{FD} The Latest: Bank of England keeps interest rates on hold

The Latest on the Bank of England’s monetary policy meeting (all times local): 12:00 p.m.

{FD} New Polish PM debuts at summit, seeks better ties with EU

Poland’s new prime minister is making his foreign debut Thursday at a European Union summit, a first test if the Western-educated former banker can bridge a deepening rift between his right-wing government and Brussels.

{FD} Austrian conservative leader confident of gov’t by Christmas

Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz says he’s optimistic he can wrap up coalition talks with the right-wing Freedom Party and form a new government before Christmas.

{FD} UK Brexit chief says ‘no deal’ outcome ‘massively’ unlikely

Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator says a situation in which the U.K. crashes out of the European Union without a deal has become “massively less probable” because of a preliminary agreement reached last week.

{FD} Germany: Arrests, raids against suspected IS supporters

Authorities in Germany have arrested two suspected Islamic State supporters and conducted raids in the capital in connection with the group.

{FD} Italian agents circle in on fugitive Mafia boss

Italian law enforcement is circling in on Italy’s most wanted Mafioso fugitive, executing dozens of search warrants on known associates of Matteo Messina Denaro.

{FD} Turkish coast guard in dramatic rescue of stranded migrants

Turkey’s official news agency says the coast guard has launched a dramatic rescue operation to evacuate migrants stranded on rocks in the Aegean Sea.

{FD} Space capsule with 3 astronauts returns to Earth

Three astronauts have landed back on Earth after nearly six months aboard the International Space Station.

{FD} Thousands of passengers affected by Niki airline’s grounding

Thousands of European travelers could be left stranded by the bankruptcy of Austrian budget carrier Niki.

{FD} UN Syria envoy urges Putin to have ‘courage’ to push Assad

The U.N. Syria envoy has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to push the Syrian government to accept new elections and a new constitution.

{FD} Bank of England set to hold rates after first hike in decade

The Bank of England is set to keep its main interest rate unchanged at 0.50 percent on Thursday, a month after increasing borrowing costs for the first time in a decade to contain a rise inflation stoked by last year’s Brexit vote.

{FD} Poland’s new PM marks anniversary of 1981 martial law

Poland’s new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, and powerful ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski have attended ceremonies marking 36 years since the country’s communist regime used tanks and troops to clamp down on the Solidarity freedom movement.

{FD} Surgeon admits to burning initials into patients’ livers during operations

A British surgeon admitted to using a laser beam to carve his initials into two patient’s livers while they were undergoing transplant operations.

{FD} Ukraine, Poland move to mend ties strained by views on WWII

The presidents of Ukraine and Poland have met to find ways of overcoming the World War II legacy that sours relations between the neighboring countries.

{FD} Sweden to re-establish military unit on Baltic Sea island

Sweden says it is establishing the nation’s first new military regiment since World War II — a unit of 350 soldiers that will be based on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland.

{FD} For the 2nd time in a week Italy nabs women on mafia charges

Italian authorities have arrested four women related to a notorious Camorra mobster, in the latest crackdown on females who often take over running mafia businesses when their men are serving time.

{FD} Aline Griffith, US-born World War II spy-turned Spanish countess, dead at 94

Aline Griffith, an American-born former model who became a World War II spy and later a member of the Spanish elite as the Countess of Romanoes, died Monday. She was 94.

{FD} New lawyer could delay Belgium trial of Paris terror suspect

A trial in Belgium set for next week for the lone surviving suspect in the November 2015 extremist massacres in Paris may be postponed due to the appointment of a defense lawyer.

{FD} Man charged with kidnapping British model opens in Italy

The trial of a Polish man charged with kidnapping a British model for ransom has opened in Italy.

{FD} With unity in peril, EU leaders tackle refugee quotas

European Union leaders are grappling with one of the most divisive issues ever to face the 28-nation bloc; how to collectively share responsibility for the tens of thousands of people arriving on Europe’s southern shores in search of a better life.