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Dutch Art Sleuth Helps German Police Track Down Nazi Art

Two bronze horse statues by artist Josef Thorak are transported on a flatbed trailer in Bad Duerkheim, southwestern Germany, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Fredrik von Erichsen/dpa via AP)
Two bronze horse statues by artist Josef Thorak are transported on a flatbed trailer in Bad Duerkheim, southwestern Germany, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Fredrik von Erichsen/dpa via AP)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands—A Dutch art sleuth best known for identifying works looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis said he helped German police recover two...




  • European Central Bank Governor Mario Draghi arrives for a meeting of the eurogroup finance ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, May 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    ECB Head Draghi: Growth Is ‘Too Low Everywhere’ in Europe

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  • Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande, Alexander Lukashenko, Petro Poroshenko

    A Look at EU-Russia Tug-of-War Over 6 East European Nations

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  • In this photo taken on Feb. 17 2015, Abdelmajid Touil, right, waits to be disembarked in Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Italy.  (Pasquale Claudio Montana Lampo/ANSA via AP Photo)

    Mystery Surrounds Movements of Italy’s Tunisia Bardo Suspect

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  • In this May 16, 2015 photo, the leader of Ciudadanos Party (Citizens), Albert Rivera, arrives for an electoral campaign rally for upcoming local elections in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Spanish Political Renegade Poses Threat to Dominant Parties

    BARCELONA, Spain—Nearly a decade ago, Albert Rivera caused a stir in Spanish local politics by posing nude in campaign posters. These days, he sports Hugo... Read more

  • Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, during a press conference following the meeting of the Governing Council in Frankfurt, western Germany, on Jan. 22, 2015. (Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images)

    ECB Committed to See Stimulus Program Through, Account Shows

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Accounts of the European Central Bank’s last meeting show it is committed to completing its 1.1 trillion-euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus program. The bank... Read more

  • In this late Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 photo,  Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mykhailo Markiv)

    Ukraine Lawmakers Suspend Military Cooperation With Russia

    KIEV, Ukraine—Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday voted to suspend military cooperation with Russia in a long-anticipated move signaling a further break in relations between the once-close... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, a Russian officer guard patrols at Kant, a Russian air base, outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, with a Su-25 ground attack jet parked is in background. Russia has used the base to protect its interests in the strategically placed ex-Soviet Central Asian nation. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

    Kyrgyzstan Joins Russia-Led Trade Bloc

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstanv— The Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan has joined the Eurasian Economic Union, a Russia-led trade bloc. President Almazbek Atambayev on Thursday signed the... Read more

  • An injured Ukrainian soldier Vadim Pugovetsa sits in his room at a hospital in town of Artemivsk, Ukraine, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Ukraine Open to Hosting Missile-Defense System

    KIEV, Ukraine—Ukraine is open to considering proposals to place a ballistic missile-defense system on its territory to ward off the risk of attacks from Russia,... Read more

  • In this May 4, 2015 file photo, a demonstrator holds a placard that reads: "Stop to Mass Surveillance", during a gathering at Invalides, Paris, to protest against the emergency government surveillance law. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

    For US Allies, Paradigm Shift in Intelligence Collection

    PARIS—Fearful of an expanding extremist threat, countries that for years have relied heavily on U.S. intelligence are quickly building up their own capabilities with new... Read more

  • Commuters queue to board a bus during a 24-hour strike by Lisbon's subway workers, in Lisbon, Portugal, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The strike was against pay cuts and the public company's possible privatisation. (AP/Francisco Seco)

    Despite Growth Uptick, Full Recovery Still Far for Europe

    FRANKFURT, Germany—Europe’s economy has been down so long, even a bit of growth looks like recovery. Markets were cheered, to be sure, by last week’s... Read more

  • Alexander Alexandrov, who says he is a sergeant with the Russian special forces from the Volga River city of Togliatti, lies in a military hospital bed, in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, May, 19, 2015. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Russian Captured in Eastern Ukraine Says He Is Fine

    KIEV, Ukraine—Representatives of Amnesty International and the OSCE have visited the two captured fighters whom Ukraine claims are Russian soldiers in a Kiev hospital. Russia... Read more

  • 3D-printed chicken nuggets, by Natural Machines' Foodini 3D food printer. (Courtesy of Natural Machines)

    No Need to Cook, Now You Can 3D-Print Your Food

    The Italian food company Barilla has developed the world’s first 3-D-pasta printer. Using water and semolina flour milled from durum wheat—just like the company’s traditional... Read more

  • Commander of the 92nd Brigade Viktor Nikolyuk displays a rifle seized from Russian soldiers during a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, May 18, 2015.  (AP/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Economic Toll of Conflict Builds up for Ukraine

    There seems to be no bottom for Ukraine’s economy. The extent of the damage caused by the conflict in the country’s east was highlighted in... Read more

  • first-grade bilingual teacher Gabby Nunez-Reagan writes on a SMART Board at Seth Whitman Elementary School in Belvidere. (Max Gersh/Rockford Register Star via AP)

    Unequal Schools in France Prompt Strike, Soul-Searching

    PARIS—France is proposing education reforms that would end elite bilingual programs and give schools more say in how students spend their time — a move... Read more

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during the Petersberg Climate Dialogue conference in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The international meeting on climate protection is being held in preparation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year in Paris. (Tobias Schwarz/AP)

    Merkel, Hollande Commit to Global Climate Protection

    BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande confirmed their commitment to fighting global warning Tuesday, gathering with others in Berlin to prepare for... Read more

  • Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by Under Secretary of State Sarah Sewall, left, speaks at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism reception for Heads of Delegation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Albania Hosts Security Summit on Extremist Recruitment

    TIRANA, Albania— Security officials from the western Balkans and several European Union countries are meeting in Albania as part of a U.S. government initiative to... Read more


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