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Germany's Merkel calls for common EU refugee policy

BERLIN, 13 Jun 2018 [Fik/News Sources]: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called for a common European approach on the refugee crisis. “We Europeans must find a unified response to illegal migration, that is very important for me,” Merkel told a joint news conference with her Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz. “I believe that this issue has the potential to do severe harm to Europe,” she stressed, warning EU member states against taking unilateral measures which might violate EU law. Her remarks came ahead of a key summit of European leaders on June 28-29 in Brussels focusing on the refugee crisis and Germany’s proposals for an EU-wide common asylum policy. Merkel has long argued that irregular refugee flows can only be stemmed in cooperation with the host and transit countries, and


1 killed, 13 injured southern Philippines bombing

ZAMBOANGA CITY, 03 September 2018 [Fik/News Sources]: A second bomb blast killed one person and injured 13 others injured in the town of Isulan in southern Philippines Sultan Kudarat province Sunday night. According to initial updates from the Philippine National Police (PNP), the blast occurred inside a computer shop and killed an 18-year-old man who was brought to the hospital but later declared dead while undergoing medical procedures. "We are saddened by the casualties brought about by the cowardly act perpetrated by people hell-bent on their nefarious goals without regard for the lives of civilians," said PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde as he condemned the deadly incident. "I have instructed our men on the ground to increase patrol, tighten security in the area, and intensify our cooperation with


Koreas confirm summit, will to denuclearize

SEOUL, 06 Sep 2018 [Fik/News Sources]: North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un has reaffirmed his willingness to denuclearize, according to statements from Pyongyang and Seoul on Thursday. The South Korean side also confirmed dates for an agreed third inter-Korean summit of this year; the South's President Moon Jae-in will be in Pyongyang between Sept. 18-20. The developments came after Kim met with representatives sent to the North by Moon a day earlier. Special envoy Chung Eui-yong, who led the delegation, told a televised briefing translated by Yonhap news agency that "Chairman Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his firm commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and expressed his willingness to closely cooperate with not only South Korea but also the United States to that end." U.S. President Donald

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