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The Latest: Mediterranean death toll hits 2,432, will rise

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:36:08 PMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 photo, rescuers remove the body of a migrant after their boat sank off the coast of in Zuwara, Libya. It was not clear how many migrants had drowned. Dozens of boats are launched from lawless Libya each week, with Italy and Greece bearing the brunt of the surge. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)GENEVA (AP) — Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.
 
 

Hungary's barrier plan worsens plight of migrants, helps smugglers: IOM

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:31:24 PMGo to full article
Hungary is exacerbating the problem of people-smuggling with its plan to build a barrier to restrict the flow of migrants and refugees into the country, the International Organization for Migration said on Friday. Hungary, which is part of Europe’s passport-free Schengen travel zone, is building a 3.5-metre high fence along its 175-km (110-mile) border with Serbia, taking a hard line on what right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban says is a threat to European security, prosperity and identity. The IOM says 1,500-2,000 are taking the route through Greece, Macedonia and Serbia to Hungary every day and that there is "a real possibility" the flow could rise to 3,000 daily.
 

Mediterranean refugee and migrant numbers pass 300,000 in 2015

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:26:22 PMGo to full article
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has passed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 in the whole of 2014, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday. More than 2,500 people have died making the crossing this year, not including about 200 who are feared to have drowned off Libya on Thursday. "The way people are being packed onto boats is causing their deaths," UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a regular U.N. briefing.
 

71 'Syrians' dead in Austria truck tragedy

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:21:23 PMGo to full article
Coffins with bodies of migrants who died in an abandoned lorry are unloaded from a van on August 28, 2015 at a forensics institute in ViennaAustrian police said Friday three people have been arrested over the gruesome discovery of 71 bodies in an abandoned lorry, with the victims believed to be Syrians. A toddler, three young boys and eight women were among the dead in the latest horrific tragedy in Europe's unrelenting migrant crisis. Another 76 bodies were recovered in the Mediterranean off Libya after yet another boat crammed with migrants sank, while a Swedish coastguard ship docked in Sicily carrying a grim cargo of 52 dead.
 
 

Greece's caretaker cabinet sworn in ahead of early vote

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:18:30 PMGo to full article
Vassiliki Thanou, 65, take a religious oath during a swearing in ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Athens, on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, to become Greece's first female prime minister. Greece came one step closer on Thursday to early elections with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos appointing the head of the country's Supreme Court as caretaker prime minister to lead the country to next month's polls. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new caretaker government, led by the nation's first female prime minister, was sworn in Friday as the country heads to early elections next month, the third time Greeks will go to the polls this year.
 
 

Militants posing as migrants? Unlikely, say European experts

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:15:31 PMGo to full article
By Mark Trevelyan LONDON (Reuters) - The risk that groups like Islamic State could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to security specialists with close ties to governments and intelligence agencies. By the end of July, more than a third of a million migrants and refugees had entered the European Union, mainly via Italy, Greece and Hungary, according to EU border agency Frontex. Once inside the bloc's borderless Schengen zone, the new arrivals -- many from countries like Syria and Iraq where Islamic State holds sway over vast areas -- are free to travel through 26 countries without restrictions or checks.
 

3 arrested in connection with deaths of 71 migrants in truck

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:14:39 PMGo to full article
Investigators search traces at a truck that stands on the shoulder of the highway A4 near Parndorf south of Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Aug 27, 2015. At least 20 migrants were found dead in the truck parked on the Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border, police said. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — Three people believed to be part of a human smuggling operation were arrested overnight in Hungary in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants found in a refrigerated truck abandoned on Austria's main highway, law enforcement officials said Friday.
 
 

Refugees or migrants? Debate over words to describe crisis

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:02:04 PMGo to full article
Syrians cross the border to Macedonia from the Greek town of Idomeni, early Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Thousands of migrants have arrived on Greek islands so far this year, hoping to head north to other more prosperous European countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)STOCKHOLM (AP) — Day after day, images of soaked and exhausted parents clutching their glassy-eyed children as they arrive on Europe's shores make their way around the world.
 
 

Libya recovers 82 bodies after migrant boat sinks - official

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:57:15 PMGo to full article
By Hani Amara ZUWARA, Libya (Reuters) - Libya has recovered 82 bodies washed ashore after a boat packed with migrants sank near the western town of Zuwara, a Red Crescent official said on Friday. "About 100 people are still missing," said Ibrahim al-Attoushi, the Red Crescent official, adding that about 198 migrants had been rescued. The boat sank on Thursday after leaving Zuwara, a major launchpad for smugglers shipping migrants to Italy by exploiting a security vacuum in Libya where rival governments and dozens of armed groups fight for control.
 

Aid-starved Syria refugees desert Mideast for Europe

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:44:23 PMGo to full article
Syrian refugees seek shelter at the UN-run Zaatari refugee camp, north east of the Jordanian capital AmmanAfter escaping a devastating war, frustrated Syrian refugees in aid-starved neighbouring states say they must now choose between joining an exodus to Europe or "returning home to die". Millions of Syrians have found shelter in surrounding countries including Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan that are now struggling to cope with the massive influx. A lack of jobs and humanitarian assistance means that many are now giving up on their host nations.
 
 

Asian stocks rise, Europe falls as global stock rally fades

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:38:52 PMGo to full article
Andrew Silverman, left, and a fellow trader work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. U.S. stocks closed sharply higher after China's main stock index logged its biggest gain in eight weeks. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 369.26 points, or 2. 3 percent, to 16,654.77. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets were uneven on Friday as a global rally driven by upbeat U.S. economic data faded.
 
 

Libya collects victims' bodies from latest migrant disaster

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:30:35 PMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 photo, bodies of migrants are taken from the scene of a capsized boat in Zuwara, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)ZUWARA, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the Libyan coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in the latest disaster involving desperate people trying to reach Europe.
 
 

Children among 71 migrants found dead in truck in Austria

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:27:18 PMGo to full article
By Karin Strohecker EISENSTADT, Austria (Reuters) - Four children, including a baby girl, were among 71 migrants found dead in a truck on an Austrian highway and three people have been arrested in Hungary in connection with the tragedy, Austrian police said on Friday. At a news conference in the town of Eisenstadt, Hans Peter Doskozil, police chief for the province of Burgenland, said one Syrian travel document had been found among the victims but that it was too early to say from which countries the entire group had come. The refrigerated truck was found by an Austrian motorway patrol near the Hungarian border just before lunchtime on Thursday, with fluids from the decomposing bodies seeping from its back door.
 

Toll in Libya migrant shipwreck rises to 76: aid workers

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:22:36 PMGo to full article
Migrants wait to be rescued from an overcrowded boat off the coast of Libya on August 23, 2015At least 76 people have died after a ship carrying hundreds of migrants sank off the coast of Libya, a spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent said Friday. "Until now 76 bodies have been retrieved from the sea and 198 people have been rescued," Mohammad al-Misrati told AFP. Libya's coastguard initially said that 30 people had died in the disaster that unfolded on Thursday near the western port of Zuwara.
 
 

Mediterranean migrant crossings top 300,000 in 2015: UN

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:32:08 AMGo to full article
Migrants are rescued from an overcrowded wooden boat during an operation by aid organisation MSF and Swedish coast guards in the Meditterranean Sea on August 26, 2015Geneva (AFP) - The number of refugees and migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean to Europe has soared past 300,000 this year, and some 2,500 more have died trying, the UN said Friday.
 
 

Hunting Moroccan hashish in the Strait of Gibraltar

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎08:30:48 AMGo to full article
Some of the 500 bales of hashish resin seized by Spanish police on June 28, 2015, in the Malaga seaportAs the powerful motors of their speedboat roared, Spanish police used a thermal imaging camera to scan the sea in the Strait of Gibraltar for traffickers smuggling hashish from Morocco. The control centre informs police in Algeciras, a port city in southern Spain just 90 minutes by ferry from Morocco, and three officers immediately jump into the boat to investigate.
 
 

Up to 50 found dead in Austria truck as migrant crisis rages

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:18:58 AMGo to full article
Austrian motorway maintenance workers first saw the poultry truck on Thursday and noticed "decomposing body fluids" dripping from the vehicleAustrian police found the decomposing bodies of up to 50 migrants in an abandoned truck, sparking a cross-border hunt for the people-smugglers responsible for the latest tragedy in Europe's migrant crisis. The grisly discovery near the Slovakia and Hungary borders came as at least 30 more migrants drowned in the Mediterranean and European leaders again met to try to find ways to handle the tide of people seeking refuge in the European Union. Austrian police said the vehicle found Thursday abandoned in the emergency lane of a motorway had "decomposing body fluids" dropping from it.
 
 

'I stopped counting': Doctor on discovering migrant boat dead

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:05:15 AMGo to full article
This handout picture released by MSF on August 27, 2015 shows migrants on a wooden boat during a rescue operation by MSF and the Swedish coast guard in the Meditterranean sea on August 26, 2015Stiff lifeless bodies submerged in water -- it's a sight Canadian doctor Simon Bryant won't soon forget after he found dozens of dead migrants in the hold of a boat off Libya. The 56-year-old doctor was on a mission Wednesday with Doctors Without Borders on the Phoenix, a vessel dedicated to rescuing migrants, when he was asked to help the Swedish coast guard during their rescue of a wooden boat with over 450 people on board.
 
 

At least 30 die as boat with 200 migrants sinks off Libya: coast guard

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎10:39:58 PMGo to full article
A file picture shows migrants being rescued by the Libyan coastguard after their inflatable boat started to sink off the coastal town of Guarabouli on November 20, 2014At least 30 people died Thursday when a boat carrying around 200 migrants bound for Europe sank in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, the country's coast guard said. "We have recovered 30 bodies so far and rescued dozens of people, with dozens more still missing after a boat carrying around 200 migrants sank off (the western port of) Zuwara," a coast guard official told AFP. The migrants so far accounted for were all of African origin, the official said, adding that rescue efforts were ongoing but would be "intensified" on Friday morning.
 
 

Dead migrants found in abandoned truck near Austrian capital

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎10:22:39 PMGo to full article
Investigators stand near a truck that stands on the shoulder of the highway A4 near Parndorf south of Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Aug 27, 2015. At least 20 migrants were found dead in the truck parked on the Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border, police said. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe's refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from the Austrian capital: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 — decomposing bodies of migrants piled inside.
 
 

Barcelona gets favorable draw in Champions League groups

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:22:41 PMGo to full article
FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez of Uruguay, center, celebrates his goal with his fellow teammate Sergi Carnicer, and Lionel Messi of Argentinaafter scoring against Athletic Bilbao soccer team during their Spanish La Liga soccer match, at San Mames stadium in Bilbao, northern Spain, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)MONACO (AP) — Barcelona got a favorable start to its title defense, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's wish to go home was granted and Benfica was given the longest trip in Champions League history on Thursday.
 
 

Stench of death as Austria finds truck loaded with migrant bodies

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:11:56 PMGo to full article
Forensic officers stand in front of a truck, inside of which they found the bodies of up to 50 migrants, on August 27, 2015When Austrian police opened the back of an abandoned lorry parked on the side of a motorway on Thursday morning, their eyes took in "an atrocious sight". There were "at least 20, but there could be as many as 40 or 50", said police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil. After police cordoned off part of the motorway, forensic teams wearing face masks worked feverishly to secure evidence, while police dogs searched the area for further clues as to what happened in this tragic spot.
 
 

Ukraine clashes kill eight, hurting push for new truce

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎08:39:25 PMGo to full article
Servicemen walk past anti-tank mines in the Lugansk region on August 27, 2015Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on Thursday reported the death of eight people in fresh clashes that endanger nascent talks on a new truce agreement for the war-torn separatist east. Government spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said seven Ukrainian servicemen had been killed and 13 injured in fighting that centred mostly around the pro-Russian republic of Donetsk. "For the first time in several days, the enemy has resumed using artillery rockets," Motuzyanyk told reporters in Kiev.
 
 

On Lesbos island, tourist comforts clash with migrant needs

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎08:20:29 PMGo to full article
Syrian migrants walk past Greek and European flags as they head towards the town of Mithimna on Lesbos island, after arriving in an inflatable boat from Turkey on August 22, 2015On the Greek island of Lesbos, a record influx of desperate migrants has left the tourist sector struggling to help out while still trying to keep its normal clientele. "People feel sorry for them, of course — I do also — but it's not good for our business when they come to our beach," says Teresa Dalvadanis, a 45-year-old Swedish restaurant owner, herself once a stranger to these shores. At one hotel near the island's port capital of Mytilene, a Syrian man asks in excellent English if there are any available rooms, showing his registration papers which, in theory, should allow him to secure accommodation.
 
 

Barcelona's Messi wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎08:10:49 PMGo to full article
UEFA President Michel Platini, right, gives the trophy for best player of the year to Barcelona's Lionel Messi of Argentina, during the UEFA Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)MONACO (AP) — Lionel Messi added another individual trophy to his collection Thursday, being voted UEFA's Best Player in Europe for last season.
 
 

Record migrant flow reported on Hungary's razor-wire border

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:09:12 PMGo to full article
A refugee girl moves under barbed wire as she crosses from Serbia to Hungary, in Roszke, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Over 10,000 migrants, including many women with babies and small children, have crossed into Serbia over the past few days and headed toward Hungary. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)ROSZKE, Hungary (AP) — Hungary deployed police reinforcements to rein in an unrelenting flow of migrants across its porous border Thursday, but refugee activists said the effort appeared futile in a nation whose migrant camps are overloaded and barely delay their journeys west into the heart of the European Union.
 
 

Migrant crisis forcing divided Europe to look ahead

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:03:12 PMGo to full article
A Greek police officer guides migrants arriving to enter MacedoniaBy Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Leaders of the European Union declared this week that it has "failed" in the face of human agony on its frontiers. But the migrant crisis may now be forging a better way forward. The failure is evident. Of millions fleeing war, oppression and misery, hundreds of thousands have been desperate enough to brave the sea to reach Europe; thousands have died but their numbers still multiply despite a mostly stony welcome: razor wire, hunger, filth and hosts more intent on blaming each other than on their common duty to help. ...
 
 

A look at the latest developments in Europe's migrant crisis

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:50:47 PMGo to full article
A refugee girl moves under barbed wire as she crosses from Serbia to Hungary, in Roszke, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Over 10,000 migrants, including many women with babies and small children, have crossed into Serbia over the past few days and headed toward Hungary. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)Record numbers of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea are trying to reach Europe this year, despite the risks of perilous sea crossings and little humanitarian assistance. Here are the latest developments Thursday:
 
 

Srebrenica defender indicted over Serbs' killings: prosecutor

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:33:07 PMGo to full article
A Bosnian Muslim wartime commander who defended Srebrenica against separatist Serb forces was indicted on Thursday for war crimes over the alleged killing of three Serb prisoners of war, Bosnia's state prosecutor's office said. Swiss authorities arrested Naser Oric in June on a warrant from Serbia over the killings of Serbs near Srebrenica during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.
 

Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:31:05 PMGo to full article
By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science. Under a law signed in March individual countries can seek exclusion from any approval request for GM cultivation across the EU. While the European Commission is responsible for approvals, requests to be excluded also have to be submitted to the company making the application.
 

EU urged to step up action against Mediterranean migrant smugglers

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:58:37 PMGo to full article
The European Union should increase the number of warships patrolling the Mediterranean Sea and start searching and diverting vessels suspected of smuggling migrants, an Italian admiral told EU ambassadors on Thursday. Many tens of thousands of people have put to sea this year, mainly setting out from Libya and Turkey, in the hope of reaching Europe. An EU military operation, launched in June, has so far focused on gathering intelligence on the smugglers' activities.
 

Balkan summit on migrants overshadowed by migrant deaths

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:12:04 PMGo to full article
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, from left, listen to a speech at the start of the Western Balkans Summit in the Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann had just finished telling other European leaders that there was an urgent need to crack down on human traffickers when the news came: at least 20 migrants — possibly up to 50 — have been found dead in a truck just miles away.
 
 

Sexwale 'weighing all options' about FIFA presidential race

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:46:51 PMGo to full article
MONACO (AP) — Touted as a potential FIFA president, Tokyo Sexwale is "weighing all options" before deciding if he will enter the governing body's election race.
 

Greece's Varoufakis says will not take part in 'sad elections'

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:24:26 PMGo to full article
By Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Yanis Varoufakis will not take part in "sad" elections expected next month in Greece and will instead focus on setting up a new movement to "restore democracy" across Europe, the former Greek finance minister told Reuters on Thursday. The combative, motorbike-riding academic was sacked as finance minister last month after alienating euro zone counterparts with his lecturing style and divisive words, hampering Greece's efforts to secure a bailout from partners. The one-time political rockstar has since steadily attacked the bailout program that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras subsequently signed up to and the austerity policies that go with it, rebelling against his former boss in parliament.
 

What's in a name? The debate over labelling migrants and refugees

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:15:53 PMGo to full article
Macedonian police allow migrants to pass near the Greece-Macedonia near the town of Gevgelija on August 27, 2015Paris (AFP) - Are they "migrants" or "refugees"? "Clandestini" or "illegals"? Deciding how to label the huge numbers of people moving around the globe has proved a thorny and politically-loaded question for governments and the media.
 
 

Juventus visits Roma looking for first Serie A points

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:42:54 PMGo to full article
Juventus' coach Massimiliano Allegri waves prior to a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Udinese at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)MILAN (AP) — After the shock of losing its opening Serie A match at home for the first time in its history, defending champion Juventus would have been hoping for an easy second match to get it up and running.
 
 

UK immigration at record high as topic is hotly debated

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:47:35 PMGo to full article
FILE - This is a Friday, May 22, 2015 file photo of British Prime Minister David Cameron as he speaks during a media conference at the conclusion of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, Latvia. Official figures on Thursday Aug. 27, 2015 show Britain gained almost 330,000 people through migration in the year to March 31, the highest figure on record and a headache for the Conservative government amid a political storm about immigration. Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will reduce net migration below 100,000, but critics say the goal is unachievable. Employers' group the Institute of Directors said government attempts to curb immigration were harming Britain's reputation as an open economy. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)LONDON (AP) — Britain gained almost 330,000 people through migration in the year to March 31, official figures showed Thursday. It's the highest figure on record and a headache for the Conservative government amid a political storm about immigration.
 
 

Romania gives Moldova 110 million euros on independence day

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:44:24 PMGo to full article
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Romania's prime minister has given Moldova 100 million euros ($117 million) in financial aid in a gesture of support for the former Soviet republic's EU membership bid.
 

UK immigration hits record high, causing headache for Cameron

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:31:46 PMGo to full article
By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Long-term net migration to Britain has hit a record high, underscoring the challenge Prime Minister David Cameron faces to dispel voter fears that immigrants are straining public services such as housing, hospitals and schools. As an island nation off northwest Europe, Britain is far from the frontline of the EU-wide crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees pour into the bloc this year via countries like Italy, Greece and Hungary. The bigger problem for Cameron is his inability to limit immigration by European Union passport-holders, as freedom of movement is enshrined in the EU's founding treaties.
 

Poland to store U.S. military equipment from mid-2016: PAP agency

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:25:19 PMGo to full article
The United States will store heavy military equipment at two sites in Poland from mid-2016, Poland's defense minister said, a part of Washington's efforts to reassure allies made uneasy by Russian actions in Ukraine. The move will mark the first time Washington has stored heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member states in Eastern Europe and the Baltics, which were once under the Soviet sphere of influence or were part of the Soviet Union. In June, a senior Russian Defense Ministry official warned that Moscow would strengthen its forces on its Western flank should the U.S. store heavy arms in the Baltic states and eastern Europe.
 
 

EU-Russia ties at new low ahead of Ukraine talks

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:29:14 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (left) holds a flag during an Independence Day military parade in Kiev on August 24, 2015Ties between the EU and Russia remain at their lowest ebb over the conflict in Ukraine, ahead of a series of key talks including a visit by President Petro Poroshenko to Brussels on Thursday. Renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Moscow rebels and Kiev's government forces has made a mockery of a February ceasefire, while the European Union has renewed tough sanctions against Russia. Poroshenko is set to call for renewed support from the European Union when he travels to Brussels, days after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande in Berlin.
 
 

Wall Street set to rise on open but other markets languish

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:37:47 PMGo to full article
A bank clerk counts renminbi banknotes in a bank branch in Huaibei in central China's Anhui province Wednesday Aug. 26, 2015. Asian stocks rose Wednesday after a rocky start following Beijing's decision to cut a key interest rate to help stabilize gyrating financial markets and free up more funding to counter short liquidity. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUTTOKYO (AP) — Wall Street was expected to rise sharply on the open Wednesday, though most other global markets languished amid worries over longer-term problems with China's economy.
 
 

PM hikes Romanian doctors' wages by 25 percent

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:57:35 PMGo to full article
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister has hiked doctors' and nurses' wages, among the lowest in Europe, by 25 percent after medics threatened to strike following a court ruling that they could no longer accept informal payments and gifts.
 

2015: The year migrants streamed into Europe

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:38 PMGo to full article
Migrants wait on an overcrowded boat on August 23, 2015 during a rescue operation by Italian coast guards off the coast of LibyaEurope is struggling with its biggest migration crisis since World War II, and the situation has got much worse since January. Around 340,000 migrants have reached the borders of the European Union in the seven months to July, three times more than in the same period a year earlier, according to Frontex, the EU border management agency. In 2014, a total of 283,000 people sought to emigrate to Europe, three times the figure in 2013.
 
 

Divided Europe faces mounting migrant crisis

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:38:41 PMGo to full article
A child holds a baby as migrants wait to cross the Macedonia-Greece border near the town of Gevgelija on August 26, 2015Faced with its worst migrant crisis since World War II, Europe has many sensible options to deal with people fleeing conflict in Syria and elsewhere -- but can't agree on any of them. Efforts to redistribute refugees around the European Union have been hobbled by a lack of unity among governments running scared of right-wing populist parties. Meanwhile, measures to stop the flow of asylum seekers at its source in the Middle East and North Africa have stalled because the turbulence in the region means Brussels has no stable governments it can deal with.
 
 

Greek coast guard rescues hundreds of refugees, migrants

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:36:54 PMGo to full article
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard says it has rescued hundreds of refugees and migrants in operations off the coasts of eastern Aegean islands, as a wave of people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa toward Europe continues unabated.
 

Germany's E.ON banks on U.S. in renewables expansion

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:47:34 PMGo to full article
Flags of E.ON are seen before the annual meeting of German utility giant E.ON in EssenBy Christoph Steitz BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's E.ON plans to expand its solar and wind business in the United States, an executive said, as the utility strives to bolster its renewable energy operations ahead of a planned spin-off of its ailing fossil-fuel power plants. E.ON took markets by surprise last year when it announced it would split in two, spinning off its fossil-fuel-based power plants, energy trading unit and oil and gas activities into a separate unit, Uniper, in 2016. The move, a drastic response to an ongoing crisis in Europe's power sector, will raise the profile of E.ON's renewables business, which accounted for 10 percent of core profit last year and has 4.5 gigawatts (GW) of mostly wind capacity.
 
 

Hungary migrant crisis escalates as police fire teargas

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:47:22 PMGo to full article
Hungary says it is sending an additional 2,100 officers to the Serbian border to deal with the influx of migrantsRöszke (Hungary) (AFP) - Hungary's migrant crisis escalated Wednesday as police fired teargas at its main processing centre and the government announced it was sending 2,000 "border hunters" to stem the flow of record numbers of people entering from Serbia. A police spokesman said police used the teargas to disperse around 200 migrants who had refused to be fingerprinted and trying to leave the processing centre at Roszke near the border with non-EU Serbia, along which Hungary is erecting a fence. Another spokesman said the migrants wanted to leave the centre after news circulated that Germany was easing asylum rules for people fleeing the civil war in Syria.
 
 

Nervous markets ride roller-coaster after China rate cut

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:29:29 PMGo to full article
Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday after China's central bank reduced interest rates and slashed the amount of money banks need to hold in reserveEuropean markets joined Asia on a roller-coaster session Wednesday, as China's interest rate cut showed no sign of ending a crisis fuelled by fears over stalling growth in the world's number-two economy. China's central bank reduced interest rates and slashed the amount of money banks need to hold in reserve on Tuesday -- its second such double move in two months -- in a bid to stoke growth. The measures are not only aimed at boosting cash flow in China, but also to revive confidence that Beijing can steer the economy away from a hard landing and keep global growth on course.
 
 

Merkel backs emergency funds for German towns facing refugee influx

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:06:43 PMGo to full article
A boy walks along a corridor inside Friedland refugee camp, housing about 3,000 refugees, in FriedlandGermany's government plans to double funding this year to help towns cope with record numbers of refugees, moving to tackle an issue that is straining resources and fuelling social tensions. With refugee shelters in the country being attacked almost daily and politicians warning of a rise in xenophobia, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed a draft law to bring forward the transfer of 500 million euros ($575 million) originally intended for 2016. Germany, the biggest recipient of migrants in Europe, and its European Union partners are groping for answers to the continent's worst refugee crisis since World War Two.
 
 

Barcelona heads 32-team draw for Champions League groups

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:22:35 AMGo to full article
FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez of Uruguay, center, celebrates his goal with his fellow teammate Sergi Carnicer, and Lionel Messi of Argentinaafter scoring against Athletic Bilbao soccer team during their Spanish La Liga soccer match, at San Mames stadium in Bilbao, northern Spain, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)GENEVA (AP) — The Champions League season takes shape Thursday when UEFA draws 32 elite teams into groups in Monaco.
 
 

Russia, NATO need new rules to cut risk of war, ex-ministers say

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎10:53:00 AMGo to full article
Russian solders fire a heavy mortar system during the "Masters of Artillery Fire" competition outside SaratovBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia and NATO must agree common rules to handle unexpected military encounters to reduce the risk of inadvertently triggering a war between Moscow and the West, a group of former foreign and defense ministers said on Wednesday. With both Russia and NATO intensifying military exercises because of the crisis in Ukraine, incidents such as mid-air face-offs between rival military jets are on the increase. The London-based think-tank, which this month said both sides were training for the possibility of war, said it had recorded 66 "close military encounters" between Russian and NATO military forces, and between Russia and neutral Sweden and Finland, which NATO counts as partners.
 
 

European ministers to talk security in Paris after train attack

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎10:52:46 AMGo to full article
A Securail railway security officer stands on the platform at the Zuid-Midi railway station in Brussels, on August 22, 2015, a day after a shooting on an Amsterdam-Paris Thalys trainEuropean ministers will gather in Paris for security talks at the weekend following last week's "targeted and premeditated" jihadist attack on a high-speed train that was foiled by passengers, it was announced Wednesday. Prosecutors have charged 25-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El Khazzani over the attack, which saw him watch a jihadist video on his phone before entering a toilet in the train, remove his shirt, and step out armed with an assault rifle, 270 rounds of ammunition and a Luger pistol strapped to his chest. The thwarted shooting has raised fears of another attack in France that was already on high alert after three jihadist gunmen went on a killing spree in and near Paris in January, leaving 17 people dead.
 
 

French-American who would 'give anything' is new attack hero

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎10:16:01 AMGo to full article
CORRECTS SADLER’S SCHOOL TO SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY, INSTEAD OF SACRAMENTO UNIVERSITY - From the left, British businessman Chris Norman, Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University in California, French President Francois Hollande, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, and Alek Skarlatos a U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Ore., pose at the Elysee Palace, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 in Paris, France. Hollande pinned the Legion of Honor medal on Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler, three long-time friends who subdued a gunman on Friday, Aug. 21, as he moved through a speeding train with an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest. Norman also jumped into the fray. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)PARIS (AP) — Mark Moogalian and his wife were seated facing each other on the high-speed train when he suddenly told her, "Get out, this is serious." Then, Isabelle Risacher Moogalian said, she ducked behind some seats as he lunged to grab the assault rifle from the gunman's hands.
 
 

US student who helped stop France terror attack arrives home

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:17:45 AMGo to full article
Anthony Sadler, center, who helped stop a terror attack on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris, walks across the tarmac to a waiting vehicle at Sacramento International Airport, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. Sadler and two Sacramento-area friends, U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone, and Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, helped subdue Ayoub El-Khazzani, a man with ties to radical Islam who was carrying a handgun and an assault weapon on the train Friday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An American college student who along with two friends helped stop a terror attack on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris returned home to California.
 
 

Forty terrifying minutes on the 15:17 from Amsterdam

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:58:34 AMGo to full article
Police investigate the crime scene inside a Thalys train of French national railway operator SNCF at the main train station in Arras, northern France, on August 21, 2015He watches one last YouTube video of an Islamist preacher, then alone in the bathroom of a high-speed train he removes his shirt and grabs his assault rifle. Ayoub El Khazzani is ready to commit a massacre, according to an account of the 40 terrifying minutes on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris last week pieced together by French prosecutors and witness statements. The ticket seller asks if he wants to travel earlier, on a less crowded train, but he refuses: it is the packed 15:17 Thalys train linking Amsterdam to Paris that he wants.
 
 

Palestinians, Vatican could raise UN flags before pope visit

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:37:18 AMGo to full article
FFILE - In this Sept. 18, 2007 file photo, the flags of member nations fly outside of the United Nations headquarters. In a move likely to upset Israel's government, the Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at the U.N., just in time for Pope Francis' visit in September 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a move likely to upset Israel's government, the Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters — just in time for Pope Francis' visit next month.
 
 

American who helped stop France terror attack returns to US

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:17:01 AMGo to full article
Anthony Sadler, center, who helped stop a terror attack on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris, walks across the tarmac to a waiting vehicle at Sacramento International Airport, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. Sadler and two Sacramento-area friends, U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone, and Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, helped subdue Ayoub El-Khazzani, a man with ties to radical Islam who was carrying a handgun and an assault weapon on the train Friday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — One of the three Americans who helped stop a terror attack on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris returned home to California on Tuesday.
 
