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  • Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community

    RAMLE, Israel (AP) — It was an unlikely display of protesters: nuns cloaked in white, a black-clad priest clutching a golden scepter and dozens of Arab schoolchildren picketing outside the hulking headquarters of Israel's Education Ministry. Their message, raised high on large banners: "Take your…

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  • UK leader travels to 4 EU states to press case for reform

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron met his Dutch counterpart on Thursday as he began a whirlwind visit to four European capitals, pressing his case that Britain needs to renegotiate its relationship with the 27 other members of the bloc.

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  • Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism

    MEDULIN, Croatia (AP) — Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts.

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  • Syria's al-Qaida chief says no plans to attack the West

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's branch in Syria has no plans to attack the West but warns that they might retaliate if airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition continue to target them, the leader of the group said in an interview with an Arab TV station.

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  • Lazio and Napoli face off for Champions League spot

    ROME (AP) — Lazio and Napoli face each other in the final round of Serie A matches on Sunday with a Champions League berth at stake.

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  • Pope visit preparations promote unity in multi-faith Bosnia

    By Daria Sito-Sucic SREBRENICA, Bosnia (Reuters) - Even before arriving in Sarajevo, Pope Francis has achieved a remarkable feat. While the pontiff's June 6 visit is the most eagerly awaited by Catholic Croats, the smallest group in the ethnically segmented state, Orthodox Serbs and Muslim…

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  • EU nations, parliament reach deal on major investment plan

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations and legislators have reached a deal in principle to create a fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros ($345 billion) in private- and public-sector investment to upgrade infrastructure, stimulate the EU's sluggish economies and ignite job growth.

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  • Premier: Serbia ready to reduce dependence on Russian gas

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — In a major policy shift, the Serbian prime minister said his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan.

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  • France says Britain EU referendum 'very risky'

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said a British referendum on whether to leave the EU was "very risky", ahead of a visit by Prime Minister David Cameron to Paris on Thursday. Cameron is carrying out a whistlestop tour of European capitals to push for reforms he says are necessary before the…

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  • France wants Europe to do more to fight Islamic State

    PARIS (AP) — France's foreign minister wants European countries to do more to fight the Islamic State group, and is seeking support from Russia in international talks about defeating the group.

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  • Paris leaders want fast expulsion of migrants from tent camp

    PARIS (AP) — In the shadow of the famed Sacre Coeur basilica, hundreds of migrants have poured into a makeshift tent camp on a bridge over Eurostar train tracks to Britain — the country that many see as a cherished final destination.

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  • Asia stocks uneven as Greece deadline looms, Tokyo gains

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were uneven Thursday as hopes in Europe for a Greek bailout were welcomed by some regional markets and a cheap yen kept the upswing in Tokyo shares going.

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  • Top US negotiator with Iran 'to leave after June 30 deadline'

    The top US negotiator in talks with Iran on curtailing its nuclear program will leave her post after a June 30 deadline for agreement, according to the New York Times. Wendy Sherman, 65, broke the news to staffers on Wednesday then left on her latest trip for talks with Iran in Switzerland, the…

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  • Basketball Without Borders camps reach 2 new destinations

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA says its Basketball Without Borders camps will go to Gran Canaria, Spain, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for the first time.

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  • FIFA sponsors pile pressure on Blatter ahead of AGM vote

    Sponsors piled pressure on FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to clean up world football as two major corruption scandals overshadowed the start of a congress Thursday at which he will seek a new term. Blatter remains favourite to win the presidential election on Friday however. Credit card giant Visa said…

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  • Poland's ongoing love affair with allotments

    Pitchfork in hand, Hanna Wielgus turns the dark, rich soil of her allotment on a major thoroughfare of the Polish capital known for its monster traffic jams. Warsaw has a whopping 190 gardens with plots covering an area of ​​1,200 hectares (3,000 acres).

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  • Greece says deal close, Schaeuble quashes optimism

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's cash-strapped government insisted Wednesday it was "very close" to reaching a vital deal with bailout lenders, but the optimism in Athens was swiftly shot down by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

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