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  • UN chief, Italy PM, EU's Mogherini visit navy ship in 'sea of misery'

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the Mediterranean had become "a sea of tears" as he joined Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini aboard a navy ship Monday to highlight the plight of migrants risking their lives to reach Europe. The symbolic visit to Italy's…

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  • Kazakh president wins fifth term with nearly 98% of votes

    Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Monday extended his grip on power in the oil-rich, ex-Soviet nation with 97.7 percent of ballots in an election slammed by Western observers as deeply flawed. Nazarbayev, who has run the huge Central Asian country since before the breakup of the…

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  • Ukraine leader sees country ready for EU entrance in 5 years

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president said at a high-level summit with European Union officials Monday that his country will be able to meet conditions to apply for EU membership within five years.

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  • Ukraine seeks EU help as shelling blazes in east

    European leaders on Monday resisted Ukraine's demands for peacekeepers to stabilise its war-torn east, as monitors reported a surge in shelling near a strategic government-held city. Top European Union officials at a summit with the former Soviet state did however agree to boost humanitarian…

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  • Polish border guards refuse entry for 10 Russian bikers

    TERESPOL, Poland (AP) — Polish border guards on Monday blocked 10 nationalistic Russian bikers loyal to President Vladimir Putin from entering Poland as part of a ride to commemorate the Red Army's victory over Nazi Germany 70 years ago.

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  • 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.

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  • Pro-Putin bikers heading for Berlin barred at Polish border

    Ten pro-Kremlin bikers on a controversial ride to Berlin to celebrate Soviet victory in World War II were on Monday denied entry into Poland at the Belarusian border, Polish border guards said. The bikers include members of the Night Wolves, a fiercely nationalist club closely linked to Russian…

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  • Poland to help monitor migration across the Mediterranean

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz says that her country is contributing a plane and border officers to European Union efforts to stem the flow of immigrants across the Mediterranean.

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  • 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…

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  • 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.

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  • Kazakh leader apologizes for 97.7 percent re-election victory

    By Raushan Nurshayeva and Dmitry Solovyov ASTANA/ALMATY (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbayev apologized on Monday for winning re-election with 97.7 percent of the vote, saying it would have "looked undemocratic" for him to intervene to make his victory more modest. …

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  • Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan's moderniser with an authoritarian streak

    A shepherd's son who counts former British prime minister Tony Blair and Russian President Vladimir Putin among his admirers, Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbayev has overseen two decades of change in his Central Asian country, while remaining entrenched himself. Under Nazarbayev, the sprawling…

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  • After successful week, violence mars Serie A again

    ROME (AP) — It was just a few days ago when Italian football officials were hailing the return of Serie A clubs to the final phases of Europe's top club competitions.

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  • Russia tightens ban on European food imports

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is set to tighten its ban on food imports from Europe by restricting re-exports of fruit and vegetables through European countries.

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  • Deutsche Bank to streamline operations to improve profit

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank says its reorganization will mean spinning off its Postbank branches in Germany through a share offering, closing offices in some countries, and eliminating less profitable business at its investment banking division

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  • Kazakh voters had only limited choice in election: OSCE

    Voters in Kazakhstan's early presidential election had only limited choice due to a lack of a genuine opposition and restrictions on freedom of expression, Europe's main security body, the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe, said on Monday. President Nursultan Nazarbayev, in power…

    Reuters
  • Crushing re-election extends Kazakh president's quarter-century rule

    Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev extended his quarter-century rule over the oil-rich, ex-Soviet republic with a crushing 97.7 percent of ballots in an election where opposition parties did not field a candidate, officials said Monday. Nazarbayev, who has run the huge Central Asian…

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