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Well-known visual artist among Oakland fire victims
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A well-known visual projection artist who toured the globe was among the 36 people killed in a fire that engulfed a dance party inside an Oakland warehouse....

Chechnya's leader says troops would fight happily in Syria
MOSCOW (AP) -- Chechnya's strongman leader said Thursday that troops in the Russian province would be happy to fight the "scum" in Syria if they receive the Kremlin order....

Prime minister announces handouts as strike cripples Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- As thousands of Greeks protested against government spending cuts during a general strike that crippled the country Thursday, struggling Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced one-off measures to ease the burden on pensioners and island residents....

Leaders of Poland, Hungary to discuss EU future, migration
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's prime minister met Thursday with her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban for informal talks on the European Union's security, economy and migrant policy....

European Central Bank adds half a trillion euros in stimulus
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The European Central Bank will pour another half-trillion euros ($579 billion) in newly printed money into the eurozone economy to support its recovery as the currency union heads into what could be a tumultuous election year....

French far-right chief nixes free class for kids of illegals
PARIS (AP) -- Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has declared that foreigners in France should go through a "waiting period" before benefiting from the country's social services and that children whose parents are in France illegally shouldn't be allowed free schooling....

Greek court rejects extradition for 2 Turkish servicemen
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A Greek court on Thursday rejected Turkey's extradition request for the last two of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after a failed July military coup, their lawyer said....