 

China, US seek 'clean coal' agreement as industry struggles

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:54:36 AMGo to full article
China National Energy Vice Administrator Shi Yubo, left, and U.S Assistant Energy Secretary Christopher Smith initial an agreement to increase collaboration between the two countries to develop technologies that capture greenhouse gases produced from burning coal during a Tuesday ceremony in Billings, Mont. China is the world’s top consumer of coal. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — U.S. and China officials took a major step Tuesday toward an agreement to advance "clean coal" technologies that purport to reduce the fuel's contribution to climate change — and could offer a potential lifeline for an industry that's seen its fortunes fade.
 
 

Merkel faces down far-right 'mob' on refugee centre visit

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:47:16 AMGo to full article
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits a shelter for asylum seekers in Heidenau, eastern Germany on August 26, 2015German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Wednesday there would be no tolerance for "shameful and vile" anti-migrant violence, facing down a noisy far-right protest during a visit to a refugee centre. About 200 people massed in the eastern town of Heidenau, some booing and shouting "traitor, traitor" and "we are the mob" as she arrived at the shelter, in a show of defiance over a record influx of asylum-seekers. The showdown in Germany came as chaotic scenes erupted at Hungary's border town of Roszke with police firing tear gas at migrants.
 
 

Valencia eliminates Monaco in Champions League playoff

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:07:53 AMGo to full article
MONACO (AP) — Valencia lost 2-1 at Monaco but advanced from their Champions League playoff on an aggregate 4-3 score Tuesday, giving Spain a record five teams in the group phase of Europe's top-tier competition.
 

In Islamic State war, like others, heritage always a target

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:05:04 AMGo to full article
FILE - This undated file photo released Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 on a social media site used by Islamic State militants, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows smoke from the detonation of the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra. The nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group’s campaign of destruction of historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria. Arabic at bottom reads, "The moment of detonation of the pagan Baalshamin temple in the city of Palmyra." (Islamic State social media account via AP, File)CAIRO (AP) — A nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group's campaign of destruction of historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.
 
 

Valencia beats Monaco in CL playoff; Malmo ousts Celtic

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:58:16 PMGo to full article
MONACO (AP) — Valencia gave Spain a record five teams in the Champions League group phase after eliminating Monaco on Tuesday, while Swedish side Malmo rallied to oust Celtic in their playoff.
 

Markets rally fizzles in US as China worries persist

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:46:29 PMGo to full article
The global markets rebound fizzled out on Wall Street Tuesday as investors locked in gains and took cover from more possible turmoilThe global markets rebound fizzled out on Wall Street Tuesday as investors locked in gains and took cover from more possible turmoil. What appeared one hour before the close of New York trading as a solid comeback, after the global "Black Monday" onslaught of selling, turned into a sixth straight day of losses on US markets. Frankfurt and Paris closed up more than 4.0 percent, while London gained 3.09 percent.
 
 

Fellaini set for advanced Man Utd role - Van Gaal

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎10:12:43 PMGo to full article
Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle and Manchester United at St James Park, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England on March 4, 2015Marouane Fellaini can be the solution to Manchester United's goal-scoring problems, manager Louis van Gaal suggested on Tuesday, revealing that he will be used predominantly in attacking positions this season. The gangly Belgian international's valuable injury-time header gave United a 3-1 win against his countrymen Club Brugge in last week's Champions League play-off round first leg and the 27-year-old is pushing for a starting berth in Wednesday's return match in Bruges.
 
 

Spain detects first case of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:48:03 PMGo to full article
A lab technician studies mosquito larvae that carry the Chikungunya virus in a public health laboratory in Santo Domingo, on October 10, 2014Spain has detected its first domestic case of the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya in a 60-year-old man in the eastern province of Valencia, officials said Tuesday. The man was "most likely" infected in Gandia, a seaside Mediterranean resort, and was treated in hospital last month, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said in a statement. "This is the first chikungunya case reported from Spain without travel history to endemic areas," the statement said, as all prior reported cases involved people who caught the virus while abroad.
 
 

Exhausted migrants reach Serbia, dreaming of Western Europe

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎08:50:25 PMGo to full article
A man carries two children as he walks with other migrants near the southern Serbian village of Miratovac, travelling on foot from Macedonia to Presevo in Serbia, on August 25, 2015In a dusty field on Serbia's border with Macedonia, thousands of migrants hoping to reach a better future in western Europe are offered some respite from their perilous journeys. At the Miratovac camp, Serbia's first admission centre for the surging number of arrivals, exhausted travellers trickle in, several dozen at a time. Here they find tents provided by the UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR, and the local Red Cross, as well as medical care, food, water and some information on what might happen next.
 
 

AP Interview: Latvian president supports banning burqa

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎08:38:07 PMGo to full article
President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in the Latvian capital Riga Tuesday Aug. 25, 2015. Latvia's president says he would support a ban on face-covering Islamic veils as the Baltic country readies to receive 250 refugees from Africa and the Middle East. (AP Photo/David Keyton)RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Latvia's president says he would support a ban on face-covering Islamic veils as the Baltic country readies to receive 250 refugees from Africa and the Middle East.
 
 

German party receives far-right threats after refugee visit

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:26:08 PMGo to full article
By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) were forced to evacuate their headquarters on Tuesday after receiving a bomb threat and flood of racist emails and phone calls the party said were linked to leader Sigmar Gabriel's visit to the eastern town of Heidenau. The town near Dresden was the scene of violent clashes over the weekend as far-right militants, protesting against the arrival of around 250 refugees at a local shelter, pelted police with bottles and rocks, some shouting "Heil Hitler". Gabriel, who is also vice chancellor and economy minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government, traveled to the town on Monday and denounced the "mob" behind the violence.
 

Israel releases African migrants from detention center

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:19:23 PMGo to full article
African illegal migrants walk out of the Holot detention center in the Negev desert in southern Israel, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. Since it passed a 2012 “anti-infiltration” law, Israel has sent 1,700 migrants to the Holot facility deep in Israel’s Negev desert. Israel's Supreme Court upheld the law in the latest hearing but ruled that migrants held at Holot for more than 12 months must be freed. About 1,200 migrants are being released beginning Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)HOLOT DETENTION FACILITY, Israel (AP) — Faysal Hussein from Sudan walked out of Israel's desert detention center Tuesday already sweating with just a backpack, barely enough cash for bus fare and lunch, and after 19 months in custody, no idea where to go.

 

 

Germany battles anti-refugee violence as new attack hits shelter

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:29:28 PMGo to full article
Police secure the new centre for refugees on August 21, 2015 in Heidenau from attacks by far-right opponents of asylum accommodationGermany scrambled Tuesday to quell a wave of anti-migrant violence, as a suspected arson attack hit a planned refugee shelter just hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced xenophobic protests as "vile". Vowing to take tough action against perpetrators of such attacks, top politicians sought to reassure the unprecedented number of migrants arriving in the country that far-right extremists did not represent Germany. "With regards to xenophobic violence, there can only be one answer: police, justice and, if possible for those we catch, prison as well," said Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.
 
 

Germany eases Syrian asylum claims as thousands more pour into EU

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:21:44 PMGo to full article
Migrants queue outside the State Office of Health and Social Affairs in Berlin (LAGeSo) on August 25, 2015Germany confirmed Tuesday it has stopped returning Syrian asylum-seekers to their first port of entry in the EU, an action hailed as "European solidarity" as thousands more migrants pour into the bloc seeking refuge. Record numbers of migrants are streaming into EU member Hungary from Serbia, posing a new headache for regional leaders at a summit this week set to be dominated by Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II. As criticism mount over the bloc's failure to find a response to tackle the crisis, Germany said it has waived a key EU procedure regarding asylum claims for Syrians, becoming the first country in the bloc to effectively simplify the process for those fleeing the war-torn country.
 
 

Israel frees hundreds of migrants from desert facility

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:18:40 PMGo to full article
African migrants pour out of the Holot Detention Centre in Israel's Negev desert after their release on August 25, 2015Israel released hundreds of African migrants from a desert detention centre Tuesday after a court order, but asylum seekers were left with few options after being barred from two cities. Detainees leaving the facility waited at bus stops for rides and wondered where they would live after being banned from Tel Aviv and Eilat, where African migrant communities have sprung up. One man said he was leaving the Holot Detention Centre with just $17 and a sandwich.
 
 

Italy's Renzi promises to pursue reform drive despite obstacles

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:08:47 PMGo to full article
Italy's Prime Minister Renzi waves during a special session of the Knesset in JerusalemBy Paolo Biondi RIMINI, Italy (Reuters) - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed on Tuesday to forge ahead with his reform program despite growing opposition within parliament, saying Italy had to break free of 20 years of inertia and bickering. Emerging after the summer break, Renzi dismissed suggestions he might have to hold early elections given the fractured political landscape and promised to deliver on sweeping tax cuts over the next three years. "While the world moved forward, we became blocked, trapped in sterile internal debates," the 40-year-old prime minister told a conference in the Adriatic resort of Rimini.
 
 

Global stocks, oil, dollar rise after China cuts rates

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:05:34 PMGo to full article
Trader at Belgian KBC bank reacts on the trading floor at the bank headquarters in BrusselsMarkets rebounded on Tuesday with world stocks, oil prices and bond yields all rising after China cut interest rates and banks' reserve requirements in a bid to kick-start its wavering economy. Wall Street opened more than 2-percent higher, recouping some of its losses from the previous day's selloff, its worst in four years, which had put the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite indexes in correction territory. The dollar motored ahead against most major currencies, rising 1.2 percent against the yen and 1.3 percent against a basket of major currencies as the stimulus boost to China economy renewed focus on U.S. economic data and a potential Federal Reserve rate hike this year.
 
 

14 suspected IS recruiters arrested in Spain, Morocco

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:53:37 PMGo to full article
A person suspected of forming part of a network that recruited Islamic State fighters is led away by Spanish police in San Martin de la Vega on August 25, 2015Spain and Morocco on Tuesday arrested 14 people on suspicion of belonging to a network that recruited and sent fighters to the Islamic State group. One suspect was detained in Spain while the other 13 were arrested in cities across Morocco, a Spanish interior ministry statement said, describing it as a "joint anti-terrorist operation". "Those arrested formed part of a network whose main activity was to recruit and send foreign fighters to join the ranks of the terrorist organisation Daesh in regions of Syria and Iraq under its control," it said, using the main Arabic acronym for the group.
 
 

Migrant crisis set to hijack western Balkans summit

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:43:27 PMGo to full article
Some 102,000 migrants have entered the EU via Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro or Kosovo between January and July this year, according to EU border agency FrontexEurope's raging migrant crisis is set to hijack a summit in Vienna of leaders from the western Balkans region on Thursday that will also be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. When it was announced a year ago, the gathering of a slew of heads of government and ministers as well as EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was meant to be about regional cooperation and prospects for joining the EU. Some 102,000 migrants entered the EU via Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro or Kosovo between January and July this year, versus just 8,000 for the same period in 2014, according to EU border agency Frontex.
 
 

Czech minister wants NATO to help guard EU against migrants

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:34:10 PMGo to full article
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's finance minister has called for NATO to get involved in helping protect the European Union's external border against the influx of migrants.
 

Milan confirm return of Liverpool misfit Balotelli

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:31:49 PMGo to full article
Balotelli joined Liverpool from Milan in the summer of 2014 but after a dismal season at Anfield the controversial Italian striker has rejoined the seven-time European champions on a season-long loanLiverpool misfit Mario Balotelli said he is ready to resurrect his career as he re-joined AC Milan on a season-long loan deal that has divided fans and pundits in Italy. Balotelli joined Liverpool from Milan in the summer of 2014 but after a dismal season at Anfield the controversial Italian striker has rejoined the seven-time European champions on a season-long loan deal. Milan have made the deal official on their website and after emerging from a medical early on Tuesday morning Balotelli told reporters: "I'm happy to be back.
 
 

Ukrainian filmmaker sentenced to 20 years by Russian court

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:27:07 PMGo to full article
Oleg Sentsov reacts as the verdict is delivered as he stands behind bars at a court in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. A court in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don convicted Sentsov, a prominent Ukrainian filmmaker, of conspiring to commit terror attacks and sentenced him to 20 years in prison in what critics called a politically motivated show trial. (AP Photo)ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — A Russian military court convicted a prominent Ukrainian filmmaker on Tuesday of conspiring to commit terror attacks and sentenced him to 20 years in prison in what critics called a politically motivated show trial.
 
 

Transplanting a womb: Q&A on revolutionary Swedish technique

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:26:13 PMGo to full article
A young Swedish mother, foreground, with her child and and her mother play with the child on a swing in Gothenburg Sweden Sunday Aug. 16, 2015. For this family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother, uniting three generations. The new mother, who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s, said it was “unimaginable” that she now had her own child, thanks to her mother’s donated womb.(AP Photo/Maria Cheng)GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) — A Swedish doctor has accomplished what many had deemed impossible by transplanting wombs into women and delivering four healthy babies so far — with a fifth soon on the way. Here are questions and answers about the revolutionary procedure.
 
 

French-American who would 'give anything' is new attack hero

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:55:27 PMGo to full article
French President Francois Hollande poses with British businessman Chris Norman, US student Anthony Sadler, US Airman First Class Spencer Stone and US National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in ParisPARIS (AP) — Mark Moogalian and his wife were seated facing each other on the high-speed train when he suddenly told her, "Get out, this is serious." Then, Isabelle Risacher Moogalian said, she ducked behind some seats as he lunged to grab the assault rifle from the gunman's hands.
 
 

Death boats, cuts, tear gas mark path for migrants to Europe

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:34:16 PMGo to full article
By Marton Dunai ROSZKE, Hungary (Reuters) - Hassan, a 30-year old IT engineer from Syria, was still shaken from having been forced by smugglers to drive an overloaded boat full of fellow migrants to Greece from Turkey. Standing in a line for a bus inside Hungary, he had his young nephew on his back, the boy's head bandaged after being cut by razor wire as he and his family tried to cross into the visa-free part of the European Union from Serbia. The three-year-old had stood up as they crawled through a triple-cylinder razor wire erected by Hungary on its southern border to try to keep out the streams of migrants trying to reach western Europe.
 

US hero Sadler hits Straight Outta Compton Paris red carpet

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:53:05 PMGo to full article
Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University in California and one of the three US heroes who subdued the gunman on a French train, poses for the media during the French premiere of Straight Outta Compton, in Paris, Monday Aug, 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS (AP) — A few days ago, Anthony Sadler was just a regular 23-year-old U.S. college student travelling through Europe on the last summer days before school.
 
 

Record number of migrants arrive in Hungary

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:51:30 PMGo to full article
Illegal migrants walk near the railway crossing at the border between Hungary and Serbia near Roszke, 180 km southeast from Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday Aug. 25, 2015. (Sandor Ujvari/MTI via AP)BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The latest surge of migrants crossing the Balkans has brought a record number to Hungary despite government efforts to quickly build a 4-meter (13-foot) high fence on the Serbian border to stop them.
 
