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Tunisian Fishermen Save 80 Migrants from Sinking Boat

Tunisian fishermen rescued a group of around 80 migrants Friday after their boat got into difficulties while trying to sail from Libya to Europe, the Red Crescent told AFP.

"The flow (of illegal immigrants) does not seem to be stopping," said Mongi Slim, head of the Red Crescent in the southeastern port of Zarzis near the North African country's border with violence-plagued Libya.

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UK Labor Leader Miliband Vows to End 'Isolationism' on EU

British Labor party leader Ed Miliband is to vow to end the country's "small-minded isolationist" attitude to Europe if he becomes prime minister after an election in two weeks' time.

In a Friday speech, the left-leaning party leader is to accuse Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron of risking Britain's national interests by giving in to eurosceptics, according to pre-released remarks.

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Clinton, Rubio Lead in 2016 U.S. Election Poll

Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio are early frontrunners to become the next president of the United States, according to a well-regarded poll released Thursday.

Clinton -- a celebrity former secretary of state, first lady and New York senator -- who is bidding to become America's first female president, is head-and-shoulders above her 2016 Democratic party rivals according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

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Libyan Journalist Shot Dead in Benghazi

A Libyan television journalist involved in coverage of fighting between Islamist militias and pro-government forces in the second city of Benghazi has been assassinated, officials and witnesses said Thursday.

Muftah al-Qatrani, director of the private production company Al-Anwar, was killed by a gunshot to the head on Wednesday, an interior ministry official told Agence France Presse.

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Al-Rahi Urges from Yerevan for World Recognition of Armenian Genocide

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi has urged the international community to recognize the Armenian genocide, expressing fears of further such atrocities against Christians in the world.

Al-Rahi, who is in Armenia to attend the ceremony to mark the centenary of the World War I killings by Ottoman Turks, was quoted by the National News Agency as saying on Thursday that “the international community and people with goodwill should recognize the genocide.”

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U.N. Refugee Chief: Med Migrant Crisis Needs Rescue Response

The migration crisis in the Mediterranean -- in which 800 people are feared to have died Sunday alone -- is a tragedy that needs a coordinated rescue response, the top U.N. official for refugees said Wednesday.

"Our ability to save lives at sea has to be guaranteed, because the current situation is a tremendous tragedy," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said at a briefing at the Organization of American States in Washington.

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Hollande Urges Europe to 'Go Further' in Tackling Migrant Crisis

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday called for Europe "to go much further" in tackling the migrant crisis after a series of deadly disasters in the Mediterranean.

"The European summit on Thursday cannot be an ordinary summit where we take ordinary decisions," Hollande said ahead of the urgent meeting called after the latest migrant shipwreck saw 800 people drown in the Mediterranean.

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Libya Condemns 'Death Smugglers' after Migrant Shipwreck

The foreign minister of Libya's internationally recognized government condemned on Tuesday "death smugglers" who organized the doomed voyage to Europe that left an estimated 800 dead in a shipwreck.

"The migrants left from areas under the control of militia. We condemn the acts of these death smugglers," Mohamed al-Dayri told AFP in a telephone interview from Indonesia where he is attending an Asia-Africa summit.

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Australia: EU Needs Tough Border Control after Boat Tragedy

Australia's prime minister urged European leaders on Tuesday to adopt tougher border control measures in the wake of the feared drowning of as many as 900 asylum seekers whose boat capsized off the coast of Libya.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose government implemented a strict policy of turning back asylum seekers' boats in a bid to discourage them from trying to reach Australia, called the latest Mediterranean crisis a "terrible, terrible tragedy" and suggested Europe follow Australia's lead to ensure it's not repeated.

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Ethiopia Mourns Christians Killed by Islamic State

Ethiopia began three days of national mourning on Tuesday, with joint Christian and Muslim prayers for more than 20 Ethiopian Christians killed by Islamic State militants in Libya.

The murders have horrified Ethiopians and sparked global condemnation, including from Pope Francis who expressed his "great distress and sadness".

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