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  • Thousands of Migrants Arrive in Austria as Hungary Closes Rail Station
    Thousands of Migrants Arrive in Austria as Hungary Closes Rail Station 9 hours ago

    Thousands of migrants and asylum seekers arrived in Austria on Monday having traveled across the border from Hungary, as authorities in both countries struggle to contain the increasing numbers of people without visas attempting to travel onwards to countries like Germany, France and the UK. Austrian police said on Tuesday that 3,650 migrants arrived in Vienna's main Westbahnhof rail station on Monday, according to boarded trains to Salzburg, while others headed to Munich in Germany. Austria's rail service, OeBB, said the route from Budapest was facing severe delays due to "overcrowding," according to the spokesperson. More »

  • Nigerian leader canvasses efforts for polio-free status
    Nigerian leader canvasses efforts for polio-free status 9 hours ago

    President Muhammadu Buhari wants Nigeria to continue efforts to win certification as a polio-free country by 2017 after recording its last case in July last year, his office said Tuesday. More »

  • Afghan forces regain control of a symbolic district in south 9 hours ago

    Afghan government forces, backed by U.S. air strikes, have regained control of a key district in volatile Helmand province after days of fierce fighting with Taliban insurgents, provincial officials said on Sunday. The fall of Musa Qala in Helmand to the Taliban on Wednesday put government forces under more pressure than at any time since most NATO combat troops withdrew at the end of last year, with no sign of violence abating. Helmand province in the south has seen some of the fiercest battles over the course of the war that began almost 14 years ago. More »

  • Western Leaders to Stay Away From Chinese World War II Commemorations
    Western Leaders to Stay Away From Chinese World War II Commemorations 9 hours ago

    China will commemorate its World War II Victory Day this Thursday, but the enormous military parade will be missing a few key guests. The parade, which will be held on September 3 to mark 70 years since the end of World War II and China's defeat of Japan, will see 12,000 troops march across Tiananmen Square as aircraft fly overhead. In March, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said "invitations to the leaders of all relevant countries and international organizations" were sent, but neither President Barack Obama nor Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be present. More »

  • Concern as terror charge journalists face months in Turkey jail
    Concern as terror charge journalists face months in Turkey jail 10 hours ago

    Two British journalists accused of "working on behalf of a terrorist organisation" in Turkey could face months in prison before learning the extent of the charges against them. More »

  • Clinton Emails: Aides Discussed Message Security
    Clinton Emails: Aides Discussed Message Security 10 hours ago

    The State Department has released the latest batch of emails from Hillary Clinton's tenure as US Secretary of State. Around 7,000 pages of emails taken from Mrs Clinton's private email server were made public on Monday night, including 125 messages which have been censored because they contain information now deemed classified. The issue has dogged her campaign to try to secure the Democratic nomination for president and she has now said the use of a private email server at her New York home for government business was a mistake. More »

  • Calais crisis: UK reinforces border controls to prevent illegal migrants 10 hours ago

    The UK has recently reinforced its border controls around the French port of Calais to curb the illegal entry of migrants. An average of 2,000 migrants from the Middle East and African countries have entered the UK every day through the Channel Tunnel linking Britain and France in recent months. The number of daily entries has been reduced to 150, according to the tunnel administrators, after the UK government put up three-meter-high barbed-wire fences and strengthened the police force in the area. More »

  • Migrant trains arrive in Austria as crisis deepens
    Migrant trains arrive in Austria as crisis deepens 14 hours ago

    Trains packed with migrants arrived in Austria's capital where 20,000 people turned out to show their support for the new arrivals, as Europe struggled to cope with the biggest movement of people since World War II. More »

  • Cultural heritage a casualty of war
    Cultural heritage a casualty of war 17 hours ago

    Islamic State militants have destroyed two of the most important temples in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, as they press their campaign to wipe out some of the Middle East's most important heritage sites. More »

  • First Refugee Trains Begin Arriving In Austria
    First Refugee Trains Begin Arriving In Austria Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Trains packed with hundreds of migrants - many fleeing war and persecution - have started to arrive in Vienna as they near their goal of making it to Germany. Upon pulling in to the Austrian capital, many made a run for services heading west - witnesses said police stood by and did not try to intervene. A train with about 200 migrants on board also arrived in Munich on Monday evening. More »

  • Andy Burnham warns Jeremy Corbyn Labour leader win means 'giving up' …
    Andy Burnham warns Jeremy Corbyn Labour leader win means 'giving up' … Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Andy Burnham has warned Labour activists that electing Jeremy Corbyn as leader would mean "giving up" on winning the next election. More »

  • Europe's migrant crisis: key questions
    Europe's migrant crisis: key questions Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Europe's refugee and migrant crisis has escalated over the summer, leaving the continent divided over how to deal with a flood of people led by Syrians fleeing war in their homeland. More »

  • France to build Calais camp for 1,500 migrants
    France to build Calais camp for 1,500 migrants Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    By Pierre Savary CALAIS, France (Reuters) - France plans to build a camp this winter for as many as 1,500 migrants in the northern port city of Calais where twice that many are living in tents and hoping to make the sea-crossing to Britain. European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, visiting Calais with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, said the Commission would contribute 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to the new centre which will house people in large tents. Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart said the new facility would be welcome but fell short of what was needed. More »

