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France's court annuls Kazakh banker's extradition to Russia
PARIS (AP) -- A top French court refused to hand over a Kazakh banker-turned-dissident to Russia despite accusations he embezzled millions, saying it considered the extradition request from Moscow to be "politically motivated."...

Italy's Monte dei Paschi denies ECB notice on deadline
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Shares in troubled Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena plunged Friday following news reports that the bank's request for more time to raise new capital from investors had been rejected by regulators. But the bank said it hadn't received official notification and was planning to hold another board meeting on Sunday....

French president offers support to key Cyprus peace talks
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- France is willing to help rally international support for a summit next month aimed at clinching an agreement to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus, the country's president said Friday....

Ex-Serb FM Jeremic to give statement on 2004 army deaths
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Police have asked a former Serbian foreign minister who was a candidate to be the United Nations' next secretary-general to give a statement in connection with the unresolved killings of two army conscripts in 2004....

Syrian forces squeeze Aleppo, bring new wave of evacuations
BEIRUT (AP) -- Nearly two weeks into a crushing blitz, Syrian forces and their allies have taken control of nearly all of what was once an opposition stronghold in eastern Aleppo, touching off a new wave of evacuations Friday and raising concerns about hundreds of men who have disappeared and are feared to have been seized by the government....

The Latest: Kerry presses efforts to save Syria's Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):...

Macedonian president appeals for fair, free election Sunday
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonia's president appealed Friday for a free and fair process during an early parliamentary election that was called with international mediation to defuse a nearly two-year political crisis triggered by a massive wiretapping scandal....

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