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April 21, 2015 - 9:58am
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STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Europe's top human rights court has ordered Russia to pay damages for the fatal shooting of a Moldovan man in 2012.

Vadim Pisari, 18, was shot dead by a Russian soldier on Jan.1, 2012 as he was driving across a bridge in a part of Moldova where Russian, Moldovan and Trans-Dniester peacekeepers were stationed.

The court says Pisari failed to slow for a checkpoint and crashed a barrier, and a Russian soldier responded by first...

April 21, 2015 - 9:39am
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SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian police say a group of about 40 people wearing uniforms of the disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army, or UCK, have attacked a police watchtower in Gosince on the country's northern border with Kosovo.

The UCK, an ethnic Albanian paramilitary group, fought Serb government forces for Kosovo independence in 1998-1999. In Macedonia, Albanian rebels fought government forces for more rights for minority Albanians in 2001.


April 21, 2015 - 9:26am
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Summer Olympic sports have suspended their membership in the umbrella body for international federations after its leader launched a blistering attack on the IOC.

The council of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations says it decided unanimously to break off ties with SportAccord pending a review and clarification of its role and governance.

The move came Tuesday, a day after SportAccord head Marius Vizer...

April 21, 2015 - 9:12am
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BAYDA, Libya (AP) — A spokesman for Libya's internationally recognized government says the chaos in his country has allowed human traffickers to proliferate.

Hatem al-Aribi said Tuesday that the smuggling of migrants to Europe via Libya generates massive amounts of illicit money, some of which ends up in the hands of "terrorist" organizations.

He urged Europeans to coordinate with his government to stop the trade, which profits from desperate...

April 21, 2015 - 8:31am
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DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The Tibetan government-in-exile is asking supporters to help pressure China to release the 11th Panchan Lama, a Buddhist leader who is believed to have been in Chinese custody since his disappearance as a child 20 years ago.

Exiles say Chinese authorities abducted Gedhun Choekyi Nyima on May 17, 1995, when he was 6 years old. He had been recognized three days earlier by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchan Lama....

April 21, 2015 - 8:15am
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BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say intense clashes between government forces and militants in southern Syria have killed more than two dozen people in two days.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the battles that began Monday in the southern province of Daraa have left 37 rebels and Muslim militants as well as 22 government troops dead.

It added that on Tuesday, the Syrian air force struck several areas in Daraa province....

April 21, 2015 - 7:58am
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BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says it believes more than 800 people drowned when a boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe sank on Saturday, the worst such incident ever in the Mediterranean.

A spokesman for the Geneva-based U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says it has finished interviewing most of the 28 survivors.

Adrian Edwards said Tuesday that the agency believes more than 800 people died, "making this the deadliest...

April 21, 2015 - 7:55am
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities have picked up more than 120 migrants who illegally entered the country by sea on three separate vessels, a day after a yacht with 90 people on board foundered just off the island of Rhodes, drowning three.

The Merchant Marine Ministry says 42 people, including seven children, were taken off a small boat near the eastern Aegean Sea islet of Agathonissi. All are in good health.

A further 84 people were located...

April 21, 2015 - 7:51am
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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Hundreds of Ethiopians in Addis Ababa protested the killings of dozens of Ethiopian Christians by Islamic extremists in Libya while parliament weighed a response to the killings.

The killings have roiled this predominantly Christian country in East Africa. Hundreds of protesters departed from the homes of two of the victims and tried to reach Meskel Square on Tuesday but police blocked them. They also tried to go to the Parliament but were...

April 21, 2015 - 7:26am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has given Thailand six months to drastically increase its crackdown on illegal and unregulated fishing or face an EU seafood import ban, but has lifted the threat of similar action from South Korea and the Philippines.

EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said Tuesday that Thailand was given a "yellow card" to improve its fisheries practices because, despite warnings, the Thai authorities have "no controls whatsoever."...

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