Associated Press | posted 37 minutes ago
The Standard & Poor's rating agency says it has downgraded the European Union's credit rating, stripping it of the highest grade of AAA.
Frances D'emilio, Associated Press | posted 58 minutes ago
As Naples is gripped by fears of a Mafia-tainted food chain, Italy's top organized crime-fighter has some more worrisome news: The Camorra syndicate's mobsters have expanded their multi-billion euro (dollar) toxic-waste disposal racket to the holiday paradise Tuscany and beyond Italian borders to eastern Europe.
Frances D'emilio, Associated Press | posted 59 minutes ago
On Ciro Fusco's farm in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, police swooped down one recent day and planted a warning sign in his broccoli fields, prohibiting any one from harvesting or even setting foot on the plot. Dozens of other fields in the area were sequestered in the same way. Decades of toxic waste dumping by the Camorra crime syndicate that dominates the Naples area poisoned wells, authorities have found in recent months, tainting the water that irrigates crops with high levels of lead, arsenic and the industrial solvent tetrachloride.
Raf Casert, Associated Press | posted Dec 19th - 5:55pm
NATO called on European Union leaders Thursday to improve their cooperation on defense in the face of dwindling military budgets or face American disengagement from Europe.
The Associated Press | posted Dec 19th - 5:24pm
Scott Daniels, an American tourist from the Dallas area, was in the audience Thursday night when the Apollo Theatre partially collapsed, injuring more than 80 people. In an interview with The Associated Press from his hotel room, Daniels recounted his experience (edited for clarity):
Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | posted Dec 19th - 5:10pm
European Union leaders gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up Thursday to a new mechanism agreed on to handle ailing banks, but analysts likened it to a band aid that falls short of what is needed to stabilize the bloc's financial system.
Vladimir Isachenkov and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press | posted Dec 19th - 3:03pm
In a surprise decision, President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday that jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky will be pardoned, a move that will see his top foe and Russia's onetime richest man freed after more than a decade in prison.
Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press | posted Dec 19th - 2:39pm
Cyprus' parliament has approved the 2014 state budget, the country's first after agreeing to a painful rescue deal earlier this year that saved it from bankruptcy.
Toby Sterling, Associated Press | posted Dec 19th - 12:48pm
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court asked judges Thursday to delay the start of the war crimes trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta due to a lack of evidence.
Frances D'emilio, Associated Press | posted Dec 19th - 12:44pm
Italian police on Thursday conducted a manhunt for a serial killer who was allowed to leave a Genoa prison on a two-day, good-behavior pass to see his elderly mother but failed to return.
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