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Cambodia to increase garment industry minimum wage

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:10:08 PMGo to full article
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia announced Thursday it will raise the minimum wage for clothing workers by 9.4 percent to $140 a month, hoping to ease tensions in the country's main export industry.

The Latest: France proposes EU border corps

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:08:28 PMGo to full article
An Afghan refugee wrapped in a blanket walks by the sea after he and others arrived late in the night on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, early Thursday, Oct. 8 , 2015. More than 500,000 people have arrived in the European Union this year, seeking sanctuary or jobs and sparking the EU's biggest refugee emergency in decades. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.

German vice chancellor backs VW workers, urges active probe

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:39:46 PMGo to full article
The Oct. 5, 2015 photo shows a man sitting on a bench in front of the Volkswagen factories in Wolfsburg, northern Germany. For Volkswagen, the cost of its cheating on emissions tests in the U.S. is likely to run into the tens of billions of dollars and prematurely end its long-sought status as the world's biggest carmaker. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)BERLIN (AP) — Germany's vice chancellor traveled to Volkswagen's hometown on Thursday to send a message of support to the automaker's employees, and urged the company to be pro-active in its efforts to clear up its emissions-rigging scandal.

Russia wants to keep good ties with Turkey: Kremlin

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:32:22 PMGo to full article
Russia wants to keep good ties with Turkey, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, after Ankara voiced its growing anger at Moscow's military intervention in Syria. "As for the Russian air force operation in Syria, our actions in support of safeguarding Syria contribute to ensuring stability and security in the region sitting on Turkey's borders," Peskov told a call with journalists. Peskov said Russia would act in order to ensure "parity" should Britain do this.

EU seeks to speed up deportations to tackle migrant crisis

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:29:52 PMGo to full article
A migrant carries his baby after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border near Gevgelija on October 7, 2015EU ministers pushed Thursday to speed up the deportation of failed asylum seekers in a bid to curb Europe's migration crisis, ahead of key talks with officials from the Balkans and nations bordering Syria. In a sign of a tougher approach to the worst migration crisis since World War II, European interior ministers want a dedicated programme to send back "economic" migrants who are largely from African nations. The European Union's focus in recent months has been more on genuine refugees fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan as it grapples with a wave of more than 600,000 illegal entrants to the bloc.

Alison Lee, Xi Yu Lin share lead in LPGA Malaysia

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:08:59 PMGo to full article
Lexi Thompson of the United States tees off from the sixth hole during the first round of the LPGA Malaysia golf tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Alison Lee shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the LPGA Malaysia, the first tour event since her emotional Solheim Cup debut.

Migrant influx boosts right-wing in key Austrian election

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:58:12 AMGo to full article
Migrants walk along a street after they arrived by train in Hegyeshalom, at the Austrian border, 169 km west of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The migrants arrived here from the Croatian border to continue their journey to Austria. (Csaba Krizsan/MTI via AP)VIENNA (AP) — Just a few days after more than 100,000 people turned out in Vienna to support refugees, an anti-refugee party is poised to land a huge coup — a win at the polls that could see them take control of the Austrian capital.

US Volkswagen chief admits knew of emissions problem in 2014

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:55:11 AMGo to full article
Volkswagen has announced its plans to fix vehicles with the emissions busting software, saying it would take until the end of next year for the issue to be resolvedVolkswagen's US chief revealed he knew more than a year ago that the group's cars possibly breached pollution rules, as he prepared to apologize Thursday before Congress over the massive scandal. In testimony released ahead of his hearing before a Congressional committee, Michael Horn offered a "sincere apology" over Volkswagen's use of a software designed to cheat pollution tests. The shocking revelations have wiped more than 40 percent off Volkswagen's market capitalization, but the direct and indirect costs are still incalculable as the company risks fines in several countries and possible damages from customers' lawsuits.

German economic think-tanks lower 2015 growth forecast

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:46:41 AMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — A group of German economic think-tanks lowered their 2015 growth forecast for the country's economy on Thursday, pointing to sluggish global expansion.

Popularity of 'Putin the Shiite' sky high in Iraq

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:36:42 AMGo to full article
Iraqi artist Mohammed Karim Nihaya touches up a painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin in his studio in the Karada district of Baghdad on October 7, 2015Russian President Vladimir Putin's bullish entry into the Syrian conflict has worked wonders for his popularity in neighbouring Iraq, where some await "Hajji Putin" like a saviour. Sitting at his easel in his central Baghdad workshop, painter Mohammed Karim Nihaya touches up a portrait of Putin he copied from the Internet. "I have been waiting for Russia to get involved in the fight against Daesh," he says, referring to the Islamic State group that last year declared a "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria.

Scots don't fear in-form Lewandowski, says McGhee

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:36:08 AMGo to full article
Robert Lewandowski says he fears Scotland will aim to kick him off the park at Hampden in Glasgow in the key Euro 2016 qualifier on ThursdayAssistant manager Mark McGhee says the Scotland team doesn't fear striker Robert Lewandowski as they prepare to take on Poland in their crucial Euro 2016 qualifier on Thursday. Scotland have to avoid defeat if they are to cling on to the hope of finishing in third place to clinch the Group D play-off spot. The Scots, who haven't qualified for the finals of a major tournament since 1998, could still face elimination even if they beat the Poles, if the Republic of Ireland beat Germany in Dublin but then do not beat Poland in Warsaw on Sunday.

Europe needs to 'crack down' on asylum abuse: Britain

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:09:40 AMGo to full article
British interior minister Theresa May pictured in Luxembourg on October 8, 2015The EU must speed up deportation of economic migrants and "crack down" on abuse of its asylum system, British interior minister Theresa May said on Thursday as ministers met to discuss Europe's refugee and migrant crisis. In a sign of the European Union's tougher stance, May said her colleagues had to move on from fraught discussions about relocating refugees around the EU and instead talk about sending "economic migrants" back to their country of origin. "We need to ensure that we break the link between people making a dangerous journey to Europe and being able to stay in Europe," May told reporters as she arrived for the talks in Luxembourg.

Erdogan warns Russia over Turkey nuclear, gas deals

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:04:02 AMGo to full article
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviews an honour guard in Brussels on October 5, 2015Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned Russia that Ankara has alternatives to Moscow for building its first nuclear power plant and importing gas, as tensions rise over the Russian bombing campaign in Syria. Russia is building Turkey's first nuclear power plant in Akkuyu on the shores of the Mediterranean, a controversial $20 billion project aimed at improving its energy self-sufficiency. Turkey is also one of the top importers of Russian gas and had joined forces with Moscow in a major project to build a new gas pipeline underneath the Black Sea.

Britain urges EU to speed migrant deportation

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:48:17 AMGo to full article
Migrants walk along a street after they arrived by train in Hegyeshalom, at the Austrian border, 169 km west of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The migrants arrived here from the Croatian border to continue their journey to Austria. (Csaba Krizsan/MTI via AP)LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Britain urged the European Union on Thursday to speed the deportation of people who do not qualify for asylum as the EU struggles with its biggest refugee emergency in decades.

Austrian chancellor casts doubt on EU migrant 'hotspot' plans

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:24:09 AMGo to full article
Austrian Chancellor Faymann addresses a news conference after a cabinet meeting in ViennaAustrian Chancellor Werner Faymann cast doubt on the workability of the so-called migrant hotspots European leaders plan to create by the end of next month in Greece and Italy to help manage large numbers of refugees. Of the more than half a million refugees and migrants to arrive in Europe across the Mediterranean this year, almost 400,000 have come through Greece and 131,000 through Italy, making them frontline states in the continent's biggest refugee crisis since World War Two. An EU plan agreed last month foresees setting up hotspots in these and other border countries to screen the incoming migrants more carefully.

VW cheat software was switched on in Europe: Sueddeutsche Zeitung

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:07:34 AMGo to full article
Volkswagen's software used to cheat emissions tests was switched on in diesel vehicles in Europe, German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Thursday, citing Volkswagen. The German carmaker admitted last month to cheating U.S. emissions tests and has since said about 11 million cars worldwide had the software installed. The paper cited Volkswagen as saying the carmaker now knows that the software recognizes test procedures both in the United States and in Europe.

Mideast countries call for IMF help on refugee crisis

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:54:03 AMGo to full article
A sandstorm hits the tests of a refugee camp near the Bekaa Valley village of Taalabaya in Lebanon, on September 8, 2015Middle Eastern countries urged the International Monetary Fund to help them deal with the massive influx of refugees from conflicts in Syria and beyond, including with low-interest loans. The comments came in a prepared statement to be delivered Friday by the United Arab Emirates' representative at the IMF meeting on behalf of Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, the Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Syria and Yemen. Many Middle Eastern countries are also struggling to deal with internally displaced people uprooted by conflict, including Iraq, Yemen and Libya.

Anthony returns, Porzingis debuts, Knicks win opener

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:11:29 AMGo to full article
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, left, fouls Paschoalotto Bauru's Rafael Hettsheimeir on a shot during the first quarter of a preseason exhibition basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in his first game since left knee surgery, Kristaps Porzingis had seven in his NBA debut and the New York Knicks beat Paschoalotto Bauru of Brazil 100-81 on Wednesday night.

Some Syrians chart pre-approved path to European asylum

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:30:30 AMGo to full article
In this Thursday Sept.24, 2015 photo, Syrian refugees Amena Abomosa, 43, right, and her daughter Isra, 18, wait, prior to boarding a train to Vannes, western France, in the Montparnasse railway station, in Paris. Her slain husband, bombed-out Damascus home and refugee life are behind her. The recipient of a coveted asylum-seeker visa, Syrian teacher Amena Abomosa is settling into a new life in France with her family. But now what? They are among the few amid a sea of desperate Syrians to arrive in Europe with prior approval to seek haven. British Prime Minister David Cameron and other European leaders would prefer for all refugees to come this way – applying at European embassies abroad, undergoing careful screening and entering the EU legally. Everyone else, they argue, should stay away, instead of risking perilous journeys. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)CRETEIL, France (AP) — Her slain husband, bombed-out Damascus home and refugee life are behind her. The recipient of a coveted asylum-seeker visa, Syrian teacher Amena Abomosa is settling into a new life in France with her family. But now what?

Merkel says still against Turkey joining the EU

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:07:22 AMGo to full article
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the European Parliament as French President Francois Hollande listens during a debate in StrasbourgGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Turkey's help was needed to stem the flow of refugees to Europe but that this hadn't changed her view that Ankara should not become a member of the European Union. "I have always been against EU membership, President (Tayyip) Erdogan knows this, and I still am," Merkel told a talk show on German public broadcaster ARD. Merkel was an outspoken opponent of Turkey joining the EU before she took power in 2005, advocating instead a "privileged partnership" that stopped short of full membership.

UN council eyes vote on EU action against migrant smugglers

‎08 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:04:56 AMGo to full article
Over 140 migrants and refugees who were transported by the German navy frigate Werra as part of the European external action service EU Navfor Med, arrive at the Augusta harbour in Italy on September 27, 2015The UN Security Council is expected to vote, possibly as early as Thursday, on a draft resolution authorizing European military action against migrant smugglers in the high seas off Libya's coast, diplomats said. The British-drafted measure would give UN approval to the naval task force, which was not mandatory for the European Union to take action but would provide Operation Sophia with greater legitimacy. The text drafted under Chapter 7 of the UN charter, which authorizes use of force, would limit the UN mandate to a period of one year.

