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Ireland passport queries spike

DUBLIN — Ireland has seen a spike in interest from British nationals seeking to gain an Irish passport and remain a citizen of the European Union after Britain voted to leave the bloc, the Irish foreign office said Monday.

Iraqi army closes in on Islamic State militants near Falluja

FALLUJA — Iraq's army sought on Monday to eliminate Islamic State fighters holed up in farmland west of Falluja to keep them from launching a counterattack on the city, a day after the government declared victory over the militants there.

Norwegian court rejects Snowden on free passage

OSLO — Former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden has failed in a legal bid to win guarantees from Norway that it would not extradite him to the United States if he went there to receive a free speech award, a Norwegian court said on Monday.

Polls point to the UK staying in EU

LONDON — Britons appear to have voted in a referendum to stay in the European Union, opinion polls showed on Thursday, and prominent ‘Brexit’ campaigners acknowledged they looked likely to lose.

Tornado, hail storms kill at least 78 people

BEIJING — A tornado, hail storms and driving rain killed at least 78 people and injured some 500 in eastern China on Thursday, flattening power lines, overturning cars and ripping roofs off houses in Jiangsu province.

Labor union clashes with police in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — A violent clash between members of a dissident teachers’ union and police in southern Mexico on Sunday has left three dead and 45 injured, as law enforcement attempts to dislodge the protesters from blocking a highway.

Record 65.3 million people displaced

GENEVA — A record 65.3 million people were uprooted worldwide last year, many of them fleeing wars only to face walls, tougher laws and xenophobia as they reach borders, the United Nations refugee agency said Monday.

34 migrants, including 20 children, found dead

NIAMEY, Niger — Thirty-four migrants, including 20 children, have been found dead in Niger’s vast desert after being abandoned by their smuggler, the government of the West African nation said in a statement read on national television on Wednesday.

British lawmaker shot dead, EU referendum campaigns suspended

BIRSTALL, England — A British member of parliament was shot dead in the street on Thursday, causing deep shock across Britain and the suspension of campaigning for next week’s referendum on the country’s EU membership.

Pistorius walks on stumps in court as he seeks to avoid jail

PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius shuffled through a Pretoria court without his prosthetic legs on Wednesday to show how vulnerable he is as the Paralympian seeks to avoid prison for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Locations of EgyptAir wreckage identified by deep ocean vessel

CAIRO — The main locations of wreckage from the EgyptAir jet that crashed in the eastern Mediterranean last month have been identified by a vessel owned by Deep Ocean Search, the Egyptian-led investigation committee said Wednesday.

Moscow police detain couple at memorial

MOSCOW — Two Russian gay men said on Tuesday they had been detained by the police for trying to leave a banner outside the U.S. embassy in Moscow to commemorate the victims of the Orlando shooting.

NATO will send troops to deter Russia; Putin orders snap checks

BRUSSELS — Britain, Germany and the United States advanced plans on Tuesday to spearhead a new NATO force on Russia’s border from next year, and Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered snap checks on combat readiness across his armed forces.

UNICEF: Children face beatings, rape, death trying to reach Europe

GENEVA — Migrant children making the perilous journey to Europe to escape war and poverty face possible beatings, rape and forced labor in addition to risk of drowning in the Mediterranean, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

U.S. plans billions in Afghan funding until 2020

KABUL — The United States is asking its allies helping with security in Afghanistan to maintain funding for Afghan forces at a cost of nearly $5 billion a year until at least 2020, a top U.S. military commander said on Monday.

Trudeau believes Canadian hostage killed in Philippines

TORONTO — Canadian hostage Robert Hall is believed to have been killed by his captors in the Philippines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday, in what appears to be the second execution of a Canadian hostage by the militant group Abu Sayyaf in the area in recent months.