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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.

Russian troops on high alert as part of massive drills

Russian President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops’ readiness amid continuing tensions with the West.

UK’s Cameron: Still plenty of work to do at EU reform talks

British Prime Minister David Cameron warned Friday that his nation and the European Union still have serious hurdles to overcome ahead of a mid-February summit at which he hopes to cement reforms that will persuade British voters to stay in the EU.

Discarded cell phone led to Paris attacks ringleader

French investigators tracked down the alleged ringleader of last week’s Paris bloodshed after receiving a startling tipoff: The Islamic militant wasn’t in Syria but in Europe, plotting yet another attack. A discarded cellphone found near a bloodied concert hall led them to his cousin, and then to a suburban Paris apartment where both died in a hail of bullets and explosions

Paris attacks provoke fresh migrant fears in Europe

BERLIN – The news that one of the assailants in the Paris attacks may have crossed into Europe with refugees fleeing Syria is raising the fierce debate over Europe’s immigration policy to a new pitch. Chancellor Angela Merkel, already under pressure from political foes and allies, seemed Saturday to hold onto her stance of placing no limits on the number of people Germany is willing to give refuge to – a stance that is increasingly being called into question.

‘Love locks’ starting to appear on Spokane bridge

The 60 or so metal padlocks hang from the cables strung between the supports of the Sandifur Bridge near Peaceful Valley. They offer a visual juxtaposition – the moving water contrasted with solid metal. The locks vary. Some are utilitarian Master Lock brand behemoths. Others are frilly, painted affairs with scribbled notes of adoration. Names, dates, short messages. Most represent commitment.

Travel: Not Quite Midnight in Paris

Of all the photos I’ve brought home from my travels, the watery image my camera produced without any filters or manipulation on my part, is one of my favorites. I’d somehow managed to capture exactly what I experienced: a you-had-to-be-there moment in a beautiful city with a rich, dramatic, and poetic history.