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Greek farmers clash with police during mass protest in Athens

A bonfire staged by farmers burns outside of the Greek parliament in Athens during a rally against pension reform on February 12, 2016Some 10,000 farmers joined by worker unionists gathered in the central Syntagma Square according to police, waving Greek flags and led by 20 tractors loudly blaring their horns. "We are determined to stay here 10 days, we've brought tents," said Stavros Haralas, a farmer from the northern region of Pieria. Earlier in the day, farmers from the island of Crete had clashed with riot police outside the agriculture ministry after arriving by ferries at the port of Piraeus.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:03:33 -0500
Teen arrested in Britain linked to hack of US spy chiefs

British police say they arrested a teenager for a series of hacking attacks targeting top officials at the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, the White House and other federal agenciesBritish police said Friday they had arrested a teenager on hacking charges, as media reports said the youth was suspected of cracking the personal accounts of top US intelligence officials. The news followed a series of bold hacking attacks for which credit was claimed by someone with the screen name "Cracka" who targeted top officials at the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, the White House and other federal agencies. FBI officials declined to comment on the reports.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:03:22 -0500
Cosby's lawyers try again to get his sex assault case tossed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Lawyers for Bill Cosby are trying again to have the comedian's sex assault case in Pennsylvania dismissed.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:00:54 -0500
Obstacles abound in prosecution of Texas priest in cold case

This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office shows John Feit. The former priest has been arrested Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Arizona in the 1960 slaying of a 25-year-old Texas schoolteacher and beauty queen, Irene Garza. (Maricopa County Sheriffs Office via AP)HOUSTON (AP) Prosecutors face a tough road in their case against a former priest accused this week in the killing of a young Texas teacher and beauty queen nearly 56 years ago, according to legal experts.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:58:26 -0500
Manhole cover crashes into SUV's windshield, killing driver

BOSTON (AP) A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV's windshield on a major highway, killing a woman as she drove during the Friday morning commute, authorities said.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:56:10 -0500
Facebook nude-painting case can face trial in France

A visitor takes a picture with a phone of Gustave Courbet's 1866 "The Origin of the World," painting which depicts female genitalia at Musee d'Orsay museum, in Paris, France, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Facebook lost a crucial legal battle Friday as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of Courbet's famous 19th-century nude painting. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS (AP) If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:54:54 -0500
Presses to fall silent at Independent as paper goes online-only

A man picks up a copy of The Independent newspaper from outside a newsagent in Kensington in west LondonBy Kate Holton and Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Independent is to disappear from news stands next month after its owner took the left-leaning title online only, one of the first national newspapers in the world to buckle under pressure from the internet. While other titles splashed popular fare like weddings, births and deaths of the royal family, the Independent focused on wars in the middle east and developments in science. In its 1990s heyday it briefly sold more copies than Rupert Murdoch's Times newspaper, but from a peak of around 400,000 copies a day then, circulation has fallen to little more than one-tenth of that figure today despite innovations like moving to a tabloid from broadsheet format.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:54:02 -0500
The Latest: Pope, patriarch sign declaration on unity

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, left, kisses Pope Francis as they meet at the Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. This is the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism within Christianity. (Max Rossi/Pool photo via AP)HAVANA (AP) The latest on Pope Francis's historic meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and his subsequent trip to Mexico (all times local):

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:52:08 -0500
Argentina, 'vulture funds' still at odds over repayment

Mediator Daniel Pollack speaks with media after negotiations with creditors in New York on February 5, 2016Argentina's toughest "holdout" creditors have not accepted its repayment offer despite intense marathon negotiations this week, a US mediator said Friday. Daniel Pollack, the court-appointed mediator in the negotiations, said that although two of the six main hedge fund creditors had accepted the "landmark" $6.5 billion offer, the other four had yet to accept. "Intensive discussions between and among high-ranking Argentine government officials, principals of those four firms and me have continued through the week," Pollack said.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:51:15 -0500
Germany's Merkel says getting confident about UK deal with EU

German Chancellor Merkel holds speech during traditional historic banquet "Matthiae-Mahlzeit" (St. Matthew's Day Banquet) at town hall in HamburgGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she is becoming more confident a deal to keep Britain in the European Union will be reached, but she warned more compromises may be needed on both sides. Speaking at an event in Hamburg attended by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Merkel said issues such as changes to social security systems needed to be placed in a European context, not only a British concern. Cameron has said he hopes to come to an agreement with EU leaders over his plans to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the bloc at an EU summit on Feb. 18-19, paving the way for a British referendum on EU membership this summer.

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:50:46 -0500
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