NATO opens military center in Lithuania amid Ukraine crisis
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NATO opens military center in Lithuania amid Ukraine crisis

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Fighter jets roaring overhead, NATO on Thursday inaugurated a military center in the Lithuanian capital amid growing concerns in the Baltic countries over Russia’s military presence. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who joined Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite for the opening ceremony, described the new unit as a “big step forward toward greater … Continue reading

Hungary blocks migrants from trains; 11 drown off Turkey
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Hungary blocks migrants from trains; 11 drown off Turkey

  BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hundreds of migrants chanted defiant slogans outside Budapest’s main international train station Wednesday as Hungarian police blocked them for a second day from seeking asylum in Germany and other wealthy European Union countries. “What we want? Peace! What we need? Peace!” the migrants shouted outside the cavernous Keleti train station, … Continue reading

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Nations’ pledges to cut emissions called insufficient

BONN, Germany (AP) — Analysts tracking efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions say the reductions pledged by major economies ahead of an envisioned climate pact this year won’t be enough to avoid warming the Earth by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) or more. That’s the benchmark governments have set to avoid the worst impacts … Continue reading

Soyuz carrying 3-man crew blasts off for orbiting station
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Soyuz carrying 3-man crew blasts off for orbiting station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh blasted off on Wednesday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station. The rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, a Russian launch facility in Kazakhstan, on schedule at 10:37 a.m. (0437 GMT), with “everything going flawlessly,” according to … Continue reading

Hungary bars migrants from trains; smugglers wait in wings
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Hungary bars migrants from trains; smugglers wait in wings

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary stunned migrants and European partners Tuesday by blocking asylum-seekers from its westbound trains, a move that raised new challenges for the EU’s passport-free travel zone and could drive many into the reckless hands of cross-border smugglers. Hungary’s right-wing nationalist government defended its U-turn — just days after it started permitting … Continue reading

Ukrainian kids go to military camp
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Ukrainian kids go to military camp

STARE, Ukraine (AP) — More than 100 Ukrainian schoolchildren will have unusual tales to tell their mates when classes resume, after spending part of their summer vacations undergoing training by the National Guard. The training at a National Guard camp about 75 kilometers (45 miles) from Kiev taught children aged 11-15 rudimentary military skills and … Continue reading

UK prosecutors mull charges for News Corp. over hacking
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UK prosecutors mull charges for News Corp. over hacking

LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors say they are considering corporate charges against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. over phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid. The news comes amid reports that former editor and Murdoch lieutenant Rebekah Brooks is poised to return to the company. London’s Metropolitan Police said Saturday it had submitted … Continue reading

Rare photos of 19th-century blacks speak to modern Americans
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Rare photos of 19th-century blacks speak to modern Americans

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Some faces are pensive; others are proud. Some are known; others are obscure. All are black. Rare, striking and never-before-seen portraits of black citizens in Victorian-era England are going on display for the first time in the U.S., and organizers say the photographs have a powerful message for contemporary Americans riven … Continue reading

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Celebrated Romanian baritone Dan Iordachescu dies at 85

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Celebrated Romanian baritone Dan Iordachescu, who sang at Milan’s La Scala and the Vienna State Opera during a half-century career, has died at 85, the Bucharest Opera said Monday. The opera’s artistic director, Mihai Cosma, said the singer died Sunday after a two-year illness. Iordachescu sang in 61 countries with artists … Continue reading