AP INVESTIGATION: Nuclear black market seeks IS extremists

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:46:12 PMGo to full article
In this May 27, 2015 photo, former Moldovan police investigator Constantin Malic pauses during an interview in Chisinau, Moldova. In 2009, Malic was a 27-year-old police officer when he first stumbled upon the nuclear black market. He was working on a fraud unit in the Moldovan capital, and had an informant helping police take down a euro counterfeiting ring stretching from the Black Sea to Naples, Italy. The informant, a businessman in his fifties, casually mentioned to Malic that over the years, contacts had periodically offered him radioactive material. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — In the backwaters of Eastern Europe, authorities working with the FBI have interrupted four attempts in the past five years by gangs with suspected Russian connections that sought to sell radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists, The Associated Press has learned. The latest known case came in February this year, when a smuggler offered a huge cache of deadly cesium — enough to contaminate several city blocks — and specifically sought a buyer from the Islamic State group.

The Latest: Merkel defends her policies in migrants crisis

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:20:47 PMGo to full article
Lifeguards from Barcelona, Spain, working as volunteers, help a disembarking dinghy as refugees arrive on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, early Wednesday, Oct. 7 , 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)BERLIN (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.

Bosch's popular diesel engine software was not preprogrammed to cheat

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:00:57 PMGo to full article
By Paul Lienert, David Morgan and Joel Schectman DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A popular diesel engine management program used by several top automakers, including Volkswagen AG , was not preprogrammed to detect when a vehicle was undergoing laboratory emissions testing, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a former EPA official. Instead, VW had the engine software modified to turn on the vehicle's emission control system when it was being tested in the lab, on a rolling test bed called a dynamometer, then turn it off when the vehicle was on the road, the EPA said.

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:46:10 PMGo to full article
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:

Azerbaijan deports two Amnesty International activists

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:37:23 PMGo to full article
Azerbaijan deported two activists from Amnesty International in a move the advocacy group denounced as an "attack on freedom of expression"Azerbaijan on Wednesday deported two activists from Amnesty International in a move the advocacy group denounced as an "attack on freedom of expression" in the lead-up to parliamentary elections. It also came as Europe's top rights watchdog withdrew from a task force with Azerbaijan, criticising authorities in the oil-rich state where the rights situation has "deteriorated dramatically". In a statement, London-based Amnesty said two of its delegates, both Georgian nationals, were deported from Azerbaijan by immigration officials upon their arrival at the airport in Baku.

Russia fires cruise missiles from warships into Syria

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:36:10 PMGo to full article
In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, a Russian navy ship launches a cruise missile in the Caspian Sea. Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said four Russian navy ships in the Caspian launched 26 cruise missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.

Volkswagen plays down hopes of quick answers over emissions cheating

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:29:33 PMGo to full article
A Volkswagen logo stands next to a CCTV security camera in WolfsburgBy Andreas Cremer WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Volkswagen said on Wednesday it would take time to get to the bottom of its rigging of diesel emissions tests, hours before the carmaker is due to give updates on its findings to German regulators and U.S. lawmakers. More than two weeks after it admitted to cheating U.S. emissions tests, Europe's largest carmaker is under pressure to identify those responsible, to say how vehicles with illegal software will be fixed and whether it also cheated in Europe. "Nobody is served by speculation or vague, preliminary progress reports," Hans Dieter Poetsch told a news conference after being confirmed as the German company's new chairman.

'Real truce' has begun in Ukraine, says Poroshenko

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:21:02 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian tanks ride from the front line near the village of Crymske in the Lugansk region on October 5, 2015President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday a "real truce" had begun in eastern Ukraine but a long-lasting peace with pro-Kremlin insurgents would still take some time. Moscow and Brussels also welcomed the rebels' announcement on the elections.

Germany and France try to turn tide of European skepticism

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:06:30 PMGo to full article
French President Francois Hollande gestures as he delivers his speech as part of a joint appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande are making a historic appeal to the European Parliament on Wednesday. It's the first such joint appearance since 1989, when West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and French President Francois Mitterrand spoke in Strasbourg days after the fall of the Berlin Wall. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)STRASBOURG, France (AP) — French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a highly unusual bid to heal divisions within the EU, urged European lawmakers on Wednesday to pull together to create a stronger Europe to cope with the influx of migrants that is raising tensions and dangerously straining the union.

Nobel Prize in literature: What to look out for

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:14:24 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this file photo dated Friday March 8, 2013, Sara Danius, professor in esthetics and literature, poses for the photographer in her study in Stockholm. On upcoming Thursday Oct. 8. 2015, the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in literature will be announced by the first ever female permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, leading to speculation about the possibility of a female winner, but the secretive academy drops no hints. (AP Photo / Bertil Enevag Ericson, FILE) SWEDEN OUTSTOCKHOLM (AP) — On Thursday, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in literature will be announced by the first ever female permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius. Will the prize awarding body choose to honor the occasion by picking a female winner? Will it break new ground by giving the prize to a journalist? Or will it rush to bestow the coveted prize on one of the many aging favorites? The secretive academy drops no hints on whom they are considering but that doesn't stop literature buffs from guessing. Here is a look at some of the themes and potential candidates being mentioned in this year's speculation:

EU to crack down on people refused asylum

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:21:36 PMGo to full article
A migrants girl waits to register with the police at a refugee center in the southern Serbian town of Presevo, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Several Eastern European countries are cooperating on controlling the flow of migrants at the external borders of the European Union — a program a top Hungarian official said Tuesday could set an example for the rest of the 28-nation bloc. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries are closing in on an agreement Thursday to crack down on migrants who have been refused entry into the bloc so they can be swiftly sent home.

Study: Mammals thrive in Chernobyl exclusion zone

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:54:10 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly 30 years after a nuclear reactor caught fire and spewed a lethal cloud of radiation, some species of mammals are thriving in the zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, a new study says.

Germany registered 577,000 asylum seekers from Jan-Sept

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:36:51 PMGo to full article
A child in a temporary shelter for refugees in one of the halls of Berlin's trade fair ground on October 7, 2015Berlin (AFP) - German authorities said Wednesday they had registered around 577,000 asylum-seekers in the first nine months of this year, a third of whom claim to be from Syria.

Merkel says EU's asylum rules 'obsolete'

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:03:39 PMGo to full article
German Chancellor Angela Merkel upon arrival at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on October 7, 2015German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday described as "obsolete" European Union asylum rules that put the onus on EU states where migrants first arrive to process their refugee claims. The Dublin process, in its current form, is obsolete," Merkel said in a joint speech to the European Parliament with French President Francois Hollande. The process, which puts the pressure on frontline states like Italy and Greece to welcome most of the migrants, "started from good intentions, without a doubt, but the challenges raised at our borders are from now on untenable," Merkel told lawmakers in the French city of Strasbourg.

Failure in Syria risks 'total war' for region: Hollande

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:23:53 PMGo to full article
French President Francois Hollande addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on October 7, 2015Failure to act in Syria risks stoking a "total war" in the Middle East, French President Francois Hollande said in a landmark speech to the European Parliament alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "What happens in Syria concerns Europe, what happens there will determine the balance of the whole region for a long time," Hollande told European lawmakers in Strasbourg.

Did US strike on Afghan clinic exceed combat authority?

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:10:32 PMGo to full article
U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. John Campbell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Situation in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan, which U.S. officials have called a "mistake," may have exceeded the rules American forces have operated under since their combat mission ended nearly a year ago, officials say.

Britain's Cameron attacks 'terrorist-sympathising' Labour leader

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:57:28 PMGo to full article
British Prime Minister David Cameron is pictured as he walks from the main hall on the third day of the annual Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, north west England, on October 6, 2015British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday accused Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn of "terrorist-sympathising" as he outlined his government's programme in the time left before he steps down by 2020. Corbyn described the killing of Osama bin Laden in a 2011 television debate as "a tragedy" saying: "There was no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him, to put him on trial, to go through that process. "This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy," Corbyn said at the time.

Volkswagen's India unit says investigating Polo cars

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:47:40 PMGo to full article
German carmaker Volkswagen AG's India unit is investigating the Polo hatchback cars it sells over "technical issues", a spokesman for the local unit told Reuters on Wednesday. The spokesman said the investigation is not related to the diesel emissions scandal over which the company is facing a probe in the United States and Europe. "The company is gathering details on the technical issue.

Renewed AB InBev bid for SABMiller ups stake in beer battle

‎07 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:47:10 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Thursday, March 5, 2015 file photo, Budweiser beer cans at a concession stand at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida, USA. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the owner of the world’s biggest brewer Budweiser, on Wednesday Oct. 7, 2015, raised its takeover offer for rival SABMiller to more than 68 billion pounds ($104 billion), but the offer was rejected. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)BRUSSELS (AP) — Any talk of a union between Budweiser and Miller — in fact, any talk of the creation of beer behemoth reaching all parts of the globe for that matter — should be put off for now as the owners of two of the world's most famous beers continue to haggle over the terms of a merger.



Arpad Goncz, Hungary's first post-Communist president, dies at 93

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:34:39 PMGo to full article
Former Hungarian President Arpad Goncz waves from his balcony as hundreds of people greet him on his 90th birthday in BudapestBy Gergely Szakacs Arpad Goncz, who was jailed after the country's failed 1956 uprising against Soviet rule and went on to become its first post-Soviet president, died on Tuesday at 93, after what he had called a somewhat "grotesque and surreal" life of constant new beginnings. The soft-spoken, grandfatherly Goncz, Hungary's most popular politician, held the largely ceremonial presidency for two terms, from 1990 to 2000, as Hungary shifted to a market economy and charted a path into NATO and the European Union. A writer-translator, his ascent to the presidency mirrored the rise of dissident playwright Vaclav Havel in what was then Czechoslovakia.

Ukraine rebels to delay elections

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:33:58 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (AP) — Officials of the eastern Ukraine regions under the control of Russia-backed separatists say they will postpone local elections that were to be held in the next several weeks, an issue that had impeded progress toward a firm resolution of the conflict.

The Latest: British minister rejects EU migration pact

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:55:17 PMGo to full article
A Syrian refugee boy sleeps on a roadside amid donated clothes and shoes after he and his family arrived on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Monday, Oct. 5 , 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)GENEVA (AP) — The latest developments in the hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants passing through Europe on their way west. All times local.

EU agrees greater transparency on tax deals after LuxLeaks scandal

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:25 PMGo to full article
Leaked documents showed that Luxembourg agreed favourable tax deals with several multinational companies who were based in the Grand DuchyEU ministers agreed on Tuesday to a mandatory system for national authorities to automatically exchange information on secret tax deals made with multinationals, a decision made in the wake of the LuxLeaks scandal. "We have a political deal," said Pierre Gramegna, finance minister for Luxembourg, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union. "Europe is showing the way, is a pioneer and is sending a strong signal to the world in tax matters," he said at a news briefing.

