Study sheds light on origins of French winemaking

PARIS (AP) — Scrapings from the bottoms of 2,500-year-old pottery containers have shed new light on the origins of French winemaking. A team of archaeologists led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Patrick McGovern used biomolecular analysis to confirm…
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Lofty art: Painting visible only from Eiffel Tower

PARIS (AP) — Art is often seen as lofty — but perhaps none more than a new roof installation in Paris that’s only visible from the top of the Eiffel Tower. The work, a huge 700-square-meter (7,500-square-foot) painting…

Germany: Apology in far-right murder trial

BERLIN (AP) — One of the five defendants in Germany’s highest-profile neo-Nazi murder trial in decades has apologized to the victims’ families. Holger Gerlach is accused of aiding the National Socialist Underground, whose members are alleged to have…

A look at the latest Syria developments

BEIRUT (AP) — Here are the latest developments in the Syria crisis: — Austria announces it is withdrawing 377 U.N. peacekeepers from the Golan Heights after Syrian rebels briefly overran a crossing point near the border with Israel,…

Heavy security in Tunisia to protect Erdogan

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — As Turkey’s leader visited Tunisia on Thursday, two small demonstrations took place in Tunis in support of the anti-government protests taking place in Turkey. But no violence was reported as Tunisia’s military protected the…

Brazilian billionaire’s son convicted in death

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The son of Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a cyclist. The 21-year-old Thor Batista hit the cyclist last year while driving his Mercedes-Benz SLR…

Over 100 Chinese miners arrested in Ghana

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A spokesman for Ghana’s immigration service said that 161 Chinese nationals, who were arrested for illegal gold mining this week, will be deported to China. Francis Palm-Deti, spokesman for Ghana’s Immigration Service, said the…

Ethiopia summons Egypt’s ambassador over Nile dam

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is demanding an official explanation from Egypt after comments from politicians suggesting Egypt attack or sabotage a Nile River dam Ethiopia is building upstream from parched Egypt. Ministry…

Roadside bomb kills 3 policemen in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a roadside bomb targeting police has killed three officers and wounded another in northwestern Pakistan. Senior police officer Shafiullah Khan says the dead and injured officers were guarding a key road on…

Israeli military plans social media clampdown

JERUSALEM (AP) — Some Israeli soldiers will soon be unfriending Facebook following a new crackdown on social media use. The military said Thursday it will soon issue new restrictions on the use of Facebook and other social media…

Thousands protest lack of Bosnia law on ID numbers

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Nearly 3,000 people have formed a chain around Bosnia’s parliament on Thursday, saying they won’t let politicians go home until they start doing their jobs instead of keeping the country paralyzed with ethnic bickering.…

When mighty Danube floods, Europe is shaken

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The mighty Danube is not the only river in Europe bursting its banks this week, but it packs the biggest punch. Winding 2,850 kilometers (1,777 miles) across 10 nations, the Danube is the second-longest…

2 suspected in Danish police data hacking

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish founder of the file-sharing site The Pirate Bay is suspected along with a Dane of hacking into a company handling sensitive information for the Danish police, officials said Thursday. Denmark’s justice minister…
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Putin on Russia’s naval plans in the Mediterranean

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says Russia will permanently keep a navy squadron in the Mediterranean Sea to protect its interests. Speaking at Thursday’s meeting with the military brass, Putin said the move shouldn’t be interpreted as…

Car bombs kill 14 in Iraq, officials say

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say two car bomb explosions in Baghdad have killed at least six people and wounded more than two dozen. A police officer says a parked car bomb ripped through a livestock market on…