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  • Migrants enter Austria, swept west by overwhelmed Hungary

    By Sandor Peto and Krisztina Than BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Migrants trickled across Hungary’s border into Austria on Saturday, swept west on buses by an overwhelmed government that had vowed to stem their tide but gave up in the face of defiant crowds that set out on foot for western Europe. A…

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  • Austria says it and Germany will take refugees from Hungary

    BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — After misery, delivery. Hundreds of migrants, exhausted after breaking away from police and marching for hours toward Western Europe, boarded buses provided by Hungary's government as Austria in the early-morning hours said it and Germany would let them in.

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  • Hungary buses first migrants to Austrian border

    The first buses carrying migrants who have been stranded in the Hungarian capital set off for Austria and Germany early Saturday after they agreed to receive thousands of refugees desperate to start new lives in Western Europe. With tensions growing across the European Union about how to handle…

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  • As numbers grow, lone child migrants find sanctuary at UK center

    By Tom Esslemont LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When 16-year-old Alem fled his home country, Eritrea, in February of this year he never imagined he would be heading for a new life in Britain. "My first goal was to get to Sudan. While Prime Minister David Cameron bowed to pressure on…

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  • 'Spartan lifestyle' for Nigeria's anti-graft president

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who won office pledging to fight the country's outrageous graft habit, claims to have no foreign accounts or oil concessions and only $151,000 at a local bank. With five houses, several farms, varied livestock and "a number of cars", Buhari unquestionably is…

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  • Europe asylum laws face scrutiny in migrant crisis

    Europe is facing its biggest refugee crisis since World War II, but the response by the 28-member European Union is hamstrung by a web of complicated rules governing asylum seekers. Designed to reassure Europeans worried over any massive influx of immigrants, the rules, known as the Dublin system,…

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  • Cameron bows to pressure to take more Syrian refugees

    By Axel Bugge LISBON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday that Britain would welcome "thousands more" Syrian refugees, after an outpouring of emotion over the image of a Syrian toddler lying dead on a Turkish beach put him under pressure to act. Cameron, who spent two days…

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  • UK's Cameron bows to pressure to take more Syrian refugees

    By Axel Bugge LISBON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday that Britain would welcome "thousands more" Syrian refugees, after an outpouring of emotion over the image of a Syrian toddler lying dead on a Turkish beach put him under pressure to act. Cameron, who spent two days…

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  • EU should repatriate more economic migrants, France, Germany, Italy say

    By Robin Emmott and Francesco Guarascio LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Italy, France and Germany pushed on Friday for a European system to repatriate more migrants who fail to qualify for asylum and to improve external border controls, as EU foreign ministers sought a broader response to the bloc's…

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  • Volunteer hotline saves desperate migrants from the Med

    From his office in Strasbourg in eastern France, Hatem Gheribi picks up the phone to a desperate woman who says she has washed up on a tiny Greek island. Looking over Gheribi's shoulder is Pavlos Antoniadis, a Greek musicologist from the University of Strasbourg, who is soon on the phone to the…

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  • Head of U.N. refugee agency to step down this year

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said on Friday he would step down at the end of this year and not seek a renewal of his mandate. Guterres goes as Europe struggles with its biggest refugee crisis since World War Two, as some of the 4 million Syrians who have fled…

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  • IOC to set up two million dollar refugee fund

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday decided to set up a two million-dollar refugee fund as the migrant crisis grips Europe. Tens of thousands have fled the Syrian conflict in recent weeks, crossing via Turkey and Greece on their way to central and northern Europe. The plight of…

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  • IOC sets up $2 million fund to assist refugees

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee is setting up a $2 million fund to assist refugees.

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  • Tutu out of hospital after weeks of care: foundation

    South African archbishop Desmond Tutu was discharged from hospital on Friday, his foundation said, after more than two weeks of medical care to treat a nagging infection. Tutu, 83, has been in and out of hospital in recent months, alarming South Africans who view the veteran anti-apartheid…

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  • Europe migrant crisis was to be 'expected': Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called Europe's migrant crisis a predictable result of its policies in the Middle East and said he had personally warned of the consequences. "I consider that this crisis was absolutely expected," Putin said in comments broadcast on national television. …

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  • South Africa's Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu leaves hospital

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African foundation says retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has left a Cape Town hospital after receiving treatment there.

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  • U.S. NHC says 40 percent chance of cyclone near Cape Verde Islands

    (Reuters) - A tropical wave located just offshore of the west coast of Africa has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday. "This system shows signs of organization and has the potential for some…

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