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Italy PM: gov't communications not compromised

11/20/2013 2:36am
Italian Premier Enrico Letta has told Parliament that no communications by Italy's political leaders or its embassies worldwide were compromised by the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance work.

Polish finance chief fired in Cabinet reshuffle

11/20/2013 3:30am
Poland's prime minister has fired Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski in a major government reshuffle that is to breathe new energy into Poland's longest-serving team under democracy.

Red Army Faction terrorist's conviction upheld

11/20/2013 3:42am
A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of former Red Army Faction terrorist Verena Becker as accessory to the 1977 murder of West Germany's chief federal prosecutor.

BoE minutes show unanimity on policy

11/20/2013 5:42am
Bank of England policymakers voted unanimously to keep monetary policy unchanged despite growing signs that Europe's third-largest economy is on the mend.

Malala makes impassioned plea for child education

11/20/2013 5:52am
In a speech accepting the EU's top human rights award, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has urged the 28-nation bloc to better help the millions of children who are denied a formal education.

Swiss leaders oppose gold reserves initiative

11/20/2013 7:10am
Swiss ministers are opposing a plan to haul back the country's gold reserves stored abroad.

Czech military zone to become nature reserve

11/20/2013 7:54am
An official says an area of the Czech Republic where the military once planned to install advanced radar as part of a U.S. missile defense system will now become a nature reserve.

Berlin man confesses art forgery, commits suicide

11/20/2013 8:47am
German police say a Berlin gallery owner has committed suicide days after confessing to forging and selling paintings by French-German artist Lou Albert-Lasard.

Top official seeks end to N.Ireland killing probes

11/20/2013 9:20am
The top legal official in Northern Ireland declared Wednesday that police and other state-funded investigators should stop trying to solve killings committed before the British territory's 1998 peace agreement, arguing they are wasteful, undermine peacemaking goals and increasingly prove to be futile.

International court summit debates Africa issues

11/20/2013 9:21am
The International Criminal Court's vexed relationship with Africa took center stage Wednesday on the opening day of the annual summit of its 122 member states.

Church of England backs women bishop proposals

11/20/2013 9:35am
The Church of England's ruling body has voted in support of proposals that could see women bishops approved next year.

Sentence cut for Bosnian who attacked US embassy

11/20/2013 9:57am
A Bosnian court on Wednesday reduced the 18-year-prison sentence of a man who shot at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo to 15 years, saying it believed he regrets the crime.

Correction: EU-Finland-Nokia story

11/20/2013 10:38am
In a story Nov. 19 story and earlier coverage about Nokia, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the company's shareholders had approved the sale of a portfolio of patents to Microsoft as well as the ailing cellphone and services division. In fact, Nokia is selling a license to a portfolio of patents as well as the cellphone and services division.

UK teenager faces retrial over school bomb plot

11/20/2013 10:40am
A 17-year-old boy accused of planning a school attack inspired by the one at Colorado's Columbine High School in 1999 faces a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

EU Parliament wants to meet only in Brussels

11/20/2013 10:43am
European Union lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to meet only in Brussels and avoid costly monthly treks to Strasbourg, France, even though such a move faces a French veto.

Italian justice minister survives confidence vote

11/20/2013 11:17am
Italy's justice minister survived a no-confidence vote Wednesday after insisting to lawmakers that she didn't abuse her position to win the release of a family friend from jail.

IKEA spikes story on lesbian couple in Russian mag

11/20/2013 11:42am
Swedish furniture retailer IKEA says it has spiked an article about a lesbian couple in the Russian edition of its customer magazine because that would have contravened that county's law on gay propaganda.

Too fat to fly: Stranded Frenchman's ordeal ending

11/20/2013 12:23pm
He's been turned down by planes, trains and even a cruise ship in his quest to return home _ and his family says it's because of he has been deemed too fat to travel. Now Frenchman Kevin Chenais' long and fitful journey is coming to an end.

Clashes erupt in Rome during French leader's visit

11/20/2013 12:38pm
Italians opposed to the construction of a high-speed train between the Italian city of Turin and the French city of Lyon have clashed with police in Rome during a visit by French President Francois Hollande.

ECB nominates French official as bank supervisor

11/20/2013 12:58pm
The European Central Bank says it is nominating French official Daniele Nouy as the chair of its new banking supervisory agency.

Georgia's parliament approves new prime minister

11/20/2013 2:11pm
The parliament of Georgia has approved a new prime minister _ 31-year-old who has headed the country's police force as interior minister for the past year.

Scandal-hit Co-op Bank to face independent probe

11/20/2013 2:18pm
Britain's prime minister said Wednesday the ailing Co-operative Bank will face an independent inquiry into the role of its former chairman, a minister who was filmed allegedly buying crystal meth and other drugs.

Malta postpones citizenship sale after opposition

11/20/2013 2:24pm
Malta has indefinitely postponed implementing a law to sell its citizenship _ and entrance into the European Union _ for 650,000 euros ($850,000) following massive outcry on the Mediterranean island.

EU Parliament backs quota for women on boards

11/20/2013 2:45pm
The European Parliament has backed a proposal calling for a 40 percent quota of women on company boards by 2020.