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Turkey orders German newspaper journalist jailed until trial

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:12:04 UT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court ordered a journalist for Germany's Die Welt newspaper jailed on Monday pending a trial on charges of terrorist propaganda and inciting hatred, media reports said. The private Dogan news agency said Yucel was questioned about an interview he conducted with Cemil Bayik, a commander of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, as well as about articles he had written on Turkey's policies toward Kurds. "The German government expects that the Turkish justice system keeps in mind the great importance that press freedom has in any democratic society in its treatment of the Yucel case," Merkel said.



British political aide faces sentencing in US criminal case

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:40:53 UT

PHOENIX (AP) — A former campaign worker for Britain's right-wing U.K. Independence Party will be sentenced in U.S. federal court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to wire fraud in a scheme to steal money by posing as a money launderer. Authorities say Cotrel offered money laundering services online to federal agents posing as drug dealers.



The Latest: 41 rescued on Aegean Sea after distress call

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:17:13 UT

Greece's coast guard says 41 migrants have been rescued from a sailboat that made a distress call from the southern Aegean Sea, and are being transported to the country's main port of Piraeus. A coast guard plane spotted the boat during a search and rescue operation Monday between the southern islands of Kythira and Antikythira, and the passengers were picked up by a nearby cargo ship. The search operation had been launched earlier Monday after Greek authorities received a call for help on an emergency telephone line from one of the passengers. Greece's coast guard says it has located a sailboat carrying dozens of migrants that made a distress call while in the southern Aegean Sea, and its passengers were being rescued. [...] he warned at a joint news conference with Kurz Monday that attempts by Tunisia to host mass concentrations of migrants could lead to "destabilizing" that country as it struggles to nurture its fragile democracy. Greece's coast guard has launched a search and rescue operation for a boat believed to be carrying dozens of migrants in the southern Aegean following an emergency call from a passenger. Two patrol boats, a coast guard aircraft and nearby ships were participating in Monday's search between the southern islands of Kythira and Antikythira.



US embassy condemns far-right march with US flag in Croatia

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:16:31 UT

[...] a suggestion is an affront to the memories of the 186,000 U.S. soldiers who died in Europe fighting Nazi Germany and the many millions of innocent victims killed during World War II. Police arrested the leader of the extremist A-HSP party after the protest, whose participants also called for the expulsion of "all enemies" from Croatia and its departure from the 28-nation European Union.



Macedonia opposition leader finds support to form government

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:50:59 UT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's left-wing opposition leader submitted signatures from three ethnic Albanian parties on Monday as proof he has secured enough support in parliament to form a government. Zoran Zaev, whose left-wing coalition secured 49 parliamentary seats in December's vote, has acquired 18 signatures of support from parliamentary members of three ethnic Albanian parties, giving him majority support in the 120-member parliament. Coalition talks between Gruevski and the main ethnic Albanian party, the Democratic Union for Integration, or DUI, failed over the latter's demand for Albanian to be declared a second official language in Macedonia.



Austrian court convicts Chechen on terror-linked charges

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:45:08 UT

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian court has found a Chechen refugee guilty of charges linked to terrorism and sentenced him to a 30-month prison term. The court in the western city of Feldkirch on Monday convicted the 25-year old of "membership in a terrorist organization" and "training for terrorist purposes."



Former UK PM Major slams 'unrealistic' Brexit expectations

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:34:48 UT

LONDON (AP) — Former Prime Minister John Major lambasted Britain's preparations for leaving the European Union on Monday, saying the government must offer more charm and less "cheap rhetoric" if it wants to get a good deal. Major, who led the U.K.'s Conservative government between 1990 and 1997, accused pro-Brexit politicians of giving Britons unrealistic expectations of life outside the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May — like Major, a Conservative — plans to invoke Article 50 of the EU's key treaty, triggering two years of exit talks, by the end of March.



Turkey says campaigning in Europe is democratic right

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:18:56 UT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's deputy prime minister says it is the democratic right of Turkish leaders to stage campaign rallies in European countries in advance of a national referendum. The April 16 vote is on on shifting to a presidential system, which critics fear will concentrate too many powers in the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.



Lawyer: German client held in Rome jail after wife vanishes

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:07:49 UT

ROME (AP) — An Italian lawyer says his German client is being held for investigation of murder after his wife vanished during a Mediterranean cruise. Preliminary investigative Judge Maria Paola Tomaselli questioned Daniel Belling in Regina Coeli jail in Rome on Friday and ordered him held while investigators probe the disappearance of Li Yinglei, who is Chinese.



