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  • Migrant bids to reach Britain fall as security tightened

    French police said Saturday around 300 migrants in Calais attempted to reach Britain via the Channel Tunnel overnight, a significant drop from previous nights after security in Calais was beefed up. On Thursday night, French authorities faced more than 1,000 attempts by migrants camped out in the…

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  • Immigration the major concern for Europeans: poll

    Immigration is the main concern of Europeans, ahead of economic problems and unemployment, according to a new opinion poll released by the European Commission. A similar poll last November had the economic situation, employment, and public deficits top of the list. Since then immigration has been…

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  • Kerry off to Mideast with Egypt, Iran deal, Syria on agenda

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry departed for the Middle East on Friday for security talks in Egypt and discussions in Qatar with Arab foreign ministers whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran. He will not visit Israel, America's foremost Mideast ally and the…

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  • EU urges Israel to show 'zero tolerance for settler violence'

    The EU urged Israel Friday to show "zero tolerance" for settler violence after an arson attack blamed on settlers in the occupied West Bank left a Palestinian toddler dead. "The Israeli authorities should ... take resolute measures to protect the local population. "The cold-blooded killing of…

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  • When is a jackal not a jackal? When it's really a 'golden wolf'

    Scientists said on Thursday a comprehensive genetic analysis found that these populations are made up of two entirely distinct species, with those in Africa different from the others. The scientific name for the golden jackal is Canis aureus. The researchers proposed renaming those in Africa…

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  • Man stabs several people at Jerusalem gay pride parade

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the holy city's annual gay pride parade were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday night, as an anti-gay extremist lunged into a group leading the march and stabbed six people, Israeli police and witnesses said.

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  • Afghan Taliban name a new leader, but peace talks delayed

    By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Taliban have chosen late supreme leader Mullah Omar's longtime deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday, as Pakistan announced that peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government had been postponed. Pakistan…

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  • Iraqis take mandatory day off as heat wave smothers Mideast

    BAGHDAD (AP) — It's a 15-minute walk through a lush palm grove from Baghdad's al-Takia refugee camp to the nearest well, but as temperatures hovered around 52 degrees Celsius (126 F) on Thursday, Zakiyah Abdullah, who is eight months pregnant, said it felt like an eternity.

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  • Russia reassures Israel over Iran nuclear deal

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that the deal on Iran's nuclear program would improve security in the Middle East and guaranteed that Tehran would not acquire nuclear arms. Israel plans to lobby the U.S. Congress not to approve the…

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  • Calais migrants undaunted by extra French riot police

    By Miranda Alexander-Webber CALAIS, France (Reuters) - Migrants massed around the entrance to the Channel Tunnel said on Thursday they would keep trying to sneak across to Britain, undaunted by the arrival of 120 extra riot police on the French side. A police officer said the number of migrants…

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  • Keaten appointment AP chief correspondent in Switzerland

    LONDON (AP) — Jamey Keaten, a reporter in the Paris office of The Associated Press, has been named chief correspondent for Switzerland.

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  • A Hungarian fence creates new front in Europe's migrant crisis

    In the shade of the trees, Syrians and Afghans rested amid the rubbish of those who came before them, waiting for nightfall to walk across the nearby Hungarian border and into the European Union. “We are quick, to beat the fence.” A month from now Hungary says it will seal its border with Serbia…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Youngest refugees bear brunt of Syrian war woes

    MAFRAQ, Jordan (AP) — Gathered on the desert floor, the Askar family chants prayers for their 1-year-old daughter Jawahir, who died of malnutrition and is buried beneath the sands of their informal refugee camp far from their Syrian hometown.

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  • New film highlights struggles of gay Palestinians in Israel

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — During last summer's Gaza war, Khader Abu Seif was living with his then Israeli boyfriend in Tel Aviv, wondering whether Hamas rockets could reach them from the coastal strip.

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  • US Senate confirms Dunford as next Joint Chiefs chairman

    The US Senate confirmed Marine General Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US military's top officer, after President Barack Obama chose him for the post in May. Dunford, 59, currently the commandant of the US Marine Corps, will replace General Martin Dempsey, who…

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  • Top U.S. general says Iran deal lowers near-term atomic arms risk

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer supported a proposed nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, saying it reduced the risk of Tehran developing atomic arms while buying time to work with allies to confront the Islamic Republic over other "malign activities." Army…

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  • U.S. approves possible sale of $5.4 billion in missiles to Saudi Arabia

    The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of $5.4 billion in additional PAC-3 missiles built by Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the sale would benefit a key U.S. partner in the Middle East. The…

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