 

Poland's govt debates aid for farmers hit by drought, heat

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:30:23 PMGo to full article
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government is debating forms of aid to farmers who have lost crops and fodder due to an unusual heat and drought in Central and Eastern Europe.
 

Europe completes 12-member team for Solheim Cup

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:26:49 PMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — Europe captain Carin Koch named her four wild cards for the Solheim Cup on Tuesday, completing the 12-member team to face the United States in September.
 

Merkel to visit site of anti-refugee clashes after criticism

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:07:18 PMGo to full article
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pay a visit on Wednesday to the eastern town where anti-refugee protests erupted in violence at the weekend, after she came under criticism from other parties for a belated response to the clashes. Merkel will meet asylum seekers, volunteers and security forces in the town of Heidenau, near Dresden, accompanied by the state premier of Saxony, her spokesman said in a statement. The clashes early on Saturday between police and far-right militants angry about the arrival of roughly 250 asylum seekers, who are being housed in a former building supplies store in the town, left 31 police officers injured.
 

Up to 3,000 refugees, migrants expected a day in Macedonia: UNHCR

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:35:07 PMGo to full article
Migrants sitting along a railway track on the Greek side of the border move away as a train approaches the Greek-Macedonian border, near GevgelijaBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Up to 3,000 migrants are expected to cross into Macedonia every day in the coming months, most of them refugees fleeing war, particularly from Syria, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Member states of the European Union must share the burden by establishing "equitable re-distribution" of desperate families seeking asylum in the bloc, the U.N. refugee agency said. Nearly 300,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean this year, including nearly 181,500 in Greece and 108,500 in Italy, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
 
 

Russian air, ground forces on exercises in western regions

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:02:10 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian air, ground and missile forces are conducting exercises in the western reaches of the country amid concerns that Moscow is pursuing an increasingly intimidating policy toward Europe.
 

A look at the latest developments in Europe's migrant crisis

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:52:24 PMGo to full article
GENEVA (AP) — Record numbers of migrants and refugees fleeing violence and poverty in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea are trying to reach Europe, despite the risks of perilous sea crossings and the inability of countries to provide adequate humanitarian assistance. Here are the latest developments Tuesday:
 

Heroes who foiled train gunman scheduled for rest, college

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:51:36 PMGo to full article
CORRECTS SADLER’S SCHOOL TO SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY, INSTEAD OF SACRAMENTO UNIVERSITY - From left, French President Francois Hollande, U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Ore., Alek Skarlatos, U.S. Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University in California, pose for photographers as they leave the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, after Hollande awarded the three men with the French Legion of Honor on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The three American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium on Friday, Aug. 21. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — So what do you do when a trip on a high-speed train in Europe suddenly turns you and your buddies into international heroes?
 
 

After Libya beatings, migrant teen dies on eve of Italy arrival

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:39:54 PMGo to full article
Somali migrants sit in the port of Mytilene, Greece, on August 14, 2015A 15-year-old Somalian who survived beatings and forced labour in Libya died on the final stretch of his journey to Europe, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Tuesday. The teenager, who had suffered beatings and been constrained to do heavy labour without adequate food or water, was chronically ill when he was rescued from a people smuggler's boat on Sunday, the medical charity said.
 
 

Hungary wants more, less humiliating, EU funds to cope with migrants

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:25:03 AMGo to full article
Hungarian police check Syrian immigrants after they crossed the Hungarian-Serbian border near RoszkeBy Gergely Szakacs BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary wants more European Union funds to cope with the worst refugee crisis since World War Two, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Hungary is part of the European Union's Schengen zone of passport-free travel and borders non-EU Serbia and Ukraine making it attractive to migrants. It has registered over 100,000 migrants so far this year, compared with 43,000 in all 2014.
 
 

Merkel, Hollande urge unified EU response to refugee crisis

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:43:57 AMGo to full article
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel want a unified European response to the refugee crisisA new wave of migrants began entering the European Union from Serbia Monday as the leaders of France and Germany called for a unified response to the continent's biggest migrant crisis since World War II. The EU has been struggling to find a response to the unprecedented numbers arriving -- from the thousands landing on the shores of Greece and Italy to the hundreds risking their lives to climb onto trucks to travel from France to Britain. "We must put in place a unified system for the right to asylum," French President Francois Hollande said in a brief statement ahead of talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling the influx from the world's crisis zones "an exceptional situation that will last for some time".
 
 

Guinea-Bissau parliament adopts resolution to 'depose' new PM

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:14:13 AMGo to full article
Guinea-Bissau's new Prime Minister Baciro Dja, pictured in 2012, was appointed last week after President Jose Mario Vaz fired his predecessorGuinea-Bissau lawmakers on Monday adopted a proposal to try and get rid of the country's new prime minister through legal means in a bid to resolve a political crisis over his appointment. After 12 hours of intense debate in the National Assembly, the lawmakers adopted the proposal in which they "express their disagreement with the nomination of Prime Minister Baciro Dja" last week. Lawmakers will present the resolution to President Jose Mario Vaz, and if he ignores it, they plan to take up the issue with the Supreme Court.
 
 

Record numbers cross Hungary border as refugee crisis escalates

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:35:54 AMGo to full article
Migrant families walk along a railway track near the border village Roszke, at the Hungarian-Serbian border, on August 25, 2015Röszke (Hungary) (AFP) - Record numbers of refugees are streaming into EU member Hungary from Serbia, posing a new headache for regional leaders at a summit this week set to be dominated by Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II. Almost 2,100 people, the highest ever daily total, crossed the border near the Hungarian town of Roszke on Monday, police said, just days before Hungary completes a vast razor-wire barrier to keep out migrants. "We were stopped in Macedonia for two days, the riots were terrible, police used guns and teargas, I saw an old woman beaten, her money and papers taken," said a 29-year-old IT engineer from Mosul in Iraq who said he had left his home to escape the Islamic State group.
 
 

Creamer, Lang fill out US team for Solheim Cup

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:05:46 AMGo to full article
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Juli Inkster completed her Solheim Cup team by adding Brittany Lang and Paula Creamer as captain's picks Monday night.
 

Presidents Cup to reduce number of matches

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:42:29 AMGo to full article
EDISON, N.J. (AP) — The PGA Tour agreed Monday to reduce by four the number of matches in the Presidents Cup, giving the event its fewest matches since it began in 1994.
 

Air Force deploying F-22 fighter jet to Europe

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:24:51 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force officials say they will soon be deploying stealthy, high-tech F-22 fighter jets to Europe to train with other nations' militaries and reassure allies worried about Russian aggression.
 

How the world's major stocks markets have done this month

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:50:51 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — With the U.S. and global markets having their worst month in years, here is a breakdown on how bad the damage has been since the declines started last week:
 

Turkey's Erdogan calls snap polls

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:18:42 PMGo to full article
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara on August 12, 2015Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called snap elections in an unprecedented move to break weeks of political stalemate after June's inconclusive legislative polls. A presidential statement released after a meeting between Erdogan and parliament speaker Ismet Yilmaz gave no date for the elections but the president had previously said he expected the polls to be held on November 1. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), co-founded by Erdogan, lost its overall majority in the 550-seat parliament in the June 7 polls for the first time since it came to power in 2002, forcing the party to seek a coalition partner.
 
 

French train gunman was 'minor hash dealer'

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:52:01 PMGo to full article
Ayoub El Khazzani was overpowered by three US Marines and a British IT consultant after he boarded a high-speed train in Brussels armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifleAyoub El Khazzani, a Moroccan man accused of a foiled attack on a crowded Amsterdam-Paris train, was a small-time hashish dealer who liked to play football, two young men from his former Madrid neighbourhood said Monday. "He sold hashish sometimes, like many do, to buy something to eat, pay the rent, but he was not a trafficker," said Mohamed, as he drank mint tea at the Gibraltar bar in Lavapies, a multi-ethnic neighbourhood where El Khazzani once lived. El Khazzani, 25, is being questioned by French anti-terror investigators after he opened fire on a high-speed train on Friday evening before being overpowered by passengers.
 
 

Global stocks plunge further on China woes

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:49:08 PMGo to full article
China-linked shares again led a stocks sell-off on Monday, with Shanghai closing down 8.49 percent, the biggest daily loss since February 27, 2007Global stock markets plunged and commodity prices hit new lows Monday extending a Chinese-led rout, fed by fears of a damaging slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. Chinese stocks have tumbled since peaking in mid-June and authorities have launched broad interventions to try to restrain the drops, but Beijing's latest market intervention has failed to restore confidence. Several European markets sank more than seven percent in afternoon trades, while US stocks slumped at the open with the Dow and the broad-based S&P 500 index sinking more than three percent before recovering somewhat.
 
 

Migrants scuffle with police in Milan, denounce conditions

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:38 PMGo to full article
Migrants disembark from an Italian navy vessel in the Sicilian harbour of AugustaHundreds of migrants scuffled with police and briefly blocked a major road in Italy's financial capital Milan on Monday in a protest against their living conditions and their long wait for authorization to seek work. Chanting "documents, documents," around 300 migrants held up traffic on a main route into the city, with riot police called in to push the men back into their near-by temporary camp, where they are awaiting registration and identity papers. "This home is not good, this home is not good," one of the migrants shouted.
 
 

Security worry: How to stop the 'lone wolf' attacks

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:00:51 PMGo to full article
U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Oregon, Alek Skarlatos, left, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, 2nd left, and Anthony Sadler, right, a senior at Sacramento University in California, leave the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, with U.S. Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley after being awarded the French Legion of Honor by French President, Francois Hollande, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. French President Francois Hollande and a bevy of officials are presenting the Americans with the prestigious Legion of Honor on Monday. The three American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)PARIS (AP) — The gunman had an arsenal that he claims to have stumbled upon in a park near the train station. Like three other men accused of drawing up failed plans for attacks in France recently, the suspect denied any links to terrorism, telling his lawyer he was homeless and only wanted to rob a train "to eat."

 

 
 

US stocks pare losses after 1,000-point Dow plunge

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:08:41 PMGo to full article
People watch trading boards at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Stocks tumbled across Asia on Monday as investors shaken by the sell-off last week on Wall Street unloaded shares in practically every sector. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)U.S. investors got a serious jolt Monday when the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 1,000 points minutes after the market opened in a wave of selling that circled the globe after a historic plunge in Chinese stocks.
 
 

Hoffenheim signs Chile forward Eduardo Vargas from Napoli

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:08:03 PMGo to full article
SINSHEIM, Germany (AP) — Hoffenheim has signed Chile forward Eduardo Vargas from Napoli to compensate for the departure of Roberto Firmino to Liverpool.
 

Merkel, Hollande urge unified EU response to refugee crisis

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:40:28 PMGo to full article
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and French President Francois Hollande want a unified European response to the refugee crisisChancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande called Monday for a unified response to Europe's biggest migrant crisis since World War II, as the German leader condemned "vile" protests against refugees. "We must put in place a unified system for the right to asylum," Hollande said in a brief statement ahead of talks, calling the influx from the world's crisis zones "an exceptional situation that will last for some time". "Rather than wait, we should organise and reinforce our policies, and that is what France and Germany are proposing," he said.
 
 

A look at the Legion of Honor, France's most storied medal

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:38:08 PMGo to full article
Legion of Honor medals for the three Americans and the British businessman, Chris Norman are pictured on a cushion at the Elysee Palace, Monday Aug.24, 2015 in Paris, France. French President Francois Hollande pinned the Legion of Honor medal on U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and their years-long friend Anthony Sadler, who subdued the gunman as he moved through the train with an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest. The British businessman, Chris Norman, also jumped into the fray. (AP Photo/Catherine Gaschka , Pool)PARIS (AP) — France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, or "Legion d'Honneur," was awarded to U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, their friend Anthony Sadler and British businessman Chris Norman for subduing a gunman on a high-speed train carrying hundreds of passengers to Paris.
 
 

Greece says lacks infrastructure to cope with migrant influx

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:31:01 PMGo to full article
Syrian refugee children look on as they wait to take a bus following their arrival onboard the Eleftherios Venizelos passenger ship at the port of Piraeus near AthensBy Michele Kambas ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece said on Monday its infrastructure was insufficient to cope with the waves of refugees flowing into the country in one of the worst humanitarian crises Europe has faced since the World War Two. International aid agencies have been scathing about Greece's response. "This is a reception country, and as such we are obliged to have infrastructure in place," Olga Gerovasili, spokeswoman for Greece's outgoing leftist Syriza government.
 
 

Americans, Briton who thwarted attack get France's top honor

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:27:56 PMGo to full article
French President Francois Hollande, left, awards with the Legion of Honor Alek Skarlatos a U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Oregon, while U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, right, looks on at the Elysee Palace, Monday Aug.24, 2015 in Paris, France. Hollande pinned the Legion of Honor medal on U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and their years-long friend Anthony Sadler, who subdued the gunman as he moved through the train with an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest. The British businessman, Chris Norman, also jumped into the fray. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)PARIS (AP) — The president of France pinned his country's highest award, the Legion d'Honneur, on three Americans and a Briton on Monday, saying they "gave a lesson in courage" by subduing a heavily armed attacker on a high-speed train carrying 500 passengers to Paris.
 
 

Merkel condemns neo-Nazi riots outside refugee shelter

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:13:32 PMGo to full article
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a statement with French President Francois Hollande about the European migrant crisis prior to a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber).BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday condemned the neo-Nazi riots outside a refugee shelter in eastern Germany over the weekend, calling the attacks and those Germans who stood by watching them "shameful."
 
 

New blow for Greece's Syriza as rebels try to form govt

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:57:53 PMGo to full article
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned in the face of an internal Syriza revolt over his acceptance of tough international bailout termsGreece's embattled ruling Syriza party suffered another blow Monday when its secretary quit, as eurosceptic rebels were given a mandate to try to form a government. Syriza secretary Tasos Koronakis stepped down in protest at Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' decision last week to call early elections, backtracking on an earlier proposal to hold a party congress in September to address the rebel faction. Greece is likely headed for snap elections as early as next month after Tsipras resigned in the face of the internal Syriza revolt over his acceptance of the tough terms of a massive new international bailout deal.
 
 

The heroes who foiled the French train attack

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:54:16 PMGo to full article
This US Air Force photo obtained August24, 2015 shows (Right to Left) Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, Aleksander Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler as they pose for a photo in Paris August 23, 2015, following a foiled attack on a French trainThree young American friends on a European vacation and a British businessman who overpowered a heavily-armed man in a crowded, high-speed train to Paris were awarded France's highest honour on Monday. Hailed as "heroes", the foursome were handed the prestigious Legion d'Honneur by French President Francois Hollande, who told them the whole world "admires their courage and cool composure". Another Frenchman -- the first to come into contact with gunman Ayoub El Khazzani and tried to stop him -- was also due to be honoured.
 
