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Messi closes on Raul, Barca beats Ajax 3-1

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:09:39 -0400

Barcelona's Dani Alves, left controls the ball in front of Ajax's Ricardo Kishna during the Champions League group F soccer match between F.C. Barcelona and Ajax at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Goals from Neymar and Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday as the Spanish giant returned to winning ways in Europe.

Stocks rally; S&P 500 has best day of 2014

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:08:56 -0400

In this Oct. 8, 2014 photo, a man walks to work on Wall Street, near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stocks are opening higher Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 after several big companies reported results that pleased investors. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor's 500 index its best day of the year.

Bayern wins 7-1 at Roma for record away win in CL

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:05:39 -0400

Bayern's Arjen Robben celebrates after scoring his sides fourth goal during the Group E Champions League soccer match between Roma and Bayern Munich at the Olympic stadium, in Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)ROME (AP) — Arjen Robben scored twice as Bayern Munich routed Roma 7-1 Tuesday for a club-record away win in the Champions League, showing the German club is again a threat to take the title.

Turkey unveils stringent new anti-protest laws

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:53:00 -0400

Turkish riot policemen clash with Kurdish protestors in Istanbul, on October 8, 2014Istanbul (AFP) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled sweeping new security laws branded as repressive by critics, saying those in possession of banned objects at protests would face up to four years in jail.

WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:50:57 -0400

Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director General for Health Systems and Innovation of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, says clinical trials planned or under way in Europe, Africa and the U.S. are being accompanied by a strong push among governments for immediate “real-world use” of an approved Ebola vaccine. She told reporters Tuesday in Geneva that tens of thousands of doses _ short of mass deployment _ would be made available through West African “efficacy trials” starting “in early 2015, in January.” (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini)GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization is pressing the search for an Ebola vaccine and hopes to begin testing two experimental versions as early as January on more than 20,000 front-line health care workers and others in West Africa's hot zone — a bigger rollout than envisioned just a few months ago.

Russia blames 'negligent' airport bosses for Total CEO's crash

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:46:25 -0400

The CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoffMoscow (AFP) - Russian investigators on Tuesday accused senior airport officials of criminal negligence over a plane crash at a Moscow airport that killed the head of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet hit a snowplough on takeoff.

Ukraine, Russia end gas talks without breakthrough

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:12:40 -0400

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin lunch together after a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, northern Italy, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Russian leader Vladimir Putin was meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and key Western leaders in an attempt to negotiate a full end to hostilities in Ukraine that could ease sanctions against Russia. (AP Photo/Daniel Dal Zennaro, POOL)BRUSSELS (AP) — Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday failed to get a decisive breakthrough in their standoff over gas supplies to Kiev and will resume European Union-sponsored talks next week.

Migrant flow to Morocco-Spain border fence 'doubles'

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:04:21 -0400

Members of the Spanish Guardia Civil climb the border fence as would be immigrants from Africa sit atop it, in Spain's North African enclave of Melilla on August 14, 2014Madrid (AFP) - The flow of migrants scrambling to reach Spain's north African territory Melilla is at double the rate of last year, an official said Tuesday as he defended police after a video showed abuse by border guards.

Spain nurse definitively cured of Ebola: doctors

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:50:32 -0400

A protester holds her nurse identification card during a demonstration in support of Spanish nurse Teresa Romero infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Madrid on October 11, 2014Madrid (AFP) - A Spanish nurse who was the first person to catch Ebola outside Africa has been cured of the deadly virus, doctors confirmed Tuesday, easing fears of it spreading in Europe.

Ukraine brings in law to try fugitive Yanukovich in absentia

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:27:54 -0400

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in a move to head off discontent before an election, signed a law on Tuesday that will allow ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich to be tried by court in his absence for crimes carried out while he was in power. Poroshenko and his pro-Western government, who are seeking a strong mandate in a parliamentary election on Sunday, face criticism from many for not being tough enough in bringing to justice Yanukovich who fled "Euromaidan" street protests last February with his family and cronies. ...

We can survive without Russian gas now, says Lithuania's president

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:59:50 -0400

By Nerijus Adomaitis OSLO (Reuters) - Lithuania will be able to survive without Russian gas after its liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal starts up soon, redrawing the energy map for the Baltic states, President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Tuesday. The floating LNG import terminal at the port of Klaipeda is planned to open on Oct. 27, ending the supply monopoly of Russia's Gazprom and isolation from global gas markets. Commercial deliveries are due to start after the terminal's testing in the beginning of 2015. ...

Quotes from voters in the AP Global Football 10

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:57:36 -0400

LONDON (AP) — Quotes from the panel in this week's Associated Press Global Football 10:

War heroes and activists to shape new-look Ukraine parliament

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:02:02 -0400

A man runs in front of a pre-election poster with the portrait of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatseniuk in KievBy Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Out will go the bodyguards and mistresses, in are likely to come the street activists and war veterans: Ukraine's next parliament will be pro-Western and strongly nationalist, and it won't be to Russia's liking. Candidate lists for the Oct. 26 elections show how personal favorites backed by old school powerbrokers in the outgoing parliament are set to make way for people who made their names in Kiev's "Maidan" revolution last winter, or in resisting Russian encroachment in eastern Ukraine. ...

