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European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, right, speaks with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, second left, and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, second right, during a round table meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. France's decision this week to arm Kurdish fighters in the battle against Islamic militants marked a turning point in Europe's wavering stance on Iraq, with an EU emergency meeting on Friday seeking to forge a unified response to the Sunni insurgents' advance. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU says status quo for Gaza ‘not an option’

  BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union offered Friday to take charge of Gaza’s border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows, insisting on a durable truce and saying a return to the status quo […]

08/15/2014

A red poppy wreath with an engraving of a World War I soldier is left at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium on Thursday, June 26, 2014. European Union heads of state will gather on Thursday for the first day of an EU summit in the city Ypres and will participate in a ceremony to commemorate the outbreak of World War I under the Menin Gate.  (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU leaders meeting in Ypres to mark WWI centennial

YPRES, Belgium (AP) — Where their countrymen once slaughtered each other with machine guns, artillery and poison gas, the leaders of Britain, Germany and other European Union member states are gathering Thursday to solemnly mark […]

06/26/2014

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Two different perspectives on the situation in Ukraine

In the wake of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of military exercises in four Eastern European countries. Penny and Phil spoke with Associated Press […]

04/23/2014

FILE - In this March 17. 2014 photo, President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington.   Obama travels across the Atlantic next week and will seek a cohesive stance from European leaders unnerved by Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.   (AP Photo/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

TOKYO (AP) – President Barack Obama opened a trip to Japan Wednesday with a close-up look at the art of sushi making at a tiny Tokyo restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations and a hefty price tag. […]

04/23/2014

FILE - In this March 17. 2014 photo, President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington.   Obama travels across the Atlantic next week and will seek a cohesive stance from European leaders unnerved by Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.   (AP Photo/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama’s Europe ties get new test in Russia dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s complex relationship with Europe faces new challenges during a weeklong trip as he tries to persuade allied leaders to hold firm in efforts to punish Russia for its incursion […]

03/22/2014

Pro-Putin demonstrators hold posters reading "Crimea is Russian land!" as they gather towards to Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014. ”(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russian oil exec defiant in face of sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) – The chief executive of Russia’s largest oil company and a close ally of President Vladimir Putin has spoken defiantly of possible sanctions by Western powers against him, threatening to move business elsewhere. […]

03/18/2014

From left, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speak with each other during a meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, March 6, 2014. EU heads of state meet Thursday in emergency session to discuss the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

EU slaps initial sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union suspended talks with Russia on a wide-ranging economic pact and a visa agreement Thursday in response to its military incursion into Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, threatening tougher sanctions unless Moscow […]

03/06/2014

A wounded pro-Western activist sits after clashes with pro-Russia activists in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Olga Ivashchenko)

Russia approves use of military in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia executed a de facto military takeover of a strategic region in Ukraine as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to proceed to protect Russian […]

03/01/2014

Anti-government protesters stand guard in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.  (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)

Ukraine: East-west tensions; protesters take Kiev

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Protesters took control of Ukraine’s capital Saturday, seizing the president’s office as parliament sought to oust him and form a new government. President Viktor Yanukovych left Kiev for his support base […]

02/22/2014

This Tuesday, April 30, 2013, file photo, shows Dawn Ultra antibacterial soap in a kitchen in Chicago. The Food and Drug Administration says Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and there is some evidence they may pose health risks. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

FDA seeks tougher rules on antibacterial soaps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and there is some evidence they may pose […]

12/16/2013

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