Western & Central Europe

Serbian Lawmakers Call for Autonomy for Serbs in Kosovo

January 14, 2013

“Kosovo declared independence five years ago, in the wake of a 1998-99 war that pitted its ethnic Albanian majority against Belgrade. Serbia says it will never recognize the secession and continues to partly control a northern, Serb-populated pocket of the new country.”

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Mali Islamist Rebels: The War Has Only Started

January 14, 2013

“Islamist rebels in Mali acknowledged Sunday they suffered heavy losses in fights with the country’s military and French troops — but it wouldn’t stop them.”

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French President Hollande: Domestic Security Will Be Increased As France Intervenes in Mali

January 14, 2013

“”Francois Hollande, the president of France, has said his country will step up home security as it presses ahead with air strikes in the West African state of Mali to force al-Qaeda-linked groups out of areas they occupy in the north.”

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Anti-Gay Marriage Protest in France Draws Hundreds of Thousands of Protesters

January 14, 2013

“Several hundred thousand people converged at the Eiffel Tower in Paris Sunday to protest President Francois Hollande’s bill to legalize same-sex marriage by June.”

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President Obama Admits U.S. Role in France’s Failed Rescue Attempt in Somalia

January 14, 2013

“”United States combat aircraft briefly entered Somali airspace to support the rescue operation, if needed. These aircraft did not employ weapons during the operation,” Obama said in his letter to U.S. lawmakers.”

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French Fighter Jets Bomb Mali, Targeting Islamic Rebel Strongholds in Northern Mali, Killing Over 100 People

January 14, 2013

“Fearful that rebels in Mali could pose a threat to France itself, French soldiers launched a military operation in Mali, bombing rebel forces and joining with the Malian army to kill more than 100 rebels.”

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Survivors Mark the One-Year Anniversary of the Costa Concordia Shipwreck Disaster

January 13, 2013

“The somber memorial was a sharp contrast to the chaos of a year ago, when the massive ship ran aground with 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members on board.”

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U.S. Objects to French Court’s Planned Release of Lebanese Terrorist Convicted of Killing an American Diplomat in 1982

January 13, 2013

“The former head of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Brigade, Abdallah, 61, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1987 for his role in the 1982 murders in Paris of U.S. military attache Charles Ray and Israeli diplomat Yacov Barsimantov, and the attempted murder of U.S. Consul General Robert Homme in Strasbourg in 1984.”

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Spanish Police Seize Highly Corrosion-Resistant Valves Intended for Iran’s Nuclear Program

January 13, 2013

“The European Union has banned the sale of such material to Iran, which denies Western accusations it is seeking to develop a capability to make nuclear weapons.”

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Greece Passes New Tax Laws, Raising Taxes to Satisfy International Creditors

January 13, 2013

“It brings in a new top tax rate of 42 percent for Greeks earning more than $56,000 a year. The previous top rate was 45 percent for incomes above $132,000.”

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Russian Foreign Ministry Reaffirms Opposition to Syrian President Assad’s Exit as a Precondition For Any Deal

January 13, 2013

“A Foreign Ministry statement following talks on Friday with the United States and Brahimi, whom the Syrian government has labelled “flagrantly biased,” reiterated calls for an end to violence in Syria, where more than 60,000 people have been killed since March 2011.”

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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Calls on French President Hollande to “Immediately Clairfy” Meeting with Kurdish Activists in Paris

January 13, 2013

“”Also, the French head of state must explain immediately to the French, Turkish and world public why … he is in communication with these terrorists,” he added.”

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Italy Halts Construction of a U.S. Military Satellite Station in Sicily

January 13, 2013

“Sicily’s governor has halted the installation of a US military satellite communication system, demanding guarantees it isn’t a threat to people’s health.”

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Gunmen Open Fire on the Car of the Italian Consul General in Benghazi, Libya

January 13, 2013

“Italy’s Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi called the attack “a vile act of terrorism,” and said Sunday it was “an attempt to destabilize the institutions of the new Libya.”"

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France Raid to Rescue a Captured French Intelligence Officer in Somalia Fails; Hostage Reportedly Killed

January 13, 2013

“The raid Friday night also left a French soldier and 17 Islamist fighters dead, according to the French defense ministry. Another soldier was missing.”

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