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EU seeks Turkish help to slow migrants for cash, EU membership talks: draft

BRUSSELS Leaders of the European Union aim to sign an agreement with Turkey in Brussels on Sunday that offers Ankara cash and closer ties with the EU in return for Turkish help in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe, draft conclusions of the summit showed.

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Thousands gather for funeral of top Kurdish lawyer

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey Thousands gathered for the funeral of Tahir Elci, a Kurdish lawyer and human rights activist gunned down on Saturday in a southern eastern city at the center of months of violence.

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Israeli officers shoot dead Palestinian attacker: police

JERUSALEM Israeli border police shot dead a Palestinian who stabbed an officer in Jerusalem on Sunday, a police spokesman said, the latest attack in a two-month wave of violence. | Video

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Under tight security, pope urges peace in central Africa

BANGUI Protected by the heaviest security ever seen on his trips, Pope Francis on Sunday preached reconciliation in the divided Central African Republic, a nation racked by bloodshed between Muslims and Christians.

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Latvia urges Greece to tighten border to ease refugee crisis

RIGA The president of Latvia has urged Greece to demonstrate a "changed attitude" on border security to stem a flow of migrants, but sees no need to re-erect Europe's internal frontiers in response to the refugee crisis or Paris attacks.

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Burkina Faso votes to choose first new leader in decades

OUAGADOUGOU Burkina Faso voted on Sunday in an election to choose the country's first new president in decades, a year after longtime leader Blaise Compaore was toppled in a popular uprising in which demonstrators faced down the security forces.

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