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  • Libya's coast guard detains almost 600 African migrants
    Libya's coast guard detains almost 600 African migrants 4 hours ago

    Libya's coast guard detained on Wednesday almost 600 illegal African migrants, among them pregnant women and 18 children, who had tried to sail to Europe on a fishing boat, a security official said. The North African country, gripped by violence and a breakdown of state authority four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi, has turned into a major hub for human traffickers smuggling African migrants by boat to Italy. As many as 900 people may have died last month off Libya's coast when their packed boat capsized as they were trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa. "The coast guard arrested early this morning 585 illegal migrants from different African countries such as Somalia, Eritrea, Ghana and Mali," said Mohamed al-Ghwaili, a spokesman for a police department tasked with tackling immigration. More »

  • Seven party leaders in battle for Britain
    Seven party leaders in battle for Britain 4 hours ago

    Seven party leaders are headed into Britain's most unpredictable election in decades on Thursday, which has brought several smaller parties to the fore because of a fragmentation of the vote. More »

  • Eighteen countries join two-week war games in Jordan
    Eighteen countries join two-week war games in Jordan 4 hours ago

    Around 10,000 troops from 18 countries including several Gulf states are participating in the two-week military drills. More »

  • Army man guilty of more sex attacks
    Army man guilty of more sex attacks 4 hours ago

    An army recruitment sergeant who used his power to "abuse and bully" women as young as 15 has been found guilty of three further counts of sexual assault. More »

  • Operation Toys Out The Pram: How the Tories plan a scorched earth strategy if …
    Operation Toys Out The Pram: How the Tories plan a scorched earth strategy if … 5 hours ago

    The Tories have said they will “declare victory” if the party wins “most seats and votes” regardless of the number of other left-wing MPs – including what is likely to be a large contingent from the SNP and a handful of Green, Plaid Cymru and Norther Irish SDLP members - who have vowed to oppose them. More »

  • I'm a Voter button on Facebook
    I'm a Voter button on Facebook 5 hours ago

    Facebook users will be able to share the news that they have voted - without revealing who for - thanks to a new button that will appear on polling day to encourage turnout. More »

  • Mitch McConnell Moves to Save the Senate's Iran Bill
    Mitch McConnell Moves to Save the Senate's Iran Bill 7 hours ago

    Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell turned to the members of his caucus with their eyes on the White House, and asked, "You think running for president is hard?" He didn't have to complete the thought, but it would have been: Try running the Senate. The Kentucky Republican has been tested from the start, but the debate over legislation to give Congress a role in reviewing the Obama administration's potential nuclear agreement with Iran is showing just how complex his job can be. The bill is a rare proposal with broad bipartisan support, and its passage would mark a notable victory for lawmakers in their long-running tug-of-war with the White House over the proper balance of powers. McConnell's problem is not with Democrats but with Republican Senators Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio, among others, who want votes on changes to the bill that threaten the hard-fought consensus its backers have built. More »

  • Hamas-Fatah face-off leaves hard road ahead for Palestinians
    Hamas-Fatah face-off leaves hard road ahead for Palestinians 7 hours ago

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Luke Baker GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - In recent weeks, a flurry of envoys has beaten a path to Gaza's door: representatives from Qatar, Turkey, the United Nations, the European Union and former U.S. president Jimmy Carter have all visited or tried to visit. Yet the result has been the same: no success in reconciling Hamas, the Islamist movement that has controlled Gaza since 2007, and Fatah, the more secular, Western-backed party that runs the Palestinian administration from the West Bank. Nearly a year since Hamas and Fatah signed a "national reconciliation" agreement, the two are no nearer to bridging their differences or tackling the mounting challenges Palestinians' face. Fatah is convinced Hamas, which fought a war with Israel in Gaza nine months ago, is trying to carve out an Islamist fiefdom in the 360 square kilometres of the Gaza Strip. More »

  • Chris Brown's battery charge dropped
    Chris Brown's battery charge dropped 8 hours ago

    A man who claimed the singer had punched him has now dropped out of a criminal case. More »

  • Arsonists carry out new attack on German asylum-seekers' refuge 9 hours ago

    Police in western Germany said on Wednesday that unidentified arsonists had set fire overnight to housing being prepared for aslyum-seekers, causing 50,000 euros (36,944 pounds) worth of damage, before fleeing the scene in a car. "Other motives are also being investigated." There was no report of anyone being injured in the arson attack in the small town of Limburgerhof, where prefabricated housing was being erected to shelter 16 asylum-seekers. A similar arson attack last month in the eastern German town of Troeglitz sparked debate about hostility to asylum-seekers in some communities in Germany, after a 60 percent surge in the number of people seeking shelter in the country last year. More »

