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Is Europe totally unfrackable? Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

The European Union is desperate for a good fracking. It’s had to watch the U.S. drill its way to a natural gas boom in recent years and is now looking itself in the mirror and asking: “What does old Crazypants McFatty have that I don’t?” Well, E.U. — we hate to brag (no we don’t), but..

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More than 7,000 migrants stuck on Greek-Macedonian border Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

IDOMENI, (AP): More than 7,000 refugees and other migrants are camped on Greece’s northern border with Macedonia, waiting for authorities to allow them to continue their long trek north to seek asylum in wealthier European countries. The Idomeni crossing has been closed for nearly 24 hours,..

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Britain’s ruling Conservatives call for truce in EU campaign Monday, February 29th, 2016

By Elizabeth Piper, LONDON (Reuters): Senior ministers called on Sunday for a truce in a heated debate on Britain's membership of the European Union, saying the ruling Conservative Party must be civil if it wants to stay in power. The party is deeply split over whether Britain should vote to stay..

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Hungarian leader seeks referendum on EU migrant quotas Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

BUDAPEST, (AP): Hungary’s prime minister on Wednesday called for a national referendum on the European Union’s plan for a mandatary quota for the resettlement of migrants and refugees. Analysts said the proposal was an attempt by Viktor Orban to establish himself as a leader of those opposed..

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Cameron calls June 23 poll that will shape fate of Britain and EU Sunday, February 21st, 2016

LONDON, (REUTERS): Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday called a June 23 referendum on membership of the European Union that could have far-reaching consequences for Britain’s unity and for the viability of the world’s biggest trading bloc. Forty-three years after Britain joined the EU’s..

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Cameron heads into EU summit with EU membership at stake Thursday, February 18th, 2016

BRUSSELS, (AP): British Prime Minister David Cameron is bracing for a crucial European Union summit on Thursday, convinced he needs to clinch a deal to fundamentally reform the bloc to make sure a U.K. referendum on continued British membership can be won. With as many as four core issues still..

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German leader renews call for Syria no-fly zone Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

DAMASCUS, (AP):€” German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday reiterated her proposal for a no-fly zone in Syria where civilians would be protected, a suggestion that was promptly rebuffed by Moscow that said it can only be done with the Syrian government’s consent. In Damascus, over 100..

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Former Auschwitz guard, 94, goes on trial in Germany Thursday, February 11th, 2016

DETMOLD, (AP): A 94-year-old former SS sergeant went on trial Thursday in western Germany on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, based on accusations that he served as a guard in the Auschwitz death camp as hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews and others were gassed to death there. Reinhold..

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Death toll in sinking off Turkey now at least 27 Monday, February 8th, 2016

ANKARA, (AP): Turkish coast guard officials say they have recovered the bodies of five more migrants, raising to 27 the death toll in the latest boat sinking accident off the Turkish coast. At least 11 of the victims are children, an official said. A coast guard statement said a search-and-rescue..

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Germany: over 91,000 asylum-seekers arrived in January Thursday, February 4th, 2016

BERLIN, (AP): More than 91,000 asylum seekers arrived in Germany last month, the government said Thursday, underlining the pressure the country faces to diminish the influx of migrants. The Interior Ministry said 91,671 people were registered as asylum seekers in January, compared to 127,320 who..

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Eurozone economy ‘losing steam’ amid market turmoil Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

LONDON, (AP): The economic recovery in the 19-country eurozone lost steam in January, a closely watched survey found Wednesday, a sign that the turmoil in global financial markets is beginning to weigh on business activity. Financial information company Markit said its purchasing managers' index..

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Transatlantic data transfer deal seems illusive Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The United States and Europe have failed to agree on the mutual transfer of digital data, including financial information and social media. Despite last-minute talks on Sunday, the two sides remained far apart on specific details required to approve a comprehensive deal, according to the New York..

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No Deal Yet in Talks on Britain Staying in EU Monday, February 1st, 2016

(VOA): European Council chief Donald Tusk says talks Sunday in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron broke up without a deal to keep Britain in the EU, but he said "intensive" negotiations will continue Monday. Tusk, tweeting late Sunday, described talks in the next 24 hours as..

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39 die as boat sinks, bodies line Turkey shore Saturday, January 30th, 2016

ANKARA, (AP): Paramilitary police on Turkey’s coast with Lesbos have begun to place victims in black body bags as their corpses wash ashore. Among the dead seen by journalists is a young boy. The state-run Anadolu news agency says the death toll in Saturday’s latest migrant boat sinking has..

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 EU slaps $150 million cartel fine on car parts producers Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

BRUSSELS, (AP): The EU has slapped a $150 million fine on two Japanese car part producers for fixing prices for alternators and starters for over half a decade. Melco will have to pay the biggest fine of 110.9 million euros, with Hitachi having to hand over 26.9 million euros. A third company,..

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Rouhani Heads to Europe to Start New Chapter in Relations Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Lisa Bryant, PARIS, (VoA): For a second time in just over two months, Italian and French officials are polishing the welcome mat for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani this week, hoping to begin a new chapter with the strategic Middle Eastern nation. This time, they hope it will bear..

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Making Britain’s Muslims British Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

David Cameron unveiled a new plan on Monday to speed the assimilation of immigrants, Muslims above all, into British society. The clear and present danger of homegrown terrorism inspired by Islamic State and other jihadist outfits makes this an urgent matter. The Prime Minister’s most..

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