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Grenade explodes during Ukraine clashes; 1 officer killed

KIEV, Ukraine — A grenade exploded outside Ukraine’s parliament during a nationalist protest against a vote to give greater powers to separatist regions in the east, killing one police officer and injuring more than 100, the interior ministry said.

The clashes marked the worst outburst of violence in the capital since the government took power in February 2014. READ

Alaska-bound, Obama makes waves by mountain, becoming first president to go to Arctic Circle

Shrinking glaciers, Arctic temperatures and a mix of messy energy politics await President Barack Obama on his trip to Alaska, where he will become the first sitting president to step foot in the Arctic Circle. READ

Greek coast guard picks up nearly 2,500 migrants from sea in last 3 days amid surge to Europe

Greece’s coast guard picked up nearly 2,500 migrants from the sea in dozens of search and rescue operations, part of a relentless flow of people seeking the safety of Europe after facing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. READ

Canada has asked for Mohamed Fahmy’s pardon, deportation: wife

Ottawa has formally asked Egypt’s president to pardon imprisoned journalist Mohamed Fahmy or allow his deportation to Canada, his wife said Monday as she implored Prime Minister Stephen Harper to secure her husband’s release. READ

Former boss remembers gunman in on-air killings as a 'professional victim’ while at TV station

Vester Flanagan constantly saw himself as the target in his conflicts with WDBJ-TV colleagues, leading his former boss to describe him as a “professional victim.” READ

10 years later, former President George W. Bush finds sympathetic crowds in Katrina’s wake

Former President George W. Bush enjoyed sympathetic audiences in New Orleans and Mississippi on Friday as he returned to the region where Hurricane Katrina sank his popularity 10 years ago. READ

Europe’s migrant crisis brings tragedy by land and sea

Death and desperation mounted in Europe’s migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized. READ

U.S. investigated report of civilian deaths following Canadian mission in Iraq

The American headquarters overseeing the war against Islamic insurgents in Iraq and Syria says there were multiple air strikes in Iraq on the same day and in the same vicinity where Canadian CF-18s were accused of causing civilian casualties. READ

Austria: At least 20 — maybe up to 50 — migrants found dead in a truck on highway near Vienna

Austrian police on Thursday discovered the decomposing bodies of at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 — migrants stacked in a truck parked on the shoulder of the main highway from Budapest to Vienna. READ

Hillary Rodham Clinton likens Republicans’ 'extreme’ views on women to those of terrorists

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between terrorist organizations and the field of Republican candidates for president when it comes to their views on women, telling an audience her potential rivals were pushing outdated policies. READ

On-air gunman became increasingly volatile before killings, picking fights over slights

Vester Flanagan appeared to become increasingly volatile in recent years, picking fights with co-workers and others he encountered over seemingly mundane events or perceived slights and culminating with the on-air slaying of two former colleagues who he believed had wronged him. READ

Extradition hearing postponed for former Centerra Gold CEO detained in Bulgaria

A hearing to determine whether to extradite former Centerra Gold CEO Leonard Homeniuk to Kyrgyzstan has been postponed to give that country more time to submit evidence, his wife said Thursday. READ

Mohamed Fahmy braces for verdict in Cairo, wants ’nightmare’ to end

Mohamed Fahmy hopes this weekend will mark an end to his drawn-out legal nightmare. READ

Gunman jailed in high-speed train attack charged with terrorism

The Moroccan suspect in a foiled attack on a high-speed train in France is facing terrorism charges over what authorities say was a plan to unleash carnage among hundreds of passengers — but his family defended him Wednesday, saying he was in a desperate situation. READ

Judge sentences Colorado theatre shooter to life in prison, then orders him out of courtroom

The man who unleashed a murderous attack on a packed Colorado movie theatre was ordered Wednesday to serve life in prison without parole plus 3,318 years — the maximum allowed by law — before the judge told deputies, “Get the defendant out of my courtroom, please.” READ

TV crew gunned down on-air

A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death during a live television interview Wednesday by a gunman who recorded himself carrying out the killings and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene. READ

Iraq’s PM stresses defence of refinery town as suicide attack kills 13 soldiers, militiamen

Winning the battle for control of an oil refinery town north of Baghdad is a key step toward defeating the Islamic State group, Iraq’s prime minister said in remarks aired Tuesday, hours before a suicide attack killed 13 soldiers and allied militiamen in the western Anbar province. READ

Islamic State propaganda images purport to show destruction of Syrian temple at Palmyra

The Islamic State group released propaganda images Tuesday that purport to show militants laying explosives in and then blowing up the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria’s ancient caravan city of Palmyra. READ

France formally opens terror probe in train attack, says gunman watched radical Islamic video

French authorities formally opened a terrorism investigation Tuesday after a thwarted attack on a high-speed train last week, saying the suspected gunman had watched a jihadi video onboard minutes before the violence. READ

Ukraine’s president, in Independence Day speech, pledges more troops to fend off rebel attacks

Ukraine’s president vowed to increase troop numbers to fend off attacks by Russia-backed separatist rebels and warned his countrymen that there is still the threat of a “large-scale invasion,” in an impassioned speech to mark Independence Day on Monday. READ

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