Factbox: Ukraine's October 26 snap parliamentary election

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:00:21 -0400

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered a snap parliamentary election for Oct. 26 with the aim of clearing out loyalists of ousted Moscow-backed leader, Viktor Yanukovich, and producing an assembly with a pro-Europe majority. The election is also aimed at securing further legitimacy for Kiev's new pro-Western direction after "Euromaidan" protests last winter, broadly supported by the West but denounced by Russia as a coup after Yanukovich's fall. Opinion polls suggest the new assembly will be dominated by pro-Europe parties, including Poroshenko's bloc. ...

EU approval of Russian pipeline would be a move against Ukraine

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:53:16 -0400

By Michael Kahn BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Approval of Russia's South Stream pipeline would send a message to Ukraine that the European Union is not ready to support its ambitions to lean toward the West and does not see it as a reliable gas transporter, the head of Slovakia's pipeline operator said. The roughly $40 billion South Stream project is designed to carry over 60 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas each year across the Black Sea into southern Europe, bypassing Ukraine, which now collects fees for transporting gas through massive pipelines from its Russian border to Europe. ...

AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:02:52 -0400

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, a healthcare worker dons protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in the west of Freetown, Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File)The deadly virus Ebola dominated the news last week. AP photographers captured a health care worker donning protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in the hard-hit West African nation of Sierra Leone and followed an Ebola burial team in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.

Atletico aims to jump-start attack against Malmo

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:25:00 -0400

Atletico's coach Diego Simeone exercises during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Atletico de Madrid will play Malmo Wednesday in a Group A Champions League match. (AP Photo/Paul White)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid will rely on its home-field advantage and mastery of set pieces when it hosts Swedish champion Malmo in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Monaco and Zenit look to take control of group

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:05:27 -0400

From left: Leverkusen's Stefan Reinartz, Son Heung-min,, Hakan Calhanoglu and Stefan Kiessling celebrate a goal during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between VfB Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen in Stuttgart, southern Germany, Saturday Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa, Bernd Weissbrod)PARIS (AP) — Despite some mediocre form in the French league, Monaco has the chance to stamp its authority on Group C of the Champions League against struggling Benfica.

Spotlight on strikers as Madrid visits Liverpool

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:59:43 -0400

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal celebrates scoring against Levante during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia, Spain, on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)Liverpool and Real Madrid meet in a heavyweight Champions League match on Wednesday with their star strikers going through contrasting fortunes in front of goal.

China economic growth falls to five-year low of 7.3%: govt

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:19:01 -0400

China's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded in the third quarter at its slowest pace since the depths of the global financial crisis, official data showed, but analysts said the world's second-largest economy may have bottomed outBeijing (AFP) - China's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded in the third quarter at its slowest pace since the depths of the global financial crisis, official data showed Tuesday, but analysts said the world's second-largest economy may have bottomed out.

UK lawmaker tells PM Cameron: Ignore 'daft' anti-Europeans

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:54:02 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - A senior Conservative lawmaker on Tuesday said Prime Minister David Cameron should ignore those "daft" enough to propose anti-immigration proposals that could hurt the British economy and pave the way for an exit from the European Union. Ken Clarke, one of Britain's most influential Europhiles, said Cameron's Conservatives should refrain from competing with "bigotry" to counter the threat from the anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party. ...

Total chief executive De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:36:12 -0400

Christophe de Margerie, CEO of French oil and gas company Total, arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on June 30, 2014Moscow (AFP) - The CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoff.

White House opposes Nazi benefit payments

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:02:02 -0400

In this July 28, 2014, photo, Jakob Denzinger looks from his apartment window in Osijek, eastern Croatia. Denzinger is among dozens of death camp guards and suspected Nazi war criminals who collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments despite being forced out of the U.S. An Associated Press investigation found dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Nazis should not be getting the Social Security benefits they are receiving as they age overseas, the White House said Monday, responding to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to war-crimes suspects and former SS guards who left the U.S. for Europe.

If no checks, more Ebola cases might leave Africa

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:37:16 -0400

LONDON (AP) — A new study underscores the potential danger of airplane passengers infected with Ebola leaving West Africa: If there were no exit screening in place, researchers estimate that three people with the disease might fly out of the region each month.

Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:33:00 -0400

OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

Ikea makes push for growth

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:36:18 -0400

NEW YORK (AP) — Ikea, whose stadium-sized furniture stores draw shoppers from miles around, is going where its shopper are: online.

US drone crashes at Niger airport

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:37:40 -0400

An MQ-9 Reaper is seen on August 8, 2007, in Indian Springs, NevadaNiamey (AFP) - A US drone crash-landed at Niger's main airport for unknown reasons on Monday, the US army said, forcing the closure of the runway for several hours.

