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'Serb and volley': Serbia's rise to tennis powerhouse updated 2 days ago

Serbia has defied crushing odds and financial difficulties to emerge as an unlikely tennis powerhouse.

Women could serve in close combat roles by 2016, UK military says updated 2 days ago

Women in Britain's armed forces could be allowed to fight in front line ground combat roles for the first time by 2016, the Ministry of Defence said Friday.

Man with money woes crashes car into political party headquarters in Spain updated 2 days ago

A man crashed his car into the Madrid headquarters of Spain's ruling party. He told police he had financial problems and his car was rigged with a bomb.

Putin: If Russian bear sits still, his teeth, claws will be pulled out updated 2 days ago

Putin: Russia needs to keep actively guarding its sovereignty to avoid becoming like a chained bear whose captors "will pull out his teeth and claws."

Spanish nurse's aide who beat Ebola can't forgive killing of her dog updated 2 days ago

Spanish nurse's assistant Teresa Romero Ramos beat the Ebola virus but cannot forgive the Madrid authorities for putting down her dog.

Crisis, what crisis? Putin's marathon news conference updated 2 days ago

President Vladimir Putin's news conferences aren't at all like news conferences I used to attend in Washington, when I covered the White House.

Crown Prince Alexander: Serbian royalty born in Claridge's updated 2 days ago

Belgrade and the Claridge's Hotel in London might be more than 1,000 miles apart, but for one day some seven decades ago the two places came much closer.

UK police investigate child sex abuse, 'possible murder' of 3 boys updated 3 days ago

British police said Thursday they've opened probes into the deaths of three young boys tied to allegations of organized sexual abuse.

Russian state media promo for Putin speech: 'The bear never asks permission' updated 3 days ago

Have no fear, Vladimir Putin is here. That seems to be the message in an epic promo released ahead of the Russian president's annual news conference as the country's economy plummets.

Hip Belgrade: Resilient capital finds new energy to rebuild once again updated 3 days ago

In the heart of Belgrade, the vibrant and resilient capital of Serbia, a slow and colorful transformation is taking place.

First woman bishop named for Church of England updated 4 days ago

The first woman bishop to serve in the Church of England was named Wednesday in a historic step that follows years of sometimes contentious debate.

Why Russia is hung up on homosexuality updated 4 days ago

Let's start with a touch of perspective. It's not only Russia where sexual minorities suffer discrimination. In the United States, that beacon of tolerance, there's still a huge amount of bigotry. Some U.S. states still refuse to recognize same-sex marriage. And hate crimes and violence towards LGBT individuals remain a significant problem.

Out of battery? Charge your phone in a 'Strawberry Tree' updated 5 days ago

The Strawberry Tree is a public solar-powered charging station that allows users to recharge their phone for free.

Human Rights Watch criticizes Russia, says it fails to protect LGBT people updated 5 days ago

Russian isn't protecting LGBT people from persecution and isn't prosecuting perpetrators of homophobic attacks, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.

Prince George charms in royal Christmas photos updated 6 days ago

Forget about William and Catherine. The real star of this family is Prince George -- as this year's release of the royals' official Christmas photographs proves.

Sweden says Russian military plane nearly hit passenger jet; Russia denies updated 6 days ago

A Russian military intelligence plane nearly collided with a commercial passenger jet south of Sweden on Friday, Swedish Air Force official says.

In Turkey, police arrest journalists and executives updated 6 days ago

Turkish police on Sunday arrested senior journalists and media executives.

Could Russian economic turmoil lead to Putin's downfall? updated 6 days ago

Consumer prices in Moscow soar, ruble falls; Russian opposition hopes economic "perfect storm" could bring down Putin regime.

British sought redactions in CIA interrogations report updated 9 days ago

The British government asked the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee to redact small parts of a report criticizing the CIA's harsh interrogation program.

'Face-sitting' protest held over UK porn censorship law updated 9 days ago

At the UK Parliament, protesters against new rules limiting online pornography gathered to simulate some now-banned sex acts, including "face-sitting."

Serbia's EXIT Festival: From youth movement to blockbuster event updated 9 days ago

What is Europe's best music festival?

Guantanamo ex-detainee indicted in Spain on charges of aiding ISIS updated 9 days ago

A suspected Islamic militant who was detained in Afghanistan in 2001, imprisoned at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but later acquitted at trial in Spain, is again facing a trial in Madrid on new charges.

Royal twins born in Monaco updated 9 days ago

Monaco's Princess Gabriella Therese Marie was born Wednesday, beating her brother Jacques Honore Rainier into the waking world by two minutes.

Woman gets 5 years for using Facebook to fan 'extremism' updated 9 days ago

Woman in UK sentenced to prison for using Facebook to promote terrorism and urging other women to send their husbands off "to fight for the sake of Allah."

