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  • Italy demands EU partners stump up for rescued migrants

    Italy reacted Monday to the arrival of thousands of new migrants at its southern ports by demanding that its European Union partners meet the cost of taking them in. Speaking after the weekend rescue of nearly 6,000 migrants in the Mediterranean, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said promises made…

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  • US stocks gain, pushing market back to record levels

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks gained Monday, pushing the market to record levels, as investors assessed corporate earnings. Stocks also got a lift from a report that showed factory orders rose in March for the first time since last summer.

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  • US police shoot suspected jihadists in new cartoon attack

    A Texas traffic policeman shot dead two suspected Islamist gunmen with his pistol after they opened fire with assault rifles and tried to storm an event staged by an anti-Muslim group, police said Monday. There was no confirmed claim of responsibility for Sunday's failed assault, but an FBI…

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  • Krasnodar closes in on leader Zenit in Russian league

    MOSCOW (AP) — Second-place FC Krasnodar cut the gap to Russian Premier League leader Zenit St. Petersburg with a strong away win Monday.

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  • Up to 7,000 migrants held in Libya, says official

    Thousands of illegal migrants who have tried to reach Europe from conflict-plagued Libya are being held in detention centres in the North African country, an official said on Monday. Most are Africans intercepted off Libyan shores or inside the country as they prepared to board boats for Europe,…

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  • Italian ships rescue nearly 6,800 migrants; baby born at sea

    ROME (AP) — Italian rescue ships brought migrants by the thousands to the country's southern ports, including a baby born aboard a navy vessel, as crowded shelters in Sicily and on the mainland struggled Monday to find room for them.

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  • Baltic military shadow-boxing said to reach Cold War levels

    By Tim Hepher VISBY FORWARD OPERATING BASE, Sweden (Reuters) - A daily game of Cold War cat-and-mouse is ratcheting up tensions in the Baltic and drawing the biggest military presence into the region for over 20 years, Swedish military officials say. Western officials say Russia has stepped up…

    Reuters
  • Europe toughens up pilot training rules to prevent accidents

    By Victoria Bryan BERLIN (Reuters) - European aviation safety regulators introduced new training requirements on Monday to help prevent accidents by pilots losing control of planes in-flight, such as during a stall or in bad weather. The International Air Transport Association said that while…

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  • Kerry in Kenya calls for unity to defeat terrorism

    US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed support to Kenya on Monday in the battle against Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab, after calling for unity in the face of terror attacks. "The US continues to stand resolutely with the government and people of Kenya in the effort to end scourge of violent…

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  • Europe's top carbon emitters swap 255 million UN offsets for EU permits

    LONDON (Reuters) - Firms in Europe’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) have swapped a total of 255 million U.N.-backed carbon offsets for European Union emissions allowances (EUAs) from April 2013-2014, data published by the European Commission showed on Monday. Traders in the EU carbon market watch…

    Reuters
  • Around 7,000 Europe-bound migrants rescued, baby girl born on Italian navy ship

    By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Around 7,000 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats crossing the Mediterranean to Europe over the weekend and on Monday, including a woman who gave birth to a baby girl on an Italian navy ship, the coast guard said. A photo posted online showed her…

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  • Turkey says it stopped over 200 migrants heading to Greece

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey says it has stopped over 200 migrants from reaching EU-member Greece in recent days.

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  • Belarus rights record under fire at UN

    Belarus faced harsh criticism Monday at a UN review of its rights record, with diplomats decrying an "atmosphere of intimidation" and urging the country to ensure free and fair elections. Gathered at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, diplomats called on Belarus, which rights groups have…

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  • Merkel defends German intelligence cooperation with NSA

    By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel defended Germany's BND intelligence agency on Monday against accusations it illegally helped the United States spy on officials and firms in Europe. In her first public comments on a scandal that has gripped Germany for weeks, Merkel…

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  • Finnish military reaches out to reservists, denies Russia link

    The Finnish military began sending letters to some 900,000 reservists on Monday in the largest campaign of its kind, amid increased tensions between the Nordic states and Russia over the Ukraine crisis. The military said the letter campaign, which aims to improve communication with former army…

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  • Juventus faces Real test in Champions League semifinals

    MILAN (AP) — Juventus is starting to emerge as an international force once again but faces a true test in its Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

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  • Wall Street rebound shores up markets at start of busy week

    LONDON (AP) — Global stocks rose sharply Monday at the start of a potentially big week for markets as they tracked an end-of-week rebound on Wall Street. A promise by China's leaders to shore up growth and hopes of progress in Greece's bailout talks with creditors also helped stocks rally.

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