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Turkey 'lost battle with truth' over Armenia genocide: Academic

Istanbul - Turkey has lost the battle with truth over its refusal to acknowledge the mass killings of Armenians during World War I as genocide, a Turkish academic who helped break a long-standing taboo on the issue said.

Italy mulling 'targeted interventions' against Libya people smugglers

Rome - Italy is studying the possibility of mounting "targeted interventions" against Libya-based people smugglers behind a huge surge in the numbers of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Monday.

Rock slide on the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, B.C. Sunday a.m.

Squamish - A massive rock slid off Stawamus Chief Mountain in Squamish, B.C. about noontime Sunday, alarming everyone in town and creating a huge dust cloud. The piece of rock appeared to be nearly 50 feet wide, or even larger, say many of the townspeople.

US starts training Ukrainians to fight pro-Russia forces

Yavoriv - US paratroopers on Monday began training Ukrainian government forces who will fight pro-Russian separatists in the east, angering Moscow as the deadly conflict rumbles on in the ex-Soviet country.

Zulu king denies inciting S.Africa anti-immigrant attacks

Durban - Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini on Monday denied whipping up xenophobic hatred in South Africa after he was accused of triggering violence that has left at least seven people dead and forced thousands from their homes.

Six tourists, pilot killed in Dom. Republic plane crash

Santo Domingo - Six tourists from Britain and Spain and their local pilot were killed Monday when their small plane crashed into a golf course after takeoff from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, authorities said.

Will latest migrant drama prod Europe into action?

Brussels - EU nations have long had the recipes for managing migrant flows and sharing out the burden of illegal migration but have lacked the political will for action despite multiple dramas in the Mediterranean, critics say.

Bomb explodes outside Spanish embassy in Libya: Security source

Tripoli - A bomb exploded outside Spain's embassy in the Libyan capital on Monday night without causing injuries, a security source told AFP, an attack later claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

Six Somali-Americans arrested trying to join IS group

Washington - Six Somali-American men who planned to travel to Syria to fight as jihadists have been arrested and were to appear in court Monday on charges of conspiring to support a terrorist organization.

Experts ask for Mexico to check new leads in 43 missing case

- A regional human rights body investigating the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico has asked police to inspect two sites that parents of the missing hope could shed light on the case.

Boko Haram out to wipe Christians off the map in Nigeria

Over 70 million Christians living in Nigeria are in fear for their lives as the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram continues its murderous rampaging across northeastern Nigeria, reaching into as far as Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

Russia says Islamist rebel leader Kebekov 'neutralised'

Moscow - Russia said Monday the leader of the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus was killed in a special operation, and militants confirmed his death.

EU unveils migrant action plan as more boats in distress

Luxembourg - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini unveiled plans Monday to tackle a growing migrant crisis after telling member states they had "no more excuses" not to act as fresh distress calls rang out in the Mediterranean.

Germany finds compromise label for Armenians' massacre centenary

Berlin - Germany will condemn the massacre a century ago of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces, linking it to 20th century "genocides" for the first time, according to a draft parliamentary resolution hammered out Monday.

Welcome to tiny Liberland, world's newest tax haven

Prague - The world's latest contender for statehood, Liberland, is a tiny new, self-proclaimed country sandwiched between Croatia and Serbia that lives up to its "live and let live" motto by offering optional taxes, its president said Monday.

Argentina court throws out case against Kirchner again

Buenos Aires - An Argentine prosecutor again rejected a case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly protecting Iranian officials accused of orchestrating a deadly 1994 bombing.

Mexico investigates alleged police massacre

- Mexican prosecutors and the federal police's internal affairs are investigating claims that officers killed 16 unarmed civilians in January, authorities said Monday, in the latest abuse allegations to hit security forces.

Turkey says shares Armenian pain over Ottoman killings

Ankara - Turkey on Monday sought to reach out to Armenians ahead of the 100th anniversary of the mass killings of their ancestors in the Ottoman Empire, saying it shared their pain and wanted to heal the wounds of the past.

Nuclear deal could open door to regional cooperation: Iran

Washington - Iran on Monday pushed its call for peace talks to end the fighting in Yemen, and offered assurances that a nuclear deal would pave the way for greater cooperation with its neighbors.
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