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French police on the hunt for poachers who killed a white rhino in a zoo

French police are attempting to track down poachers who broke into a zoo where they killed a young white rhinoceros before sawing off its horn.

Germany's challenge: How will schools absorb thousands of Syrian children?

To hear their Syrian parents tell it, Yasser and Taha, ages 6 and 9, were the driving force behind the family’s decision to make an arduous overland trek across half of Europe to reach safety in Germany.

Russia reopens 1998 murder probe; Putin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a suspect

Kremlin critic and dispossessed Yukos tycoon Khodorkovsky said suspect in 1998 contract killing

Postal worker believed he would never see family again, kidnap trial told

A postal worker has described how he believed he would never see his partner and baby again during a kidnapping and robbery in County Louth.

Latest: Tragic deaths not the first time O'Brien family devastated by fire

Latest: According to media reports this evening this is the second time the family has been affected by a fire tragedy.

UK's May defeated as lawmakers demand power to reject final Brexit terms

Britain's upper house of parliament voted to give lawmakers more power to reject the final terms of the country's exit from the European Union.

Germany’s ‘powerhouse’ economy is cracking and investors need to be wary, economist warns

Germany is often described as the “powerhouse” of Europe, but the health of the world’s fourth largest economy is not as rosy as most people think, according to one economist.

ECB holds interest rates at zero percent; Draghi says sense of urgency easing

The European Central Bank announced a continuation of the bank's generous asset-buying program while keeping interest rates unchanged.

Op-Ed: European populist protectionism against China is economic self-harm

China, alone among the big powers, is the one unambiguous friend of the EU and of greater European unity.

Why the ECB could be forced to exercise 'nuclear' policies in the event of a political crisis

The ECB is faced with a unique political challenge this year and could implement its "nuclear" policy to weather a populist storm; analysts.

'Every time I see a report of a dead body, I ring the gardaí', says father of man missing for 21 years

Denis jnr, aged 23, left his family home in Caherdavin, Limerick, 21 years ago today, March 9, 1996.

Russian Revolution at 100: No joy for Putin

The 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution is an awkward moment for Vladimir Putin, who would rather not remind people of the power of dissent.

Merkel warns Turkey over democracy while urging closer ties

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Thursday that Turkey's approach to democracy and the rule of law are "deeply problematic" to the country's future cooperation with the European Union.

Russia urged to ban 'Beauty and the Beast'

A Russian lawmaker has urged Moscow to ban "Beauty and the Beast" after labeling it "a blatant, shameless propaganda of sin and perverted sexual relationships."

Party leaders to weigh 'exit plan' for embattled Fillon

A defiant François Fillon says he will not end his bid for France's presidency. The embattled Republican candidate tweeted Sunday that he would not withdraw after it was announced that a "respectful exit plan" will be discussed at a party meeting on Monday.

Fake job claims, probes mar French election

A rumor of an affair, a series of fake job scandals and a handful of investigations -- the French presidential election campaign has not lacked for drama.

UK foreign secretary to meet Russia's Lavrov

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is to meet his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow for "high-level talks" on Syria and Ukraine in the coming weeks, the UK Foreign Office said.

Ireland: Human remains found at former home

Excavations have uncovered "significant quantities of human remains" at a former home for unwed mothers and bab run by nuns in Ireland, officials said Friday.

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