Milan designers announce a return to ready-to-wear elegance

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:07:17 UT

MILAN (AP) — The Milan Fashion Week previews that concluded Monday announced a return to more formal dress, confirming a trend seen on the red carpet at the Oscars the night before. Dark colors prevailed, but were tempered with bursts of tangerine, turquoise, icy blue and greens as seasons continue to blur on fashion runways. The designer's notes didn't offer a vocabulary for a new silhouette that smartly merges trousers with a skirt, but said the collection invokes "a new adaptation of the Armani style: free, aware, subtly irreverent." The look was an evolution of the tulip trouser introduced some seasons ago, updated for the new collection with a sweeping skirt in the shape of twin tulip petals that meld seamlessly into a snug pant leg. The collection featured flowing pleated skirts with patterns hidden in the folds, pops of cherry, polka dot or animal prints that appeared with every step. Masculine tailoring gave definition to the silhouette, from a classic Prince of Wales trench inspired by the wardrobes of Roger Moore and Tony Curtis in the 1970s TV series "The Persuaders" to the wooly jean jacket in bright shades of mohair that referenced Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho."



Azerbaijan loses 5 soldiers in Nagorno-Karabakh clash

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:46:35 UT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry says it has removed the bodies of five of its soldiers who were killed in fighting on the fringes of Nagorno-Karabakh. Nagorno-Karabakh is officially part of Azerbaijan, but since a separatist war ended in 1994 it has been under the control of forces that claim to be local ethnic Armenians but that Azerbaijan claims include regular Armenian military.



Albania to send infantry platoon to Iraq's anti-IS coalition

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:36:00 UT

The Iraqi government must agree before the Albanian government will seek parliamentary approval, she said, as "we are not speaking as being part of NATO, but of a volunteer global coalition."



UK investigating how medical letters were misplaced

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:14:12 UT

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told lawmakers that 708,000 pieces of correspondence between hospitals and family doctors were mistakenly stored in a warehouse by subcontractor Shared Business Services between 2011 and 2016. Labour Party health spokesman Jonathan Ashworth said it was an "absolute scandal," and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron called the episode "a staggering loss of personal, private data."



Germany sees "alarmingly high" number of anti-migrant crimes

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:11:05 UT

Most of the attacks were crimes like vandalism to asylum-seeker homes — including far-right graffiti, threats and slander — but the report also included more serious attacks like arson, bodily harm and attempted murder. Dimroth said, in addition to government policies and police enforcement, it's up to society in general to fight racism, saying it's impossible to just "ban" extremism. With a German national election planned for the end of September, it seems likely the nationalist and anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany, or AfD, party will have more than enough support still to win seats in Parliament for the first time even though recent polls have shown a steady decline in support.



German minister rejects Austria's idea of mass migrant camps

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:01:09 UT

At a joint news conference, both also agreed on the need for a new formula that reduces child support payments from German and Austrian levels for workers coming from low-wage EU countries who opt to leave their children in their home nations. Kurz is popular in Austria for his hard-line views on mass migration and has cited the success of the EU-Turkey deal in reducing the influx of migrants from outside Europe as something that can serve as a model for possible EU pacts with Libya and other North African countries.



Deported woman's UK family launch campaign for her return

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:21:57 UT

LONDON (AP) — The British family of a grandmother deported to Singapore launched a campaign on Monday to raise money to fund a legal fight for her return. Clennell's husband has serious health problems following bypass surgery and Irene is his sole caretaker, she said, adding: "Without her to look after him, we're all worried for him." The British government's spousal visa system requires that a foreign spouse spend substantial uninterrupted time in the country, and that the British spouse earn at least £18,600 ($23,000) a year.



Turkey: US-based cleric may be planning to escape to Canada

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:07:29 UT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's deputy prime minister says his country has "serious" intelligence suggesting that a U.S.-based cleric wanted by Turkey may be planning to escape to Canada. Numan Kurtulmus told reporters Monday that intelligence gathered by Turkey indicated that followers of Fethullah Gulen had purchased "land and farms" in Canada and the Turkish government has shared this information with the U.S. Justice Ministry.



Hungary building 2nd border fence to stop migrants

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:14:32 UT

Human rights advocates have been strongly critical of Hungary's migration policies, including the fence and measures that would lock asylum-seekers in border camps made of shipping containers while their cases are decided. In a letter to the European Commission, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and Human Rights Watch said the planned legal changes in Hungary would go against EU rules by, for example, "severely" limiting refugees' access to asylum. "The European Commission should not stand by while Hungary makes a mockery of the right to seek asylum," said Benjamin Ward, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia division at Human Rights Watch.



Prosecutors probe possible 'junta' within Turkey's military

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:45:30 UT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A prosecutor in Istanbul launched an investigation Monday into the possible existence of a clique within the Turkish military capable of "obstructing" the government, the state-run news agency reported. The prosecutor started the probe after the Hurriyet newspaper reported that the army headquarters was "disturbed" by a series of criticisms leveled at the military, including over a recent decision to allow female officers to wear Islamic-style headscarves while on duty, the Anadolu Agency said.



2 convicted of murder for deadly drag race in Germany

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:45:20 UT

Marvin N. crashed into a concrete planter box, sending his car many meters (yards) into the air and injuring his passenger.