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Greece's Tsipras bets on early polls to boost reform mandate
Greece's president will launch the process Friday of asking opposition leaders to form a new government, after a party rebellion over a bailout deal forced Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to call early elections next month.
Vatican plays down significance of Pope Francis Falklands photo
The Vatican on Thursday played down the significance of Pope Francis agreeing to pose for a picture with a placard calling for Britain-Argentina talks over the disputed Falkland Islands.
Turkey's election board on Thursday proposed holding snap legislative polls on Nov. 1, adding to tensions amid a grave security crisis and sending the Turkish lira to a new historic low.
Hackers say they have exposed unfaithful partners across the world, posting what they said were the personal details of millions of people registered with cheating website Ashley Madison.
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A ferry carrying about 2,500 migrants who had arrived clandestinely on Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast docked Thursday in Greece's main port of Piraeus near Athens.
Greece was receiving the first 13 billion-euro (US$14.5 billion) payment of its new bailout Thursday, with 12 billion euros earmarked for repaying debts and the remainder for settling arrears to public sector suppliers.
Inmates at one of Bolivia's most violent prisons have gone on hunger strike demanding they be fed at least as well as police dogs and horses, their leaders said Wednesday.
Two planes carrying dozens of parachutists collided in midair Thursday over western Slovakia, killing seven people, officials said. Thirty-one others on board survived, some by jumping out with their parachutes, officials said.
French charity offers Eiffel fun to impoverished kids
Paris takes in billions of euros each year from tourists, but the international vacation destination welcomed thousands of special visitors Wednesday with a spirit of giving.
Cafes lining the beach front on Greece's Kos that would usually be packed with holidaymakers have become the unlikely first port of call for thousands of refugees landing in the resort island.
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