 

German entrepreneurs use business to fight hostility to refugees

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:29:05 PMGo to full article
By Caroline Copley DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Ashamed by the rise of anti-Islam group PEGIDA in Dresden at the end of last year, local businesswoman Viola Klein was determined to send a signal that not everyone in the eastern German city was hostile to immigrants. "We spoke with our staff and said we have to do something to counter the view that foreigners have no business here," said Klein, manager of software developer Saxonia Systems, which has funneled between 80,000 and 100,000 euros ($92-115,000) into refugee projects. Klein is just one of many entrepreneurs who are using their capital and business skills to help a record-breaking number of refugees integrate into Europe's biggest economy.
 

Guinea-Bissau's new PM fires radio, TV chiefs over 'bias'

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:22:11 PMGo to full article
Guinea-Bissau's new Prime Minister Baciro Dja, seen here in April 2012, was appointed last week after President Jose Mario Vaz fired his predecessor Domingos Simoes Pereira, angering the ruling party and plunging the unstable nation into fresh crisisGuinea-Bissau's new Prime Minister Baciro Dja on Monday sacked the chiefs of the state-owned radio and television services for "bias" in their reporting of a recent government shake-up. Dja was appointed last week after President Jose Mario Vaz fired his predecessor Domingos Simoes Pereira, angering the ruling party and plunging the chronically unstable nation into fresh crisis. While all three men belong to the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) -- which holds a slender majority in parliament -- it has fallen behind its leader Pereira in the dispute.
 
 

Train gunman: Islamic extremist or homeless misfit?

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:05:11 PMGo to full article
Ayoub El-Khazzani is the 25-year-old suspected gunman in an attack on a train from Amsterdam to Paris who was overpowered by passengersWho exactly is Ayoub El Khazzani, the heavily-armed Moroccan man who was wrestled to the ground by passengers in a crowded high-speed train in France, potentially averting a bloodbath. Is he an Islamic extremist who wanted to wage a jihadi attack? The 25-year-old boarded the train in Brussels bound for Paris on Friday armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Luger automatic pistol, ammunition and a box-cutter.
 
 

Low-energy, healthy homes: Europe's answer to shale gas?

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:55:55 PMGo to full article
Laundry hang on a washing line near an inflatable swimming pool in the courtyard of a house in the 1920s Bon Air housing estate in BrusselsBy Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - With street names such as Temperance and Hygiene and plenty of green open spaces, the 1920s Bon Air (Good Air) housing estate in a working-class district of Brussels was meant to provide a healthy "garden city" way of life. Now 21st-century planners are striving to turn it into a modern ideal with the kind of renovations EU policymakers sitting in their shiny offices across the city want to see throughout the European Union. Work starts in Bon Air in September to transform a prototype from damp and dingy into a light, well-ventilated and very low-energy home.
 
 

Germany starts move to ban GMO crops: ministry letter

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:47:04 PMGo to full article
German Agriculture Minister Schmidt looks on during the cermony of appointment at Bellevue Castle in BerlinBy Hans-Edzard Busemann BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has initiated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, documents seen by Reuters showed on Monday. German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has informed German state governments of his intention to tell the EU that Germany will make use of new "opt-out" rules to stop GMO crop cultivation even if varieties have been approved by the EU, a letter from the agriculture ministry seen by Reuters shows. A new EU law approved in March cleared the way for new GMO crops to be approved after years of previous deadlock.
 
 

UK says Iran sanctions could be lifted next spring

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:19:44 PMGo to full article
By Guy Faulconbridge TEHRAN (Reuters) - International sanctions on Iran could start to be lifted as early as spring next year, Britain's foreign minister said on Monday, as Tehran and the West rebuild their ties and potentially open up billions of dollars of trade deals. Six world powers agreed in July to lift sanctions in return for Iran accepting long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb. Tehran has always denied seeking nuclear arms.
 

A look at the latest developments in Europe's migrant crisis

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:58:50 PMGo to full article
A woman migrant carries a boy who is crying, as they enter into Macedonia from Greece, on the border line between the two countries near southern Macedonia's town of Gevgelija, on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Thousands of migrants have poured into Macedonia and boarded trains and buses that are taking them a step closer to the European Union. Police are letting the migrants pass across the border Monday, directing them to the new transit center for migrants near the border line. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)Record numbers of migrants and refugees fleeing violence and poverty in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea are trying to reach Europe, despite the risks of perilous sea crossings and the inability of countries to provide adequate humanitarian assistance. Here are the latest developments Monday:
 
 

Long lines of migrants enter Serbia en route to Europe

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:23:50 PMGo to full article
A woman migrant carries a boy who is crying, as they enter into Macedonia from Greece, on the border line between the two countries near southern Macedonia's town of Gevgelija, on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Thousands of migrants have poured into Macedonia and boarded trains and buses that are taking them a step closer to the European Union. Police are letting the migrants pass across the border Monday, directing them to the new transit center for migrants near the border line. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)By Marko Djurica MIRATOVAC, Serbia (Reuters) - Long lines of migrants, many of them refugees from Syria, snaked through southern Serbia by foot on Monday before jumping on trains and buses north to Hungary and the last leg of an increasingly desperate journey to western Europe. State authorities and aid agencies threw up tents and scrambled to supply food and water to thousands surging through the western Balkans, their numbers swelling since Greece began ferrying migrants from its overwhelmed islands to the mainland. The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said more than 7,000 had reached Serbia from Macedonia between Saturday and Sunday, many of them having spent three desperate days on Greece’s northern border after Macedonia halted their passage saying it could take no more.

 

 

Wave of EU-bound migrants crosses into Serbia

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:43:08 PMGo to full article
Migrants walk from the Macedonian border into Serbia, near the village of Miratovac, Serbia, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The more than 5,000 migrants who reached Serbia overnight faced an overcrowded refugee center where they have to apply for asylum — the paper that allows them three days to reach Hungary. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)MIRATOVAC, Serbia (AP) — In a new human wave surging through the Balkans, thousands of exhausted migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa crossed on foot Monday from Macedonia into Serbia on their way to Western Europe.
 
 

EU rules out changes to passport-free travel area

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:38:43 PMGo to full article
Member of belgian and french police stay next to a Thalys train at the Brussels Midi - Zuid train station, on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Security has become more visible after an attack on Friday of a Thalys train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Walschaerts)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it will not change Europe's passport-free system of travel despite pressure to do so amid a thwarted rail attack on a multinational rail line and a large influx of migrants into the EU.
 
 

Global market plunge intensifies on fears over China

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:35:45 PMGo to full article
People watch trading boards at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Stocks tumbled across Asia on Monday as investors shaken by the sell-off last week on Wall Street unloaded shares in practically every sector. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)TOKYO (AP) — World stock markets plunged and Wall Street was due to suffer heavy losses on Monday after China's main index sank 8.5 percent amid fears over the health of the world's second-largest economy.
 
 

Migrants trudge through Balkans in 'dramatic' challenge to Europe

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:45:08 PMGo to full article
Migrants from Syria walk along a road in the village of Miratovac near the town of Presevo, SerbiaBy Marko Djurica MIRATOVAC, Serbia (Reuters) - Long lines of migrants, many of them refugees from Syria, snaked through southern Serbia by foot on Monday before jumping on trains and buses north to Hungary and the last leg of an increasingly desperate journey to western Europe. State authorities and aid agencies threw up tents and scrambled to supply food and water to thousands surging through the western Balkans, their numbers swelling since Greece began ferrying migrants from overwhelmed islands to the mainland. Visiting the Macedonian-Greek border, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said the situation in the Balkans was “dramatic”.
 
 

4 more places filled on European team for Solheim Cup

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:40:14 PMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — Four more players have secured their places on Europe's team to face the United States in next month's Solheim Cup.
 

German foreign minister to travel to Iran in October

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:31:00 PMGo to full article
German Foreign Minister Steinmeier speaks to media in ViennaGerman Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday he plans to travel to Iran in October, sending a strong signal that Europe's largest economy wants to quickly rebuild economic and political ties with the Islamic Republic. Steinmeier's visit follows on from a three-day trip last month by Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who became the first senior figure from a large Western government to visit Tehran since it struck a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers. "I will be in Iran in October," Steinmeier said at the opening of a diplomatic conference in Berlin on Monday.
 
 

Britain says Iran too powerful to leave in isolation

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:33 PMGo to full article
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, right, welcomes British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond at the start of their meeting in his office, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, a day after Hammond attended the reopening of Britain's embassy in the capital. The reopening takes place in the wake of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The embassy has been closed since November 2011, when it was stormed by demonstrators protesting the imposition of international sanctions against the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Britain's foreign minister said Monday that Iran is a major regional player that can be an ally in fighting terrorism — but that London must "tread carefully" in its relationship with Tehran.
 
 

Ukraine faces risky year fighting to escape Russian orbit: Poroshenko

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:15:16 PMGo to full article
Ukraine's President Poroshenko speaks during the Independence Day military parade, in the centre of KievPresident Petro Poroshenko said on Monday Ukraine was facing a precarious year struggling to fend off what he called Russian strategies to undermine Kiev's attempts to pursue closer relations with Europe. The war for Ukrainian independence is continuing," he said, addressing a crowd of several thousand. New military convoys had been tracked crossing the border into Ukraine last week, he added.
 
 

Two drown, five missing as migrants head for Greek island

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:12:01 PMGo to full article
Two people drowned and five were believed missing when a dinghy carrying migrants capsized off the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday, as many hundreds continued to head to Greek territory from nearby Turkey. The Greek coastguard said it had rescued eight people on the northern coast of the island early on Monday, and recovered the bodies of two men. The migrants head to the Greek mainland and try to make their way north through the Balkans.
 

Merkel, Hollande seek unified European reponse to migrant crisis

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:54:56 PMGo to full article
Official figures show a record 107,500 migrants crossed into the EU last month and there are mounting calls for the bloc to adopt a more unified approach in dealing with the influxThe leaders of Germany and France will meet in Berlin on Monday to seek a unified stance on European efforts to tackle the biggest migrant crisis since World War II, as hundreds more people poured into Serbia in a desperate journey for a better life. At least 2,000 more migrants entered Serbia overnight from Macedonia, which had declared a state of emergency over the massive numbers pressing into the country from the Greek border. The meeting between French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel comes as the EU is grappling with an unprecedented influx of people fleeing war, repression and poverty in what the bloc has described as its worst refugee crisis in 50 years.
 
 

Different pedigree, same goal for Man United, FC Astana

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:41:22 PMGo to full article
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney walks from the pitch after his team's scoreless draw in the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Newcastle at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)MANCHESTER, England (AP) — FC Astana did not exist when Manchester United became European champion for the third time in 2008.
 
 

Greece: Opposition party head returns mandate to form gov't

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:40:51 PMGo to full article
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The head of Greece's main opposition party returned his mandate to form a government to the country's president Monday after failing to find coalition partners following the prime minister's resignation and call for early elections.
 

More migrants heading for EU as crisis deepens

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:45:37 AMGo to full article
Migrants board a bus to Belgrade early in the morning in Presevo on August 24, 2015At least 2,000 more migrants flooded overnight into Serbia in a desperate journey to try and go on to Hungary, the door into the European Union, a UN official said Monday. At least 7,000 people -- mostly refugees from the brutal war in Syria -- have been registered so far in the last days in overwhelmed Serbia as Europe's worst refugee crisis in half a century rapidly worsens. All of them entered Serbia from Macedonia, where police on Saturday re-opened the border with Greece after spending three days trying to hold back the streams of migrants, when hundreds braved barbed wire fences and stun grenades to force their way through.
 
 

Piller, Lee, Salas earn US Solheim Cup team spots

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:45:03 AMGo to full article
Alison Lee, of the United States, pauses as she watches her shot from the eighth tee during the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open golf tournament at Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, British Columbia, on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) — Gerina Piller, Alison Lee and Lizette Salas earned the final three automatic spots on the U.S. Solheim Cup team Sunday at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.
 
 

That sinking feeling: As China slows, so does Otis Elevator

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:35:08 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2010 file photo, workers, right, prepare to install a piece of glass wall covering an elevator tunnel while a woman, left, looks down from a descending elevator in Beijing, China. Otis elevator, which has staked much on increasing urbanization and soaring skyscrapers in cities across China, is struggling with declining revenue in 2015 as China’s economy sours. For Otis, based in Farmington, Conn., rising competition, particularly for the lucrative repair and maintenance business, also is undermining its Chinese market share. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As China's economy has grown and skyscrapers have sprouted in cities extending ever westward from its coast, Otis Elevator Co. went along for the ride.
 
 

Slow-starting Sunderland eye League Cup fillip

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:33:59 AMGo to full article
Sunderland captain John O'Shea (L) celebrates with teammate Adam Johnson at the end of the Premier League match against Newcastle United at St James' Park on December 21, 2014Sunderland captain John O'Shea has urged his side to use Tuesday's League Cup second-round tie at home to fourth-tier Exeter City as a springboard for the rest of their season. Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat found himself in the spotlight after his team lost their opening two league games, but they stopped the rot by recovering from a goal down to draw 1-1 at home to Swansea City on Saturday. While Sunderland failed to win, it was a much-improved display and O'Shea is hopeful that it will prove a turning point.
 
 

Belarus leader pardons six jailed opposition figures

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:00:09 AMGo to full article
Statkevich, former opposition presidential candidate in 2010 campaign, is seen with his wife Adamovich as he arrives after his release from prison in MinskBy Andrei Makhovsky MINSK (Reuters) - Belarussian President Aleksander Lukashenko has pardoned six jailed opposition figures, including Nikolai Statkevich who was imprisoned after running against him for the presidency in 2010, his administration said on Saturday. Lukashenko, who has been in power in the ex-Soviet republic since 1994 and is running for a fifth consecutive term in an election in October, had been motivated by humane principles, his press service said. Statkevich, 59, is the last to be released of about 10 politicians who were rounded up and detained after running against Lukashenko in an election in 2010 dubbed fraudulent by the West.
 
 

U.S. airman in French train shooting plugged passenger wound with fingers

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:25:49 AMGo to full article
By Andrew Callus PARIS (Reuters) - Spencer Stone, the U.S. airman who helped tackle a gunman on a French train on Friday, also plugged the blood-spurting wound of a fellow passenger with his fingers, he said at a news conference on Sunday. With his left arm in a sling to protect his injured hand and a cut over his right eye, Stone, 23, along with his American friends, student Anthony Sadler, also 23, and National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, 22, gave details of what officials said was a foiled terrorist attack. "I went over, saw that he was squirting blood out of the left or right side of his neck," Stone said.
 

France to honor Americans, Briton who disarmed train gunman

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:25:29 AMGo to full article
By Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Monday will award France's highest honor, the Legion d'honneur, to three U.S. citizens and a Briton who helped disarm a machine gun-toting attacker on a train last week. The award will be made when Hollande meets the men in the morning, a member of the president's entourage said after it was revealed that one of the Americans, Spencer Stone, likely also had saved the life of a fellow passenger. Stone, a 23-year-old airman traveling with two friends on the train from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, told reporters on Sunday of how he plugged the blood-spurting wound of another passenger with his fingers after himself being injured by the attacker, identified by security sources as a suspected Islamist militant.
 

