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  • No signs yet Brexit having economic impact on Europe: Weidmann

    CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - There are no signs yet that economic development in Europe has been affected by Britain's decision to leave the European Union, but risks from Brexit could impact German growth down the line, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said on Sunday. Weidmann, speaking in China…

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  • Turkish president gains upper hand in power struggle

    By Samia Nakhoul and Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - At the crossroads between a divided Europe and a convulsed Middle East, Turkey is caught in a power struggle between former Islamist allies which is shaking democratic institutions and raises questions about its future path. Since a…

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  • Social media a curse and a blessing in Munich shooting

    Social networks were both a curse and a blessing in the deadly shopping mall shooting in Munich, as police sometimes found themselves chasing fictitious leads and false alarms. The 18-year-old gunman, a German-Iranian named David Ali Sonboly, also used the internet to plan and carry out his crime,…

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  • Kaine wows crowds on day one as Clinton running mate

    Tim Kaine made a big splash Saturday in his first appearance as Hillary Clinton's running mate for the White House, savaging Donald Trump's foreign policy ideas as dangerous and wowing a Miami crowd with fluent Spanish. Kaine, a 58-year-old senator from the battleground state of Virginia, won many…

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  • German officials urge close look at gun laws in wake of shooting

    Senior German officials on Sunday called for further controls on the sale of guns after Friday's deadly shooting in Munich that claimed the lives of nine people and the gunman, a deranged 18-year-old who was obsessed with mass killings. "We must continue to do all we can to limit and strictly…

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  • Defiant Turkey extends police powers, shutters schools after coup

    Turkey pushed on Saturday with a sweeping crackdown against suspected plotters of its failed coup, defiantly telling EU critics it had no choice but to root out hidden enemies. Using new emergency powers, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's cabinet decreed that police could now hold suspects for one…

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  • Munich gunman 'obsessed' with mass killings

    The teenager who shot dead nine people in a gun rampage in Munich was "obsessed" with mass killers like Norwegian rightwing fanatic Anders Behring Breivik and had no links to the Islamic State group, police said Saturday. Europe reacted in shock to the third attack on the continent in just over a…

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  • Spy agencies struggle to spot threats from lone, mentally ill attackers

    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community’s efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters. The…

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  • The Latest: Munich shooting scars those who witnessed it

    MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the shootings in Munich (all times local):

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  • Norway's Breivik, the inspiration behind Munich attack?

    German police on Saturday said there was an "obvious" link between the actions of a teen gunman who killed nine people in a rampage in Munich, and those of Norwegian far-right mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. Following is a reminder of Breivik's massacre of 77 people, which took place exactly…

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  • Hungary's Viktor Orban says Donald Trump better for Europe

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The anti-terrorism proposals of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump make him the better option for Europe and Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Saturday.

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  • French leader to eye security all summer; Chunnel backs up

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande will reassess security measures once a week all summer amid fears of new violence after a deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice, and heightened French security checks were causing severe delays Saturday for those trying to cross the English Channel.

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  • One Greek among people killed in Munich attack: Greek foreign ministry

    One Greek was among the nine people killed in a shooting attack in Munich on Friday, Greece's foreign ministry said on Saturday. "Yesterday's tragic attack at Munich's Olympia mall unfortunately includes a Greek citizen among the innocent victims," the ministry said. "In these difficult times we…

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  • Factbox: Germany's stringent gun ownership rules

    Here are some facts about acquiring and owning a gun in Germany. 1. Germany has some of the "most stringent" rules around gun control in Europe, according to the U.S. Library of Congress. To own a gun in Germany, it is necessary to obtain a weapon license for which applicants must generally be at…

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  • Munich mall shooting: what we know

    Germany is reeling after a teenager went on a shooting spree at a Munich shopping mall, killing nine people and wounding 16 others before turning the gun on himself. The gunman, a German-Iranian named David Ali Sonboly, suffered depression and was obsessed with shooting sprees like the 2011…

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  • 8 Turks who fled to Greece are a diplomatic 'hot potato'

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Turkish military helicopter that landed in the Greek border city of Alexandroupolis just as an attempted coup was being quashed in Turkey has turned into one of the toughest diplomatic challenges to date for Greece's relatively inexperienced government.

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  • Heightened terrorist checks slow Channel crossings from UK

    LONDON (AP) — Travelers seeking to cross the England Channel to enter France are facing severe delays because of heightened French security checks.

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  • Turkey EU minister says 'not end of road' for membership bid

    Ankara (AFP) - Turkey's EU minister said Saturday that the failed coup does not spell the end of its membership bid and pledged to abide by the terms of the refugee deal with the bloc.

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  • The Latest: Spain arrests 2 suspected of human smuggling

    INDJIJA, Serbia (AP) — The latest developments on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):

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  • Hungary PM becomes first EU leader to endorse Trump

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Saturday became the first European leader to endorse US presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling him a "better option" for the bloc than his rival, Hillary Clinton. "I am not a Donald Trump campaigner. The right-wing leader said he was swayed by…

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