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French dock workers' protest over reform escalates
Thousands of dock workers poured into a public square in the French port city of Le Havre on Thursday, setting off smoke bombs as part of escalating nationwide protests against a labor bill that would loosen protections for French workers.
 
Member states of the World Health Organization have agreed a long-awaited reform of the agency so that it responds more quickly and effectively to emergency situations.
 
Nearly 1,000 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years in violation of humanitarian norms, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday.
 
Idomeni refugee camp evacuation continues in operation's second day
Refugees and other migrants were boarding buses heading to organized camps Monday on the second day of an operation to evacuate the sprawling Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border.
 
Florence water main break creates sinkhole
An underground water main break along Florence's picturesque Arno River has created a 200-meter-long sinkhole that buried dozens of parked cars.
 
Stockholm court maintains European arrest warrant against Assange
STOCKHOLM - A Stockholm district court on Wednesday maintained a European arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a 2010 rape allegation, rejecting his lawyers' request to have it lifted.
 
A woman and her daughter protect themselves with a blanket aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius" on May 25, a day after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees off the Libyan coast. The Aquarius is a former North Atlantic fisheries protection ship now used by humanitarians SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), which patrols to rescue migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe crossing the Mediterranean sea aboard rubber boats or old fishing boats.
 
Christie's auction house has been fined £3,250 (US$4,750, 4,270 euros) for selling a piece of elephant ivory without the correct documentation, London police said Tuesday.
 
Religious belief is no excuse for refusing to shake a teacher's hand, Swiss regional authorities ruled Wednesday, reversing one school's controversial decision to grant exemptions for Muslim pupils wary of touching the opposite sex.
 
Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko returned home to a hero's welcome Wednesday after nearly two years in a Russian prison, drawing a line under a damaging diplomatic spat between Moscow and Kiev.
 
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