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February 2021 Week 1

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TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The leaders of five Western Balkan countries met Thursday in an effort to push ahead a European Union plan that promises financial aid and a faster road to membership in return for economic reform.

ATHENS - The names of the 57 victims of a February, 2023 head-0n train crash that were written in red on pavement outside Parliament were removed by a cleaning crew after protests, drawing public anger.

ACAPULCO, México (AP) — Defending champion Alex de Minaur beat Sebastian Ofner 6-1, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals at the Mexican Open.

The biggest day of this year's primary campaign is approaching as 15 states, along with American Samoa, vote in contests known as Super Tuesday.

ATHENS - The issues to be addressed by Thursday's cabinet meeting also concern the government's overall effort to improve the daily life of citizens, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in his opening remarks to ministers, at the start of the meeting.

ATHENS - Not inflation, nor high food prices, nor protests by farmers and people demanding justice for the 57 victims of  deadly train crash have put a dent in the popularity of the ruling New Democracy.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fulfill Moscow’s goals in Ukraine and sternly warned the West against deeper involvement in the fighting, saying that such a move is fraught with the risk of a global nuclear conflict.

Jim Ratcliffe’s determination to bring down Manchester City is abundantly clear.

ATHENS - As thousands of protesters were outside Parliament demanding justice for the 57 victims of a February, 2023 head-on train crash, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reiterated his promise that those responsible would be held to account.

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — A strike early Thursday on a crowd of Palestinians waiting for humanitarian aid in Gaza City killed at least 70 people, bringing the death toll since the start of the Israel-Hamas war to more than 30,000, health officials said.

A Pacific storm packing powerful winds and heavy snow is shaping up to be the strongest of the season, forecasters say, as it pushes toward California with potential blizzard conditions in the Sierra and up to 10 feet (3 meters) of snow in the mountains around Lake Tahoe by the weekend.

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NYC Officials Shutter Furniture Store Illegally Converted to House More than 40 Migrants

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City furniture store that had been illegally converted into sleeping quarters for more than 40 migrants has been shut down by city officials.

By Defining Sex, Some States Are Denying Transgender People Legal Recognition

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Mack Allen, an 18-year-old high school senior from Kansas, braces for sideways glances, questioning looks and snide comments whenever he has to hand over his driver's license, which still identifies him as female.