Air France violence 'could harm country's image': Hollande

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:25:56 PMGo to full article
Air France executive Xavier Broseta jumps over a fence to flee several hundred employees who stormed the airline's offices in Roissy-en-France, on October 5, 2015French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday scenes of Air France executives fleeing an angry mob after having their shirts ripped off by striking workers were "unacceptable" and put the image of the country at risk. With the shirt stripped off his back, the struggling airline's human resources manager Xavier Broseta had to escape over a fence with the help of security guards on Monday after announcing plans to cut 2,900 jobs. Another executive, Pierre Plissonnier, head of the airline's long-haul flight division, also had his shirt and jacket torn in the chaos.

Top EU court rules data sharing pact with US invalid

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:20:18 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2011 file photo, a sign with Facebook's "Like" logo is posted at Facebook headquarters near the office for the company's User Operations Safety Team in Menlo Park, Calif. Europe's highest court on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 has ruled in favor of an Austrian law student who claims a trans-Atlantic data protection agreement doesn't adequately protect consumers. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's highest court struck a big blow Tuesday against Facebook and other companies by ruling that a long-running pact allowing the free transfer of data to the U.S. is invalid as it does not adequately protect consumers.

VW to place all investments under review amid scandal: labor boss

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:05:35 PMGo to full article
Volkswagen will have to place all projects and investments under review, the carmaker's top labor representative said on Tuesday, as the embattled German group grapples with the fallout of its diesel emissions scandal. "We will need to call into question with great resolve everything that is not economical," Bernd Osterloh, head of VW's works council told more than 20,000 workers at a staff gathering in Wolfsburg, Germany. "Together we will convince the financial markets of Volkswagen's strength," Osterloh said, calling for workers and management to rally together to overcome the biggest business crisis in its 78-year history.

NATO warns Russia's Turkey air violations 'no accident'

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:42:04 PMGo to full article
Russian warplanes have been flying over Syrian territory since September 30NATO's chief accused Russia on Tuesday of deliberately violating Turkey's airspace during bombing raids on Syria, as Ankara summoned Moscow's envoy over the latest intrusion. The rise in tensions came as Russian warplanes struck Islamic State group targets in and around the ancient city of Palmyra for the first time, Syrian state television said. NATO member Turkey accuses Russia of violating its airspace at least twice over the weekend, and has warned it will activate its rules of military engagement if such intrusions are repeated.

Facebook says 'imperative' for EU, US to find data deal solution

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:33:08 PMGo to full article
Facebook urged the EU and US to find a quick solution after Europe's top court struck down a key transatlantic data sharing deal that is relied on by the social media giant and other big firmsFacebook urged the EU and US to find a quick solution after Europe's top court struck down a key transatlantic data sharing deal that is relied on by the social media giant and other big firms. "It is imperative that EU and US governments ensure that they continue to provide reliable methods for lawful data transfers and resolve any issues relating to national security," a Facebook spokeswoman said in an emailed statement to AFP.

Nearly 100 migrants reported dead off Libya: IOM

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:26:23 AMGo to full article
GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 100 migrants are reported to have died in the Mediterranean off Libya since Sunday, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday, citing unconfirmed reports from the Libyan Red Crescent. The figures were based on two sightings of bodies found near Libya's coast: 85 corpses in one area and 10 in another, IOM said in a statement. A total of 557,899 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe across the sea this year, and 2,987 people have died attempting the crossing, it said. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

3 million more refugees could leave Syria, Turkey warns EU

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:10:57 AMGo to full article
In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, Bara'ah Alhammadi, 10, a Syrian migrant, is carried on the back of her father as they make their way along a railway track after crossing the Serbian-Hungarian border near Roszke, southern Hungary. Tens of thousands of people trying to escape conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Afghanistan have been making their way across Europe this summer and fall, embarking on grueling journeys that typically start with a short boat trip from Turkey to Greece, then continue north and west on foot and by bus and train. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey has warned the European Union that 3 million more refugees could flee fighting in Syria as the EU struggles to manage its biggest migration emergency in decades.

TeliaSonera merges companies to strengthen Baltic business

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:44:53 AMGo to full article
STOCKHOLM (AP) — TeliaSonera AB says it is combining its two Lithuanian subsidiaries as the Swedish-Finnish telecommunications operator strengthens its business in the Nordic and Baltic region.

Europe's top court backs Austrian student in Facebook privacy case with wide implications

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:45:08 AMGo to full article
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Europe's top court backs Austrian student in Facebook privacy case with wide implications.

German factory orders down 2nd straight month in August

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:58:48 AMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — German factory orders dropped for the second consecutive month in August, led by a drop in demand from countries outside the eurozone and lower demand at home.

2 ships collide off Belgium's Zeebrugge; crew of 11 rescued

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:24:12 AMGo to full article
BRUSSELS (AP) — A Dutch cargo ship sank off the Belgian coast after colliding with a gas tanker early Tuesday. The crew of 11 was rescued.

For Volkswagen, costs of scandal will be piling up

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:01 AMGo to full article
A Volkswagen logo is seen on a freight car at the VW factory in Zwickau, Gemany, Monday, Oct.5, 2015. (Jan Woitas/dpa via AP)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — For Volkswagen, the cost of its cheating on emissions tests in the U.S. is likely to run into the tens of billions of dollars and prematurely end its long-sought status as the world's biggest carmaker.

Cameron Carter-Vickers shines on soccer field for US

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:04:04 AMGo to full article
United States defender Cameron Carter-Vickers (4) celebrates with forward Jerome Kiesewetter (17) after scoring a goal during the first half of a CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying soccer match against Cuba, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — His father had an accurate shot. So does United States defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Turkey urges EU action on Syria to end migrant crisis

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:58 AMGo to full article
Refugees and migrants warm themselves around a fire after spending a night in a field on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 5, 2015Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the EU consider a no-fly zone and safe haven area in Syria during talks to address Europe's spiralling migrant crisis. Speaking after the discussions in Brussels, Erdogan said Turkey was bearing the brunt of the crisis and pressed the bloc to act against "state-sponsored terrorism" in its war-torn neighbour. The European Union, meanwhile, said Turkey must do more to stop the flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees who have landed on its shores in the worst such crisis since World War II.

UN official: world's displaced population now 60 million

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:48:54 AMGo to full article
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — When Antonio Guterres became the U.N. refugee chief almost 10 years ago, the world counted 38 million people displaced by conflict and persecution and the number was declining. Today, it's more than 60 million and rising.

Over 1,800 migrants rescued from six boats adrift off Libya

‎06 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:55:20 AMGo to full article
Migrants carry a raft after being rescued by the Libyan coastguard, at a naval base near the capital Tripoli on October 5, 2015Over 1,800 migrants were rescued Monday from six vessels found adrift in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Libya, Italy's coast guard said. A total of 1,830 people were brought ashore in six different operations to save passengers in four stricken boats and two rubber dinghies, the coast guard said. Three Italian vessels and one ship each from Britain and Ireland, which are taking part in the EU Navfor Med mission, were involved in the rescue effort.

EU and Turkey's Erdogan try to hammer out migrant crisis plan

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:23:08 PMGo to full article
Refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 5, 2015Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and top EU officials discussed a plan to tackle the spiralling migrant crisis during talks in Brussels Monday, including a "safe zone" in northern Syria. The European Union pushed Erdogan to do more to stop the flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees who have landed on Europe's shores from Turkey in the worst crisis of its kind since World War II. "It is indisputable that Europe has to manage its borders better.

Alleged smuggler held for imprisoning migrants in Athens apartment

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:50:20 PMGo to full article
Over half a million migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year, over 400,000 of whom have landed in GreeceGreek police on Monday arrested an Afghan smuggler accused of locking up 34 migrants, including 12 minors, who were on their way to northern Europe. The suspect, who kept the group sequestered in an Athens apartment, is thought to be a member of a smuggling ring, according to a police statement. Afghan migrants alerted police about a man promising families temporary housing, false papers and bus tickets in exchange for an undisclosed sum of money.

U.S.-Russia agreement on Syria might help on Ukraine: Finnish leader

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:36:43 PMGo to full article
Sauli Niinisto, President of Finland, speaks during a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in ManhattanBy Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - If Russia and the United States were able to agree on ways of solving the Syrian crisis, this might help towards the two powers finding common ground on Ukraine, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said on Monday. The United States and its NATO allies denounced Russia for violating Turkey's air space along its border with Syria on Monday and Ankara threatened to respond if provoked again, raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the Cold War enemies. In an interview with Reuters, Niinisto said the international crisis over Syria could swing either way.

Massive clean-up after 20 killed in French Riviera floods

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:21:48 PMGo to full article
Floodwater covers a road in Cannes, southern France, on October 5, 2015Volunteers and firefighters began the gruelling task Monday of cleaning up French Riviera towns strewn with mud and debris, as the death toll from floods which tore through the region rose to 20. Water gushed through the streets of Cannes, Nice and Antibes, leaving cars including Porsches and Ferraris scattered about, often upside down and hundreds of metres from where they were parked. As night fell Monday, officials said two German citizens were missing in Antibes.

German anti-Islam group vents fury at Merkel over refugee welcome

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:10:04 PMGo to full article
Supporters of PEGIDA attend a protest rally on October 5, 2015 in Dresden, eastern GermanyThousands of German anti-Islam protesters on Monday vented their fury at Chancellor Angela Merkel over her welcoming of refugees, accusing her of "high treason" and "crimes against the German people". With Europe's top economy expecting to take in up to a million people fleeing war and poverty this year, anger has flared among anti-foreigner groups and members of the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement ("Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident"). "Merkel is guilty, commits ethnocide against the German people," read one banner at the rally in Dresden, the historic city in the former communist East where PEGIDA emerged about a year ago and, after a lull, is now looking to swell its ranks.

Cloudy future for Portugal's conservatives despite election win

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:58:06 PMGo to full article
Supporters of Social Democratic Party wave flags as they celebrate after government elections in Lisbon, on October 4, 2015Portugal's centre-right leader Pedro Passos Coelho on Monday savoured an election victory that came despite four difficult years of austerity and many predictions of defeat, but the premier faces turbulence in the months ahead, commentators said. Passos Coelho's "Portugal Ahead" coalition notched up 38.6 percent of the vote, enough for it to plan its return to office -- a rare feat by any belt-tightening government in Europe these days. Voters "gambled on safety, but may find themselves with a government of limited lifespan," the daily Diario Economico said.

The Latest: Asylum applications up across the Nordics

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:32:51 PMGo to full article
A Syrian refugee boy sleeps on a roadside amid donated clothes and shoes after he and his family arrived on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Monday, Oct. 5 , 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)GENEVA (AP) — The latest developments in the hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants passing through Europe on their way west. All times local.

Canada PM Harper welcomes TPP access to Japan market

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:32:27 PMGo to full article
In this April 15, 2015 file photo, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, CanadaCanadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised Monday a "historic" accord creating the world's largest free trade area, saying access to Japan would be a boon for Canadian farmers and resource sectors. Twelve Pacific rim countries sealed the trade deal encompassing 40 percent of the global economy following marathon talks in Atlanta, Georgia. "Canadian exporters will gain almost tariff-free access to almost 800 million consumers in the Asia Pacific region," Harper told a press conference.

