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UN: 700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwrecks
POZZALLO, Italy (AP) -- The UN refugee agency says over 700 migrants are feared dead in three Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks south of Italy in the last few days as they tried desperately to reach Europe in unseaworthy smuggling boats....

German rhetoric on Afghan migrants doesn't meet reality
BERLIN (AP) -- The 75 people stuffed onto the small dinghy watched with horror as the water flowed in, eventually covering bags filled with clothes and mementos from the devastated homes they were fleeing. Jawad, a 25-year-old Afghan, prayed as he huddled with his wife, daughter and infant son....

Finally allowed 2nd child, older Chinese parents turn to IVF
BEIJING (AP) -- China's decision to allow all married couples to have two children is driving a surge in demand for fertility treatment among older women, putting heavy pressure on clinics and breaking down past sensitivities, and even shame, about the issue....

Child still critical after lightning hits 11 in Paris park
PARIS (AP) -- Eight children and three adults were struck by lightning Saturday in a Paris park after a sudden spring storm sent a bolt crashing down upon a children's birthday party, a spokesman for Paris' fire service said. He credited an off-duty firefighter with playing a critical role in getting immediate medical help to the victims, but one child remains in critical condition....

Syria rebels attacked by IS militants, government troops
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State militants entered a major Syrian opposition stronghold in the country's north on Saturday, clashing with rebels on the edges of the town as the extremist group builds on its most significant advance near the Turkish border in two years - even as it loses ground elsewhere in the country and in neighboring Iraq....

Nepal honors 9 Sherpas who paved way for Everest climbers
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal celebrated Everest Day on Sunday by honoring nine Sherpa guides who fixed ropes and dug the route to the summit so hundreds of climbers could scale the world's highest mountain this month, following two years of disasters....

AP PHOTOS: Refugees who made a train to nowhere their home
IDOMENI, Greece (AP) -- Before catching the world's attention, Idomeni was a sleepy village on the Greek border with Macedonia, the last stop on the train before heading through former Yugoslav countries and onto western Europe....

Drug lord 'Chapo' Guzman's lawyers split on extradition case
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Jailed drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's fight to stave off extradition to the United States has led to a schism among some of the people he's counting on most: his own lawyers....

Germany's Lufthansa to suspend flights to Venezuela
BERLIN (AP) -- German airline Lufthansa says it is suspending its flights to Caracas, citing the difficult economic situation in Venezuela....

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Latin America/Caribbean
Haiti bracing for trouble as election panel delivers report

Middle East
Iran parliament chief retains post despite reformist gains