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Brexit: British PM tells Parliament UK can have ‘best of both worlds’ in EU

February 23, 2016

(CNN) British Prime Minister David Cameron made his pitch to remain in the European Union to parliamentarians Monday, saying the UK could “have the best of both worlds” if it voted to remain in the bloc.

Cameron has been urging Britons to vote to remain in the union in a June 23 referendum, after striking a deal with European leaders to give the UK “special status” within the bloc if it remains.

“Britain will be out of the parts of Europe that do not work for us — we will be permanently and legally protected from being a part of an ever-closer union,” he said.

Young asylum seeker stabs Swedish woman to death, police say

February 15, 2016

(CNN)A 15-year-old asylum seeker stabbed a refugee center worker to death Monday in Sweden, police say.

The boy, who is in police custody, has not been identified, though his country of origin is known, said Hans Lippens, a police spokesman for the Västra Götaland region.

The incident happened at a home for asylum seekers younger than 18 where the boy was staying, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Mölndal town center, in the Gothenberg region of western Sweden. The victim, a 22-year-old woman, was alone with eight young male residents of the home, Lippens said. Only one is believed to have been directly involved, though police are questioning the seven other boys.

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Turkey releases imprisoned journalist

January 17, 2016

A Vice News journalist imprisoned in Turkey was released on bail after spending 131 days in prison, the news organization tweeted on Tuesday.

Mohammed Rasool and two British journalists — Phil Pendlebury and Jake Hanrahan — were detained in August of last year, according to Vice.

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Number of migrants reaching Europe this year passes 1 million

December 23, 2015

The number of migrants who have entered Europe by sea and land this year has passed 1 million, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.

It said that as of Monday, taking into account the latest updates, there had been 1,005,504 “irregular arrivals” into Europe in 2015.

The figures show that the vast majority — 971,289 — have come by sea over the Mediterranean. Another 34,215 have crossed from Turkey into Bulgaria and Greece by land.

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Ecuador, Sweden reach deal that could allow Julian Assange to be questioned

December 23, 2015

Five years after Julian Assange was accused of rape in Sweden, Ecuador and Sweden have reached an agreement that would allow him to be interrogated by Swedish officials at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up at the embassyfor more than three years to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors want to question him about the rape allegation.

Assange, an Australian, has not been charged and has denied the rape claim. Ecuador granted him political asylum in 2012.

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London subway stabbings suspect charged with attempted murder

December 23, 2015

A man who allegedly stabbed two people at a London subway station Saturday has been charged with attempted murder. Prosecutors called the attack an act of terror.

Muhyadin Mire, a 29-year-old from the London suburb of Leytonstone, appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

He spoke only to confirm details of his identity and say that he understood the charge before he was remanded in custody to appear at a preliminary hearing at London’s Old Bailey on Friday.

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Putin calls jet’s downing ‘stab in the back’; Turkey says warning ignored

December 23, 2015

One of the world’s most volatile regions was roiled further Tuesday when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border. Turkey said it hit the plane after it violated Turkey’s airspace and ignored 10 warnings.

One of the two pilots was killed in the air by fire from the ground, according to Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti. The fate of the second pilot wasn’t disclosed.

Meanwhile, a Russian marine was killed on Tuesday during an operation to rescue the two pilots, who were flying an Su-24 warplane in a combat sortie, according to RIA Novosti.

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Paris victims: From all over the world and all walks of life

December 23, 2015

Portraits are emerging of some of the at least 129 people killed and 352 people wounded last week in deadly attacks at six sites in the French capital.

Paris attacks: What we know so far

Here’s a country-by-country look at the victims whose names or nationalities have been confirmed to CNN:

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U.S. ‘reasonably certain’ drone strike killed ISIS mouthpiece ‘Jihadi John’

December 23, 2015

He hid his face, but “Jihadi John” was the English-speaking voice of ISIS. His twisted, videotaped taunts and acts of terrible cruelty — beheading hostages who had gone to the Middle East to report stories and help others — symbolized the Islamist militant group’s depravity and ruthlessness.

Not anymore, it appears.

U.S. Army Col. Steven Warren said Friday that a drone strike the previous night killed everyone in the targeted vehicle, with Mohammed Emwazi — a.k.a. “Jihadi John” — likely among them.

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Flights resume for British travelers in Sharm el-Sheikh, but uncertainty remains

December 23, 2015

The increased security at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport turned into a mixed blessing for British vacationer Nicky Bull, one of tens of thousands whose travel plans became uncertain after Metrojet Flight 9268 crashed.

She felt safer but had to stand in line for hours before boarding a plane.

“At the airport today it was absolutely dreadful,” Bull said Friday after returning to the United Kingdom. “I appreciate all the extra security but they just couldn’t cope with it. … When we tried to go home on Wednesday the security was non-existent. Now it is as it should be but I don’t think they’ve got enough people to deal with it.”

Even worse was the uncertainty.

Bull said she supported her government’s decision to temporarily suspend flights from Egypt but said officials didn’t supply much information about what to do.

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