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IMF withholds bailout money for Cyprus
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it won't release $108 million (88 million euros) in rescue money for bailed-out Cyprus after the country's parliament voted to hold a key foreclosure law from taking effect at the end of December....

World War II bomb defused in German city
BERLIN (AP) -- A World War II bomb has been successfully defused in an eastern German city after some 9,700 people were evacuated from the surrounding area and a meeting of a state legislature was interrupted....

Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear
MOSCOW (AP) -- Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years....

Study: large carnivores gaining ground in Europe
BERLIN (AP) -- Brown bears, grey wolves and other large carnivores are making a comeback in Europe....

Ireland repays $11 billion to IMF years early
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland has repaid 9 billion euros ($11 billion) to the International Monetary Fund several years early, a move that saves heavy interest costs and illustrates the strong Irish rebound after its bailout....

FACT CHECK: Putin on the ruble collapse, Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference Thursday:...

Russian sailors leaving France without warship
PARIS (AP) -- Hundreds of Russian sailors pulled out of a French port Thursday, bearing perfumes for their loved ones but lacking the controversial bounty they came for: a 1-billion-euro, French-built warship that has become a hostage to the biggest East-West conflict since the Cold War....