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Ukraine Soldier Killed in Rebel East as Clashes Intensify

A Ukrainian soldier was killed in a sudden upsurge in clashes between pro-Russian rebels and government forces in the country's separatist east, Ukraine's military said Friday.

"Over the past 24 hours, as a result of hostilities one Ukrainian soldier was killed and another three were wounded," military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters.

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UNHCR Sounds Alarm for Child Migrants in Calais

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday lashed out at the "appalling" conditions for children in two migrant camps that have sprung up around the northern French port of Calais.

UNHCR spokesman William Spindler said the agency was deeply worried, especially for children who were living there alone or had become separated from their families.

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Migration Flow from Turkey Must Be Reduced, Say France, Germany

The huge flow of migrants and refugees to Europe via Turkey must be slowed, the interior ministers of France and Germany said Friday after inspecting registration facilities in Greece.

The goal "cannot just be to register arriving refugees and to relocate them equitably (but above all) to reduce the flow," German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said at the close of the two-day visit.

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Volcano in Southern Japan Erupts

A volcano in southern Japan dramatically erupted Friday, with television footage showing fiery hot lava flowing down its slopes and smoke rising skyward.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said on its website that Sakurajima in southern Kagoshima prefecture erupted at 6:56 pm (0956 GMT). There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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Germany Launches Scheme to Find Training Places for 10,000 Refugees

The German government and the country's skilled craft sector on Friday launched an initiative to offer 10,000 refugees on-the-job training places as the shortfall in qualified workers in Europe's biggest economy continues to grow.

The German education ministry and the national Confederation of Skilled Crafts, or ZDH, said in a joint statement that they would offer apprenticeships to 10,000 asylum-seekers between April 2016 and April 2018.

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Controversial Danish Migrant Search Law Comes into Force

A controversial Danish law allowing police to seize valuables from refugees came into force on Friday, with the government's guidelines to police exempting wedding and engagement rings from the searches.

Other items of sentimental value will be excluded if they are "associated with a particular personal story that means the object cannot be replaced by another one," the integration ministry said in the document.

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Yatsenyuk Threatens to Quit as Ukraine PM

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Friday threatened to quit along with his entire government in the latest development of a political crisis rocking the former Soviet state.

"We all came in as one team and we will continue working in the future as one team," the 41-year-old cabinet leader told a televised session of parliament.

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Pope Francis to Have Historic Meeting with Russian Patriarch in Cuba

Pope Francis will meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba next week in a historic first meeting between the heads of the two largest Christian churches, the Vatican announced Friday.

The meeting will be the first of its kind since a schism in the 11th Century split what was then the only Christian Church into Western and Eastern branches.

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Jihadists Attack U.N. Camp in Mali's Timbuktu

Suspected jihadists Friday attacked a U.N. military camp in the fabled city of Timbuktu in Mali's restive north, wounding at least one peacekeeper, security sources said.

Shots were still being heard in the area, a source in the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali (MINUSMA) told AFP, indicating hours-long fighting.

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Authorities Raid Russian State News Agency TASS

Russian state news agency TASS said on Friday that the authorities were raiding its Moscow headquarters in relation to an employee's former occupation.

"The searches that are being conducted are linked to a TASS employee," agency spokeswoman Yekaterina Titova told AFP.

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