French socialists urged to consider end of 35-hour week by former WTO chief

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Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching open border crossings, the United Nations said.

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Separatists say will allow ‘trapped’ Ukrainian forces to withdraw

MOSCOW/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said on Friday they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a 'humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled.






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UK raises terror threat to ‘severe’, Cameron says ‘attack likely’

Fighting the Islamic State is “a generational struggle” against a “poisonous ideology” Cameron said, adding the UK “must respond calmly and with purpose” to a “greater and deeper threat to our security than we’ve seen before.”

Cameron said the root cause of the terrorist threat is “the poisonous narrative of Islamist extremism.”

He stressed a distinction must be made between the Islamic faith and extremist political ideology, which he said must be defeated at its root.

The Prime Minister explained he would be making a statement in parliament on Monday detailing measures to remove the citizenship of those who travel to fight with the Islamic State. He said there are “gaps in our armory” that would need to be filled with new legislation “to keep our people safe” and tackle extremism.

He said an “intelligent response” was needed combining military, diplomatic and humanitarian aid. He also reiterated his support for US airstrikes.

Cameron stressed the need for the UK to work with its allies – by providing intelligence for the US, delivering aid supplies to those in need, supporting a united Iraqi government and arming Kurdish forces who are fighting against IS militants in Iraq.

A response is needed urgently, said Cameron, as the UK and its allies “could be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean bordering a NATO member.”

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McDonald’s says 12 Russian branches temporarily closed

MOSCOW (Reuters) - McDonald's said on Friday that a total of 12 of its branches in Russia had been temporarily closed over the state food safety regulator's allegations of sanitary violations.

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Fiat signals Chrysler merger on track

MILAN (Reuters) - Fiat signaled its merger with U.S. affiliate Chrysler was on track on Friday as a tally of shareholders suggested most had chosen not to exercise an option that could derail the plan, a vital step in the Italian carmaker's turnaround efforts.






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Pakistan leader distances himself from army as crisis drags on

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis on Friday, saying he did not turn to the military for help to defuse the stand-off.






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U.N. tries to locate Fijian peacekeepers seized on Golan Heights

QUNEITRA Golan Heights (Reuters) - U.N. officials shuttled along the rocky frontier between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday, trying to establish the whereabouts of 43 United Nations peacekeepers seized by al-Qaeda-linked militants inside Syria.

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Eruption near Icelandic volcano leads to aviation warning

Commercial flights over country unaffected after airspace is closed up to 5,000ft above fissure eruption close to Bárðarbunga Continue reading...






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UN warning over Mediterranean crossing patrol force from EU

Frontex Plus must match funds and capabilities of Italian navy unit or there will be increase in refugee deaths, says UNHCR Continue reading...






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