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  • A search for the living among the dead in the Mediterranean

    ROME (AP) — Only a few dozen people were saved Sunday after the capsizing of a fishing boat that one of the survivors said carried 700 people, raising fears that the migrant tragedy off Libya's coast could become the Mediterranean's deadliest.

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  • Fury as 700 feared dead in 'avoidable' Med shipwreck

    Up to 700 people were feared drowned Sunday after an overcrowded boat smuggling them to Europe capsized off Libya in the latest and deadliest in a long list of migrant disasters in the Mediterranean. Italy's coastguard, which was coordinating the search for survivors and bodies, said only 28…

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  • Finnish election early votes show defeat for pro-Europe PM

    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, with counts from early voting showing a win for an opposition party that may need to rule in a coalition with Eurosceptic nationalists. …

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  • Video: Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya

    CAIRO (AP) — Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group's atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared caliphate in…

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  • Economic victory fails to deliver popularity boost for Hungary's Orban

    By Krisztina Than and Christian Lowe BUDAPEST/WARSAW (Reuters) - What should have been Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's finest hour may be becoming his darkest. Investors are turning positive again on Hungarian assets, vindicating Orban after years when the International Monetary Fund,…

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  • Italy calls for emergency EU summit on migrant crisis

    Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Rome would be seeking the extraordinary meeting after up to 700 people were feared to have drowned when a boat carrying them towards Italy capsized off Libya. The Italian initiative came as the EU came under fire over what NGOs termed a tragedy that may have been…

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  • Iraqi officer under Saddam masterminded rise of Islamic State: Spiegel

    A former intelligence officer for the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was the mastermind behind Islamic State's takeover of northern Syria, according to a report by Der Spiegel that is based on documents uncovered by the German magazine. Spiegel, in a lengthy story published at the weekend and…

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  • Exclusive: EU frets naval mission off Libya could draw more migrants to sea

    By Francesco Guarascio and Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU is considering sending warships to the Libyan coast to combat oil and arms smugglers but fears that could encourage more migrants to take to sea in hopes of being rescued and taken to Europe, according to an EU document seen by…

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  • IS shows purported executions in Libya of Ethiopia Christians

    The Islamic State group on Sunday released a video purportedly showing the execution of some 30 Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya. Addis Ababa condemned the reported killings and said its embassy in Egypt was trying to verify the video to ascertain if those murdered were indeed Ethiopians. …

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  • EU leaders call for emergency talks after 700 migrants drown 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 officials said may be the Mediterranean's worst disaster as thousands flee poverty and war to Europe. Top officials in…

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  • Despite victory, Israeli leader struggling to form coalition

    JERUSALEM (AP) — With a resounding election victory last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to have an easy path toward quickly establishing a coalition government with his traditional nationalist, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies.

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  • German minister warns against xenophobia

    Germany's foreign minister warned Sunday against racism and xenophobia, at a ceremony marking 70 years since the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Sachsenhausen near Berlin. Frank-Walter Steinmeier joined Holocaust survivors and other guests at the site which was built while Hitler…

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  • Roma draws 1-1 at home to struggling Atalanta in Serie A

    MILAN (AP) — Roma failed to make the most of Lazio's defeat as it drew 1-1 at home to relegation-threatened Atalanta in Serie A to move level on points with its city rival in second spot.

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  • Europe should back action to protect migrants in Mediterranean: Mogherini

    By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European governments should support action to protect migrants in the Mediterranean after one of the worst migrant boat disasters at the weekend, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said. As many as 700 people were feared dead after a…

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  • Spain's latest political upstart rides high on message of moderation

    By Julien Toyer, Inmaculada Sanz and Carlos Ruano BARCELONA (Reuters) - Albert Rivera, the 35-year-old leader of upstart political party Ciudadanos, has become Spain’s best-rated politician by cutting through his country’s increasingly volatile politics with a simple message: moderation. Though…

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  • Pope urges world to act after new Mediterranean tragedy

    Pope Francis on Sunday urged world leaders to respond "decisively" after 700 migrants were feared drowned in the deadliest migrant shipwreck yet in the Mediterranean. "It is evident that the proportions of the phenomenon demand much greater involvement," he said then.

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