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  • Thatcher would have backed UK staying in EU: advisor

    Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher would have supported David Cameron's draft renegotiation of Britain's EU terms of membership, her closest advisor said Sunday. Lord Charles Powell said Thatcher, whose fevered hostility to Brussels in the latter part of her premiership led to her downfall in…

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  • Leicester beats City 3-1, Torres nets 100th Atletico goal

    Leicester firmly underlined its Premier League title credentials with a 3-1 win at Manchester City on Saturday, while Atletico Madrid moved provisionally level on points with Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league by beating Eibar 3-1.

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  • UK Labour leader backs staying in EU

    Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Saturday that staying in the European Union was in the country's best interests. The left-wing veteran, who has displayed a eurosceptic streak throughout his political life, said his party would make the case for a "social Europe" during the…

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  • Labour leader sticks to 'in' camp in Britain's EU debate

    The opposition Labour Party will campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union in an upcoming referendum, its leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday, after a dissenter from his party had suggested Corbyn might still join the "out" camp. A eurosceptic left-winger who voted "no" to Europe in a…

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  • Guernsey cannot take in Syrians due to 'Islamophobia': minister

    The Channel Island of Guernsey could not take in any of the Syrian refugees flooding Europe due to "Islamophobia" in the British dependency, its chief minister said. "Negativity" would make it difficult to provide them with security, Jonathan Le Tocq said, according to the BBC. Guernsey's policy…

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  • Tottenham goes 2nd in Premier League by beating Watford 1-0

    LONDON (AP) — Tottenham is providing another element of unpredictability to a Premier League title race defying all expectations.

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  • Polls paint mixed picture for Irish PM ahead of election

    Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny's conservative party halted a recent slide in popularity according to one opinion poll on Saturday, but fell sharply in another, maintaining the potential for an inconclusive outcome at upcoming elections. Ireland votes on Feb. 26 in what promises to be a tight…

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  • Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe; clashes in Amsterdam

    DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Protesters rallied against Islam and immigration in several European cities Saturday, sometimes clashing with police or counter-demonstrators amid growing tensions over the massive influx of asylum-seekers to the continent.

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  • Anti-Islamic protesters arrested at banned rally in Calais

    Anti-migrant protesters in the French port city of Calais Saturday clashed with police as they defied a ban and rallied in support of a Europe-wide initiative by the Islamophobic Pegida movement. Around 150 protesters gathered in central Calais carrying signs such as "This is our home," waving the…

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  • Germany's Catholic Church calls for 'reduction' in refugees

    The German Catholic Church called for a reduction in the influx of refugees arriving in Germany, saying the country cannot take in "all the world's needy," according to an interview published Saturday. Germany has been struggling to cope with 1.1 million asylum seekers that arrived in 2015 and…

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  • EU ministers want to buttress borders to stem refugee flow

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — European Union nations anxious to stem the flow of asylum-seekers coming through the Balkans are increasingly considering sending more help to non-member Macedonia as a better way to protect European borders instead of relying on EU member Greece.

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  • Turkey must cut migrant flows to Europe, top EU official says

    By Robin Emmott AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Europe needs Turkey to dramatically cut the number of migrants reaching Greece within weeks or the pressure for more border closures and fences will grow, the EU's top official in charge of ties with Ankara warned on Saturday. Frustrated that refugees…

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  • Austria wants EU border agency to send migrants back to Turkey

    Austria wants the EU's border agency Frontex to send directly back to Turkey the migrants it picks trying to reach Greece, media on Saturday quoted Chancellor Werner Faymann as saying. Faymann said this approach was "the only totally effective measure to break the human trafficking" of migrants,…

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  • Rough seas, harsh winter, border limits add to migrant woes

    PRESEVO, Serbia (AP) — Rasul Orwani thought he had faced the worst after braving cold, rough seas in a rickety wooden boat to travel from Turkey to Greece, then came the Balkans.

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  • Turkey seizes unsafe boats intended for refugees: reports

    Turkish police seized almost 50 unsafe boats destined for migrants wanting to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece, in the latest crackdown on businesses exploiting refugees in western Turkey, reports said Saturday. Police simultaneously raided three underground workshops in the port city of Izmir on…

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  • Japan may change temple map icon to avoid Nazi confusion

    TOKYO (AP) — As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and caters to a surging influx of foreign visitors, the country faces a cultural dilemma: Should it stop identifying Buddhist temples on maps with the traditional "manji" symbol that is often confused with a Nazi swastika?

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  • Ashley Cole: I joined LA Galaxy for trophies, not beaches

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Ashley Cole freely acknowledges he once compared Major League Soccer to relaxing on a beach.

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