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Train crash in Germany kills at least 10, injures 80

Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday in southern Germany, killing 10 people and injuring 80 as they slammed into each other on a curve after an automatic safety braking system apparently failed, the transport minister said.

Poland to ask Germany about satirical Carnival float

The Polish government has taken offense at a German Carnival float that satirizes the country's ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and plans to raise the matter with the German government, Poland's foreign minister said Tuesday.

Irish deploy military-style checkpoints to suppress gang war

Ireland's police force deployed military-style road checkpoints Tuesday as the government announced toughened measures to try to prevent a gang war in Dublin from claiming more lives.

UAE picks woman to be first "happiness" minister

The United Arab Emirates has named a woman as its first minister of state for happiness and appointed a 22-year-old to a ministerial post overseeing youth affairs in a Cabinet shake-up designed to inject fresh thinking into the oil-rich country's government.

Ex-employee of Israeli PM wins abuse case

An Israeli court has ruled in favor of a former member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's housekeeping staff who had complained he was mistreated by Netanyahu's wife, Sara.


Car strikes gas tanker in Pakistan, killing 10

A Pakistani police official says a car slammed into a gas tanker, causing a fireball that killed 10 people, including six children.


Germany: 5 go on trial for aiding Islamic extremist groups

Four men and one woman have gone on trial in Germany accused of supporting Islamic extremist groups in Syria.


EU and Britain have big differences over 'ever-closer union'

For Britain and the European Union, they are words that expose big philosophical differences: "Ever closer union."


Citing security, Davos organizers postpone Egypt conference

Organizers of the World Economic Forum, which holds an annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, have postponed a similar conference planned to take place in Egypt this spring over security concerns.


Jury finds 3 men guilty of helping friend travel to Syria

A British jury has found three young men guilty of helping a friend travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.


3 people killed by land mine in eastern Ukraine

At least three people have been killed in eastern Ukraine when a bus hit a land mine in a no man's land between separatist rebels and government troops.


French lawmakers to vote on divisive citizenship bill

French lawmakers will vote on a divisive bill aimed at changing the constitution to introduce the possibility of revoking the citizenship of people convicted on terrorism charges in the wake of the Paris attacks last year.


Zimbabwe needs $1.5 billion in food aid, says vice president

Zimbabwe's vice president says the drought-stricken country needs to raise $1.5 billion for food aid.


Germany cites free speech amid Polish ire at Carnival float

The German government has rejected any suggestion it might take action over a Carnival float that drew the ire of Poland's government.


Saudi-led airstrike kills Yemeni TV director, family

Yemeni security officials and witnesses say an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition killed a TV director, his wife, and three children in their home in Sanaa.


Spain: Prosecutors urge release of puppeteers in terror case

Spanish prosecutors on Wednesday called on the National Court to release two puppeteers whose arrest for allegedly praising terrorism in a show last week raised considerable controversy.


Bosnia says it is ready to submit EU membership application

Bosnia's prime minister says his country has fulfilled the preconditions for applying for EU membership and will submit its request to Brussels on Monday.


3 soldiers die after vehicle hits land mine in central Mali

Mali's defense ministry says three soldiers have been killed after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Mali's central Mopti region.


Despite protests, Greek PM says reforms 'not optional'

Protesting farmers said Wednesday they are planning to camp outside parliament and hold a 48-hour protest against government pension reforms.