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  • Migrants in Hungary seek traffickers on trip 'from death to death' 

    Migrants sleep at a bus stop after crossing into Hungary from the border with Serbia near AsotthalomBy Krisztina Than BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Ahmed, a Syrian man, and his wife wait with hundreds of other migrants at a railway station in central Budapest hoping to find a smuggler to take them to Germany, the final destination in an exhausting and dangerous journey. More than 140,000 migrants were caught by Hungarian police on the Serbian border so far this year.

  • Sudan's Bashir to visit China despite international arrest warrant 

    Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir speaks to the crowd after a swearing-in ceremony at green square in KhartoumSudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is expected to travel to China on Monday for a four-day visit, the foreign ministry said, defying an international warrant for his arrest. The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Bashir in 2009 and 2010, accusing him of masterminding genocide and other atrocities in his campaign to crush a revolt in the western Darfur region. Members of the ICC are obliged to act on arrest warrants.

  • Beheaded Syriac bishop beatified a century after death 

    An image shows Syriac Catholic Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki, martyred during the "Assyrian Genocide," during his beatification at the Patriarchal convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Harissa, Lebanon, north of Beirut on August 29, 2015Pope Francis on Sunday praised a Syriac Catholic bishop who has been beatified in Lebanon, a century after he his beheading by Ottoman forces during a wave of religiously motivated killings in Syria. Flavien Michel Melki, murdered for refusing to renounce Christianity, was officially recognised by Pope Francis as a "martyr" of the Catholic church earlier this month. "In the context of a terrible persecution of Christians, he was a tireless defender of the rights of his people, urging all to remain firm in their faith," the pope said Sunday at St. Peter's square.

  • Hungarian police detain fifth suspect for migrant deaths in truck 

    Members of a forensic team walk in front of a truck in which more than 70 bodies were found, at a customs building with refrigeration facilities in the village of NickelsdorfBy Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian police said on Sunday they had arrested a fifth suspect, a Bulgarian citizen, in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants whose bodies were found in an abandoned refrigeration truck on a highway in Austria last week. An unprecedented number of people from the Middle East and Africa are undertaking perilous journeys to reach Europe by land and sea. Austrian police said on Sunday that forensic examiners had performed autopsies on 16 of the bodies of refugees and presumed they suffocated.

  • Calls for action on migrant crisis after Austrian tragedy 

    A young girl and boy cry as police block a group of migrants trying to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija on August 21, 2015Röszke (Hungary) (AFP) - Calls multiplied Sunday for Europe finally to get to grips with its ever-deadlier migrant crisis after Austria's horrific truck tragedy, as people continued to pour into Hungary from Serbia despite a newly completed razor-wire barrier. Pope Francis called Sunday for "effective cooperation" against "crimes that offend all humanity". The truck tragedy, plus yet another Mediterranean shipwreck claiming at least 111 lives, have served as chilling reminders of Europe's failure to cope with the influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants.

  • Migrant crisis will lead to uniform EU rules: Renzi The European Union migrant crisis will eventually push the 28-nation bloc to adopt uniform rules for refugees and end a patchwork of norms that have exacerbated the emergency, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said. Hundreds of thousands of migrants, mostly from Africa and the Middle East, have poured into Europe this year, many braving hazardous sea crossings in the hope of finding refuge -- at least 2,500 dying in the process. Europe's disparate laws and confused approach to dealing with asylum seekers have drawn widespread criticism, with one senior official acknowledging this week that the bloc had failed in its collective response.
  • Germany calls for fairer distribution of refugees in Europe 

    Migrants sleep at a bus stop after crossing into Hungary from the border with Serbia near AsotthalomGermany and a handful of other European Union states cannot go on absorbing a disproportionate share of refugees arriving in the bloc and other members must do more, a government spokesman said on Sunday. Germany expects the number of asylum seekers it receives to quadruple to about 800,000 this year. "Germany and a few other countries are by far ... those that receive the most refugees," government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference.

  • Malaysia's Mahathir calls for 'people power' movement to topple PM 

    Protesters listen to speeches during a rally organised by pro-democracy group "Bersih" (Clean) in Malaysia's capital city of Kuala LumpurBy Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, joining anti-government protesters for a second day on Sunday, called for a "people's power" movement to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal. "The only way for the people to get back to the old system is for them to remove this prime minister," said Mahathir, a deeply respected 90-year-old who was once Najib's patron and is now his fiercest critic. The protest has brought into the streets a political crisis triggered by reports of a mysterious transfer worth more than $600 million into an account under Najib's name.

  • Malaysian PM pours scorn on huge rally demanding he quit 

    Malaysian protesters gather in the rain during a rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to demand the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal, after the first day of the massive rally passed peacefully. (AP Photo)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak poured scorn Sunday on a huge two-day rally that brought together tens of thousands of yellow-shirted protesters demanding his resignation over a financial scandal.

