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Pope Urges Europe To Help Stranded Migrants

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Pope Urges Europe To Help Stranded Migrants

Pope Francis has urged European leaders to help 49 migrants stranded at sea after two rescue boats were refused permission to dock in both Italy and Malta.

The pontiff told crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, quote, “i make a heartfelt appeal to European leaders to show concrete solidarity for these people,” end quote.

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The Dutch-flagged vessel sea-watch 3, which is operated by a German humanitarian organization, rescued 32 migrants including women, children and unaccompanied minors off the coast of Libya in late December.

Sea-eye, which is another German humanitarian group, said its boat of the same name is also stranded off the coast of Malta after it plucked 17 people from the Mediterranean Sea on Dec. 29.

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Italy and Malta have clashed over who should take in the migrants with both refusing to open their ports to the vessels despite pressure from humanitarian groups.

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Malta allowed the two ships to shelter in port from a storm on Thursday, but it refused to let the migrants disembark.

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Thailand To Hold First Elections After Military Rule

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Thailand To hold Elections In March After Military Rule

Thailand says it will finally hold elections in march after more than four years of military rule.

The poll will be the first since generals ousted a democratically elected government in 2014 after months of violent street protests.

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The election commission announced the decision on Wednesday after having postponed the vote’s date several times.

In December the commission said the elections would be held in Febuary, but the military government expressed concern that election-related events would clash with early preparations for the coronation of King Maha scheduled for May.

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The monarchy is revered in Thailand, and this year’s coronation will be the first in living memory for most of the population.

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U.S. Senate Plans To End Partial Shutdown

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U.S. Senate Plans To End Shutdown

The U.S. Senate is on the path to resolving a partial shutdown that has lasted for a month now, but there was no sign of relief anytime soon for 800,000 federal workers who are working without pay.

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Republican senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell laid the groundwork for a vote on Thursday on a proposal by Democrats to fund the government for three weeks, but without attaching the 5 billion dollars president Donald Trump is demanding for U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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The president has opposed similar legislation.

The senate leader said he would also bring up for a Thursday vote, a proposal by trump to end the shutdown that includes border wall funding and relief for “dreamers,” people brought illegally to the united states as children.

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

France has extradited to the Hague, a senior Central African Republic football official wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes committed in the C.A.R.

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A committee member of the Confederation of African Football  Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, was arrested in Paris last month for coordinating attacks on Muslims in his country. He has denied the allegations.

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Patrice had declared himself political co-ordinator of the Christian anti-Balaka militia. The group has been blamed for hundreds of killings.  The ICC says Patrice was responsible for murder, torture and the recruitment of child soldiers.

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