  • Clinton pushes immigration overhaul to campaign forefront
    Clinton pushes immigration overhaul to campaign forefront 10 hours ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is giving immigration a prominent role in her 2016 presidential campaign, reassuring skeptics and seeking to cast Republican presidential candidates as obstacles to overhauling the nation's immigration system. More »

  • Students protest after 16 English language colleges close in just one year
  • Clinton draws contrasts with Republicans on immigration
    Clinton draws contrasts with Republicans on immigration 16 hours ago

    Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton called for a path to citizenship for some of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, drawing a sharp contrast with her Republican foes. More »

  • Clinton: Nation needs to fix broken immigration system
    Clinton: Nation needs to fix broken immigration system 16 hours ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that any immigration overhaul must include a path to "full and equal citizenship," drawing a sharp contrast with Republicans who have promoted providing a legal status or blocked efforts in Congress to address the nation's immigration system. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday
    10 Things to Know for Wednesday 16 hours ago

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: More »

  • UKIP suspends candidate over shooting threat
    UKIP suspends candidate over shooting threat 17 hours ago

    The UK Independence Party suspended a parliamentary candidate two days from the general election for apparently threatening to shoot a rival. More »

  • Britain's UKIP suspends candidate over shooting threat
    Britain's UKIP suspends candidate over shooting threat 17 hours ago

    Britain's anti-EU, anti-immigration UK Independence Party suspended a parliamentary candidate two days from a general election for apparently threatening to shoot a rival. More »

  • Obama on immigration: Progress 'not always a straight line'
    Obama on immigration: Progress 'not always a straight line' 17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — During a festive Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House, President Barack Obama couldn't help but reflect on the swings that have confronted his attempts to tackle immigration reform. "I just want to remind everybody that progress is not always a straight line," he said. More »

  • What happened when Joey Essex met Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage?
    What happened when Joey Essex met Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage? 19 hours ago

    Tonight we finally got to see Educating Joey Essex: General Election, What Are You Saying?! – here’s what went down. More »

  • Leaders prepare final push in tight UK election
    Leaders prepare final push in tight UK election 19 hours ago

    Britain's political leaders were in a final push for votes ahead of Thursday's knife-edge general election, while gearing up for the likelihood of drawn-out negotiations once polls close. More »

  • Irish nanny charged in baby's death released after 2 years
    Irish nanny charged in baby's death released after 2 years 20 hours ago

    WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — An Irish nanny charged with killing a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care more than two years ago was released on bail Tuesday while authorities review medical evidence. More »

  • Irish Nanny Accused Of Killing US Baby Gets Bail
    Irish Nanny Accused Of Killing US Baby Gets Bail 20 hours ago

    An Irish nanny charged with killing a one-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care two years ago has been granted provisional release on bail of $15,000 (£9,900) as she awaits trial. If she can pay the bond, Aisling Brady McCarthy will wear a GPS monitoring device and surrender her passport. The 34-year-old, of Co Cavan, was living illegally in the US and taking care of Rehma Sabir at the family's Cambridge home when the baby died in January 2013. More »

  • Huckabee, the other man from Hope, opens 2016 bid
    Huckabee, the other man from Hope, opens 2016 bid 20 hours ago

    HOPE, Ark. (AP) — Mike Huckabee declared his presidential candidacy Tuesday, counting on his brand of conservative populism to make his second White House bid more successful than his first. In 2008, he captivated evangelical Republicans but couldn't build wide enough support to win the Republican nomination. More »

  • States respond to US appeal in immigration lawsuit 22 hours ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — States fighting President Barack Obama's plan to spare millions of immigrants from deportation say they agree with a Texas judge who has temporarily blocked the president's action. More »

  • Two days to go and some people are still making their minds up
    Two days to go and some people are still making their minds up 22 hours ago

    We’re in London ahead of the UK general election on Thursday. Here’s what we’ve found out so far. More »

  • Family feud rocks top of France's far-right National Front
    Family feud rocks top of France's far-right National Front 23 hours ago

    PARIS (AP) — Little by little, the president of France's far-right National Front and top lieutenants have tried to silence the party founder, pushing him from the inner circle, refusing to back him in elections and now, in the culmination of an ugly political dispute that began as a family feud, suspending his membership. More »

