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  • Ending Calais migrants crisis is 'top priority', vow Britain and France

    France and Britain vowed Sunday that ending a crisis which has seen thousands of attempts by migrants to reach England from Calais in recent weeks is a "top priority". The joint statement came as a French opposition lawmaker accused British Prime Minister David Cameron of failing to grasp "the…

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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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  • Five Libyan troops killed, 18 missing after 'IS attack': agency

    Five Libyan troops loyal to the internationally recognised government were killed Friday and another 18 are missing after an attack on an eastern checkpoint allegedly carried out by the Islamic State group, a state news agency said. A military source told the LANA agency, loyal to the recognised…

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  • Migrants 'attacked' at sea between Greece and Turkey

    Migrants trying to sail from Turkey to Greece are increasingly reporting being attacked by gunmen trying to prevent them from reaching Europe, according to multiple sources. The reports came as the UN's refugee agency on Friday said Greece's infrastructure was falling "far short" of the needs of…

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  • Ex-coach rejoins Oklahoma City soccer team after acquittal

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma City soccer coach who was accused in the death of an off-duty police officer in England plans to rejoin the organization after he was cleared of all charges.

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  • Hopes high wing flap will shed light on Flight 370 mystery

    SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) — Under a microscope and expert eyes, the wing fragment that washed up on the beach of this volcanic island could yield clues not just to its path through the Indian Ocean, but also to what happened to the airplane it belonged to.

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  • UNHCR: Greece must do more to tackle migration 'emergency'

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities need to "wake up" and do more to adequately accommodate a burgeoning number of refugee arrivals that has become a full-blown humanitarian emergency requiring a natural disaster-like response, a senior official with the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.

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  • Tokyo Olympic logo designer protests innocence in copyright row

    The designer of the logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday denied claims of plagiarism after his emblem triggered threats of possible legal action in Europe. In the latest public relations blow to Tokyo after plans for its $2 billion Olympic stadium were ditched, controversy raged over…

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  • Europe responsible for refugees "drowning in the sea": Erdogan

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Europe on Friday of not doing enough to help refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and Iraq, suggesting it was responsible for people "drowning in the sea". Turkey, which has taken in some 1.8 million Syrian refugees since the conflict started in 2011,…

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  • Tunisia extends state of emergency by two months

    A state of emergency imposed in Tunisia after a jihadist gunman killed 38 foreign tourists in June is to be extended for two months, the president's office announced Friday. "After consultations with the prime minister and the speaker, the president has decided to extend the state of emergency in…

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  • Hungarian minister: over 100,000 migrants so far in 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — More than 100,000 migrants have reached Hungary so far this year, nearly all of them entering through its southern border with Serbia, the Hungarian foreign minister said Friday.

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  • Airbus takes 290M euro charge for military transport crash

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Plane maker Airbus Group SE said Friday its net profit rose 5 percent in the second quarter to 732 million euros ($805 million) despite a one-time charge stemming from the crash of one of its military transport planes in Spain.

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  • French Jewish immigrants flock to Israeli coastal city

    NETANYA, Israel (AP) — The coastal city of Netanya markets itself as the "Israeli Riviera" and walking along its main pedestrian boulevard, one would be hard-pressed to tell it apart from its twin city of Nice. Barely a word of Hebrew is spoken, and real estate ads, restaurant menus and cafe…

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