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  • 'Inhumane' Austrian refugee camp halts intake

    Austria on Wednesday stopped accepting new arrivals at its main refugee camp, where the United Nations has described conditions as "inhumane". The temporary ban at Traiskirchen camp came into force at midnight (2200 GMT), officials said. "The situation in Traiskirchen is no longer tolerable for…

    AFP13 mins ago
  • Romania court rejects appeal by Lukoil manager in fraud case

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has rejected an appeal by the general manager and six executives of a subsidiary of Russian oil company Lukoil who have been indicted on tax evasion and money laundering charges.

    Associated Press52 mins ago
  • Juncker urges EU members to resist 'populist' rejection of migrants

    EU governments have a duty to help the flood of migrants arriving in Europe and not cave in to "populist" demands to turn them back, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday. In an interview with AFP, Juncker said he was disappointed that EU ministers had failed late last month…

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  • Turkish reporters face jail for publishing photo: media

    By Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) - Eighteen Turkish journalists have been charged with spreading terrorist propaganda for publishing a photo of a legal official held at gunpoint by far-left militants in March, local media said, heightening concerns about Turkey's press freedom record. Prosecutors…

    Reuters
  • Tokyo Olympics logo designer says plagiarism claims 'baseless'

    The designer of Tokyo's logo for the 2020 Olympics said Wednesday he was shocked at "completely baseless" plagiarism allegations, and supplied details of his work to prove his good faith. The comments by Japanese artist Kenjiro Sano marked his first public appearance since the logo drew threats of…

    AFP
  • Egypt to unveil Suez Canal extension in hope of a new era

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt is to unveil a major extension of the Suez Canal on Thursday, a mega-project that has emerged as a cornerstone of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's efforts to restore national pride and revive the economy after years of unrest.

    Associated Press
  • Fans, media line up for dos Santos at Galaxy practice

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Some 50 fans, many wearing Giovani dos Santos' Mexican national team jersey, gathered to see the 26-year old before and after his second practice with the Galaxy on Tuesday.

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  • EU, US urge Turkey restraint amid PKK onslaught

    Europe and the United States on Tuesday urged Turkey to show a "proportionate response" in the face of daily attacks by Kurdish militants amid growing concern over the scale of Ankara's air campaign against the rebels. Three more Turkish soldiers were killed in the latest assault blamed on…

    AFP
  • Croatia celebrates, Serbia mourns military operation 20 years on

    Zagreb cheered and Belgrade wept on Tuesday as they marked the 20th anniversary of Operation Storm, which ended the war sparked by Croatia's proclamation of independence from Yugoslavia and caused an exodus of Croatian Serbs. Croatia started celebrating its "liberation" with a military parade,…

    AFP
  • Guatemala court orders competency evaluation for ex-dictator

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan court ordered ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt hospitalized Tuesday for medical and psychological evaluation to determine if he is fit to stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

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  • Djibouti launches airline backed by Iron Maiden rock star

    The Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti has relaunched its national airline -- a company managed by Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson, officials said Tuesday. Air Djibouti, which went bankrupt in 2002, recommenced flights on Monday with a cargo plane carrying six tonnes from Djibouti to…

    AFP
  • Judge remands brother of Moroccan who died trying to reach Spain in suitcase

    A Spanish judge on Tuesday remanded in custody a French man of Moroccan origin whose brother died from suffocation while trying to enter Spain illegally hidden inside a suitcase in the trunk of his car. The 34-year-old man was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter after his younger…

    AFP
  • German chief prosecutor sacked in media treason row

    Germany's justice minister on Tuesday fired the chief prosecutor in an escalating row sparked by a controversial treason case against a blog accused of revealing state secrets. Justice Minister Heiko Maas said he had lost confidence in the chief prosecutor, Harald Range, who had hours earlier…

    AFP
  • Nemtsov's daughter receives million-euro Polish rights prize

    The journalist daughter of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday received a million-euro ($1.1 million) Polish prize for championing democracy and human rights. Nemtsova asked for a minute of silence to be held for her father, a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir…

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  • Ukraine leader calls in generals after failed peace talks

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko convened his generals Tuesday to discuss the latest failed bid to negotiate an end to clashes with pro-Russian rebels that saw seven troops killed in another wave of attacks. Poroshenko has found himself trapped between more militant Ukrainian nationalists and…

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  • Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2015 pass 2,000

    More than 2,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe this year, data showed Tuesday, bearing testimony to migrants' increasingly desperate attempts to reach the continent. "Unfortunately, we have now reached a milestone whereby over 2,000 migrants and refugees have died as…

    AFP
  • German media treason probe sparks major political rift

    A clash between Germany's chief prosecutor and the justice minister burst into the open Tuesday, sparked by a treason probe into a blog that had published classified security agency files. Chief prosecutor Harald Range took the unusual step of openly accusing Justice Minister Heiko Maas of "an…

    AFP