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Vardy gives Leicester hope in Sevilla defeat

Jamie Vardy's first Champions League goal gave Leicester City a lifeline in their last 16 tie despite going down 2-1 to Sevilla in Wednesday's first leg.

Pjaca, Alves strikes lift Juve past depleted Porto

Croatian starlet Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves came off the bench to strike late as Juventus overcame 10-man Porto 2-0 in their Champions League last 16 first leg Wednesday.

Egypt activist out of prison but still only half free

It's that time of day – just before 6 p.m. to be exact – when Ahmed Maher must leave his family and spend the night in a tiny room in the local police station.

Israel prevents EU lawmakers from entering Gaza Strip

Five European parliamentarians said Wednesday that Israeli authorities had prevented them from entering the Gaza Strip.

Civilians flee as west Mosul offensive begins

A few hundred civilians have fled their homes on the outskirts of western Mosul, the first reported displacement since a U.S.-backed offensive on the militants' remaining stronghold there began in the weekend.

Groundhog day in Geneva's Syria talks

When Syria peace talks restart in Geneva Thursday after 10 months in the deep-freeze, familiar disagreements are likely to resurface, despite massive changes in the military and political context.

Suicide bomber in Iraq had won money from U.K. govt

A Daesh suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said Wednesday.

U.N. concerned over new West Bank demolition plans

The United Nations raised concerns Wednesday over newly announced demolition plans in a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank that threaten dozens of buildings including a primary school.

Australia backs Israel as Netanyahu visits

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull offered a staunch defense of Israel Wednesday, criticizing the United Nations and vowing never to support one-sided resolutions calling for an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied land.

Bahrain arrests 20, moves to allow military trial of civilians

Bahraini police have arrested 20 people in a crackdown on Shiite villages, as legislators approved a constitutional amendment that could see civilians tried in military courts in the kingdom.

Europe's critical elections: Why the populists must lose

Upcoming elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany will be held in what is arguably the most febrile political environment since the European Union's creation.

The Trump bump in Moscow's market

Financial markets have been sending an interesting message about President Donald Trump and Russia.

How to survive the Trump era

In barely a month, U.S. President Donald Trump has managed to spread chaos and uncertainty – and a degree of fear that would make any terrorist proud – at a dizzying pace.

Spare us your tripe

Election polls in France resemble a yo-yo gone wild, with candidates' chances hit by everything from scandal to challenges from within their own parties.

The Trump effect? Sweden reflects on integration policy

Donald Trump's controversial statements linking immigration and crime in Sweden, a country idealized by some for its liberal values, have sparked the nation to weigh the successes and failures of its integration policy.

Long road ahead for justice and accountability in Syria

A fresh round of Syrian peace talks is set to begin in Geneva Thursday.

Peugeot maker PSA: We'll honor existing Opel job guarantees

PSA Group told German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top labor representatives that it would uphold Opel and Vauxhall job guarantees if it buys the European arm of General Motors, though some analysts say thousands of job losses are likely eventually.

Le Pen plots return of the franc

If Marine Le Pen has her way, the French will soon pay for their baguettes with francs, not euros.

Amnesty blames Trump, others in global rollback of rights

Amnesty International says toxic fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a massive global pushback against human rights.

Beijing builds up positions in South China Sea

China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

Seven Earth-size worlds found orbiting star

For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star – and these new worlds could hold life.

Leak sparks security scare for anti-Islam Dutch MP

A security scare over the safety of outspoken far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders emerged Wednesday just three weeks before a knife-edge election, after a police agent was arrested for leaking vital information about him to a Moroccan gang.

French centrist boosts Macron's bid

An influential French centrist politician dropped out of the presidency race Wednesday to form an alliance with independent candidate Emmanuel Macron – a potential game-changer in France's tightly contested election.

Iceland leader rules out ban on pineapple pizza topping

Iceland's president's strong views on pizza have caused an international stir.

South African court blocks ICC withdrawal bid

South Africa's high court blocked the government's attempt to withdraw from the International Criminal Court Wednesday.

From Parker to Gibson, a sliding scale of justice

With its dramatic swings of fortune, Hollywood's 2016 awards season has often resembled a confounding morality play.

