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  • 700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck

    As many as 700 migrants were feared drowned Sunday after their packed boat capsized off Libya in what was described as the deadliest such disaster to date in the Mediterranean. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and Italy's coastguard said only 28 people had survived the wreck. Their testimonies…

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  • Sea of sorrows: Many migrants drown trying to reach Italy

    ROME (AP) — Migrants seeking a better life in Europe have died by the thousands in the Mediterranean Sea in recent years while fleeing poverty and bloodshed in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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  • Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

    By Antonio Denti PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, in what may be one of the worst disasters of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said on Sunday. Twenty eight people were…

    Reuters
  • Finns vote, likely to pick opposition to revive economy

    By Anna Ercanbrack and Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Voters are tipped to oust Finland's pro-European and pro-NATO prime minister in Sunday's election and put in power an opposition coalition that may include Eurosceptic nationalists, hoping it will revive the sagging economy. Opposition…

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  • EU dreams of Iranian gas to break dependence on Moscow

    The EU is hoping future gas imports from Iran can break its dependence on Russia as prospects grow for a nuclear deal that would include lifting sanctions on Tehran. The European Union is betting on so-called Southern Corridor pipelines to supply gas to southern Europe via Turkey from fields in…

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  • Tunisia seeks to save tourist season after museum massacre

    Still smarting from a jihadist attack that killed 21 foreign tourists last month, Tunisia is hoping to save the summer season with new security measures and an ad campaign touting its safety as a destination, but industry leaders are glum. Tourism, which accounts for 7.0 percent of the country's…

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  • Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT

    FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a line of people waiting outside a bank Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 and wounding 125 in an assault the country's president blamed on the Islamic State group. The accusation by President Ashraf Ghani,…

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  • Runaway Serie A leader Juventus beats 2nd-place Lazio 2-0

    MILAN (AP) — Runaway leader Juventus took another important step towards the Serie A title as it eased to a 2-0 win over second-place Lazio on Saturday.

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  • Europe is protected from possible Greek problems, France says

    It is Greece and not Europe which will be hurt by any problems stemming from the Greek financial situation, because Europe has built buffers to protect itself, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Saturday. So Europe is much stronger. Europe has sheltered itself from turbulence.

    Reuters
  • Yemen government rejects Iranian peace plan

    Yemen's government has rejected a four-point peace plan for the country that Iran submitted to the United Nations, a spokesman said on Saturday. Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab coalition partners have been bombing Iranian-allied Houthi rebels for three weeks in order to halt advances that could…

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  • Pope asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy

    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday joined Italy in pressing the European Union to do more to help the country cope with rapidly mounting numbers of desperate people rescued in the Mediterranean during journeys on smugglers' boats to flee war, persecution or poverty.

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  • Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-U.S. trade deal

    By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labor and environmental standards. Opposition to the Transatlantic…

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  • Russia denies German report it is ready to sign gas deal with Greece

    MOSCOW/BERLIN (Reuters) - Russia denied on Saturday a German media report suggesting that it could sign a gas pipeline deal with Greece as early as Tuesday which could bring up to five billion euros into Athens' depleted state coffers. German magazine Der Spiegel, citing a senior figure in…

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  • Russia gas deal would not solve Greece's problems: Schaeuble

    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Saturday he was happy over a report that Greece was poised to sign a gas deal with Russia, though he added it would not solve the cash-strapped euro zone nation's economic problems. "I am happy about that for Greece," Schaeuble told journalists on…

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  • Bangladesh guardedly welcomes Benetton factory victim pledge

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi garment industry leader on Saturday guardedly welcomed Italian retailer Benetton's pledge of more than $1 million to victims of a factory collapse that killed over 1,100 people two years ago, saying it had come late but was appreciated.

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  • A bear hug: Croat village shelters bears as good neighbors

    KUTAREVO, Croatia (AP) — Usually in Europe, when bear cubs get used to humans, they cannot survive in the wild. And when they grow too big, they're shot.

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  • Chelsea look to overcome Manchester United hurdle

    Chelsea will face an in-form Manchester United on Saturday as they try to move one step closer to the Premier League title at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho's table-toppers are currently seven points in front of second-placed Arsenal, who are involved in FA Cup semi-final action against Reading at…

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