VW tells lawmakers 8M cars in Europe hit by emissions probe

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:22:27 PMGo to full article
A Volkswagen logo is seen on a freight car at the VW factory in Zwickau, Gemany, Monday, Oct.5, 2015. (Jan Woitas/dpa via AP)BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says 8 million cars in the European Union are affected by an investigation into whether the automaker manipulated emissions tests, according to a letter received Monday by German lawmakers.

Prague to send soldiers to Hungary to secure Europe's borders

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:13:54 PMGo to full article
Protesters attend an anti-migrants rally on September 12, 2015 in PragueThe Czech Republic announced on Monday it would send soldiers and equipment to neighbouring Hungary to help secure Europe's borders in the face of an unprecedented influx of migrants. "About 25 soldiers" will be stationed in Hungary -- the migrants' main entry point to the European Union -- from October 15 to December 15, Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky told reporters.

Iraq militia boss says US not serious about fighting IS

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:04:40 PMGo to full article
Hadi al-Ameri, the commander of the powerful Badr group, criticised US commitment to fighting the Islamic State groupA top leader of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation paramilitary organisation said Monday that Baghdad had turned to Russia because the US-led coalition was not serious about fighting the Islamic State group. The government in Baghdad has since said it might consider allowing Russia to bomb IS targets in Iraq as well.

German interior minister calls for limit to number of refugees

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:59:05 PMGo to full article
STUTTGART/BERLIN (Reuters) - Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere called on Monday for the government to restrict the number of refugees coming to Germany, adding pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel who has refused to support an upper limit. The conservative leader's popularity has slumped to its lowest level in nearly four years, reflecting growing public concern in one of Europe's richest country over the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees. The unprecedented influx is testing the limits of Germany's abilities and willingness to grant shelter as federal states struggle to cope with record inflows of people fleeing from war and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Finger-printing refugees will 'filter out' militant threats: EU's Timmermans

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:13:14 PMGo to full article
Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Union addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New YorkBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Finger-printing and registering all refugees reaching Europe would keep out Islamist militants bent on attacks, the European Commission's deputy chief said on Monday in response to concerns raised in some EU countries. The top U.N. refugee official said any militant would be more likely to fly into Europe on a false passport than pay thousands to people smugglers to risk a dangerous sea journey to the continent and then discovery through finger-printing. European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said the European Union could better handle a record influx of refugees and migrants by improving protection of its external borders and ensuring people not entitled to asylum are sent back.

Think Europe's halting GMOs? It could be heading for more

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:09:27 PMGo to full article
To match Special Report USA-GMOS/REGULATORSBy Sybille de La Hamaide and Barbara Lewis PARIS (Reuters) - The large number of European countries opposing GMO cultivation may have given the impression the bloc is putting a brake on GMOs but with new crops queuing for approval and key countries leaving the door open, output is more likely to grow than wane. Nineteen out of 28 EU member states have requested opt-outs for all or part of their territory from cultivation of Monsanto's MON810, the sole GMO crop already approved for cultivation, or for pending applications. Although widely grown in the Americas and Asia, public opposition is strong in Europe against GMO crops, which have had their DNA altered, often by introducing genes from a different species to boost their resistance to pests or herbicides.

Workers tear shirts off Air France managers in jobs protest

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:29:08 PMGo to full article
Air France director of Human Ressources, Xavier Broseta, center (back to the camera), protected by security guards tries to flee the Air France headquarters at Roissy Airport, north of Paris, France, during scuffles with union activists, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Union activists protesting proposed layoffs at Air France stormed the headquarters during a meeting about the job cuts, zeroing in on two managers who had their shirts torn from their bodies, scaled a fence and fled under police protection. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — Union activists protesting nearly 3,000 proposed layoffs at Air France stormed the headquarters during a meeting Monday, zeroing in on two managers who had their shirts torn from their bodies, scaled a fence and fled under police protection.

Legal troubles, market realities threaten Uber's global push

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:20:01 PMGo to full article
Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridBy Leila Abboud and Jeremy Wagstaff PARIS/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Uber Inc's aggressive global expansion is looking costlier and riskier than ever as the company struggles with regulatory and competitive obstacles in major markets. The Uber Pop service, known as Uber X in the U.S., which enables people to offer rides in private cars, is now banned outright in most of Western Europe. In Australia, Uber is popular but mostly illegal, with several big court challenges looming.

EU states might get budget relief on refugee costs: officials

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:17:15 PMGo to full article
Migrants who arrived earlier by train from Austria, enter a new temporary refugee camp set-up at at Berlin's fairgroundBy Francesco Guarascio LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Union countries might be allowed to exclude costs of the migrant crisis from budget deficit calculations on a case-by-case basis, EU officials said, as Austria pushed for its spending on refugees to be exempt. Euro zone countries are obliged by EU laws to bring their budget close to balance or into surplus in structural terms. Austria, one of the countries most affected by the migrant crisis, last year reached the required budget balance in structural terms - which exclude one-off items and revenue and spending fluctuations caused by the business cycle - with a 0.4 percent deficit.

NATO condemns 'extreme danger' of Russia's Turkish air incursions

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:28 PMGo to full article
Russian warplanes have been flying over Syrian territory since September 30NATO on Monday condemned Russian incursions into Turkish airspace as an "extreme danger" and demanded that Moscow halt all attacks against the Syrian opposition and civilians. "Allies strongly protest these violations of Turkish sovereign airspace and condemn these incursions into and violations of NATO airspace," the US-led alliance said after an emergency meeting on the Syria crisis at its Brussels headquarters.

Erdogan presses EU to act in Syria over migrant crisis

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:11:56 PMGo to full article
Turkey's President Erdogan delivers a speech during a rally against terrorism in StrasbourgBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged the European Union on Monday to consider safe havens and no-fly zones in Syria as a way to resolve the bloc's migrant crisis but signaled a readiness to discuss Europe's calls for more camps in Turkey. In a historic trip that was overshadowed by Russia's incursions into Turkey's airspace near Syria, Erdogan sought to shift the focus onto what he sees as Europe's failure to take in more refugees or intervene in the Syrian civil war.

Turkey seeks EU backing for Syria no-fly, buffer zones

‎05 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:37:11 PMGo to full article
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waits for the arrival of European Council President Donald Tusk prior to a meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Erdogan is on a two-day visit to meet Belgian and EU officials. (Francois Lenoir, Pool photo via AP)BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey's president sought European backing on Monday for the creation of buffer and no-fly zones on the Syrian border, saying that such moves are key to ending the refugee crisis.



Erdogan: Turkey taught world a 'lesson in humanity'

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:17:52 PMGo to full article
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president says his country has taught Europe and the world a lesson on humanity by hosting 2 million refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Sixteen dead as heavy flooding hits French Riviera

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:02:23 PMGo to full article
Damaged cars in Biot, southeastern France, on October 4, 2015 after the flash floodsViolent storms and flooding along the chic French Riviera overnight have killed at least 16 people and left another five missing, the local authorities said Sunday. Up to 180 millimetres (seven inches) of rain fell in just three hours, transforming the glitzy streets of Cannes, Nice and Antibes into debris-strewn rivers. In Cannes -- home of the famous film festival -- the torrent carried some cars out to sea, city hall said.

Dettori rides Golden Horn to Arc de Triomphe glory

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:54:13 PMGo to full article
Italian jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Golden Horn to victory in the Derby horse race on the second day of the Epsom Derby Festival in Surrey, southern England, on June 6, 2015Frankie Dettori rode Golden Horn to victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, dashing the hopes for a record third win for French great Treve. Winning Europe's most prestigious horse race for a fourth time, 44-year-old Dettori hit the front early going down the back straight and never looked like being caught by the chasing pack. The win means a superb triple this year for Dettori and Golden Horn, having already taken the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby.

The three leaders vying for power in Portugal

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:31:24 PMGo to full article
Social Democratic Party's leader and current Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Lisbon on October 2, 2015Portugal's dogged prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho may lack obvious charisma, but he does have a fine baritone voice for singing fado, the Portuguese blues. Most of his time in charge of western Europe's poorest country has been a long tale of woe straight from one of the famously depressing fado dirges of heartache and hard times -- record unemployment, emigration and a national debt which threatens to weigh down generations to come.

Oktoberfest attendance falls amid German border controls

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:06:24 PMGo to full article
Visitors walk at the venue of the the annual Oktoberfest beer festival on October 04, 2015 in MuenchenAttendance slipped at the world's biggest beer party, the annual Oktoberfest in Germany, as border controls imposed to stem the flow of refugees complicated rail travel, organisers said Sunday. As the 16-day event wrapped up in the southern city of Munich, Oktoberfest chief Josef Schmid told reporters that damp, cool weather had led some 400,000 fewer visitors to attend this year's festival. Schmid said the checks at the frontier to manage a record migrant influx had likely also kept some tourists from neighbouring countries from travelling to Munich, national news agency DPA reported.

Spain bets on German-style apprentices to fix youth unemployment

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:00:09 PMGo to full article
Kelvin Heredia poses for a picture at the academy where he's taking a computer course in Mostoles, outside MadridBy Raquel Castillo and Sonya Dowsett MADRID (Reuters) - Kelvin Heredia dropped out of school aged 16 during the heady days of Spain's real estate boom to take up well-paid work as a window fitter. Now, a decade later, Heredia is unemployed and without qualifications, a plight that highlights two intractable problems holding back Spain's economy - the highest youth unemployment rate in the European Union, a ranking it reclaimed from Greece in June, and the highest school drop-out rate. Youth unemployment remains a big headache for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's center government as it prepares for what promises to be a closely-fought national election on Dec. 20.

Syria President: Campaign against 'terror' must succeed

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:52:04 PMGo to full article
In this photo made from footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 a bomb explosion is seen in Syria. Pentagon officials urged the Russian military on Thursday to focus its airstrikes in Syria on Islamic State fighters rather than opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, U.S. administration officials said. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's President Bashar Assad said in an interview aired Sunday the air campaign by Russia against "terrorists" in his country must succeed or the whole region will be destroyed. He also accused Western nations of fueling the refugee crisis.

Assad: Russian failure in Syria would 'destroy' Mideast

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:50:34 PMGo to full article
A grab on October 3, 2015 from footage on the Russian Defence Ministry's website purporting to show an explosion after airstrikes an underground explosives warehouse in RaqqaSyrian President Bashar al-Assad warned the success of Russia's military intervention in his war-torn country was vital for the entire Middle East, as Moscow ramped up its bombing campaign Sunday. Russian raids against what Moscow says are Islamic State group targets entered a fifth day despite accusations in the West that the strikes are mainly targeting moderate opponents of the regime. "The alliance between Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran must succeed or else the whole region will be destroyed," Assad said in an interview broadcast by Iranian state television.

EU and Turkey have struck plan to stem flow of migrants: newspaper

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:48:59 PMGo to full article
The European Commission has worked out an action plan with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees to Europe, a German newspaper cited sources in the Commission and the German government as saying on Sunday. Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung said that according to the plan, Turkey would be obliged to better protect its border with Greece - a frontier that many migrants have crossed on perilous boat journeys. It said the Turkish and Greek coastguards would work together to patrol the eastern Aegean, coordinated by Frontex, the European Union's border control agency, and send all refugees back to Turkey.

