoman said. Authorities ruled out terrorism as a motive....



Ecuador election cliff-hanger: Leader near outright victory

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:13:18 GMT2017-02-21T15:13:18Z

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Vote counting in Ecuador's presidential election dragged into a third day Tuesday with ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno still just short of a definitive first-round victory and supporters and opponents of outgoing President Rafael Correa trading heated accusations....



Irish employment

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:59:24 GMT2017-02-21T14:59:24Z

DUBLIN (AP) -- Statisticians say the number of people in Ireland with a full-time job has topped 2 million for the first time since the country's property-driven economy suffered a calamitous crash in 2008....



Dublin protesters prevent speech by Israeli ambassador

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:56:30 GMT2017-02-21T14:56:30Z

DUBLIN (AP) -- A student society at Trinity College Dublin has canceled a speech by Israel's ambassador to Ireland after a group of students chanting pro-Palestinian slogans rallied outside the event....



Dubai: Panel clears DP World of Djibouti allegations

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:54:16 GMT2017-02-21T14:54:16Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Dubai's government says an arbitration tribunal has cleared port operator DP World of allegations of wrongdoing over its operation of an East African port....



Michelin Guide misguided as local cafe gets star in error

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:52:48 GMT2017-02-21T14:52:48Z

BOURGES, France (AP) -- It's a case of culinary mistaken identity....



Greece calls on Germany to ease budget demands

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:51:51 GMT2017-02-21T14:51:51Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's government has called on Germany to drop what it described as "irrational" budget demands in the country's bailout program, a day after Greece and its European creditors agreed to resume talks on new reforms....



Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in Libya

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:49:06 GMT2017-02-21T14:49:06Z

CAIRO (AP) -- At least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking route to Europe....



3 held in French anti-terrorism raids; bomb squad deployed

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:45:55 GMT2017-02-21T14:45:55Z

PARIS (AP) -- Three men were arrested Tuesday in widely spread anti-terrorism raids, French officials said, and a bomb squad deployed at the home of one of the men uncovered a training grenade....



AP Photos: Young migrants survive on their own in Serbia

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:43:58 GMT2017-02-21T14:43:58Z

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- In an abandoned warehouse in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, Rasool, a 12-year-old from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, has spent the last six months sleeping on the ground, warming himself by fires, showering with cold water and eating meals distributed by aid groups....



Azerbaijan's leader names his wife as 1st vice president

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:42:25 GMT2017-02-21T14:42:25Z

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Azerbaijan's president on Tuesday appointed his wife as the first vice president of the ex-Soviet nation - the person next in line in the nation's power hierarchy....



The Latest: Serbia finds 41 smuggled migrants

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:33:34 GMT2017-02-21T14:33:34Z

CAIRO (AP) -- The Latest on response to wave of migration to Europe (all times local):...



South Sudan promises 'unimpeded' aid access amid famine

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:30:43 GMT2017-02-21T14:30:43Z

WATAMU, Kenya (AP) -- South Sudan's president said Tuesday his government will ensure "unimpeded access" for all aid organizations, a day after famine was declared for more than 100,000 people in the country suffering from years of civil war....



Russia to rely increasingly on non-nuclear deterrent

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:26:27 GMT2017-02-21T14:26:27Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia will continue to see the development of its nuclear forces as a top priority, but the military will rely increasingly on conventional weapons to deter any aggression, the Russian Defense Minister said Tuesday....



Thai leader says impact of coal plant to be studied again

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:58:18 GMT2017-02-21T13:58:18Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday the government will ensure that environmental and health impact studies for a coal power plant approved by its energy policy planning committee will be reconsidered, but made clear he expects the project to proceed....



Bahrain lawmakers approve military trials for civilians

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:57:40 GMT2017-02-21T13:57:40Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Bahraini lawmakers voted Tuesday to change the constitution to allow civilians to be tried in military courts, further empowering its security forces amid a crackdown on dissent at level unseen since its 2011 Arab Spring protests....



Romanian lawmakers scrap decree that eased graft penalties

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:54:23 GMT2017-02-21T13:54:23Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's parliament has endorsed a government order to scrap a decree that would have diluted the fight against corruption, a decree that had ignited mass street protests at home and wide criticism from abroad....