  • Germany expects asylum applications to double to around 400,000 in 2015 - s …
    Germany expects asylum applications to double to around 400,000 in 2015 - s … Tue, May 5, 2015

    The German government is expecting the number of people seeking asylum to double to 400,000 in 2015, two participants at a meeting with Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Tuesday. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) said in February that it was expecting 300,000 asylum-seekers this year, but by the end of the first quarter about 85,400 people had applied for asylum, double last year's applications in the same period. The federal government is already under pressure for extra funds from Germany's 16 states to help them cope with the surge of asylum seekers on top of a promised 1 billion euros (0.72 billion pounds) for 2015 and 2016. The influx of refugees, many of whom are fleeing conflicts in Syria and Iraq, has led to tensions in some regions of Germany that have erupted into occasional violence against immigrants by suspected neo-Nazis. More »

  • Italy navy chief sceptical of Australia solution to migrant crisis
    Italy navy chief sceptical of Australia solution to migrant crisis Tue, May 5, 2015

    An Italian navy chief on Tuesday poured cold water on suggestions Europe should adopt Australia's policy of turning back migrant boats to end the current crisis in the Mediterranean. More »

  • The ghost of Farage hangs over Thanet
    The ghost of Farage hangs over Thanet Tue, May 5, 2015

    In South Thanet, Nigel Farage is everywhere and nowhere. Ukip themselves won’t return my calls and there is no office presence in the seat. The day after I visit Thanet, Farage is on the BBC criticising it for not giving Ukip fair coverage in the election. As he prepared for his tour of London media studios, the rest of Westminster seemed to be heading down to Thanet. More »

  • Where They Stand: Mike Huckabee on issues of 2016 campaign Tue, May 5, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is opening his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. A look at where he stands on some issues: More »

  • Family feud turns to all-out war in France's far-right
    Family feud turns to all-out war in France's far-right Tue, May 5, 2015

    France's far right patriarch Jean-Marie Le Pen viciously turned on his daughter on Tuesday after being suspended by the National Front party which he founded and handed over to her. More »

  • The 2016 Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet
    The 2016 Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet Tue, May 5, 2015

    The one who succeeded him as governor of Arkansas: Republican Mike Huckabee. Huckabee is announcing Tuesday that he's a candidate for president with a kickoff in the hometown he shares with Bill Clinton. He's the third Republican candidate to announce this week alone, and the fourth in 10 days. On Monday, neurosurgeon Ben Carson and tech executive Carly Fiorina both announced campaigns, and last week Senator Bernie Sanders announced he was seeking the Democratic nomination. More »

  • Jordan hosts war games for troops from 18 countries
    Jordan hosts war games for troops from 18 countries Tue, May 5, 2015

    Thousands of soldiers from 18 countries took part Tuesday in military drills in Jordan jointly overseen by the US army, officials said. More »

  • Jean-Marie Le Pen Accuses Daughter Of Betrayal
    Jean-Marie Le Pen Accuses Daughter Of Betrayal Tue, May 5, 2015

    French National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen has accused his daughter of a "scandalous" betrayal after she suspended him from the far-right party she leads because of his anti-semitic comments. The controversial politician also said he was "ashamed that the President of the National Front bears my name" and suggested she change it by getting married, as a bitter feud between the pair boiled over. The latest clash comes after the party's executive committee, chaired by Marine Le Pen, suspended her father's membership and said it would strip him of his title of honorary chairman after he repeated his view that Nazi gas chambers were a mere "detail" of the Second World War. He also defended Philippe Petain, the leader of the French wartime government that cooperated with Nazi Germany. More »

  • Robert Phillips: Conservatives and Labour - the coalition that dares not speak …
    Robert Phillips: Conservatives and Labour - the coalition that dares not speak … Tue, May 5, 2015

    A Populus/Hanover survey, quoted in the Financial Times at the end of April, reckoned the Tories have less than an 18% chance of eventual government, such is the party's limited options and few friends beyond the Lib Dems and the Democratic Unionist Party. The percentage could fall lower still should Nick Clegg lose Sheffield Hallam, leaving the current prime minister with the unwelcome prospect of dealing with a combination of Vince Cable, Simon Hughes and Tim Farron. David Cameron plus Clegg plus a few Ulstermen still equals less than 50% of those bothered to turn out. Likewise, Ed Miliband plus Clegg but not Nicola Sturgeon/Alex Salmond barely reaches much higher. More »