Prince Albert of Monaco Fast Facts updated 9 days ago

Here's a look at the life of His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II. He was formally invested as Monaco's ruler on July 12, 2005, following the death of his father, Prince Rainier.

Serbia: the country at the crossroads of Europe updated 10 days ago

After years on the sidelines of the international community, Serbia has emerged from a long and troubled history to become one of Europe's newest republics.

More than 3,000 migrants died this year trying to cross by boat into Europe updated 10 days ago

At least 3,419 people have died this year trying to illicitly arrive by boat across the Mediterranean into Europe, the United Nations Refugee Agency said

Mexican citizen interrupts Malala's Nobel ceremony in Norway updated 10 days ago

A man carrying a Mexican flag interrupted Wednesday's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, standing steps away from Malala Yousafzai as she received her award.

$14 million for classic car found under a pile of French magazines? updated 10 days ago

Early next year, bidders are expected to shell out millions for cars that sat in a French entrepreneur's yard for decades.

Spanish judge imposes temporary ban on Uber taxi service updated 11 days ago

A Spanish judge on Tuesday temporarily banned cell phone-based taxi service Uber from operating in Spain after a complaint by taxi drivers in Madrid.

German court throws out WWII Oradour-sur-Glane massacre case updated 11 days ago

A German court throws out a case against a former SS member accused of participating in the massacre of 642 residents of a French village in World War II.

UK police force boosts security after threat against officers updated 12 days ago

Police in Birmingham, England, received a "credible" anonymous threat against officers and took steps to ensure their safety, West Midlands Police said.

Hollande: French hostage held by al Qaeda in Mali is freed updated 12 days ago

French hostage Serge Lazarevic has been freed after being held captive for more than three years by al Qaeda in Mali, France's President says.

France agrees to pay $60 million to those deported during Holocaust updated 12 days ago

Seven decades after being sent to Nazi concentration camps, Holocaust survivors will have the chance to get retribution -- from the government of France.

Amid sanctions, British Museum lends Russia controversial Elgin Marble updated 15 days ago

As the United Kingdom continues to enforce sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, the British Museum has announced it is lending one of the controversial Elgin Marbles to a St. Petersburg museum, describing it as "a marble ambassador of a European ideal."

Obama, Clinton and A-listers line up to meet Kate and William in U.S. ... but no George updated 15 days ago

New York may be the "city that never sleeps" but that won't come as a shock to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who are still new parents and are expecting another baby in April.

Richard III was blue-eyed, blond, but should he have been king? DNA puzzle updated 16 days ago

New DNA tests reveal Britain's long-lost King Richard III was blue-eyed and likely blond-haired, but they also raise intriguing questions.

Costa Concordia captain faces questions about lifeboat video updated 16 days ago

A damning new video at the trial of Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino appears to show him boarding a lifeboat with passengers still on the ship.

Rave your way to work in the morning? updated 16 days ago

Bored with boot-camp, or sick of spinning? Growing numbers are getting their kicks out of pre-work rave parties as the way to shed calories and gain a natural high.

'Emergency repair' reported at Ukraine nuclear power plant updated 17 days ago

An emergency repair began earlier this week on a unit at a nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, the country's Energy Ministry said Wednesday.

Video shows Norwegian fighter pilot's close call with Russian MiG updated 17 days ago

Norway releases video of a close encounter between one of its jets and a Russian MiG fighter.

Smiles all round as Twitter mocks Blair's Christmas card updated 18 days ago

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's attempt to spread the festive cheer turned into a turkey after social media users mocked his new Christmas card.

Lionel Messi Fast Facts updated 18 days ago

Here is a look at the life of soccer player Lionel "Leo" Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona and Argentina's national team.

Schettino: the cruise captain who sailed into notoriety updated 18 days ago

Thrust from obscurity to notoriety overnight, Captain Francesco Schettino is the man at the center of recriminations over the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster.

Pope Francis: Modern slavery is 'becoming worse and worse every day' updated 18 days ago

Pope Francis said Tuesday that modern-day slavery is a "crime against humanity."

Costa Concordia captain combative, defiant as he testifies at trial updated 19 days ago

Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that sank off Italy in 2012 killing 32 people, takes the stand for the first time.

Spain declared free of Ebola virus by WHO updated 19 days ago

Spain is officially clear of Ebola, the World Health Organization said, after no new cases were reported since a nurse's assistant recovered from the virus.

Pope Francis begins mending the schism with Orthodox Christians updated 20 days ago

Pope Francis seeks to heal old wounds with Orthodox Christians and build bridges with the Muslim community.

