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BERLIN (AP) — Europe is trying to cope with the thousands of migrants and refugees that are arriving each day. Greece says most of the estimated 15,000-18,000 refugees and economic migrants stranded in what officials describe as miserable conditions on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos will be ferried to the mainland in the next five days. And France says it will welcome 24,000 refugees. Germany's Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) says refugees who need protection will receive it, but she warns that anyone who doesn't qualify for asylum will have to leave Germany.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order today that will require paid sick days for all employees of federal contractors. Right now, some 300,000 workers for federal contractors receive no paid sick leave. The order Obama is to sign in Boston today will give employees working on federal contracts the right to a minimum of one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours they work. That's up to seven sick days a year.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After being silent for weeks, the Minnesota dentist who killed a much-loved and protected Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe in June is talking. Walter Palmer tells The Associated Press that he thought the kill was legal, and he says had he known that the lion had a name and was important to Zimbabwe, he never would have hunted it. Palmer says he shot and wounded the big cat with a bow and arrow and killed it with an arrow the next day. Palmer says he's returning to his suburban Minneapolis dentist office tomorrow.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a NATO airstrike in southern Helmand province has killed at least 11 police officers and employees of the Interior Ministry's anti-narcotics department. NATO will not comment. The Afghan official says Sunday's NATO airstrike came during an operation that was meant to arrest drug smugglers.

VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N. atomic energy agency says satellite imagery of North Korea's main nuclear site indicates that the North is expanding its atomic program. Yukiya Amano spoke today at the opening of a 35-nation board meeting of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency. Most of the focus at the meeting will be on Iran, but the IAEA is also trying to keep tabs on North Korea.

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