  • Huge Malaysia rally for Najib's resignation enters 2nd day 

    Activists from the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) gather on a main road in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during a rally Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to demand the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal, after the first day of the massive rally passed peacefully. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to demand the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal, after the first day of the massive rally passed peacefully.

  • The Latest: Greste calls on el-Sissi to 'undo injustice' 

    Marwa Fahmy wife of Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, bursts into tears, as she is watched by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, after the verdict in a courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the last twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)CAIRO (AP) — The latest developments in Egypt's retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists (all times local):

  • 17-year-old migrant killed in shootout at sea with Greek police 

    File picture shows a Frontex vessel loaded with intercepted migrants arriving at the Greek port of KosA 17-year-old migrant was killed during a shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers, the government said. "A serious incident occurred off the island of Symi when a yacht carrying 70 migrants from Turkey's western shores tried to illegally enter (Greek waters)," the marine ministry said in a statement. Greek port police and officials from the EU border agency Frontex managed to halt and board the boat.

  • Iran nuclear deal will 'fuel terrorism': Netanyahu 

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during a visit at the Universal Exhibition 2015 in Milan on August 27, 2015The deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme will bolster Tehran's ability to fund global terrorism by providing the Islamic state with "billions of dollars" in sanctions relief, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Saturday. "Iran will get hundreds of billions of dollars from sanctions relief and investments to fuel its aggression and terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa and beyond," Netanyahu -- who is bitterly opposed to the deal agreed by Iran and world powers in July -- said during a visit to the Italian city of Florence. Speaking ahead of a meeting Saturday evening with his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi he compared the threat posed by the Islamic State jihadist group with the "far more serious threat...posed by another Islamic state, the Islamic state of Iran and specifically its pursuit of nuclear weapons".

  • Egypt court hands Al-Jazeera reporters three years in jail 

    Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy (bottom, 3rd from R) and Baher Mohamed (center, 2nd from R), talk to the press during their trial in Cairo on August 29, 2015An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera reporters to three years in prison on Saturday, in a shock ruling that sparked international condemnation. Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were in court for the verdict, while Australian journalist Peter Greste was tried in absentia after being deported early this year. The court said they had broadcast "false" news that harmed Egypt.

  • Egyptian court sentences three Al Jazeera journalists to prison 

    Fahmy and Mohamed talk to the media at a court in CairoBy Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced three Al Jazeera TV journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt, a case that has stirred an international outcry. The verdict, in a retrial, was issued against Mohamed Fahmy, a naturalised Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian, and Peter Greste, an Australian who was deported in February. Rights advocates say their arrest was part of a crackdown on free speech waged since the army overthrew President Mohamed Mursi, a senior Muslim Brotherhood figure, in July 2013 following mass unrest over his rule.

  • Hungary detains three Bulgarians, one Afghan in migrant truck deaths 

    Police escort suspects in the deaths of 71 refugees found in a truck on an Austrian motorway, in Kecskemet, HungaryBy Marton Dunai KECSKEMET, Hungary (Reuters) - Three Bulgarians and an Afghan arrested in Hungary in connection with the deaths of 71 refugees found in a truck in Austria made their first appearance in court on Saturday, where they were given one month's detention to allow for an investigation. The handcuffed suspects were escorted by special police to the court house in the central Hungarian town of Kecskemet and given one month's detention by the court. A prosecution spokesman told journalists the truck had left Kecskemet and picked up the migrants near the southern border with Serbia, before taking them through Hungary to Austria.

  • Jailed Jazeera journalists all conflict-hardened veterans 

    Al-Jazeera journalist, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy (L), talks to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, during the trial in Cairo on August 29, 2015The three journalists for Al-Jazeera television's English-language channel sentenced to three years after being convicted in a retrial of broadcasting false news are all conflict-hardened veteran correspondents. Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were in court Saturday to hear the verdict against them, while Australian Peter Greste was freed from prison early this year and deported. Fahmy, 41, had only been named head of Al-Jazeera's Cairo office in September 2013, three months before his arrest.

  • Three refugee children found critically ill in Austria 

    Police escort suspects in the deaths of 71 refugees found in a truck on an Austrian motorway, in KecskemetBy Karin Strohecker VIENNA, Austria (Reuters) - Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van in Austria, crammed in with 23 other refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, police said on Saturday. The two girls and one boy aged 5 and 6 had been in a dire state when police stopped the van after a high-speed chase close to the town of St. Peter am Hart on the border with Germany, a spokesman for Austrian police said. "The emergency doctor told us they would not have made it much longer - two, maybe three hours," said David Furtner, police spokesman for Upper Austria province.