Thousands of migrants cross Macedonia, Serbia heading for EU

 
‎24 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:06:17 AMGo to full article
Thousands of people, most of them Syrian refugees, are heading north towards the EU border from the Greece-Macedonia frontierThousands of migrants, mostly Syrian refugees, travelled through Macedonia and Serbia on Sunday towards western Europe, as Italy's foreign minister said the escalating crisis threatened the bloc's "soul". More than 7,000 men, woman and children crossed into southern Serbia from Macedonia overnight Saturday to Sunday alone, the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) said, with many more still expected to arrive.
 
 

Greek coalition process crawls as election calls accelerate

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:12:10 PMGo to full article
Greek Presidential guards take part in a ceremonial change of guards at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament building in AthensBy Greg Roumeliotis and David Stamp ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek opposition leaders made zero progress on Sunday as they pressed on with trying to form a new coalition, despite appeals from home and abroad for a rapid move to elections so the country can deal with its simultaneous economic and humanitarian crises. Conservative leader Evangelos Meimarakis spent the third and final day offered to him by Greece's president to form a government in vain, rebuffed by leftist outgoing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the leaders of smaller parties in parliament. The leisurely pace of coalition negotiations since Tsipras resigned on Thursday - after only seven months in office - has prompted media calls for a caretaker leader to implement further austerity and reform policies that are essential to ensure Greece keeps getting vital funds under its new bailout deal.
 
 

Don't ever 'stand by', US 'heroes' plead after train attack

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎08:39:11 PMGo to full article
Anthony Sadler (L), Spencer Stone (2nd L), Alek Skarlatos (R) and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley pose after a press conference at the US embassy in Paris on August 23, 2015Three American friends who overpowered a heavily-armed gunman in a train poured cold water Sunday on his claim that he had no intention of waging a bloody attack and asked people never to stand by in these types of incidents. The alleged attacker, 25-year-old Moroccan national Ayoub El Khazzani, boarded a high-speed train in Brussels bound for Paris on Friday carrying a Kalashnikov rifle, an automatic pistol, ammunition and a box-cutter. The trio, gathered at the US ambassador's residence in Paris for a press conference, said they had initially been sitting in another part of the train but later moved to the carriage that the gunman was targeting.
 
 

Thousands of migrants head closer to EU from Macedonia

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎08:33:56 PMGo to full article
Police officers secure the railway tracks before a train that would take the migrants towards Serbia enters the railway station in the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Some thousands of migrants have poured into Macedonia traveling toward European Union countries, and police are letting the migrants pass across the border Sunday after blocking the entry on the border line for three days. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)GEVGELIJA, Macedonia (AP) — Thousands of beleaguered migrants — mostly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans fleeing bloody conflicts — crammed into trains and buses in Macedonia that brought them one step closer to the European Union on Sunday, a day after they stormed past police trying to block them from entering the country from Greece.
 
 

Hollande, Merkel 'to discuss EU migrant crisis on Monday'

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎08:03:06 PMGo to full article
A young boy sits outside the State Office of Health and Social Affairs where hundreds of refugees wait to receive help from the Berlin administration on August 7, 2015The French and German leaders will meet in Berlin on Monday to give a new push to European efforts to tackle the biggest migrant crisis in 50 years, a source in the French presidency said. Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will strive to provide a fresh impetus to the EU's response in dealing with the rapidly worsening situation, a source in Hollande's office said Sunday. The diplomatic push comes as Europe is grappling with an unprecedented influx of migrants fleeing war and unrest in what the EU has described as its worst refugee crisis since World War II.
 
 

Tunisia rescues 124 migrants from drifting boat: ICRC

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:32:00 PMGo to full article
Migrants arrive at the El-Kitif port in the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdane following their rescue by Tunisia's coastguard and navy after their vessel overturned off Libya, on August 23, 2015Tunisia's coast guard on Sunday rescued 124 would-be migrants bound for Italy from a boat adrift at sea near Libya, said the International Committee of the Red Cross. The migrants, all Africans, had been "attempting to illegally reach the Italian island of Lampedusa before they were rescued" and taken to the southern port of Ben Guerdane, said Mongi Slim, an official at the ICRC. Tunisian has been at the forefront of rescue efforts for a flood of mainly African migrants bound for Europe on unseaworthy boats that run into trouble.
 
 

New one-day peak for Italy migrant rescues

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:18 PMGo to full article
In this image grab released by the Italian Coastguard (Guardia Costiera) on August 23, 2015, migrants wait on an overcrowded boat during a rescue operation off the coast of Libya as part of the Frontex-coordinated Operation TritonSaturday's total was the highest recorded for a single day in recent years as calm conditions encouraged people smugglers to leave Libya with boats stuffed with as many paying passengers on board as possible. Among them were a new-born baby and 20 unaccompanied minors on a Doctors without Borders (MSF) ship that docked at Vibo Valentia. The coastguard said it had, over the course of Saturday, received distress calls from a total of 22 vessels, either inflatable dinghies or wooden former fishing boats -- all of them dangerously overcrowded and many of them lacking basic safety equipment.
 
 

Polish president makes 1st trip abroad to Estonia

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:20:49 PMGo to full article
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, right, and Polish president Andrzej Duda shakes hands during their meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Duda makes his first foreign visit to Estonia on Sunday. (AP Photo/ Liis Treimann)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new president has called for NATO to move troops to its eastern flank during his first trip abroad, to Estonia, bringing a message of solidarity to a region nervous about Russian ambitions.
 
 

Belarus leader frees jailed opposition to appease West

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:49:44 PMGo to full article
Belarus' opposition leader Mikola Statkevich gestures as he leaves a bus in Minsk on August 22, 2015, after being released from prisonBelarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko has released six opposition leaders, including a former presidential rival, less than two months before presidential elections in a move hailed Sunday by the European Union. Among the freed opponents was Mikola Statkevich, a former presidential candidate imprisoned since 2010, much of which he spent in solitary confinement. The release was welcomed by European officials, who said it was a long-overdue step towards normalising ties after years of sanctions over Lukashenko's political crackdown.
 
 

German vice chancellor calls refugee crisis 'biggest challenge'

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:24:15 PMGo to full article
A refugee holds his baby outside the State Office of Health and Social Affairs Berlin in Germany, which is accepting more refugees than any other European nationThe record influx of refugees into Germany is the biggest challenge the country has faced since reunification 25 years ago, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday. The number of asylum-seekers in Germany is expected to hit 800,000 in 2015, as people from Africa and the Middle East flow into Europe fleeing poverty and war. Gabriel criticised the passiveness of other European nations in the refugee crisis.
 
 

France train attack puts rail security in spotlight

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:01:39 PMGo to full article
Police officers at the Zuid-Midi railway station in Brussels, on August 22, 2015, a day after a shooting occurred on board of an Amsterdam-Paris Thalys trainSince 9/11, airports around the world have implemented tougher security checks for travellers, but the foiled attack on a packed high-speed train in Europe raises questions whether railway stations should also follow suit. The suspected gunman, named as 25-year-old Moroccan national Ayob El Khazzani, boarded the Amsterdam-Paris express in Brussels on Friday with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Luger automatic pistol, nine cartridge clips and a box-cutter, investigators say. In the wake of the episode, Belgium said it would increase baggage checks and patrols on high-speed trains.
 
 

Italian navy rescues 4,400 migrants off Libya coast

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:06:55 PMGo to full article
The Italian navy organized the rescue of around 4,400 migrants in waters off the Libyan coast on Saturday, prompted by requests for help received from nearly two dozen boats, in one of the biggest multi-national operations so far. Italy's coast guard said in a statement on Sunday that it had coordinated rescue efforts involving numerous vessels, including a Norwegian and an Irish ship as part of the European Union's Triton rescue mission. Europe is struggling to cope with a record influx of refugees as people flee war in countries such as Syria.
 

Macedonia clears migrant backlog, 5,000 enter Serbia

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:42:02 PMGo to full article
A migrant family keeps warm and dries clothes near a fire in front of a tent, at the train station in GevgelijaBy Fatos Bytyci GEVGELIJA, Macedonia (Reuters) - More than 5,000 migrants crossed into Serbia on Sunday, resuming a journey to western Europe after an overwhelmed Macedonia gave up its attempts to stem the flow of mainly Syrian refugees by force. Macedonia laid on buses and trains to carry them north after days of havoc caused by the closure of its southern frontier by security forces, who used stun grenades and tear gas in an attempt to keep them out. Serbian Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic, visiting a migrant reception center on Serbia's southern border with Macedonia, said more than 5,000 people had entered overnight as Macedonia cleared the backlog.
 
 

EU praises release of political prisoners in Belarus

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:38:20 PMGo to full article
A former opposition presidential candidate Nikolai Statkevich, left, meets with supporters at a bus station as he was released from a prison, Minsk, Belarus, late Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. The authoritarian president of Belarus on Saturday pardoned all six political prisoners in the former Soviet republic, including Statkevich, a former opposition presidential candidate. (AP Photo)MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The European Union praised Belarus' release of political prisoners as "important progress" in its efforts to improve relations with the West, while the most prominent of those freed described it as a cynical attempt by the authoritarian government to gain access to badly needed Western credits.
 
 

One-day record for migrant rescues in sea near Libya: 4,400

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:41:43 PMGo to full article
ROME (AP) — Italy's coast guard says it coordinated the rescue of some 4,400 migrants in a single day, a record-setting number, as smugglers took advantage of ideal sea conditions off Libya to launch a fleet of overcrowded, unseaworthy boats.
 

Britain, Iran to reopen embassies on Sunday

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:42:58 AMGo to full article
Iranians protest outside the British embassy in Tehran on November 29, 2011Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he would reopen the UK's embassy in Iran on Sunday, four years on since it was trashed by a mob, as Tehran's ties warm with the West. Iran's embassy in London will reopen at the same time, Hammond said, initially at charge d'affaires level, with a view to installing the two countries' respective ambassadors in the coming months. European officials have been quick to visit Tehran since July 14, when Iran struck a deal with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, ending a 13-year stand-off over its nuclear programme.
 
 

Bayern wins after last-minute goal, United held by Newcastle

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:13:32 AMGo to full article
Bayern's Douglas Costa, David Alaba and Xabi Alonso, from left, celebrate after Lewandowski scored their second goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich in Sinsheim, southern Germany, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (Wolfram Kastl/dpa via AP)Robert Lewandowski gave 10-man Bayern Munich a last-minute victory in the Bundesliga, while Wayne Rooney recorded his 10th straight game without a goal for Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.
 
 

French train attacker: extremist who moved around Europe

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:41:09 AMGo to full article
Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, is suspected to be the gunman who opened fire onboard a high-speed train from Amsterdam to ParisThe Moroccan suspect in the attack on a high-speed train as it travelled between Amsterdam and Paris had lived in Spain and briefly in Belgium and spent time in Syria, according to intelligence services. A picture began to emerge of 25-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El Khazzani, who was last seen in pictures on social media on the floor of the train with his arms tied behind his back after three American passengers tackled him as he fired a gun and carried a blade. Khazzani's case also illustrates the near-impossible task that authorities in Europe face in keeping tabs on hundreds of extremists, many of whom have returned from Syria after fighting for the Islamic State group.
 
 

Macedonia allows all 1,500 migrants at border to enter from Greece

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:59:34 PMGo to full article
A woman cries after losing her wallet and mobile phone where hundreds of refugees forced their way into Macedonia from Greece near the town of Idomeni, on August 22, 2015More than 1,500 mostly Syrian refugees, trapped in a no-man's land for three days, entered Macedonia from Greece on Saturday, after police allowed them to pass despite earlier trying to hold back the crowd using stun grenades. The dash across the border was the latest dramatic chapter in Europe's migrant crisis, and came as another 3,000 migrants were rescued in waters off Libya -- in one of the largest single-day rescue operations yet in the Mediterranean. Some 104,000 migrants and refugees have landed on Italian shores so far this year, while Greece has seen an influx of around 150,000 people, according to the International Organization for Migration.

 

 
 

Turkey detains over 400 migrants trying to cross to Greece

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:49:50 PMGo to full article
A group of migrants arrive at Greece's Kos island on a dinghy from Turkey on August 18 , 2015Turkish security forces have detained 435 migrants and Syrian refugees along with three suspected people smugglers, before they embarked on an attempt to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece, reports said Saturday. There has been an upsurge this summer in the numbers of refugees and migrants using shaky vessels to make the crossing, sparking a humanitarian crisis for the European Union. Turkish officials say the security forces have been detaining thousands of migrants around the Aegean seeking to cross to Europe every week this summer.
 
 

Syrians despair amid filth as way to north blocked

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:58 PMGo to full article
By Yannis Behrakis IDOMENI, Greece (Reuters) - After a brief respite aboard a Greek passenger ship, Syrian refugee Mohamed has found himself stranded on a filthy, chaotic strip at the Macedonian border, his way to the relative security of northern Europe blocked by razor wire and riot police. The 20-year-old geology student, like thousands of others stuck at the Greek frontier village of Idomeni, has made an arduous and often dangerous journey to escape the horrors of the Syrian civil war. What he has found at Idomeni has brought him close to despair and now he simply wants to go anywhere in Europe that is safe.
 

Riot over refugees in eastern German town leaves 31 police hurt

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:35:13 PMGo to full article
By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - At least 31 German police officers were hurt in scuffles with about 600 protesters, many hurling bottles and stones, angry about the arrival of asylum seekers in an eastern German town in the early hours of Saturday, police said. In one of the country's biggest demonstrations against the influx of refugees, police in Heidenau, near Dresden, used pepper spray on right-wing demonstrators who were trying to stop busloads of asylum seekers reach their accommodation. The buses with the asylum seekers were led to the ... shelter," Dresden police said in a statement.
 

Chaos at Macedonia border as refugees tear through police lines

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:16:41 PMGo to full article
A Macedonian police officer raises his baton towards migrants to stop them from entering into Macedonia at Greece's border, near the village of IdomeniBy Fatos Bytyci GEVGELIJA, Macedonia (Reuters) - Thousands of rain-soaked migrants stormed across Macedonia’s border on Saturday as police lobbed stun grenades and beat them with batons, struggling to enforce a decree to stem their flow through the Balkans to western Europe. "In this Europe, animals are sleeping in beds and we sleep in the rain," said 23-year-old Syrian woman Fatima Hamido after running across the border. "I was freezing for four days in the rain, with nothing to eat." Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and ordered its borders sealed to migrants, many of them refugees from war who have been entering from Greece at a rate of 2,000 per day en route to Hungary and Europe’s borderless Schengen zone.
 
 

France train gunman identified as known Islamist militant

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:15:35 PMGo to full article
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve attends a news conference at the Interior ministry in ParisBy Chine Labbé and Sarah White PARIS/MADRID, France (Reuters) - A gunman overpowered by passengers on a train in France is known to European authorities as a suspected Islamist militant if the identity he has given is correct, France's interior minister said on Saturday. Two people were wounded in the struggle to subdue the Kalashnikov-toting attacker aboard the high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday. Two U.S. servicemen, one of whom suffered knife wounds, were among the passengers who stopped the gunman.
 
