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  • French authorities thwart jihadi attack on swinger’s club

    PARIS (AP) — France’s interior ministry says police have foiled a jihadi attack on a French swingers club. The ministry said Friday that authorities thwarted the attack on May 13 after the arrest of a man who was “known for his radicalization” in the Loire region town of Chateauroux. He was handed preliminary charges linked […]
  • Family-owned Missoni sells 41.2 percent stake for expansion

    MILAN (AP) — The family-owned Missoni fashion house announced Friday that Italian investment fund FSI will take a 41.2 percent stake in the firm to help expand the business and help usher the house toward an eventual public listing. Creative director Angela Missoni said the family will retain a 58.8 percent stake and operational control […]
  • EU Commission says Greece needs help easing debt load

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will need a “credible package” of measures to help deal with its oversize debt as it leaves its eight-year international bailout program in August, the European Commission’s vice president said Friday. Helping Greece manage its debt, which stands at just under 180 percent of gross domestic product, is one of […]
  • The Latest: Head of Germany’s migration office fired

    PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants to Europe (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Germany’s interior minister has fired the head of the country’s migration authority amid a scandal over the allegedly improper approval of over a thousand asylum requests. News agency dpa reported the German Interior Ministry said Friday that minister […]
  • UK soldier gets 18 years for tampering with wife’s parachute

    LONDON (AP) — A former British Army sergeant who tried to kill his wife by sabotaging her parachute so he could get her insurance money was sentenced Friday to at least 18 years in prison. Sgt. Emile Cilliers was convicted last month of two counts of attempted murder for the parachute tampering and sabotaging a […]
  • In World Cup’s shadow, layoffs and anger at Russian factory

    VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Beneath Volgograd’s baking early morning sun, clouds of midges pester factory workers at the Red October steelworks as they clock in. These workers are the lucky ones — they’re still employed, while many of their colleagues were temporarily laid off because of the World Cup. The layoffs have aggravated troubles at […]
  • Danish court orders ministry to compensate Iraqi civilians

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court on Friday ordered the country’s Defense Ministry to compensate 18 Iraqi civilians detained by Iraqi security troops during a 2014 military operation in Iraq in which Danish soldiers assisted. The Eastern High Court in Copenhagen says the Danish soldiers did not abuse any of the Iraqi civilians but […]
  • The Latest: Hoax tweet adds to German government tensions

    BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on disputes within German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government (all times local): 1 p.m. Some media in Germany have briefly fallen for a hoax tweet announcing that Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had broken up his Bavarian party’s decades-old alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in a dispute over migration. A Twitter […]
  • UK union free to challenge Deliveroo over drivers’ status

    LONDON (AP) — A judge has given a British union permission to mount a legal challenge over the employment status of drivers for the food-delivery service Deliveroo. Last year a tribunal ruled that Deliveroo’s moped drivers and cyclists are self-employed. The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain disputes that and says riders are being “denied […]
  • US ‘deeply dismayed’ over Maldives prison sentences

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The United States said it is dismayed by the prison sentences given to an ex-Maldivian president and two Supreme Court judges and urged the government to uphold the rule of law. A Maldives court sentenced ex-President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to one year, seven months and six days in prison on […]