Daylight Savings Time is the practice of advancing clocks one hour ahead of local standard time. This is widely adopted during summer to provide extra daylight in the evenings.
GENEVA — Switzerland and Libya reached a new low point in their relations Friday as the Swiss government announced that two of its citizens are being held at an undisclosed location in the Arab country.
FRANKFURT — The Associated Press said Friday that it is in talks with German news agency DDP about selling a stake in AP’s German language news service to the Berlin-based company.
PARIS — The prosecutor’s office is studying up to 300 complaints linked to noxious green algae after the death of a horse this summer on a beach in Brittany, a judicial official said Friday.
PARIS — The French official choked on the words he read to a room of Defense Ministry recruits and swallowed back tears as he tried to kick off an unusual program aimed at teaching about the Holocaust.
LONDON — Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse are behind an alarming rise in the number of former British soldiers ending up in prison, a report says — and more veterans have had tangles with the law than there are British troops in Afghanistan.
BERLIN — A poll published Friday underlined expectations of a tight outcome in Germany’s weekend election, finding that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s preferred center-right alliance is level with its rivals.
VIENNA — Western intelligence puts Iran’s newly revealed nuclear plant in the arid mountains southwest of Tehran, not far from one of the holiest cities in Shiite Islam.
BERLIN — German President Horst Koehler’s office says he has signed the European Union’s reform treaty — completing its ratification by the 27-nation bloc’s most populous nation.
OSLO — State-controlled Norwegian oil company StatoilHydro ASA was forced to shut down its Statfjord C offshore oil platform Friday after it leaked water contaminated by oil into the North Sea.
STOCKHOLM — The European Union is urging wealthy and developing countries to bring more “urgency and ambition” to climate talks in Thailand next week.
LONDON — Chef Heston Blumenthal has apologized to diners who fell ill after eating at his celebrated Fat Duck restaurant — and has invited them back for a free meal.
BERLIN — The release of a third al-Qaida video message in German this week shows that Germany must remain on alert before weekend parliamentary elections, officials said.
AMSTERDAM — Consumer products giant Unilever NV said Friday it has agreed to buy businesses including the Sanex and Duschdas brands from Sara Lee Corp. for €1.28 billion ($1.88 billion)
AMSTERDAM — Consumer products giant Unilever NV said Friday it has agreed to buy businesses including the Sanex and Duschdas brands from Sara Lee Corp. for euro1.28 billion ($1.88 billion)
LONDON — The European Union’s drug regulator recommended Friday that two swine flu vaccines be licensed in the 27-nation bloc to ensure their availability before the start of the normal flu season.
MOSCOW — A Russian human rights activist on trial over a defamation claim filed by Chechnya’s strongman president said Friday he stands by his statements blaming the Kremlin-backed provincial leader for a fellow activist’s slaying in July.
AMSTERDAM — Consumer products maker Unilever NV says it has agreed to buy the personal care products businesses of Sara Lee Corp. for euro1.28 billion ($1.88 billion).
FRANKFURT — Economic recovery is the main issue in Germany’s elections Sunday, and Chancellor Angela Merkel says tax cuts should be used to spur more growth — something her challenger disputes.
LONDON — The man who leaked details of lavish expense claims by British lawmakers says he was motivated by anger over the poor pay and equipment of U.K. soldiers, a newspaper reported Friday.
VIENNA — Iran has revealed the existence of a secret uranium-enrichment plant, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday, a development that could heighten fears about Tehran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon and escalate its diplomatic confrontation with the West.
VIENNA — Officials have told The Associated Press that Iran has revealed the existence of a second uranium enrichment plant.
LONDON — It’s an unprecedented find that could revolutionize ideas about medieval England’s Germanic rulers: An amateur treasure-hunter searching a farmer’s field with a metal detector unearthed a huge collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver artifacts.
PARIS — Officials say two French military fighter jets have crashed into the Mediterranean Sea during a training mission and that one pilot is missing.
KIEV, Ukraine — Jewish groups condemned Thursday a plan by authorities in the Ukrainian capital to build a hotel on what a leading scholar said was a killing field in the Babi Yar massacre, a horrific chapter of the Holocaust.
ANKARA, Turkey — Osman Ertugrul Osmanoglu, the eldest member of the former Ottoman dynasty, has died, officials said Thursday. He was 97.
WARSAW, Poland — The outgoing U.S. ambassador to Poland criticized the “fortress-like” feel of American embassies built since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, saying Thursday that some are excessively expensive and send an unfriendly message to non-Americans.
LONDON — A British prison says a bunch of inmates have been caught with their hands clean — using hand sanitizing gel to get drunk.
LONDON — United Nations health officials claim in a new report they need nearly $1.5 billion to prevent the swine flu epidemic from spiraling into a global catastrophe.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI is going to the heart of central Europe 20 years after the fall of communism ended restrictions on religion. But what he will find is a Czech Republic where nearly half the population professes to be nonbelievers.