Declaring 'new beginning,' EU and Turkey seal migrant deal

BRUSSELS Turkey promised to help stem the flow of migrants to Europe in return for cash, visas and renewed talks on joining the EU in a deal struck on Sunday that the Turkish prime minister called a "new beginning" for the uneasy neighbors. | Video

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Pope to end Africa trip with mosque visit in besieged enclave

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Republican Christie, seen as alternative to Trump, wins coveted endorsement

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Russian air strikes kill at least 30 in stepped up raids in northwest Syria

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