Western & Central Europe

France President Hollande Visits Mali

February 2, 2013

“François Hollande has arrived in Timbuktu to meet local elders days after French forces liberated the Saharan city from fundamentalist Muslim rebels.”

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U.S. Vice President Biden Meets With German Chancellor Merkel in Berlin

February 1, 2013

“Biden did not address the ongoing civil war in Syria, a primary focus of his trip. On Saturday, he will deliver remarks at the Munich Security Conference before heading to France and the United Kingdom to complete the three-country trip.”

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Argentina Rejects British Invitation to Meet with the Government of the Falkland Islands

January 31, 2013

“Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said in an open letter to his British counterpart William Hague that only a bi-lateral meeting between Argentina and Britain would be acceptable.”

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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Travels to Liberia for a United Nations Panel on International Development

January 31, 2013

“Mr Cameron becomes the first British prime minister to visit Liberia, where he will jointly chair the High Level Panel with the country’s president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.”

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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Benghazi, Libya, En Route to Liberia

January 31, 2013

“He flew into Tripoli before his entourage was ringed by security, then headed to a police academy for a ceremony, accompanied by Libyan Interior Minister Ashur Shwayel.”

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France Deports Moroccan Man With Suspected Ties to Radical Islamist Group Forsane Alizza

January 31, 2013

“Ali Benhammou, who was sent back to Morocco, had been involved in two cells linked to the French group Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride) which “had made France a priority target,” the ministry said in a statement.”

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Vice President Biden Travels to Europe to Discuss Syria, Among Other Topics

January 31, 2013

“The vice president’s three-nation trip begins in Germany, where on Friday he will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. They’re expected to discuss a broad range of issues, including the global economy, Syria, Iran, and energy and climate change.”

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Egyptian President Morsi Meets with German Chancellor Merkel in Germany

January 31, 2013

“At a moment of acute political crisis at home in Egypt, Mr. Morsi found himself on a previously scheduled visit to Berlin, where he also met with the economy minister, Philipp Rösler, and leading representatives of German businesses.”

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Medical Researchers Confirm Heart Risk Associated With Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

January 31, 2013

“Citalopram and escitalopram, which fall into this drug group, can trigger a heart rhythm disturbance, a new study in the British Medical Journal shows.”

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U.K. Food Standards Agency: Horsemeat Found in Beef Burgers Came From Poland

January 31, 2013

“FSA boss Catherine Brown told the Commons environment committee that a mixture of “beef and horse offcuts” were contained in a frozen block of filler product imported from Poland.”

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Greek Protesters Clash With Police and Storm the Government’s Labor Ministry

January 31, 2013

“Protesters in Greece have forced their way into a government building in the country’s latest anti-austerity protests, reaching just outside a minister’s office before being forced out by police.”

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French Interior Minister: France to Deport “Radical” Imams

January 30, 2013

“”Several radical foreign preachers will be expelled in the coming days,” Valls told a Brussels conference called to tackle extremism in Europe, without identifying any of the individuals concerned.”

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Official: Second Patriot Missile Battery Sent By NATO To Turkey’s Border With Syria Now Active

January 30, 2013

“The United States, Germany and the Netherlands each committed to sending two batteries and up to 400 soldiers to operate them after Ankara asked for help to bolster its air defenses against possible missile attack from Syria.”

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Catalonia Requests an Additional 9 Billion Euros in Bailout Money From the Spanish Government

January 29, 2013

“The independence-minded region of Catalonia has asked the Spanish central government for an extra 9bn euros (£7.7bn) in bailout money.”

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Italian Coast Guard: Fishing Boat Discovers Debris Believed To Be From A Downed F-16 Fighter Jet

January 29, 2013

“Search-and-rescue operations are being conducted by sea from the port of Ravenna, and Air Force planes from Aviano are spearheading the search from above, Ferrara said.”

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