Europe

A store employee (L) helps a customer carry a TV set from a shop in St. Petersburg, Russia, Dec. 17, 2014.

Russia's Ruble Partly Recovers as Consumers Spend on Inflation Fears

Consumer spending up dramatically on fears of price hikes, after massive interest rate increase failed to stop currency’s decline More

FILE - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, Dec. 2, 2014

Ukraine President: Peace Talks Could Resume Dec. 21

Analysts say economic setbacks are crippling Kremlin efforts to lend further support to the ongoing rebellion in eastern Ukraine More

Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attends the first round of voting to elect a new Greek president at the Parliament in Athens, Dec. 17, 2014.

Greek PM Falls Short in First Round Presidential Vote

A win for the government was expected Wednesday, but result barely met minimum expectations More

FILE - Ruling Justice and Development Party lawmakers and members of the Republican People's Party skirmish during debate on corruption charges against ministers in the cabinet of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey, May 5, 2014.

'Slim Chances' of Prosecution Seen in Turkish Corruption Probe

Government dismissed probes as disguised coup attempt, launched massive state purges that continue today More

The U.S. Treasury building is seen in Washington, D.C.

US Slaps Sanctions on Swiss, Dutch Companies Over Syria

US Treasury put Netherlands-based Staroil B.V. as well as two Swiss-based firms, Rixo International Trading Ltd and Bluemarine SA, on list of sanctioned entities More


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US Slaps Sanctions on Swiss, Dutch Companies Over Syria

US Treasury put Netherlands-based Staroil B.V. as well as two Swiss-based firms, Rixo International Trading Ltd and Bluemarine SA, on list of sanctioned entities
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Asia Central Bankers on Guard but Feel Safe from Ruble Crisis

Currency and stock markets in Asia generally firmed Wednesday after two-day sell-off that saw Indonesia's rupiah drop to weakest level since 1998 Asian currency crisis
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Crowd Sings, Tangos as Pope Celebrates Birthday

Pope heard versions of 'Happy Birthday' in Spanish, Italian and other languages as he was driven through St. Peter's Square to start his weekly general audience
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No Signs of Foul Play in German Putin Critic's Death

Andreas Schockenhoff died of heart failure or overheating after falling asleep in sauna, German state prosecutors said on Wednesday
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EU Court Orders Hamas Removed from Terror List

Asset freezes that came with Hamas being on the terror list will remain in place for three months or until the appeals process is exhausted
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The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.