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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has dismissed top officials in the wake of a recent standoff with South Korea, state media reported Friday, a move that suggests the young leader holds them responsible for allowing the confrontation to nearly spin out of control. The rival…

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  • Children among 71 migrants found dead in truck in Austria

    By Karin Strohecker EISENSTADT, Austria (Reuters) - Four children, including a baby girl, were among 71 migrants found dead in a truck on an Austrian highway and several people have been arrested in Hungary in connection with the tragedy, Austrian police said on Friday. An Austrian motorway…

    Reuters
  • Four held over Austria truck tragedy as migrant deaths mount

    Hungary said Friday it had arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria. Hungarian police said three of the suspects held over the latest grim tragedy involving migrants seeking refuge in Europe were…

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  • Hungary mulls stiff penalties for border jumpers, people smugglers

    Hungary moved Friday to stiffen penalties for illegal border crossing in a new bid to deter the wave of migrants surging into the country in record numbers. Some 140,000 people, the majority from war-torn parts of the Middle East, have been detained by police on the country's southern border with…

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  • Kenyan sentenced to 15 years in prison in US terror case

    MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man described by U.S. prosecutors as a fundraiser and recruiter for terrorist groups in Africa and the Middle East was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison.

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  • Weekend of protests set to pile more pressure on Malaysia's PM

    By Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters are expected to march through Malaysia's capital on Saturday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has weathered public outrage over a multi-million-dollar payment made to a bank account under his name. The…

    Reuters
  • Europe should crack down on traffickers exploiting migrants: White House

    The White House said on Friday that the migrant crisis in Europe shows that unrest in the Middle East has impacts far beyond the region. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Europe should crack down on traffickers who are exploiting migrants and ensure that migrants' human rights are protected.…

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  • Europe questions border rules after train attack, migrant moves

    By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Concerned about security threats and illegal migration, some European governments are considering amending the Schengen border code, which eliminated systematic frontier controls across much of Europe. A week after passengers subdued a gunman on an…

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  • 200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster off Libya's coast

    ZUWARA, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the western coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in the latest disaster involving desperate people trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.

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  • US envoy to Syria visits Moscow in fresh diplomatic push

    Russia on Friday hosted the newly appointed US special envoy for Syria as world powers intensify efforts to end the four-year civil war raging in the country. The new envoy, Michael Ratney, who was appointed to his position last month, had previously worked for the State Department in the Middle…

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  • Popular fears aside, businesses often eager for migrant workers

    By William Schomberg and Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Raghad al Sous braved bombings in Syria to keep studying at school before fleeing in 2013 to rejoin her mother, who had been granted refugee status in Britain. Two years after moving from Damascus to Huddersfield in northern England, the 19…

    Reuters
  • Libya shipwreck toll hits 76, UN fears 200 dead

    At least 76 people have died after a ship carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees sank off the coast of Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Friday. The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said as many as 200 people on two boats were feared dead near the western port of Zuwara. "Until now 76…

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  • Amnesty accuses UAE of torturing Libyan-Canadian

    Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have tortured a Libyan-Canadian man who has been held for a year on suspicion of having links to the Muslim Brotherhood, Amnesty International said Friday. "The unlawful treatment of Salim al-Aradi demonstrates the extreme tactics the UAE authorities are…

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  • Militants posing as migrants? Unlikely, say European experts

    By Mark Trevelyan LONDON (Reuters) - The risk that groups like Islamic State could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to security specialists with close ties to governments and intelligence agencies. By the…

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  • Aid-starved Syria refugees desert Mideast for Europe

    After escaping a devastating war, frustrated Syrian refugees in aid-starved neighbouring states say they must now choose between joining an exodus to Europe or "returning home to die". Millions of Syrians have found shelter in surrounding countries including Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan that are now…

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  • Malaysians gear up for street rallies urging Najib to quit

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian activists are putting more pressure on embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak to resign with major street rallies this weekend following allegations of suspicious money transfers into his accounts.

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  • Up to 50 found dead in Austria truck as migrant crisis rages

    Austrian police found the decomposing bodies of up to 50 migrants in an abandoned truck, sparking a cross-border hunt for the people-smugglers responsible for the latest tragedy in Europe's migrant crisis. The grisly discovery near the Slovakia and Hungary borders came as at least 30 more migrants…

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