Brussels stays on high alert over serious, imminent threat
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Brussels stays on high alert over serious, imminent threat

BRUSSELS (AP) — With hundreds of troops patrolling Brussels for a second day and authorities hunting one or more suspected militants, the Belgian government chose Sunday to keep the capital on the highest state of alert into the start of the workweek to prevent a Paris-style attack. Citing a “serious and imminent” threat, Prime Minister … Continue reading

Migrants barred from crossing into Macedonia hold protest
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Migrants barred from crossing into Macedonia hold protest

IDOMENI, Greece (AP) — Migrants barred from crossing the Greece-Macedonia border held a fourth day of protests Sunday, as Macedonia’s president criticized the European Union over the refugee crisis for a lack of financial support and data sharing. The influx of migrants into Macedonia has heightened tensions in the country, President Gjorgje Ivanov said. “The … Continue reading

UN approves resolution urging action against Islamic State
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UN approves resolution urging action against Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a French-sponsored resolution Friday calling on all nations to redouble and coordinate action to prevent further attacks by Islamic State terrorists and other extremist groups. The resolution says the Islamic State group “constitutes a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security” and expresses … Continue reading

1 week after attacks, defiant Parisians honor the dead
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1 week after attacks, defiant Parisians honor the dead

PARIS (AP) — A week after the deadliest attacks on France in decades, shell-shocked Parisians honored the 130 victims with candles and songs Friday, knowing that at least one suspect is still at large and fearing that other militants could be slipping through Europe’s porous borders. Having established how the attacks against a soccer stadium, … Continue reading

Obama to visit Asia refugee center amid raging debate in US
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Obama to visit Asia refugee center amid raging debate in US

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning to visit a refugee center in Malaysia, casting a spotlight on the plight of those fleeing violence and persecution from Myanmar to Syria. Obama’s tour of the Dignity for Children Foundation on Saturday comes amid a raging debate back home over Obama’s plan to allow … Continue reading

Experts raise concerns over lopsided EU-Africa migrant deals
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Experts raise concerns over lopsided EU-Africa migrant deals

BRUSSELS (AP) — Forced into action by its biggest refugee crisis since World War II, the European Union is pressing some northern African nations to sign lopsided deals that would send thousands back without sufficient protection, African diplomats and migration experts are warning. Concern is growing that the EU will use its considerable political and … Continue reading

Obama, Netanyahu emphasize need for Mideast peace
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Obama, Netanyahu emphasize need for Mideast peace

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday insisted they had not given up on the pursuit of Middle East peace, even as the prospect of an elusive agreement between Israelis and Palestinians appears further out of reach. Obama and Netanyahu’s meeting at the White House marked the first time the … Continue reading

Lufthansa cabin crew strike affects 113,000
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Lufthansa cabin crew strike affects 113,000

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Some 113,000 Lufthansa passengers were facing domestic and international cancellations Monday due to all-day walkouts at three German airports staged by a cabin crew union protesting cost cuts. The travel disruptions are expected to last all week, and highlight the pressure Europe’s flagship carriers are under as they struggle to compete … Continue reading

Russia finalizes air defense missile contract with Iran
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Russia finalizes air defense missile contract with Iran

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has finalized a contract for the delivery of advanced air-defense missile systems to Iran, the head of a Russian state-controlled industrial conglomerate said Monday. Sergei Chemezov, the head of Russian Technologies, the holding company that includes the Rosoboronexport arms trader, said Monday on a trip to Dubai that “the contract with … Continue reading