A bird flies past a banner, showing an image of the European Commission's new President Jean-Claude Juncker, on the facade of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels in this November 4, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files

New leadership seeks to rebuild EU self-confidence

BRUSSELS - Short, snappy and focussed on two priorities - reviving sagging investment in Europe and standing firm towards Russia, the first EU summit under new leadership was a demonstrative break with the past.  Full Article 

U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Iraq, three in Syria 3:40pm GMT

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led forces attacked Islamic State targets on Sunday with 13 air strikes in Iraq and three in Syria, using fighter, bomber and other aircraft, the U.S. military said.


Elton John marries partner under new law

6:06pm GMT

LONDON - British musician Elton John on Sunday married his long-term partner David Furnish, converting their civil partnership after laws allowing gay marriage in Britain came into force this year.


Analysis - Economic issues whip up Israelis in chocolate pudding election

5:02pm GMT

JERUSALEM - Israel's high cost of living is set to dominate a March 17 election that could shake up Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, with voter anger symbolised by an overpriced dessert.


FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup

1:56pm GMT

LONDON - England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying on Sunday.


Insight - As Ford closes, European rust belt seeks new ideas

10:12am GMT

GENK, Belgium - In the heart of western Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt another blow.


Yazidis cheer Kurds on Iraqi mountain for breaking Islamic State siege

5:19pm GMT

SINJAR MOUNTAIN, Iraq - Iraqi Kurdish fighters flashed victory signs as they swept across the northern side of Sinjar mountain on Saturday, two days after breaking through to free hundreds of Yazidis trapped there for months by Islamic State fighters.