What's Prince Harry's secret? #FeelNoShame updated 20 days ago

World AIDS Day is December 1. Throughout the day, celebrities including Prince Harry are revealing their secrets, using the hashtag #FeelNoShame.

Hungarian police to women: If you flirt, you could get raped updated 22 days ago

A Hungarian police warning that "the flirtation of young girls can often trigger violence" has angered women's groups in the European nation.

Pope Francis urges religious tolerance on rare Turkey visit updated 23 days ago

Pope Francis calls for religious tolerance to counter extremism in the Middle East as he met with Turkey's leaders on a rare papal visit.

Injuries, arrests as America's 'Black Friday' shopping tradition spreads to UK updated 23 days ago

Pleas for calm as U.S. tradition of "Black Friday" bargain-hunting hits UK: Police, medics called to supermarkets as fights break out amid crush of shoppers.

Ferguson: Hundreds take to London's streets in sympathy updated 23 days ago

Shouts of "Hands up, don't shoot!" and "No justice, no peace. Stop the racist police," fill the chilly November air as the crowd jostles for position in a fenced-off pen on the sidewalk.

Catholic sexual abuse case is Spain's biggest of its kind, has Pope's attention updated 24 days ago

A Spanish judge files preliminary charges of sexual abuse against three Catholic priests and a religious teacher. The case has the Pope's attention.

French library discovers rare Shakespeare's First Folio updated 24 days ago

A librarian in Saint-Omer, in northern France, has uncovered a rare Shakespeare's First Folio in his library's collection.

Holocaust victims' shoes stolen from Polish museum updated 25 days ago

Thieves have stolen eight shoes belonging to Holocaust victims from a museum in Poland, a spokeswoman says.

Paris police foil Cartier jewelry heist updated 25 days ago

Paris Police gave chase to two robbers who exited the Cartier jewelry store on Champs Elysees with guns firing.

Rights groups slam Turkey's Erdogan over remarks on women updated 25 days ago

Women's rights groups responded angrily Tuesday to comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that women and men are not equal.

Report: Online threat could have been key to thwarting UK soldier's murder updated 25 days ago

UK agencies made errors investigating 2 men who killed a British soldier in London in 2013 but could not have prevented his death, UK lawmakers say.

Three priests, teacher arrested in Spain sex abuse case updated 25 days ago

Spanish police arrest three Catholic priests and a religion teacher in Granada on suspicion of sexually abusing a minor, Spain's interior minister says.

People and dogs of Donetsk share desperate struggle to survive winter updated 26 days ago

On the southern fringes of Donetsk, in the shadow of a huge steel plant, a cacophony of barking overwhelms the dull thud of artillery fire. The PIF animal shelter is crammed with almost 1,000 dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds (though the number that can claim any sort of pedigree is probably in single figures).

British Open Golf Tournament Fast Facts updated 26 days ago

Here's a look at the British Open.

Bird flu worries spread in Europe updated 27 days ago

Europeans are worried about a possible continent-wide bird flu epidemic after a wild duck tested positive for the H5N8 virus in northeast Germany.

Russia accuses West of seeking regime change in Moscow updated 27 days ago

With tensions simmering over the deadly crisis in Ukraine, Russia has accused the West of seeking regime change in Moscow

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Socrates arrested in corruption probe updated 29 days ago

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates and three other people were arrested in connection with an investigation into suspected tax fraud, corruption and money laundering, the country's prosecutor general's office said Saturday.

Putin becomes eighth-degree karate black belt updated 29 days ago

Vladimir Putin has been awarded an eighth-degree karate black belt, the Russian Kyokushin-kan Karate-do Federation said Friday.

NATO jets scrambled more than 400 times this year for Russian intercepts updated 29 days ago

NATO has scrambled fighter jets more than 400 times this year to intercept Russian military flights, the alliance's secretary general said this week.

Why Vladimir Putin thinks it's still 1985 updated 30 days ago

The first frosts of winter have already dusted the spectacular city of St. Petersburg with a powder of glistening ice. The air outside feels sharp and crisp. Russians hurry along the elegant boulevards, wrapped up tight against the biting cold. Russia's winter, its annual deep freeze, has begun.

Swedish court refuses to revoke Julian Assange's arrest warrant updated 30 days ago

A Swedish appeals court denies WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request to dismiss an arrest warrant for alleged rape and molestation.

London terror suspects 'inspired by ISIS' to plot beheading, court hears updated 30 days ago

Three British men have been accused of plotting to decapitate a member of the public in the street, a court in London heard Thursday.

Webcam security: What you must do. Now updated 30 days ago

Unsecured footage from thousands of webcams around the world -- including in the United States and western Europe -- has been accessed and streamed by a website thought to be based in the Russian Federation, British officials say.

