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Europe's new terrorists: Low-tech loners who make major impact

Assailants range from radicalized 'amateurs' to those like Said Kouachi, believed to have honed his killing skills in the battlefields of the Middle East.... Read more»0

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French president calls for unity as Charlie Hebdo attack stokes fears

Wednesday's attack is the deadliest suspected Islamist attack on French territory and is sure to crank up fear in a country already tense after a series of recent incidents. ... Read more»0


How to stop Islamic extremism in Europe

Some experts worry increased security and surveillance in Europe could lead to a backlash, and a more radicalized public.... Read more»0

Inside Charlie Hebdo: Attack targeted paper that mocked fundamentalists

Charlie Hebdo's French satirists had refused to bow in face of terror threats. Islamist radicals were among the favorite targets of its biting, sometimes crude, satire — along with French politicians, religious leaders of all denominations and celebrities from Michael Jackson to anti-Semitic comic Dieudonee M'bala Mbala.... Read more»0

Portugal is shaking up the wine world

In a region known for port, winemakers along the Douro Valley are taking top prizes for reds and whites.... Read more»0

World War I still etched into European psyche

Later this week, the world will mark 100 years since the assassination of an Austrian prince in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo dragged the great powers of the time into a conflict they called "the war to end all wars." ... Read more»0

700 years later, Scotland's still debating independence from England

Nationalist campaigners are stirring patriotic passions ahead of a landmark referendum in the fall.... Read more»0

4 reasons you should care about the EU elections

As voters select a new European Parliament this week, here's why it matters.... Read more»0

The scary return of a radical, far-right Europe and what it means

Sunday’s elections to the European Parliament may be a big yawn for most voters, but they’re set to provide a dramatic boost to far-right parties across the continent.... Read more»0

EU lifts arms embargo on Syrian rebels, extends sanctions on Assad's regime

The European Union decided to let an arms embargo against the Syrian rebels expire, while the White House reportedly asked the Pentagon to draw up plans for a no-fly zone in Syria.... Read more»0

Euro crisis shoots the messenger

Almost 8,000 Spanish journalists have lost their jobs since 2008, according to trade union figures. But problems for Europe's press range far beyond Spain, as the economic crisis depresses advertising and sales in a sector already struggling to adapt to the rise of new digital media.... Read more»0

Joy and jeers over EU’s Nobel Peace Prize

Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union has provoked joy and jeers, but also acknowledgement of the dangers posed by an economic crisis that's placing unprecedented strains on the organization that binds together the old continent's historic enemies.... Read more»0

Brits move beyond spotted dick

Northern Europe is enjoying a food renaissance. Once maligned British nosh is now hailed – even in France.... Read more»1

Amsterdam fights for your right to smoke pot

Amsterdam's town council, backed by the tourist board and local campaigners, is opposing a new law proposed by the Dutch government that would ban foreigners from frequenting the city's cannabis-serving coffee shops by 2012.... Read more»0

Belgian politics make room for Nazi apologists

Political wrangling has left Belgium without a fully functioning government for a year. Now relations have been further strained by a bill that seeks amnesty for surviving Nazi collaborators and compensation for their descendants.... Read more»1

European Union bailouts, immigration pit country against country

Anti-EU political parties gain momentum with the announcement that taxpayers' money will be used to aid Portugal.... Read more»0

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