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  • Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over the volcano.

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  • Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs

    DONETSK, Russia (AP) — Hundreds of Russian aid trucks returned home from rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Saturday, highlighting a dire need for long-term assistance to the region where homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by months of fighting.

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  • Iceland raises volcano warning level to highest red after small eruption

    A small volcanic eruption has occurred under Iceland's Dyngjujokull glacier, prompting authorities to raise the warning code for aviation to red, the highest level, Iceland's meteorological office said on Saturday. The region of the Bardarbunga volcano, in the centre of the North Atlantic island…

  • Bradley Dredge takes lead at Czech Masters

    VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Bradley Dredge shot a flawless 6-under 66 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Czech Masters.

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  • All vehicles in Russia aid convoy have left Ukraine: OSCE

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - All 227 vehicles that entered Ukraine as part of a Russian aid convoy have now returned to Russian soil, security watchdog the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said on Saturday. The Vienna-based OSCE said in a statement the vehicles were counted back in…

  • Migrant boat carrying 250 capsizes off Libya

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A boat carrying over 250 migrants capsized off the Libyan coast near the capital Tripoli, a coast guard official said Saturday.

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  • Ukraine's Poroshenko sees removal of Russian 'mercenaries' as key to peace

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday, after talks with Germany's Angela Merkel, that he was ready to work with Europe to bring peace in his country but he said Ukraine would never sacrifice territory or give up its independence. Speaking at a joint news conference…

  • Merkel jets into Kiev as tensions soar over Ukraine

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Kiev Saturday for crisis talks with Ukraine's pro-Western leaders, as a controversial aid convoy from Moscow began crossing back from the war-torn east of the country to Russia. The West had demanded that Russia withdraw its disputed trucks after the…

  • Spain busts Colombian cocaine-smuggling gang

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police working in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency say they have arrested six members of a Colombian-based drug-trafficking gang and seized 240 kilograms (530 pounds) of cocaine that had been hidden inside a yacht.

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  • US won't let borders hamper fight vs. extremists

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security.

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  • U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

    By Natalia Zinets and Dmitry Madorsky KIEV/DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia (Reuters) - The United States demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission on Friday, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former…

  • 2 French girls investigated as would-be jihadi

    PARIS (AP) — Two French girls, aged 15 and 17, have been captured by a security net that authorities are using to ferret out citizens who are considering traveling to other countries to join jihads.

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  • Fleeing Iraqi Christians reveal horror of Islamic State

    From the rescue plane which took them on a one-way journey to France, two Iraqi refugees revealed tales of rape and fear at the hands of Islamic State that forced them to flee their homeland with nothing. Rene, who did not want to give his last name, said the Islamic extremists currently rampaging…

  • European soccer body snubs Crimean games in Russia

    GENEVA (AP) — UEFA will not recognize any matches played by Crimean clubs in Russian competitions but stopped short of issuing sanctions against 2018 World Cup host Russia on Friday.

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  • Draghi: ECB can't do it all, governments must act

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said Friday the bank is ready to do more to boost the shaky recovery in the 18 countries that use the euro — but warns governments must join in efforts to reduce stubbornly high unemployment.

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  • Donaldson retains lead at Czech Masters

    VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Jamie Donaldson shot a 3-under 69 Friday to retain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Czech Masters and keep alive his hopes of a spot on Europe's Ryder Cup team.

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  • Expectations of ECB help drive down eurozone rates

    Investors appear to be putting their money on the likelihood of more stimulus measures from the European Central Bank to keep the eurozone's shaky recovery from stalling.

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  • Pressure mounts on Europeans to take more action against Islamic State

    By William James and John Irish LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - European leaders face calls to take direct action against the Islamic State including in Syria after the beheading of U.S. The release of a video this week showing Foley's beheading by a black-clad Islamic State (IS) militant with a British…