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  • Germany, Turkey seek NATO help to tackle migrant smugglers

    Germany and Turkey said Monday they would ask NATO to help police Turkey's shores as 24 more migrants drowned en route to Greece and tens of thousands of others remained stranded at the Turkish-Syrian border. In the latest in a grim litany of migrant boat sinkings, 24 people, 11 of them children,…

    AFP20 mins ago
  • Stocks fall sharply as banks, tech sectors take a beating

    Steep losses in financial, technology and other companies sent U.S. stocks sharply lower in midday trading Monday. The decline followed drops in Europe and set the market on course for its second big loss in a row. Crude oil prices slumped again.

    Associated Press33 mins ago
  • Bility: 26 African nations won't support Salman in FIFA vote

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — At least 26 African countries will defy their continental confederation and not vote for Sheikh Salman of Bahrain in the FIFA presidential election, the outspoken head of the Liberia soccer federation said Monday.

    Associated Press36 mins ago
  • Obama calls for $1.8 bn to fight Zika

    President Barack Obama on Monday asked for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to tackle the fast-spreading Zika virus at home and abroad. The mosquito-borne illness has surged through Latin America, prompting fears that clement spring weather could bring an explosion in cases. Obama's…

    AFP40 mins ago
  • Bone tests can ruin migrant kids' Europe chances: study

    Among the refugees arriving on Europe's shores seeking sanctuary from war, poverty or persecution, many are children -- often orphaned, alone and without official papers. Once they get there, the older ones may be subjected to physical assessments to determine whether they are in fact still…

    AFP
  • Turkey, Germany to seek NATO help monitoring migrant flow from Syria

    Turkey and Germany plan to seek help from NATO allies in monitoring the flow of migrants from Syria trying to get to Europe across the Aegean Sea, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday. Speaking at a joint news conference in Ankara with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Davutoglu…

    Reuters
  • Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge toward Turkey border

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Humeyra Pamuk BEIRUT/ONCUPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - The Syrian army advanced toward the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar…

    Reuters
  • Faced with new influx, Turkey's open door for migrants may be closing

    By Humeyra Pamuk ONCUPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - As the number of Syrian refugees now amassing on the Turkish border swells into the tens of thousands, Ankara's long-standing open door to migrants may be closing. An assault by Russian-backed Syrian government forces around the city of Aleppo has…

    Reuters
  • Libya seeks extra week to form unity govt under UN deal

    Libya's presidential council said Monday it needs one more week to form a national unity government, after the country's internationally recognised parliament rejected an initial line-up. The council, chaired by prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj, had been due to submit the names of a new…

    AFP
  • Berlin, Ankara seek NATO aid to stop traffickers: Merkel

    Turkey and Germany will ask NATO to help police the Turkish coast and stop traffickers from sending migrants on dangerous sea journeys, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday. "We will use the NATO defence ministers' meeting (from Wednesday) to talk about the situation in Syria as well as…

    AFP
  • Thousands of refugees may enter Britain if it leaves EU: Cameron

    By Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of refugees could flock to Britain from France if voters decide to leave the European Union, a spokesman for David Cameron said on Monday, underlining the prime minister's stance that an exit would hurt security. In what critics said was the start…

    Reuters
  • Two dozen perish in Aegean migrant disaster

    Twenty-four migrants, including 11 children, drowned in the Aegean Sea on Monday as they tried to cross from Turkey to Greece, Dogan news agency said. The agency initially said at least 35 migrants had died in two separate accidents off western Turkey, but later reported that there was a single…

    AFP
  • Turkey will take refugees fleeing Syrian forces 'when necessary': PM

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will admit the almost 30,000 people fleeing war-torn Syria who have amassed at the border "when necessary," Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, adding Russia's air assault should not be tolerated with the idea that Turkey will accept the refugees. The latest developments…

    Reuters
  • High winds buffet northwestern Europe

    Heavy winds buffeted Europe's northwestern flank on Monday, forcing road closures and disrupting rail and ferry services in southern England and prompting high wave alerts in France's Brittany region. In Germany winter storms forced carnival organisers to cancel "Rose Monday" parades in the…

    AFP
  • Dutch step up border controls as migrant flows continue

    The Netherlands has stepped up the monitoring of traffic crossing its frontiers, a government minister said on Monday, as countries across Europe move to tighten border controls in response to an unprecedented migration crisis. The move follows a decision last September to deploy mobile border…

    Reuters
  • Human rights body reviews disputed legal changes in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An international human rights commission began two days of meetings with Polish officials Monday to determine whether recent legal changes to Poland's Constitutional Tribunal are in line with democratic standards.

    Associated Press
  • Brexit could mean migrant camps in UK: Cameron's office

    Prime Minister David Cameron's office on Monday warned that Britain leaving the European Union could mean migrant camps being set up on British shores if UK border checks are removed from Calais in France. "Should Britain leave the EU there's no guarantee those controls would remain in place,"…

    AFP