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Drowned baby picture captures week of tragedy in Mediterranean

ROME A photograph of a drowned migrant baby in the arms of a German rescuer was distributed on Monday by a humanitarian organisation aiming to persuade European authorities to ensure safe passage to migrants, after hundreds are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean last week.

Philippine troops kill 54 Islamist militants in the south

MANILA Philippine security forces killed 54 Islamist militants linked to the Jemaah Islamiah group in a week-long air and ground offensive in the country's south, an army spokesman said on Monday.The fighting took place near the stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed a peace deal with the government in 2014 to end 45 years of conflict that killed 120,000 people and stunted growth in the resource-rich areas.

Germany plans draft law on nuclear storage costs in August

BERLIN The German cabinet plans to approve a draft law on August 3 that will require its utilities to pay billions of euros into a state fund to help cover the cost of nuclear storage, according to an Economy Ministry timetable seen by Reuters on Monday.

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EU's Juncker to make first visit to Russia in June

BRUSSELS European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will attend an event in Russia next month, a Commission spokeswoman said on Monday, in a move that may stir debate on the EU's fraught relations with Moscow.

Kremlin - Juncker visit unlikely to mend EU-Russia ties

MOSCOW A visit by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to Russia next month is unlikely to lead to a breakthrough in Moscow's strained relations with Europe, but is a good chance to start trying to narrow differences, the Kremlin said on Monday.

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