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  • BBC 'seeks to broadcast' into N.Korea

    The BBC plans to launch a radio news service for broadcast into North Korea as part of an expansion of its World Service offering, a source told AFP on Saturday. The state broadcaster also wants to offer new and expanded services to Russia, Africa, India and the Middle East, added the source close…

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  • Austrian far-right leader blames U.S., NATO for migrant crisis

    The leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) has blamed the United States and the NATO Western military alliance for triggering the refugee crisis that has overwhelmed Europe. Strache's opposition FPO party, which leads opinion polls ahead of the centrist Social Democrats and People's…

    Reuters
  • Italian president calls for shared EU asylum policy

    Italian President Sergio Mattarella called on Saturday for shared asylum rules in the European Union, saying thousands of migrants approaching Europe should not be seen as enemies. Speaking via video link to a conference in northern Italy, Mattarella said he was hopeful the bloc was finally on the…

    Reuters
  • Poland's PM Kopacz sees 2,000 migrants as enough given Poland's capabilities

    Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz reiterated on Saturday that accepting 2,000 migrants is enough, given Poland's capabilities. Speaking after a specially convened meeting regarding the migrant issue, Kopacz said: "The number of 2,000 can be deemed enough.

    Reuters
  • Philippine monkeys infected with Ebola not lethal to humans

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Several monkeys at a research and breeding facility in the Philippines have been infected with an Ebola virus strain that is non-lethal to humans, health officials said Saturday.

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  • Congo-Nigeria football final on the cards at Africa Games

    Former champions Congo Brazzaville, Ghana and Nigeria are among seven countries competing from Sunday for the All Africa Games football gold medals. Egypt also qualified for the eight-nation tournament in Brazzaville only to withdraw because coach Hossam El Badry did not want to field a weakened…

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • '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…

    AFP
  • 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,…

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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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  • Village of 1,000 quarantined after Ebola death in SLeone

    Freetown (AFP) - A village of almost 1,000 people has been placed in quarantine in Sierra Leone after the death of a 67-year-old woman from Ebola, officials said on Friday.

    AFP
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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.

    Associated Press