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Germany and France leaders mark 100 years since Battle of Verdun
In solemn ceremonies Sunday in the forests of eastern France, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked 100 years since the Battle of Verdun, determined to show that, despite the bloodbath of World War I, their countries' improbable friendship is now a source of hope for today's fractured Europe.
 
Seventeen people die in fire at Ukraine home for elderly
Seventeen people died when a makeshift home for elderly people outside the Ukrainian capital Kiev caught fire in the early hours of Sunday, the latest tragedy to shake the conflict-riven country.
 
The never-ending vigil for millions who yearn to bury their deceased
Nameless migrants laid to rest in unmarked scrubland, murder victims dumped in mass graves, desperate searches for the missing after natural disasters. Around the world, millions of families wait in vain to bury their dead.
 
Spain police nab 7 suspects of large Francis Bacon art heist
MADRID -- Seven people suspected of being involved in stealing five paintings by the Irish-born painter Francis Bacon worth more than 25 million euros ($27.8 million) have been arrested, Spanish police said Saturday.
 
One dead and several injured as lightning storms hit Europe
One man was killed and several people, including children, were injured Saturday as lightning strikes hit parts of Europe, including a park in Paris and a football pitch in Germany.
 
A week of shipwrecks and death in the Mediterranean culminated Sunday with harrowing testimony from migrant survivors who said another 500 people including 40 children had drowned, bringing the number of feared dead to 700.
 
Five Ukrainian soldiers and two rebel fighters have been killed in fresh clashes between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the country's east, the military said Sunday.
 
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Italian Marine Salvatore Girone arrives at his home in Bari, southern Italy, Saturday, May 28. India's top court has allowed Italian Marine Salvatore Girone to return home while international arbitration takes place over a 2012 fatal shooting of...............
 
French govt keeps up tough line as petrol shortages ease
The French government maintained a hard line Saturday ahead of a fresh wave of protests over a bitterly-disputed labour law that has seen demonstrators blockading oil refineries and strikes paralysing the transport network.
 
Putin wraps up Greek trip with Russian monastery visit
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday visited the monastic community of Mount Athos, one of Orthodox Christianity's holiest sites, on the last leg of a two-day visit to Greece.
 
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