Animosity toward Diana’s rival cools as Charles nears the British throne


    
b_179_129_16777215_00_images_GBR130322AA001.jpegLONDON — Since Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, announced in early May that he will retire from royal duties in the fall, Britons are beginning to accept who’s in line to come next: There may well be a King Charles — and likely a Queen Camilla.

Britain and the 15 other countries, including Australia and Canada, are never without a monarch. The very moment that 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth dies, Prince Charles will assume the throne. So, too, will his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles.

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G-7 summit protesters rail against immigration, capitalism as leaders fly overhead


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GIARDINI NAXOS, Sicily – As the Group of Seven summit wrapped up Saturday, thousands demonstrated in the streets, rallying around dozens of issues from immigration to capitalism and everything in between.

Protesters likely numbered more than the up to 5,000 expected for the march, police said, a large amount for the 9,000-resident seaside resort community of Giardini Naxos adjacent to Taormina, the cliff-side town that hosted the gathering of world leaders. Helicopters shuttling the leaders from Taormina flew overhead as the demonstrations took place.

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As Kenya's election season kicks off, can anybody stop the violence?


    
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As commuters in the heart of Nairobi hustle past one another on River Road at the end of a recent workday, young men are buying machetes in a hardware shop before boarding a bus. The tools aren’t for clearing brush or making campsites, chopping food or splitting firewood. Peter Mwangi, who runs an electronics shop, is arming himself in case of election chaos. “I know there will be violence. I need to ready myself,” says Mwangi, holding a giant knife. “In the 2007 elections, we were not prepared. We were attacked, and I lost some of my relatives. But this time, it will not happen.”


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Germany searches all military barracks for Nazi material

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_DEU130827AA001.jpegBERLIN — Germany ordered searches of all army barracks for Nazi memorabilia after finding startling pieces amid growing suspicion of extremism within the military.

Two discoveries over the weekend could lead to more Nazi material being found during the searches that will end May 16, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said.

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Emmanuel Macron's win in France shows Europe's populism is down, not out


    
b_179_129_16777215_00_images_FRA171717aa001.jpegPARIS — Centrist Emmanuel Macron's landslide win in France's presidential election is a fresh sign European voters are turning their backs on the political populism exemplified by Britain's Brexit and Donald Trump's election, but the specter of far-right Marine Le Pen will continue to haunt a divided Europe, experts say.

Macron swamped Le Pen Sunday, 66% to 34%. The margin, wider than polls had projected, is a remarkable achievement for a politician who has never held elected office and whose En Marche! (On the Move) party was formed only a year ago with the aim of ending decades of dominance by France's mainstream parties on the left and right.
    

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France's far-right Marine Le Pen hopes no-shows hand her Trump-like upset

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_FRA151226aa001.jpegPARIS — Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen hopes to stage a Donald-Trump-like upset in Sunday's runoff, but her best chance depends on far-left voters boycotting the presidential election.

That could happen because polls show up to a quarter of French voters don't like either of the two candidates and could abstain from voting, which might help her close a sizeable gap her opponent holds in the latest polls.

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Trump and Pope Francis to meet after heated clashes during 2016 campaign

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_ITA130318XX001.jpegVATICAN CITY — When President Trump meets with Pope Francis here later this month, he'll be face-to face with one of his most high-profile critics.

Though Francis has rarely mentioned Trump by name, he has been critical of the president’s policies — especially on immigration — and has cast doubt on whether he believes Trump is a true Christian.

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Pope backs Egypt's moderate Muslims in battle against extremists

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_ITA130401AA001.jpegCAIRO — Pope Francis began his two-day trip here on Friday to show solidarity with the country's Muslims who condemn radical Islamic terrorism, saying Egypt has an important role to play in  “vanquishing all violence and terrorism.”

The pontiff said religious leaders were obliged to “expose attempts to justify every form of hatred in the name of religion, and to condemn these attempts as idolatrous caricatures of God.”

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Pope Francis to visit Egypt after terror attack on Christians

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_ITA130318XX001.jpegCAIRO — Pope Francis begins a two-day trip to Muslim-majority Egypt on Friday to show solidarity with the country's Coptic Christians following the bombing of two churches that killed 44 people on Palm Sunday.

