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  • Malaysia's Mahathir calls for 'people power' movement to topple PM

    By Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, joining anti-government protesters for a second day on Sunday, called for a "people's power" movement to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal. "The only way for the people to get back to the…

    Reuters27 mins ago
  • Malaysian PM pours scorn on huge rally demanding he quit

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak poured scorn Sunday on a huge two-day rally that brought together tens of thousands of yellow-shirted protesters demanding his resignation over a financial scandal.

    Associated Press37 mins ago
  • Huge Malaysia rally for Najib's resignation enters 2nd day

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to demand the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal, after the first day of the massive rally passed peacefully.

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  • The Latest: Greste calls on el-Sissi to 'undo injustice'

    CAIRO (AP) — The latest developments in Egypt's retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists (all times local):

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  • 17-year-old migrant killed in shootout at sea with Greek police

    A 17-year-old migrant was killed during a shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers, the government said. "A serious incident occurred off the island of Symi when a yacht carrying 70 migrants from Turkey's western shores tried to illegally enter (Greek waters)," the marine…

    AFP
  • Iran nuclear deal will 'fuel terrorism': Netanyahu

    The deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme will bolster Tehran's ability to fund global terrorism by providing the Islamic state with "billions of dollars" in sanctions relief, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Saturday. "Iran will get hundreds of billions of dollars from sanctions…

    AFP
  • Egyptian court sentences three Al Jazeera journalists to prison

    By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced three Al Jazeera TV journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt, a case that has stirred an international outcry. The verdict, in a retrial, was…

    Reuters
  • 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
  • Jailed Jazeera journalists all conflict-hardened veterans

    The three journalists for Al-Jazeera television's English-language channel sentenced to three years after being convicted in a retrial of broadcasting false news are all conflict-hardened veteran correspondents. Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were in court Saturday to hear the…

    AFP
  • 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
  • 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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  • Malaysia's Mahathir joins protesters calling for PM to go

    By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's former leader Mahathir Mohamad made a surprise appearance on Saturday among tens of thousands protesting to demand the resignation of the prime minister over a multi-million-dollar payment into an account under his name.…

    Reuters
  • Lebanon urged to create commission on disappearances

    Lebanon should form a "national commission on disappearances" to investigate those still missing since the country's civil war, a rights group said Saturday. On the eve of the UN's International Day of the Disappeared, Human Rights Watch also called on Lebanon to prosecute recent cases of enforced…

    AFP
  • Libya shipwreck toll rises to 111, dozens missing

    Rescuers have retrieved from the sea the bodies of 111 migrants whose boat sank off the coast of Libya, the Red Crescent said on Saturday in a new toll. "So far 111 bodies have been retrieved from the sea while dozens of people are still missing," the spokesman Mohammad al-Misrati told AFP. Red…

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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…

    AFP
  • The Latest: UN chief 'horrified' by latest refugee deaths

    GENEVA (AP) — Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.

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