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  • The Latest: Germany probe of Facebook post on drowned boy

    The latest news as tens of thousands of migrants pour into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):

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  • Finnish PM offers to host refugees at country home

    As Europe continues to grapple with an unprecedented refugee crisis, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila on Saturday offered to host refugees at his country home. Sipila, whose Centre Party is in coalition with the anti-immigrant Finns Party, has repeatedly advocated greater solidarity with those…

    AFP32 mins ago
  • Tajik police say close in on rebel general after clashes

    Police in Tajikistan said on Saturday they had killed 13 rebels and had closed in on a sacked deputy defense minister accused of leading gun attacks around the capital Dushanbe which left nine police officers dead. Following Friday's attacks, security forces in the Central Asia nation pursued the…

    Reuters42 mins ago
  • China backs Putin's idea of developing Russia's Far East

    By Katya Golubkova VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said on Saturday that Russia's push to revamp its run-down Far East region coincided with Beijing's strategy, backing President Vladimir Putin's drive for new sources of growth. At the Eastern Economic Forum in the…

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  • Migrants stream into Austria, swept west by overwhelmed Hungary

    By Krisztina Than and Karin Strohecker HEGYESHALOM, Hungary/VIENNA (Reuters) - Thousands of exhausted migrants streamed into Austria on Saturday, bussed to the border by a Hungarian government that gave up trying to stop them as Europe’s asylum system buckled under pressure from the sheer numbers…

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  • The Latest: Migrants reach Austrian border

    BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — The latest news as tens of thousands of migrants pour into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):

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  • Bus fleet in Hungary carries migrants to Austrian welcome

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — After misery, delivery.

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  • U.N.-backed anti-graft body to probe ex-Guatemala leader's assets

    By Enrique Pretel GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Enough documentary evidence exists to prove former Guatemalan President Otto Perez's involvement in a corruption scandal, the head of a powerful U.N.-backed anti-graft body which helped topple the leader and will scrutinize his wealth said. Perez, 64,…

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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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  • Police clash with gunmen in Tajikistan, 17 dead

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) — Armed groups led by a disaffected deputy defense minister mounted attacks Friday in and near the capital of Tajikistan that left at least eight police officers and nine militants dead, authorities said.

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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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  • 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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  • Image of Asia: A refugee in New Delhi

    In this photo by Tsering Topgyal, a Rohingya refugee sews inside her slum on the outskirts of New Delhi. According to the U.N. refugee agency, around 9,000 Rohingya refugees are registered in the capital and thousands more who are not registered live elsewhere in India. In New Delhi, most of them…

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  • Asia stocks down as US jobs come into focus

    Japanese stocks led a broad Asian stock slide Friday as the yen advanced ahead of a key US jobs report later in the day and after the European Central Bank indicated it could expand its stimulus. While expectations are for a hike before the end of the year -- with US growth picking up -- the…

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  • Putin urges investment in Russia's vast Far East

    President Vladimir Putin urged domestic and foreign investors on Friday to help develop Russia's vast Far East region, promising high returns and reassuring Asia-Pacific economies about their strategic importance. Putin, speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum in the city of Vladivostok, an event…

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  • Special Report: Thai junta hits royal critics with record jail time

    By Aubrey Belford BANGKOK (Reuters) - Just minutes after being locked up for 30 years for insulting Thailand’s monarchy, Pongsak Sriboonpeng described what he thought was the cause of his capture: a poorly chosen Facebook friend. For at least a year, the self-described "red shirt" supporter of…

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  • Japan beats Cambodia 3-0 in World Cup qualifier

    SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Japan eased past Cambodia 3-0 to secure its first win in World Cup qualifying while South Korea thrashed Laos 8-0 to stay undefeated on Thursday.

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  • Hungary police force migrants from train tracks; dead boy's image shocks Europe

    By Marton Dunai and Ece Toksabay BICSKE, Hungary/MUGLA, Turkey (Reuters) - Migrants forced from a train in Hungary scuffled with helmeted riot police and some clung to railway tracks on Thursday, as politicians across Europe struggled to respond to public opinion appalled by images of a drowned…

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