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Sicily declares emergency over migrant influx

Sicily has declared a state of emergency due to rising numbers of migrants coming by boats from the Mediterranean sea. Drones, warships and helicopters were deployed on Tuesday inside and outside Italian waters to scare-off people-smugglers, following two tragic shipwrecks this month in which more than 400…

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EU weighs options for common bank bailout fund

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Eurozone finance ministers on Monday sought ways to create a common fund to restructure or bail out troubled banks, an effort to keep financial problems in one country from endangering the entire 17-nation currency zone. The ministers’ discussions in Luxembourg were still in early stages, not least because of resistance from Germany and other countries that have ...

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Meeting With Mission Afghanistan Staff (US Department of State)

(Source: US Department of State) AMBASSADOR CUNNINGHAM: I apologize for keeping you waiting. It’s been a very long and eventful day, and it’s not over yet for us, but it’s been very successful so far. And Secretary Kerry, I really want to thank you on behalf of all of us here, not just for coming to see us again, but ...

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Home Ministry’s brainwave: Keep some Lok Sabha seats for PoK, just in case

The Union home ministry is working on a proposal to create Lok Sabha seats in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in what is being seen as a far-fetched and potentially controversial move to assert India’s right on the territory. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde is reviewing the proposal,…

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Palestinian youths face Israeli abuse: report

The UN Children’s Fund has said Israel’s army and police force continue to mistreat Palestinian youths during arrests and detentions, despite agreeing to test alternative treatment following international pressure. Teh fund’s progress report, released on Monday, stated that , seven months after an initial paper was…

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Damon Albarn’s return trip on the Africa Express

In 2006 Damon Albarn launched Africa Express – a series of collaborations between western and African artists. Photograph: Jo Hale/Redferns via Getty Images It may be just about the hottest new pop-up club in the world, but you have to look hard for the glamour. There is no red carpet and the bar has run out of beer. The decor ...

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NATO says service member killed by man wearing an Afghan security forces uniform

KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO says a man wearing an Afghan national security forces uniform killed one of its service members in eastern Afghanistan. The alliance says in a statement that the incident occurred on Sunday, but provided no other details or the nationality of the soldier. The week’s best news…

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NATO soldier killed in insider attack in Afghanistan

Tweet Kabul, Oct 13 (IANS) A man in Afghan military uniform Sunday shot dead one NATO soldier in eastern Afghanistan, Xinhua reported citing a statement by the coalition forces. “An International Security Assistance Force…

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Safe passage for migrants urged

The Associated Press VALLETTA (AP)—Three deadly Mediterranean shipwrecks that claimed the lives of hundreds of would-be asylum seekers fleeing war and repression sharpened calls Saturday for humanitarian corridors to allow safe passage to Europe. At least 34 people drowned in Maltese waters south of the Italian island of Lampedusa when a boat packed with hundreds of Syrians and Palestinians capsized ...

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Hope for endangered Catholics?

Hope for endangered Catholics? Since his installment as Pope of the Catholic Church, Francis has shaken things up in the Vatican. He has made it his mission to return the Church to what Jesus commanded it to be—the help and refuge of the poor, the depressed, the abused, and the obsessed. He has voiced a new tolerance in the Church ...

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