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Boat packed with migrants sinks off Libya; up to 200 feared dead

TRIPOLI - A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died.

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Thailand issues arrest warrant for suspect in second blast

BANGKOK - An arrest warrant has been issued for an unnamed suspect in a bomb blast at a Bangkok pier that took place a day after Thailand's worst ever-bombing killed 20 people at a popular shrine, Thai police said on Friday.

Thailand 27 Aug 2015

Iraq's PM orders easier access to streets closed by militias, factions

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday ordered security commanders to make it easier for civilians to get into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone as well as giving better access to streets across the country closed by political and security factions.

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Turkish poll shows falling level of support for AK Party

ANKARA - Turkey's ruling AK Party is not seen winning enough votes to form a single-party government in a Nov. 1 snap election with 38.9 percent support, down from 40.7 percent in the June election, the latest survey from pollster Gezici indicated.

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Greek judge appointed caretaker PM ahead of elections

ATHENS - Greece's top Supreme Court judge was sworn in as caretaker prime minister on Thursday to lead the country to elections next month, ending a week of political deadlock after leftist leader Alexis Tsipras resigned.

Greece 27 Aug 2015

U.N. chief sets out framework for Syria poison gas investigation

UNITED NATIONS - Success of a new international inquiry aimed at assigning blame for chemical weapons attacks during Syria's four-year-old civil war will require full cooperation of all warring parties, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.

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