EUROPEAN NEWS — POLITICS

Leaders of France, Germany and Russia discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine and progress in implementing the Minsk agreement in addition to Astana intra-Syrian talks in a three-way phone call on Wednesday, the French presidency said in a statement.

Russia has extended its asylum for U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden for "a couple of years," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

Russia has extended asylum for U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden for two years, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

The Slovenian ruling coalition has indicated it will heed warnings from the Council of Europe over the controversial changes to the aliens act and amend the government-sponsored motion accordingly, the Slovenian Press Agency(STA) has reported.

Italy would remain focused on boosting growth and is reluctant to take further measures to cut the country's deficit as repeatedly required by the European Union, an Italian official has said.

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