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Fury as 700 Feared Dead in 'Avoidable' Med Shipwreck

Up to 700 people were feared drowned Sunday after an overcrowded boat smuggling them to Europe capsized off Libya in the latest and deadliest in a long list of migrant disasters in the Mediterranean.

Italy's coastguard, which was coordinating the search for survivors and bodies, said only 28 people had survived a wreck that triggered fresh calls from Pope Francis and others for European leaders to act over what many saw as an avoidable tragedy.

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Burundi Charges 65 Protesters with Rebellion

Burundi has charged 65 protesters with rebellion after they were arrested during clashes with police while calling for the president not to seek re-election, a prosecutor said.

Tensions are high with opposition parties concerned at incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza's expected bid for re-election in June despite the constitutional limit of two terms.

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Increased Security after Planned Australia Anzac Day Attack

Security will be boosted at Anzac Day commemorations in Australia's state of Victoria, as its premier on Sunday urged people to turn up despite arrests linked to an alleged Islamic State-inspired attack plan.

Police arrested five men in counter-terrorism raids in the state's capital Melbourne on Saturday and charged one of them -- 18-year-old Sevdet Besim -- with conspiring to commit a terrorist act on Anzac Day on April 25 when ceremonies are held across the nation to remember fallen Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops.

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Iran, Afghanistan Announce Security Cooperation against IS

Afghanistan and Iran announced Sunday plans for enhanced security cooperation to combat threats from the Islamic State group, including possible joint military operations.

Standing alongside visiting Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said the tumult hitting the region meant intelligence must be shared.

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Kim Jong-Un Climbs N. Korea's Highest Mountain

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has scaled the country's highest mountain, state-run media said Sunday, arriving at the summit to tell troops that the hike provides mental energy more powerful than nuclear weapons.

A photo of the leader of the isolated state showed a smiling and wind-swept Kim standing on a snow-covered mountaintop, the sun rising behind him.

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Turkish Cypriots Vote for New Leader

Turkish Cypriot voters in breakaway northern Cyprus went to the polls Sunday to elect a leader who will head peace talks with the Greek Cypriots on the divided island.

Seven candidates including incumbent Dervis Eroglu, president of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), were contesting the election.

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Armenians to Mark 'Genocide' Centenary as Turkey Dispute Rages On

Armenians prepare to commemorate a hundred years since 1.5 million of their kin were massacred by Ottoman forces, as a fierce dispute still rages with Turkey over Ankara's refusal to recognize the mass murder as genocide.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to flock to the towering genocide memorial in Armenia's capital Yerevan on Friday for an emotional ceremony to mark the centenary of the start of a tragedy that still stirs deep divisions.

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Greece Starts Trial of Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party

Greece begins one of its most publicized trials in decades on Monday, with dozens of people linked to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party facing charges including murder and participation in a criminal organisation.

The trial, expected to last for months, will likely decide the future of parliament's third-largest party, an openly xenophobic and anti-Semitic formation that used to be on the fringes of national politics but whose popularity soared over the past few years as the country sank into economic hardship.

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Collapsed Bribery Cases Boost UK's Vilified Press

Vilified for their dark arts since the phone-hacking scandal, Britain's popular press won a victory this week after prosecutors acknowledged that the long-held practice of paying sources for stories was legitimate.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on Friday dropped cases against nine journalists facing trial for illegally paying police and other public officials for information, while another four were cleared in court.

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Death or Prison: Jurors to Seal Boston Bomber's Fate

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must face death for the attack that killed three people and wounded 254, prosecutors will argue when a court this week begins weighing up his fate. 

The sentencing phase of Tsarnaev's high-profile trial begins Tuesday in the city, just days after the parents of a young boy killed in the dual blasts on April 15, 2013 asked for the death penalty to be dropped.

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