  • Libya migrant disaster death toll rises to 117 TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Rescue workers have recovered 12 more bodies off the Libyan coast, raising the death toll from the latest disaster for migrants trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean to 117, Libyan authorities said on Saturday.
  • Malaysia's Mahathir joins protesters calling for PM to go 

    Supporters of pro-democracy group "Bersih" (Clean) march down Jalan Tun Perak in Malaysia's capital city of Kuala LumpurBy Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's former leader Mahathir Mohamad made a surprise appearance on Saturday among tens of thousands protesting to demand the resignation of the prime minister over a multi-million-dollar payment into an account under his name. The rally in Kuala Lumpur brought into the streets a political crisis that has raged since reports in July that investigators probing the management of debt-laden state fund 1MDB had discovered the transfer of more than $600 million. Prime Minister Najib Razak, who denies wrongdoing, has weathered the storm and political analysts doubt the two-day rally will force him out of power.

  • Lebanon urged to create commission on disappearances 

    On the eve of the UN's International Day of the Disappeared, Human Rights Watch also called on Lebanon to prosecute recent cases of enforced disappearances on its territory and ratify the UN's relevant conventionLebanon should form a "national commission on disappearances" to investigate those still missing since the country's civil war, a rights group said Saturday. On the eve of the UN's International Day of the Disappeared, Human Rights Watch also called on Lebanon to prosecute recent cases of enforced disappearances on its territory and ratify the UN's relevant convention.

  • Biographies of the 3 Al-Jazeera English journalists 

    FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed, left, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, center, and correspondent Peter Greste, right, appear in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges, in Cairo. An Egyptian court on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, sentenced the three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison. (AP Photo/Heba Elkholy, El Shorouk, File) EGYPT OUTCAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison. Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed were all arrested in December 2013 on terrorism-related charges in a case widely criticized by rights groups.

  • Libya shipwreck toll rises to 111, dozens missing 

    A coastguard holds pictures and documents found on the body of a migrant that had washed ashore on a beach on August 28, 2015 in Zuwara, west of the Libyan capital Tripoli, after two boats sank off the country's coastRescuers have retrieved from the sea the bodies of 111 migrants whose boat sank off the coast of Libya, the Red Crescent said on Saturday in a new toll. "So far 111 bodies have been retrieved from the sea while dozens of people are still missing," the spokesman Mohammad al-Misrati told AFP. Red Crescent teams wearing protective white clothing and masks on Friday collected bodies that had washed ashore, placing them in orange plastic bags and carrying them to ambulances.

  • Children among 71 migrants found dead in truck in Austria By Karin Strohecker EISENSTADT, Austria (Reuters) - Four children, including a baby girl, were among 71 migrants found dead in a truck on an Austrian highway and several people have been arrested in Hungary in connection with the tragedy, Austrian police said on Friday. An Austrian motorway patrol discovered the abandoned truck near the Hungarian border on Thursday, probably at least 24 hours after it had been parked there. A Syrian travel document was found among the victims but more time is needed to determine whether people of other nationalities were on board, Hans Peter Doskozil, police chief for the province of Burgenland, told a news conference.
  • Four held over Austria truck tragedy as migrant deaths mount 

    Coffins with bodies of migrants who died in an abandoned lorry are unloaded from a van on August 28, 2015 at a forensics institute in ViennaHungary said Friday it had arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria. Hungarian police said three of the suspects held over the latest grim tragedy involving migrants seeking refuge in Europe were Bulgarians and one was Afghan.

  • The Latest: UN chief 'horrified' by latest refugee deaths 

    Syrian refugees wait to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia, in the border town of Idomeni , northern Greece, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Greece has been overwhelmed by more than 160,000 refugees and migrants so far this year. The vast majority arrive in Lesbos. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)GENEVA (AP) — Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.

  • Hungary mulls stiff penalties for border jumpers, people smugglers 

    A group of migrants followed by a police van arrives at a collector point of the local police near Roszke village of the Hungarian-Serbian border on August 28, 2015Hungary moved Friday to stiffen penalties for illegal border crossing in a new bid to deter the wave of migrants surging into the country in record numbers. Some 140,000 people, the majority from war-torn parts of the Middle East, have been detained by police on the country's southern border with Serbia this year, over 10,000 so far this week. A razor-wire barrier being built by Hungary along the border to try keep migrants out is due for completion by Monday.

  • Kenyan sentenced to 15 years in prison in US terror case MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man described by U.S. prosecutors as a fundraiser and recruiter for terrorist groups in Africa and the Middle East was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison.
  • Weekend of protests set to pile more pressure on Malaysia's PM 

    Malaysia's PM Najib is pictured during the 19th Annual Leaders Consultation at Nurul Iman Palace in Bandar Seri BegawanBy Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters are expected to march through Malaysia's capital on Saturday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has weathered public outrage over a multi-million-dollar payment made to a bank account under his name. The party, which has been in power since 1957, lost the popular vote for the first time in 2013 to an opposition alliance that split this year.

