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Turkey has some serious human rights issues

A number of right groups have sent an open letter to President Obama asking for a firmer hand dealing with Turkey. We lay out what the problems are.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sits in Parliament on December 10, 2012. Erdogan has been behind many repressive new laws that human rights groups say violate political freedoms. ( ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

In an open letter to President Obama today, a number of rights organizations expressed their concern with the continuing human rights situation in Turkey, specifically calling on the administration to take a stronger hand with Prime Minister Erdogan.


Obama should focus on Europe

Washington should boost American leadership in the world by strengthening its relationship with its closest allies.
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British Prime Minister David Cameron congratulates President Obama on Wednesday. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama may have to battle an intransigent Republican Party for congressional approval of his domestic policies during his second term, but his more-or-less free hand in foreign policy enables him to help establish his legacy through America’s actions abroad. If his first administration focused on repairing the damage George W. Bush’s eight years as president wreaked on America’s image, his second one should concentrate on reaffirming US leadership in the world. He should begin by shoring up Washington’s relationship with its closest ally and largest trading partner: Europe.

Letter from London: Why the euro has made it this far

LONDON — How far back does your historical memory go? How about exactly one year? The main story grabbing the headlines back then was: The Euro Zone Crisis!!! If the Cassandras of a year ago had looked at the EU’s history, however, perhaps there would have been less panic.

The Balkanization of Europe?

  ANTWERP — Europe's rising tide of nationalism swept over Belgium on Sunday when separatists seeking independence for the country's Dutch-speaking north surged in local elections to take power in city halls across the region. Supporters say citizens of historic nations are finally asserting their right to self-rule, but the resurgent separatism, combined with growing political extremism in some countries, is underscoring concerns about European stability as the continent struggles to pull out of its deepest economic crisis in decades.

Joy and jeers over EU’s Nobel Peace Prize

BRUSSELS — Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union has provoked mixed reactions, but also acknowledgement of the dangers posed by an economic crisis that’s placing unprecedented strains on the organization that binds together the old continent’s historic enemies.

Ireland calls for blazing fast minimum Internet speeds of 30Mpbs

On Thursday, the Irish Times reported that Irish Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte unveiled an ambitious national broadband plan, which aims to deliver a minimum of 30 millions of bits per second (Mbps) for everyone in the country.

Euro crisis endgame: 9 steps to wrapping up this mess

Last week, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi laid out the framework for the next developments he wants to see in Europe. Considering how important the ECB has been in slowing the crisis, it is likely that the ECB will get what most of what it wants. Here are the next steps to look for.

Google to be investigated for bypassing privacy settings on Safari

Google is being investigated by US and European Union authorities for undermining privacy settings on Apple's Safari web browser.

WTO ruling says Boeing got five billion in illegal subsidies

The WTO found that Seattle-based Boeing had received $5.3 billion in illegal subsidies over the last 25 years, a figure that was far less than its European rival Airbus.

Cameron: Assad regime "butchering its own people" (VIDEO)

British Prime Minister David Cameron said there would be "a day of reckoning," for those who supported the Syrian regime.
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