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  • Migrants Flee Station As Stun Grenades Fired
    Migrants Flee Station As Stun Grenades Fired 33 minutes ago

    Several hundred migrants have escaped from a Hungarian railway station - after riot police fired stun grenades at refugees trying to storm a ferry on a Greek island. The refugees fled from Bicske station, hours after 300 others broke out of a migrant camp in Roszke, near the Serbian border. Still more fled the migrant camp near Bicske, 22 miles from Budapest. More »

  • David Cameron: UK will take thousands more refugees from Syrian border camp …
    David Cameron: UK will take thousands more refugees from Syrian border camp … 36 minutes ago

    Britain will take "thousands more" refugees from camps on the borders of war-torn Syria, as well as providing an additional £100 million in aid for those fleeing the conflict, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. More »

  • Portugal political risk rises with election race in dead heat 36 minutes ago

    By Axel Bugge LISBON (Reuters) - Uncertainty surrounding Portugal's general election rose on Friday as the first poll after the summer break showed the tightest race to date with no clear winner, raising the chances of political logjam after the Oct. 4 vote. The poll showed the difference between the ruling centre-right coalition and the opposition Socialists at just one percentage point, indicating no one side would be able to create a majority government. "It is increasingly likely that the election result won't produce a stable government and that naturally raises Portugal's political risk, which has in no way been discounted in Portuguese asset prices," said Filipe Garcia, head of the Informacao de Mercados Financeiros economic consultancy. More »

  • Rail Track Refugee 'Felt Death Would Be Better'
    Rail Track Refugee 'Felt Death Would Be Better' 37 minutes ago

    The father who pulled his wife and eight-month-old son on to the tracks at a Hungarian railway station has told Sky News he did it because he wished they were all dead. Mohammad Bakkar spoke exclusively to Sky from the refugee camp where he is now being housed. Mr Bakkar has travelled over land to Hungary from the Syrian capital Damascus with his wife, who is five months pregnant, and their son. More »

  • Greek conservatives pull ahead of leftist Syriza - opinion poll 40 minutes ago

    Greece's conservative New Democracy party has taken a tiny lead among voters over leftist Syriza ahead of the Sept. 20 election, a new opinion poll published on Friday showed. New Democracy has rapidly closed the gap with Syriza in recent days, and the Metron Analysis poll on Friday was the second this week to show it overtaking former prime minister Alexis Tsipras's party. Syriza would get 23.4 percent of the vote while New Democracy would take 24 percent, the poll showed. More »

  • Migrant crisis: Refugee injured after jumping from German asylum centre window …
    Migrant crisis: Refugee injured after jumping from German asylum centre window … 49 minutes ago

    German police said five people were injured in a fire at a refugee shelter which could be the latest in a series of arson attack targeting migrants in recent weeks, against the backdrop of the touching display of solidarity shown by the overwhelming majority of the population. The blaze erupted overnight in the hall entrance of a building housing about 60 asylum seekers in Heppenheim, in the western state of Hesse. Opposition to mass immigration by far-right groups has increasingly escalated into violence in recent weeks, with more than 200 attacks on refugee centres reported since January. More »

  • British radical preacher Choudary granted bail
    British radical preacher Choudary granted bail 1 hour 17 minutes ago

    A British judge on Friday granted bail to high-profile radical preacher Anjem Choudary, who faces charges for inviting support for the Islamic State jihadist group through social media. More »

  • Cancer Drugs Fund set to axe key treatments
    Cancer Drugs Fund set to axe key treatments 1 hour 19 minutes ago

    Key cancer drugs aimed at extending the lives of patients will be axed from the Cancer Drugs Fund later today. More »

  • Aylan Kurdi: Family of drowned three-year-old Syrian 'beach boy' had …
    Aylan Kurdi: Family of drowned three-year-old Syrian 'beach boy' had … 1 hour 25 minutes ago

    The family of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Kurdish refugee whose death in Aegean Sea has shocked the world, had hoped to start a new life in Germany, the boy's grandfather has revealed. Father Abdullah, the family's sole survivor, has said he wants now only to return to their native Kobane to bury his wife and children. Reham confided the family's plans to travel to Germany, the day before she drowned, in a final phone call to her father Sexo Seno Kurdi, Newsweek Europe reported. More »

