December 7, 2017

US, Colombia vow to redouble efforts against drug trade

U.S. and Colombian officials vowed Thursday to redouble efforts against drug trafficking as the South American nation contends with a record surge in coca production that has tested the relationship between the two nations.
December 7, 2017

Poland: Jewish community dismayed by digging at old cemetery

Human remains from an old Jewish burial ground in eastern Poland have been dug up and dumped in an empty lot to make way for the construction of an electrical substation and a parking lot, authorities said Thursday.
December 7, 2017

The Latest: German Social Democrats back talks on government

The Latest on efforts to form a new government in Germany (all times local):
December 7, 2017

World Bank funds $200M economic project in Western Balkans

The World Bank has launched a $200 million project to support economic integration in the Western Balkans.
December 7, 2017

Years after Lehman: Final rules set on strengthening banks

A global forum of banking regulators has finished its yearslong work on rules that aim to keep weak banks from needing taxpayer bailouts and setting off financial crises like the one that led to the Great Recession.
December 7, 2017

Ukraine parliament removes anti-corruption official

Ukraine's parliament has removed the chairman of its anti-corruption committee, a move likely to stoke rising tensions over corruption in the country.
December 7, 2017

Putin to visit Egypt next week

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Egypt next week to discuss expanding political, economic, energy and trade ties, officials said Thursday.
December 7, 2017

Sami artist draws attention to Norway's reindeer cull

An artist from the indigenous Sami community in Norway's Arctic region is drawing attention to the country's policy of culling its reindeer population.
December 7, 2017

Naples celebrates UNESCO recognition of art of pizza making

The city of Naples, often in headlines for its garbage woes and mafia violence, is celebrating international recognition of its tastier side.
December 7, 2017

Germany urges Libya to improve refugee camp conditions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging Libya to work to improve conditions for hundreds of thousands of migrants living in camps in the North African nation, and to improve access for international aid organizations to the facilities.
December 7, 2017

Bitcoin tops $17,000; hack raises concerns ahead of US trade

Bitcoin surged past $17,000 Thursday as the frenzy surrounding the virtual currency escalated just days before it starts trading on major U.S. exchanges. Bitcoin has gained more than $5,000 in just the past two days.
December 7, 2017

Thousands of Catalans rally, feeling abandoned by the EU

Tens of thousands of people from Catalonia rallied Thursday in Brussels, decrying what they see as the European Union's failure to help them following a failed independence referendum in the Spanish region.
December 7, 2017

Italy man arrested on suspicion of poisoning entire family

A 27-year-old Italian has been arrested on suspicion he poisoned his entire family with a chemical once used to kill rodents, leading to the deaths of his grandparents and an aunt, and the hospitalization of five others.
December 7, 2017

Prominent Egyptian lawyer wins human rights prize

A prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer has won a European prize for her work representing political prisoners and torture victims as well as advocating for women's rights.
December 7, 2017

Q&A: How is a bitcoin mined? A look at the virtual currency

A company in Slovenia that mines bitcoin says it has been hacked, for a potential loss of tens of millions of dollars.
December 7, 2017

Zimbabwe proposes budget aimed at reviving bleak economy

Zimbabwe's new government plans to reduce diplomatic missions and ban first-class travel for everyone but the president as it tries to revive a devastated economy after longtime leader Robert Mugabe resigned last month.
December 7, 2017

Senegal opens new international airport with economic hopes

Senegal's new international airport was opening its runways Thursday as the West African country hopes to become a travel hub for the region.
December 7, 2017

Putin undecided whether to run as an independent or not

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not decided yet whether to run for office next year as an independent candidate or secure support from the ruling party, his spokesman said Thursday.
December 7, 2017

Queen Elizabeth commissions aircraft carrier with her name

Queen Elizabeth II has attended the commissioning ceremony of Britain's new aircraft carrier, which is named after the monarch.
December 7, 2017

EU takes Czechs, Hungary, Poland to court over refugees

The European Union announced Thursday that it is taking the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to court for failing to accommodate their fair share of refugees under a plan agreed to by the 28-country bloc two years ago.