Deadly clashes in Kiev as Ukraine MPs back more autonomy for rebels
A policeman was killed and dozens injured Monday in street battles with protesters in Kiev as Ukrainian lawmakers gave their initial backing to controversial legislation granting more autonomy to pro-Kremlin rebels. It was the worst unrest in the capital since a bloody popular uprising ousted Moscow-backed Viktor Yanukovych early last year, an event that set in train the separatist insurgency in Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland. Ukrainian authorities blamed nationalists for the trouble and said at least 30 people had been detained.
Migrants bike into Norway at remote Arctic border crossingHELSINKI (AP) ? As Europe grapples with record-breaking numbers of migrants, a trickle of asylum seekers from Syria and the Mediterranean region have found an unlikely route: Through Russia to a remote Arctic border post in Norway, partly on bicycles.
Alaska-bound, Obama renames America's tallest peak
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Ahead of a historic trip to the Arctic, President Barack Obama erased a former Republican president's name from North America's tallest peak in a move applauded in Alaska and derided more than 3,000 miles away in Ohio. More contentious matters concerning climate change and Arctic drilling awaited.
Hungary rejects French criticism of its anti-migrant measuresHungary rejects criticism by France of measures to protect its borders from migrants seeking to enter the EU, a Foreign Ministry state secretary said on Monday after the ministry summoned the French ambassador for talks. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius accused eastern European states, notably Hungary, on Sunday of a "scandalous" policy towards refugees going against the values of the European Union. State secretary Levente Magyar told Hungary's national news agency MTI that the government rejected all "mean adjectives and accusations" that the French foreign minister used on Sunday when talking about Hungarian measures.
A racial gap in kidney transplants closes but work remainsCHICAGO (AP) ? A racial gap in kidney transplants appears to have closed, a 13-year study found.
European stocks slide as investors ponder China, US rates
Europe's main stock markets slumped Monday as investors still rattled by last week's turmoil ponder China's slowing economy and potential US interest rate moves. Lingering concerns about China and comments over the weekend by US Federal Reserve officials left analysts Monday split over whether the US Federal Reserve would raise interest rates for the first time since 2006 next month.
Train with migrants allowed into Austria after lengthy border checks
By Karin Strohecker and Marton Dunai VIENNA/BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A train carrying hundreds of migrants headed to Vienna on Monday after being held for hours at Austria's border with Hungary amid a security clampdown on trafficking gangs and efforts to apply fraying European rules intended to manage the flow of refugees. Austrian Railways had cited "overcrowding" on the train and a police spokesman in Vienna said Austria wanted to check whether any of the migrants had already asked for asylum in Hungary. A second train from Budapest remained stuck at the border.
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Blast at Spanish fireworks factory kills 2, wounds 6MADRID (AP) ? An explosion at a fireworks factory in northeastern Spain killed at least two people, wounded six and left four others missing on Monday, police said.
Boko Haram killers on horseback massacre nearly 80 in NE Nigeria
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback shot dead nearly 80 people in attacks on three villages in Nigeria's restive northeast at the weekend, a vigilante and residents told AFP on Monday. Babakura Kolo, a vigilante fighting Boko Haram, said 68 people were killed in the attack on Baanu village in Borno state late on Friday while residents said another 11 people were shot dead in two other villages on Saturday and Sunday. "Reports reached us of an attack on Baanu village late Friday where Boko Haram gunmen riding on horses opened fire on the village.