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  • HSBC profits fall 3.8% in Q2, Brazil sell-off agreed

    HSBC announced Monday that net profit fell 3.8 percent in the three months to June, as the company agreed to sell its Brazilian business for $5.2 billion to Brazil's Banco Bradesco. Europe's biggest bank announced in June that it would cut its global workforce by up to 50,000 as it exits Brazil…

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  • Kiradech wins Paul Lawrie Matchplay on final hole

    Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat won his second European Tour title of the year on Sunday when he defeated Robert Karlsson on the final hole to clinch the Paul Lawrie Matchplay. The 26-year-old Thai, already a two-time tour winner after capturing the 2013 Malaysia Open and this year's Shenzhen…

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  • Aphibarnrat wins Paul Lawrie Matchplay for 3rd title

    ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand won the inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play by holing a 4-foot putt for birdie on No. 18 to beat Sweden's Robert Karlsson by one hole in the final.

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  • Gypsies' plight emphasized on Roma Holocaust Day

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Europe's top human right official drew attention to the abuses and discrimination faced by the Roma minority as Europe commemorated the tens of thousands of Gypsies killed during World War II.

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  • Four migrants drown off Moroccan coast: ministry

    Four migrants died on Sunday after trying to swim to Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta from northern Morocco, the government in Rabat said. It said the migrants, whose names and nationalities were not given, had tried to swim around a maritime fence separating the Spanish territory from…

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  • Factbox: Canadian parties vie over economy, security, environment

    (Reuters) - Canada will have a federal election on Oct 19. CONSERVATIVE PARTY: ECONOMY - Prime Minister Stephen Harper touts his economic record as his strongest suit, pledging to balance the budget this year despite a mild contraction in the first two quarters, and points to Europe to show the…

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  • France, Britain present united front as anger soars over migrants

    France and Britain vowed Sunday that a cross-Channel migrant crisis was their "top priority" in a united front that belied simmering anger over an issue which has become a political hot potato. Heightened security has curbed the number of attempts by migrants in the port city of Calais trying to…

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  • Rebels in eastern Ukraine say radioactive waste cache safe

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine have sought to assuage concerns that a cache of radioactive waste at a local chemical factory could pose a threat.

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  • Italy coast guard rescues 1,800 sea migrants, five found dead

    Italy's coast guard said about 1,800 migrants were rescued from seven overcrowded vessels on Saturday, while five corpses were found on a large rubber boat carrying 212 others. The dead bodies were found on board at the time of the rescue, a coast guard spokeswoman said on Sunday. The…

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  • Ending migrant crisis 'top priority', vow Britain and France

    France and Britain vowed Sunday that a cross-Channel migrant crisis was their "top priority" in a united front that belied simmering anger over an issue which has become a political hot potato. Beefed-up security has curbed the number of attempts by migrants in the port city of Calais trying to…

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  • French riot police disperse migrants at Channel Tunnel

    COQUELLES, France (AP) — French riot police have sprayed migrants with a chemical irritant as they tried to storm the Channel Tunnel, and the British and French interior ministers said the nightly attempts to reach Britain are part of a "global migration crisis" that needs an international solution.

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  • Britain and France urge EU-wide action on Calais migrant crisis

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and France on Sunday urged other European Union states to help them tackle the growing crisis in northern France caused by thousands of migrants seeking to make illegal and dangerous crossings into England. The French port of Calais has become a focal…

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  • Germans fret over Europe's future but still believe

    By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The battle for Europe will be won or lost in Germany. If the European Union falls apart, it will likely be due to a return of nationalism and a refusal by the French, British and Dutch to share more sovereignty, rather than to German insistence on fiscal…

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  • Britain, France say ending Calais migrant crisis is 'top priority'

    Ending the crisis that has seen thousands of attempts by migrants to reach England from Calais in recent weeks is a "top priority", the interior ministers of France and Britain wrote in a joint statement Sunday. Both countries are committed to tackling the problem together and have beefed up…

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  • More than 300,000 seek asylum in Germany this year so far: report

    Germany has hosted more than 300,000 asylum seekers since the start of the year, said the daily Die Welt on Saturday, as Berlin prepares for a record influx of refugees in 2015. According to the conservative newspaper, which cited details of a telephone conference between the interior ministers of…

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  • Merkel to run for fourth term in 2017: Der Spiegel

    By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has governed Germany since 2005, has decided to run for a fourth term and has started planning her 2017 re-election campaign, Der Spiegel news magazine said on Saturday in an unsourced report. Peter Tauber, secretary general of…

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  • Berlin landmark daubed with anti-Semitic graffiti

    BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say a well-known city landmark has been defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti in an incident that comes as thousands of Jewish athletes are in the German capital for the European Maccabi Games.

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  • Italy's anti-establishment Five Star party ready to govern

    Italy's anti-establishment Five Star party, founded in 2009 by former comedian Beppe Grillo, is itching to govern and has a man primed for the top job. The movement celebrated a shock success in 2013's general election when it snapped up a whopping 25.5 percent of the votes, becoming the second…

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