British EU exit would be 'historic mistake': Barroso

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:22:29 -0400

"Could the UK get by without a little help from your friends? My answer is probably not," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in his speech in LondonLondon (AFP) - European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso argued Monday that Britain is better off in the EU and warned that alienating its allies would be a "historic mistake".

Drinking increases number of liver disease deaths in England

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:58:18 -0400

Data suggests that the continuous availability of alcohol, not just binge drinking, is fuelling an increase in deaths from liver disease, says Julia Verne, head of liver disease at Public Health EnglandLondon (AFP) - Binge drinking and 24-hour alcohol shops have helped cause a "shocking" 40-percent jump in deaths from liver disease in England, public health officials said on Monday.

Milan fired up by the real Keisuke Honda

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:40:42 -0400

AC Milan's Japanese forward Keisuke Honda celebrates after scoring against Verona at the Bentegodi Stadium in Verona on October 19, 2014Milan (AFP) - Keisuke Honda was finally being feted by a resurgent AC Milan after a brace of goals in a 3-1 win away to Verona reassured club bosses they had not mistakenly signed the player's brother.

Planet marks hottest September since 1880: US

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:29:51 -0400

Last month was the hottest September for globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record-keeping began in 1880, the US government saidWashington (AFP) - Last month was the hottest September for globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record-keeping began in 1880, the US government said on Monday.

UKIP, 5-Star welcome Polish radical to save EU voting bloc

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:11:27 -0400

United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage speaks to the media as he arrives at the Houses of Parliament in LondonBy Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The UK Independence Party and Italy's 5-Star Movement formed an alliance in the European Parliament on Monday with a right-wing Polish libertarian in order to reconstitute a formal Eurosceptic bloc in the EU legislature. Robert Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz is a member of the Congress of the New Right (KNP), whose leader has said women are too stupid to vote and doubts that Hitler knew of the Holocaust. His move makes up for the defection of a Latvian lawmaker last week that had triggered the formal dissolution of the Eurosceptic bloc. ...

Britain's Farage saves EU parliament group

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:07:11 -0400

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage addresses the media in Clacton-on-Sea, England, on October 10, 2014Brussels (AFP) - British eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage said he had saved his European parliament group from collapse on Monday after recruiting a Polish legislator from a far-right party.

EU seeks $1.27 billion in Ebola aid for W. Africa

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:32:15 -0400

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond, right, speaks with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini during a round table meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. European Union nations are working to find funds to help fight Ebola in West Africa and streamline a common approach in dealing with the health crisis. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union committed itself Monday to step up efforts toward getting 1 billion euros ($1.27 billion) in aid to fight Ebola in West Africa and rejected the idea of halting direct flights coming from the region.

City looks to escape trouble in Champions League

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:41:31 -0400

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring his third goal against Tottenham during the English Premier soccer match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)MANCHESTER, England (AP) — This was supposed to be the season Manchester City finally made a sustained push in the Champions League.

No plan for Egyptian military action against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:27:31 -0400

By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has no plans to provide the United States with direct military assistance in its war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria even though American aerial bombardment may not be enough to defeat the group, the country's prime minister said. But Ibrahim Mehleb left open the possibility of military action if Cairo's Gulf Arab allies are threatened by the al Qaeda offshoot. ...

Ukraine parliament says 100s died in battle

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:27:17 -0400

The Donbas Arena stadium, one of the venues which hosted the Euro 2012 Soccer tournament, after it was damaged by a shockwave caused by a blast during shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. A powerful explosion has shaken the largest rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine as daily battles continue in the region despite a nominal cease-fire being in place. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A report by Ukraine's parliament revealed Monday that more than 300 soldiers were killed during a weeks-long battle that marked a crushing setback in the military campaign to root out pro-Russian separatist forces in the east.

Germany, France to draw up investment plans

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:23:23 -0400

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, left, and his counterpart from France Michel Sapin attend a news conference with German Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and his counterpart Emmanuel Macron after a meeting at the finance ministry in Berlin, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France agreed Monday to draw up proposals by the beginning of December to boost investment as they try to come up with a strategy that will help shore up the European economic recovery.

German pilots strike after weekend rail chaos

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:32:29 -0400

Lufthansa pilots launched a strike, deepening Germany's travel chaos after train drivers stopped work at the weekend just as school holidays began in much of the countryBerlin (AFP) - Lufthansa pilots launched a strike Monday, deepening Germany's travel chaos after train drivers stopped work at the weekend just as school holidays began in much of the country.

EU's Barroso warns Britain against 'historic mistake' on immigration

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:10:59 -0400

European Commission President Barroso gestures during news conference at the Europe-Asia summit in MilanBy William James and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday he risked upsetting allies and losing international clout if he pursued an anti-immigration agenda designed to placate domestic voters. Cameron retorted that British voters were concerned about immigration, and he was responding to those concerns. ...