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January 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Cuban government has resumed formal diplomatic contacts with eight European nations, Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said. Cuba's relations with Europe chilled after Castro cracked down on the island's dissidents in March 2003. Roque told a news conference that Cuban authorities would immediately begin meeting with ambassadors from France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Greece, Portugal and Sweden. Cuba already had reestablished formal contact with Spain, Belgium and Hungary.
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June 16, 2013 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - On the surface, President Obama would seem to have a strong hand as he heads to the annual Group of 8 economic summit. Instead, the meetings Monday and Tuesday seem set to provide the first test of how much his administration's international agenda has been complicated by revelations of U.S. surveillance of telephone use and the Internet. The issues that dominated the last several economic summits have receded in advance of the meeting, which will be held at a gorgeous golf resort in Northern Ireland.
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May 9, 1990 | Associated Press
President Frederik W. de Klerk of South Africa arrived here today on the first stop of an 18-day European tour viewed by his government as a major step toward ending decades of international isolation. Buoyed by a breakthrough in black-white negotiations at home, De Klerk plans to meet with presidents and prime ministers in nine West European countries--the most extensive trip by a South African leader since the governing National Party took power in 1948.
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April 18, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The British and French governments have asked the United Nations to investigate what they believe is credible evidence that the Syrian regime has used small amounts of chemical weapons in recent months, officials said Thursday. The evidence, including soil samples and witness testimony, is not definitive. But the indications are such that "we are pressing the United Nations to investigate further and raising our concerns with international partners," said a British diplomat who requested anonymity in addressing a sensitive matter.
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March 27, 2003 | From Associated Press
NATO signed up seven eastern European nations to become members Wednesday, an expansion hailed as a historic reunification of the continent after decades of Cold War division. In an emotional ceremony at NATO headquarters, foreign ministers from Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Estonia and Latvia approved the formal protocols of adhesion. NATO invited the seven to join at a November summit in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic.
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September 9, 1994 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Justice and Interior ministers from most major European nations embarked Thursday on their first joint attempt to combat the growing threat of international organized crime, which has mushroomed in the post-Cold War era. At a news conference, German Interior Minister Manfred Kanther hailed the meeting as "an extremely important day for Europe . . . and for the coordination of (its) internal security." The initial steps, however, were modest.
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December 11, 1991 | JOEL HAVEMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaders of 12 Western European nations reached a historic agreement Tuesday to link their political as well as economic destinies, but Britain elected to let the other 11 go their own way on worker rights and a common European currency. Concluding two arduous days of negotiations, British Prime Minister John Major joined the heads of Germany, France and the nine other members of the European Community in approving procedures for developing joint foreign and defense policies.
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February 22, 1989 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
The government of Iran recalled its ambassadors from the countries of the European Community on Tuesday in response to united European action against Iran over a threat to kill novelist Salman Rushdie. The 12 European Community members decided Monday in Brussels to recall their ambassadors from Iran because the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran's supreme leader, has called for Rushdie to be killed for perceived offenses to Muslims in his novel "The Satanic Verses."
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August 1, 1993 | KIM UPTON
Nine European Community countries will begin accepting a common visa from travelers from 120 countries Dec. 1, allowing those travelers to cross the borders between EC countries without immigration formalities. Although Americans do not need visas to enter any of the European countries in question, it will mean that they will have to show their passports only once, when reaching their first European country, but not when traveling among them.
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November 7, 1985 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
Ten projects were announced Wednesday by the 18 European nations taking part in a program known as Eureka, which is designed to keep Western Europe from being outpaced by the United States and Japan in high-technology research and production. Representatives of the 18 countries, concluding a two-day meeting in Hanover, West Germany, agreed to set up a formal coordinating body.
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December 3, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Israel is facing an onslaught of criticism from European allies over its decision to revive a controversial West Bank settlement project known as E-1, which critics say could destroy efforts to create a Palestinian state. The governments of Britain, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark called their Israeli ambassadors in for meetings Monday to formally complain about the project, located on the outskirts of Jerusalem. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the U.S., which has opposed the project for nearly 20 years, is urging "Israeli leaders to reconsider these actions.
