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

Son: US activist killed by Palestinian leads Facebook suit
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Son: US activist killed by Palestinian leads Facebook suit

JERUSALEM (AP) — The son of an American peace activist who advocated coexistence and who died this week following a Palestinian attack earlier this month says his father is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against Facebook for allowing gruesome Palestinian pages that incite violence. Micah Avni said Thursday the lawsuit was filed in the … Continue reading

US, world powers save space for Iran at Syria talks
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US, world powers save space for Iran at Syria talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — This week’s international talks over Syria’s future will have a new player at the table: Iran, a key ally of Syria’s Bashar Assad. It’s the first time Iran has been invited to the discussions over Syria’s four-year civil war, and on Wednesday Iran’s state TV and semi-official news agency said Foreign Minister … Continue reading

Iran to attend international talks on Syria’s future
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Iran to attend international talks on Syria’s future

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Wednesday it will attend the international talks on Syria’s future later this week in Vienna, following an invitation from the Russian envoy that would mark Tehran’s first appearance at such a gathering. The invitation to the talks came after the United States declared itself ready to engage long-time foe … Continue reading

Israeli army begins deploying troops against attacks
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Israeli army begins deploying troops against attacks

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military began deploying hundreds of troops in cities across the country on Wednesday to assist police forces in countering a wave of deadly Palestinian shooting and stabbing attacks that have created panic across the country. The military’s planned deployment of six companies marks the first implementation of measures by Israel’s … Continue reading

In final step, top Iranian council approves nuclear deal
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In final step, top Iranian council approves nuclear deal

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior council of Iranian clerics and lawyers on Wednesday approved implementing the landmark nuclear deal with world powers, sealing the final required step in the process despite hard-liners’ efforts to derail it. The Guardian Council’s vote, while apparently not unanimous, marks a major victory for the administration of moderate President … Continue reading

Turkey detains 2 for tweets suggesting knowledge of blasts
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Turkey detains 2 for tweets suggesting knowledge of blasts

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish police have detained two people who sent tweets suggesting there could be a bomb in Ankara a day before twin suicide bombings killed 97 people gathering for a peace rally, officials said Wednesday. The two suspects were detained after Twitter provided information on users of the accounts, a government official … Continue reading