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German firm gives nation gas lifeline

German utility company RWE said Tuesday it has started sending natural gas to Ukraine — a move that could support the country if Russia acts on its threat to cut off supplies because of a massive debt for past deliveries. The reverse-flow deliveries from Germany via Poland are largely symbolic ...

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Apr 17, 2014

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete’s shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned. With Pistorius now back watching the proceedings from a ...

Berlusconi gets community service for tax conviction

Apr 16, 2014

Berlusconi gets community service for tax conviction

A court has ordered former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service with the elderly, in a ruling that restricts his movements but not his political activity. The court ruled Tuesday that Berlusconi, one of Italy’s richest ...

Time slips quietly by for Austria nun resort

Apr 16, 2014

Time slips quietly by for Austria nun resort

Being blasted with jets of hot and cold water by a 70-year-old nun may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but it has some devoted fans. They return year after year to Marienkron, an Austrian health resort 3 km (2 miles) from the Hungarian ...

| Apr 16, 2014

Options dwindle as Ukraine crisis heats up

Top diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union plan to meet in Geneva Thursday to try to defuse what has become one of the worst European security crises in decades. But as tensions soar to dangerous levels in Ukraine, threatened ...

Apr 16, 2014

Syria rebels 'get U.S.-made missiles'

Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad for the first time received at least 20 U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles from a “Western source,” a rebel official said Tuesday. “Moderate, well-organized fighters from the Hazm movement have for the first time received more than ...

Pet frenzy sweeps through Mexico's thriving middle class

Apr 16, 2014

Pet frenzy sweeps through Mexico's thriving middle class

Camila celebrated her first birthday in a blue-and-white striped dress with tulle appliques, playing with her guests in a room decorated with pink balloons, lilacs and Hello Kitty posters. When the cake arrived she barked at the single flickering candle, provoking a similar reaction ...

Apr 16, 2014

British poor's food needs 'shocking'

A leading British charity said Wednesday the number of three-day emergency food supplies it delivered rose to “shocking” levels in the past year as families struggle to cope with low incomes, rising living costs and cuts in the welfare system. The Trussell Trust, a ...

Apr 16, 2014

2013 drone strike killed Westerners

A New Zealander with terrorism links was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year, Prime Minister John Key said Wednesday, with Canberra confirming that an Australian was also killed in the attack. The man, who called himself “Muslim bin John,” was ...