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  • Carmel Stewart, a lawyer of the three women victims of restrictions on abortion in Ireland, reads the judgment from the European Court of Human Rights in the Grand Chamber Thursday Dec. 16, 2010, in Strasbourg, eastern France. Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion violates the rights of pregnant women to receive proper medical care in life-threatening cases, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday in a judgment that harshly criticized Ireland's long inaction on the issue. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

    European court rules Irish abortion ban violates women's rights

    Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion violates the rights of pregnant women to receive proper medical care in life-threatening cases, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, harshly criticizing Ireland's long inaction on the issue.


  • ** FILE ** The Vatican, with St. Peter's Basilica in the center, is seen in a 2003 aerial view. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri, File)

    WikiLeaks: Ireland irked Vatican on sovereignty

    Newly released U.S. diplomatic cables indicate that the Vatican felt "offended" that Ireland failed to respect Holy See "sovereignty" by asking high-ranking churchmen to answer questions from an Irish commission probing decades of sex abuse of minors by clergy.


  • Ireland confronts 'traumatic' budgetary austerity

    Ireland must endure the toughest cuts and tax increases in its history as an unavoidable price for saving the debt-burdened nation from bankruptcy, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan told lawmakers as they prepared to vote on a brutal 2011 budget.


  • SANDERS: Spain in trouble; Germany on the hot seat

    The drama of the European Union's common currency now goes into its second act, replete with a Spanish fandango as the crisis expands.


  • Ireland gets $89B bailout from EU

    European Union nations agreed to give $89.4 billion in bailout loans to Ireland on Sunday to help it weather the cost of its massive banking crisis, and sketched out new rules for future emergencies in an effort to restore faith in the euro currency.


  • **FILE** German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Associated Press)

    EU proposes new rules for future bailouts

    A permanent mechanism to solve future debt crises in the eurozone should force losses on private investors "only on a case-by-case basis," the European Commission proposed on Sunday.


  • Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen speaks to the media in Dublin on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, on the European Union's $113 billion bailout deal to help debt-struck Ireland with its banking crisis.

    EU approves bailout deal for Ireland

    European Union nations agreed an 85 billion euro ($113 billion) bailout deal for Ireland on Sunday to help the debt-struck country with its banking crisis, and sketched out new rules for future emergencies in an effort to restore faith in the euro currency


  • Cash-strapped Bank of Ireland sells off its art

    Bank of Ireland has raised euro1.5 million ($2 million) in a sale of its prized Irish art works, auctioneers said Thursday, but the money won't be used to shore up the troubled lender amid the country's economic gloom.


  • A passenger flying to the U.S. pushes his trolley in a nearly deserted check-in hall of Lisbon's international airport Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, during the usually busy early morning. Dozens of flights were canceled Wednesday in Portugal due to a general strike protesting the government's austerity measures aimed at controlling the country's current financial crisis. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    Portugal, Spain hit by investor fears over debt

    Portuguese and Spanish borrowing costs rose sharply Wednesday as investors worried that the governments' debt loads will prove unsustainable, putting them next in line for a European bailout, and as a major public sector strike hit Portugal.


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