Turkey, EU agree to migrant action plan: report

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:37:42 PMGo to full article
Migrants aboard dinghies reach the Greek island of Lesbos on October 4, 2015 after crossing the Aegean sea from TurkeyThe European Union and Turkey have agreed in principle to a plan of action to help ease the flow of migrants into the bloc, a German newspaper reported Sunday. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung said the European Commission and Turkish government representatives struck the accord last week and that it would be approved during talks Monday in Brussels between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and EU leaders. Under the plan, Turkey would agree to stepped-up efforts to secure its frontier with the EU by taking part in joint patrols with the Greek coastguard in the eastern Aegean coordinated by EU border protection agency Frontex, the report said.

Mainstream Portuguese moderates expected to prevail in vote

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:49:53 PMGo to full article
Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho picks up his ballot to vote in Portugal's general elections Sunday, Oct. 4 2015, in Massama, outside Lisbon. The last polls ahead of Sunday's election showed the center-right ruling coalition roughly level with the center-left Socialist Party, the main opposition. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Moderate mainstream parties were expected to triumph in Portugal's general election Sunday, after more radical alternatives failed to exploit public discontent over austerity measures.

Pennetta struggles in 1st match since US Open victory

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:52:55 PMGo to full article
Flavia Pennetta of Italy, right, shakes hand with Han Xinyun of China after winning their match of the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta struggled in her first match since winning her maiden Grand Slam, needing nearly 2 1/2 hours to beat Chinese wild card Han Xinyun 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round of the China Open on Sunday.

Kyrgyzstan elects parliament with eye on Moscow

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:45:28 PMGo to full article
A Kyrgyz man votes at a polling station set up for home voters in the village of Gornaya Mayevka, 30km outside Bishkek, on October 3, 2015Kyrgyzstan went to the polls on Sunday for a hotly-contested parliamentary vote, but the results are unlikely to change the ex-Soviet country's firmly pro-Russian trajectory. Polling stations across the majority-Muslim Central Asian country of six million saw long queues form in the autumn sunshine. Fourteen parties and more than 2,000 candidates are contesting 120 seats.

Tip of the iceberg: No end in sight to migrant wave

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:33:32 PMGo to full article
A Syrian refugee man carrying his daughter rushes to the beach as he arrives on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Sunday, Oct. 4 , 2015. The U.N. refugee agency is reporting a “noticeable drop” this week in arrivals of refugees by sea into Greece - as the total figure for the year nears the 400,000 mark. Overall, the UNHCR estimates 396,500 people have entered Greece via the Mediterranean this year with seventy percent of them are from war-torn Syria. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — One month after the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach — and a week after the European Union agreed to secure its borders — the migrant crisis has largely fallen off the front pages and reporters are going home.

Ten suspected IS recruiters arrested in Spain, Morocco

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:11:56 PMGo to full article
Spanish police stand guard outside the house of an 18-year-old Moroccan woman suspected of recruiting other women via the Internet to the jihadist group Islamic State (IS), in Gandia on September 5, 2015Police have arrested 10 people in Spain and Morocco for allegedly recruiting and indoctrinating fighters for the Islamic State group, the Spanish interior ministry announced Sunday. The suspects were part of a "network of recruitment, indoctrination and sending foreign fighters to fight for Daesh (Islamic State) in the regions of Syria and Iraq under its control," the ministry said in a statement. The statement said arrests "in the last few hours" were part of a joint operation between the two countries in the Spanish cities of Toledo, Badalona, Xeraco, and in Casablanca, Morocco.

Paris parties all night with silent disco, art shows

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:50:34 AMGo to full article
Participants of a silent disco dance with headsets at the railway station Gare du Nord, turned into a giant nightclub, during the 14th edition of the Paris cultural event "Nuit Blanche," or "Sleepless Night," in Paris early Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)PARIS (AP) — Thousands of Parisians danced in eerie silence at the Gare du Nord train station and galleries left their doors open all night for the French capital's annual "Sleepless Night" festival.

A glare, a handshake, a pope: Busy UN summit makes history

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:11:21 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin pose for members of the media before a bilateral meeting at the United Nations headquarters. (Sergey Guneyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russian airstrikes launched in Syria during the U.N.'s 70th anniversary gathering of more than 150 world leaders stole the spotlight and highlighted deep divisions on how to end that conflict and manage the many thousands of people fleeing to Europe in search of safety.

Migrant crisis debris: Greek island battles lifejacket mountain

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:44:05 AMGo to full article
Refugees and migrants walk past discarded lifejackets as they arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from TurkeyFor the thousands of refugees and migrants landing on its beaches every day, Greece's Lesbos island is a step to safety and a brighter future in Europe. "We've barely finished when it's time to start all over again," sighs Yiorgos Katsanos, the deputy mayor in charge of waste management.

AP analysis: Dozens of deaths likely from VW pollution dodge

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:17:30 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Volkswagen diesels sit behind a security fence on a storage lot near a VW dealership in Salt Lake City. According to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis, the software that the company admitted using to get around government emissions limits allowed VWs to spew enough pollution to kill somewhere between 16 and 94 deaths over seven years _ with the annual count increasing more recently as more of the diesels were on the road. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.

UK Conservatives flex muscles but Europe tensions simmer

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:06:09 AMGo to full article
A battle is looking to succeed David Cameron as Conservative Party leaderBritain's Conservatives begin their annual conference on Sunday, seemingly buoyant after an unexpected electoral triumph -- but old divisions on Europe are re-surfacing while a battle to succeed David Cameron is looming. Facing growing pressure from eurosceptic MPs within the centre-right party, Cameron on Sunday refused to rule out campaigning for a British exit from the European Union. Cameron said he could not "guarantee" that his attempt to renegotiate the terms of Britain's EU membership would be successful ahead of a planned in-or-out referendum due to be held by 2017.

England out of its own Rugby World Cup party

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:38:23 AMGo to full article
England's captain Chris Robshaw leaves the field after losing 33-13 in the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON (AP) — Let the post-mortems begin.

Barcelona, Chelsea both lose; Aguero nets 5 goals

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:04:18 AMGo to full article
Chelsea's John Terry reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)LONDON (AP) — Barcelona and Chelsea both stumbled to losses on Saturday to make a bad week even worse for two of Europe's defending league champions.

British PM Cameron says will not be rushed on EU referendum date

‎04 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:34:32 AMGo to full article
British Prime Minister Cameron arrives at EU Council headquarters for EU leaders summit in BrusselsBy Guy Faulconbridge MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said his renegotiation of Britain's ties with the European Union was "bloody hard work" but that he would not be rushed into naming a date for a referendum on membership, The Sunday Telegraph reported. On the eve of an annual gathering of his ruling Conservative Party, Cameron urged his lawmakers and supporters to show patience over the issue of Europe which is likely to dominate the conference in the northern English city of Manchester. For at least a generation, Cameron's party has been riven by a conflict over Europe that contributed to the downfall of both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, the last two Conservative prime ministers.

Russia hits IS in Syria heartland in defiance of West

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:52:35 PMGo to full article
A video grab made on September 30, 2015, shows an image taken from footage made available on the Russian Defence Ministry's official website, purporting to show an airstrike in SyriaRussia bombed the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Saturday and vowed to press its aerial campaign despite criticism from Washington and its allies that the military action is strengthening the jihadists. A long-time staunch backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia began sorties over its ally Wednesday in what it said would be a prolonged bombing campaign against IS and other extremist groups. Senior Moscow military officials said warplanes pounded Syria Saturday after a strike that blew up a command post in Raqa, IS's de facto capital in Syria, taking to 60 the number of sorties carried out so far.

Thousands march in Vienna to show support for migrants

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:26:27 PMGo to full article
Protesters march during a demonstration in support of refugees in ViennaVIENNA/HELSINKI (Reuters) - More than 20,000 people took to the streets in Vienna on Saturday to show support for migrants and reject a recent upswing in support for Austria's right-wing, anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO). Last month alone, about 200,000 refugees and migrants - many fleeing war in Syria - entered the nation of 8.5 million, fuelling support for the FPO in recent provincial elections and national polls. FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache, who vows to protect what he calls Austria's Christian and Western identity, is running for mayor of Vienna in an Oct. 11 election.

Ukraine warring sides announce start of small arms withdrawal

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:16:02 PMGo to full article
Pro-Russian separatists take part in a military competition between tank units near the town of Torez, in the Donetsk region, on September 24, 2015Warring sides in Ukraine on Saturday announced the start of smaller weapons withdrawal from a buffer zone as the West admitted that securing long-lasting peace would take longer than expected. After key talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris on Friday, French President Francois Hollande said the implementation of a peace plan would be extended into next year, contrary to an earlier agreement. The delay in implementing the so-called Minsk peace process led many analysts to see Putin scoring a tactical victory by launching air strikes in Syria and shifting Western attention away from the conflict in the ex-Soviet country.

The Latest: Record 150-plus world leaders at UN summits

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎08:08:29 PMGo to full article
President of the Syrian National Coalition Khaled Khoja, right, is joined by Syrian National Coalition Special Representative to the U.S. and the United Nations Najib Ghadbian as he speaks to reporters during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest developments from the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, where world leaders are grappling with a multitude of global crises, including the fight against terrorism — the Islamic State in particular — and easing the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (all times local):

Thousands march in support of migrants in Vienna

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:14:22 PMGo to full article
Protesters gather during a pro-Asylum demo to welcome refugees in Vienna on October 3, 2015A rally in support of migrants fleeing the Syrian conflict and other hardships drew tens of thousands to Vienna on Saturday, organisers and police said. Austria has been a key transit point for many refugees reaching eastern Europe, and organisers said their bid to show public solidarity drew some 60,000 into the capital's streets. "It is important to show solidarity and welcome refugees and show that in Austria we have a liberal and welcoming culture," one marcher who gave his name Georg told AFP.

'Unprecedented' migrant breach briefly closes Channel Tunnel

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:11:38 PMGo to full article
More than 100 migrants overnight October 2-3, 2015, forced a fence to enter the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles, northern FranceMore than 100 migrants stormed the Channel Tunnel early Saturday, penetrating a third of the way through and attacking staff in an incident that halted overnight traffic. The attempt to go through the tunnel from France to Britain came as the daily flow of thousands of migrants and refugees flocking to Europe's shores showed little sign of easing, with 168,000 migrants and refugees arriving in September alone, UN figures showed. Most are seeking refuge in Germany or Sweden, but others have continued their journey to France in the hope of somehow crossing the Channel to reach England.

Germany marks 25 years of unity, facing new challenges

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:22:38 PMGo to full article
German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel, from left, walk through the city during celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the German Unification in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Boris Roessler/Pool Photo via AP)BERLIN (AP) — Germany marks a quarter-century as a reunited nation on Saturday, with two leaders from the formerly communist east heading a country that increasingly asserts itself as Europe's political heavyweight — and now faces a new challenge in a refugee influx that will demand deep reserves of resourcefulness and patience.