Francis is also using the visit to recognize efforts by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to allow Christians more equality in the country. He will join Pope Tawadros II, head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, for a conference on how Muslims and Christians can coexist peacefully, an initiative Sisi is pushing.

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Turkey's president claims victory in vote to increase his power

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR130607aa004.jpegISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed a "historic" victory Sunday in a tightly contested national referendum that would radically change his country's system of government and give the president vast, new powers.

With 99% of the ballots counted, Erdogan's referendum had 51.4% "yes" votes, while 48.6% opposed the changes, Turkey's Anadolu news agency reported. Car horns honked and Turks waved flags and rallied in the streets after Erdogan declared victory, but multiple opposition parties alleged voting irregularities and sought a recount.

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No dancing on Good Friday? German party-goers rebel

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_DEU131804AA001.jpegBERLIN — Observe Easter or go dancing?

In many parts of tradition-bound Germany, religion is winning out. And for those who like to go club-hopping into the night, it's not a happy holiday.

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Is Turkey's referendum a vote for more efficient government, or a power grab?

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR130326AA001.jpegOn April 16, Turkish citizens will vote "yes" or "no" on a referendum that would change the Turkish constitution from a parliamentary to a presidential system. Proponents say it will make the government run more efficiently. Opponents say it’s a power grab. Polls suggest the race is close and many are still undecided.

If the referendum passes, the role of prime minister would be abolished; the multi-party parliament would lose leverage. And President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party or AKP would consolidate power and control. Many Turks see the vote as a referendum on the president himself.

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Why Turkey's constitutional referendum on Sunday is such a big deal

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR160606aa001.jpegISTANBUL — Sunday's constitutional referendum on granting broad new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has deeply divided Elif Koc's family, like many other Turks. The 18-year-old manicurist said her uncle opposes giving Erdogan so much authority, but she's voting for the change.

"That can lead us to be a better country,” said first-time voter Koc.

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Sweden has taken in more migrants per capita of any European nation

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_SWE141205aa001.jpegSTOCKHOLM — Swedes are known for their tolerant society, but last week's deadly truck rampage by a frustrated asylum-seeker left many questioning whether the country's open-door policy for refugees swung open too far.

“We’ve taken in more than we can help, and I don’t think that’s OK,” said Anna Lennartsdotter Lindbom, 42, a personal trainer in the Stockholm suburb of Alvsjö. “If we don’t get them to understand how our society works when they have grown up under a different system — that can be a problem."


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Stockholm truck attack kills 4; police make arrest

b_160_0_16777215_00_images_SWE130531aa002.jpegSTOCKHOLM — Police arrested one man in connection to the attack that killed at least four people Friday when a large beer truck slammed into an upscale department store in a busy Stockholm pedestrian mall in what Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called an apparent "terror attack."

The Stockholm city council said another 15 were wounded, nine of them seriously.

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On Dimitris Christoulas: 'He is a part of history now'

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_DEU130308AA002.jpegAthens, Greece - On the morning of April 4, 2012, a gunshot sounded amid the city's hustle and bustle.

As passers-by rushed to work through Syntagma Square in central Athens, Dimitris Christoulas had taken his life with a shotgun a few metres from the Greek parliament.

The 77-year-old pensioner, a former pharmacist, had left a note in his pocket.

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Terrorism threat hits home for Putin as Islamic State suspected in deadly St. Petersburg bombing

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_RUS0320aa003.jpegMOSCOW — Terrorism struck at the heart of Russia’s second-biggest city as a shrapnel-filled bomb tore through a subway train in St. Petersburg, killing 11 and wounding dozens more on a day when President Vladimir Putin was in his hometown for meetings.

The bomb exploded while the train was traveling between two stations. Video footage shared on social media showed bodies strewn across a blood-splattered platform and panicked survivors clambering through a gaping hole in a subway car.
Investigators were working to “give a full picture of what happened,” said Mr. Putin, who was born in the city and who later placed a bouquet of roses at the subway station that was hit.

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Putin’s pull looming over Serbian presidential vote

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_RUS130621aa001.jpegBELGRADE, Serbia — The presidential election here on Sunday is shaping up as yet another case of a European country feeling the persuasive pull of Vladimir Putin.

