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Polish forest’s fate uncertain

It is the last remaining relic of an ancient forest that stretched for millennia across the lowlands of Europe and Russia, a shadowy, mossy woodland where bison and lynx roam beneath towering oak trees up to 600 years old.

Putin warns Russia will respond to NATO missile shield

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday described the development of NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense program as a threat to global security and vowed that his nation will take the necessary steps to maintain a strategic parity.

European court OKs crackdown on e-cigarettes, packaging

The European Union’s top court dealt a blow to the tobacco industry Wednesday by approving sweeping new rules that will require plain cigarette packs, ban menthol cigarettes and regulate the growing electronic cigarette market.

Weak U.S. hiring report sends stocks lower

U.S. and global stock indexes moved lower a second day Wednesday following a dismal report on job creation that gave investors concern over the state of the economy. The data followed a round of economic news out of China and Europe a day earlier that also suggested sluggish growth.

Eurozone economy regains size of 2008 but remains shaky

It’s been a long and tortuous journey, but the eurozone economy is finally back to the size it was before the global financial crisis. The 19-country currency union, which as a bloc is the world’s second-largest economy, enjoyed an unexpected acceleration in the first three months of the year, when it expanded by a quarterly rate of 0.6 percent, official figures showed Friday.

Team Challenge Cup adds skaters after online voting

Following online voting, several skaters have been added to the rosters of the three continent-based teams that will compete in the upcoming Team Challenge Cup, which kicks off later this month.

U.S. to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe

The Pentagon plans to deploy an armored brigade combat team to Eastern Europe next February as part of the ongoing effort to rotate troops in and out of the region to reassure allies worried about threats from an increasingly aggressive Russia.

Pope Francis presides over Good Friday Colosseum procession

Pope Francis is presiding over a Good Friday procession at Rome’s Colosseum. It is his first major Holy Week religious service drawing a large outdoor crowd since the Brussels attacks prompted heightened security across Europe.

EU agrees stance on Turkey migrant deal

European Union leaders have agreed upon a common stance on a plan to send tens of thousands of migrants back to Turkey something they will propose to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu later on Friday.

European Central Bank surprises with strong stimulus action

The European Central Bank cut all its main interest rates, expanded its bond-buying stimulus program, and offered new cheap loans to banks, making an unexpectedly aggressive effort to boost inflation and economic growth in the 19 countries that share the euro.

EU ratchets up sanctions on North Korea

The European Union has boosted sanctions against North Korea in line with a U.N. Security Council Resolution imposing new measures over Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

Geneva Auto Show: Carmakers bet on SUVs, new technology

Automakers looking to support sales in the face of global economic uncertainty are betting on new SUVs and the promise of high-tech as they try to outshine each other at the Geneva International Motor Show.