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Italy blocks EU summit agreement until migration demands met

Italy blocks EU summit agreement until migration demands metBy Francesco Guarascio and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Italy’s prime minister refused to approve an EU summit statement on Thursday, telling fellow leaders that they must first meet his demands on migration, in an unusual showdown that underscored deep divisions over the sensitive issue. The move by Giuseppe Conte, who is attending his first European Union summit, surprised other leaders and forced summit chairman Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to cancel a news conference planned for Thursday evening. “As one member reserved their position on the entire conclusions, no conclusions have been agreed at this stage,” a spokesman for Tusk said.



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Migrants in limbo as Italy blocks rescue ships

Migrants in limbo as Italy blocks rescue shipsConfusion reigned in the Mediterranean on Monday after a chaotic weekend with the Libyan coast guard claiming to have rescued about 1,000 migrants, Italy stepping up the ante and several humanitarian and commercial ships waiting for more clarity before carrying out more operations. Italy, on the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis, has turned away rescue vessels with its new populist government saying the onus was on Libya to take them in. Lifeline, a ship belonging to a German NGO of the same name, is moored about 30 nautical miles off Malta with 234 migrants who were rescued on Wednesday, including 14 women and four children younger than three.



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Supreme Court Blocks Appeal, Allowing Arkansas To Restrict Medical Abortions

Supreme Court Blocks Appeal, Allowing Arkansas To Restrict Medical AbortionsThe Supreme Court refused to hear a case from a Planned Parenthood affiliate



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Lava flow blocks important coastal highway in Hawaii

Lava flow blocks important coastal highway in HawaiiOfficials warn of toxic steam cloud as lava flows into ocean; Jeff Paul reports from Pahoa, Hawaii.



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Pope Francis warns 'culture of zapping' blocks path to holiness

Pope Francis warns 'culture of zapping' blocks path to holinessPope Francis warned on Monday that the internet can prevent young people and other Christians achieving holiness by ensnaring them in a “virtual reality” that fosters indifference to the suffering of others. "All of us, especially the young, are immersed in a culture of zapping,” the Pope wrote in an 'apostolic exhortation,' entitled Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), a major document containing the pontiff's reflections on the call to holiness in the contemporary world issued by the Vatican. “We can navigate simultaneously on two or more screens and interact at the same time with two or three virtual scenarios," Pope Francis wrote. "Hedonism and consumerism can prove our downfall. Similarly when we allow ourselves to be caught up in superficial information, instant communication and virtual reality, we can waste precious time and become indifferent to the suffering flesh of our brothers and sisters." He added that using social media to attack people anonymously also leads people away from the path to holiness. “Christians too can be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet and the various forums of digital communication. Even in Catholic media, limits can be overstepped, defamation and slander can become commonplace, and all ethical standards and respect for the good name of others can be abandoned. "It is striking at times," he wrote, that "in claiming to uphold the other commandments, they completely ignore the eighth, which forbids bearing false witness or lying." All of us, especially the young, are immersed in a culture of zappingPope Francis The Argentinian pope, 81, rejected criticism from conservative prelates that he has given social problems, such as migration, priority to the detriment of traditional Catholic doctrine. “We often hear it said that, with respect to relativism and the flaws of our present world, the situation of migrants, for example, is a lesser issue,” the Pope wrote. “Some Catholics consider it a secondary issue compared to the ‘grave’ bioethical questions. Pope Francis kisses the foot of an inmate at the Regina Coeli prison during the Holy Thursday celebration in Rome Credit: REUTERS "That a politician looking for votes might say such a thing is understandable, but not a Christian,” he continued. "Welcoming the stranger at the door is fundamental." Pope Francis urged people to eschew elaborate demonstrations of faith and be content with bringing up children, working hard to support families and representing what he called "a holiness found in our next-door neighbours, the middle class of holiness." He wrote there is no doubt that the devil is real,  following a Vatican rebuke last month of a journalist who quoted him as saying hell does not exist. "We should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea," he wrote. "This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end up more vulnerable to the devil's temptations.” The title of the apostolic exhortation is the phrase used in Matthew 5:12, the end of the Beatitudes, which reads: "Rejoice and be glad for your reward will be great in heaven."



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The Latest: US blocks UN call for a probe of Gaza protests

The Latest: US blocks UN call for a probe of Gaza protestsKHUZAA, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on the Gaza Palestinians protest march and the violence along the Gaza-Israel border (all times local):



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The Latest: GOP senator blocks temporary Dreamers plan

The Latest: GOP senator blocks temporary Dreamers planWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the immigration debate (all times local):



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Sri Lanka blocks social media as anti-Muslim rioting flares

Sri Lanka blocks social media as anti-Muslim rioting flaresMULLEGAMA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Religious violence flared anew in the hills of central Sri Lanka on Wednesday despite a state of emergency, with Buddhist mobs sweeping through towns and villages, burning Muslim homes and businesses and leaving victims barricaded inside mosques.



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US judge blocks weed-killer warning label in California

US judge blocks weed-killer warning label in CaliforniaSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge blocked California from requiring that the popular weed-killer Roundup carry a label stating that it is known to cause cancer, saying the warning is misleading because almost all regulators have concluded there is no evidence that the product's main ingredient is a carcinogen.



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NRA’s Partners Still Turn A Blind Eye As It Blocks Reasonable Gun Control

NRA’s Partners Still Turn A Blind Eye As It Blocks Reasonable Gun ControlStudent survivors and others trying to drive reform in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have passionately denounced the National Rifle Association.



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