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Sweden Military HQ Raises Readiness Level over Ukraine

The Swedish military said Saturday it had increased intelligence gathering and called in extra staff to its headquarters over the crisis in Ukraine, as the prime minister compared Russia's current behaviour with the Cold War.

"We have raised the level of readiness at headquarters in particular areas, for example in intelligence gathering," armed forces spokesman Niklas Englund told Agence France Presse.

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Netanyahu Says Israel Agreed Gaza Truce to Focus on Jihadist Threat, Hizbullah

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel agreed to a permanent truce in its 50-day Gaza war with Hamas in order to keep focused on the threat from regional militants.

"We fought for 50 days and we could have fought for 500 days, but we are in a situation where the Islamic State is at the gates of Jordan, al-Qaida is in the Golan and Hizbullah is at the border with Lebanon," Netanyahu said in an address on public television.

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Tunisia Recovers 28 Bodies from Sea near Libya

Tunisian rescuers have recovered the bodies of at least 28 people from the sea near Libya's maritime border since Friday and more are expected, local officials said.

The victims were found in an area that has seen many boatloads of illegal migrants capsize.

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Mogherini: Italy's Young Rising Star

Italy's Federica Mogherini, named the European Union's new foreign policy chief on Saturday, is a member of what Prime Minister Matteo Renzi calls the up-and-coming "Erasmus generation".

The 41-year-old former foreign minister represents the kind of Europe that Italy is aiming for: open and internet-savvy, closer to young people and based more on common values than the single currency.

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Tusk: Unflappable Leader Who Has Steered Poland through Crisis after Crisis

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk is a pro-European free marketeer who has earned the reputation of being an unflappable leader able to turn even the most difficult situations to his advantage.

With political roots in Poland's anti-communist Solidarity trade union, the football-mad historian named on Saturday as the EU's next president started out as an underground journalist.

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European Arrest Warrant out for Brain Tumor Boy's Parents

A European arrest warrant was issued Saturday for the parents of a five-year-old British boy with a brain tumor who was snatched from hospital without medical consent.

The police said they had "positive information" to suggest that Ashya King and his family could be in Spain, where they have "strong links" to the Marbella area on the south coast.

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32 Filipino Peacekeepers Evacuated in Golan, Other under Attack

Thirty-two Filipino United Nations peacekeepers have been evacuated after being caught up in heavy fighting on the Golan Heights while others remain under fire, the U.N. confirmed Saturday.

The group was part of a 72-member contingent situated in two different locations in the area.

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At Least 50 Injured as Police Clash with Protesters in Islamabad

At least 50 people were injured in clashes between police and opposition protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad Saturday, officials said, with the toll expected to rise as fighting continues.

"We have received more than 50 injured, most of them have rubber bullet injuries. Seventeen among them are women," said Wasim Khawaja, a spokesman for the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital.

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Poland's Tusk Named EU President, Italy's Mogherini to Head Diplomacy

European leaders on Saturday named Polish premier Donald Tusk as the next EU president and Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to head the diplomatic service as the bloc faces challenges including the crisis in Ukraine.

The Polish premier, who speaks only a halting English and no French, is the first eastern European to hold such a senior role in the EU and is known as a critic of the Kremlin.

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Three Swedish Police Injured in anti-Nazi Protest

Swedish police said three officers were slightly injured Saturday as they faced a crowd of thousands protesting against a neo-Nazi rally in central Stockholm.

"Our preliminary reports indicate that three police officers were injured, but not seriously," Towe Haegg from Stockholm police told Agence France Presse. She did not know how the injuries occurred.

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