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#France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

ChristiansFrance has said it is ready to welcome Christians fleeing the area of Iraq controlled by Islamic State (IS) fighters, saying it is "outraged" by their persecution.

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Costa Condordia reaches final port

The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has limped into its last port, after being towed to the northern Italian city of Genoa to be broken up for scrap, two-and-a-half years after running aground and sinking, killing 32 people.

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Salvaged cruise ship towed to Italian port

The Costa Concordia cruise liner has arrived at the northwestern Italian port of Genoa, four days after leaving the island of Giglio where it struck a reef and capsized in January 2012, killing 32 people.

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Experts cancel visit to #Ukraine crash site

International expertsInternational experts have been forced to abandon their plans to visit the site where the Malaysian airliner crashed because of fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops in the area.

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#Russia lashes out at EU over new sanctions

crisisRussia has reacted angrily to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation on security issues and undermine the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

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#Norway bolsters security on 'Syria threat'

Norway closed part of the airspace over its second city Bergen and tightened border checks on Saturday, two days after the country upped security following what it described as a "terror alert".

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EU to toughen #Russia sanctions over #Ukraine

crisisThe European Union is set to adopt much tougher economic sanctions against Russia for what officials allege is its role in the Ukraine crisis.

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US says Russian troops massing near #Ukraine

Russian troopsThe US defence department has claimed that Russia is massing more troops near Ukraine's border, and warned that the movement of heavy calibre artillery systems across the border could be "imminent".

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#Ukraine and #Russia claim border crossfire

Ukrainian armyThe Ukrainian army has claimed that its soldiers came under artillery fire from the Russian side of the border overnight and were attacked by rebels in several other places in the country's restive east.

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#Sudan 'apostasy' woman arrives in Italy

A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan, has flown into Rome on an Italian government plane en route to the US, officials say.

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