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Migrants shut Eurostar trains to UK; dead wash up on Turkish beach

CALAIS, France/BUDAPEST - Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, stranding passengers in darkness aboard Eurostar trains. | Video

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France drops investigation into Arafat's death

PARIS - French investigating magistrates have decided to drop an inquiry into the death in France of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose widow alleged he was poisoned, the prosecutors office said on Wednesday.

12:38pm EDT

UK's Cameron backs down on government rules for EU referendum: BBC

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron has backed down over rules limiting the involvement of the government in campaigning before a referendum on European Union membership after lawmakers from his Conservative Party threatened to revolt, the BBC said.

12:55pm EDT

North Korea tells South not to crow about deal that ended standoff

SEOUL - North Korea on Wednesday accused South Korea of claiming victory for an accord that ended an armed standoff, saying that was "cowardly" and urging the South to be "discreet in words and deeds".

South Korea, North Korea, 6:30am EDT

Ex-president's backers in power struggle before Ivory Coast polls

ABIDJAN - Two years ago, Pascal Affi N'Guessan was in jail after backing the losing side in Ivory Coast's civil war. Now he is running for president, provoking a power struggle within the opposition whose outcome will help decide the country's future stability.

Africa, Ivory Coast 12:21pm EDT

Greek coast guard seizes Libya-bound ship carrying weapons

ATHENS - Greek authorities have seized a freighter carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya, coast guard officials said on Wednesday.

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