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Libyan drownings, truck of corpses drive up migrant toll

EISENSTADT, Austria/TRIPOLI - Austria said on Friday 71 refugees, including a baby girl, were found dead in an abandoned freezer truck, while Libya recovered the bodies of 105 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe. Almost 100 more were missing and feared dead. | Video

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Iraqi PM orders easier access to Baghdad's Green Zone as protests surge

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday ordered security forces to ease access to Baghdad's fortified Green Zone and main streets, in an apparent bid to improve daily life for ordinary Iraqis as fresh protests erupted across the country.

Iraq 3:38pm EDT

Weekend of protests set to pile more pressure on Malaysia's PM

KUALA LUMPUR - Thousands of protesters are expected to march through Malaysia's capital on Saturday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has weathered public outrage over a multi-million-dollar payment made to a bank account under his name.

1:09pm EDT

Venezuela's Maduro to visit China, Vietnam for finance deals

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday said he will visit China and Vietnam to sign economic and financing deals, as the OPEC nation struggles to make ends meet at a time of low oil prices.

China 6:10pm EDT

U.S. confirms Islamic State computer expert killed in air strike

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military confirmed on Friday that a British hacker who was one of the Islamic State movement's top computer experts and active in encouraging people abroad to carry out "lone wolf" attacks was killed in Syria by a U.S. air strike.

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French Socialists see reason to hope with Greens in turmoil

LA ROCHELLE, France - French Socialists welcomed a decision by two senior Green lawmakers to split away and create a new movement to support them, saying on Friday it would strengthen the Left's hand in regional and presidential elections.

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