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Shipwrecks 'kill up to 700 migrants'

Up to 700 migrants are feared drowned in a series of shipwrecks off the coast of Libya in the last few days, the UN refugee agency says. The boats sank south of Italy on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as the migrants tried to reach Europe in unseaworthy vessels. Spring weather …

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Harvard’s calling this graduation speech the ‘most powerful’ ever

Social media is buzzing over a Harvard graduate’s poetic commencement speech, which has garnered millions of views and the attention of celebrities. Donovan Livingston, who received his master’s degree in education, addressed his classmates Wednesday with a spoken-word poem outlining the historic obstacles that have prevented African-Americans from getting an …

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Vladimir Putin warns he'll retaliate against NATO missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia will retaliate against the placement of U.S. missiles in nearby countries such as Romania, according to Russia’s state-run news agency TASS. The United States launched a ground-based missile defense system earlier this month in Romania. The system is meant to defend Europe against rogue states like Iran …

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Chad's ex-ruler convicted of crimes against humanity

Chad’s ex-ruler Hissene Habre has been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison at a landmark trial in Senegal. The judge convicted him of rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings during his rule from 1982 to 1990. Victims and families of those killed cheered and embraced …

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Euro 2016 could be terrorist target, US warns

The US has warned that the Euro 2016 football championship being held in France next month could be a target of militant attacks. “The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists,” the State Department said. The event is being hosted from 10 …

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