  • Ten weeks after landmark decision, gay Rowan County couple weds 1 hour 32 minutes ago

    The Rowan County Clerk’s office opened today without Kim Davis for the first time since she refused to comply with a federal judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and her six deputies now face the same moral conflict she has been wrestling with. Deputy clerk Brian Mason issued the county's first license Friday morning to William Smith Jr. and James Yates, a couple for nearly a decade. Ms. Davis was jailed on Thursday after US District Judge David Bunning found her in contempt for refusing to honor a United States Supreme Court ruling in June that made gay marriages legal throughout the country. More »

  • Ukip Say No to EU launch: Nigel Farage wants to work with Jeremy Corbyn in Brexit …
    Ukip Say No to EU launch: Nigel Farage wants to work with Jeremy Corbyn in Brexit … 1 hour 48 minutes ago

    The hot issue of immigration will "dominate" debate in the run-up to the EU referendum, according to Nigel Farage. The remarks came as the Ukip launched its "Say No to EU" campaign – which will hold 300 meetings, deliver six million leaflets employ 12 regional organisers across the country in a bid to woo voters – in London on 4 September. "We are launching the biggest outreach programme in the history of the Eurosceptic movement," Farage said. More »

  • Drowned Syrian boy Aylan buried as Europe wrangles over refugees
    Drowned Syrian boy Aylan buried as Europe wrangles over refugees 1 hour 53 minutes ago

    The father of a Syrian toddler whose drowning shocked the world buried his family on Thursday in the war-torn town they originally fled, as divided European ministers scrambled to agree a response to the refugee crisis. More »

  • Putin says Syria's President Assad would share power with opponents 1 hour 53 minutes ago

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to hold early parliamentary elections and to share power with some members of the opposition. The US, Europe, and Turkey, as well as the Gulf states, sided with the Syrian opposition after antigovernment unrest began in 2011. Russia and Iran have backed the Assad regime. More »

  • Drowned migrant boys buried as Hungary warns of 'mass inflow' of re …
    Drowned migrant boys buried as Hungary warns of 'mass inflow' of re … 2 hours 1 minute ago

    By Rodi Said and Krisztina Than KOBANI, Syria/BUDAPEST, (Reuters) - A Syrian father on Friday buried his wife and his two little boys, drowned as they tried to flee to Europe, while Hungary's leader told Europeans they risk becoming a minority on their own continent. With desperation and anger deepening among people escaping conflict and poverty, around 300 migrants broke out of a Hungarian reception camp while about 200 others scuffled with police on a Greek island. Austrian police also said the driver of a truck found abandoned last week with the bodies of 71 migrants in the back was among a group of people arrested in Hungary. More »

  • Kurdi Family Buried Alongside ISIS Victims in Kobane
    Kurdi Family Buried Alongside ISIS Victims in Kobane 2 hours 20 minutes ago

    The three members of the Kurdi family who drowned in the Mediterranean after attempting to reach the Greek island of Kos earlier this week have been buried in a silent funeral in their Syrian hometown of Kobane. The bodies were taken to Kobane from the Turkish border town of Suruc, where a suicide bomb, suspected of being linked to ISIS, killed 32 Kurdish activists travelling to the war-weary Syrian city in July. The service was carried out in complete silence and the people of Kobane are now going to gather for a traditional Kurdish memorial ceremony, according to Nuri Kino, the director and founder of the Middle Eastern advocacy group A Demand for Action. More »

  • U.K.'s Cameron Bows to Pressure to Take Thousands More Syrian Refugees
    U.K.'s Cameron Bows to Pressure to Take Thousands More Syrian Refugees 2 hours 32 minutes ago

    Prime Minister David Cameron agreed on Friday that Britain would take in "thousands more" Syrian refugees, after an outpouring of emotion over the image of a Syrian toddler lying dead on a Turkish beach put him under pressure to act. Cameron gave no precise figures, but a spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency told reporters in Geneva that the British move would improve the lives of 4,000 Syrians. As Europe seems at a loss to cope with thousands of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa seeking safety or better lives on the continent, many at home and abroad had accused Cameron's government of being uncaring and inflexible. More »

