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  • Libya port coastguard battle to save migrants with single boat

    In their struggle to cope with the surge in illegal migrants bound for Europe, the coastguard in the Libyan port of Zuwarah have just one boat, and even that often breaks down. Situated 60 kilometres (35 miles) from the Tunisian border, Zuwarah also is the Libyan port nearest to European soil --…

    AFP16 mins ago
  • Water on white dwarf raises prospects of H2O-rich planets

    Large amounts of water may exist on numerous deep space bodies, said a study Thursday that raises the theoretical odds of another planet like Earth sporting the life-giving resource. The findings, published by the Royal Astronomical Society, are based on the discovery of "a large quantity" of…

    AFP33 mins ago
  • Britain votes in suspense-filled general election

    Britons voted on Thursday in a knife-edge general election that could put their country's membership of the European Union in question and raise the likelihood of independence for Scotland. Polls opened at 7:00 am (0600GMT) with voters deciding between Prime Minister David Cameron's centre-right…

    AFP51 mins ago
  • Flawless Hamilton seeks to add to Alonso misery

    Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton seeks to build on his 27 points lead in this year's title race with another victory for Mercedes at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend. While Hamilton's Mercedes teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg bids to match the leader in equal machinery,…

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  • Obese kids face stigma, flunk school: European research

    Obese children are far less likely to finish school than peers of normal weight, according to European research Thursday which also highlighted body image problems in kids as young as six. Britain had the second-highest rate with 23.1 percent, followed by Albania with 22 percent and Georgia with…

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  • Messi nets 2, Barca beats Guardiola's Bayern 3-0 in CL semi

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored two outstanding goals and set up Neymar to add another in injury time as Barcelona handed Bayern Munich and former coach Pep Guardiola a 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday.

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  • EU to board unflagged vessels in migrant push

    EU nations will get powers to board unflagged boats in the Mediterranean in order to stop people traffickers following the worst migrant shipwreck in years, diplomats said Wednesday. The 28-nation bloc will also boost intelligence sharing from next month after European Union leaders vowed at an…

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  • EU seeks UN approval to seize migrant boats, Russia against destruction

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Europe is seeking United Nations Security Council approval to seize boats used to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean from Libya, though diplomats said Russia has signaled it would not allow destruction of the vessels. European Union leaders…

    Reuters
  • Migrants rescued after 12 days at sea; EU eyes seizing boats

    CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Nearly 100 migrants who reported being at sea for 12 days arrived in Sicily on Wednesday as diplomats mulled a draft U.N. resolution authorizing an EU mission to seize the smugglers' boats that are fueling the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

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  • New opposition protests in Macedonia follow violent clashes

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — More than 1,000 opposition supporters protested outside Macedonia's parliament on Wednesday over the 2011 police killing of a student, a day after violence at a similar demonstration left 38 officers and one protester injured.

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  • 5 Ukrainian troops killed as cease-fire teeters on brink

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Five Ukrainian government troops battling separatist forces in the east have been killed in one of the worst single days of bloodshed since a cease-fire was declared in February, military officials said Wednesday.

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  • Ukraine warring sides hold talks to shore up faltering truce

    Ukraine's warring sides tried to shore up a faltering truce deal Wednesday after Kiev said five soldiers were killed in clashes in the war-torn east. Ukrainian and separatist representatives met in Minsk for the first time since the two sides inked a shaky peace deal in February that dampened much…

    AFP
  • French FM to visit Moscow for WWII victory celebrations

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he would go to Russia for Saturday's celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany which is being boycotted by most Western countries. "President Francois Hollande can't go, he will be in Cuba, but we wanted to be…

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  • German police arrest members of people-smuggling group

    German police arrested three men on Wednesday suspected of belonging to an organized criminal group that smuggles people from Africa to the European Union. Around 7,000 migrants, most from Africa, were rescued from boats in the Mediterranean last weekend and around 900 drowned last month on a…

    Reuters
  • Greece makes IMF payment amid signs of bailout progress

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Cash-strapped Greece scraped together a 200 million-euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday amid signs its long-stalled bailout negotiations were making some progress.

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  • Lithuania stages 'little green man' war games, with eye on Moscow

    By Alistair Scrutton and Andrius Sytas VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuania launched a military exercise on Wednesday to simulate an attack on its new gas terminal, a move its strongly anti-Moscow president said was intended to show the Kremlin that the tiny country would defend itself. The scenario is…

    Reuters
  • Italian coach has Palestinian minnows motoring

    A Palestinian football club from the southern West Bank is hoping that the turnaround led by a new coach from Italy could see it reaching a top pan-Asian championship. This Friday, Ahli al-Khalil, which is based in the southern city of Hebron, will play in the final of the Palestine Cup in what…

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