Investigators: Explosion in Armenia’s capital not terror act
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Investigators: Explosion in Armenia’s capital not terror act

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — An explosion that devastated a bus in Armenia’s capital, killing two people and injuring seven, was not the result of a terrorist attack, the country’s investigative committee said Tuesday, Apr. 26. The explosion occurred Monday, Apr. 25, evening on the streets of Yerevan several kilometers (miles) northwest of the city’s central … Continue reading

Romania’s opera bans ballerina Cojocaru from entering alone
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Romania’s opera bans ballerina Cojocaru from entering alone

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The management at Romania’s main opera house on Tuesday, Apr. 26, banned internationally acclaimed ballerina Alina Cojocaru and Danish ballet dancer and choreographer Johan Kobborg from entering the premises alone, following a conflict with the institution’s interim leadership. In a letter dated April 25 that was sent to the Bucharest National … Continue reading

Polish church apologizes after Mass held for far-right group
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Polish church apologizes after Mass held for far-right group

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Catholic Church authorities in eastern Poland denounced nationalist views Wednesday, Apr. 20, and apologized after a radical extreme-right organization held a Mass in a regional cathedral. Father Andrzej Debski, a spokesman for the church authorities in Bialystok, said the apology came after believers complained that a Mass was held in Bialystok … Continue reading

Macedonians protests continue as EU cancels crisis talks
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Macedonians protests continue as EU cancels crisis talks

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Tens of thousands of people gathered at two rival protests in Macedonia’s capital on Thursday, Apr.21, as a political crisis deepened in the tiny Balkan state after the country’s president pardoned dozens of politicians who were facing criminal proceedings for alleged involvement in a wiretapping scandal. President Gjorge Ivanov last week … Continue reading

Hungary’s PM Orban: ‘Islamization’ banned by constitution
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Hungary’s PM Orban: ‘Islamization’ banned by constitution

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s constitution bans “Islamization” because the document aims to protect Hungarian language and culture, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Monday, Apr. 25. Orban also said the constitution forces the government to oppose any kind of mass migration that would endanger those principles. “To be clear and unequivocal, I can say that … Continue reading

Pro-EU populists win landslide victory in Serbian election
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Pro-EU populists win landslide victory in Serbian election

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — An official vote tally has confirmed Serbia’s incumbent pro-EU populists won a landslide victory in the country’s general election. The tally presented by the state electoral commission Monday, Apr. 25, also shows pro-Russian nationalists are returning to Parliament. With about 96 percent of the vote counted, the Progressive Party won 48 … Continue reading

Thousands of Poles protest efforts to change abortion law
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Thousands of Poles protest efforts to change abortion law

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of Poles rallied Saturday, Apr.9, against tightening Poland’s anti-abortion law, which is already among Europe’s strictest. Street protests were organized in Warsaw and in other Polish cities by a new pro-abortion group that opposes a recent call by some Catholic bishops for an unconditional ban on abortion in Poland, and … Continue reading