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Asteroid Goes Past Earth Hours After Meteorite Shower

Asteroid 2012 DA14 came within 27,000 kilometers (17,200) of Earth at 1924 GMT Friday, just hours after nearly 1,000 people were injured when a meteorite exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains. continue reading »

EU Approves Stricter Controls on Meat in Light of Horsemeat Scandal

The European Union on Friday approved tighter controls on beef within its member states to determine the extent to which horsemeat is being fraudulently labeled as beef and sold to consumers. continue reading »

Tombs Dating Back to 332 B.C. Discovered in Egypt

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered several Greek and Roman tombs dating from as early as 332 B.C. in the Al-Qabari district of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, the Ministry of State for Antiquities said Thursday. continue reading »

Japan’s GDP Drops for Third Consecutive Quarter

Japanese gross domestic product shrank 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 on an interannual basis, its third consecutive quarterly decline, the government said Thursday. continue reading »

South Africa’s “Blade Runner” Charged with Murdering Girlfriend

South African Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius was indicted Thursday in his homeland on charges of murdering his girlfriend, who was found dead of four gunshot wounds at the athlete's home in Pretoria, police said. continue reading »

Bill to Stop Evictions Gets Top Priority in Spain

Spain's governing conservative Popular Party and main opposition Socialists agreed Wednesday to expedite a citizens' bill that would halt evictions of homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments. continue reading »

5 Cruise Crew Members Die During Lifeboat Drill in Spain

Five crewmen from a British cruise ship docked in Santa Cruz de La Palma, a city in Spain's Canary Islands, were killed and three others injured Sunday when a lifeboat plunged into the water during an evacuation drill, the emergency management office said. continue reading »

Corruption Allegations Force Rajoy to Release Income Statements

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who faces allegations he received under-the-table payments from a purported Popular Party slush fund, on Saturday released income statements that show he received net income for his work of 74,912 euros (roughly $100,100) last year. continue reading »

Anarchists Claim Responsibility for Attempted Cathedral Bombing in Spain

An anarchist group has claimed responsibility for a thwarted attempt to set off a bomb at Madrid's La Almudena Cathedral, Spanish police sources told Efe Friday. continue reading »

Woman Defaces Famous Painting in French Museum

A young and apparently "unstable" woman used an indelible marker to deface the renowned painting "Liberty Leading the People" by Eugene Delacroix, which was being exhibited at a branch of the Louvre in the northern French city of Lens. continue reading »

Set of Rare King Cheetahs Born at Japanese Zoo

Two king cheetahs, of which only a few dozen are believed to exist in captivity, were born on Jan. 6 at Tama Zoo in the Japanese capital, a park spokesperson told Efe on Friday. continue reading »

NASA Reaffirms Asteroid Will Not Make Contact With Earth

Asteroid 2012 DA14 will come closer to Earth than any previous object of its size during a Feb. 15 fly-by, but the space rock poses no danger to the planet, NASA said. continue reading »

Spain Apprehends Moroccan Terror Suspect

An Islamist militant from Morocco was arrested in the eastern city of Valencia on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks in Spain and other European countries, the Spanish Interior Ministry said Friday. continue reading »

Mexico Screening Horses for Virus at Belize Border

Inspections of horses are being stepped up along Mexico's border with Belize to prevent animals infected with equine encephalitis from entering the country, the Agriculture Secretariat said. continue reading »

Spanish AG Sees Ground for Probe of Governing-party Finances

Spain's attorney general said Thursday there are grounds for further investigating allegations of under-the table payments to high-ranking members of the ruling conservative Popular Party. continue reading »

London Museum Displays Murillo Art Collection

A collection of the works of Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo, who fascinated Britons in the 19th century, when his work first caught the eye of collectors, is on exhibit in London. continue reading »

Snowy Moscow Dealing with Most Extreme Winter in 100 Years

The Russian capital is experiencing its snowiest winter in a century, the municipal government's head of community services said Tuesday. "There hasn't been a winter like this one for 100 years. This year, the amount of snow exceeds the norm by more than 50 percent," said Piotr Biriukov. continue reading »

Swiss Jewelry Exports Rose 10.9 Percent in 2012

The value of Swiss jewelry exports climbed 10.9 percent last year to 21.4 billion francs ($23.5 billion) despite the economic crisis, the Swiss Jewelry Industry Federation said Tuesday. continue reading »

Rajoy Denies Receiving Under-the-Table Payments from PP

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday denied allegations that he received secret cash payments from the ruling conservative Popular Party and said he will release his income statements next week to clear up any doubts. continue reading »

Suicide Bomber in Pakistan Kills 18

At least 18 people were killed and dozens more wounded Friday in a suicide bombing in the northwestern Pakistani town of Hangu, police told Efe. Geo television said the death toll was 22. continue reading »