 

Macedonian border breached by hundreds of refugees

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:05:28 PMGo to full article
Refugees shelter from the rain in no-man's land along the Macedonia-Greece border near the town of Gevgelija on August 22, 2015Gevgelija (Macedonia) (AFP) - Hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees forced their way over the Macedonian border Saturday as police hurled stun grenades in a failed bid to stop them from breaking through, an AFP reporter said.
 
 

Police quiz gunman after Americans halt French train attack

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:40:35 PMGo to full article
Alek Skarlatos (right) and Anthony Sadler hold medals they were given for helping to halt the attackA suspected jihadist gunman overpowered by three young Americans on a packed Amsterdam-Paris commuter train had visited Syria and was known to both French and Spanish intelligence services, officials said Saturday. The suspect, who was wrestled to the floor after opening fire with an assault rifle on a high-speed train on Friday evening, is believed to be a 26-year-old of Moroccan origin and is now being interrogated by counter-terrorist officials near Paris. "Once in France he went to Syria, then returned to France," the source said.
 
 

Greek opposition leaders weigh coalition despite crises, poll pressure

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:31:00 PMGo to full article
Member of the Greek Presidential guard walks next to a stray dog in front of the parliament building in AthensBy George Georgiopoulos and David Stamp ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek opposition politicians embarked on the laborious and apparently futile exercise on Saturday of trying to form a new government, oblivious to pressure for rapid elections so the nation can start tackling an array of crises. The two biggest opposition parties, one of the center-right and the other of the far left, queued up to exercise their constitutional right to spend three days negotiating a new coalition, even though their efforts are almost certain to fail. When leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned on Thursday, he had in mind a quick election next month when he hoped to return to power, strengthened by a mandate to implement the new bailout program he negotiated to save Greece from financial collapse.
 
 

Italy rescuing 3,000 migrants, 18 boats off Libya

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:46:39 PMGo to full article
An Italian Navy inflatable boat (front) rescues migrants on a fishing boat off Libya on August 15, 2015Italy's coastguard said Saturday it was coordinating the rescue of up to 3,000 migrants from waters off Libya after receiving SOS calls from 18 different crowded vessels. At least seven boats - six Italian and one from Norway - were involved in an operation to get the migrants safely off 14 rubber dinghies and four other vessels carrying an estimated total of between 2,000 and 3,000 people. More than 104,000 migrants from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia have landed at Italy's southern ports so far this year after being rescued in the Mediterranean.
 
 

3 Americans praised for subduing gunman on European train

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:04:53 PMGo to full article
In this photo provided by Christina Cathleen Coons, a man is detained on a train platform after an incident on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Arras, northern France. The gunman opened fire on the train wounding several people before American passengers subdued him, according to officials and one of the Americans involved. (Christina Cathleen Coon via AP)ARRAS, France (AP) — One serves in the Air Force, another recently served in Afghanistan in the National Guard, another is studying physical therapy in California — and all three Americans are being hailed as heroes for tackling and disarming a gunman they happened to encounter on a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris.
 
 

'Give me back my gun,' train attacker pleads with Americans

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:15:40 AMGo to full article
A police officer stands by as a passenger receives medical attention in Arras, northern France, after being injured on August 21, 2015 when a gunman opened fire on a trainA gunman tackled by young Americans on a train between Amsterdam and Paris pleaded with them to hand back his Kalashnikov after they overpowered him, one of the group said. "Everything happened very fast," Anthony Sadler, a student travelling with friends Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, both members of the US military, told France's BFMTV. My friends and I got down and then I said 'Let's get him'," said Skarlatos, a 22-year-old member of the National Guard in Oregon, who has recently returned from service in Afghanistan.
 
 

China ramping up publicity for upcoming military parade

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:01:18 AMGo to full article
Chinese troops practice marching ahead of a Sept. 3 military parade at a camp on the outskirts of Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. China is ramping up publicity for its upcoming World War II military parade that will feature 12,000 soldiers and 500 pieces of military equipment, but officials still aren't saying which other countries are taking part in the spectacle. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — China is ramping up publicity for its upcoming massive military parade commemorating the end of World War II, but officials still aren't saying what other countries are taking part.
 
 

France: 3 Americans subdue gunman on high-speed train

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:43:55 AMGo to full article
French judicial police stand on the train platform near gun cartridges and a backpack in Arras after shots were fired on a Thalys high-speed trainPARIS (AP) — A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, wounding two people before three American passengers subdued him, according to officials and one of the Americans involved.
 
 

US air strike kills 'IS number two': White House

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:54:34 AMGo to full article
An image taken from a video released by Welayat Nineveh Media Office on August 9, 2014, allegedly shows Islamic State militants waving the trademark Jihadits flag as they inspect the grounds of the Mosul dam in IraqThe second-in-command of the Islamic State jihadist group has been killed in a US air strike in northern Iraq, the White House said. The National Security Council identified the slain militant as Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Haji Mutaz, and said he was IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's senior deputy. In December, US defense officials, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, said he was one of several senior figures killed in coalition strikes, giving another of his pseudonyms, Abu Muslim al-Turkmani.
 
 

US stocks tumble on global slowdown fears

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:08:06 AMGo to full article
Investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Asian stocks fell further Friday after a survey showed Chinese manufacturing weakened this month. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)NEW YORK (AP) — Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its biggest drop in nearly four years.
 
 

From Rolex to buttocks: Swiss city embraces the art of nudity

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:17:43 AMGo to full article
Imre Thormann bares all in the Swiss city of Biel for the "Body and Freedom Festival" on August 21The Swiss city of Biel and its peaceable citizens is known as the world capital for watchmaking. Biel has been hosting the inaugural Naked Performance Festival -- an event aimed at challenging notions of what belongs in public spaces. "Art is welcome today in every city, but nakedness, no!" artist Thomas Zollinger, who created the event ending Saturday, told AFP.
 
 

Clashes as Macedonia becomes latest migrant crisis flashpoint

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:27:58 AMGo to full article
Police are seen as migrant and refugee families try to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija, Macedonia, on August 21, 2015Macedonian riot police on Friday fired stun grenades to drive back thousands of mostly Syrian refugees stuck in no-man's land between Greece and Macedonia, the latest flashpoint in Europe's escalating migrant crisis. At least eight people were hurt near the Greek border village of Edomeni as the police in riot gear beat the migrants back with truncheons and threw the stun grenades, devices that produce a blinding flash of light and a huge noise to disorient their targets. Rights group Amnesty International blasted the police response, saying it had received reports that officers fired into the air in "an unacceptable push-back in violation of international law".
 
 

Greece moves refugees to mainland, crush builds on border

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎10:12:41 PMGo to full article
By Michele Kambas ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece ferried hundreds of refugees to its mainland on Friday to relieve the pressure on outlying islands that have been overwhelmed by thousands of people arriving by boat to flee Syria's civil war. At the same time, crowds of migrants massed on the Greek border with Macedonia, preparing to travel north across a continent that is struggling to cope with the influx of desperate people escaping from conflict and poverty.
 

Barbed wire and stun grenades welcome refugees to Macedonia

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎08:43:52 PMGo to full article
A man kneels next to his crying children as police block a group of migrants trying to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija on August 21, 2015For the 3,000 refugees and migrants stuck on Greece's border with Macedonia, being beaten back violently by police on Friday was just the latest indignity in a gruelling journey to new lives in Europe. The crowds, most of them Syrians, were stranded near the Greek village of Edomeni after Macedonia declared a state of emergency on Thursday and sealed the border, hoping to stem the flow of people trying to cross the small Balkan country on their way to northern Europe.
 
 

New intrusion by migrants sparks delays in Channel Tunnel

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:58:58 PMGo to full article
Police officers stand on the road to prevent migrants from climbing aboard trucks travelling to Britain on ferries or the nearby Channel Tunnel shuttle train in Calais on August 20, 2015Trucks travelling through the Channel Tunnel were hit with new delays Friday after migrants seeking to reach Britain climbed aboard a freight train, a spokesman for Eurotunnel said. "At around 11:30 (0930 GMT) there was an alert because of the presence of migrants on a freight train," he told AFP. "The police and security personnel carried out an inspection and removed the migrants," who had climbed aboard a train carrying trucks after entering the tunnel through at a "less secure" point.
 
 

What Greece's new elections mean for the bailout

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:56:57 PMGo to full article
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, meets with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, in Athens, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Tsipras announced his government’s resignation and called early elections Thursday, seeking to consolidate his mandate to implement a new three-year international bailout that sparked a rebellion within his radical left Syriza party. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has resigned and called new elections — just as the country was starting to tap its new bailout package.
 
 

EU rebuffs criticism of migration crisis response

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:51:41 PMGo to full article
A group of immigrants who have made through police blockades arrive at the Gevgelija railway stationThe EU executive rebuffed criticism that it has been slow to deal with Europe's migration crisis, saying on Friday that it was not Brussels but disputes among member states which were holding up joint action. Asked about a remark by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere that "European institutions" were too slow in reacting to record numbers arriving at EU borders, a spokeswoman for the European Commission told reporters that existing proposals from the executive had yet to win full support from governments. "The proposals are all on the table," Annika Breidthardt said.
 
 

EU rejects charges it is acting too slowly on migrants

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:32:47 PMGo to full article
European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos rejects charges the EU is moving too slowly to address the migrant crisisThe European Commission, the executive of the 28-nation EU, on Friday defended itself against charges it is failing to act quickly enough to tackle the continent's migrant crisis. Germany's interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said Thursday that is was "unacceptable that European institutions continue to work at their current slow pace" in finding a joint solution to the crisis. Hot spots are centres to determine whether new arrivals are refugees fleeing war or economic migrants simply looking for work and who must be returned to their home countries.

 

 
 

Greece rebels announce new party ahead of snap polls

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:30:42 PMGo to full article
Greek lawmakers debate at the Greek parliament in Athens early on August 14, 2015Rebels from Greece's Syriza party said Friday they will form a new parliamentary group, a day after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned and triggered snap elections. At least 25 Syriza rebels will join the new party, named Popular Unity, as Greece launched into a bout of political horse-trading ahead of elections likely be held in a month's time. "In line with our electoral pledges, we are departing from the parliamentary group we formerly belonged to and are forming a new independent parliamentary group," the eurosceptic rebels headed by ex-Communist former minister Panagiotis Lafazanis said in a statement.
 
 

German births hit 12-year high

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:55:07 PMGo to full article
A total 714,966 babies were born in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, last year, an increase of 4.8 percent over the previous yearThe number of births in ageing Germany rose to around 715,000 in 2014, the highest level since 2002, the Federal Statistics Office, Destatis, said on Friday. A total 714,966 babies were born in Europe's biggest economy last year, an increase of 4.8 percent over the previous year, Destatis said in a statment. The last time the number of births exceeded 700,000 was in 2004.
 
 

Macedonian troops fire stun grenades at migrants on border

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:14:58 PMGo to full article
A migrant man holding a boy react as they are stuck between Macedonian riot police officers and migrants during a clash near the border train station of Idomeni, northern Greece, as they wait to be allowed by the Macedonian police to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Macedonian special police forces have fired stun grenades to disperse thousands of migrants stuck on a no-man's land with Greece, a day after Macedonia declared a state of emergency on its borders to deal with a massive influx of migrants heading north to Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)IDOMENI, Greece (AP) — Macedonian special police forces fired stun grenades Friday to disperse thousands of migrants stuck on a no-man's land with Greece, a day after declaring a state of emergency on its border to deal with a massive influx of migrants heading north to the European Union.
 
 

A look at the latest developments in Europe's migrant crisis

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎02:34:59 PMGo to full article
Macedonian riot police officers clash with migrants near the border train station of Idomeni, northern Greece, as they wait to be allowed by the Macedonian police to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Macedonian special police forces have fired stun grenades to disperse thousands of migrants stuck on a no-man's land with Greece, a day after Macedonia declared a state of emergency on its borders to deal with a massive influx of migrants heading north to Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)Record numbers of migrants and refugees fleeing violence and poverty in countries such as Syria and Afghanistan are trying to reach Europe, despite the risks of perilous sea crossings and the inability of countries to provide adequate humanitarian assistance. Here are the latest developments Friday:
 
 

'Minute of silence' for Europe's refugees tops Austrian iTunes chart

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:51:05 PMGo to full article
By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A minute's silence recorded by an Austrian artist to protest against the treatment of migrants in Europe and raise money for refugees in a center near Vienna has topped the country's iTunes chart, despite only being released on Friday. Proceeds from Raoul Haspel's track Schweigeminute ("Minute's Silence"), which beat German DJ Robin Schulz to capture top spot through pre-orders alone earlier this week, will go toward aid for people in the asylum processing center in Traiskirchen. More than 2,000 refugees in Traiskirchen have been sleeping in the open for weeks, braving heat of around 40 degrees Celsius and rainstorms wrapped in blankets on the grass, and Amnesty International last week called their treatment "scandalous".
 

French lawmaker wants mandatory vegetarian menu at school

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:32:54 PMGo to full article
FOR STORY FRANCE SCHOOL LUNCHES - FILE - In this May 6, 2014 file photo, French chef Xavier Lebeau poses with a plate of Quenelles de Brochet (pike fish) with Green Haricot beans and Champignons de Paris (Paris mushrooms), at the Saint Pierre de Chaillot school in Paris, France. France has been grappling with how to reconcile religious beliefs with secular values when it comes to pork in school lunches, with one lawmaker’s solution: vegetarian meals. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)PARIS (AP) — France has been grappling with how to reconcile religious beliefs with secular values when it comes to pork in school lunches. One lawmaker's solution: vegetarian meals.
 
 

Azeri prosecutors demand nine-year sentence for reporter

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎01:29:28 PMGo to full article
Khadija Ismayilova, Azerbaijan's investigative journalist, onstage during the 2012 Courage in Journalism Awards hosted by the International Women's Media Foundation held at the Beverly Hills HotelProsecutors in ex-Soviet Azerbaijan on Friday demanded a nine-year jail term for a top investigative journalist, in a graft trial activists say is revenge for her reporting on high-level corruption. Khadija Ismayilova -- who has probed the alleged vast wealth of the energy-rich country's strongman President Ilham Aliyev and his family -- was detained in December and is accused of crimes including embezzlement and tax evasion. The trial against Ismayilova is the latest court case against high-profile critics of Aliyev's rule in the tightly-controlled Caspian Sea nation.
 
 

Syrian enemies share Greek ferry voyage into the unknown

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:57:25 PMGo to full article
Eleftherios Venizelos ferry arrives at Piraeus port in Athens on August 20, 2015, transporting 2,600 Syrian refugees to the Greek mainlandWhen the paths of an injured Syrian opposition activist, a disenchanted Kurdish youth and a regime loyalist converge on a ferry travelling across the Aegean Sea to Athens, they barely talk to each other. It's a painful symbol of the Syrian war that the three struggle to forget even now that they are literally in the same boat heading towards an unknown future. Jalal, who is 38 and comes from Daraa city where a pro-democracy uprising began in 2011, puffs a cigarette on the deck as night falls.
 