Controversial Nobel Prize winners

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:39:33 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Wednesday June 13, 1973 file photo, President Nixon's National Security Adviser Henry A. Kissinger, left, and Le Duc Tho, member of Hanoi's Politburo, are shown outside a suburban house at Gif Sur Yvette in Paris after negotiation session. Founder of the Nobel Prize Alfred Nobel gave only vague instructions on how to select winners, leaving wide room for interpretation by the prize committees in Stockholm and Oslo. In 1973 U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese leader Le Duc Tho were honored for their efforts to achieve a cease-fire in the Vietnam War in what’s become one of the most contentious awards in Nobel history. The Vietnamese leader refused to accept the award, Kissinger asked the U.S. ambassador to Norway to accept it for him, and the war dragged on for three more years. The prize was heavily criticized, particularly by those who opposed the Vietnam War and associated Kissinger with it. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz, file)STOCKHOLM (AP) — It's just a prize, right? Maybe so, but the Nobel Prizes have a way of sparking ferocious debate about whether the winners were worthy or whether the judges' decisions were politically biased.

Nordic states fret over migrant threat to Schengen

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:14:18 PMGo to full article
Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg fears the migrant crisis could endanger Europe's borderless Schengen zoneNorwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Saturday said she feared for Europe's borderless Schengen zone and urged countries to shore up their external frontiers in the face of the migrant crisis. "The challenge for the Nordic region is not an internal one, but the fact that Schengen's outer borders have broken down," Solberg said. "We must now make sure that the outer borders work," she added as Europe struggles to cope with its worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Migrant crisis boosts Austria far-right ahead of Vienna vote

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:11:47 PMGo to full article
Heinz-Christian Strache (L), leader of right-wing Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe)Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) has drawn nearly even with the ruling Social Democrats (SPOe) in Vienna ahead of October 11 elections in the capital city state, according to a poll published Saturday. According to the survey, the FPOe would win some 35 percent of the vote, just one point short of the SPOe, which has controlled the Austrian capital since 1945. The FPOe, led by 46-year-old Hans-Christian Strache, has gained steadily in the polls since the spring, thanks in part to the migrant crisis, like other far-right parties across Europe.

Germany fetes 25 years of unity with call for refugee welcome

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:05:15 PMGo to full article
Celebrations in Frankfurt marked the Day of the German reunification on October 3, 2015, the 25th anniversary since the reunification of East and West GermanyGermany on Saturday celebrated 25 years since its joyful reunification, with its leaders urging the nation to muster the same strength and solidarity to face a record refugee influx. The silver anniversary of the day communist East Germany and the capitalist West reunited as one country comes with Europe's top economy standing at a crossroads. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck, both of whom grew up under communism, attended ceremonies in the business capital Frankfurt with the resonant slogan "Overcoming Borders".

Marking 25 years of German unity, president says refugee crisis even bigger challenge

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:52:03 PMGo to full article
German Chancellor Merkel, President Gauck and his partner Schadt attend a ceremony in the 'Alte Oper' in FrankfurtBy Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - As Germany celebrated 25 years since reunification on Saturday, President Joachim Gauck said Europe's refugee crisis posed a greater challenge to the country than the welding together of western Germany and the former communist East. Gauck, a former Lutheran pastor from East Germany who played a prominent role in the peaceful protests there that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, said the two halves of the country had become one over the past quarter of a century. "What belongs together has grown back together," he told an audience in Frankfurt that included Chancellor Angela Merkel and civil rights campaigners from the former East.

Syrian opposition says leader met UN chief on Russia strikes

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:12 PMGo to full article
President of the Syrian National Coalition Khaled Khoja, right, is joined by Syrian National Coalition Special Representative to the U.S. and the United Nations Najib Ghadbian as he speaks to reporters during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Western-backed Syrian National Coalition opposition group said its leader met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and urged him to speak out against Russian airstrikes, as a U.N. gathering of world leaders neared its end Saturday.

Yemen's prime minister visits Bab al-Mandab strait

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:23:26 PMGo to full article
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's prime minister visited an area leading to the Bab al-Mandab strait, the strategic southern entrance to the Red Sea and the gateway to the Suez Canal, after anti-rebel forces pushed Shiite rebels out of the immediate area, government spokesman Rajeh Badi said Saturday.

Turkey's Erdogan faces tough EU talks on refugees, Syria

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:05:15 PMGo to full article
Refugees and migrants arrive at the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 2, 2015Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets EU leaders Monday but they will find it hard to bridge gaps on the migrant crisis and the Syrian war that has produced so many of the refugees they must both deal with, analysts say. Russian air strikes in Syria have upped the ante in a conflict which has destabilised a region in which Ankara plays a pivotal role, with Turkey taking around two million refugees from Syria. Erdogan faces crunch elections on November 1 and analysts say he will want some solid signs of progress to take home without giving ground in his implacable campaign against Kurdish rebels.

Mexican 'wolf man' battles isolation of rare condition

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:16:41 PMGo to full article
Those who suffer from the rare disease of hypertrichosis, better known as wolfman syndrome, have an abnormal amount of hair growth on the face and bodyJesus Aceves may never get used to people's stares, but after decades of alcoholism and a painful career as a circus freak, he has made a resolution: to stop burying his hair-covered face in his hands. Aceves, a 41-year-old Mexican man, has an extremely rare condition called hypertrichosis, also known as "werewolf syndrome" -- an abnormal amount of hair growth on the face and body. Just 50 cases of hypertrichosis have ever been documented.

Scholars predicting historic Mormon leadership decision

‎03 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:11:21 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this April 5, 2014, file photo, members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing during the opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference in Salt Lake City. As many as three new high-ranking Mormon leaders could be named during this weekend’s church conference to fill vacancies on a governing body that sets church policy and run the faith’s business operations. Nearly 100,000 people attend sessions held Saturday and Sunday at the twice-a-year church conference in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church could name as many as three new high-ranking leaders at a Utah conference this weekend, and scholars predict that for the first time ever, at least one could be from outside North America and Europe.



The Latest: Hungary to close reception center in Debrecen

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:43:43 PMGo to full article
A refugee woman holds a baby while waiting for a train towards Serbia, at the transit camp for refugees near the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, after crossing the border from Greece, Friday at dawn, Oct. 2, 2015. The international Red Cross says vulnerable migrants in the Balkans are facing increasingly difficult conditions with the arrival of heavy rains and cold weather. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The latest developments in the hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants passing through Europe on their way west. All times local.

Platini's legal woes makes FIFA election more unpredictable

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:36:29 PMGo to full article
ZURICH (AP) — More than two months into Michel Platini's FIFA presidential campaign, football fans are still waiting to hear just how he plans to rebuild the governing body's reputation. He might never get the opportunity.

Stocks, dollar sink after weak jobs report suggests slowdown

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:26:40 PMGo to full article
Trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. A weak report on the U.S. jobs market is sending the stock market and the dollar sharply lower in early trading. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A weak report on the U.S. jobs market knocked the stock market lower early Friday. U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in September and added fewer jobs in July and August than previously thought.

Czechs propose central European action to protect Hungarian border

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎05:25:39 PMGo to full article
The Czech government has proposed that three central European states send hundreds of troops and police to help protect Hungary's borders against a migrant influx into Europe's Schengen passport-free travel zone, officials said on Friday. The central Europeans have stressed the need to secure the European Union's outer borders as the basis of any response to the inflow of hundreds of thousands of refugees this year. Hungary's position is seen as pivotal as it forms the external boundary of the EU's Schengen passport-free travel zone.

Germany fetes 25 years of post-Wall unity amid fresh woes

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:52:15 PMGo to full article
Young people wave flags near the Brandenberg gate in Berlin on October 3, 1990 as they celebrate Germany's reunificationGermany celebrates 25 years Saturday since its historic reunification just as a record influx of migrants and a massive cheating scam at iconic carmaker Volkswagen have sparked a national bout of soul-searching. The silver anniversary of the day communist east Germany and the capitalist west reunited as one country comes as Europe's top economy stands at a crossroads. This year, the annual party will be held in the business capital Frankfurt and Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck, both of whom grew up under communism, will attend ceremonies at a concert hall with the resonant motto "Overcoming Borders".

Hungary joins other NATO allies to host command center

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:26:29 PMGo to full article
Hungary, along with other states in central and eastern Europe, will host a command center to help coordinate deployment of NATO's rapid reaction force in an emergency, the government said on Friday. Hungary said the command center, called a NATO Force Integration Unit, would be staffed by 40 officers from Hungary and other NATO member states, but it would not be a base for forces.

Leaders meet in Paris to consolidate Ukraine's fragile peace

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:23:56 PMGo to full article
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and French President Francois Hollande meet for talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris on October 2, 2015The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine met in Paris on Friday to consolidate a fragile peace in Ukraine, as President Vladimir Putin eyes relief from punishing sanctions over Moscow's role in the conflict. Fighting has all but stopped in separatist eastern Ukraine but with peace closer than ever, the 17-month conflict risks being overshadowed by Russia's dramatic intervention in the Syrian war. Putin arrived at the Elysee Palace for talks with Hollande who, while smiling, appeared to give him a more restrained greeting than German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukraine's leader Petro Poroshenko who the French president warmly embraced.

Syria: New Russian strikes, talks in Paris on Assad's future

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:10:40 PMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, image taken from video provided by the Syrian activist-based media group Qasioun News, which has-been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, Syrians gather as smoke rises from the rubble of a building in the aftermath of a Russian airstrike, in Dair al-Asafeer village, rural Damascus, Syria. Russian fighter jets have kept up a sustained rhythm of airstrikes since Wednesday. They carried out 18 sorties in the past 24 hours, including 10 overnight in which seven sites were bombed, the Defense Ministry said Friday. (Qasioun News via AP Video) MANDATORY CREDITPARIS (AP) — The presidents of Russia and France, which both started bombing Syria this week, held talks Friday about their military operations as they tried to overcome differences on whether Syrian President Bashar Assad should stay in power.

Closure of migrants' main rail route to Germany from Austria extended

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:59:34 PMGo to full article
The suspension of regular train service on a link that tens of thousands of migrants used to get from Austria into Germany has been extended by eight days to Oct. 12, Austria's rail operator OeBB said on Friday. Germany closed the rail link with the Austrian city of Salzburg on Sept. 15 to slow down the influx of migrants across its border, though many have since found other ways German territory whether by train, road or on foot. Austria, wedged between Hungary and Germany, has been a center of the migration crisis unfolding across Europe with over 500,000 people, many fleeing war and poverty in countries like Syria, having reached the continent to date this year.

Sweden sees record number of asylum seekers in 2015

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:54:22 PMGo to full article
Sweden is likely to receive a record number of asylum seekers in 2015, with data on Friday showing applicants have already exceeded a full year forecast issued by its migration agency just over two months ago. The Nordic country's traditionally generous attitude toward newcomers has made it a favored destination for many of the hundreds of thousands of people whose arrival has created Europe's biggest migration crisis since World War Two. In the year to Oct. 1, more than 74,000 people sought asylum in Sweden, data published by the migration agency showed on Friday, meaning the full year figure will almost certainly top the record 84,000 seen in 1992 during the Balkan wars.

AP PHOTOS: Children find simple joys along migrant trail

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:34:41 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, a young child laughs, looking out of a bus window in a center for asylum seekers near Roszke, southern Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Among the hundreds of thousands of people making their way across Europe, fleeing conflict and poverty in places like Syria and Iraq, there are many families whose young children find things to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys.