Starving, seething and scared: Eastern Ukraine's residents struggle to survive updated 31 days ago

Yuri Poznychenko has lived in the village of Stepanovka, close to Ukraine's border with Russia, all his life.

Madeleine McCann mystery: Police want to question British man living in Portugal updated 31 days ago

British police want to question a man living in Portugal in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann at a resort in 2007, a source says.

Rebel leader: Let's duel to win Ukraine updated 31 days ago

Leaders on both sides in Ukraine talked past each other Wednesday, with one saying direct negotiations were off the table and another suggesting a duel.

New video emerges as removal of MH17 wreckage begins in Ukraine updated 32 days ago

The video is believed to show the immediate aftermath of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine four months ago.

Pope Francis to visit the U.S. for the first time next fall updated 33 days ago

Pope Francis is to make his first trip to the United States as the head of the Catholic Church in September, the Vatican said.

Dutch say recovery of MH17 wreckage begins in eastern Ukraine updated 34 days ago

The recovery of wreckage from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has finally begun in war-torn eastern Ukraine, Dutch officials said Sunday.

'Black Pete' controversy stirs up Netherlands updated 34 days ago

Dutch protesters say St. Nick's sidekick, Black Pete, is a racist throwback to the colonial era.

Cat on the loose in France isn't a tiger after all, police say updated 36 days ago

The big cat spotted in the woods east of Paris isn't a tiger after all, French authorities said Friday, citing analysis of the beast's tracks.

Declared dead, 91-year-old woman wakes up 11 hours later in funeral home updated 36 days ago

A 91-year-old Polish woman was declared dead, but 11 hours later she woke up in a funeral home, CNN affiliate TVN reports.

Sweden confirms foreign sub in its waters updated 36 days ago

A foreign submarine recently trespassed in Swedish territory, officials there said Friday, but they couldn't say what country the vessel belonged to.

Long-lost Dylan Thomas manuscript found updated 36 days ago

A notebook full of work-in-progress versions of some of Dylan Thomas's key poems has been rediscovered more than 70 years after the poet's mother-in-law ordered it to be burnt.

Tiger on the loose in Paris suburbs; people told to stay inside updated 37 days ago

Residents were urged to stay inside Thursday after a tiger was spotted in woods not far from Disneyland Paris, a city official said.

Russia flexes muscles with long-range bomber flights near U.S. shores updated 37 days ago

Russia plans to send long-range bombers to patrol Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, a move linked to tensions over Ukraine, the nation's defense minister said.

NATO commander: Russian troops, tanks, artillery move into Ukraine updated 37 days ago

A NATO commander says Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems and Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine.

Russian provocations on the rise: Is it a new Cold War? updated 38 days ago

More than 40 close military encounters between Russia and the West took place this year, a new report says, warning of the danger of armed confrontation.

Trabant: Little car that played a big role in fall of Berlin Wall updated 38 days ago

There are few cars in the world where the difference between driving them and watching them being driven is greater than with the Trabant.

UK police arrest a terror suspect updated 38 days ago

British authorities on Thursday morning arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of financing terrorist acts, police said.

Wimbledon Fast Facts updated 38 days ago

Here's a look at the Wimbledon Championships.

How 'The Tiger' fought the East German Stasi updated 39 days ago

The Leipziger Strasse in central Berlin looks like almost any another main traffic artery in the world these days. It's four lanes in each direction, and high rise buildings with nondescript shops on the ground floors line the sidewalks.

Ukraine violence flares as ceasefire collapses updated 39 days ago

Gunfire crackles and flames scar battlefields in eastern Ukraine -- signs, officials warn, of a crumbling ceasefire in the volatile region.

Final Tower of London poppy 'planted' on Armistice Day updated 39 days ago

Wrapped in heavy coats against the November chill, thousands of visitors crowd onto the paths circling the Tower of London to catch a glimpse of the extraordinary "sea" of crimson filling the castle's moat below.

Pope Francis reassigns conservative American cardinal updated 40 days ago

Pope Francis has reassigned a conservative American cardinal from a key post to one that is mostly symbolic.

Jacques Chirac Fast Facts updated 40 days ago

Here's a look at the life of former President of France Jacques Chirac.

Catalans cast symbolic votes on independence; Madrid calls it a 'farce' updated 41 days ago

Euphoria reigned in many parts of Catalonia on Monday, a day after 1.6 million people there cast symbolic votes to secede from Spain.

Somber, hopeful ceremonies mark 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell updated 41 days ago

25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is marked by somber and hopeful ceremonies.

UK police arrest 4 more for suspected terrorism updated 43 days ago

British authorities overnight arrested four men for suspected terrorism, police said on Friday, adding to the scores that have been rounded up in recent months as part of efforts to prevent homegrown attacks.

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