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Coalition vows to build up further against Islamic State
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- An international coalition leading the military campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq agreed Wednesday to accelerate their contributions and called on Iraq's leaders to reconcile their political differences.... 5/4/2016 11:41 AM

European court OKs crackdown on e-cigarettes, packaging
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's top court dealt a blow to the tobacco industry Wednesday by approving sweeping new rules that will require plain cigarette packs, ban menthol cigarettes and regulate the growing electronic cigarette market.... 5/4/2016 11:37 AM

EU moves on granting visa-free travel to Turkish citizens
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's executive Commission is recommending that Turkish citizens be allowed to travel to Europe without visas on short vacations and business trips, a major step toward fulfilling a key part of an agreement with Turkey to deal with the migrant crisis.... 5/4/2016 11:35 AM

Russia to boost troops levels along borders to counter NATO
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia says it will form new military divisions to be stationed along the country's borders with Europe to counter a planned NATO buildup.... 5/4/2016 11:32 AM

Israeli tanks open fire at Gaza after mortar attack
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli army says a tank has fired at a target in the northern Gaza Strip following an explosion on the Palestinian side of the border.... 5/4/2016 11:26 AM

UK councils face court challenge over Israel boycotts
LONDON (AP) -- A Jewish group has launched a lawsuit against British local authorities that called for boycotts of goods from Israeli settlements, claiming the actions are anti-Semitic.... 5/4/2016 11:25 AM

China military tries musical approach to image building
BEIJING (AP) -- China's military has a bulging arsenal of ships, warplanes and missiles, but this week, music is its weapon of choice.... 5/4/2016 11:24 AM

The Latest: EU moves to extend border controls
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from the Middle East and elsewhere (all times local):... 5/4/2016 11:22 AM

Diamond the size of a tennis ball could fetch $70 million
LONDON (AP) -- It's a rock for the ages.... 5/4/2016 11:20 AM

Low oil prices, freight rates hit Maersk group's profits
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Low oil prices and freight rates weighed on profits at Danish shipping and energy group A.P. Moller-Maersk, though not as sharply as analysts had feared.... 5/4/2016 11:18 AM

Swiss defense chief says hackers targeted his ministry
BERLIN (AP) -- Switzerland's defense minister says his department was targeted by hackers in January and is indicating that the motive was industrial espionage.... 5/4/2016 11:10 AM

Residents evacuated as fires threaten Canada oil sands town
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- A fire that forced the evacuation of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, could get worse Wednesday, but no injuries have been reported, officials said.... 5/4/2016 11:07 AM

Egyptian riot police cordon off journalists' union in Cairo
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian riot police on Wednesday cordoned off the headquarters of the journalists' union and limited access to the building in an escalating standoff following a raid on the premises and the arrest of two journalists.... 5/4/2016 11:04 AM

Greece rules out "what if" austerity measures sought by IMF
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A Greek government official says the country will not approve contingency savings measures that the International Monetary Fund is demanding in case the country does not meet budget targets set out by bailout lenders.... 5/4/2016 11:04 AM

Abu Dhabi's Etihad: 31 injured by severe turbulence in Asia
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The United Arab Emirates' national airline says several passengers were injured when one of its flights encountered sudden turbulence as it prepared to land in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.... 5/4/2016 11:03 AM

EU Commission recommends Turkish citizens can travel to Europe without visas on short vaca...
BRUSSELS (AP) -- EU Commission recommends Turkish citizens can travel to Europe without visas on short vacations and business trips.... 5/4/2016 11:01 AM

Germany to allow medical cannabis consumption in some cases
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Cabinet has approved a bill that will allow patients to get cannabis as a prescription-only medication.... 5/4/2016 10:54 AM

Markets Right Now: UK's FTSE leads Europe down as miners hit
LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):... 5/4/2016 10:35 AM

Eurozone growth in 'low gear' at start of second quarter
LONDON (AP) -- As winter turned to spring, the eurozone economy appears to have lost some - but by no means all - of the momentum that saw it grow faster than the U.S. in the first quarter of the year.... 5/4/2016 10:32 AM

Shares in miner tumble after Brazil sues over dam disaster
LONDON (AP) -- Shares in miner BHP Billiton Ltd tumbled after Brazil's Federal Public Prosecution said it had launched a $43 billion civil suit for a dam break that killed 19 people and caused the worst environmental disaster in the country's history.... 5/4/2016 10:02 AM

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