  • Migrant crisis: Dozens feared dead after rubber boat deflates and sinks off … 2 hours 36 minutes ago

    Dozens of migrants are feared dead after their boat sank off the Libyan coast while making its way to Italy. Italian authorities said they rescued 91 people from a rubber boat that deflated and sank in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. More »

  • Syrian boy's picture galvanises migrant response
    Syrian boy's picture galvanises migrant response 2 hours 53 minutes ago

    The small Syrian boy's lifeless body on a Turkish beach has fast become one of the defining images of the migrant crisis in Europe and seems to be shifting public opinion. More »

  • Cameron bows to pressure to take more Syrian refugees
    Cameron bows to pressure to take more Syrian refugees 2 hours 54 minutes ago

    By Axel Bugge LISBON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron agreed on Friday that Britain would take in "thousands more" Syrian refugees, after an outpouring of emotion over the image of a Syrian toddler lying dead on a Turkish beach put him under pressure to act. Cameron gave no precise figures, but a spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency told reporters in Geneva that the British move would improve the lives of 4,000 Syrians. As Europe seems at a loss to cope with thousands of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa seeking safety or better lives on the continent, many at home and abroad had accused Cameron's government of being uncaring and inflexible. More »

  • British PM Cameron finds support and opposition in Portugal
    British PM Cameron finds support and opposition in Portugal 3 hours ago

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has won Portugal's support for his efforts to improve how the European Union works, but he earned no concessions from Lisbon on the issue which most other EU leaders have also said is off the negotiating table: free movement of people within the bloc. More »

  • Dear David Cameron: Now turn your words into action on refugees
    Dear David Cameron: Now turn your words into action on refugees 3 hours ago

    Public horror over the tragic death of Aylan Kurdi, who died seeking safety alongside his mother and older brother, has reached a crescendo over the past 48 hours, with several hundred thousand people calling for the UK to do more to help refugees. For over thirty years Refugee Action has supported the resettlement of refugees to the UK. Clearly ending the conflict in Syria and repression in Eritrea would mean refugees no longer have to flee from two countries at the heart of this crisis. More »

  • Greece's Tsipras hints at possible vote deal with socialists
    Greece's Tsipras hints at possible vote deal with socialists 3 hours ago

    Greece's former leader Alexis Tsipras has opened the door to a coalition with rivals on the left should his Syriza party fail to win a majority in elections in two weeks' time. More »

  • Britain offering 4,000 spaces for Syrian refugees - UNHCR 3 hours ago

    GENEVA (Reuters) - Britain is offering 4,000 spaces for Syrian refugees, a spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency told reporters on Friday. "We welcome very much the move to increase resettlement spaces for Syrians in the UK. Those spaces are going to be critical to the lives and future of 4,000 people," Melissa Fleming said. Earlier, Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain would take in "thousands more" Syrian refugees, without giving numbers. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Alison Williams) More »

  • Britain to take 'thousands more Syrian refugees': Cameron
    Britain to take 'thousands more Syrian refugees': Cameron 4 hours ago

    Britain will take in thousands more Syrian refugees, Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday amid growing pressure at home and abroad to address the crisis. More »

  • British, Spanish PM urge 'real' reform of eurozone
    British, Spanish PM urge 'real' reform of eurozone 4 hours ago

    Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (left) welcomes his British counterpart David Cameron ahead of a 2013 meeting in Madrid More »

  • Migrant crisis: David Cameron promises Britain will take thousands more Syrian …
    Migrant crisis: David Cameron promises Britain will take thousands more Syrian … 4 hours ago

    The UK will take in thousands more Syrian refugees and provide resettlement for those fleeing the Middle East for Europe, David Cameron has announced. The prime minister, who stressed Britain would act with its "head and heart" to help solve the migrant crisis, said details of his government's plan will be announced in the week starting 7 September. "We will do more, providing resettlement for thousands more Syrian refugees. More »