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June 1, 2012 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS - The head of the 188-country International Monetary Fund says school-deprived kids in sub-Saharan Africa "deserve more sympathy" than recession-hit Greeks. European officials keep warning Athens to fulfill its austerity commitments or give up bailout funds, while also urging companies to gird themselves for a Greek exit from the Eurozone, whose members share the euro currency. Those are not the supportive words Greece would like to hear from its European peers and creditors.
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May 14, 2012 | By Henry Chu and Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS - As Greece lurches along without a government, its deepening political crisis is fast turning into a war of wills in which Europe's economy potentially hangs in the balance. On one side are the Greek politicians who accuse other Europeans of trying to "terrorize" their country into accepting more draconian austerity cuts and who warn that if Greece gets kicked out of the euro, "Europe will be doomed. " On the other are officials in Brussels, Berlin and other capitals, who say that expelling Greece from the Eurozone would be regrettable but "can be managed" if Athens reneges on the tough terms to which it has agreed in exchange for two international bailouts.
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December 9, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
In a week that was supposed to end with a deal to resolve Europe's financial troubles, investors and economists still have their gaze firmly fixed on how the continent would aid some of its debt-ridden countries. An agreement reached by most members of the European Union early Friday puts some basic measures in place to help deal with the more than yearlong crisis. The deal was greeted with a quick burst of enthusiasm in the markets and allowed some attention to shift to the latest good data on the U.S. economy, an attitude likely to spill into next week.
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November 1, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
A major Wall Street trading firm run by one of the most storied names in finance became the first major casualty of the European financial crisis. MF Global filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday after sustaining big losses on its holdings of debt issued by Italy, Spain and other troubled European nations. The firm had been run for the last year and a half by Jon Corzine, the former head of Goldman Sachs, who rose to become a U.S. senator and New Jersey governor. MF Global's downfall came after a chaotic week in which clients stopped trading with the firm and investors sold shares in the company, echoing the sequence of events that led to Lehman Bros.' massive bankruptcy in 2008.
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October 27, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
The latest plan to save Europe from its debt crisis was greeted with a burst of self-congratulation from the bleary-eyed leaders who negotiated it and a respite from the months of pounding by the continent's financial markets. But the politicians who struck an early-morning deal in Brussels to avert financial collapse still face another ominous threat: a slide back into recession for their economies that could undermine the debt agreement as well as bring even greater social disorder to their streets.
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March 12, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A senior West German official declared Sunday that only the four principal victorious World War II Allies could participate with Bonn and East Berlin in talks concerning German reunification. The statement by Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was certain to displease some other European nations, particularly Poland.
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September 18, 1990 | JOEL HAVEMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The foreign ministers of the 12 nations of the European Community agreed Monday to expel military personnel from the Iraqi embassies in their capitals and to limit the freedom of other Iraqi diplomats to travel within their borders. But the foreign ministers, in their second such joint effort, again fell short of consensus on financial aid to Turkey, Jordan and Egypt, which have lost substantial export markets because of the U.N. economic embargo against Iraq and Kuwait.
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September 22, 2011 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
With his now-familiar mix of bombast, politics and theater, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday denounced the United States and its European allies as colonialist "slave masters" intent on wrecking the world economy, prompting dozens of Western diplomats to walk out. As in previous years, Ahmadinejad used his appearance at the United Nations General Assembly to condemn the United States and its allies, accusing them of causing centuries...
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August 12, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
As the bailouts of Greece, Ireland and Portugal are dwarfed by new worries about economic weaknesses in heavyweights such as Italy, Spain and now France, there is little agreement among Europe's leaders on how to fix the problem. Investor fears about a possible downgrade of France's triple-A rating fueled a heavy stock sell-off Wednesday that quickly spread to U.S. markets. The markets appeared to stabilize Thursday. Jorgo Chatzimarkakis is a member of the European Parliament's budget committee and a member of the executive committee of the Free Democrats, the junior partner in Germany's governing coalition.
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