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  • Stench of death as Austria finds truck loaded with migrant bodies

    When Austrian police opened the back of an abandoned lorry parked on the side of a motorway on Thursday morning, their eyes took in "an atrocious sight". There were "at least 20, but there could be as many as 40 or 50", said police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil. After police cordoned off part of…

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  • Iran executes Kurdish activist, wary of Kurdish gains in Middle East

    By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran executed a Kurdish activist on Wednesday accused of killing a public prosecutor, the second such case this month, rights groups said, as Iran, unsettled by Kurdish gains in the region, tightens the screws on its Kurdish minority. Behrouz Alkhani,…

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  • Migrant crisis forcing divided Europe to look ahead

    By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Leaders of the European Union declared this week that it has "failed" in the face of human agony on its frontiers. But the migrant crisis may now be forging a better way forward. The failure is evident. Of millions fleeing war, oppression and misery,…

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  • Austria finds 20, maybe up to 50, migrants dead in truck

    PARNDORF, Austria (AP) — Austrian police on Thursday discovered the decomposing bodies of at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 — migrants stacked in a truck parked on the shoulder of the main highway from Budapest to Vienna.

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  • Romania: Police seize Iraqi-American convicted of kidnapping

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — An Iraqi-American man convicted in the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Iraq in 2005 was handed over to Romania on Thursday and is now in police custody, officials said.

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  • MERS virus kills 19 in week in Saudi

    Deaths from the MERS coronavirus have surged in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, with 19 fatalities recorded in a week, according to health ministry statistics. A total of 502 people have died in the kingdom since the virus first appeared in 2012, according to updated figures posted on…

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  • Gulf stocks join global rally to cut heavy losses

    Stock markets in the energy-rich Gulf states joined a global rally Thursday, reducing heavy losses from a tumultuous week that saw share prices dive. With China a major regional trading partner and one of the most important buyers of Middle East crude, Gulf exchanges dropped heavily this week as…

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  • Sexwale 'weighing all options' about FIFA presidential race

    MONACO (AP) — Touted as a potential FIFA president, Tokyo Sexwale is "weighing all options" before deciding if he will enter the governing body's election race.

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  • What's in a name? The debate over labelling migrants and refugees

    Paris (AFP) - Are they "migrants" or "refugees"? "Clandestini" or "illegals"? Deciding how to label the huge numbers of people moving around the globe has proved a thorny and politically-loaded question for governments and the media.

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  • Saudi records 15 MERS virus deaths in a week

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says 15 more people have died after contracting the Middle East respiratory syndrome, known as MERS, in the last seven days amid a surge in contractions in the capital, Riyadh.

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  • UK immigration at record high as topic is hotly debated

    LONDON (AP) — Britain gained almost 330,000 people through migration in the year to March 31, official figures showed Thursday. It's the highest figure on record and a headache for the Conservative government amid a political storm about immigration.

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  • UK immigration hits record high, causing headache for Cameron

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Long-term net migration to Britain has hit a record high, underscoring the challenge Prime Minister David Cameron faces to dispel voter fears that immigrants are straining public services such as housing, hospitals and schools. As an island nation off…

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  • EU's Hahn sees Serbia accession talks soon after Kosovo deal

    The EU is set to start accession talks with Serbia very soon, the 28-nation bloc's enlargement commissioner said on Thursday at a Western Balkans summit in Vienna. "The atmosphere is such that we should very soon start official accession talks with Serbia," EU enlargement commissioner Johannes…

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  • New hospital in Jordan treats worst of Mideast's war-wounded

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — They are among the most tragically wounded from the Middle East's multiple wars. A 14-year-old Syrian girl whose lower legs were torn off by a shell. A 15-year-old Iraqi boy who was severely burned in a car bomb explosion.

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  • Budapest train stations morph into makeshift refugee camps

    As Europe's migrant crisis hits Hungary with full force, Budapest's train stations have begun to resemble refugee camps, with families fleeing war and hardship scattered about on blankets, with babies in their midst. "We want to go to Germany where we have relatives, that's all," says an Afghan…

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  • Obama tells Merkel he appreciates her leadership on migrant crisis

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday voiced appreciation for her leadership in dealing with the migration crisis in Europe, the White House said. Obama particularly cited Merkel's recent decision to ease the burden on other…

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  • Young Lebanese activists challenge old political class

    BEIRUT (AP) — First they egged the prime minister's building. Then they dumped some of the garbage piling up on Beirut's streets outside the home of the environment minister, furious the government couldn't get its act together to find a solution when Lebanon's main landfill shut down.

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  • Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

    Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:

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  • Oil dips as gasoline build offsets big U.S. crude draw

    Oil prices fell almost 2 percent on Wednesday after a huge drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles was offset by a larger-than-expected build in gasoline and distillates, which include diesel. Crude inventories fell 5.5 million barrels in the week to Aug. 21, the biggest one-week decline since early…

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