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  • WASHINGTON— Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. The White House on Friday said Twitter's announcement was "very much welcome. "The administration is committed to taking every...

  • For debt-hobbled, unemployment-plagued Greece, it's a nightmare. Unions are up in arms about the move, which has become the main hurdle in Greece's negotiations with its European creditors and the International Monetary Fund. The head of Greece's bar associations, Vassilios Alexandris, said the new system would reduce some lawyers' net incomes to as little as...

  • AP FACT CHECK: Clinton, Sanders missteps Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 3:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Hillary Clinton cast the financial industry as an adversary in her presidential campaign— despite the money that industry has poured into her White House effort. CLINTON on Wall Street: "They are trying to beat me in this primary." THE FACTS: Wall Street is not the anti-Clinton monolith she implied.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Dems in New Hampshire Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 10:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Hillary Clinton cast the financial industry as an adversary in her presidential campaign— despite the money that industry has poured into her White House effort. CLINTON on Wall Street: "They are trying to beat me in this primary." THE FACTS: Wall Street is not the anti-Clinton monolith she implied.

  • ATHENS, Greece— Tens of thousands joined anti-government protests in Athens Thursday as Greece was crippled by a general strike against a bailout-related overhaul of the country's ailing pension system. Unions are angry at pension reforms that are part of Greece's third international bailout. Thursday's general strike is the most significant the...

  • North Korea's mobile missile launcher seen moving Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 10:21 PM ET
    A sales assistant watches TV sets broadcasting a news report on North Korea's nuclear test, in Seoul, January 6, 2016.

    North Korea's mobile missile launcher, carrying a ballistic missile, has been seen moving near the east coast, Japanese broadcaster NHK said.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday mapped out plans for the U.S. Navy to buy more high-end submarines, destroyers, fighter jets and unmanned underwater vehicles using $8 billion in savings generated by scaling back orders for smaller Littoral Combat Ships. Carter said the Pentagon's five-year budget plan also included $2.9 billion to modify...

  • Ukraine warns of rising risk of war with Russia Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 8:38 AM ET
    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko attends a ceremony at the training center of the Ukrainian National Guard outside Kiev.

    Hopes that Ukraine can get back on track were hit on Wednesday, when the country's president warned that the probability of war with Russia had risen and its economy minister resigned.

  • Germany considers $5,450 limit on cash transactions Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 6:58 AM ET

    BERLIN— The German government is considering introducing a limit of 5,000 euros on cash transactions in an effort to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism. Deputy finance minister Michael Meister said Wednesday that Germany would like to see a European solution, but could introduce a national limit if none is achieved, news agency dpa reported.

  • Why we should worry about Libya...again Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 10:45 AM ET
    Flames rise from a storage tank filled with crude oil at an oil facility in northern Libya's Ras Lanouf region after it was set ablaze following fresh attacks launched by Islamic State (IS) group jihadists to seize key port terminals, on January 21, 2016.

    A global coalition is meeting to focus on Islamic State's strengthening presence in Libya.

  • EU unveils plan to curb funding to extremists Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 10:33 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union unveiled new measures to curb the financing of extremist groups Tuesday amid calls for more action following last year's attacks in Paris. "We want to improve the oversight of the many financial means used by terrorists, from cash and cultural artefacts to virtual currencies and anonymous pre-paid cards," said European Commission...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration said Tuesday it will propose quadrupling what it spends on its troops and training in Europe, as part of the U.S. military's accelerating effort to deter Russia. President Barack Obama, in his final budget request to Congress, will ask for $3.4 billion— up from $789 million for the current budget year— for what the Pentagon...

  • WARRI, Nigeria— Multiple bombings of Agip oil pipelines have caused thousands of barrels of oil to pollute waterways, farms and fishing grounds in Nigeria's southern Bayelsa state, residents said Monday. The spill is "massive— the biggest in years," community leader Eke-Spiff Erempagamo told The Associated Press. Similar attacks a week earlier on gas and oil...

  • 'Don't be too optimistic about Syrian peace talks' Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | 6:06 PM ET
    Syrian Peace Talks do not amount to much : Expert

    Kamran Bokhari, Middle East & South Asia specialist at the University of Ottawa, explains why he is not optimistic about any substantive changes from the Syrian peace talks.

  • BEIRUT/ AMMAN, Jan 31- At least 60 people were killed, including 25 Shi'ite fighters, and dozens wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in a district of Damascus where Syria's holiest Shi'ite shrine is located, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the casualties were expected to rise from the suicide attacks in Sayeda Zeinaba,...

  • BEIRUT/ AMMAN, Jan 31- At least 60 people were killed, including 25 Shi'ite fighters, and dozens wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in a district of Damascus where Syria's holiest Shi'ite shrine is located, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the casualties were expected to rise from the suicide attacks in Sayeda Zeinaba,...

  • AMMAN/ BEIRUT, Jan 31- At least 45 people were killed and 110 wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in the Sayeda Zeinab district of Damascus, where Syria's holiest Shi'ite shrine is located, the interior ministry said. The explosions occurred as representatives of Syria's government and its divided opposition began convening in Geneva for the...

  • Merkel: Migrants will go home when conflicts end Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | 3:03 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to the media during a visit to Berlin by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Jan. 29.

    Migrants will return to Syria and Iraq when conflicts there ended and Islamic State was defeated, the German Chancellor said.

  • Turkey: Russian jet was in our airspace again Saturday, 30 Jan 2016 | 11:59 PM ET

    Turkey said a Russian SU-34 jet had violated its airspace despite warnings, stoking tensions between two countries involved in Syria's war.

  • PARIS, Jan 29- French growth slowed only slightly in the final quarter of 2015 despite the November attacks by Islamist militants in Paris, as a rebound in business investment to levels not seen before the financial crisis of 2008 offset a consumer spending slump. Despite the economy's resilience shown after the attacks that left 130 dead, France is struggling...