Leaders Real stunned by struggling Valencia

Real Madrid suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at struggling Valencia Wednesday as they missed the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of La Liga after losing for only the second time in the league this season.

Mkhitaryan secures United progress

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored but was then forced off with a hamstring injury as Manchester United cruised into the Europa League last 16 with a 1-0 win at St. Etienne Wednesday.

Falcao penalty miss leaves Monaco with plenty of regrets

A penalty miss by Radamel Falcao left Monaco with plenty of Champions League regrets after they let a 2-1 lead at Manchester City turn into a devastating 5-3 defeat, coach Leonardo Jardim said.

Expect more gung-ho in City-Monaco return

Pep Guardiola and Leonardo Jardim were up and down from their seats in the dugout, trying to get messages to their players but ultimately powerless to exert any control in a chaotic game unfolding before them.

Milan thrives and laughs while Rome cries

While rays of sun warm the elegant marble monuments on Rome's skyline, Milan lies under gray crowds heavy with pollution.

At Brazilian Carnival, lyrics raise eyebrows

The typical notion of Carnival in Brazil is that anything goes: no headdress too big, no outfit too small, no song too ribald.

Many likely to live beyond 90 by 2030: study

Average life expectancy will rise in many countries by 2030, breaking through 90 years in some places, and policymakers need to make efforts to plan for it, according to a large international study.

Politics, parties as London Fashion Week ends

Political engagement, a fondness for parties past and the love of a good frill were just some of the highlights of this season's London Fashion Week.

The many mutable faces of Manal

We're all children at heart, they say.

Oscars stars snub lavish Israel trip offers

A year ago Israel offered Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and other Hollywood stars all-expenses paid luxury trips.

UN: 20 million going hungry in 4 nations; $4.4B needed soon

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations needs $4.4 billion by the end of next month to prevent "a catastrophe" of hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Just $90 million has been collected so far.

Nigeria says gunmen kidnap 2 Germans from northern village

Police say gunmen have kidnapped two Germans from a village in northern Nigeria.

Russians latest victims on French robbery motorway

A Russian couple have been robbed of jewelry and luxury goods worth some 100,000 euros on a stretch of Parisian motorway that is growing notorious for robberies of the wealthy

Thousands mourn 'blind sheikh' convicted in 1993 World Trade Center bombing

Thousands of mourners gathered in a small Egyptian town on Wednesday for the funeral of the Muslim cleric known as "the blind sheikh" who was convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York

South Lebanon liquor store attacked, one injured

A man was injured when unidentified individuals tossed a stun grenade at a liquor store in the southern city of Sidon on Wednesday

Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US

President Donald Trump is sending his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on a fence-mending mission made all the more challenging by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border

7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life

For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star - and these new worlds could hold life

Civilians start fleeing homes after west Mosul offensive begins

A few hundred civilians have fled their homes in the outskirts of western Mosul, the first reported displacement since a U.S.-backed offensive on the extremists' remaining stronghold there began at the weekend

International Support Group for Lebanon urges timely elections

Members of the International Support Group for Lebanon Wednesday called on Lebanese politicians to work together to reach a new electoral law and conduct timely elections

Muslims raise $60,000 for vandalized Jewish cemetery in Missouri

Muslim Americans have helped raise more than $66,000 to repair vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, according to an online fundraising page, amid attacks and threats against Jewish institutions

Germans snap up Trump wigs for carnival

A Bavarian maker of Donald Trump-style wigs said on Wednesday her factory has been overwhelmed by demand for the U.S. president's blonde coiffure from Germans preparing for carnival celebrations this week

Three men sustain gunshot wounds in inheritance dispute

A man Wednesday opened fire at three relatives in east Lebanon in a dispute over family inheritance.

Tenants briefly block Beirut road in protest of rent law

Lebanon's tenants Wednesday briefly blocked a road in the capital with burning tires after previous protests failed to convince authorities to revoke a controversial rent law that may go into effect soon

Serbs warn Bosnian Muslim bid at UN court revives old wounds

Top Serbian and Bosnian Serb leaders have warned that a decision by Bosnia's Muslim leader to revive a wartime genocide lawsuit against Serbia at the United Nations' top court has rekindled divisions