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July 25, 2017 GMT

European, African ministers meet to tackle migrant crisis

TUNIS, Tunisia — Interior ministers from 14 nations and the European Union agreed Monday to boost cooperation to tackle the migrant crisis along the deadly central Mediterranean route, promising to address why migrants leave home and to beef up actions against human traffickers.

In a declaration at the meeting in the Tunisian capital of Tunis, the ministers also agreed to inform people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home.

It was the second meeting of the group of European and African countries — and it included Libya, a smuggling haven for migrants accounting for 95 percent of the flow across the Mediterranean Sea. The gathering also came a day before France hosts two Libyan rivals, the U.N.-backed prime minister and a powerful general, in a bid to stabilize the chaotic North African nation.

Trump takes harsher swipe at Cabinet ally Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump took a remarkable new swipe at his attorney general on Monday, referring to Jeff Sessions in a tweet as “beleaguered” while privately musing about whether he should fire his longtime ally.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

Fuming about the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign collusion with foreign officials, Trump again directed his displeasure at Sessions. He has speculated aloud to allies in recent days about the potential consequences of firing Sessions, according to three people who have recently spoken to the president. They demanded anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Trump often talks about making staff changes without following through, so those who have spoken with the president cautioned that a change may not be imminent or happen at all. What is clear is that Trump remains furious that the attorney general recused himself from the investigations.

“So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?” Trump tweeted Monday. His tweet came just hours before his son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, traveled to Capitol Hill to be interviewed about his meetings with Russians.

— Compiled from The Associated Press