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  • Basketball Without Borders camps reach 2 new destinations

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA says its Basketball Without Borders camps will go to Gran Canaria, Spain, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for the first time.

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  • Greece says deal close, Schaeuble quashes optimism

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's cash-strapped government insisted Wednesday it was "very close" to reaching a vital deal with bailout lenders, but the optimism in Athens was swiftly shot down by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

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  • UK leader travels to 4 EU states to press case for reform

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron is setting off Thursday on a whirlwind visit to four European capitals, pressing his case that Britain needs to renegotiate its relationship with the 27 other members of the bloc.

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  • Russia's nuclear threats 'deeply troubling': NATO chief

    Russia's provocative rhetoric and its dramatic expansion of flights by nuclear bombers are deeply troubling and dangerous, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday. Russia's plans to deploy nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad -- near Poland's border -- and its threat to move…

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  • EU asks member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers

    The EU on Wednesday asked its member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea landing in Italy and Greece, which have been overstretched by an influx of migrants. The emergency proposal, which comes atop another one to resettle in member states some 20,000 Syrian refugees, is…

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  • Exxon, Chevron holders say 'no' to adding climate experts to boards

    By Anna Driver HOUSTON (Reuters) - Shareholders of the top two U.S. oil companies on Wednesday rejected proposals to add directors with climate change expertise to their boards, but a measure passed at one, Chevron Corp, could give new power to minority investors with environmental concerns. …

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  • Vatican official investigated for embezzlement: reports

    Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, a Vatican official, is under investigation by Italian prosecutors on suspicion of embezzlement and price fixing during the sale of an historic castle, according to media reports Wednesday. The sale of the San Girolamo castle in central Italy has already led to the…

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  • African Union holds small, belated ceremony for dead migrants

    The African Union on Wednesday held a small ceremony to pay hommage to hundreds of migrants who have perished attempting to flee the continent and reach Europe. There were few in attendance at the event, held at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, although diplomats present…

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  • Biden defends US cooperation on Russia amid Ukraine tensions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday defended the Obama administration's decision to cooperate with Russia on areas of "clear mutual interest," even as the West tries to punish Moscow for its actions in Ukraine.

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  • Eurosceptic Finns Party leader named foreign, EU affairs minister

    Finland's new Prime Minister Juha Sipila on Wednesday named eurosceptic Finns Party leader Timo Soini the country's new foreign and European affairs minister. It is the first time the populist, far-right party will be in government, after placing second in Finland's April 19 general election. …

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  • EU redistribution numbers for asylum seekers, refugees

    Brussels (AFP) - The European Commission on Wednesday asked member states to admit 20,000 Syrian refugees from outside Europe and process another 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea landing in Italy and Greece.

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  • EU migration plans under fire from UN chief, member states

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union plans to destroy the boats of smugglers bringing desperate migrants across the Mediterranean and share the refugee burden more evenly came under fresh fire Wednesday from within and outside the EU.

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  • Denmark to hold general election on June 18

    Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday called a general election for June 18, as opinion polls show her centre-left coalition trailing an opposition bloc bolstered by the success of the far-right. "Denmark is back on track, we are out of the crisis... It's time to ask the Danes…

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  • Holocaust meeting calls on nations to do more for survivors

    PRAGUE (AP) — Representatives of 39 nations urged governments on Wednesday to do more for Holocaust survivors in the remaining time they have.

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  • Spain seeks revamp of EU financial powers, new ECB mandate

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's government is calling for an overhaul of the European Union's common economic policy and for the European Central Bank to play a greater role in avoiding future crises.

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  • Germany wants UK in EU, but warns of limits on concessions

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says Berlin wants the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union, but warns there are limits to how far other EU countries can go to accommodate British demands for change in the bloc.

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  • UN chief says 'other ways' than military to tackle migrant crisis

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday suggested there were "other ways" than proposed EU military action to stop smugglers from shipping migrants over the Mediterranean to Europe. "My concern was the idea to destroy all these boats," Ban told a press conference after talks with European Commission…

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