  • Ed Miliband Quit Reports 'All Speculation'
    Ed Miliband Quit Reports 'All Speculation' 5 hours ago

    Claims Ed Miliband will rule out a return to frontline politics have been described as "speculation" by sources close to the former Labour leader. One report said Mr Miliband was expected to say within days that he is planning to turn his attentions to campaigning as a backbench MP on inequality and environmental issues. The Times reported that Mr Miliband had told friends he needed a break from frontline politics after five years as leader and a gruelling election campaign that saw him lose out to David Cameron and the Conservatives. More »

  • Corbyn Offering 'False Hope' Says Cooper
    Corbyn Offering 'False Hope' Says Cooper 5 hours ago

    Labour leadership hopeful Yvette Cooper has turned on frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn, saying he is giving people "false hope". More »

  • U.S. clerk jailed for gay marriage defiance; dispute goes on
    U.S. clerk jailed for gay marriage defiance; dispute goes on 5 hours ago

    By Steve Bittenbender ASHLAND, Ky. (Reuters) - A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge David Bunning found Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt then elicited a pledge from five of her six deputies to issue the licenses. The 49-year-old woman, who has emerged as a darling of social conservatives, has refused to issue licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, citing her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian. More »

  • EU migrant crisis: Train stand-off in Hungary as Britain poised to accept more …
    EU migrant crisis: Train stand-off in Hungary as Britain poised to accept more … 6 hours ago

    A stand-off between Hungarian police and migrants shut in a train near a refugee camp in Bicske, west of Budapest entered its second day as European leaders bickered while trying to find a solution to the crisis. The asylum seekers had boarded the west-bound convoy hoping to reach Germany after days of tensions and chaos at the capital's main Keleti railway station. Security forces however stopped it just 30km outside Budapest, and tried to force the migrants off to lead them at a nearby refugee camp. More »

  • From eggs to trees, USDA promotional programs controversial
    From eggs to trees, USDA promotional programs controversial 6 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The slogans are familiar: "The Incredible Edible Egg," ''Pork: The Other White Meat," and "Got Milk?" More »

  • British, Spanish prime ministers make joint call for EU reform
    British, Spanish prime ministers make joint call for EU reform 7 hours ago

    The prime ministers of Britain and Spain made a joint call on Friday for structural reforms in the European Union to make it more competitive and boost growth, employment and innovation. The article by David Cameron and Mariano Rajoy for Spanish financial daily Expansion plays into the political agenda of both Rajoy, who is seeking re-election in December, and Cameron, who wants to reform Britain's relationship with the EU before a membership referendum due by the end of 2017. "The truth is that the situation in the European Union is not good enough. More »

  • Migrant Crisis: Former U.K. Chief Rabbi Says Bring Back Kindertransport
    Migrant Crisis: Former U.K. Chief Rabbi Says Bring Back Kindertransport 7 hours ago

    Britain's former chief rabbi has said the country must make a "very clear and conspicuous humanitarian gesture", in response to Europe's migrant crisis, suggesting something along the lines of the Kindertransport—the rescue operations that saved thousands of Jewish children from the clutches of the Nazi regime before World War II broke out. "Europe is being tested as it has not been tested since the second world war," Lord Sacks told BBC2's Newsnight on Thursday evening. "The European Union was created as a way of saying that we recognise human rights, after the catastrophe of two world wars and the Holocaust, and it's very chilling to see some of these scenarios being re-enacted," he continued. More »

  • EU under pressure to agree refugee quotas as ministers meet
    EU under pressure to agree refugee quotas as ministers meet 7 hours ago

    EU countries were set to try to bridge differences on Europe's escalating migrant crisis at a foreign ministers' meeting Friday, with the shocking image of a dead Syrian toddler washed up on a beach driving calls for binding refugee quotas. More »

  • Migration crisis set to overshadow David Cameron's EU reform visits
    Migration crisis set to overshadow David Cameron's EU reform visits 8 hours ago

    David Cameron is visiting Spain and Portugal as part of his drive to persuade fellow European leaders to go along with a renegotiation of Britain's EU membership. More »