Tales of official excess, now on social media, spur popular fury in Russia

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_RUS140320aa001.jpegMOSCOW — As millions of ordinary Russians struggle to make ends meet, the unashamedly opulent lifestyles of wealthy government officials are sparking increasing anger and resentment. And social media is bringing to light examples of high living once shielded by high gates and shaded car windows.

Much of the recent popular fury is directed at First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, the country’s third-most-powerful politician behind President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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Austria to take ownership of house where Hitler was born

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_DEU130827AA001.jpegBERLIN — Austria announced Tuesday it would take over and possibly destroy the house where Adolf Hitler was born to prevent right-wing extremists from using it as a pilgrimage site.

"The decision is necessary because Austria would like to prevent this house from becoming a 'cult site' for neo-Nazis in any way. It has been used repeatedly for this in the past, when people gathered there to shout (Nazi) slogans," Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said.

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Britain backed Brexit - now Greeks eye 'Grexit'

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_GEN12112AA001.jpegATHENS - At a petrol station in Ayia Paraskevi, an upscale Athens neighborhood, Vasiliki Tryfonopoulou, 30, said that fuel taxes had risen by 30% amidst Greece's ongoing financial crisis. This, coupled with a new levy on car owners imposed by the government, has forced many Greeks to leave their vehicles at home.

"We used to be nine employees here. Now we're five," she said, as her co-workers pumped gas and washed cars outside.

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Italians to Americans: Beware of Trump-like candidates

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_USA160101aa001.jpegROME — Speaking from hard-earned experience, Italians offer a warning to American voters: Think twice before electing Donald Trump.

That advice is based on the fact that Italy chose a Trump-like leader — and many later came to regret it.

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Austrian court overturns presidential election result

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_AUS141122aa001.jpegVIENNA — Austria’s highest court on Friday overturned the result of the May presidential election and called for a rerun, a legal victory for the far-right candidate who lost by a razor-thin margin.

“Elections are the foundation of our democracy. This decision makes no one a winner or loser, it serves to strengthen the trust,” Constitutional Court head Gerhart Holzinger said.

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Turkey’s cratering tourism industry sinks further

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR160606aa003.jpegISTANBUL — Turkey’s cratering tourism industry has prompted hotel operators and shopkeepers to file for bankruptcy, others to demonstrate against the government and some to offer "tourism prayers" at mosques in hopes of a miraculous turnaround.

More likely, tourism will sink even further after Tuesday’s terrorist attack at Ataturk International Airport, the latest in a string of bombings in Turkey over the past year that has scared away cruise ships, tour groups and other foreign visitors.

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Istanbul too numb to be shocked by airport attack

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR0160606aa002.jpegISTANBUL — Some avoid the subways, others the main squares. But many Turks in this sprawling metropolis say such precautions are useless after this week's suicide bombing at Ataturk airport because it's only a matter of time until the next terrorist attack.

Previous attacks here, in Brussels and in Paris drew huge crowds onto the streets in solidarity against terrorism. But after Tuesday's bombing, which killed 44 and wounded hundreds, the response in Istanbul was noticeably muted.

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Routine night of Istanbul airport duty, then horror and death

b_160_0_16777215_00_images_TUN130207AA001.jpegYusuf Haznedaroğlu had finished a work shift at the Istanbul airport Tuesday night and was waiting for a shuttle. He was to be married in 10 days. Taxi driver Mustafa Biyikli was ready for another fare. Translator Ertan Tan, whose wife is six months pregnant, had just dropped off tourists.

Nisreen Melham, 28, a Palestinian woman living in Saudi Arabia, had just arrived in Turkey for a vacation with her husband and 3-year-old daughter.

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Voices: A savage attack in a much-changed Turkey

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR130607aa004.jpegIt was seven years ago that I first visited Turkey. The country I encountered no longer exists.

The country’s leader, then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was being held up as a democratic reformer. Turkey’s economy was booming, especially when compared with Europe, which was still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis.

