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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to deliver his state-of-the-nation address in the Kremlin in Moscow, Dec. 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

Putin defends Russian conservative values

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin cast Russia Thursday as a defender of conservative values against the “genderless and infertile” Western tolerance that he said equates good and evil. Putin’s state-of-the nation address also contained […]

12/12/2013

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Barcelona-Paris bullet train starts up on Dec. 15

MADRID (AP) – The leaders of Spain and France have announced that a new high-speed rail link between their countries will be inaugurated on Dec. 15. Speaking in Madrid, Spain’s Mariano Rajoy and France’s Francois […]

11/27/2013

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hold copies of its  blueprint for independence after it was launched at the Science Centre in Glasgow Tuesday Nov. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Milligan/PA)

Scotland sets out blueprint for independence

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — An independent Scotland would continue to use the pound sterling as its currency, remain in the European Union and join the NATO military alliance, Scotland’s government said Tuesday. In the first […]

11/26/2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks to his plane after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.(AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

Israeli PM ‘utterly rejects’ emerging Iran deal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he “utterly rejects” the emerging nuclear deal between western powers and Iran, calling it a “bad deal” and promising that Israel will do everything […]

11/08/2013

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Tonio Borg addresses the media, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. The European Union's executive Commission is backing plans to cultivate a genetically modified maize despite the objections of environmental groups which considers it dangerous. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

EU execs back OK for genetically modified corn

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union moved closer to approving the cultivation of a second genetically modified corn on the continent despite years of objections by environmental groups and widespread apprehension about GMO food among […]

11/06/2013

Women members of the Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, on ski trek to the South Pole, at a base camp in Patriot Hills, Antarctica. (AP Photo)

Nations fail to agree on Antarctic marine reserve

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The nations that make decisions about Antarctic fishing failed Friday for a third time to agree on a plan that would create the world’s largest marine sanctuary. The U.S. and […]

11/01/2013

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize laureate and long-time political prisoner, finally collects the European Union's 1990 Sakharov Prize for human rights from European Parliament President Martin Schulz at the European parliament in Strasbourg eastern France Tuesday Oct 22, 2013.  (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

At last, Myanmar’s Suu Kyi collects 1990 prize

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate and long-time political prisoner, has finally collected the European Union’s 1990 Sakharov Prize for human rights. In Tuesday’s stirring ceremony, European Parliament […]

10/22/2013

From left, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., wind up outlining their approach to tackling the nation’s debt problems in the Senate Reception Room at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.   With last-minute legislation passed in Congress that reopened the government and averted a national default, bipartisan budget conferees from both houses of Congress emerge from an initial meeting in the Capitol.  (AP Photo/ Scott Applewhite)

Disbelief to relief: World greets US budget deal

LONDON (AP) — The world’s disbelief at the political impasse in the U.S. turned to relief Thursday as the country stepped back from the brink of default. But experts and foreign officials warned that Washington’s […]

10/17/2013

Workers collecting red grapes in the vineyards of the famed Chateau Haut Brion, a Premier Grand Cru des Graves, during the grape harvest in Pessac-Leognan, near Bordeaux, southwestern France on Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Edme, File)

EU vintners recover from bad harvest

BRUSSELS (AP) — The grape harvest in the European Union has picked up from the extremely bad 2012 season, wine experts said. But key regions in France are still struggling because of bad weather. Several […]

10/16/2013

General view prior to the start of the two days of closed-door nuclear talks on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini, pool)

Iran presents nuclear proposals at Geneva talks

GENEVA (AP) — Declaring that Iran no longer wants to “walk in the dark” of international isolation, Iranian negotiators put forward what they called a potential breakthrough plan Tuesday at the long-stalled talks on easing […]

10/15/2013

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