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MOSCOW (AP) — Jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky will be pardoned, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday in a surprise decision that will let his top foe and Russia's formerly richest man out of prison after more than a decade.
European leaders gathered Thursday at a summit set to deepen EU integration and put four years of debilitating economic crises behind with a freshly sealed historic banking union deal. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, just beginning a fresh four-year mandate, arrived at the meeting signalling her determination for greater cooperation, notably on defence. But British Prime Minister David Cameron scoffed at any idea the EU should have its own armed forces, setting the stage for a fiery debate at the two-day meeting. Making the case for a pooling of European defence resources, however, NATO chief Fogh Anders Rasmussen stressed that it "is not about creating a European army".