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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union, faced with a burgeoning refugee crisis in Greece, launched a new aid programme on Wednesday worth an initial 700 million euros (543 million pound) that mirrors the kind of disaster relief it offers developing nations.
KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - The top judge at Germany's Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected some objections by the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) to legal moves to ban it as a threat to the state and ordered that hearings go ahead.
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Wednesday for the first time he would be open to talking to his party's arch rival Fianna Fail about the possible formation of a new government after his previous coalition was voted out of office last week.
Mumbai (AFP) - Jewellers across gold-loving India started a three-day strike on Wednesday in a bid to force the government to shelve plans for a controversial excise tax announced in this week's budget
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon on Wednesday to disperse hundreds of people protesting in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir against months-long security operations.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Fewer than half the tickets for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been sold with about five months to go until the first Games in South America, organisers said on Wednesday.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish prosecutors have opened nearly 2,000 cases against people for insulting Tayyip Erdogan since he became Turkey's president 18 months ago, the justice minister said on Wednesday.
MADRID (Reuters) - A coalition plan by Spanish Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez stumbled at the first hurdle on Wednesday as rivals on the left and right voted against it in parliament and set in motion a two-month countdown to avoid another election.