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Officials: Early airport security helped disrupt Istanbul attack

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR130614aa004.jpegISTANBUL — A new security regimen at Ataturk airport apparently helped disrupt the plans of three terrorists looking to penetrate deeper into the terminal and wreak more havoc, Turkey's prime minister said Wednesday.

The attackers' suicide bombs killed 42 people, but the death toll was likely lower after an encounter with guards at the terminal's doorway forced them to split up and set off the explosives earlier than planned.

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40 killed in suicide attack at Istanbul airport

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR160606aa001.jpegPARIS — A bloody day in the heart of the City of Light left some of France’s best-known journalists dead and police tracking down the native Islamist terrorists suspected of carrying out the murders to avenge what they said were insults to the founder of their faith. One suspect surrendered and two others were missing.

The well-coordinated early-morning attack on the editorial offices of the Charlie Hebdo targeted the editor of the bitingly satiric weekly, Stephane Charbonnier, nine colleagues and a security guard, all murdered in cold blood by masked assailants who reportedly called out the names of their victims as they were shot.

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41 killed in suicide attack at Istanbul airport

tur130301AA001ISTANBUL — At least 41 people died and dozens more were injured late Tuesday after three suspected Islamic State terrorists blew themselves up at Ataturk International Airport, according to Turkish officials.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said three suicide bombers were responsible for the attack and all initial indications suggest the Islamic State group was behind it.

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Istanbul airport: A scene of gunfire, bombs and sirens

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR130614aa004.jpegA terrorist attack at Turkey's Istanbul Ataturk airport began with gunfire followed by explosions and the wail of ambulance sirens.

When it was over, at least 41 people were dead, more than 230 were wounded and hundreds of travelers and people waiting for them were reeling from the aftermath. Turkish officials said the dead included 13 foreigners.

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Brexit realities begin to sink in for stunned Britons, Europeans

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_Currency.jpegBERLIN — Lorraine Jacobs-Hyde is glad she applied for a German passport before the Brexit vote last week. “I’ve put in all my papers, and I’m waiting for it,” said the British housewife who has lived in Germany for 15 years. “Things might change being a British citizen here. I’ll start needing visas.”

A native of Brighton on England’s southern coast, Ms. Jacobs-Hyde and her German husband have been raising their two children in Germany. Neither of her children has passports for the United Kingdom. She never imagined until recently that they would need them. Now, given the stunning vote that will soon take her native country out of the European Union, she is not sure.

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After Brexit, could there be Grexit?

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_GRC130306AA001.jpegAthens, Greece - Eleni Peck and her British husband, Paul Peck, both 46, chose to raise their children in Greece rather than the United Kingdom. The idea of Brexit wasn't strange to them. Both of their countries' potential EU departures have been in the news for a long time.

Brexit dominated the Greek media on Friday. After so much drama over Greece's potential exit from the EU and its heroic efforts to remain in the bloc, it was British voters who elected to leave.

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Europeans shocked, worried over 'Brexit'

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_GBR130318AA001.jpegBERLIN — Europeans reacted with a mixture of shock, worry and disbelief to the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union. The reaction ranged from practical concerns about visas and travel to worries about the future of Europe.

"It's absolutely horrendous, devastating," said Martin Suss, 25, a graphic designer from Stuttgart who lives in Berlin. "I didn't fully think it was possible. What now?"

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Police fatally shoot gunman who took hostages at German theater

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_DEU160606aa001.jpegBERLIN - Police shot and killed a masked gunman Thursday who had opened fire in a cinema and taken hostages in a small town in western Germany, according to German authorities.

Initial reports in the German media indicated that at least 25 people had been injured in the melee, possibly by tear gas, but police said later that no one was hurt.