AP Interview: Uribe challenges Colombia's peace breakthrough

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:26:55 PMGo to full article
Colombia´s Senator and former President Alvaro Uribe gestures during an interview with The Associated Press in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Uribe lashed out at what he considers a double standard by the international community for applauding a recent breakthrough in peace talks with leftist rebels that he says puts the country on a path toward more violence and impunity. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe harshly criticized the international community for having what he considers a double standard by applauding a recent breakthrough in peace talks with leftist rebels that he says undermine the nation's rule of law.

Nobel official's behind-scenes book overshadows peace prize

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:24:21 PMGo to full article
FILE - This is a Sept. 17, 2015 file photo shows Geir Lundestad holds his book "The Peace Secretary" before launch at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo. The book detailing the secret tussles behind some of the most controversial Nobel Peace Prizes in the last quarter century is having its own disruptive effect on the 2015 award. (Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix, File via AP) NORWAY OUTSTAVANGER, Norway (AP) — A book detailing the secret tussles behind some of the most controversial Nobel Peace Prizes in the last quarter century is having its own disruptive effect on the 2015 award.

Hungary PM tells US, Australia to take some of Europe's migrants

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:19:59 PMGo to full article
Hungarian Prime minister Viktor OrbanHungary's populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban called Friday on the US, Australia, Israel and "rich Arab nations" to take in some of the migrants flowing into Europe, while likening the influx to an "army". "It's not fair, that the USA doesn't take any in, or only 10,000-15,000 refugees," Orban told radio station Kossuth. "It's not fair that Israel doesn't take any at all, that Australia doesn't take any at all, that the rich Arab countries are dithering," he said.

German car exports up 7 pct in September over year earlier

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:41:43 PMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — A German industry group says that German car exports were up 7 percent in September compared with a year earlier, while new registrations of cars at home climbed 5 percent.

EU car tests unlike those in US _ but have similar failings

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:14:44 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, a brand sign of the Volkswagen car company is seen at the car factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. More than a decade ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency helped develop a technology that ultimately allowed an independent laboratory to catch Volkswagen’s elaborate cheating on car emissions tests. But EPA did not apply that technology on its own tests of diesel passenger cars and instead focused on trucks,thus missing its best chance to foil the German carmaker’s deception as early as 2007. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)BRUSSELS (AP) — Here's the main thing the United States and the European Union's auto emissions tests have in common: holes so big that manufacturers could, so to speak, drive cars through them.

Hungary's Orban attacks Croatian counterpart over migrants

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:14:17 PMGo to full article
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses the opening ceremony of Bank of China's RMB Clearing Center in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Oct. 2. 2015. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister lambasted his Croatian counterpart Friday, accusing him of being the envoy of a global left-wing organization with the job of attacking Hungary — some the strongest statements yet in neighborhood disputes caused by the migrant crisis.

One in five of PM Cameron's lawmakers may favor 'Brexit': lobby group

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:14:09 PMGo to full article
Britain's PM Cameron speaks before start of the Leaders' Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism at the United Nations General Assembly in New YorkBy Guy Faulconbridge and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - As many as one in five of British Prime Minister David Cameron's lawmakers is likely to vote to leave the European Union in a referendum, research showed on Friday, with the "Brexit" issue likely to dominate the party's annual conference next week. Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's EU ties ahead of a membership vote by the end of 2017. Splits over Europe have long plagued Cameron's party, contributing to the downfall of the last two Conservative prime ministers, Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

Hungary asylum seeker numbers jump in August

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:58:20 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, syrian refugee child Jana Makkiyeh, 3, whose family comes from Damascus, Syria, holds a teddy bear while standing near her family's tent at a makeshift camp for asylum seekers in Roszke, southern Hungary. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants making their way to Europe, there are many families whose young children still play or find something to smile about even after harrowing experiences and long journeys. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)BRUSSELS (AP) — The number of people seeking asylum in Hungary almost doubled in August as the government was building a razor-wire fence to stop people entering the country from Serbia, the European Union's statistical agency said Friday.

Finland raises 2015 forecast for asylum seekers to 50,000

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:38:20 PMGo to full article
Asylum seekers attend the "Let's play bAll together" event, which is a sports and welcoming event arranged by the locals for refugees, at a refugee center in Hennala, LahtiFinland on Friday raised its estimate for the number of asylum-seekers expected to reach the country this year to about 50,000 from 30,000 previously, after a heightened influx in September. Drawn by an existing Iraqi community in Finland and eased asylum criteria, thousands of Iraqi refugees arrived last month after a long journey through Central Europe and neighboring Sweden, crossing the border at Tornio near the Arctic Circle. "A new railway connection from southern Sweden to Lulea (up north), due to open on Saturday, may in the short term increase the number of asylum seekers coming to Finland," the interior ministry said in a statement.

Russian air strikes in Syria to last three-four months: Putin ally

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:24:05 PMGo to full article
Frame grab shows airstrikes carried out by Russian air force hitting target in SyriaRussia estimates its air strike campaign in Syria could last three to four months, the head of the lower house of the Russian parliament's foreign affairs committee said on Friday. "There is always a risk of being bogged down but in Moscow, we are talking about an operation of three to four months," Alexei Pushkov, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, told French radio station Europe 1. Pushkov was speaking a few hours before Putin was due to meet leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine in Paris for talks about Ukraine which were likely to be overshadowed by the conflict in Syria.

Murders test Bangladesh claims that radical Islam in check

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:00:39 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, Bangladeshi policemen investigate at the site of attack on Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A string of slayings claimed by radical Islamist groups has Bangladesh scrambling to contain what appears to be a rising tide of extremism, and it couldnít have come at a worse time -- the countryís fragile economic growth is faltering this year amid renewed political unrest. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A string of slayings claimed by radical Islamic groups has Bangladesh scrambling to contain what appears to be a rising tide of extremism, and it couldn't have come at a worse time — the country's fragile economic growth is faltering this year amid renewed political unrest.

Putin holds first talks with Western leaders since Syria strikes

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:29:44 AMGo to full article
An image from a Homs Media Center video released on September 30, 2015 shows smoke billowing from buildings and a minaret in Talbisseh in Homs provincePresident Vladimir Putin comes face to face with Western leaders on Friday for the first time since Moscow launched air strikes in Syria amid a growing rift over whom they are targeting. Putin will be in Paris for a peace summit on the Ukraine conflict, but Russia's sudden intervention in Syria looks set to dominate as he holds talks with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Russia insists it is bombing Islamic State jihadists and other groups, but Western nations are highly sceptical and believe it is trying to shore up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Moscow's long-time ally.

Croatia braces for winter as shivering migrants pour in

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:03:35 AMGo to full article
A group of migrants from the Middle East arrive in the rain in the northeastern Croatian village of Bapska, after travelling from neighboring Serbia, on September 28, 2015The Croatian sun has given way to rain and the temperature has dropped, but refugees and migrants continue to stream into the country, forcing officials and charities to scramble to prepare for wintry conditions. More than 90,000 migrants, many of them fleeing conflict in the Middle East, have transited through Croatia since mid-September after EU member Hungary closed its border with Serbia, forcing them to find a new route. Despite the cold, the wind and the drizzle, few complain as they wait to be transferred to a reception centre in Opatovac, about 12 kilometres away.

Portuguese set to stick with what they know in elections

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:27:47 AMGo to full article
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The past four years of austerity have been hard for Portuguese pensioner Rogerio Justino, his son and grandchildren. Despite that, he will vote Sunday to re-elect the country's center-right coalition government which imposed the tough measures.

Treve chasing hat-trick at Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:54:33 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2014 file photo, Thierry Jarnet riding Treve crosses the finish line to win the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe horse race at the Longchamp race track, outside Paris. Already a superstar in racing circles, Treve is gaining new fans outside the racecourses bubble with her bid for an unprecedented hat-trick of victories in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The five-year-old mare trained by Criquette Head-Maarek and ridden by Jarnet will start as the favorite in the race on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2015 at the Longchamp racecourse amid a growing excitement in the general public spurred by a well-oiled communication campaign. (AP Photo/File)PARIS (AP) — Already a superstar in horse racing circles, Treve is gaining new fans outside the racecourses bubble with her bid for an unprecedented hat-trick of victories in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Record 168,000 people reached Europe by sea in September: UN

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:28:53 AMGo to full article
Child migrants are helped by rescuers during a rescue operation off the coast of LibyaGeneva (AFP) - Some 168,000 migrants and refugees made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe in September, marking the highest monthly figure on record, the United Nations said Friday.

EU border force plan revived as refugee crisis spirals

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:27:10 AMGo to full article
Refugees and migrants arrive on a dinghy to the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 1, 2015Europe's refugee crisis has revived plans for a controversial pan-EU border and coast guard force to patrol countries like Greece and Italy which are struggling to cope with the wave of migrants. It's a nice idea but it's a very long shot," Marc Pierini of the Brussels-based think tank Carnegie Europe, who is a former EU ambassador, told AFP. "What we can hope for is a mechanism by which national coast guards would be coordinated, reinforced with EU financial means, but essentially leaving the task to member states," he added.

Facts and figures for the 11th Presidents Cup

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:27:01 AMGo to full article
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Facts and figures for the 11th Presidents Cup matches:

In Lesbos cemetery, nameless dead with no one to claim them

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:13:28 AMGo to full article
All that is known of the little girl is that she was seven -- according to the coroner -- and that she died on September 20 trying to cross the Aegean Sea in search of a better future"Her mother may be alive in Turkey but we have not been able to find a family contact," says Effi Latsoudi, a member of a volunteer group helping migrants on Lesbos, the Greek island that is a gateway into Europe for thousands of migrants and refugees.

Russia defends its military action in Syria

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:11:31 AMGo to full article
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian jets carried out a second day of airstrikes in Syria Thursday, and Sen. John McCain said that the targets included U.S.-backed rebels, as concerns grew about a conflict that has now drawn in warplanes from the world's two most powerful militaries.

Merkel tops speculation on scooping Nobel Peace Prize

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎02:01:13 AMGo to full article
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been praised for her actions over the Ukraine and refugee crisesSpeculation mounted Friday that Angela Merkel could scoop this year's Nobel Peace Prize for her leadership during Europe's migrant crisis after she was being tipped by one of Germany's leading newspapers and experts in Norway. Ahead of the Nobel prize season beginning on Monday, Germany's influential Bild newspaper said Merkel, 61, had "a good chance" of winning, in part over her open-door policy on refugees fleeing war and persecution. A total of 276 nominations have been submitted for this year's peace prize -- two short of the record 278 last year.

