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UN experts ask China about treatment of activists

10/16/2013 3:45am
U.N. human rights experts say they have asked Chinese authorities for more information about reports that Chinese activists are being threatened, arrested or banned from taking part in demonstrations.

UK unemployment dips to 7.7 percent in August

10/16/2013 4:01am
Official figures show Britain's unemployment rate dropped slightly to 7.7 percent for the three-month period to August, further evidence that Europe's third-largest economy continues to strengthen.

EU opens Gibraltar corporate tax evasion probe

10/16/2013 4:08am
The European Commission has opened a probe of Gibraltar's corporate tax regime on suspicion it might selectively favor some businesses such as offshore companies.

Hungary: former minister charged with war crimes

10/16/2013 4:38am
Hungarian prosecutors said Wednesday that a former communist minister has been charged with war crimes related to reprisals against civilians after the anti-Soviet revolution of 1956.

EU seeks carbon tax for all flights over Europe

10/16/2013 6:13am
The European Commission wants to impose carbon emission charges for all flights using Europe's airspace.

German ordered to let ex-wife share in lottery win

10/16/2013 7:32am
A German federal court has ruled that a divorced man must pay his ex-wife 242,500 euros ($328,000) out of his winnings from a lottery ticket because they weren't formally divorced at the time he won.

UK's top court rejects inmates' voting rights bid

10/16/2013 8:08am
Britain's top court has struck down an attempt by two convicted murderers to win the right to vote, upholding a ban on inmates casting ballots that has been condemned by European judges.

French court upholds conviction of Scientologists

10/16/2013 8:34am
France's highest appeals court has upheld the 2009 fraud conviction of the Church of Scientology's French branch, its bookstore and five of its leaders.

UK postal union votes to strike at Royal Mail

10/16/2013 8:39am
Postal workers in Britain have voted overwhelmingly in favor of going on strike over issues linked to the privatizing of Royal Mail.

Dutch diplomat beaten in Moscow at time of tension

10/16/2013 9:53am
A Dutch diplomat was beaten up by two men who barged into his apartment in central Moscow, an attack that followed the arrest of a Russian diplomat in the Netherlands and threatened to further sour relations between the two countries. Russia was quick to express its regrets on Wednesday, but the Dutch government said it expected a full explanation.

A look at main issues in Iran's nuclear program

10/16/2013 11:02am
Efforts to build diplomatic momentum in nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers must confront hard realities about the scope of Iran's uranium enrichment labs and the stockpile of material it has produced. Any potential deal must work out a formula on both these issues, which have been the main stumbling blocks in past negotiations.

Demand for food aid spikes in Britain

10/16/2013 11:12am
Demand for emergency food aid has spiked this year in Britain, a leading charity said Wednesday, suggesting low-income households' living standards are still sliding despite the end of the recession.

Wine experts: EU vintners recover from bad harvest

10/16/2013 11:13am
The grape harvest in the European Union has picked up from the extremely bad 2012 season, wine experts said. But key regions in France are still struggling because of bad weather.

Police stop anti-fracking protest in Romania

10/16/2013 3:08pm
Hundreds of Romanians opposed to shale gas extraction in their village on Wednesday scuffled with police at an exploration site where energy giant Chevron plans to start drilling.

Mauritania, Haiti top new global slavery index

10/16/2013 10:39pm
Mauritania, Haiti and Pakistan rank among the countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery, according to a new global index released Thursday by an anti-slavery charity.