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  • Kerry to travel to Sri Lanka, Kenya and Djibouti

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Sri Lanka on Saturday to meet with its new president, Maithripala Sirisena, the State Department said, following years of strained relations between Washington and the country's previous government. Sirisena took power in January after defeating…

    Reuters
  • Sicilian court convicts 20 Somalis of migrant-trafficking

    MILAN (AP) — A court in Sicily on Monday convicted 20 Somalis who had received political asylum in Italy of a role in a vast criminal organization focused on migrant-smuggling.

    Associated Press
  • Phone-packed Africa leads way in take-up of mobile banking

    Services allowing consumers to perform banking and payment operations on their mobile phones are surging in sub-Saharan Africa, blazing a trail for the rest of the slower-moving world to follow. Given that relatively few Africans have traditional bank accounts while most now own a mobile phone, it…

    AFP
  • Cash handoffs, extortion fuel Mediterranean trafficking

    PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Fleeing war, persecution and poverty, migrants desperate to reach Europe are paying thousands of dollars apiece to become pawns in a multimillion-dollar trafficking network that stretches from the Sahara to Sweden.

    Associated Press
  • NATO calls for 'comprehensive response" to migrant crisis

    The plight of migrants in the Mediterranean requires a "comprehensive response", NATO'S head Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, adding that the alliance would help by trying to stabilise countries in the region. NATO's role in stabilising countries like Afghanistan was part of the broader approach…

    AFP
  • Sanctions on Russia should be tied to fulfilling Minsk deal: Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday international sanctions imposed on Russia should depend on whether peacekeeping committments signed this year in Minsk are upheld. "During the European Council (meeting) in March we took an unambiguous decision that the sanctions were related to…

    Reuters
  • Global warming to blame for most heat extremes - study

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Global warming is to blame for most extreme hot days and almost a fifth of heavy downpours, according to a scientific study on Monday that gives new evidence of how rising man-made greenhouse gases are skewing the weather. "Already today 75 percent of the…

    Reuters
  • Hunger and death stalk millions in Yemen's war

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Noah Browning ADEN/DUBAI (Reuters) - Hospitals bereft of electricity, homes crushed by air strikes, thousands on the move in search of water, shelter and food: Yemen's humanitarian plight, long fragile, has become disastrous after a month of all-out war. Crammed with…

    Reuters
  • Study blames global warming for 75 percent of very hot days

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man's effects on climate.

    Associated Press
  • Yemen struggles to import food as coalition navies hold up more ships

    By Jonathan Saul LONDON (Reuters) - Yemen is facing mounting problems bringing in food by sea as the danger from fighting between Houthis and government supporters is exacerbated by an arms blockade by Saudi-led coalition navies searching ships for weapons destined for the rebels. The Arabian…

    Reuters
  • Serbia arrests 15 suspected migrant traffickers

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police have arrested 15 people suspected of trafficking more than 200 migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan toward the European Union.

    Associated Press
  • Thai customs make new three-tonne ivory seizure

    More than three tonnes of elephant ivory have been found at a Thai port stashed in a container shipped from Kenya, customs said Monday, the second huge haul of tusks from Africa in less than a week. The discovery, which would be worth millions of dollars on the black market, was destined for Laos…

    AFP
  • Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand seized 3 tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country's history, one week after the biggest seizure, customs officials said Monday.

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  • Ten people drown as canoe capsizes in Mali: police

    Ten people drowned on Sunday after their canoe capsized in Mali, a police source told AFP, the first major river accident in the impoverished west African nation in 18 months. The source said the dugout canoe appeared to have encountered difficulties after being hit by "a violent wind" on the…

    AFP
  • Europe recalls the horror 70 years after Nazi camps liberated

    European leaders on Sunday remembered the atrocities of concentration camps run by the Nazis and their allies during the Second World War with ceremonies in Germany, Croatia and France. At the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany the president of the World Jewish Congress,…

    AFP
  • Benin votes in test for President Boni Yayi

    Benin voted Sunday in legislative elections seen as a key test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whom the opposition accuses of planning to try to cling to power after his second term ends next year. Boni Yayi, who has led the small west African nation since 2006, has announced plans for…

    AFP
  • Nigeria recalls diplomats from South Africa over attacks

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is recalling its top diplomats in South Africa because of "ongoing xenophobia targeting foreigners," according to a government statement.

    Associated Press