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Europe's refugee problem simmers despite collective effort to end it
Faced with more than 1 million migrants flooding across the Mediterranean last year, European nations tightened border controls, set up naval patrols to stop smugglers, negotiated an agreement with Turkey to limit the numbers crossing, shut the Balkan route used by hundreds of thousands, and tried to speed up deportations of rejected asylum-seekers.
 
Spain's acting prime minister warned Saturday that forming a government remained a "wish," in downbeat comments ahead of a crunch parliamentary vote over the country's political deadlock.
 
Prime Minister Theresa May wants to trigger Britain's withdrawal from the European Union without a vote in parliament, a report said Saturday.
 
Spanish police say they have arrested 57 people and dismantled an illegal immigration ring giving Chinese citizens Spanish residency permits through fake job contracts as domestic staff.
 
Italy holds day of mourning for quake dead
Italy held a tear-drenched funeral Saturday for dozens of its earthquake victims as the country observed a day of mourning over a disaster that killed nearly 300 people.
 
Italian student Nicole di Mario lived to win a beauty pageant prize this week after her latest brush with death -- escaping the killer quake four years after being caught on the stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship.
 
How long can people survive in the rubble of an earthquake?
 
Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May wants to trigger Britain's withdrawal from the European Union without a vote in parliament beforehand, a report said Saturday.
 
Day of mourning in Italy as funerals held for quake dead
Italy prepared for an emotional day of mourning Saturday with flags across the country to fly at half mast in honour of the 281 victims of a devastating earthquake.
 
Hope for survivors fades as Italy quake toll climbs
An increasingly forlorn search for victims of the earthquake that brought carnage to central Italy entered a third day Friday as the confirmed death toll climbed to 267.
 
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