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  • George Clooney hopes to meet Merkel to discuss refugees

    BERLIN (AP) — Actor George Clooney says he plans to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the situation in Syria, which has contributed to the surge in refugees coming to Europe over the past year.

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  • FIFA candidates head to Miami to meet CONCACAF in crisis

    The five FIFA presidential candidates meet in Miami on Friday with the election's most inscrutable voters who are deep in their own leadership race amid a financial crisis.

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  • Turkey tries father, smugglers over Syrian toddler's death

    The father of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler whose drowning shocked the world last year, went on trial on Thursday along with two alleged people smugglers accused of causing the death of migrants. Aylan's mother Rihana and brother Ghaleb, four, also died in the same accident. The trial of Syrian…

    AFP25 mins ago
  • Russia proposes Syria ceasefire ahead of international talks

    Russia said it had made a "quite specific" proposal for a ceasefire in Syria as foreign ministers gathered in Munich Thursday in a bid to kickstart peace talks derailed by the regime onslaught on the city of Aleppo. The UN said 51,000 Syrians have fled Aleppo this month as government forces backed…

    AFP51 mins ago
  • Einstein writings show theory 100 years ahead of time

    It took a century, but the theory from Albert Einstein handwritten neatly on paper that is now yellowing has finally been vindicated. Israeli officials on Thursday offered a rare look at the documents where Einstein presented his ideas on gravitational waves, a display that coincided with the…

    AFP56 mins ago
  • NATO launches sea mission against migrant traffickers

    By Robin Emmott and Phil Stewart BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO ships are on their way to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling refugees into Europe, the alliance's top commander said on Thursday. Hours after NATO defense ministers agreed to use their…

    Reuters56 mins ago
  • Poverty scholar among 9 winners of Israeli foundation prize

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Leading poverty scholar Anthony Atkinson is among the winners of this year's Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments.

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  • 2 alleged human smugglers on trial over Aylan Kurdi's death

    BODRUM, Turkey (AP) — Two suspected people-smugglers went on trial in Turkey on Thursday accused of causing the death of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi — whose drowning put a human face on the Syrian refugee crisis — and four other people.

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  • AP Interview: IOC medical chief seeks to allay Zika fears

    LONDON (AP) — Seeking to allay fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director said "everything that can be done is being done" to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Springboks flanker Coetzee to join Ulster after Super Rugby

    DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa flanker Marcell Coetzee will join Irish club Ulster after the Super Rugby season.

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  • The Latest: German foreign min wants breakthrough on Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local):

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  • Spain dismantles falcon trafficking ring destined for UAE races

    Spanish police said Thursday they had dismantled an international ring that smuggled falcons to the United Arab Emirates, where bird-of-prey racing is an elite sport. "Over the past few years, more than 500 specimens of these birds may have been exported at a value of over one million euros ($1.1…

    AFP
  • Head of Google in Europe grilled by UK lawmakers

    LONDON (AP) — A British parliamentary committee has grilled Google's president of European operations, questioning in blunt terms whether the Internet giant had paid its fair share of taxes.

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  • Anti-IS coalition looks to ramp up fight against jihadists

    Pentagon chief Ashton Carter convened the Brussels summit to persuade partner nations to contribute more to the campaign against the extremists, who despite 18 months of air strikes remain firmly in control of large parts of Iraq and Syria and have a growing foothold in Libya. Further complicating…

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  • NATO sends warships on Aegean migrant mission

    NATO launched Thursday an unprecedented naval mission in the Aegean Sea to tackle people smugglers taking refugees and migrants from Turkey to Greece, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. The alliance will deploy at least three warships after alliance members Germany, Greece and Turkey called…

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  • Both 94, Auschwitz survivor faces camp guard in German court

    By Elke Ahlswede DETMOLD, Germany (Reuters) - A 94-year-old survivor of Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp gave his testimony in court on Thursday, face to face with a former guard, who is charged with helping in the murder of at least 170,000 people. Leon Schwarzbaum, who lost 35 family members…

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  • 2 Uber execs facing jail in France amid tensions with taxis

    PARIS (AP) — Two top Uber executives appeared Thursday in court in charges that could send them to prison and offer the ride-hailing company one of its most serious legal challenges to date in France.

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