Although none of the 11 presidential candidates are promoting a specific foreign policy agenda — technically the prime minister sets foreign policy — Russian support and the good will of President Putin are widely seen as vital to those who would lead the Balkan nation.

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Theft of Canadian gold coin a ‘disaster’ for Berlin’s Bode Museum

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_DEU171717aa001.jpegA world-renowned Berlin museum is reeling from a brazen theft Monday of a 100-kilogram gold coin made in Canada, the biggest heist from a museum in the country since the Second World War.

It’s unlikely the disappearance of the coin, nominally valued at $1-million, but actually worth closer to $5-million given the current price of gold, will pose any financial hardships for the Bode museum – the coin was insured, after all.

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Election in Germany to gauge winds of change

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_DEU161616aa0030.jpegBERLIN — An early tell on Europe’s most important election this year comes this weekend when the first of three German state elections gauges Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political appeal and provides a first real-world electoral test for Martin Schulz, the charismatic new leader of Germany’s resurgent Social Democrats.

Analysts are already saying a big win for the Social Democrats could trigger a waterfall effect, carrying Mr. Schulz to victory in September’s national elections and blocking Ms. Merkel’s hopes for a fourth term as the continent’s dominant political leader.

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Four dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_UK313131AA001.jpegLONDON — A lone attacker mowed down pedestrians and then stabbed a policeman in the shadow of the British Parliament Wednesday, in what police described as a terrorist strike that left the attacker and at least four others dead and some 40 people injured on nearby Westminster Bridge.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley told reporters that police officer Keith Palmer, 49, three civilians and the attacker had died in the brief but intense incident, which again dramatized the threat terrorism poses to the great cities of Europe.

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German businesses concerned as Angela Merkel meets Donald Trump

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_DEU130906aa002.jpegPARIS — A bloody day in the heart of the City of Light left some of France’s best-known journalists dead and police tracking down the native Islamist terrorists suspected of carrying out the murders to avenge what they said were insults to the founder of their faith. One suspect surrendered and two others were missing.

The well-coordinated early-morning attack on the editorial offices of the Charlie Hebdo targeted the editor of the bitingly satiric weekly, Stephane Charbonnier, nine colleagues and a security guard, all murdered in cold blood by masked assailants who reportedly called out the names of their victims as they were shot.

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Incumbent holds off anti-immigrant populist in Dutch elections

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_NED170303aa001.jpegTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s center-right party decisively beat back a challenge from anti-immigrant populist candidate Geert Wilders in the nation’s parliamentary elections Wednesday, exit polls showed, in a closely watched vote many saw as a key test of the appeal of Donald Trump-style populism in Western Europe.

With about half the vote counted, Mr. Rutte’s center-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) was projected to finish first with 32 seats, while Mr. Wilders‘ nationalist, anti-Islam Party for Freedom (PVV) significantly trailed in third place with 19 seats in the 150-seat lower house of Parliament. The CDA Christian Democrats were projected to win 20 seats.

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Simmering discontent in Netherlands gives momentum to ‘Geert Trump’

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_NED170303aa001.jpegTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — Jan Emmerink became a dockworker in Rotterdam in the 1960s when he was just 13. Today he is still working, including on weekends, to supplement the modest pension that supports his family. “Without the extra money we’d starve,” said the 68-year-old from Spijkenisse, a small industrial town.

Mr. Emmerink harbored no doubts about who would receive his vote in Dutch parliamentary elections on Wednesday, a vote that has focused unaccustomed international attention on this small, prosperous, orderly country.

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Border wall helps secure Turkish city protecting Syrian refugees

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_TUR130621aa001.jpegKILIS, Turkey — Donald Trump isn’t the only one who thinks walls are the answer to an unchecked immigration crisis. In an old neighborhood in this ancient city, stone walls stained with soot lead to narrow alleyways where Syrian refugees make homes in dilapidated buildings.

Before the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011, Kilis had a population of 90,000. That number is now 230,000, with Syrians outnumbering Turks. It’s common to hear Arabic on the street. Sweetshops offer Syrian pastries sprinkled with ground pistachio.


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