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Libyan drownings, truck of corpses drive up migrant toll
Hungarian policemen arrest a Syrian migrant family after they entered Hungary at the border with Serbia, near RoszkeBy Karin Strohecker and Ahmed Elumami EISENSTADT, Austria/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Austria said on Friday 71 refugees, including a baby girl, were found dead in an abandoned freezer truck, while Libya recovered the bodies of 105 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe. Both tragedies were a result of a renewed surge in migrants fleeing war and poverty that has confronted Europe with its worst refugee crisis since World War Two. The International Organization for Migration said it estimated a third of a million people had crossed the Mediterranean so far this year to wash up in southern Europe.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:51:40 -0400
Greece's Syriza to win election but face setback, polls show
News ImageBy Angeliki Koutantou and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist Syriza will emerge as the biggest party in next month's election but without the majority it was hoping for, the first opinion polls since he resigned last week showed on Friday. One found that almost two thirds of voters felt Tsipras should not have sought a fresh mandate, while three surveys showed that his favored coalition ally, the Independent Greeks party, would not make it into parliament. Syriza was supported by 23 percent of those polled by ProRata for Friday's Efimerida Ton Syntakton newspaper, with the conservative opposition New Democracy party second on 19.5 percent.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:44:43 -0400
Syrians fear for relatives after Austrian migrant tragedy
News ImageBy Karin Strohecker and Anna McIntosh VIENNA (Reuters) - Distraught over missing relatives en route from Syria to western Europe, two young men waited anxiously on Friday for news outside Viennas forensic department, where some of the bodies of 71 dead migrants found in Austria have been brought. Last time we heard, they were in Hungary," one of the young Syrian-Kurdish men said, declining to give his name for fear of upsetting his family back home. "And the worst thing is: we tried to contact the smuggler in Hungary, who was meant to take them to Austria, but he has switched off his phone," he added, with hands shaking and tears in his eyes.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:06:16 -0400
New Turkish cabinet includes opposition, but little policy change seen
News ImageBy Gulsen Solaker and Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu appointed nationalist and pro-Kurdish opposition politicians to an interim power-sharing cabinet on Friday, but left his finance and economy ministers unchanged in a team dominated by ruling party loyalists. Davutoglu was forced to form the temporary cabinet after his AK Party failed to find a junior coalition partner following the loss of its parliamentary majority in a June election which ended more than a decade of single-party rule. The uncertainty has unnerved investors in Turkey's $870 billion economy and comes as it battles Kurdish militants at home and Islamic State fighters on its borders, helping send the lira currency to a series of record lows.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:24:53 -0400
Iraqi PM orders easier access to Baghdad's Green Zone as protests surge
News ImageBy Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday ordered security forces to ease access to Baghdad's fortified Green Zone and main streets, in an apparent bid to improve daily life for ordinary Iraqis as fresh protests erupted across the country. The capital and many southern cities have witnessed demonstrations in recent weeks calling for provision of basic services, the trial of corrupt politicians, and the shakeup of a system riddled with graft and incompetence. Tens of thousands of demonstrators filled Baghdad's Tahrir Square on Friday in what a senior security official called the biggest protest of the summer.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:38:03 -0400
Weekend of protests set to pile more pressure on Malaysia's PM
News ImageBy Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters are expected to march through Malaysia's capital on Saturday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has weathered public outrage over a multi-million-dollar payment made to a bank account under his name. The party, which has been in power since 1957, lost the popular vote for the first time in 2013 to an opposition alliance that split this year.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:09:41 -0400
7 killed, 2 injured in China paper mill accident
BEIJING (AP) Seven workers were killed and two injured after exposure to poisonous gasses at a paper mill in central China, authorities said Saturday, in the latest in a spate of deadly accidents to strike the country involving dangerous chemicals. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:47:43 -0400
Egypt court set to rule in Jazeera reporters' trial
News ImageAn Egyptian court is set to rule Saturday in the retrial of three journalists with Al-Jazeera television's English-language news channel whose two-year ordeal sparked a global campaign for their release. Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, along with the since-deported Australian Peter Greste, were accused of supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood in their coverage for the Qatari-owned broadcaster. The trial has become an embarrassment for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the then army chief who ousted the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi from the presidency in 2013 and cracked down on Islamists.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:36:01 -0400
Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has dismissed top officials in the wake of a recent standoff with South Korea, state media reported Friday, a move that suggests the young leader holds them responsible for allowing the confrontation to nearly spin out of control. The rival Koreas earlier this week threatened strikes against each other before agreeing on measures to reduce animosity. The standoff began after land mines that Seoul says the North planted maimed two South Korean soldiers. Seoul responded by resuming propaganda broadcasts critical of Kim's authoritarian rule for the first time in 11 years. Pyongyang then threatened to destroy the South Korean loudspeakers, and Seoul says the rivals exchanged artillery fire at the border. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:32:16 -0400
U.N.'s Ban defends China parade trip after Japanese concern: Xinhua
News ImageChinese state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has defended his trip to Beijing next week to watch a military parade marking the end of World War Two following concern from Japan. Thousands of Chinese troops will march through central Beijing on Thursday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the war's end, overseen by Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin. Western leaders have mostly declined to attend, as has Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:30:38 -0400
Petra Kvitova Lucie Safarova advance to New Haven final
News ImageNEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Second-seeded Petra Kvitova beat third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-1 on Friday night to reach the Connecticut Open final for the fourth consecutive year.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:30:30 -0400
New Orleans mourns, celebrates 10 years after Katrina
News ImageNew Orleans will mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Saturday with solemn memorials and boisterous brass bands as the "Big Easy" remembers those lost to the devastating storm and celebrates its resilience. "Come hell or high water -- and we have had both -- New Orleans is coming back," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at one of many memorials this week. Later in the morning a "Resilience Fest" will feature a New Orleans-style "second line" marching brass band.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:09:54 -0400
Kurdish forces free seven villages in Iraq: officials
News ImageWestern-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of the Islamic State group in northern Iraq in recent days, the US-led coalition battling the jihadists. Bolstered by coalition airstrikes, the Peshmerga fighters wrestled back more than 200 square kilometers (80 square miles) near the town of Tuz since August 26, the Combined Joint Task Force said. Planes and drones conducted a total of 25 strikes, helping the Kurdish forces in "liberating seven villages," a statement said.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:06:09 -0400
Anderson, Herbert advance to Winston-Salem final
News ImageWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert advanced to the Winston-Salem Open final, beating 13th-seeded Steve Johnson of the U.S. 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Friday.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:55:25 -0400
Bolt back in relay, chases 3rd gold at worlds in Beijing
News ImageBEIJING (AP) Usain Bolt handed his shoes to a volunteer after the 200 meters and the person took off with them.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:46:58 -0400
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