  • Taliban Says Covering Up Mullah Omar's Death for More Than Two Years Was …
    Taliban Says Covering Up Mullah Omar's Death for More Than Two Years Was … Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Key Taliban members decided to keep the death of their leader a secret for more than two years because the war in Afghanistan was entering a critical phase and most foreign troops were preparing to withdraw at the time, the group said on Monday. News of Mullah Omar's death leaked last month amid confusion over where and when the one-eyed militant leader died, but on Monday the Taliban for the first time revealed April 23, 2013 as the date of his death. The announcement came in a document of nearly 5,000 words published on the Taliban's official website as an "introduction" to his successor, Mullah Mansour, a longtime deputy of the dead leader. More »

  • Austrian police arrest five suspected human traffickers
    Austrian police arrest five suspected human traffickers Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Austrian authorities have detained five suspected people traffickers as the migrant crisis across Europe continues unabated. More than 200 migrants have now been released from vehicles overnight, according to Austrian authorities. The liberation follows the discovery of 71 dead refugees packed into the back of a refrigerated lorry that was found abandoned by its driver in Austria on 27 August. More »

  • Taliban say keeping leader's death secret was a military decision Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Key Taliban members decided to keep the death of their leader a secret for more than two years because the war in Afghanistan was entering a critical phase and most foreign troops were preparing to withdraw at the time, the group said on Monday. News of Mullah Omar's death leaked last month amid confusion over where and when the one-eyed militant leader died, but on Monday the Taliban for the first time revealed April 23, 2013 as the date of his death. The announcement came in a document of nearly 5,000 words published on the Taliban's official website as an "introduction" to his successor, Mullah Mansour, a longtime deputy of the dead leader. More »

  • Afghan police investigate gas poisoning at girls' school Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    More than 100 girls were taken to hospital from their school in western Afghanistan on Monday after breathing in toxic gas, officials said, and police were investigating whether the incident was deliberate. Elements of Afghanistan's ultra-conservative society oppose education for girls and schools have periodically come under attack. As many as 124 girls were hospitalised in Herat province, officials said. More »

  • Greek coastguard rescues 2,500 migrants over three days Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    By Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's coastguard has rescued about 2,500 migrants and refugees off the country's eastern islands over the past three days, authorities said on Monday, as the flow of people trying to cross into Europe continued unabated. The numbers of migrants being picked up by the coastguard have been rising steadily over the past week and the figures for the past three days are at the higher end of those seen this summer, a coastguard official said. After a hiatus of a few days last week, Greek authorities resumed ferrying Syrian refugees to the mainland by ship on Saturday and the latest group of 2,500 refugees arrived at the port of Piraeus earlier on Monday. More »

  • Pakistani official says Haqqani militants weakened, despite US concern Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Pakistan's foreign policy chief responded to U.S. concerns that the country remains a haven for the feared Haqqani network, saying on Monday that the militants have been weakened by an army offensive and now operate mostly out of Afghanistan. Sartaj Aziz, national adviser for foreign affairs, spoke a day after U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice warned leaders in Islamabad that attacks in Afghanistan by militants based in Pakistani threaten regional security. U.S. officials particularly expressed concern about the Haqqani network, which they blamed for several bloody bombings and attacks in the Afghan capital in recent weeks. More »

  • Unprecedented migrant crisis forces EU to seek answers
    Unprecedented migrant crisis forces EU to seek answers Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union ministers were summoned on Sunday to meet in two weeks' time to seek urgent solutions to a migration crisis unprecedented in the bloc's history, as the mounting death toll on land and sea forced governments to respond. Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU presidency, called interior ministers from all 28 member states to an extraordinary meeting on Sept. 14, saying: "The situation of migration phenomena outside and inside the European Union has recently taken unprecedented proportions." Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier called on her EU neighbours to do more as Germany expects the number of asylum seekers it receives to quadruple to about 800,000 in 2015. "If Europe has solidarity and we have also shown solidarity towards others, then we need to show solidarity now," she told reporters in Berlin. More »

  • Migrants Found Dead in Austria Were Crammed Into Truck
    Migrants Found Dead in Austria Were Crammed Into Truck Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The 71 people found dead in an abandoned refrigeration lorry in Austria had been crammed in, five to a square meter (10 square feet), police said on Sunday, as initial forensic tests indicated they had suffocated. A baby girl and three other children were among the dead in the truck discovered on Thursday on a highway from the Hungarian border to Vienna, where it had been left 24 hours earlier. The victims are thought to be refugees from Syria or possibly Afghanistan, part of a huge wave of migrants pushing through Europe that is sorely testing the European Union's ability to cope. More »

  • After autopsies on refugees found in truck, Austrian police presume they su … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Forensic examiners have performed autopsies on 16 of the 71 bodies of refugees found dead in an abandoned refrigeration lorry on an Austrian highway and presumed they suffocated, Austrian police said on Sunday. "We are still awaiting the final report from the forensic team, but it looks like they have suffocated," said Gerald Pangl, police spokesman in the province of Burgenland where the truck was found. Hungarian police said on Sunday they had arrested a fifth suspect, a Bulgarian citizen, in connection with the deaths and under suspicion of human trafficking. More »