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  • ECB mulls policy response to market turmoil over China

    The European Central Bank looks set to keep its monetary policy gunpowder dry when its decision-making governing council convenes next week, despite the recent turmoil that has engulfed global markets, analysts said. It has been a chaotic week for stock markets around the world, spooked by fears…

    AFP
  • German media and celebs rally for refugees after ugly protests

    Germany may have witnessed violent anti-refugee protests this week -- but the message from the country's media and celebrities is a loud and determined welcome for people fleeing the horrors of war. Germany is expecting an unprecedented 800,000 asylum-seekers this year as Europe grapples with its…

    AFP
  • Austria death truck suspects tell court they are innocent

    Kecskemét (Hungary) (AFP) - Four suspected human traffickers said they were innocent as they appeared in a Hungarian court over the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria, marking a sickening new low in Europe's migrant crisis. Europe is struggling to find a coherent…

    AFP
  • City doesn't waste Chelsea slip, Madrid wins big in Spain

    LONDON (AP) — Chelsea's Premier League title defense is already floundering after a rare home loss let Manchester City increase its lead following a fourth consecutive win on Saturday.

    Associated Press
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  • Young migrant killed by gunshot, authorities now say

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A teenage migrant was found dead with a gunshot wound on a yacht approaching a Greek island on Saturday after smugglers clashed with Greece's coast guard, authorities said.

    Associated Press
  • More ID, bag checks on Europe's trains after foiled attack

    PARIS (AP) — European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France's interior minister said Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Hungary detains three Bulgarians, one Afghan in migrant truck deaths

    By Marton Dunai KECSKEMET, Hungary (Reuters) - Three Bulgarians and an Afghan arrested in Hungary in connection with the deaths of 71 refugees found in a truck in Austria made their first appearance in court on Saturday, where they were given one month's detention to allow for an investigation. …

    Reuters
  • Libya arrests three suspected smugglers over migrant boat disaster

    By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan authorities have arrested three people on suspicion of involvement in launching a boat packed with migrants that sank off the country's Mediterranean coast, killing up to 200 people, a security official said on Saturday. Libya has turned into a main…

    Reuters
  • 15 held in Spain for smuggling migrants on water scooters

    The revelation came as Europe's migrant crisis snowballed with Austrian police rescuing a group of dehydrated migrants found in a truck, days after the bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, were found in an abandoned former poultry lorry. "In August, 15 people were arrested for bringing…

    AFP
  • European ministers agree more railway security, urge Schengen changes

    European ministers and officials agreed on Saturday to reinforce railway security, particularly on international lines, and urged the European Commission to amend Schengen border codes after the foiled attack on a train in northern France. "We are determined to pursue our cooperation to ...…

    Reuters
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  • Three refugee children found critically ill in Austria

    By Karin Strohecker VIENNA, Austria (Reuters) - Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van in Austria, crammed in with 23 other refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, police said on Saturday. The two girls and one boy aged 5 and 6 had…

    Reuters
  • Sweden's far-right wants referendum on immigration

    Sweden's far-right Sweden Democrats, which recently topped an opinion poll for the first time, want a referendum to be held on the country's generous immigration policy, its party leader said Saturday. "It's time for a referendum in Sweden on our immigration policy," Jimmie Akesson told supporters…

    AFP
  • Russia denounces Latvian ban on news agency

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says Latvia has refused permission to a Russian state news agency to open a bureau in the country — a case that Moscow says is open discrimination.

    Associated Press
  • Libya migrant disaster death toll rises to 117

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Rescue workers have recovered 12 more bodies off the Libyan coast, raising the death toll from the latest disaster for migrants trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean to 117, Libyan authorities said on Saturday.

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  • Belgium lays to rest heroine who saved countless GI lives

    BASTOGNE, Belgium (AP) — A Congo-born nurse was laid to rest in a quiet corner of Belgium on Saturday, surrounded by emissaries from the King and the United States, politicians and a military honor guard.

    Associated Press
  • EU parliament chief attacks 'cynical' states over refugee crisis

    By Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) - The "glaring failures" of some European countries to take in refugees are turning the Mediterranean into a mass grave and creating gruesome scenes at borders, the head of the European Parliament has said. Martin Schulz, a German Social Democrat, said those…

    Reuters
  • Norwegian TV to air fictional series about Russian invasion

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a move that has annoyed Russia, a Norwegian television channel says it will air a fictional TV drama depicting a Russian invasion of Norway after radical environmentalists seize power and freeze the Scandinavian nation's oil and gas industry.

    Associated Press