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Puyol meets refugees in Greece ahead of 'clasico'

THESSALONIKI, Greece –  Former Spain captain Carles Puyol posed for selfies and talked soccer with more than 1,000 refugees in Thessaloniki, Greece, before the “clasico” Spanish league match between Real Madrid and Barcelona. The refugees live in four camps near Thessaloniki and later watched the game on two giant indoor screens on the grounds of […]
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French presidential election: Le Pen, Macron win first round to advance to runoff

French politics was shaken to its core Sunday as far-right populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron advanced to a runoff presidential election after the first round of voting.  As it became clear that Le Pen would be one of the top two vote-getters, her rivals on the left and right urged voters to block […]
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France: 2 men charged in thwarted pre-election attack

PARIS –  French authorities have filed preliminary charges against two people of plotting an attack days before a tense presidential election. The Paris prosecutor’s office said Sunday the two men are being kept in custody pending further investigation. They were given preliminary charges Sunday of “association with a terrorist enterprise with plans to prepare one […]
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'Not enough coffins' after deadly Taliban attack on Afghanistan army base

Just over a week after the U.S military galvanized headlines by dropping its largest non-nuclear bomb to destroy tunnels created by ISIS’s branch in Afghanistan, the country experienced the deadliest attack on its military since the sixteen-year conflict began. An estimated ten Taliban insurgents on Friday made their way through multiple checkpoints dressed in military […]
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Le Pen took French party from pariah to spotlight _ and now?

HENIN-BEAUMONT, France –  Marine Le Pen, whose passion for far-right values was forged in the cradle, is now one step away from the French presidency, hoping this time to finish what her father could not when he ran in 2002. Singing the French national anthem and smiling broadly after Sunday’s first-round election launched her into […]
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Pirates return to Somali waters, US officials say

DJIBOUTI –  Pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend, senior U.S. officials said Sunday. The attacks follow about a five-year respite for the region, where piracy had grown to crisis proportions during the 2010-2012 period, drawing the navies of the […]
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Italian cyclist dies in collision with van while training

ANCONA, Italy –  Michele Scarponi, who won the Giro d’Italia in 2011, died after being hit by a van while training on Saturday. He was 37. Scarponi was training near his home of Filottrano, near Ancona, when he was hit by a van at a crossroad. He leaves behind a wife and twin sons. According […]
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American monitor killed in Ukraine when mine hits vehicle

MOSCOW –  An American member of the OSCE’s monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine died Sunday and two others were wounded when their vehicle was blown up by a mine in the separatist Luhansk region. The mission’s deputy head, Alexander Hug, said the member killed was from the U.S. and the two wounded are from Germany […]