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  • The number of Syrians trying to enter the European Union illegally increased five-fold last year, an EU agency said on Thursday, as refugees fled their war-ravaged country.

     

  • Greek tourism revenues are expected to bounce back this year to pre-crisis levels, the industry said on Thursday following the return of political stability to the country.

     

  • Greek police were hunting three foremen on Thursday who were suspected of shooting and wounding more than 20 migrant workers at a strawberry farm.

     

  • Six-times Olympic champion Chris Hoy, who spearheaded a golden period of British track cycling dominance, announced his retirement on Thursday content that he had nothing left to prove after a long and stellar career.

     

  • Track cyclist Chris Hoy is Britain's most successful Olympian and has won more titles than he can remember yet his greatest sporting legacy could be his utter destruction of the notion that nice guys finish last.

     

  • Germany's lower house of parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday in favour of a bailout for Cyprus.

     

  • Germany's lower house of parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to grant Cyprus a 10 billion euro bailout that is designed to avert bankruptcy for the tiny Mediterranean island nation and keep it in the euro zone.

     

  • Germany's lower house of parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to grant Cyprus a 10 billion euro bailout that is designed to avert bankruptcy for the tiny Mediterranean island nation and keep it in the euro zone.

     

  • Two quick goals from Mattia Destro followed by a gem from Vasilis Torosidis gave AS Roma a 3-2 win away to Inter Milan on Wednesday to set up an Italian Cup final against neighbours and bitter rivals Lazio.

     

  • The surprising stability of euro government bonds this year owes much to the European Central Bank's powerful pledge of support, but many wonder if regulation to limit speculation also plays a part.

     

  • Black market sales of cigarettes in the European Union rose for the sixth year in a row, resulting in over 12 billion euros ($15.76 billion) in lost tax revenue, data from a report by consulting group KPMG showed on Wednesday.

     

  • The surprising stability of euro government bonds this year owes much to the European Central Bank's powerful pledge of support, but many wonder if regulation to limit speculation also plays a part.

     

  • Eight-times Euroleague winners Real Madrid advanced to the competition's Final Four after a 69-57 victory at Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday gave them a 3-0 sweep in their best-of-five quarter-final series.

     

  • Panathinaikos Athens were fined 150,000 euros ($197,000) on Tuesday after club president Dimitris Giannakopoulos accused officials of showing bias towards Barcelona in a Euroleague game last week.

     

  • The walls of Kreshnik Spahiu's office in the Albanian capital bear the names of towns far beyond the borders of this Adriatic state, in modern-day Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

     

  • The European Union urged Albania on Tuesday to restore the trust of its people in an election in June, after the government shrugged off warnings from the West and reshuffled the state electoral body.

     

  • The European Commission is set to delay a recommendation on Serbia's readiness to start talks to join the European Union, due on Tuesday, to allow time for Serbia and Kosovo to resume talks on the ethnic partition of its former province, diplomats said.

     

  • Shares in global miner Xstrata climbed 6 percent on Tuesday, with traders citing a media report that its takeover by commodities trader Glencore had cleared the final regulatory hurdle in China.

     

  • France found more cases of illegal horsemeat in beef products than any other European Union country, results of official DNA tests ordered in the wake of the scandal showed, with more than 1 in every 8 samples testing positive.

     

  • France found more cases of illegal horsemeat in beef products than any other EU country, early results of DNA tests ordered in the wake of the scandal showed, with more than 1 in every 8 samples testing positive.

     

  • A newly launched party that wants to take Germany out of the euro would not win enough votes to enter parliament, according to a survey published on Tuesday, but the pollster said it could gather more steam given German angst over costly bailouts.

     

  • A Munich court delayed on Monday the long-awaited trial of a suspected neo-Nazi charged over a string of immigrant murders, after being ordered by a higher court to guarantee seats to media from Turkey, where most victims hailed from.

     

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