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  • Nobel Prize in literature: What to look out for

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — On Thursday, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in literature will be announced by the first ever female permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius. Will the prize awarding body choose to honor the occasion by picking a female winner? Will it break new ground by…

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  • Russian warships fire cruise missiles into Syria

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.

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  • Britain seeks UN vote on operation against migrant smugglers

    Britain is hoping that a UN draft resolution authorizing European military action against migrant smugglers off Libya's coast will come up for a vote in the Security Council this week, its ambassador said Wednesday. European warships launched Operation Sophia Wednesday to seize traffickers' boats…

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  • Volkswagen plays down hopes of quick answers over emissions cheating

    Volkswagen said on Wednesday it would take time to get to the bottom of its rigging of diesel emissions tests, hours before the carmaker is due to give updates on its findings to German regulators and U.S. lawmakers. More than two weeks after it admitted to cheating U.S. emissions tests, Europe's…

  • EU to step up deportations of economic migrants

    By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states will step up efforts to repatriate thousands of migrants fleeing poverty rather than war by speeding up deportations and exerting pressure on their home countries to take them back, an EU document says. Faced with the biggest…

  • EU to crack down on people refused asylum

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries are closing in on an agreement Thursday to crack down on migrants who have been refused entry into the bloc so they can be swiftly sent home.

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  • The Latest: UK wants UN vote soon on refugee smuggling

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.

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  • Germany registered 577,000 asylum seekers from Jan-Sept

    Berlin (AFP) - German authorities said Wednesday they had registered around 577,000 asylum-seekers in the first nine months of this year, a third of whom claim to be from Syria.

  • Merkel says EU's asylum rules 'obsolete'

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday described as "obsolete" European Union asylum rules that put the onus on EU states where migrants first arrive to process their refugee claims. The Dublin process, in its current form, is obsolete," Merkel said in a joint speech to the European…

  • Did US strike on Afghan clinic exceed combat authority?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan, which U.S. officials have called a "mistake," may have exceeded the rules American forces have operated under since their combat mission ended nearly a year ago, officials say.

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  • Some Syrians chart pre-approved path to European asylum

    CRETEIL, France (AP) — Her slain husband, bombed-out Damascus home and refugee life are behind her. The recipient of a coveted asylum-seeker visa, Syrian teacher Amena Abomosa is settling into a new life in France with her family. But now what?

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  • Britain's Cameron attacks 'terrorist-sympathising' Labour leader

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday accused Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn of "terrorist-sympathising" as he outlined his government's programme in the time left before he steps down by 2020. Corbyn described the killing of Osama bin Laden in a 2011 television debate as "a…

  • Renewed AB InBev bid for SABMiller ups stake in beer battle

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Any talk of a union between Budweiser and Miller — in fact, any talk of the creation of beer behemoth reaching all parts of the globe for that matter — should be put off for now as the owners of two of the world's most famous beers continue to haggle over the terms of a merger.

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  • Clooney's South Sudan coffee reaches Europe despite war

    Mired in civil war for 21 months, its oil-based economy in tatters, South Sudan is an unlikely source of upmarket coffee capsules for European consumers. Hollywood actor George Clooney –- an advocate for South Sudan and the public face of the Nespresso brand -– launched the initiative two years…

  • Volkswagen's India unit investigating Polo cars: spokesman

    German carmaker Volkswagen AG's India unit is investigating the Polo hatchback cars it sells in the country over "technical issues", a spokesman of the local unit told Reuters on Wednesday. The spokesman said the investigation is not related to the diesel emissions scandal over which the company…

  • Mussie Zerai, Eritrean priest who saves migrants by phone

    For years they have been ringing his mobile for help, from the Sinai desert to the Mediterranean. Now this Eritrean priest, himself a former refugee, is a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work saving migrants. A small man with greying temples, Mussei Zerai wears a simple metal cross…

  • French govt starts anti-jihadi ad campaign to counter IS

    PARIS (AP) — A new French government ad campaign features mourning families to discourage young people from joining extremists in Syria — an attempt at a counter-narrative against an Islamic State publicity machine that churns out huge amounts of propaganda.

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