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  • Albino and proud: DR Congo festival promotes persecuted minority

    Albinos gathered Friday in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa for a first-of-its-kind festival to celebrate a minority that suffers rampant persecution in Africa. "We want to reinforce the visibility of albinos in the upper spheres of society and create role models that allow…

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  • Herbert advances to Winston-Salem final

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — French qualifier Pierre-Hughes Herbert advanced to the Winston-Salem Open final, beating 13th-seeded Steve Johnson of the U.S. 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Friday.

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  • Four held over Austria truck tragedy as migrant deaths mount

    Hungary said Friday it had arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria. Hungarian police said three of the suspects held over the latest grim tragedy involving migrants seeking refuge in Europe were…

  • Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea

    VIENNA (AP) — Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized.

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  • The Latest: UN chief 'horrified' by latest refugee deaths

    GENEVA (AP) — Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.

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  • Sudan arrests 17 opposition activists amid dialogue call: HRW

    Sudan's security forces have arrested at least 17 opposition activists this month, Human Rights Watch said Friday, as President Omar al-Bashir urges opponents to join talks to solve Sudan's myriad problems. The National Intelligence and Security Services have arrested at least 17 members of…

  • Ex-Bok coach Mallett expects conservative plan

    Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett said Friday he expected South Africa to adopt a conservative game plan during the Rugby World Cup in England next month. Speaking during a television panel discussion after the announcement of the 31-man Springbok squad, Mallett said the team had played with an…

  • Libyan drownings, truck of corpses drive up migrant toll

    By Karin Strohecker and Ahmed Elumami EISENSTADT, Austria/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Austria said on Friday 71 refugees, including a baby girl, were found dead in an abandoned freezer truck, while Libya recovered the bodies of 105 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to…

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  • Kenyan sentenced to 15 years in prison in US terror case

    MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man described by U.S. prosecutors as a fundraiser and recruiter for terrorist groups in Africa and the Middle East was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison.

    Associated Press
  • Things to know about the FIFA presidential election

    MONACO (AP) — FIFA presidential contender Michel Platini would not talk about it Friday, but he is the front-runner in an election that is still six months off.

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  • Schippers: From outsider to world sprint champion in 1 year

    BEIJING (AP) — Forgive Dafne Schippers for being dazed and dizzy.

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  • Shell shuts down 2 key Nigeria pipelines over leaks, sabotage

    Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell has shut down two key supply pipelines in NIgeria because of leaks and sabotage and declared a "force majeure" on crude oil exports. The two pipelines take crude to the Bonny Light exports terminal, one of Nigeria's main oil terminals.

  • As the need for power surges, are small - or big - dams the answer?

    By Stella Paul STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To provide more clean energy, particularly in fast-growing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, the world needs more hydropower dams, energy experts say. This is a disastrous plan and not true development,” charged Rajendra Singh, an Indian water…

  • Europe questions border rules after train attack, migrant moves

    By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Concerned about security threats and illegal migration, some European governments are considering amending the Schengen border code, which eliminated systematic frontier controls across much of Europe. A week after passengers subdued a gunman on an…

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  • Sicily detains 10 smugglers in deaths of 52 migrants

    ROME (AP) — Prosecutors in Sicily detained 10 people on suspicion of smuggling and murder Friday for having allegedly crammed dozens of migrants into the airless hold of a boat where 52 bodies were found this week.

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  • 200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster off Libya's coast

    ZUWARA, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the western coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in the latest disaster involving desperate people trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.

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  • Popular fears aside, businesses often eager for migrant workers

    By William Schomberg and Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Raghad al Sous braved bombings in Syria to keep studying at school before fleeing in 2013 to rejoin her mother, who had been granted refugee status in Britain. Two years after moving from Damascus to Huddersfield in northern England, the 19…