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  • Messi show as Barca wins 6-1, Bayern restores 8-point lead

    Lionel Messi lit up the Camp Nou on Sunday, scoring with a superb free kick and then helping to set up a hat trick for Luis Suarez as leader Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 6-1 in the Spanish league.

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  • Slovenia to clamp down on migrant border entries

    Slovenia said Sunday it would clamp down on the number of migrants allowed to enter the country, ahead of tougher measures set to be announced by neighbouring Austria later this week to slow down the influx. The two EU member states, which also belong to the passport-free Schengen zone, have…

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  • Tight security as Danes mark year since Copenhagen attacks

    Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen warned Sunday that Denmark still faces a "serious terror threat" as it marked a year since a gunman killed a filmmaker and a Jewish security guard in twin attacks in Copenhagen. The Danish capital honoured the victims under tight security, as Rasmussen left…

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  • Control borders but don't shut them, says Dutch minister

    Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders on Sunday said Europe must control its borders but not close them, as divisions deepen over how the continent should stem its huge influx of migrants. Koenders, whose country currently holds the European Union's rotating six-month presidency, rejected calls for…

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  • Police fire tear gas at anti-migrant 'hotspot' protest

    Greek riot police fired tear gas on Sunday at demonstrators protesting against the development of a centre to house migrants on the tourist island of Kos, officials said. Riot police fired tear gas to disperse several dozen protesters who tried to break in to the construction site about 10…

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  • American cyclist Coryn Rivera riding fast road to Rio

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The sprightly girl aboard the hand-me-down bike had started to cry, tears trickling down her cheeks 50 miles into the longest ride of her life.

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  • Czech PM says ready to protect Balkan borders in migrant crisis

    By Jan Lopatka PRAGUE (Reuters) - Central European leaders are ready to help Balkan countries seal their borders with Greece to stem the flow of migrants across the continent, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told Reuters on Sunday. Despite objections from regional powerhouse Germany, which…

    Reuters
  • US pushing Albania to enact judicial, legislative reforms

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday pushed Albania to enact a major package of judicial and legislative reforms, backed by U.S. money that also is intended to help the Balkan nation take in Iranian refugees from Iraq.

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  • Germany's Friedrich wins 3rd straight 2-man bob world title

    IGLS, Austria (AP) — Francesco Friedrich edged fellow German Johannes Lochner to clinch his third straight two-man bob world title on Sunday, and Germany also won the team competition hours later.

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  • Obama urges Putin to end air strikes against Syrian opposition

    US President Barack Obama has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to end air strikes against Syrian opposition forces, the White House said Sunday. In a phone call with Putin Saturday, Obama stressed the need to quickly get humanitarian aid to besieged areas and initiating the cessation…

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  • 1 dead, 3 wounded in stabbing at asylum center in Sweden

    HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish police say they have arrested a man suspected of killing one person and wounding three others during a fight between asylum-seekers.

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  • Unknown dead fill Lesbos cemetery for refugees drowned at sea

    By Karolina Tagaris LESBOS, Greece (Reuters) - She drowned trying to reach Europe, but her headless body was never identified. Just 27 of those are named.     The others state plainly: "Unknown Man, Aged 35, No 221, 19/11/2015;" "Unknown Boy, Aged 7, No 40, 19/11/2015;" "Unknown Boy, Aged 12, No…

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  • Syrian opposition figure slams Russia for continued bombing

    MUNICH (AP) — A top Syrian opposition figure criticized Russia on Sunday for continuing with its bombing in Syria, insisting that people in the country need to see action rather than words.

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  • EU's elder statesmen to Britain: 'Don't leave us now'

    By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Elder statesmen who built and shaped the European Union have a clear message for Britain as it prepares for a referendum on whether to stay in the bloc: "We love you. Don't leave us now." Valery Giscard d'Estaing, father of the European Monetary System that…

    Reuters
  • Migrants share their tales at Cyprus 'human library'

    Inside a vintage-style Cypriot cafe, 18-year-old Ibrahima Yonga recounts to a stranger how he escaped the Boko Haram group in Cameroon and spent months at sea to reach Europe. To add a human touch to an often complex and troubling news story, it invited eight people from the Mediterranean island's…

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  • EasyJet eyes 'massive opportunities' in Europe: CEO McCall

    Europe's airline sector is on course for further consolidation, while the region offers "massive opportunities" for growth, according to Carolyn McCall, chief executive of British budget airline EasyJet. "I definitely think there will be consolidation in Europe," McCall told AFP in a recent…

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  • London housing crisis coming to a crunch

    Latest figures show the average London house price was £514,097 ($740,400, 678,500 euros) in December, up 12.4 percent in 12 months, compared to a 6.4-percent increase to £188,270 across England and Wales. Many "generation rent" young professionals, whose parents bought comfortable homes in…

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