Epic ‘Planet Earth II’ offers creatures’-eye view of nature
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Epic ‘Planet Earth II’ offers creatures’-eye view of nature

LONDON (AP) — From jungles to deserts to mountains, the BBC’s epic nature series “Planet Earth II” takes viewers around the world — and around many genres of television. The fortitude of a penguin family tugs heartstrings like a love story. The snail’s-pace courtship of a three-toed sloth is soothing comfort TV. And a life-or-death … Continue reading

Ukraine’s president vows to resume coal supply from east
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Ukraine’s president vows to resume coal supply from east

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine’s president on Thursday, Feb. 16 pledged to resume coal supplies from separatist-controlled parts of the country after it was blocked by volunteer battalions, threatening to disrupt the country’s power supply. Fighting in Ukraine’s industrial east between government troops and Russia-backed rebels has killed more than 9,800 people since April 2014. Despite … Continue reading

Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending
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Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will “moderate its commitment” to them. He did not detail what the United States might do if NATO members failed to fall in … Continue reading

Swiss ease citizenship for ‘third-generation’ foreigners
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Swiss ease citizenship for ‘third-generation’ foreigners

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Voters in Switzerland decided Sunday to make it easier for young “third-generation foreigners” to get Swiss citizenship, agreeing to extend to about 25,000 people under age 25 access to the fast-track process now available to foreign spouses of Swiss nationals. The national statistics office said the “naturalization of third-generation immigrants” initiative … Continue reading

Cyprus: UN Security Council has role in reunification talks
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Cyprus: UN Security Council has role in reunification talks

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — U.N. Security Council member states must take part in a future summit aiming to remove a key stumbling block to a deal reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus, the island’s government spokesman said Monday. Nicos Christodoulides told The Associated Press that Security Council members have expressed their readiness to “actively and effectively take … Continue reading

Israeli leader presses UK to impose new sanctions on Iran
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Israeli leader presses UK to impose new sanctions on Iran

LONDON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to follow the American administration and impose new sanctions on Iran over a recent missile test. The two leaders met at 10 Downing St. for talks British officials tried to focus on boosting trade ties between the two countries … Continue reading

Germany deplores migrant camp abuse in Libya
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Germany deplores migrant camp abuse in Libya

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe’s migrant influx (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Germany says the human rights situation in Libya is “catastrophic,” with migrants heading for Europe bearing the brunt of abuse. A report Sunday by German weekly Welt am Sonntag quoted an internal Foreign Ministry memo describing how migrants face torture and … Continue reading

UK says Trump visit still on amid outcry over travel ban
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UK says Trump visit still on amid outcry over travel ban

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s order barring U.S. entry to people from seven majority Muslim nations is “divisive, discriminatory and wrong,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Monday. But he rebuffed calls for the government to cancel Trump’s planned state visit to the U.K. because of the temporary ban. Johnson said he had told … Continue reading

Croatia’s Jews boycott Holocaust Remembrance in protest
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Croatia’s Jews boycott Holocaust Remembrance in protest

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia’s Jewish community on Friday, Jan. 27 boycotted the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, saying the conservative government is not doing enough to curb pro-Nazi sentiments in the European Union’s newest member. Ognjen Kraus, the coordinator of the Jewish communities in Croatia, said the decision was made after authorities failed to … Continue reading