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Shunned by West, Putin seeks friend, financier on China visit

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_RUS140804AA001.jpegMOSCOW — The Kremlin’s much-vaunted “pivot to China” takes another big step forward Saturday when Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Beijing on a state visit that Moscow hopes will strengthen relations between the countries and provide a boost to Russia’s tanking economy.

The visit offers Mr. Putin a welcome break from a string of challenges elsewhere, but whether the Chinese will be such accommodating hosts is another question.

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Brits living in Europe fear 'Brexit' could change their lives

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_EUR130204AA001.jpegLONDON — Millions of Britons and other Europeans living outside their home countries fear that a British exit from the European Union could force a major change in their way of life, from visas to jobs.

Sybille Hazward, 39, an Austrian who has been in London 10 years and runs a fitness company, said she wants the United Kingdom to remain in the EU and believes the “entire stability of Europe” depends on Thursday's vote on the issue.

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Brexit vote terrifies Eastern Europeans who see need for EU economy, reforms from communism

POL151226aa001WARSAW — Many in Eastern Europe — who have been part of the European Union for only a little more than a decade — are looking on with a mixture of disbelief, anxiety and horror as Britons go to the polls in a referendum Thursday that could put the whole point of the alliance in doubt.

Pollsters say the “Brexit” vote on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union too close to predict, but the view from the other end of the continent is very different. In the past decade, millions of people from the region have traveled to Britain for work, pleasure or study. The ties are strong, people say, and could be in jeopardy if the “Leave” forces prevail.

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Rome's first female mayor takes victory lap after landslide win

ITA130306AA001ROME — The Eternal City's first female executive vowed Monday to be "a mayor for all Romans," as final election results showed her populist campaign winning in a landslide over a candidate representing Italy's political establishment.

Virginia Raggi, 37, an outsider from an upstart political party, won on a tide of voter anger over what many view as the mainstream political system's ties to corruption and cronyism. Official results showed Raggi won two-thirds of the vote in a runoff against Roberto Giachetti.

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Across the Channel, Europe hedges bets as Britain votes on EU exit

GER130222AA001BERLIN | Days before Britain’s referendum on staying in the European Union, those on continental Europe — especially expat Brits — are pleading with U.K. voters to stay and reassessing their life plans and opportunities if the vote goes the other way.

“I have been making plans to move back to Great Britain to go to graduate school, but the idea of moving back to a U.K. which is not part of Europe is very unpleasant,” said Jen, 27, a Berlin-based editor from Birmingham who declined to give her last name. “In fact, it would be enough to make me reconsider the move.”

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Greek athletes struggle to make it to the Rio Olympics

GRC130306AA001Thessaloniki, Greece - More than a decade after the 2004 Athens Olympics, many of the once-gleaming athletic venues lie unused and destroyed. And the pride that came with successfully hosting the Games has now turned to anger.

In fact, many believe that the Games contributed to Greece's public debt, which resulted in six years of austerity policies and budget cuts across all areas, including professional sports.

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European Universities Seek to Integrate Refugees

NET140724aa001AMSTERDAM—The challenges and opportunities of integrating refugees into European institutions for higher education were the focus of a two-day seminar held in Amsterdam on June 9 and 10.

Organized by the European Association of International Education (EAIE), an Amsterdam-based non-profit association for the internationalization of education in Europe, the conference focused on the situation European universities face as they try to serve the young refugees who have flooded into Europe.

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Donald Trump set for chilly reception on visit to Scotland, Ireland

USA160101aa001TURNBERRY, Scotland — Summer is in full swing on Scotland’s idyllic west coast. But Donald Trump is set for a chilly reception on his forthcoming visit here and in Ireland next week for a quick tour of his real estate holdings.

On June 22 Mr. Trump, who has Scottish ancestry, plans to touch down here to mark the official reopening of the luxury Turnberry golf resort he has been redeveloping at a reported investment of $285 million. He is tentatively scheduled to fly on to Ireland to check on another of his golf resort investments, although new reports this week cast some doubt on whether that part of the trip will come off.

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