  • Europe should crack down on traffickers exploiting migrants: White House The White House said on Friday that the migrant crisis in Europe shows that unrest in the Middle East has impacts far beyond the region. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Europe should crack down on traffickers who are exploiting migrants and ensure that migrants' human rights are protected. As many as 50 corpses were found in a parked truck in Austria on Thursday, intensifying concerns about the migrant crisis in Europe.
  • Europe questions border rules after train attack, migrant moves By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Concerned about security threats and illegal migration, some European governments are considering amending the Schengen border code, which eliminated systematic frontier controls across much of Europe. A week after passengers subdued a gunman on an Amsterdam-Paris express, interior and transport ministers from nine countries will meet on Saturday in Paris to discuss improving security on cross-border trains. The Belgian government said on Friday it would make several proposals at the Paris talks, including on the border code.
  • 200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster off Libya's coast 

    In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 photo, bodies of migrants are taken from the scene of a capsized boat in Zuwara, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)ZUWARA, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the western coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in the latest disaster involving desperate people trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.

  • US envoy to Syria visits Moscow in fresh diplomatic push 

    US special envoy for Syria Michael Ratney is in Russia for meetingsRussia on Friday hosted the newly appointed US special envoy for Syria as world powers intensify efforts to end the four-year civil war raging in the country. The new envoy, Michael Ratney, who was appointed to his position last month, had previously worked for the State Department in the Middle East. In Moscow, Ratney met with Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov and other senior officials, but no details about their meeting were immediately released.

  • Popular fears aside, businesses often eager for migrant workers By William Schomberg and Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Raghad al Sous braved bombings in Syria to keep studying at school before fleeing in 2013 to rejoin her mother, who had been granted refugee status in Britain. Two years after moving from Damascus to Huddersfield in northern England, the 19 year-old's plans for a well-paid career contrast with concerns among some Britons that migrants are a drag on the country's economy and public services. Britain this week said net migration levels hit a record high of 330,000 in the year to March as workers from other EU countries and from outside the bloc flocked to take up jobs.
  • Libya shipwreck toll hits 76, UN fears 200 dead 

    Migrants wait to be rescued from an overcrowded boat off the coast of Libya on August 23, 2015At least 76 people have died after a ship carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees sank off the coast of Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Friday. The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said as many as 200 people on two boats were feared dead near the western port of Zuwara. "Until now 76 bodies have been retrieved from the sea and 198 people have been rescued," Libyan Red Crescent spokesman Mohammad al-Misrati told AFP.

  • Amnesty accuses UAE of torturing Libyan-Canadian 

    Emirati female police officers drive a Ferrari police vehicle in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on April 25, 2013Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have tortured a Libyan-Canadian man who has been held for a year on suspicion of having links to the Muslim Brotherhood, Amnesty International said Friday. "The unlawful treatment of Salim al-Aradi demonstrates the extreme tactics the UAE authorities are resorting to in the name of protecting national security," said Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa deputy director Said Boumedouha. The group said that Aradi was among 10 Libyan businessmen arrested in the UAE, four of whom were released in December and deported to Turkey.

  • Militants posing as migrants? Unlikely, say European experts By Mark Trevelyan LONDON (Reuters) - The risk that groups like Islamic State could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to security specialists with close ties to governments and intelligence agencies. By the end of July, more than a third of a million migrants and refugees had entered the European Union, mainly via Italy, Greece and Hungary, according to EU border agency Frontex. Once inside the bloc's borderless Schengen zone, the new arrivals -- many from countries like Syria and Iraq where Islamic State holds sway over vast areas -- are free to travel through 26 countries without restrictions or checks.
  • Refugees or migrants? Debate over words to describe crisis 

    Syrians cross the border to Macedonia from the Greek town of Idomeni, early Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Thousands of migrants have arrived on Greek islands so far this year, hoping to head north to other more prosperous European countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)STOCKHOLM (AP) — Day after day, images of soaked and exhausted parents clutching their glassy-eyed children as they arrive on Europe's shores make their way around the world.

  • Aid-starved Syria refugees desert Mideast for Europe 

    Syrian refugees seek shelter at the UN-run Zaatari refugee camp, north east of the Jordanian capital AmmanAfter escaping a devastating war, frustrated Syrian refugees in aid-starved neighbouring states say they must now choose between joining an exodus to Europe or "returning home to die". Millions of Syrians have found shelter in surrounding countries including Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan that are now struggling to cope with the massive influx. A lack of jobs and humanitarian assistance means that many are now giving up on their host nations.

  • Malaysians gear up for street rallies urging Najib to quit KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian activists are putting more pressure on embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak to resign with major street rallies this weekend following allegations of suspicious money transfers into his accounts.



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