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Turkish Prime Minister Says Pope Francis Joined 'Evil Front' Against Turkey

Pope FrancisAdding to angry comments about the Pope Francis' description of the Ottoman-era killing of Armenians as genocide, Turkey's prime minister said Wednesday that the pontiff has joined "an evil front" plotting against Turkey.

Ahmet Davutoglu made the comments at an event in Ankara outlining the ruling party's platform for June parliamentary elections and presenting its candidates. He called the pope's description of the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians as "the first genocide of the 20th century" unjust. Turkey responded to the pope's words Sunday by recalling its ambassador to the Vatican.

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Google facing antitrust charges by European Commission

googleThe European Commission is set to charge Google Inc. with antitrust charges for using its commanding position as a search engine to promote its own services.

European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, is expected to make an announcement to her fellow E.U. commissioners in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday -- ending a five-year investigation in what would be the biggest legal battle in the region since the commission took on Microsoft Corp. about a decade ago.

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Hundreds of migrants feared drowned off Libya

migrants drownSome 400 migrants are feared drowned after their boat capsized off Libya, survivors have told Save the Children.

The Italian coast guard had rescued 144 people on Monday and immediately launched an air and sea search operation in hopes of rescuing others.  Save the Children said that many of the survivors were "young men, probably minors".

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Attacks kill 20 civilians in and around Baghdad

Baghdad attacksAttacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 20 civilians on Tuesday, as Iraqi security forces repelled an attack by the Islamic State group on the country's largest oil refinery, officials said.

Seven people were killed when a car bomb exploded in a commercial area in the town of Mahmoudiyah, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad, a police officer said. The car was parked in a mainly Shiite section of the town near a bakery and went off as people were standing in line to buy bread.

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Organic farms in the West Bank: Hemmed in by smokestacks, separation wall

West Bank farms hemmed in by wallThe Taneeb farm is surrounded by the conflict. On one side, there is the Israeli separation barrier that cordons off the West Bank, commonly referred to as “the wall.” On the other three sides are 11 Israeli factories inside an enclosed industrial zone in Israeli-controlled Area C of the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli factories arrived in the 1980's, partially on land that Taneeb’s father, Faiz, once plowed.  Little more than 10 yards from the farm, the Geshuri Industries factory produces pesticides and other agricultural chemicals.

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Fukushima robot stranded after stalling inside reactor

Fukushima robotDecommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has suffered a setback after a robot sent in to a damaged reactor to locate melted fuel stalled hours into its mission and had to be abandoned.

The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said the robot stopped moving on Friday during its first inspection of the containment vessel inside reactor No 1, one of the three reactors that suffered meltdown after the plant was struck by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

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Renowned German author Günter Grass dies, aged 87

Gunther GrassGünter Grass died of a lung infection on Monday, April 13, in the northern German city of Lübeck, the Steidl publishing house announced.

His life, full of ups and downs, moments of triumph and turmoil, began on October 16, 1927. Günter Grass grew up in a rather humble home: His parents ran a grocery store in Gdansk (then known as Danzig), but their customers were so poor that they couldn't always pay the bills. The Catholic family lived in a very small apartment.

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