Spain finds 300 kilos of cocaine in pureed banana shipment

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:21:45 AMGo to full article
A general view is seen on June 22, 2012 of the port of Valencia, Spain, where authorities seized 300 kilos of cocaine from a container from Costa Rica on October 1, 2015Spanish authorities seized 300 kilos of cocaine worth 10 million euros ($11 million dollars) from a container loaded with pureed bananas that arrived from Costa Rica, the government tax office said Thursday. Police and customs officers found the cocaine on Monday in the Mediterranean port of Valencia, Spain's second busiest port, a tax office spokesman said. Spanish authorities were trying to figure out the origin of the cocaine, which arrived on September 26 on a boat that departed Puerto Moin just east of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

Russia confounds US with Syria military moves

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:13:47 AMGo to full article
In this image made from video provided by Hadi Al-Abdallah, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, smoke rises after airstrikes in Kafr Nabel of the Idlib province, western Syria, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Russian jets carried out a second day of airstrikes in Syria Thursday, but there were conflicting claims about whether they were targeting Islamic State and al-Qaeda militants or trying to shore up the defenses of President Bashar Assad. (Hadi Al-Abdallah via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Now, 1,506 days since the Obama administration first declared that Syrian President Bashar Assad's "days are numbered," he's still there, and a convergence of Western trepidation and Russian resolve could strengthen his position further. But it also could set the stage for a long-sought political transition leading to the end of the Assad family's 45-year rule.

U.S. fuel economy data on cars inaccurate and getting worse, study finds

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎01:07:37 AMGo to full article
By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's testing underestimates how much fuel cars will burn on the road, and the problem has gotten worse, according to a study released on Thursday. The release of the study funded by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory comes as regulators in the United States, Canada and Europe tighten their scrutiny of how cars perform in real-world conditions. The gap between the better performance of cars in testing by regulators and the lower fuel economy drivers experience has been widely known.

European automakers ask policymakers for time on emissions

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:42:16 AMGo to full article
By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European carmakers have asked EU policymakers not to over react following the scandal over Volkswagen's emissions tests, saying the industry needs until 2019 to meet fully some new pollution limits. Volkswagen has admitted cheating in diesel emissions tests in the United States and Germany's transport minister says it also manipulated them in Europe, where it sells about 40 percent of its vehicles. In response, the European Commission has said it plans to reform the regulatory framework and is also pressing ahead with work underway to tighten vehicle testing procedures.

Volkswagen's U.S. chief to testify before House panel on October 8

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:42:16 AMGo to full article
Volkwagen AG's top U.S. executive will testify on Oct. 8 before a U.S. congressional oversight panel about the German automaker's emissions cheating scandal involving 11 million vehicles worldwide, a panel spokesman said on Thursday. Michael Horn, president and chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, will appear before an investigations panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for proceedings scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT). Lawmakers will also hear from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Volkswagen says emission scandal investigations to take months

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:40:20 AMGo to full article
Volkswagen power plant in WolfsburgBy Andreas Cremer BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen said on Thursday it would take longer than expected to investigate its rigging of vehicle emissions tests, raising the prospect of months of uncertainty for customers, shareholders and staff. After a seven-hour meeting late on Wednesday, the German carmaker's supervisory board said it would take "at least several months" to complete investigations, including an external inquiry by U.S. law firm Jones Day. Europe's largest carmaker has admitted cheating in diesel emissions tests in the United States and Germany's transport minister says it also manipulated them in Europe, where Volkswagen sells about 40 percent of its vehicles.

French Channel Tunnel train drivers 'haunted' by migrant deaths

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:23:09 AMGo to full article
Police officers patrol a Eurotunnel train depot on August 5, 2015 in Fréthun, near CalaisFrench train drivers who work for Eurotunnel said Thursday they were so overcome with fear and anxiety over the deaths of migrants trying to cross to Britain that they could no longer do their job. The drivers with France's largest labour union, the CGT, published an open letter calling for action following the deaths of at least 13 migrants in five months as they tried to access the tunnel. The most recent reported death was on Wednesday when an Eritrean in his twenties was found dead after being hit by a freight train.

Russia strikes add to chaotic mix of players and interests in Syria

‎02 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:10:02 AMGo to full article
An image grab taken from a video released by the Homs Media Center on September 30, 2015 shows smoke billowing from buildings in the central Syrian town of Talbisseh in Homs provinceThe start of Russian air strikes in Syria has added yet another dimension to a war that already featured multiple actors pulling in different directions and serving their own interests, say experts. "We've seen incredibly complicated, multi-faceted conflicts in the past," said Shashank Joshi, senior researcher at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, giving the Bosnian war of the 1990s as an example. "If Iran loses Syria, it loses by far its biggest ally in the Middle East.

Top Asian News at 10:00 a.m. GMT

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:03:22 PMGo to full article
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal feels like it is being choked. It's running out of gasoline. Medical supplies are becoming scarce. All because of an unofficial economic blockade imposed by neighboring India from where Nepal gets almost all its essential supplies. Many Nepalese believe that India has been retaliating against their government since Sept. 20, when it approved a new constitution seen by New Delhi as discriminatory to an ethnic Indian community — the Madhesi — living in Nepal's border districts.

Correction: France-Uber story

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:04 PMGo to full article
Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, general manager for western Europe of California-based Uber, left, and Thibaud Simphal, manager of Uber France, right arrive at the court house in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Two Uber executives are facing the possibility of prison in a trial hinging on the ride-hailing service's outlawed low-cost service. The trial Wednesday of Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty and Thibaud Simphal, comes a week after France's top constitutional authority upheld a 2014 law banning the low-cost UberPop service, which allowed any driver to act as a taxi. Uber's standard app-based service remains legal in France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS (AP) — In a story Sept. 30 about two Uber executives, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the names of the executives in some versions. They are Thibaud Simphal and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty.

Immigrants appeal to Hungarians' hearts via their stomachs

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:46:42 AMGo to full article
A guest eats "Kibbeh", also known as Syrian meatballs, in the Castro restaurant in BudapestBy Krisztina Than BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A bunch of restaurants in Budapest have found a mouth-watering way to challenge Hungarian attitudes to Europe's migrant crisis - by serving up tasty dishes from Syria and other countries that are providing many of the refugees. Hungary's right-wing government has come under fire over its clampdown on migrants fleeing conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and beyond.

Tired Croatian bus drivers ferry migrants day and night

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:38:51 AMGo to full article
Migrants disembark at the Beremend crossing station on the Hungary-Croatia border on September 30, 2015They usually chauffeur tourists or school children, but Croatian bus drivers are now working into the night ferrying thousands of migrants from one corner of their country to another. "The hardest part is not the driving, it's the waiting," said Domagoj Majstorovic, who does the school run during the day and transports migrants at night and on the weekends. It is a cumbersome process: a bus cannot be emptied until all the migrants in the preceding vehicle have been carefully searched by the Hungarian police, before being shepherded into a buffer zone.

China sends Europe coveted new exports: Jobs, investment

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎10:14:51 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva, left, and China's President Xi Jinping attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. When two Chinese companies appeared among the bidders to buy a troubled Portuguese bank this year, its staff took heart. They believed the potential buyers would do what Chinese investors are increasingly doing in Europe: save badly needed jobs and invest in expanding the business. (Kim Kyung-hoon/Pool Photo via AP)LISBON, Portugal (AP) — When two Chinese companies appeared among the bidders to buy a troubled Portuguese bank this year, its staff took heart.

Council of Europe concerned at rising racism in Germany

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:36:51 AMGo to full article
A mother and her child wait outside the State Office of Health and Social Affairs in Berlin (LAGeSo) on September 30, 2015 where hundreds of migrants receive help from the Berlin administrationEurope's top human rights watchdog on Thursday voiced concern at mounting racism in Germany, citing a wave of far-right, anti-Islam demonstrations at odds with the more recent image of a country ready to open its doors to hundreds of thousands of refugees. "There have been worrying developments as regards public manifestations of racism and xenophobia," the Council of Europe's committee on national minorities said in a statement. "Manifestations of anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments are... reported to be rising, as well as attacks against asylum seekers," the report said.

Between devil and deep blue sea: Syrian children in Turkey

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:30:34 AMGo to full article
Migrants and refugees wait at the Esenler Bus Terminal in Istanbul for buses to the Turkish-Greek border after authorities withheld tickets to Turkish border townsIn the Istanbul district of Esenyurt, during the Muslim holiday of Eid, a skinny Syrian boy counted his friends on his fingers. "I like Turkey because in Syria there was a war. "When the war is over we'll return to Syria.

Europe, US split over form of Syria talks

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:18:39 AMGo to full article
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks next to Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a news conference at the U.N., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nine nations or five? In speeches at this year's U.N. gathering of world leaders, major powers are increasing calls for multilateral negotiations to end the war in Syria. But Europe and the United States are split on who should be at the table.

Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎07:17:11 AMGo to full article
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, listen to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, before a bilateral meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow's role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, President Bashar Assad.

Trump says he'd send back Syrians taken in by US

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:05:09 AMGo to full article
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump talks during a campaign stop, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Keene, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)KEENE, New Hampshire (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday that if he's elected president he would send back Syrian refugees taken in by the U.S. because they may be Islamic State militants in disguise.





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Siege of Vienna

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Death of Discernment Intro - Ron Matsen

In this segment, Ron Matsen discusses signs of the end times. This segment comes from the "Death of Deiscernment" briefing pack published by Koinon...

Of all the end-time themes discussed in the Bible—such as global disasters (Mt 24), the rise of the global super-state, the identity of the Antichrist, the mark of the beast, and the Magog invasion (Ezek 38-39)—“deception and apostasy in the church” is listed more times than any other end-time “sign of the times.”

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Are we now IN the Age of Apostasy?
Indicators of Decline
• Church Attendance: Church attendance in Eng­land as a percentage of the population (both Protestant and Catholics are included in these figures):
1970 13.3%
1980 11.1%
1990 9.4%
2000 7.2%
2010 5.3%
• Decline in Biblical Literacy: In England, The Portsmouth News, 13 April 2001, asked 50 members of church clergy about their congregation’s beliefs: 48% “Did not believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus” and 60% “believed that the spirit of Easter had been lost in favour of bunnies and Easter eggs.”
Cause for this Decline?
We will examine three causes—all three have an ex­ample in the history of Israel.
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4

Weathering the Coming Storm

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Dr. Chuck Missler, an internationally known business executive, outlines our current economic predicament and defensive steps you can take to lessen the impact of the impending economic crisis. As a Bible teacher for over 30 years with a ministry reaching over 40 countries, Chuck shares some key strategies to prepare yourself spiritually and practically.

Is the World facing another major economic upheaval?

What is the best strategy to protect your family in times of economic uncertainty?

The Church has enjoyed a relatively peaceful existence in the West for a few centuries but the with the coming persecution, how do we go about organizing home study and home-church?

Soul Survival – Keeping your “lamp full” during the hard times ahead.

Join Dr. Chuck Missler and Ron Matsen in the Executive Brie fing Room of
The River Lodge, New Zealand, in an intensive summary outlining what lies
ahead and how we can prepare for the coming storm.

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Unconditional Covenants - Chuck MIssler







"I know thy works, and tribulation and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
The most wealthy bloodline in the world bar none and the leader of the Ashkenazi Jews in the world today is the Rothschild family.  As you will see in the timeline, the Rothschilds have obtained this position through lies, manipulation and murder.  Their bloodline also extends into the Royal Families of Europe, and the following family names:  Astor; Bundy; Collins; duPont; Freeman; Kennedy; Morgan; Oppenheimer; Rockefeller; Sassoon; Schiff; Taft; and Van Duyn.





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