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  • EU pushes Greece to improve conditions for migrants

    The EU piled pressure on Greece over Europe's migrant crisis, telling Athens to improve conditions for refugees and to shore up its borders or risk a suspension of the bloc's passport-free zone. Brussels said Athens must treat asylum seekers better so that other overstretched European Union states…

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  • Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now

    MUNICH (AP) — Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.

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  • Love gets an earlier start on knowing Ryder Cup team

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Ryder Cup team traditionally starts to take shape at the Memorial when the top players are invited to one of the cottages at Muirfield Village to be fitted for uniforms. Davis Love III wants to get an earlier start in his second stint as captain.

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  • Australian charged with sex attack on 2 backpackers on beach

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Two female backpackers from Europe were savagely attacked on a remote Australian beach by a traveling companion they had met hours earlier, police said on Wednesday.

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  • Turkey, Greece seek NATO mission in Aegean: German official

    Turkey and Greece have agreed to ask for a NATO mission to monitor refugee flows in the Aegean Sea and combat people smugglers, a senior German government official said late on Wednesday. "Turkey and Greece are both asking NATO to develop an overview of the situation with the national coastguards…

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  • Big rise in sex offence complaints at Cologne carnival

    The number of sexual offence complaints almost quadrupled at this year's carnival celebrations in Cologne, German police said Wednesday, despite heightened security aimed at preventing a repeat of the mass assaults that marred the city's New Year celebrations. A total of 66 complaints for sexual…

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  • Turkish PM slams 'hypocritical' calls to open borders

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday slammed as "hypocritical" calls by some countries urging Ankara to open its borders to Syrian refugees while failing to demand Russia halts punishing air strikes. Turkey is under mounting pressure to open its border to people fleeing a…

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  • NATO ministers approve new reinforcements for eastern Europe

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general announced.

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  • EU and Britain have big differences over 'ever closer union'

    LONDON (AP) — For Britain and the European Union, they are three little words that expose big philosophical differences: "Ever closer union."

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  • Poland to join fight versus Islamic State in return for NATO help in east

    By Wiktor Szary WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will join the fight against Islamic State, its defense minister said on Wednesday, though he signaled that the scale of its involvement would depend on NATO's response to Russia's renewed assertiveness on the alliance's eastern flank.     The announcement,…

    Reuters
  • EU moves towards longer-term border checks inside free-travel zone

    By Gabriela Baczynska and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states took a new step towards a two-year suspension of their open-borders zone on Wednesday as the bloc's executive again rebuked them for failing to act on agreements to stem irregular migration. The European…

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  • Germany says would participate in NATO refugee mission

    By Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany would take part in a potential NATO mission to help slow refugee flows in the Aegean Sea, the country's defense minister said on Wednesday, a day before the alliance is due to discuss a request for help. Struggling to stop refugees…

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  • Middle East crises test donor support for Palestinians: UN

    Desperate humanitarian needs elsewhere in the Middle East are increasing "competition" for funding for Palestinian refugees, the UN warned on Wednesday. Bo Schack, Gaza director of the UN's body for refugees, admitted there was concern crises in Yemen, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East meant…

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  • Iraqi PM's bid to reshuffle cabinet could cost him his job

    By Ahmed Rasheed and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's political blocs will likely resist Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's attempts to replace politically appointed ministers with technocrats, a possible last-ditch effort to reform the government that could end up costing the premier his…

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  • Putin may benefit from meeting of pope and patriarch

    By Philip Pullella and Maria Tsvetkova VATICAN CITY/MOSCOW (Reuters) - A meeting between Pope Francis and Russia's Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday could not happen without a green light from President Vladimir Putin, diplomats and analysts say, and he may be one the beneficiaries. "There is…

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  • The Latest: European markets close up amid Yellen comments

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil global financial markets (all times local):

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  • Germany cites free speech amid Polish ire at Carnival float

    BERLIN (AP) — The German government rejected a suggestion Wednesday that it might take action over a Carnival float that drew the ire of Poland's government this week.

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  • How to trap elephant poachers with their own technology

    The chase was the result of new breakthroughs in Tanzania's fight against an increasingly rapacious poaching trade, which has felled 60 percent of the country's elephant population in the past five years. The agents' target that day was Yang Feng Glan, a 66-year-old Chinese national dubbed the…

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