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Greece carries out first relocation of refugees, to Luxembourg

Greece on Wednesday carried out the first relocation of asylum seekers from its territory to Luxembourg, part of an EU approved plan to ease the burden on border nations inundated by this year’s influx of thousands of refugees. Six families from Syria and Iraq were being relocated from Athens, among the first under a 780-million-euro, two-year scheme funded by the ...

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Taiwan, China leaders to hold historic meeting in Singapore

Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold talks with Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore on Saturday, the first meeting of leaders from the two rivals since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949. Both governments said the leaders would discuss cross-strait ties at the unexpected but historic meeting, which comes at a sensitive time in Taiwan, with presidential and parliamentary ...

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Flight recorders show crashed Russian jet not struck from outside – investigator

The Russian plane that crashed in Egypt was not struck from the outside and the pilot did not make a distress call before it disappeared from radar, a source in the committee analyzing the flight recorders said on Monday. The source declined to give more details but based his comments on the preliminary examination of the black boxes recovered from ...

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Israeli forces shoot and kill Palestinian attacker: police

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man who tried to stab a soldier in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the police and army said, as a month-long wave of violence showed no signs of abating. Troops approached two Palestinians at a petrol station near a checkpoint between Israel and the West Bank, then one of the men tried ...

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First bodies delivered to Russia after Egypt plane crash

The first bodies from a plane crash in Egypt in which all 224 passengers, most of them Russians, died over the weekend arrived in St Petersburg early on Monday morning aboard a Russian government plane. The crashed Airbus A321 plane, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, was carrying holidaymakers from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg when ...

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Britain seeks ’emergency brake’ for non-euro countries: FT

Britain is seeking an “emergency brake” to allow countries which are in the European Union but outside the euro zone to delay decisions that could threaten their interests, the Financial Times reported. Britain, which is not a member of the 19-member single currency bloc, is seeking to renegotiate its membership of the EU before a membership referendum that Prime Minister ...

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Texas storms kill at least six, bring torrential rains

At least six people have died in Texas in storms that lashed parts of the state with heavy rains, causing flooding and the cancellation of dozens of flights as twisters were reported near Houston, authorities said on Saturday. A day after tornadoes ripped through buildings outside San Antonio and heavy rains swelled some rivers near Austin to record levels, the ...

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Russian jet broke up in mid air, too early for conclusions, official says

A Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula broke up in mid-air, an official of a Moscow-based aviation agency said on Sunday after visiting the disaster site, but stressed it was too early to draw conclusions from this. Russian authorities also ordered Kogalymavia airline, operator of the Airbus A321 which came down on Saturday killing all 224 people on ...

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Syria’s War: A Guide to Who Wants What at Vienna Peace Talks

On-again, off-again talks to end Syria’s war get a boost today when diplomats meet in Vienna. Iran, which is fighting a proxy war with Saudi Arabia in Syria, will be present for the first time, joining envoys from the U.S., Russia, and elsewhere. Untangling the interests will be key to resolving the conflict. Here’s a summary of what each side ...

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Erdogan says Turkey may hit U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds to block advance

Turkey will “do what is necessary” to prevent U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish rebels from declaring autonomy in the town of Tel Abyad near the Turkish border, including conducting further military operations, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. NATO member Turkey is part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Syria, but it sees advances by autonomy-seeking Kurds, led by ...

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