 

Five migrants hurt in clashes at Greek-Macedonian border

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:36:45 PMGo to full article
Migrants hold up an injured individual after clashes with Macedonian police near the town of Idomeni on the Greek -Macedonian border on August 21, 2015Eidomeni (Grèce) (AFP) - At least five people were hurt Friday when Macedonian police threw noise grenades to drive back migrants from the country's border with Greece, the latest flashpoint in Europe's growing refugee crisis. More than 3,000 mostly Syrian refugees are stuck in no-man's land near the Greek village of Eidomeni after Macedonia declared a state of emergency Thursday and sent troops to help stem the flow of migrants attempting to cross the small Balkan country to reach northern Europe. Police in riot gear fired the grenades after hundreds of migrants, included women and children, tried to cross newly-laid rolls of barbed wire along the frontier, an AFP photographer at the scene said.
 
 

More than 10 countries to join China's military parade

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:34:17 PMGo to full article
BEIJING (AP) — More than 10 countries including Russia will join China for a massive military parade through central Beijing next month commemorating the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II, Chinese officials said Friday.
 

Chaos at Macedonian train station packed with migrants

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:35:45 AMGo to full article
A man walks along the litter strewn railway tracks at the railway station in the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Macedonian police stepped up the security at the border with Greece apparently trying to stem recent surge of migrants who are coming from Greece. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)GEVGELIJA, Macedonia (AP) — With her 10-day-old baby in her arms, Amina Asmani fought her way past baton-wielding Macedonian riot police and boarded a train that took her a step closer to her dream destination: Germany.
 
 

Euro zone hopes Greek election will boost bailout, investors uncertain

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎10:45:13 AMGo to full article
By Jussi Rosendahl and Shadia Nasralla HELSINKI/VIENNA (Reuters) - European policymakers saw Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' resignation and election call as a gambit to consolidate support for Athens' new bailout, but the move unnerved some investors who worried on Friday that reforms could be delayed. Tsipras resigned on Thursday, hoping to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections after seven months in office in which he fought Greece's creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in. Thomas Wieser, the head of the Euro Working Group which prepares decisions for meetings of euro zone finance ministers, took a sanguine view of the move.
 

Poland's new leader seeks greater regional unity, NATO bases

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎10:38:00 AMGo to full article
FILE - This Aug. 1, 2015, file photo shows Polish President-elect, Andrzej Duda at the Pilsudski square on the 71st anniversary of the insurgency, in Warsaw, Poland. It’s been a dream of some Polish leaders for nearly a century: an alliance of Eastern European countries running from the Baltic Sea down to the Black Sea that would keep Russia at bay. Poland’s conservative new president, Duda, who took office two weeks ago, has already signaled that building such an alliance under Warsaw’s leadership will be a priority of his presidency. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — It's been a dream of some Polish leaders for nearly a century: an alliance of Eastern European countries running from the Baltic Sea down to the Black Sea that would keep Russia at bay.
 
 

James Horwill, Nic White miss Australia World Cup squad

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:11:53 AMGo to full article
Wallabies captain Stephen Moore, right, speaks next to head coach Michael Cheika during a press conference in Sydney Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Cheika announced a 31-man Rugby World Cup squad, including Moore and vice-captains Adam Ashley-Cooper and Michael Hooper. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)SYDNEY (AP) — Australia coach Michael Cheika had tough calls to make, literally and figuratively, before naming his 31-man squad Friday for the Rugby World Cup.
 
 

Greece's Tsipras resigns, calls snap polls to beat party revolt

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:14:23 AMGo to full article
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras presents his resignation to the Greek president at the presidental palace in Athens on August 20, 2015Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced his resignation and called for snap elections, as he went on the offensive to defend the country's massive bailout after it triggered a rebellion within his own hard-left party. Tsipras did not give a date for the new polls but they are expected to be held on September 20, the state news agency ANA said, citing government sources. "Now that this difficult cycle has come to an end, I wish to submit to your judgement all that we have done," Tsipras said, before meeting President Prokopis Pavlopoulous to formally hand in his resignation.
 
 

Wall for nothing: the misjudged but growing taste for border fences

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:40:08 AMGo to full article
Palestinians climb over a section of Israel's separation barrier, near Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, in July 2015When the Berlin Wall was torn down a quarter-century ago, there were 16 border fences around the world. Today, there are 65 either completed or under construction, according to Quebec University expert Elisabeth Vallet. From Israel's separation barrier (or "apartheid wall" as it is known by the Palestinians), to the 2,500-mile (4,000-kilometre) barbed-wire fence India is building around Bangladesh, to the enormous sand "berm" that separates Morocco from rebel-held parts of the Western Sahara -- walls and fences are ever-more popular with politicians wanting to look tough on migration and security.
 
 

Aussie goalkeeper Ryan keen to face Messi, Ronaldo

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:08:56 AMGo to full article
Australia's goalkeeper Matthew Ryan, seen during a training session in Vitoria, Brazil, in June 2014The thought of it would cause most goalkeepers nightmares, but Australia and now Valencia's number one Matthew Ryan has waited patiently for the chance to try his hand at stopping the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Ryan, 23, has taken an unusual route to arrive at one of the world's top leagues having swapped the A-league with Central Coast Mariners for Club Brugges two years ago. A brilliant spell in Belgium allied to being the rock behind Australia's Asia Cup triumph earlier this year brought interest from around Europe, but it was Valencia's ambitious project to be back challenging amongst the elite in the Champions League that attracted Ryan.
 
 

Germany and Brazil join forces on climate change action

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎04:09:45 AMGo to full article
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) listens to Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff during a lunch at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, BrazilBy Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Germany and Brazil committed themselves on Thursday to a joint stance on climate change, putting the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff focused mainly on environmental cooperation during a 24-hour visit by the German leader that was also aimed at boosting trade and investment in Brazil's stagnant economy.
 
 

Guinea-Bissau's new PM sworn in despite ruling party disapproval

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎03:36:38 AMGo to full article
Guinea-Bissau's new Prime Minister Baciro Dja (pictured on April 12, 2012) was sworn in despite angry protests from the ruling party, deepening a political crisisGuinea-Bissau's new Prime Minister Baciro Dja was sworn in despite angry protests from the ruling party, deepening a political crisis a week after the government was sacked. President Jose Mario Vaz swore in Dja, 39, just hours after he was appointed to replace Domingos Simoes Pereira, who he fired over a series of disputes including the naming of a new army chief, sparking fresh crisis in the chronically unstable west African nation. The move put Vaz at loggerheads with his ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which denounced it as a "constitutional coup".
 
 

Brazil and Germany to expand trade and combat climate change

 
‎21 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎12:29:49 AMGo to full article
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, is gifted a plush version of the Rio 2016 Olympic mascot Vinicius, in yellow, and a plush version of the Paralympic mascot Tom, during lunch at the Itamaraty Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Merkel made a two-day stop to boost ties with Brazil. She also plans to meet with German business representatives before heading back home on Thursday. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Thursday that she and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed to expand trade and take joint action to combat climate change.
 
 

Alexis Tsipras: PM locked in an endless Greek drama

 
‎20 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:50:58 PMGo to full article
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, pictured on June 27, 2015, resigned on August 20 calling for snap electionsPrime Minister Alexis Tsipras knew all too well that Greece's huge bailout would appall many in his radical leftist party -- but now the hard-fought rescue has cost him his government. Tsipras, who resigned Thursday calling for snap elections, had swept to power in January vowing an end to the deep and painful spending cuts demanded by Greece's creditors in exchange for 240 billion euros of financial aid since 2010. Then, after months of bitter negotiations with the creditors, he reluctantly signed his debt-crippled government up to more of the same tough reforms -- despite having earlier convinced Greeks to reject such measures in a referendum.
 
 

As refugee crisis worsens, Merkel and Hollande want EU to move faster

 
‎20 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:31:32 PMGo to full article
French President Hollande and German Chancellor Merkel arrive at a joint statement at the Elysee Palace in ParisBy Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and France will press the European Union to move faster and with more unity to deal with the worsening refugee crisis, amid complaints from Germany that it is shouldering too big a burden. Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will meet in Berlin on Monday to discuss how to speed up relief for thousands of migrants, many of whom risk dangerous sea voyages to reach southern Europe before making their way across the continent. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a news conference on Thursday with his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve that the EU must move more quickly as migrant numbers across the EU have surged in recent months.
 
 

Europe needs more 'rational' discussion on migrants: UN refugee chief

 
‎20 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎11:16:00 PMGo to full article
Migrants wait to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija on August 20, 2015Attitudes towards migrants in Europe "are more emotional than rational", with denial about the realities of migration helping fuel the current crisis, the head of the UN's refugee agency, Antonio Guterres, said Thursday. "I think that the discussions about migration in Europe are discussions that are more emotional than rational," Guterres said at the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva. "Migration is part of the solution to European problems," he said, pointing to the low fertility rates affecting most European countries and the fact that immigrants often do jobs that local people don't want.
 
 

Germany says Europe's inaction on refugees 'unacceptable'

 
‎20 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎10:46:17 PMGo to full article
Refugees wait in front of a bus t a refugee home in Suhl, central Germany, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Police say they are investigating a clash at the asylum-seekers’ home in which 11 refugees and three police officers were injured late Wednesday. Police say some 50 residents were involved and as many more watched the clash. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)BERLIN (AP) — Germany's interior minister on Thursday criticized Europe's failure to tackle the refugee crisis, saying the principle of passport-free travel that exists across much of the continent is at risk.
 
 

EU ministers to hold migrant crisis talks in October: France

 
‎20 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎10:33:03 PMGo to full article
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (R) and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve leave the podium in Berlin on August 20, 2015Europe's interior and foreign ministers will meet in mid-October to discuss how to respond to the huge influx of migrants and refugees arriving at EU borders, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Thursday. The meeting, to be followed by further talks in Berlin, will pave the way for broader discussions at an EU summit in Malta in November which will also be attended by African leaders, Cazeneuve said after talks with his German counterpart Thomas de Maiziere in the German capital. De Maiziere said it was "unacceptable that European institutions continue to work at their current slow pace" in finding a joint solution to the crisis, adding that "too little" was being done to implement decisions that have already been taken.
 
 

A new migrant centre for Athens - with thousands in the queue

 
‎20 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:23:04 PMGo to full article
A Syrian refugee carrying her baby disembarks from the Greek government-chartered Eleftherios Venizelos ferry at the Piraeus port in Athens on August 20, 2015Hot water, air-conditioning and three meals a day: Athens' new migrant site brings some much needed relief for residents exhausted by war and destruction. Welcome to the Greek capital's new "reception centre", hastily built by a government facing a humanitarian crisis as it struggles to accommodate the massive influx of migrants and refugees who are desperately seeking a new life in the European Union. With brand-new mobile homes, showers and medics on hand, the site is a definite step up for many who have fled horrors and endured a perilous journey to Greece by sea, only to be forced to sleep for weeks in an Athens park.
 
 

Sweden's far-right posts record score as migration soars

 
‎20 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:15:55 PMGo to full article
Election posters for Jimmie Aakesson, leader of the Sweden Democrats Party, in StockholmAs immigration to Sweden soars, the far-right Sweden Democrats have topped an opinion poll for the first time, illustrating growing hostility to refugees and beggars in a country known for its open-arms policy. With a cradle-to-grave welfare state, a reputation for tolerance, a healthy economy, and a job market, Sweden is a favoured destination for the record number of migrants fleeing conflicts, authoritarian regimes and poverty worldwide.
 
 

Can anyone overthrow Juventus at the top of Serie A?

 
‎20 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎09:00:48 PMGo to full article
Lazio coach Stefano Pioli gives instructions to his players during a qualifying round, first leg Champions League soccer match between Lazio and Bayer Leverkusen, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)MILAN (AP) — Serie A has had a familiar look to it in the past two seasons, with Juventus winning the league title and Roma finishing second.
 
 

Britain and Iran to reopen embassies as ties thaw

 
‎20 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎08:12:23 PMGo to full article
Iranians protest outside the British embassy in November 2011Britain and Iran will reopen their respective embassies in the coming days, an Iranian official said Thursday, four years after their closure when protesters angry over nuclear sanctions stormed the UK mission in Tehran. The official said Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, who helped negotiate a historic deal between Iran and the West on the Islamic republic's nuclear programme, "will travel Sunday to Iran for the reopening of the British embassy". "At the same time" Tehran would reopen its embassy in London, the official told AFP, without providing a specific date.
 
 

Guinea-Bissau ruling party rejects new PM, calls for protest

 
‎20 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:31:00 PMGo to full article
Guinea-Bissau's new Prime Minister Baciro Dja (pictured on April 12, 2012) was sworn in despite angry protests from the ruling party, deepening a political crisisGuinea Bissau's ruling party angrily rejected President Jose Mario Vaz's new choice for prime minister Thursday, deepening a political crisis in the troubled west African nation a week after the government was sacked. Vaz appointed former minister Baciro Dja, 39, as prime minister a week after he fired Domingos Simoes Pereira over a series of disputes including the naming of a new army chief, sparking fresh crisis in the chronically unstable nation. The move put Vaz at loggerheads with his ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which denounced it as a "constitutional coup".
 
 

As Russia burns imported food, a bid to destroy clothes

 
‎20 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎07:24:08 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government has been burning food products that fall afoul of an import ban imposed in retaliation for Western sanctions. Now the textile industry is asking President Vladimir Putin to destroy black-market clothes, too.
 

'Indifference' behind surging migrant numbers to Europe: Red Cross chief

 
‎20 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:50:11 PMGo to full article
A Syrian woman carries her baby after arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea in an inflatable boat from Turkey on August 20, 2015Indifference is to blame for Europe's biggest migrant crisis since World War II, the Red Cross chief has told AFP, urging the world to "wake up" to the real extent of the problem. The dramatic rise in the number of migrants and refugees flooding into the European Union in recent months was predictable and expected, said Elhadj As Sy, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). "We saw this coming," he told AFP in an interview, blaming apathy in Europe and beyond for allowing the crisis to take hold.
 
 

Slovakia under fire for religious test for migrants

 
‎20 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎06:15:40 PMGo to full article
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia is under fire for its preference to grant asylum to migrants who are Christians.

 

 
 
 
 

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Siege of Vienna

Join Gordon Robertson as he travels to Vienna, Austria, to explore the first attempt by the Islamic Ottoman Empire to invade the city of Vienna. With prayer and creativity, the city’s outnumbered Christian army defeated the vast Ottoman forces at the height of their power and singlehandedly stopped the march of Islam through Europe.

 

 

 

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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.”

Are we currently living in the Age of Apostasy? Ron Matsen explores the evidence and causes of apostasy and provides an antidote for apostasy in this timely study
 

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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.

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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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"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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