ROME (AFP) - New Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has branded the Stability Pact rules for euro zone economies "a stupidity pact". In comments that will have raised eyebrows in Brussels and Berlin, Mr Renzi defended his centre-left government's efforts to stimulate a stagnant economy with demand-led measures that will push Italy's budget deficit.
LONDON (AFP) - An entrepreneur and politician who was Northern Ireland's richest man was among four people killed when a helicopter crashed in thick fog in eastern England late on Thursday.
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia has launched a criminal investigation into Ukrainian nationalist leader Oleg Tyagnybok for allegedly fighting Russian forces in Chechnya, the powerful Investigative Committee said on Friday, in a largely symbolic move.
BERLIN (AFP) - Germany said on Friday that the result of a looming referendum in the Ukrainian region of Crimea, which the West fears will lead to its annexation by Russia, will be "irrelevant".
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